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Easter Egg Felt Pouches & My Hometown

I think this nearly deserves a post of its own, and will get one, but I left NJ ten years ago this Monday.

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Who’s counting, right?

I had big dreams – of great mountains, and bacon-smoked air. Steadiness and flying. Steady flying. I wanted to build a life and a family – and even a home. I had no idea all of these things would happen, and are still happening (house renovations!!), and my biggest dream used to be that I’d get to this place without anxiety. Wow, how I’m glad I still got to this place anyway, even with my anxiety. It’s made the climb more ragged and dangerous, but with the air up there sweeter than I imagined.

What’s coming is coming for you anyway, and oh how it is to rise to meet it head-on.

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That doesn’t mean I don’t think about my hometown. Scarlet and Des live in the very town they were born in – what kind of magic is that? Me? I never did live in the town with the hospital that held my birth. It was a zig-zaggy, to-and-fro journey.

By the way, did you come here for the amazing Easter craft, or for the Finish the Sentence Friday prompt? I got ya either way! Sometimes I’m one or the other, and sometimes I’m all at once. I needed to end this week a certain way – with tiny spots of wisdom and experience – in between adorable Easter pics. Or is it tiny Easter pics in between wisdom and experience?

Well hey, keep reading and you’ll find both. And not in order!

You will not be able to believe the cuteness of these Easter Egg Felt Pouches. They're easy to make, and then fill them with your favorite #Easter treats.

In NJ, it is customary to love either Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, or a hearty dose of both. For years, I preferred another Bruce – Bruce Hornsby. I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen on my 9th year out of New Jersey. I don’t think it has anything to do with taking the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. It’s just that Bruce Springsteen rocks. I’m not so far from home anymore that I miss what I missed when I was in California – Dunkin Donuts. Autumn. 24hr diners.

I was born in Dover, NJ. I lived near there in Rockaway, NJ for the first five years of my life but did all my schooling, from elementary school to high school, in Roxbury, NJ. Specifically, we lived in Flanders, since Roxbury is giant and full of several towns. During college and for a few years after graduation, I lived in central New Jersey – in or near Rutgers University.

Sometimes I miss a lot of things about this girl.

I miss my family and friends. I miss the roots that took 27 years to lay down. You can’t just rip them up and leave. Rather, you leave roots down there and every now and then, you need to visit and nurture your roots. I have no desire to ever move back, but I do miss the people. As for Massachusetts, I love that we’re 2-3 hours from NYC, 1-2 hours from Boston, three hours from Maine, and under an hour to Connecticut and the Berkshires. I love the wilderness in our city, the politics and people, the local, organic food, the dreamy springs and exquisite autumns..what we find in our gardens.. the spirt and togetherness.

This is Scarlet and Des’ hometown, and that will always mean a heck of a lot!

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“When the day goes down on the water town
When the sun sinks low all around
That’s when I know I need you now
You’re what I miss” — Bruce Hornsby

In my hometown, I learned how to do arts and crafts. Silly as it sounds, it’s one of the single most powerful memories I have. My mom’s art studio above the trees – looking out from the third floor of the house, and her art school below my bedroom. I looked out over the woods too, and I often woke up to the murmur of children’s voices below the floorboards. Learning art.

What’s Needed

Felt, multi-colors
Embroidery Floss, multi-colors
Sewing Needle
Candy, suckers or small chocolate bunnies
Scissors

Directions

  1. Draw some large and small egg shapes on the different colors of felt. You can make these any size you would like.
  2. Cut these out.
  3. Now draw half egg shapes the same size as the other eggs you drew on the felt, but make the tops jagged like the top of a cracked egg.
  4. Cut these out and lay one jagged half egg on top of a whole egg you cut out earlier.
  5. Thread your needle with a piece of embroidery thread and tie a knot at the end. Sew the top piece to the bottom piece by sewing along the outer edges of the egg. Do not sew the top jagged edge to the back piece (just sew on itself), as this will be your opening for your candy.
  6. Now that the eggs are sewn together and you should have a little pouch so you can put a piece of candy in it!
  7. Have fun!

You will not be able to believe the cuteness of these Easter Egg Felt Pouches. They're easy to make, and then fill them with your favorite #Easter treats.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “My Hometown..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.

Where is your hometown?

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18 Comments

  1. Very cute craft and love how you weaved this with the FTSF linkup, too. Totally going to have to give this one a try with my girls being on spring break with a half day today and all next week off. Thanks 🙂

  2. Those Easter egg pouches are ADORABLE! Such a great idea!

    I happen to love Bon Jovi and I have an appreciation for The Boss, but I have never been to New Jersey!

  3. I am loving this. I’m not that great when it comes to doing things with needles but my mom was a pro! BTW I know very few people who still in the same place they grew up in. Right now the only one in my family is Madison since we’ll be here for a while but she already has her eyes set on California when she grows up. According to her “California knows how to party”. She sings it almost every day. 😀

  4. I have a little confessions Tamara. I’ve been sad lately at first I didn’t want to admit the reason why but its the fact that I’ll be 35 this year, no kids no husband. I love my life, the freedom, the crafting, the alone time but I also long for babies crying and kids giggling, a husband to call me wife. Thank God I’m finally out of that funk. I know it will happen when its supposed to happen and I’m not trying to rush it, but all my Mommy blogging friends, like you, allow me a peek into your life which totally helps. I’m dating a guy from New Jersey and it’s going really well. I think it’s because he’s a Jersey Boy lol. I love love love this cute little Easter Craft! Have a great weekend Tamara 🙂

  5. This is so cute! It would look adorable on my Easter table setting toI! I know what you mean about hometown and I go back to mine every week to see my mom. There is something very comforting about it. Thanks for the awesome idea and have a great weekend!

  6. The Easter egg pouches are adorable! I love them and you did such a great job weaving memories of your hometown and your mom’s art studio with a crafty how-to. Awesome!

  7. I’m going to show these to my son. He recently started sewing by hand and he loves it. He will love making these.

  8. These are adorable. I wish I had someone to make them for! I’m in the “all adults” stage of life. I suppose I could make one for my husband… I love crafts.

  9. The felt pouches are adorable – love how you wove the two things together in the post.
    I can’t imagine living anywhere but here, where I grew up. I suppose if life presented the opportunity or necessity, we’d go, but for now I’m happy right here.

  10. Those felt pouches are adorable! I don’t live in the state of my birth. I think moving around is hard, but the journey is always an interesting adventure 🙂

  11. You live in my hometown, sort of😀. I was born on the Cape. I feel like I have three hometowns, because I lived in Naples for so long and that’s where I went to middle and high school and college. Then there’s Atlanta, which is my children’s home town, and the place where I’ve lived longest.

  12. I moved so much when I was younger – I’m not even sure what I would choose as my hometown! My boys have lived where they were born their whole lives – and I love that. I would choose Bruce Hornsby too. I got to see him perform at a small outdoor venue a few years ago – so good.

  13. i think it’s so incredible how close you are to all the action, but that you’re also away from it all, deep in wilderness. i actually came full circle and moved back to my hometown! never thought that would be the case, but that’s what happens when you have kids. ha!

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