Friday, March 23, 2018

Acknowledging the Spiritual Significance of Easter With Inspiring Images from iCLIPART.com and Clipart.com

Clipart image of a He is Risen background with sunlight
"Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection." — Watchman Nee

While thoughts are full these days of spring's arrival, as we long to bid farewell to winter and as we dream of sunny days of warmth and colour, we also are looking forward to a rather significant holiday. In just a short time, it will be Easter, perhaps the most meaningful event on the Christian calendar. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, held on the Sunday following Good Friday, the acknowledgement of his crucifixion.

As a child growing up in an indisputably more conservative society than that of today, in a modest town in the middle of a rural community, you can well be assured that my religious upbringing was going to be thorough. My father was the Sunday School superintendent and church elder. My mom was a busy member of the women's league, and both of my older siblings taught Sunday School. All of them, at some point, sang in the choir, while I lent my alto to the junior version.

Missing a Sunday service was not an option and the Lenten calendar of events was well covered, with mandatory attendance at church on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, on Good Friday and Easter morning.

While most of these were hours of sombre reflection, for a tiny child the latter provided the opportunity to don new spring duds. Each year, Mom would treat us with outfits that epitomized the words 'Sunday best'.  The new dress in a pastel hue, the straw bonnet with silk ribbon and matching purse, the patent leather shoes, white socks and light coat were repeated annually with a modicum of distinction from the ones that went before.

We always felt pretty fancy, though, full of springtime cheer.

Beyond that little bit of frivolity, however, the remainder of the day was focussed on the spiritual. Sunday School was separate from the service, so the children of the congregation got a double helping of the holiday's importance.  I remember struggling to sit still through the minister's sermon, the words often lost on one so small. The message from my parents,  that fidgeting would not be tolerated, on the other hand, came through loud and clear. This reflection in church on Sundays was always serious business, but during the Easter season,  tomfoolery would not be tolerated.

So, suffice it to say that while a chocolate bunny must have come my way as a treat —  though I don't remember one —  the essence of the season was steeped in faith. Despite the highlight of that new Easter outfit, the only other certainty back then, was that the good old bunny would be getting very little consideration. Its role in the occasion was barely acknowledged.

Regardless of where I stand with my beliefs now,  I respect those who have strong faith. For any of them who might be looking for Easter illustration that will reflect their Christian faith, rather than the commercial fun, here are excellent collections reflecting diverse artistic styles:

Clipart image of the three crosses silhouetted against the sun for Easter


Clipart image of a Good Friday background with a silhouetted cross on a hill

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Get Hopping on Your Easter Design Products With Help From These 7 Whimsical Clipart Collections

Clipart image of a bunny in an Easter basket with spring flowers
Spring, officially has arrived — though it does have a way to go yet before it actually feels like it.

Looking out the window we can see there is still a bit of that winter blanket lying around. Stepping out the door, we can feel Old Man Winter's still got some kick left. But then the sun finds us and we know that things are only going to get better.

It's that time of year, when our heavy coats and sweaters, mittens and gloves, toques and caps are probably all just too much, yet anything lighter doesn't quite cut it.

It's also the time of year when we look forward to another holiday that tends to be synonymous with family gatherings.  With thoughts of spring filling our minds,  we look ahead to the promise and fun of the Easter season.

While getting ready for this occasion isn't the hectic organizing and prepping that precedes Christmas,  there's still plenty to think about and plan for. One of the first traditions for me has been shopping for spring outfits for my little grandbabies, which actually got a really good start this year. On a mall outing with my younger daughter the topic of this ritual came up and like two greyhounds out of the gate we hightailed it to the children's clothing store and after a frenzied spree, I was able to tick this task off the list.

Last week, I managed a few minutes to get the rest of the treats to go in their baskets and am now left with the grocery list, preparing the eggs for the hunt, the food for the main meals, along with the baking. Given that it's a far less hectic time of year than the Christmas rush, though, it's all rather enjoyable.

There will be one other task, however, a project that I came up with a few years ago, as a way to add a little personal touch to the dinner table. With our family growing, I thought it might be fun to try and avoid the mealtime shuffle around the dining room, where lefties jockey for position in order not to be constantly bumping elbows,  and came up with a well thought out seating plan. What would make this more entertaining, particularly for the little ones, was the creation of tags. It was a simple project, created with some of the adorable Easter images to be found from online clipart sources.

To show the smorgasbord of images available, here are some of my favourite collections from iCLIPART.com

A captivating collection of folksy Easter images.
Clipart image of a blue Easter bunny holding a basket of eggs
Sunny, bright and airy, this is delightful group of images can bring fun to any project.
Clipart image of a cartoon Easter dragon with eggs
When you're looking for something with a touch of humour you won't go wrong with these cartoons.
Clipart image of an Easter egg background
Start your Easter project with a seasonal background or add a nifty element to complete it.
Clipart image of a cartoon Easter bunny pulling a red wagon full of coloured eggs

There's amusement and whimsy to be found in these absolutely awesome cartoons from an iCLIPART.com favourite.
Clipart image of a vintage Easter greeting with a blue bunny painting a pink egg
This group of images is sure to appeal to your nostalgic side.
Clipart image of a puppy in a bunny costume beside little chicks and Easter eggs
Bunnies, chicks, and pups highlight this selection of adorable Easter images. 

Clipart image of a cartoon pink Easter bunny holding a basket of coloured eggs and waving
Yet another lighthearted group of of popular cartoons.