Central Experimental Farm

Looking for something fun to do in the spring in Ottawa? The Central Experimental Farm has lots of baby animals that you can meet. Obviously one of my favourite things to do!

We went to the farm with Nic’s family, and the piglets, baby goats, lambs, kits (baby bunnies), calves, etc., were so adorable. For lunch we went to Rosa’s on Dow’s Lake, then walked around Hogs Back Falls.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa

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For Easter this year we got to go back to Ottawa. Because of the freezing rain Thursday night, our friend drove us in on Friday morning. We arrived too late to go to the Good Friday service, so we went to a GoodLife near my parents’ to deadlift. (Yeah, not going back to that club, it’s overrun with bros who wear cutoff Popeye’s shirts and improper form.)

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We had a relaxing day with my parents talking, colouring, crosswording, reading, and “watching” March Madness (I went on Pinterest and probably read more).

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Saturday morningwe got to go see Kelsey (and her dogs!) then went to get coffee.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Where would we go for coffee except Suzy Q’s for doughnuts! I had the carrot cake doughnut, the one in the middle. It was phenomenal.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

It was so great to catch up with Kelsey and show her both our wedding album (she was my maid of honour, and we haven’t seen her since I made the album) and the 2015 album.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Saturday afternoon Dad went for a bike ride, so Mom, Nic and I went to the Greenbelt for a nice walk. The sun was so bright, so the snow was slowly melting.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca
Poor squirrel was being chased down. He had to run for his life.
Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

A bag of seeds had obviously exploded, and this chipmunk was LOVING it.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

 
We drove to Nic’s parents for dinner, and then went to Hogsback Falls with them for a nice walk. The sunset was beautiful.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Nic wore an adorable bowtie for Easter Sunday.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

This is Flopsy. One of the youth brought his adorable bunny to church, and Mom and I were so happy to hold a bunny again.

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Gypsy hated being held like that, but that’s the only way Flopsy likes it!

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Happy Easter from us! We had Easter lunch at Nic’s parents’, and my parents came over. It’s so convenient having our parents live in the same city, and be friends! #InLawGoals

Easter Weekend in Ottawa - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Sunday after my parents left, we went for a walk along the Ottawa river with Nic’s parents. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. SO bright.

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What a wonderful walk and a wonderful weekend!

Marble Easter Egg DIY

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Do you love Easter and Easter eggs? I do! Keep reading to find a super cool way to decorate your eggs this year!
Marble Easter Egg DIY - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

I spent several days looking at different and cool ways to do Easter eggs. As you can see on my Pinterest board, you can use natural dyes (plants and spices), gold leaf, decoupage, or my favourite but most complicated, Ukrainian Easter eggs. In order to make it a super cheap DIY, I went with this awesome marbled egg design.

What you need:
Real, hardboiled eggs, or fake eggs with smooth surfaces
A container you’re okay to throw out
Room-temperature water (the nail polish will sink if the water is cold)
Nail polish of your choice
A stirring stick
A tray to hold the eggs while they dry
Rubber gloves

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Pour several drops of the nail polish into the water. Let it spread out by itself first on the top of the water, and then stir it so that you get a cooler design.

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The nailpolish makes a film on the water, so when you dip the eggs in a spot, that’s what you’re getting. You can do one side at a time, then lay the egg down to dry. They dry relatively quickly, and then you can get to the other side.

Keep in mind: sometimes there is a very, very faint layer of nailpolish in the surface which will make the drops not spread out properly. Clear away the film before you go again.

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Don’t you just love that bunny cookie jar and bunny bank? You can tell I have a thing for bunnies.

Marble Easter Egg DIY - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Marble Easter Egg DIY - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

I made this adorable centrepiece to go with it, and I love the white and blue theme.

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store

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Every season in our apartment I have loved making a wreath for our door. It’s a little old-fashioned, but it brings a lot more life to the hallway. I went to Dollarama, my favourite super cheap crafting store and picked up a bunch of things for my wreath. Of course, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to wreath ideas.
Check out my previous wreaths: Christmas and early fall (at the bottom)

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What you need:
Base for the wreath – anything round in the correct size will do. I contemplated using a steering wheel cover from the dollar store, then found this planter which has removable side posts. You can also take a regular wire clothes hanger and bend it into a circle.
Floral wire – or twine to attache all the pieces together. I used twine on my fall wreath because it blended in with the grape vine I was using. I got the super thin, flat stuff that is easy to bend.
Garland – it’s obviously super easy to just wind garlands around your circle, so that makes it a lot faster than individually attaching pieces
Any filler – if you want other greenery or flowers to attach to it, get some too.

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

Step 1
Separate the greenery from the extra stuff that you want.

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

Step 2
Use the wire to attach the greenery to the hoop so the flowers will have something to fix to. If you’re using rope instead, tie little loops with double knots around the hoop. With the wire method, you can wind it around to hold it especially tight.

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

Step 3
Finish attaching all the greenery and make sure you like it’s placement before you add the garlands.

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

Step 4
Wind the garlands around the wreath. I went pretty slowly and wound fairly tightly so that the flowers would stay front-facing when you’re done. For my wreath I used two garlands which were both over a meter long.

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

Easy Spring Wreath DIY From the Dollar Store - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.ca

Step 5
When the wreath is hanging up, adjust it so that the greenery and flowers are showing the way you want them to.

What do you think? Do you love wreaths like I do? Have you made one for Easter yet?