My Alpine Home

Friday, March 1, 2013

It (doesn’t) Take a Village. . .

It doesn’t take a village to remind me of my sweet mother.  Often times my thoughts reflect upon her.

However, having her ‘Easter Village’ on display evokes fond memories of Easter past.

bunniesA couple years before my mother passed away she moved in with one of my older sisters.  In order to down size she gave a lot of her belongings to family.  Among them were her decorations.  Now if you know how much I love to decorate for holidays.  Well let’s just say, “I’m a chip off the ole block”.

No one had taken her Easter Village because we all “have too much”.  So I decided to take it for my youngest daughter, Kylee.  It has remained at my home and has not been used in years. 

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It’s not an expensive village.  In fact the boxes were from K-mart and marked $3.97.

Each house is nestled in amongst green Spanish and Reindeer moss.  I wanted to add more whimsy  so I stuck in large unexpected items. like my vintage scale, potted carrots, and a few loose ones as well.

Giant jelly beans form a path to the General Store.

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A little bunny takes a swing. . . I had to close the blinds for the pics because the sun was so bright. Yahoo, love that sunshine!

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While these hop in for some ice cream.  Wonder if they have carrot cake flavor?

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A giant orb and large cabbage have joined the patch.

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I bought the green burlap at Hobby Lobby and frayed the edges.  Perfect for a bunny playground!

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This large bunny I made years ago stands guard.

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Displaying my mom’s Easter Village has given me such joy.  Every time I walk by it I think of all the fun picnics and egg hunts we had out West.  Growing up we always got a new “Easter Outfit”.

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Childhood memories are the best!

hugs,

Jann

I will be sharing with:

Mocking Bird Hill Cottage Favorite Thing Party

Sunny Simple Sunday

The Self Sufficient Home Acre for Creative Home Hop

One More Time Events for Share it One More Time

Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for TTT

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

Microsoft Word - Document6

Six Days of Spring

37 comments:

Mary Redo said...

Childhood memories *are* the best, I love this bunny village!

Mary

Chel C said...

Such lovely memories to cherish. I love the idea of jelly beans for a path...they would disappear quite quickly in my house! Chel

Barbara F. said...

I'm glad you took that village. You have a perfect spot, on the perfect table, and such cute accents. xo

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love decorations with a history!

Kris said...

What a beautiful post of your sweet memories!! I love the Easter village. So cute the way you have it set up. Love that sort of thing!!!!
XO Kris

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Jann, you are SO RIGHT- childhood memories can certainly be the very best!

Mom didn't decorate a whole lot for Easter - but she and my aunt made glazed ceramic Easter baskets and ceramic eggs.....and she had a tree thing she hung eggs from.

I have the tree thing in my bedroom on its side - I love it, need to post some of my house one of these days.

My little sister has the basket and eggs.

I like your moms decorations, pretty neat you are using them!

Deb said...

That is so cute. It is really wonderful to have treasures like this from your mom. You will always enjoy it. My mom didn't decorate very much for Easter but most of my favorite Christmas decorations were hers. They will always be very special to me. I love Easter. Best time ever. Deb

Sarah said...

Sweet to have such treasures from your mom.
Enjoy the weekend.........Sarah

Linda W. said...

Love your Easter village. So precious!

Maureen said...

this is an absolutely delightful Easter display! And, all sitting on that gorgeous table. Love it.

Micupoftea~ said...

Cute vignette, love the scale too. I'm with you...love to decorate for different holidays and seasons. It is a sweet reminder of the 'right now' and helps us to be grateful. :)
HAPPY March~

priscilla said...

Adorable Jann , and so special .. The way you have the cake plate and the scale included is fabulous !
Have a great weekend :)

Debra @ Homespun said...

This is adorable!!! :)

Diane said...

Jann - how precious! Your daughter is so fortunate to be getting those wonderful pieces from your mother. You have done a terrific job in the creative way you have displayed them and I cannot believe you made that great bunny. So impressed!

Rose L said...

So adorable! If it makes you smile and delivers wonderful memories, then do whatever you want.

Winnie said...

Such beautiful memories.... Everything looks so adorable :)

Chenille Cottage said...

Hello, sweet Jann!
I am ooing and ahhing at every tiny little detail. You have created the sweetest Easter Village. Your Momma must be peeking over heaven's banister right now admiring it all.
The little mint green lantern, your clever sprinkling of carrots throughout, your handsome bunny guard...I love it all! You used your cake stand so nicely to give heighth. Oh...let's face it! Jann...You have handsomely created a "24 carat" Easter Village! It's a winner!
Have a happy day,
Smiles,
Carolynn xoxo

Bernideen said...

How darling - Hippetty Hop hop Easter's on it's way!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I bet it was very emotional to get those pieces she loved out. The village is lovely.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Not expensive, but priceless!!! Adorable and great memories

Carol

Laura Turner said...

Sweet memories. We never stop missing those who have gone on, do we. My favorite things of my mom's are not the expensive but the often trivial that connect me to her, like her button jar. Thank you for sharing her lovely collection.

Laura from Sunday View

Jill said...

So true - childhood memories really are the best, it's so nice to remember those times......

Lisa Lynn said...

What a sweet village :) Found you on A Favorite Thing and I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-5.html

Di said...

The things that invoke good memories is why I love vintage so much. Love the little village, it's priceless.

Claudia said...

That is such a sweet village and I know it is even more precious as it was your mother's. Lovely displays!

Thanks so much for joining in this week.

xo
Claudia

ImagiMeri said...

What a sweet setup Jann, and it's made even sweeter because it was handed down.

Hugs,
Meri

lynn cockrell said...

Jann, your Easter bunny village is so cute. How wonderful that you have these lovely items passed down from your mother. There is something so sweet and special about being able to place these items about and think about your mother having done so in years past. Thanks for sharing your special decorations with us. Lynn

xinex said...

Childhood memories are the best indeed! Your spring collection and display are adorable!...Christine

Vee said...

What sweet memories you enjoy having your mother's Easter village...it's so darling and I really like the land you've created on the table.

acreativeharbor.com said...

What lovely and dear treasures you have of your Mom's and displayed so lovingly ~ Wonderful photos ^_^

Amy said...

My mother too passed away a few years ago. I think of her everyday and I too display a few things that she had also. They evoke sweet memories for sure!

RobinfromCA said...

I love the way you've displayed your mom's sweet little village. You've given me some ideas for my own little Easter display items! Your village may have been inexpensive to purchase but they are giving you priceless memories.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

This is precious, Jann. I have a similar memory with my "Bunnyville," as it's called at our house, and I can hardly wait to put it out for our little chickadees this year! I'm sure it made you very happy to set it out. The tablecloth is perfect, as is the scale for part of your "town." Darling! ~Zuni

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

So lovely and what a precious post. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

bettyl said...

How patient you must be to get all the details so right! Lovely village and great photos.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jann,
I love your Bunny village as I have many of the same pieces and i love how you displayed it. i may borrow some of your ideas this year when i set up mine if you don't mind....
I also love the fact that it was your Mom's and you have it proudly displayed and it brings back precious memories of Her. And that is the best part, right??

Hugs,
Deb

Lisa Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing your talent on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
Our next party goes live Sunday morning at:
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If you have a blog hop, please check out The Linky Love Party...a place to share your parties with other bloggers! Grab the button for an easy way to search for parties every week!
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