When school adjourns for the summer each spring, I look forward to the extra time I get to spend with Belen and Eloise.
Friday before last, I was pleased to spend the day with them. While we were running a few errands together, Belen found a painted rock that had been planted for someone to discover.
The front of the rock had been painted with a camping scene and the back was lettered with instructions, “Boise Rocks – Post pic, keep or re-hide.” The girls were fascinated by this little gift and we too thought it would be fun to leave some little gifts for strangers.
I told them about the Giving Bunny I had seen on Urban Threads. If you go to Urban Threads’ website and click on their “Freebie” link, you can download either a machine or hand embroidery design for The Giving Bunny. Under the Instructions link for this design, there is an explanation… “Here’s how it works: Download the FREE Giving Bunny design, available in two sizes for machine embroidery, as well as a PDF pattern for hand-stitchers. Stitch up as many bunnies as you please. Dress ’em up if you like, give them names, attach a tag to each to introduce them to the world, and then leave them in public spaces for someone to find.”
The girls and I thought it would be fun to make some bunnies to give away, so we stitched several bunnies out of an ivory polar fleece. Both Belen and Eloise had fun printing the names for each of their bunnies on little tags that told the story of the Giving Bunnies.
We printed off a template for the tags that Urban Threads provides and attached one to each bunny with small safety pins. Belen added an additional note to the back of her tag that read, ” Hope your bunny finds a nice home! Belen.
Once we finished making several bunnies, we packed them up as it was time to take Belen to her Writing Camp at the Cabin Writing Center near downtown.
After we dropped off Belen, Eloise and I thought it would be a good idea to hide some of the bunnies near the Ann Frank Memorial grounds. Eloise was very particular about where she wanted to place each of her Giving Bunnies.
Initially, she wanted to put a bunny in the hand of the Ann Frank statue, but later decided to relocate this bunny. Next she tried a couple other spots around the Memorial grounds.
She was so excited to see who would be the first to discover one of her Giving Bunnies, so she hid behind a grove of trees to watch.
While she was watching, she did not see anyone find one of her bunnies. We decided to leave and go and get an ice cream cone and check on her bunnies when we returned for Belen’s reading at the Cabin.
When we returned, one of her bunnies was gone. She was thrilled and decided to relocate the remaining bunnies in a place where they would be a little more visible.
We put out a few more bunnies and went to watch Belen read one of her writings from Writing Camp.
Belen did an amazing job and we were so proud of not only her poem, but also how confidently she read it in front of a large crowd of people. Alecia and Andy joined us to watch Belen too. She was the first presenter.
After Belen was finished, we told Mommy and Daddy about the Giving Bunnies and Eloise helped Belen hide a few of her bunnies.
The girls had such a good time finding the “perfect” spot for each of their bunnies and talked about who might discover them. It really was a very fun and exciting adventure.
What projects have you been working on? It is so much fun to be outdoors with all this beautiful weather.
I hope you are having a great summer and look forward to hearing about any projects you have been working on.