Monday, 21 March 2016

Easter Bonnet Making. The Dream V The Reality

Oh blimey. It's that time of year. Worse than 'World Book Day'. It's the annual 'Easter Crap Hat Parade'. You can't buy these. You can't fob off your kids with a Disney Princess outfit you brought last minute in Asda. In your head, around Good Friday last year, you made a vow that this year would be different. This year you weren't going to be caught short. This year your little one was going to rock an Easter hat so hard people would applaud, weep even. Jesus would be high fiving the angels in heaven whilst God shouts "Hell Yeah!". And as per? You have f*cked it up massively. So here are the dreams you so long for and the tragic reality of Easter Bonnet Making.

Preparations 
The dream: After World Book day you instantly created a Pinterest board entitled 'Ambitious Easter Hats'. You spent hours deciding if you were going to go down a religious route or focus on producing delicate and beautiful shabby chic bunny ears. 

The reality: After 'World Book Day' you recuperate (#gin) and promptly forget all about the impending day. Until you get a text from school stating 'Don't forget Easter Bonnets and the parade on Wednesday'. Sh*t! Your daughter still hasn't forgiven you for not remembering there was a face painting for £1 at Sports Relief day and she was the only child that never got to do it. You run home, search the fancy dress box for last years hat. See it's clearly died and can't be resurrected. You weep and Google 'easiest Easter hats ever known to man'. Look at the pictures. And weep again. 

Materials
The dream: Your house already contains various bits and bobs. Cath Kidston swatches and the like. Your Mum has knitted teeny tiny chicks and of course you remembered to hold on to last years hat so can easily reuse it! Result. 

The reality: You run to Poundland the afternoon before the parade. Raid their shelves. Sweating profusely. Chucking in a cheap pack of Crunchies and some Fruit Pastilles for your efforts. If only Poundland did gin.

What do you get when Sainsburys and Poundland throw up on a hat???

Child Input
The dream: Ah the joy of working with your small child. They sit patiently. Never touch the super glue and offer some really good input. Marvelling at your genius. Exclaiming it is the best hat they have ever seen whilst you discuss if Jesus really existed.

The reality: STOP PUTTING F*CKING SUPERGLUE ON THE DOG!!!!! 

Final Product
The dream: Yes! I have done better than last year! Ordering those little lambs from America was inspired! You put a photo on Instagram and get 100 likes within five minutes. You still have a week to go to the big event so you pop it on a top shelf to be a festive display for a few days. So you can show it off to your family. And everyone can gasp at your creative flare.

The reality 
SUPERGLUE SEEPS THROUGH THE HAT AND YOU CAN'T MOVE YOUR FINGERS AND THE FRICKIN CHICKS WON'T STICK ON AND SOME D*CK HAS POSTED A PHOTO OF AN AMAZING ONE ON INSTAGRAM AND YOUR'S IS SH*T. Sob.

This child is not drunk. It's just the hat

Parade Time! 
The dream: Your child manages to keep the hat on on the long walk to school due to the ribbon you cleverly tied on it. They walk into the playground and everyone turns to stare at the masterpiece whispering "gosh now where did she get those tiny sheep?". Of course you win. And everyone is happy.

The reality: You are of course late to school. You run. Your child insists on wearing the hat. It flies off and with it goes five cheap chicks and two bows. Luckily you remembered the super glue. Unluckily you didn't put the lid on and it's now stuck to the inside of your pocket. You try not to scream at your child "STOP PULLING THE EGGS OFF" as you're supposed to being holy or summat. You are ashamed by your efforts...and then???...

...some poor sod walks in in just a highly unreligious Spiderman baseball cap on and you mentally fist punch the air. Congratulating yourself for making an effort. You are Super Mum!

FFS

21 comments:

  1. Thankfully I don't think A's school do this tradition. It has gone completely over my head (excuse the pun) and I am pretty glad of that! x

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  2. You know how I feel about this. You must keep the hat somewhere very safe and just get it out year after year. I will not make new bonnets annually! X

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  3. I'm going to do it when my daughter is in bed. Less mess and the whole place won't be stuck with glue hehe xx

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  4. I'm going to do it when my daughter is in bed. Less mess and the whole place won't be stuck with glue hehe xx

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    1. Ha ha ha! Brilliant this was such a good plan! x

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  5. hahaha! I am so glad my youngest doesn't have to make one. I stress enough having to hard boil eggs for her to take into school to decorate .lol

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    1. Ha ha! I god I would no way be able to do that! x

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  6. AARGH the annual easter bonnet parade, what an ordeal! I had grand visions but ended up saying 'fuck it' just glue tissue paper all over it. I was too stressed out by the god dam chicks that would not stick! We got 3rd place though,so it's never as bad as you think. Fab post

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    1. Third place is AMAZING!!! Well done! x

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  7. This post has cheered me up, I'm not the only one who does the last minute bonnet dash. Currently sitting with a coffee and cig (naughty) contemplating the bonnet kit I have in front of me and I'm still struggling!! X

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  8. I'm SO glad I've never had to do one of these! It must be easier now with so many shops stocking all the bits, but I would totally get the superglue everywhere. Thank goodness there is always the one kid in a Spiderman cap/ Elsa crown!

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  9. I have to admit I'm rather pleased that this year's Easter hat parade at preschool is on a day he doesn't attend. I don't think we could beat rabbit ears headband sticking through a paper bowl!

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  10. Wow!!Amazing work!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAN5SnpxGVs

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  11. I am actually gutted our school didn't do one this year, and do you know why.... I only found an amazing handmade Easter Bonnet last year in a charity shop for £1.29 !!!!And damn right I was going to pass it off as my own creation x

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