March 29, 2009

The Easter Bunny

You stitchers may recognize today's banner photo, which is by the The Drawn Thread, and is called Easter Egg Sampler. I did it a few years ago but have nearly finished up the embellishments recently with the beads and silk ribbon (I still have to apply the last few beads). It's done on 36 count antique white Edinburgh linen with NPI and GAST threads. I'm showing it in honor of Easter, which is now just 2 weeks away, and also in honor of our friend, Bunnygirl's virtual Bunny Benefit Bash. Hop on over and see the clever story and rabbit video she's put together (Pink, Peaches, and Elvis are in it, as well as many of our other bunny friends). She's collecting donations also to benefit bunny rescues as well as selling bunny rocker shirts, and there are prizes too! This is the time of year that bunnies are given as gifts, a horrible idea. Rabbits are not inexpensive, low maintenance pets (they are in many ways more work and potentially more destructive than my cats, and their vet costs a lot more too), and they may be cute, but a lot of them don't have cuddly, outgoing personalities. Kids tire of the rabbits quickly, and in some cases these little pets are released into the back yard or dropped along the side of the road where they cannot fend for themselves. Peaches was left in the median of a highway, Elvis was a backyard hutch neglect case who was discovered starving and so filthy and matted that he had to be shaved; Pink came from a family who gave him up to a shelter and he was saved by Patti at Bright Eyes Sanctuary. If you must get a bunny, know what you're getting into, and then please, please don't buy one from a pet store. There are lots of little unwanted buns at one of the many rabbit rescue organizations.



I have had a lot of homework since my vacation, so I didn't get to stitch a ton, but I did make some headway. I've made it all the way to the far right of the top of the design (the little blue motif that I've started).



Some of you asked how Elvis' haircut is coming along. His face looks softer now, not quite so shorn. "Mom, please! I'm using the bathroom!"

19 comments:

grace said...

Your Easter Egg Sampler looks great. :) Elvis is such a cutie!

minpinmom said...

Your stitching is lovely. Elvis does look better.

Tammy said...

Poor Elvis--sweet bun. He still has a bit of a wide eyed look, but not scared anymore, lol. That previous blog post brought laughing tears to my eyes, Glenna. ITA with the bunny advice. Same for baby ducks and chicks, etc. Heck, same for dogs and cats too! The egg sampler is so pretty!

Margaret said...

I love that Easter Egg sampler -- it's a new one to me. Beautiful! And Elvis -- I think he's looking better, like you said. He's a cutie anyway, no matter shorn face or not! You're totally right about the poor bunnies this time of year too. We've never ever done that, knowing how such things go. I think we had a few bunnies once in our neighborhood because of such a case. I hope the poor things were rescued.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Yup, Elvis is lookin' good!

We have really enjoyed the Bunny Rock Fest! Maybe Bunny Girl will slow the video down so we can see all the bunns longer!

Great stitching for Easter! And a good reminder ....

Theresa said...

The Easter Egg Sampler is gorgeous~~~~
Is Easter really in 2 weeks?! Hum.... I'm way behind on my Easter stitching.....

Melody said...

I congratulate you on your work with the bunnies. Thank God there are people who know how to take care of animals.

We have 3 cats and one dog. All were rescued or adopted by us.

bunnygirl said...

Elvis still looks a bit startled, but it's a big improvement.

quiltcat said...

Your Easter egg sampler is gorgeous and your blue alphabet is coming along great. You're so right about bunnies...wish more people would *think* before they adopt a pet of any kind!

Fez and the Gang said...

Elvis looks like a real punk rocker!

Brigitte said...

Ohhh, I love the Easter egg sampler.

mainely stitching said...

When Max first started asking for a bunny, we first required him to read and learn all about bunny care and habits, to discuss with us how he intended to deal with the future pet on weekends that he was away, and so on. It took him nearly two years to fulfill all the requirements, but when he did, he was a knowledgeable kid who wasn't just fulfilling a whim. If any of our other kids ask for a pet, I'm going to do the same thing.

I'm so glad that your bunnies have you, and I hope that lots of other unwanted bunnies out there find their happy homes. :)

bunnygirl said...

Good news for Elvis! He's the winner of a Rock Star picture frame! Drop me a line at uhamp "at" yahoo "dot" come and let me know where to send it. I'll also put you in touch with Lily, your prize winner.

Congrats, Elvis! Maybe you'll share and let your mom put a picture of all three of you in that frame?

Siobhan said...

Love your Easter sampler! Looks great. Elvis is a cutie, too. :)

The Scarlett House said...

I agree with you, Glenna. I hate it when people buy pets without research and thinking. Your message was a good one.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

E looks, yeah, not quite so you know. Guess I'm not used to seeing his eyes!!! What a sweet guy, that is a sad story about his beginnings, he sure has a good home now:~)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Elvis looks great! So does the needlework! Bunnies are underestimated you're right.

Maren said...

Thank you for the responsible bunny ownership spiel. The same is true for all animals, but the nearer we draw to Easter, the more people need to hear that!

Your Easter Egg Sampler is just lovely.

YowlYY said...

Elvis look a bit like a bunny girl I know...ooopss... just the colourings and the fluffy hairdo of course, I did not want to say that he looks like a bunny girl...oh the indignity!