Oh how lovely it is to wake up to another day of sunshine, doesn't it put a spring in your step and a smile on your face?! Fingers crossed that this weather will continue and we can soak up some much needed vitamin D, relax and unwind, listening to the Spring birdsong over this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
I remember counting how many Easter eggs myself and my brother, Simon, received each year when we were children and I still have some of the (now retro!) mugs that held chocolate eggs. On reflection, I'm sure that (like most celebrations nowadays) Easter has become far more commercialised and people really go to town with decorating their houses and gardens for this coming weekend! I bought Dylan and Harry eggs yesterday and was amazed at the vast display that filled an entire aisle in the supermarket!
While browsing the internet over breakfast this morning, I stumbled upon an article with some fun facts about Easter, a few of which I thought I'd share with you - but do check out the article to read the rest if you have a moment!
- Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year - double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week
- In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise. The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild. Errrr, how much? It sounds hideous and the phrase, 'More money than sense' springs to mind...!
- When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76% bite off the ears first, 5% go for the feet and 4% opt for the tail. How they found this out I'd love to know!!
- Sales at Easter time make up 10% of UK chocolate spending for the whole year and with all those eggs and other chocolate treats for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter each year.
- I wasn't surprise to read that the world's most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury's Creme Egg as this is what springs to mind when I think of Easter! However, the eggs aren't like they used to be - I know, I must be sounding like Victor Meldrew here, but they really aren't as good as they were years ago! The chocolate was much thicker and they were bigger! I used to love receiving a box of Cadbury's cream eggs and I remember my brother and I making the boxes into cars, decorating and playing with them!
- In medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was held in church, when the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys. It was then tossed from one choirboy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and could keep it.
- The UK's first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry's of Bristol.
- The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.
Some interesting facts eh?! Over on Pinterest I've created a new 'Easter and Springtime' board, with lots of fun craft ideas and pretty things to look at, so feel free to stop by and check it out. You may find some things to keep yourself and/or your children busy over the long weekend! If you've not yet got a Pinterest account I highly recommend you check out the website and phone APP - although I will warn you that it can be very addictive and you can end up whiling away hours whilst gazing at beautiful pictures - procrastination at it's finest!
Pinterest can be really useful for planning out events (birthdays, weddings, etc), house/room decor, craft projects, recipes, etc. Basically it's a free photo sharing website where users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos) through collections known as pinboards. You can follow my account too if you like what I've pinned on my other boards, I'd love to see your interests too so do let me know if you create a profile or follow my boards.
This week there is also a discount of up to 50% off a large range of Easter decorations both in store and online, just a very small selection of which are pictured below - click on the images for more detail and to visit the site.
I love the wooden chicken coasters and think that they would look wonderful along with the Wire Hen Basket (£10), adding a county feel to your kitchen/home. The basket could be used to store you eggs or be used as storage to keep your bits and bobs together. The wire is painted white and has highlighted details in red on the chickens and on the heart in the centre.
Sass & Belle are also running an Easter egg hunt, where you can be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to spend online if you can locate the 5 hidden eggs on 5 products across the website!
All you have to do is find the eggs on the products and email the locations to: email@example.com
The closing date is the 27th March and one winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted the week commencing 28th March. Best of luck to you all, I'm going to have a search in a moment over a cup of tea... My very first Easter Egg hunt, albeit virtual ; ) !
The vintage 'Kilner jar style influenced' glass drinks dispenser is a snip at just £20. Filled with my current favourite 'Elderflower Cordial', ice and some fresh strawberries, would make a delicious and stylish addition to a picnic or afternoon in the garden!
There is also a fab melamine range of cups and other accessories that would be great for packing into a rucksack along with a thermos flask so that you can have a cuppa whilst you're out enjoying scenic walk!
The Vintage Floral Triangle bunting below (£10), is made with a combination of gorgeous vintage floral Ditsy fabrics in delicate pinks, blues, greens and touches of grey. This lovely fabric bunting would look pretty in any garden or conservatory, or could add a wonderful vintage feel to a wedding or party and the Vintage Rose Garland in Blush Pink (£7.50) would compliment it beautifully; along with the Heart shaped Rose Wreath (Light Pink £4), which could be used as a decoration on a wedding table.
The stylish floral Lady Antoinette Scarf (£10) is made with 100% cotton and is just perfect for Spring/Summer days and evenings when there may be a slight chill in the air. This would look effortlessly chic teamed with a simple white t-shirt and jeans, or elegant when styled with a white/cream blouse and loose flowing skirt.
I adore the botanical prints that are very much on trend at the moment and bring the outside in. This 'Wildflower' cushion (£13) reminds me of pressed flowers, walking through country lanes and meadows filled with flowers and butterflies. The other floral items in the accompanying range compliment each other and are a pleasing mixture of old and new, such as the Industrial Portrait frame (£8.50) which mixes a botanical print with an aged metal look. The botanical coasters (£10 for four) feature ferns and bracken and are a wonderful mix of green and earthy tones.
This adorable Rabbit ornament for rings (£10) will take care of your small jewellery pieces and look lovely on your dressing or bed side table. I would also use it to shore earrings and necklaces, speaking of which, I am in love with this bee necklace ( 'You are Bee-autiful' bee necklace £8.50) and am looking forward to wearing it in the very near future! This is made from tin and is nickel-free.
While we're thinking of jewellery, I had to include this beautiful teal jewellery holder (£13), which is adorned with six birds and would make the perfect gift for any discerning jewellery fan. The branches are perfect for hanging short necklaces, bangles or bracelets, while the hoops ensure that earrings never go astray.
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I'll be back with some 'crafty' discussion and will share some of my discoveries/creations in the next few days. Until then, take care x