With the holiday just several weeks away, I’ve pulled out my stuffed Easter bunny collection.
Its an simple way to decorate for the holiday and spring season, and makes for a quick transition from St. Patrick’s Day accents.
Displaying the bunnies and rabbits high up on the mantle in the family room, also keeps them safely out of reach of Whiskey, our Scottie puppy.
At that height off the floor — and his short stature — the collection isn’t even in Whiskey’s field of vision. A good thing, because like any rodent hunting Scottish Terrier, he loves chewing on stuffed animals and playing “shake and kill.” So far, he’s managed to rip through two of his toys, with a favorite teddy bear now minus an arm lol! Our first Scottie, Fibber MacGee, did the same.
That’s why I’ve never incorporated a stuffed bunny into any vignette or basket decor. As seen in my Easter Home Tour, many of those decorations sit on the floor, hearth or a coffee table. For those, I stick to rabbits made of resin, plaster or porcelain. However, since this year we have a puppy underfoot and no company coming, I’ve cut way back on my decorations.
So it’s nice to at least have my stuffed Easter bunny collection on display.
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In anticipation of Easter, I actually pulled out the herd of rabbits (or fluffle as they’re called in Canada) in early March, while the kitchen was decorated with shamrocks and leprechauns.
Because there’s often little time between the two holidays, I decorate the kitchen for St. Patrick’s Day, while the rest of the house has spring and Easter decor.
Usually, on March 18th, I’m rushing to switch from a St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting, to Sweet Rustic Rabbit Easter Table or Darling Bunny Hop Table Celebrates Spring.
Regardless of the table setting or centerpiece, bunny and rabbit decor accents, dishware and linens dominate for the Easter holiday.
Or, as pictured to the right, even edible bunnies made of icing have a place on the table.
Let me introduce you to the fury members of my fluffle.
Stuffed Easter Bunny & Rabbit Friends
Most of my stuffed Easter bunny and rabbit collection were found at two favorite places to shop for decor and unique gifts. I’ve taken you to both on several shopping excursions across the seasons, including; Easter Hunt and Finds at Trax Farm and Spring Open House at Old Allegheny Shoppe (I have no affiliation with either).
When the boys were little, they received a special little bunny on their very first Easter. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed friends were loved and played with until they were worn and dirty.
All those in my fluffle, were purchased for yours truly lol! It was around the same time I started adding stuffed moose to the Ski Lodge Theme Decor Family Game Room. I’d buy about one a year; always sorely tempted on those seasonal outings to Trax Farm and Old Allegheny.
I started small, with this jointed Boyds Bear brand bunny made between 1988 – 2000.
The texture of his fur and whiskers reminds me of a much more expensive, high-end Steiff stuffed animal. As a child, I had a beloved Steiff black and white terrier. He squeaked when you squeezed his tummy.
My very favorite stuffed Easter bunny is by Russ. I just found a listing for one like him on Pinterest and Etsy.
Manchester the Bunny measures 21 inches in length, is jointed, and looks and feels like mohair. Although he only dates from the 1990’s, I think he looks vintage. How about you?
Next to him on the mantle is a tan stuffed Easter bunny from The Bearington Collection. He’s got what feels like tiny beans in all four of his paws. Like the first rabbit, he’s sporting a country pattern bow.
Don’t you love those long, shapeable ears and long whiskers?
Sitting on his lap is a white mohair rabbit with movable limbs. Unfortunately, I must have trimmed off the large tag that identifies the manufacturer.
To the right, sits another Boyds Collection rabbit dated from 1990 – 1999. I suspect I acquired all the stuffed bunnies in my collection in that timeframe.
Rabbits Right & Left
Another five stuffed Easter bunnies and rabbits sit on the opposite side the mantle.
Also part of the Boyds Collection of Gettysburg, PA is this deep brown and white, jointed rabbit. He’s dated 1988 – 2000. I love those enormous feet! They remind me of the adorable Thumper in the movie Bambi.
Like most of the other stuffed bunnies in my collection, he has a big fluffy cottontail you can’t see in these photographs.
Another favorite of mine is this unique grey, brown-tipped fur rabbit. I call him patches for obvious reasons! He’s another jointed rabbit with bean-filled feet from The Bearington Collection of Georgia.
In addition to sporting a floppy patched hat, he wears a burlap backpack.
Hitching a ride in the backpack is this vintage-looking little rabbit.
Soft and squishiest of the fluffle is this creamy white, stuffed Easter bunny. He’s the most huggable of the bunch too. Roaker is another Russ creation.
Finally, is another Bearington Collection little rabbit with vintage styling. He sports the same green check pattern bow as one of his cousins on the other end of the mantle.
You might have noticed I haven’t published a post recently? Lately, I’ve been busy taking care of and training Whiskey. Between feedings, potty trips, training classes, and vet visits, having a puppy has been a part to full-time occupation of late. Not that I’m complaining! I sometimes wonder how I managed it with Fibber and I was still consulting?
Whiskey is in constant motion so its hard to take pictures! This is over a month and a half old, with his ears almost fully standing.
There has been the added challenges of housebreaking during a harsh winter and socializing a puppy during a pandemic. Did I tell you my car battery died while I sat in the car waiting for Whiskey at the vet? Ugh! Of course, hubby was across town at the time volunteering at Habitat — and didn’t have his phone on him. Ironically, Mr. Buzz’s car battery died 10 days earlier!
Since Whiskey got his second series of shots, we’ve been attending puppy classes three times a week. It’s been so nice to be back at Animal Friends!
But, Whiskey has struggled with car sickness and that has not been nice at all! He’s too young for medication and will hopefully grow out of it. Skipping the meal before and taking shorter trips around the neighborhood seems to be helping. Last night, we made it to and from puppy school with no problem. Fingers crossed!
