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April 1, 2014

April Fools, Fishes, and Bunnies

Hello, Fools!

I thought I would go into the origin of the celebration of April Fool's Day, so I checked Wikipedia and I immediately found this line:

Precursors of April Fool's Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria ... 

Now you will find a TON of information on Wiki about how the tradition of celebrating April Fool's Day started and how it is practiced in various parts of the world, but I think the best information of all is in that opening line. In fact, I wish that we celebrated The Festival of Hilaria instead of April Fool's Day!! Wouldn't that be hilaria?! I think so. (And I didn't even make that up!!)

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Another tibbit of information given is that in some places it started out being called April Fish Day. In places where that is celebrated, a rascallion makes a paper fish and then successfully attaches it to the back of someone who then becomes the "fool." Sort of nicer than attaching a "kick me" sign to someone's back. Not that I would know anything about doing something that naughty.

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For my card on this foolish day, I chose to make a bunny rather than a fish. I was inspired by the current Lucky Dip challenge at Less Is More, where the theme is "Round and Round." Thank you, ladies, for another fun challenge!
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And here's my card:

I used my circle punches to create the round bunny body out of a store-bought note card covered in pretty springtime words. I used my heart punch to make the ears and feet, rounding half of the heart to make it more bunny ear- and foot-appropopo. The round bunny tail is made from a cotton ball pulled from the top of a medicine bottle. The bunny grass is hand drawn with markers and pencils and a silvery green glitter pen was used to write "Happy Spring" in the lawn.

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More paper snippets used in today's card, so I'm off to Pixie's Snippets Playground to share my bunny with the gang there.
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In between spring showers on Sunday, the Dukester kept me company as I deadheaded my Azalea bushes. As you can tell from my attire, it must have been all of 67 degrees, which is pretty much freezing cold in California.
You might notice that I have cut off a portion of my backside. The ability to crop photos is up near the top of my Gratitude List. I'm hoping you aren't very good at porportionizing, although, of course, you are, aren't you, being a card artist and all. Well, I'll just ignore that.

I had a few years of blissfully living in a land I like to call Delirium in between having a young son on the premises and now having young grandsons. Children, with their brutal honesty, have a way of bringing you crashing back to a land called Reality.

Why just recently, Henry was playing in the family room, I was in the kitchen, and Papa and Adam were off doing something. I asked Henry if he would like the Legos which are kept in a plastic box under Adam's bed just inside the door to their room. "Sure," he said. I dried my hands and went to their room, bending over in the doorway to retrieve the box.

I hadn't realized that Henry had gotten up and followed me.

Henry hadn't realized that I was going to abruptly stop in the doorway and suddenly bend over, so he had to come to a screeching halt just inches from my bottom.

Stunned, he blurted, "WHOA! You have a BIG butt!"

I thought about explaining how having a big butt is my genetic body type and that it does't bother me because I can't see it. Or telling him that grandma is all on-trend in this age of Kardashian big butts, but he's too young to know about stuff like that, thank goodness.

And anyways, I'm pretty sure he was just teasing me, you know? I mean, I think he knew he wasn't going to be here today for April Fool's Day, so he fooled me early, right?

{Cough.}

Now where are those walking shoes I bought in the 1900s?

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Enjoy your day of hilaria! Enjoy crafting your fishes or your bunnies and slapping them unknowingly onto the backs of innocent people and then yelling, "April Fool" and running away!

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79 comments:

Gerrina said...

Great take on the challenge! Love the bunny and your choice to make a coloured background for the card! Inky greetings, Gerrina

Cathy said...

Such a cute card Darnell, out of the mouths of babes! LOL Don't you love their innocent ability to just say what they see, Not saying that what they see is necessarily accurate! Gonna stop before my foot gets stuck in my mouth!! Cathy x

Suze Bain said...

Ha, ha, your story really made me laugh and I must remember that little tip of cropping my butt in future photos. Super bunny butt card. Xx

Sue - said...

Great take on the LIM challenge! And another witty post to brighten my morning as well!

Meg said...

Super cute card and as always your tales from the playhouse and beyond made me giggle!

Gay Peplow said...

