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Quick, crochet bunny pin
Needed
Small amount of sport weight or fingering weight yarn
Crochet hooks size D and E
Darning needle
For body
Using D hook
Chain 2
8 half-double crochet (hdc) in second chain from hook and join last hdc with first;
Chain 2 and hdc in same stitch as join. 2 hdc in each stitch around; (16 hdc)
Finish off and leave long tail for sewing.
For head
Using E hook
Chain 2
8 double crochet in second chain from hook and finish off leaving tail.
Sew the head to the body.
*I found the best way to do this is to lay the smaller circle on top of the larger one with right sides together and weave the tail of one in and out of stitches. After this, I lifted the head off the body and used the tail from the other piece to reinforce the joining.
Ears (make 2)
Use D hook
Chain 5
Single crochet (sc) in the second chain from the hook and in next two chains
3 sc in fourth chain
SC in the 3 stitches on the opposite side of the chain and join with first sc.
Finish off, leaving tail long enough for sewing.
Use the tails of the ears to attach them to the head of the bunny.
I opted to go with a faceless bunny because the head is so small (I also can’t embroider very well), but you could use black floss to embroider eyes and pink for a mouth and nose.
From there you can either buy pin backs in the jewelry section of your favorite craft store and use craft glue to attach them to the bunny, or you can use a small safety pin to attach the bunny to your clothing or bag.
Joyce McCartney | The Journal Gazette
Easter chick earrings

Get hoppin’ with Easter ideas

I have a friend whose youngest daughter must have earrings to celebrate a holiday – holiday-themed earrings, mind you.

It was with her in mind that I came up with the idea for this column. (The idea is, in large part, thanks to another friend who used turkey buttons to solve the dilemma of no Thanksgiving earrings.)

So, let’s talk about fun, easy, Easter-themed jewelry for the kids (or the kid in you).

Shopping for this was a lot of fun. I went to one of the chain craft stores and immediately to the scrapbooking section, thinking I could find scrapbooking embellishments in Easter eggs or bunnies or chicks.

That wasn’t quite what I found, but I did find some paper flowers and some glue on gem-like embellishments in the shape of flowers. Those would work, but they were flowers, and while springy, they didn’t yell Easter. Next, I looked at buttons, but there was just about every season and holiday but Easter.

So, I perused the store some more, finding my way to one of the Easter displays. Lots of cute stuff there, but not much that would lend itself to jewelry of the kind I was imagining. Then, I saw them: tiny, chenille pipe-cleaner chicks in pink and yellow. Inspiration struck and I picked up the 15-count box in yellow for about $2.

Gleeful, I rushed home to find my flat-pad earring posts, my E6000 glue and my wire cutters. I was like a mad woman. My intention was to glue the chicks to the pad of the earring posts and have super cute earrings. Alas, there had to be carnage I discovered as I took the chicks out of their plastic box. Instead of gluing whole chicks to the earrings, I had to cut them in half (consequently, I was left with several severed chick rears on my crafting table).

So, there I sat, feeling like some mad scientist sawing (OK, they came apart quite easily) chicks in half in the name of giving you some ideas for Easter-themed jewelry. Once the glue dried, I then sprayed them, from a distance of 12 inches, with some hairspray to stiffen up the fuzzy chenille.

But, I must warn you, if you’re going to try this, these chicks (as mentioned above) come apart very easily and you may find yourself triaging your earrings should you choose to make them.

The other two sets of earrings I made are a little more stable. I took the flat-pad earring backs and glued the gem-like flower embellishments to them to create cute, green flower earrings. For the third set of earrings, I took the paper flowers, glued them to the earring backs and, when those dried, used flat-back faux crystals for the flower center. All in all a cute way to dress up the ears for the Easter holiday, I thought.

I knew I couldn’t just write a column about a couple of pairs of earrings and be done with it for Easter embellishments, so, I hearkened back to my youth. When I learned to crochet, there were all sorts of patterns out there for cute little holiday-themed items you could make. I remember, specifically, a pair of ice skates crocheted onto paper clips that you could then safety pin to your shirt or coat.

So, with that in mind, I also came up with a bunny pin pattern.

Rhea Edmonds and Joyce McCartney are not craft experts. Both women are, however, interested in crafting of all types. They share their experiences and those of area crafters. To reach them, call 461-8728 or 461-8364 or e-mail craftyliving@jg.net. Also, visit their blog at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving. Hear podcasts on knitting at Crafty Living: Math4Knitters.

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