Sunday, March 3, 2013

What I Wore Sunday..and Easter Basket musings?

Or rather, what we wore this Sunday. Joining up with Fine Linen and Purple.

First...on the cusp on 19 weeks here (as of this upcoming Tuesday). I have to qualify that this dress has an underlayer and I'm wearing a maternity support band...so it does make the Little Baby's presence seem a bit more pronounced. I am making a full-time job out of eating (and I remember going through this phase with the second half of my pregnancy with Sister Stinky, too). I've entered the stage where eating is work, but thankfully I can tolerate enough different foods to hopefully keep up the weight gain. Hooray!

The latest bet, btw? This baby has to be a girl. Call me Miss Old Wives' tale, but people do say that the more severe the nausea the more likely it's a girl (and this baby beats girly Sister Stinky on that front) and the more active the baby the more likely it's a girl (not sure if that's true...but this baby is extremely active and has been for weeks now).

We'll find out the answer to the gender question in a week and a half!!!



And a picture of Sister Stinky before Mass this morning. This dress was handmade for the Abbot's mother when she was a baby/toddler!! How cute is that smocking??


(The rubber ducky obsession is another story for another time.)

Anyway, moving on to Easter baskets...I've done alot of thinking about Easter baskets. I've always been one of those weird kids that loved Easter for the liturgies (at least as soon as I was old enough to go to the Triduum...which was pretty far back). Holy Week and the Triduum are my favorite days of the year and I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with them. (Sister Stinky cried through most of last year's Easter Vigil in typical toddler Mass fashion and I still was soooo happy we went!) But I did get an Easter basket when I was little. It's a fine line, though...Easter baskets are fun, but you don't want them to take away from what we're really celebrating, you know?

So, I gave her a few small things (faith based) last year, and we always welcome Easter candy from the grandparents. But this year, I've been taking time to plan and I'm pretty exciting about what's going in her basket this year...some catechetical toys!! (And pretty sweet ones at that.)

But of course I'm DIYing it because we're on our strapped grad school budget. So here's my inspiration (and I'll show you my versions when they're done!):


A resurrection playset... like this one is from St. Luke's Brush. We've ordered from them before and if I had the money to order this time around it would be totally worth it! Highly recommend them.


A resurrection puzzle...like this one from Arts of the Heart etsy shop. Everything in that shop looks so cute, too, but we just don't have the money to spare in the budget. I'm happy to report that my DIY version is already partway done, though!


Some lovely play silks...like these beautiful ones from another lovely etsy shop. I'm thinking of buying a few from Dharma trading and dying them with kool aid. (So many great online tutorials for this!) Not only are these great open ended toys that Sister Stinky and Little Baby will both get use out of...but they can also be played with along with her resurrection play sets and catechetical toys. A win-win! (Eventually, I hope to have one in all the liturgical colors but that's down the line still...) Just trying to decide how many I can budget for this month...

I also am planning on painting her a new Pisanki for her collection and maybe a lovely picture book, like one of these lovely ones from Catholic Supply. (I find going into a Catholic bookstore an extreme battle in self-control, though...must...not...buy...everything!)

What Easter gifts do you love for Catholic kids?








15 comments:

  1. Catholic bookstores are a danger zone for me too- mostly because of (duh) books. I'm great at collecting them- not so good at reading them all the way through. Love the kiddie nicknames- "Sister Stinky"- so funny!

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    1. Oh my goodness...books and statuary and holy cards and toys...spoil addicting!!!

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  2. Smocked dresses are my favorites - so cute! And your bump is adorable :)

    My nausea was WAY worse with my son than with my daughter, and he was way more active. I knew I was having a girl the second time around because the pregnancies were so different. And with the most recent pregnancy (twin girls) the nausea was right in the middle. Take that, old wives tales!

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    1. Haha...That gives me hope that I could still be surprised! Incidentally, I'm a twin and my mom's nausea was no where near as bad as mine has been both times...but bless you and all mothers of twins because you've all saints!!!

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  3. The bump dress is lovely, and your daughter's dress is sooo stinkin' cute!

    I've done the Dharma-Silks thing — TOTALLY WORTH IT. I even did a rainbow-ish one. It'll still cost you some money, for the silks, shipping and containers for the dye. I used Ball jars with large mouths (because I didn't want to risk making a mess of any of stuff I already owned), but I reused the jars for something else later on. Kool-Aid and vinegar for the dye, I think. One of the colors was a pain to rinse. Red probably. One of the colors was hard to find from Kool-Aid. Blue, I think.

    I'm going to post in the next week or two on our Easter basket traditions. We do one big family basket. All the treats are chocolate eggs (for new life) and lambs (for duh). And I get something religious for each of us. Cruncher usually gets a Magnificat/Ignatius Press book and coloring book (I recommend any of those), Ryan gets a book (I've bought his already — Not Your Average Joe), and I usually get something pretty (this year: a veil). I dye our eggs red, hang the Alleluia (some sort of DIY I do last minute), and put out a potted flower. That's about it. Oh, and starting last year, we go on an Easter Monday hike. It's based on some old tradition that's escaping me right now.

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    1. Wow! I love all those ideas!!! I'll definitely be checking your blog for more inspiration!

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    2. Would you want me to do a quick DIY on the playsilks? I posted the pictures on my personal FB page last year, but I could put that together if you haven't found any good ones online.

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    3. I've seen some but I'd love to read yours!

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    4. Here it is! http://swordandstein.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-tutorial-how-to-dye-your-own-playsilks.html

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  4. You look so serene and lovely! And your daughter is adorable!

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    1. The serenity is for sure from the fact that my husband was watching our daughter and giving me a little break ;-)

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  5. Love your dress! I'm big on Easter baskets... but just because I love candy. ;) I think keeping it simple and not turning Easter into "another Christmas" (which someone actually has told me it is... ugh) helps. When they are old enough to realize that they did some sacrificing in Lent (like not playing with certain toys or eating certain treats...) then it may be easier to understand beyond Easter=candy.

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    1. I never thought of it that way...I like tying in the sacrifice bit to the Easter basket, though! (Feast on what you fasted from!) I'm definitely going to keep that in mind as she gets older.

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  6. I love when baby bumps start to be pronounced :) Looking beautiful!

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