A day of Hilaria sounds so much fun Darnell, who wants a day about fools? Makes no sense at all! Well done for all your research and I loved the giggle, Thank you :D Your bunny card is not only clever but very sweet, using Spring worded paper a great idea!
Have a wonderful day, Hugs Gay x

Redanne said...

I absolutely adore your gorgeous bunny card, very clever use of the punches. I think it was meant as an April Fool joke on you, are sure he was not talking about the bunny.... Thanks for the giggle though and no - you don't have a big butt at all! Hugs, Annie xxx

Kim M said...

Oh Darnell, you are just too hilaria! ;-). My son has said the same thing to me before. They certainly don't have a filter do they, these young'uns. LOL! Love your cute bunny card and how you made it. Big hugs! :-)

Karen B said...

I've decided Dippy that you should rename your blog as The Home of Dippypeadia!!!! You are a mine of very usefull(less???) information and I can't wait to learn more every day. Fab bunny card for the LIM challenge. You always get the truth from kids eh??? lol

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Buttons said...

Oh Darnell you do make me giggle! I too love the crop ability for exactly the same reason!!! And your bunny card is simply beautiful. Jenny x

JD/ Jill said...

Cute, cute bunny...(I'mm off to get my circle punch...)
Love your photos...I can tell that your grandpuppy, Duke...loves you.
We have a grandpuppy too, (we call her our youngest grandchild) She is usually really excited to see us..
but for some reason...last time we visited she was more interested in her new toy than us...LOL!

Di said...

Great Spring card Darnell! Love the fact you used the Spring paper too and how cleverly you made the bunny :)

I did grin about the 'butt assessment' - little scamp!

Hugs

Di
xx

Joni nina Andaya said...

What a Happy Spring card Darnell!!! Super CUTE with the white bunny :) Have a FAB week <3

Irish Cherokee said...

Nice card. Interesting thing Hilaria day.

Susanne Vargas said...

Still laughing about your post! Between Hilaria (at first I thought you made that up - it sounded so much like you), porportionizing, and quoting Henry you had me laughing out loud! Thank you!
Oh, and very clever to use punches to make that cute bunny!

vicki said...

Happy fish day :) oohh your cards are just gorgeous Darnell I love that Easter bunny although he does look cheeky ;) aww lovely photo of your dog he's beautiful!!!
Hugs
Vic x

Happy Dance said...

Grins and giggles. Grins about your sweet bunny card! Love the note card body, and the cottony little tail. Hand lettering??!!! Way to go, my friend. Now. Giggles. As far as butts go... My grandma told us kids that grandmas were SUPPOSED to be chubby. That way they had soft laps and gave soft hugs! Besides, chairs are harder these days...I need the extra padding! Kids sure are funny. Someday, he'll be horrified that he actually said that! And grandma will just laugh. Great card. Bev (a properly chubby grandma!)

Pat said...

I love your bunny Darnell, and your clever way of making it. The spring words paper is just right, and you have used such a lovely spring green colour for the background. x

Tracey McNeely said...

Sweet bunny, I love his little tail! I really love the photo of you and Dukester tending to the Azeleas! ~hugs

Shirley Ross said...

A totally cute bunny! and your friend keeping you company is wonderful too! Hard to believe you have Azalea bushes in bloom. Here in NC my daffodils are blooming!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Embrace the booty!!! I mean figuratively not literally as that way leads to lawsuits or paternity suits... can't remember which.

Cute bunny and I can't help but comment on his fluffy bunny bum!

Happy April Fish Day to you!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Don't kids say the darnest things! Love the inserted fish -- he is cute! :)

Nan G said...

Cute cute bunny card! Well Grandma, he April Hilaria'd you....:):):) hope you chuckled...I am!

Carol L said...

Oh my gawd, I can't stop laughing!! The visual popped into my head immediately as you described it and I'm in stitches! ROFL!!
Your card is as cute as a bunny butt with that tiny cottontail - unlike our IRL behinds that have no business being in photos!!! LOL

Diane said...

Such a cute bunny card Darnell, you just make me laugh with your stories. Happy April Fools Day.

