And What a Winter it's Been, Right?
But through the very darkest of winters, we've always been certain that spring was coming - And here it is! More than half the adult population has had their first dose of the vaccine, shops are gradually opening again, we'll be able to see more people socially, daffodils are blooming, and birds are busy looking for nesting material. If you're full of the joys of spring and want to celebrate (and don't forget Easter is around the corner too), we've got 5 inspirational ideas for you here.
#1 Switch Up Your Interiors
Are you one of those organised people who switch their autumn/winter home accessories out and bring in fresh spring things? If you aren't (yet) here's some temptation for you...... This lovely spring cushion from Indigo and Rose will add a fresh touch to your living room. And what about this lovely bunny cushion cover from Rhi Design Crafts? Perfect for the season!
#2 Hunt for Easter Eggs
Whether you write cryptic clues or just send the kids loose in the garden to collect as many eggs as possible from the ones you hid the night before..... these cute bags are just what they are going to need. (from left: duckling and lamb bag from Rhi Design Crafts, bunny ears treat bag from Made by Maggie, and this handy treat bag from Strange Magic Crafts). Want to try something a bit different? Check out the Worldwide hunt from Cadbury. You can hide a virtual egg ANYWHERE in the world (you can also arrange for a real Cadbury egg to be delivered once the egg is found). Make the clue as difficult or as obvious as you want. Fun! https://worldwidehide.cadbury.co.uk/
#3 Celebrate Green Shoots
Did you just cringe at that phrase? It seemed there was a time when politicians used it ALL. THE. TIME. . And now, when it really does seem like we should celebrate the bright Spring green of new growth and coming out of the darkness of Winter, you hardly ever hear it. Go figure.
*yes, I know it's usually used when speaking about economic recovery.....but it seems so much more fitting these days. Spring green silk scarf from Originals by Yolande Dennis, and ceramic succulent pots from That Girl in Green
#4 Plan a Bee Friendly Space Outdoors
Easter weekend is traditionally the busiest time for garden centres. If you're supporting your local garden centre - or just making plans for your garden or balcony, Friends of the Earth has some great ideas for making it a space that bees will want to visit here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/nature/gardening-bees
If you don't have green fingers - or you'd rather celebrate bees in another way, we can help with these great gifts. Left to Right: hand painted bee light jar from Decoratis, velvet bee pouch from That Girl in Green, and friendly bee shower hat from Ciara Daisy.
#5 Keep Thinking of Others
It's been a rough year, and it's still so important to reach out to others - whether it's to friends or family you haven't seen for the longest while, or to your child's teacher or your next door neighbour. A unique hand-cut card like this one with a cute bird balancing on bunting, or a little gift or plant with a special Easter egg tag (both by Katie Sarah) would be so thoughtful - and would be sure to bring a smile to their face - and let's be honest - we could all use more of that these days, right?
We've all been busy behind the scenes, making beautiful and unique new products, and getting the shops all spic and span again (and creating a totally NEW shop in Windsor!). We're really excited to see you again in person soon - but if you can't wait that long, don't forget that you can still shop online! www.craftcoopshop.co.uk