Shots in the Arm
Last week, hubby and I were fortunate to get our first shots. Although, we did have to travel out-of-state to Ohio to get them. No complaints though, as it was only a little over an hour’s drive each way.
Because Walmart’s supply of vaccines comes from the federal government, they had no problem with administering residents from Pennsylvania. We just had to meet Ohio’s eligibility requirements. At the time it was age 50 and up, while in PA it’s still lagging way behind at 65.
A month from now we’ll return for the second shots. It’s like a giant weight has been lifted and the future looks brighter.
Hope you are all healthy and well.
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How delighted I am to see a wonderful stuffed bunny collection…I too have fallen prey to their charm and have my own collection which includes Boyd’s Bear rabbits, Bearington bunnies and also old edition bunnies by ‘Bunnies By The Bay’…they have personality!
Lovely to see how Whiskey is growing and challenging in every way that puppies do…he looks like a complete blessing as he matures into the sweet dog he will be!
Looks like we will be able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 soon and let’s hope all who can receive this shot will do so.
Have a Happy Easter and stay well and safe! Cheers, Alayne
Lovely to hear from you Alayne! Sounds like you have an extensive collection; how do you display them? Whiskey is doing very well, and is so happy to now have the opportunity to interact and play with other puppies and people. Now that we were blessed to get our first shot, I’m anxious for everyone else — around the planet — to have the opportunity and do the same when it’s their turn. When I see what’s going on in Miami, I want to scream (and I think I have; at the TV anyway!). Wishing you a very happy Easter too!
What an adorable post. I never got into collecting ‘critters’, but when I had a shop, I had great fun dressing them and selling them. Somewhere, I might have a few old stock bunnies, they were the best for Spring. Very cute post, thanks
It must have been great fun to decorate your shop for the various seasons and holiday Sandra. I’ll bet finding those old bunnies would feel like finding buried treasure?
Sounds like you have been super busy. It takes getting used to, I’m sure, after such a long hiatus without a puppy. Plus, all the social restrictions, puppy car sickness, and the fact that mom & dad may have a little less gas in the tank than years before, not to mention batteries dying! I say these things all in good humor. I know the car situation had to be frustrating. So glad you were able to get your shots! Your bear collection is impressively large! I think those guys must’ve been multiplying on you back in the 1990s!
Normal seems so long ago now Rita, and there’s been no such thing as a schedule or routine. In Oct I had my foot surgery and wasn’t in a shoe until Xmas. Then there was 2 months of therapy. Having a puppy requires meals at specific times, about 8 potty trips/day (regardless of weather), etc. And, like my car battery, I probably need a recharge myself lol! As you said, a “little less gas in the tank.” Whiskey is no longer having accidents and seems to really understand the behavior/treat connection. He knows at least a dozen words and commands — I love that we are connecting.
Hubby and I decided against rescheduling Ireland for fall, but are planning one in CA’s national parks. And, we booked a Dutch tulip season river cruise for 2022. Itching to travel again!
Preciosa tu colección de conejitos de Pascua. Una ricura Whisky, yo tengo un Galgo, Piccolo Italiano y hace lo mismo con los peluches le encanta jugar con ellos pero los destroza. Un fuerte abra<o
Precious your collection of Easter bunnies. A sweetie Whiskey, I have a Greyhound, Piccolo Italiano and he does the same with stuffed animals, he loves to play with them but he destroys them. A strong open
Hi Pilar, sounds like it’s much more of a challenge with you pony-size greyhound, than my short stature terrier lol! Glad you enjoyed my bunnies. Have a wonderful Easter!
I kept thinking, oh, this is my favorite, then you would show another close up, and that would be my fav! It’s too hard to pick just one out of the bunch, they are all cute.
Thanks for sharing this plus news about Whiskey progress at the Friday with Friends party.
You’re so sweet Rachelle; thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a blessed Easter.
I hear you on the shots, Debbee!! Mine are both done, had the normal reactions both times, and drove up to Oklahoma since our local spots were filled. Not complaining at all since I really like Oklahoma’s garden centers! (different plants) Also, just getting out of the house for a drive was sooo worth it. Going with a friend next week back up to Norman to tour, eat lunch and enjoy the sites/garden centers. 😀
Anyway, happily pinned your pup and you (Favorite Artists, Bloggers…), Whiskey (Animal Friends) and your bunnies (of course!) as part of featuring your post at this week’s Share Your Style #298. Big spring hugs to you and your pup! Mr. Yoda sends doggy love. <3
We have another 10 days before heading to Ohio for our second shots. So about another month until we’re fully vaccinated. Our sons were also able to get their first shots, so feeling very relieved. Still, it’s so frustrating and upsetting that cases and hospitalizations are still surging!
Thanks again for the double feature week! Whiskey got his third series of shots and now is fully vaccinated too. So, we made the first trip to the groomer and are getting out more on walks, etc. I’ve taken a bit of a break from new posts for lack of blog-worthy content and just being busy with getting out and about in the real world again. It was such a joy to ride my bike since surgery last October! And, next month we head to Philly to see family and friends. Mom is also flying up for a nice long visit.
Hello! So adorable! You gave me a great idea for next Easter as I also have lots of Boyd’s bunnies! That little white rabbit w/ pink ribbon without a tag is a Boyd’s Bear 1990. I have the same one with tag but with no name is written on it so I don’t know anything more about it. Thanks for sharing!!
Hi Melissa, so happy you found my post. How big is your collection of Boyd bunnies, and are you still adding to it? Appreciate you identifying the little rabbit for me too. Circle back next Easter and let me know how your display turns out.