Hugs Diane

Carole said...

sweet pickles that's a fun bunny and an amusing story. Hugs C

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, your bunny card is just so darn cute and very creative, I like the spring words on the paper that you die cut. Oh too funny about your grandson's comments. Maybe it was just because he was close? Kids are can say the funniest things, I recall my granddaughter asking me why I had "grey spots" in my hair as she pointed to my roots. Have a great day, Shirleyxx

Anita in France said...

Clever and cute, Darnell ... what a splendid bunny cotton tail! 1st April here we do the fish thing. Did you know that a butt is a fish ... Henry must've been talking about the fish already attached to your back (in elegant French style, of course)when he was so startled by your abrupt stop! Glad that's all explained! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb Ghig said...

OMGosh, Darnell...you are such a RIOT! Or, should I say, 'HILARIA'! I lost count how many times you made me laugh during this post...but, you are so great at doing that ~ Thank you!

I love your bunny card! How clever you are to use circle punches and hearts...not to mention the cotton ball from a med bottle!!! So creative and completely adorable!

Thanks so much for sharing your photo and story with us...I'm sure Henry was 'April Fooling' you in advance...wink, wink!

Kathleen said...

You have some of the most fabulous out of the box idea's a really true crafter, not following like sheep what everyone else is doing, great respect for that and also for the comedy value of your posts.
I also have to say a huge thank you for offering the RD prize to me and I really hope that you don't think that I have thrown the kindness in your face by turning it down, I also forgot to say 'no thank you' to the prize, I really don't enter for the prizes, but I am also on a mission to use up papers that I already have and as I said to Sarn, the stamp was an animal and I just can not colour animals. Thank you so much once again for thinking of me.
Henry, it must be to do with the name, my 5 year old Grandson is called Austin Henry and he told us the other week that by the time he had a girlfriend we would be dead, my eldest Grandson Ethan Henry had such a look of horror on his face and their Dad, John Henry was working away,in Honalulu, so we have three Henry's in the family,

Kath x

jimlynn said...

Well, let's see....the post is hilaria for sure! Don't you just love those grands when they come up with things like that. My 2 granddaughters and I were shopping the other day and I made the comment (to myself and out loud) that all the clothes were old lady-ish looking. I had to pick them up off the floor they were laughing so hard! Gotta love 'em!

Now, on to your card - totally precious! Cute way to make the little bunny too. Love it!

lynn

Linda said...

Love your cute bunny card. Children unfortunately say what they think - I just turn the other cheek!

We were able to enjoy some time in the garden this weekend tidying up and enjoying seeing all the grandchildren playing together.

Have a great week Darnell. x

Aileen said...

Happy Hilaria Day, Darnell. Enjoyed reading your post as always and love your all too cute bunny! x

Deepti said...

a witty card to go with a witty post :) I love to read ur posts

Patti said...

Dear Darnell,

Well if laughter does good like a medicine! then it looks like I just found the fountain of youth! LOL Between the hysterical comment you left on my blog or the side splitting funny about your.... uh butt! I can overhaul the medicine cabinet to add more papercraft supplies!

Thank you for brightening my day!! I had tried to follow you when I first visited you but was unable to see where to do it. Is my only choice signing up for blogloving??

Not sure how to get it done but girl! I AM following you! : )

Patti

Bonnie said...

I love your hand created bunny! I've spent all afternoon trying to put a stamped bunny on a card and the card isn't anywhere near this cute! And boy can I sympathize with the observations of little boys! Luke tells me I'm fat all the time. I tell him it's protection for my bones!

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! I am a new follower and now follow you on bloglovin. I found your blog from MaryH at carolinacardsbymaryh.blogspot.com Would love for you to visit my blog also. http://www.whodatscrapper.blogspot.com

Patti said...

Thanks again, Darnell, I've added you to my bloglist but the link on your blog for blogspot followers is not working... at least not for me but then again...I am fairly certain the dinosaurs were pretty freely roaming the neighborhood when my version of Mozilla Firefox was installed : )

Patti

Geri said...

You bring so much joy to blogland! Truly, the funniest, sweetest, kindest, person ever! And on top of all that, a sense of humor that makes me laugh out loud every time I visit! You made my day of hilaria a fun one!

Now about the card....WINNER! Yep, no bout a'dout it! Clever, creative and so dang cute! You made the wee guy look so hug-able! Awesome grass (as in lawn)!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Whoa!!! What a big bunny!! haha
Just kidding! I couldn't resist! Your bunny is precious!!
And once again...you crack me up!!!

