Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Crazy Crafty: My Blue Bunny Baby

If I'm not mistaken, Easter is the time for envy, the time for recognizing that the plastic Easter grass is indeed much greener on the other side of the fence - or in this case, the continent.  At least that is how I feel every time I catch a glimpse of the vintage Easter Bunny collection found in the Jersey shore home shared by Jenny & Aaron from Everyday is a Holiday (see here).  One bunny in particular has always caught my eye because I have never seen one in the wilds of Southern California's vast vintage landscape.  In fact, I very rarely see any kind of vintage Easter paraphernalia here, which makes me incredibly suspicious of the heathens by whom I am surrounded.  Setting aside the religious context of the Easter holiday, I think the world is in dire need of more chicks, chocolate eggs, and plush bunnies in that seasonally-specific pastel palette.  The bunny of Jenny's & Aaron's in which I find immeasurable inspiration is one of those crazy, stuffed bunnies with the face of a baby.

It may look even odder than it sounds.
Nevertheless, I want one!
(photo courtesy of Everyday is a Holiday)

The truth is that I covet the entirety of their bunny collection but there is something so equally sweet and disturbing about a baby-faced Easter Bunny that makes it a wacky tacky standout.  I mean, is this thing meant to be a spooky escapee from Dr. Moreau's infamous island or just an angel-faced kid in a costume?  Either way, I loved this human-hare hybrid and wanted one for my very own.  Because I have voluntarily removed myself from the regular activity of vintage "hunting and gathering," however, the acquisition of one such bunny would be relegated to either the unlikelihood of a gift (it's absolutely ages until my next birthday) or to making one myself.  Having gone the angel-faced-kid-in-a-costume route last year, this year it was time to celebrate the Easter season by making a genuine, homemade, blue bunny baby.

It all started with the face.
In cleaning out their 94-year-old garage, my brother and sister-in-law were
unnerved by the feeling that they were being watched.  I think they were
slightly relieved upon finding a cache of vintage, plastic doll faces that they
subsequently exorcised and then gifted to me.  Slightly flummoxed with how
to handle them, I was glad to finally have a project in which I could put at least
one of these little cherubs to good use (stay tuned, I'm sure they'll make a recurring
appearance in future Crazy Crafty projects - creepy clown kiddo, anyone?).

Even though the scant yard of vintage, blue cotton velvet that was too little to make into anything else wasn't quite within the range of traditional Easter hues, I slated it for my own velveteen-type rabbit.  In order to complete my bunny, the only thing I needed to buy was a small amount of blue satin to line the ears.  Have you ever tried to join satin and velvet in the shape of a rabbit ear?  It stinks.  Extremely fiddly in their own distinct way, each material left me ready to pull my hare hair out.  In the end, I was hoppy with the ears' imperfections.

Blue enough for you?
Did you see how sweet and delicate the vintage example of the bunny baby was?
Mine, on the other hand, is as sweet and delicate as a big, electric-blue punch in
the throat.  Even when I am trying to make something simple and lovely, my
wacky tacky instincts beat subtlety into utter submission!

Luckily, I had just enough aqua yarn to eke out a fluffy tail and the crudely-
executed crochet trim around the bunny baby's face (a necessity to disguise
the edges).  The ears are supported by an internal framework of heavy-gauge
floral wire.  In a show of my own surrender to the color story, I selected the blue
background and garden of blue, tissue-paper flowers.  The blue eggs are there
just to prove that, just like brown chickens and brown eggs, blue Easter eggs
come from blue Easter Bunnies. 

While I refuse to turn into one of those people who refers to his collection of inanimate objects as "children," I get such a surge of pride every time I look at the latest addition to the wacky tacky family that I feel like handing out cigars.  If you don't have a bunny baby of your own (or the inclination to make one), consider a lovingly-rendered version of Jenny's & Aaron's bunny baby in the form of a Jumbo, Wood-Mounted "Baby Bunny" Print from the Everyday is a Holiday online store to add some Easter awesomeness to your holiday decor - any holiday.

As a photographic thank you to our pals from Everyday is a Holiday
and in an effort to promote our own brand of cross-crafty, inter-
seasonal understanding, we saddled up our oversized, Christmas 
Dream Pet to give Baby Blue (take that, Knowles-Carter family) a
ride to the big Easter egg hunt.  Everyday really is a holiday!

A Happy, Happy Easter to you and yours, from our funny little bunny!!!

"Funny Little Bunnies" (1934)


Cheers!

Mr. Tiny

16 comments:

  1. Oh My Gosh!!! Love this! Yes, Creepy-Cute beats out Cute-Cute any day of the week. And wow! your bunny baby sure is blue. This post is a treasure trove, and it's so hard to select a fave line…is it the "electric-blue punch in the throat"?…or perhaps "it's absolutely ages until my next birthday"?

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I wanted to so the source material proud! Thanks for the inspiration and the photo!

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  2. And geez Louise! I had to come back and comment again because I forgot to mention how awesome you are for making this post read like it's an Everyday is a Holiday commercial! Waaaay too kind! xoxo :)

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    1. My pleasure! I don't know how impactful the wacky tacky seal of approval will be to Everyday is a Holiday, but I'm more than pleased to do anything I can do to help the good cause!

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  3. The little Easter cartoon is the sweetest little thing I've ever seen!
    SO cute; thank you for sharing it!

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    1. Isn't it great? It probably goes without saying but I'm a nut for old cartoons - especially those that are holiday themed.

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  4. Creepy and yet adorable...I love it!!! Nice choice on the blue material.

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    1. Are you talking about me or the bunny? Hahaha!!! Thank you!

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  5. Love it! I enjoy how much attention to detail you put into the photos...the tissue paper flowers and blue background make the baby creeper bunny look right off the pages of a 1950's Better Homes and Gardens craft book. Excellent job!

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    1. Now that is a great compliment!! Thanks, Lauren!

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  6. i love jenny's baby face funny, and yours is such a good tribute! And I agree with Lauren, the monochrome photo shoot is perfect! i've been keeping my eye out for vintage bunnies and have only found three so far, and none with a beautiful baby face

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    1. Thanks, Rae! I know I've told you a million times before, but we really don't see the same kind of vintage stuff out here. I honestly have never seen any bunnies (baby-faced or otherwise) in the wild. I have my own theories as to why this is so but I'd love a real explanation. Good luck with your Wabbit Huntin'!

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  7. I am so deeply in love with this. When I was in high school, a friend brought me one of those terrifying Ann Geddes stuffed Teddy Bears that was a stuffed bear but had the face of an adorable black child. I think I kept it through college because it made such a great conversation piece and weeded out the types of people that I wanted to be hanging out in my dorm room.

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    1. I don't know why mine seems so tame compared to the scariness of the Anne Geddes example (it's the same thing). Hahaha!!!

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