I have a confession.
I’m not all that fond of yellow.
There. I said it.
Maybe it’s a reflection of my state of mind. Or perhaps I was just born in the wrong climate. Either way, yellow just isn’t my colour. But I have to admit, despite my less than sunny disposition, even I can’t fail to find joy in a sea of spring daffodils.
And when I discovered this pack of 6 bright yellow felt pads with their cute yellow flower pattern for less than a quid in Poundland, I had a sneaky suspicion yellow was going to feature heavily in my Ostara mantel.
Ostara or Eostre is an ancient name associated with the Spring Equinox and if you’ve been lurking the fringes of my world for a while, you’ll know that I celebrate the seasons according to the old ways. While the weatherman calls spring on the 1st of March, it’s not until the Spring Equinox that I finally say goodbye to winter.
You might think that following in the footsteps of the ancients is all a bit mumbo jumbo, but it’s really not very woo woo at all. After all, if you celebrate Easter, then you do too!
Because Easter is still determined astrologically.
Didn’t you ever wonder why Easter falls on different dates each year? It’s because of the Equinox and the full moon.
I kid you not.
Now this may take a little brain power, so ready yourself.
Easter falls on the first Sunday
following the first full moon
that follows the Spring Equinox.
I know. Stay with me…
Each year, the Spring Equinox falls on the 20th or 21st of March. The first full moon after that is the next astrological marker and then Easter falls on the first Sunday after that.
OK, let’s take 2017 as an example:
- The Spring Equinox is on 20th March
- The first full moon after the Spring Equinox is 11th April
- The first Sunday after 11th April is 16th April
- The 16th of April is Easter Day!
OK, not to blow your mind entirely, but it would be remiss of me not to mention that this is only the case for the Northern Hemisphere. For those on the other side of the planet, the Equinoxes are reversed, so we replace the Spring Equinox with Autumn. Makes sense, right – they’ve had their summer… ours is on its way!
Anyway, back to the spring canvas.
The spring canvas that was SO hard to make, I had plenty of time to explain when Easter is.
Well I took those bright yellow felt pads with their cute yellow flower pattern that I found for less than a quid in Poundland and I glued them onto a couple of canvases that I picked up in The Works for £3 each.
To make them look as though they were far more difficult to create than they actually were, I grabbed a tester pot of sunny yellow emulsion from one of THOSE bags and painted the edges of each canvas and a small border.
And that was it.
So simple, our 3 year old Granbubba could do it!
I reckon they came out looking pretty darn good and I have big plans for them on next week’s Ostara Mantel, so stay tuned.
What do you think? Reckon you might try a little simple spring canvas art for your Easter decorations? As always, I’d love to hear from you, so drop a note below to let me know. You’ll also find me hanging out on Facebook and Instagram, so come on over and join in the chat.
A hui hou,