Susan said...

Love your creativity with the punches to make your bunny! Thanks for the laugh!

Bobby said...

Using a store bought card on your handmade card. Is that kosher? It sure turned out cute though.

Shona Chambers said...

You gotta love the comments from kids, always so truthful and yet hilarious at the same time! I asked Max this morning 'did he know what a bladder was?'. He didn't and I told him it was 'a bag where the wee waits till you go to the toilet'. He said that his one is quite small and I asked 'how do you know?'....he pulled down his pants and pointed at his 'saggy area' underneath his 'whatsit'. What could I say?? Told him that his bladder was inside his body and that area is for something else and then said we were late for school! So funny. By the way I so LOVE your card and can't believe its circles and hearts, your a genius!!!!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Dolly. First of all ... LOVE your card! So cute ... great design, colors, papers ... and the cottontail - sweet! :)

Thank goodness kids are so honest ... otherwise, we wouldn't be looking for our walking shoes :) Happy Hilaria Day! :) Lolly xx

Lisa said...

Super cute spring card Darnell, love your little bunny! Looks like Dukester is laying down on the job ;)

Kim Heggins said...

You are just too funny! As always, I love your funny stories but I do have to share one thing with you and any of your followers how might read this...I have see you in person and and will testify that you DO NOT HAVE A BIG BUTT! Now, with that said, on the your sweet bunny card, just too darn cute!

Jean said...

Love your take on the round challenge ~ that's a super cute bunny card!

Sharron said...

Oh, Darnell, you are so funny! There is something to giggle about every time I visit. Plus your bunny card is so adorable! Love the photo too but tell Dukester that garden work does not include on the job naps!!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...me again, wanted to thank you for playing along with us at Simply Create Too!

Shannon J said...

Awwww that bunny is adorable!!! But Miss Thing would like Hammy to know she is keeping an eye on that perky bunny, now that she knows that she is not his one and only. Oh the devastation, the tears I had to deal with this morning!! She is heartbroken - she did not suspect Hammys playboy reputation for a minute! I told her that men are all the same. She feels better now! Haha!!
Love the badonkadonk story!! And thank you so much again for your thoughtful note this morning!!! Dumb work is cramping my style!!!

scrappymo! said...

Cute, cute, cute...Mrs Slimbutt!

Andrea said...

cute bunny and great use of circle punches .dont children make you LOL they like to say what they think ..something we should on occasions do more often ( speaking for myself) and to little uns everything is bigger ;-)! have great week hugs Andrea x

Andrea said...

cute bunny and great use of circle punches .dont children make you LOL they like to say what they think ..something we should on occasions do more often ( speaking for myself) and to little uns everything is bigger ;-)! have great week hugs Andrea x

Karen D said...

Along with the other 53 visitors, I did have a laugh at you butt story.
And yes cropping is good. A pity we can't just crop extraneous bits from our bodies, one day! I love your bunny card and you are so clever cutting a heart in half for the ears.

Benzi said...

Such a cute bunny card, Darnell.
Kids are so blunt with their words...I'm sure it was an early April Fool's joke, though.

Hettie said...

Too funny Darnell!
I would have got a clip round the ear for that if I had even dared to THINK that thought!
Love that card. I have that paper and never know what to do with it!
Hugs
xx

cm said...

I missed commenting yesterday, so I'm having a Day of Hilaria today, sparked by reading and laughing heartily at your post! I agree with Geri: you are a shining star in blogland, and with a heart that seems limitless in spreading joy and love! Your bunny: precious! Super cute! Your photo of Duke helping you out: he's got his role wrapped up perfectly (supervisor). Your Henry story: hahhahahaha. Yes, out of the mouths of babes! Love this post x a zillion!
Hugs~c

Pia S said...

Doing a bit of catching up from my sunny holiday in Spain!
Love this little bunny you've made of circles and some cut ears and foots, cute! Also loved your colorful card with shiny leaves, so beautiful!

Jacquie Southas said...

Great post - a card with a bunny backside & discussion of your own ;) Many years ago my little guy was telling some story about "beautiful moms" and used our neighbor as an example - LOL dear husband & I still tease him about it (in fairness, she is beautiful in a leggy, blond model kind of way).

Sharon Underwood said...

Adorable bunny! So glad your buddy isn't around here to comment on my back side! I keep knocking stuff over every time I walk around in my crowded craft room!

April Story said...

You made me laugh out loud. It makes me think of two things - Sir Mixalot - I like Big Butts and the Friends episode where that was the only way Rachel and Ross could get Emma to laugh or stop crying - one of those. My girls tell me big butts are in - so you go girl! April

Leigh Penner said...

Super sweet card, Darnell!
You left a comment regarding publishing one of my cards.... I give you permission to do that. Could I get a link to where it's going, though, please? Thanks!

Monika Reeck said...

soo cuutee card Darnell and I love the color combo...love the idea and the shape of the bunny...cute cute cute...Thanks for following me...I will put your name on my left side on my Blog to makes me easier to see if a new post from you come...Big hugs from Germany....Monika

Sherrie M. said...

Love your bunny card perspective Darnell. Such a cute card!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your card is adorable and you have a great sense of humor! Carri~Abusybee
Skittles!

MichelleZ said...

I love your card. My first thought was, "cute butt!" And then I read your post and had a real laugh. Thanks for sharing your card with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I really enjoyed seeing your work. And I owe you for the laugh. Brightened my day! Thanks again. ~Michelle (who also has a big bottom!)

Sheila H said...

Clever and adorable!

Asha said...

Oh you made me laugh really hard this morning, Darnell! What a joy it is to read your post!
hugs, Asha

ike said...

Hoho... what do they say about "out of the mouths of babes" ??? !! Trust a child to be so brutally honest. I reckon though that it's NOT big - he was just too close and it looked disproportionate !!? Yes ???

Lovely Bunny card :-D

Hugz
IKE in Greece xx

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Darnell! Hilarious post today! Love how your pooch likes to sleep right next to you when you're working. Oh for a dog's life!

SARN said...

Oh that is just PRECIOUS! I didn't realise your grandson liked to live so dangerously!

67 degrees - oh I would LOVE to have that much heat!

Oh, and your cute bunny card is GREAT!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Katie Ann Brooks said...

what a cute little tushy! :)

MaryH said...

Just had my usual chuckle here at the Playhouse, and enjoyed the cute card. Clever use of a storebought card to get the paper. Cutie rabbit. I have those same genes as you. It also comes from living a fun life! Gives you more sitting room where there's only a tiny space (or something like that!) Supports your big brain...Oh well, we all deal with it. Think back in the Renaissance..buxom & curvaceous women were the desirable ones, not the skinny scrawnies. (Yeah, that made me feel better too!) Hugs & TFS Loved the bunny.

Greta said...

Oh kids are so funny--Your post gave me such a chuckle & I adore that picture with you & Duke! Such a clever & darling card, my friend!

maria f. said...

Well kids say the darndest things - and ain't that great?!?!? Love how you punched this bunny into existence. A heart for ears - I didn't see that coming! Thanks for joining the fun with us at Simply Create Too!

Marlena M. said...

Thanks for the hilaria info~that's so interesting! Your dog is so sweet ~I can see he was a big help~HEE! ;) darling card and fantastic attitude~love it!

Linda said...

Hi Darnell, how cute is this little guy ..... I just love his little cotton tail!! Great take on the LIM challenge. Have a great weekend .... hugs Linda xx

Chrissie said...

This is another late visit for me this week DArnell.
What a cute bunny!
Speaking of 'big' ... my granddaughter followed me into the shower last week and gave a similar remark (out of the mouths of babes) about the size of part of my anatomy which comes in pairs! SO I thanked her!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Petra Swart said...

Oh, Darnell, another post I have enjoyed so much!! The story of Henry and your butt is hilarious!!! I just love your storytelling style!! And grandmothers need a big butt, 'cause then they've got a big lap as well for grandchildren to sit on!!! (Hope that makes sense!!!)
Your bunny card is so clever, Darnell!! I would never be able to come up with something like that!! And my handwriting is such that I cannot dare to use it on a card!! - your's looks very nice!! Very cute card!