About a week ago, we posted this simple rabbit-related D.I.Y project on our Facebook. What started as an innocent crafting curiosity soon became a crafting frenzy, and we realized there was only one place to go that would quench our thirst for cute do-it-yourself, bunny-earred curios: Pinterest. We’ve scoured the “online pin-board” photo sharing site for our favorite bunny crafts, and came up with 5 favorites. (Click on the images to go to the blog post for instructions, &c.)
As alluded to in this space last month, we’re busy pulling together the 1st Annual Bunnyslippers.com Easter Egg Hunt! Said contest will commence, as the graphic below notes, on Friday, April 6th (that’s tomorrow!) at 1:30 EST (or 10:30 PST for our friends on the West Coast).
Prizes will include one $100 gift
card egg, one $50 gift c ard egg, and an exclusive coupon code that will activate a 20% discount on orders placed through Sunday, April 8th (limited to stock on hand at the moment; note that some slipper designs and styles are presently unavailable).
For details on how to play and claim your prize, read the finer points below.
1. The $100 gift egg (pictured below) will be embedded on a product page on our site tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 PM (EST). The first person to find it and email us at sales [at] bunnyslippers.com with the correct url of its location will win that prize!
2. Likewise, the $50 gift egg (also shown below) will also be embedded on a product page on our site tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 PM (EST). Again, the first person to find it and email us at sales [at] bunny slippers.com with the correct url of its location will win that prize!
Note that an individual can win only one of the top two prizes…
3. Finally, we’ll have a 20% coupon egg that can be used once per customer, but up to 50 times total (i.e. there will be 50 winners of this prize). It will be added to several of our product pages (hint: including at least one of the assorted bunny slippers available on our site) at 1:30 PM (EST). The graphic will include the actual coupon itself, which can be then applied at checkout to save 20% on your order total (excludes shipping). The coupon expires at midnight on Sunday, April 8th…
Good luck and happy hunting!
Contact us: travis [at] bunnyslippers.com
What better way to sell a product than to create a tie-in with something universally lovable? Something people enjoy looking at? Something with energy and charm and personality? Something like a big-eared, wiggly nosed rabbit? Along said lines, here is a list of 10 organizations that made a rabbit the face of their brand.
Editor’s note: click on the pics below to enlarge.
Bugs Bunny (1940) – Featured first in the short “A Wild Hare”, Bugs quickly became the shining star of the Looney Tunes’ cartoon cast and then the official mascot for Warner Bros proper. His cool and relaxed attitude resonated with young and old folks alike, sky-rocketing his fame (and that of Warner Bros.).
Playboy Bunny (1954) – To quote from an earlier post, 10 Seminal Moments in Bunny History:
“The first issue of Playboy was published in the December of 1953. Its founder and editor, a then 27-year old Hugh Heffner, had originally planned on calling it “Stag Party,” but was forced to reconsider when Stag magazine threatened litigation. As a result, he had to scrap an illustrated mascot that his cartoonist Arv Miller team had previously developed. The design was subsequently retrofitted in the form of a rabbit.”
Reggie Rabbit (1952) – Standing 175 cm and weighing in at 50 kg (all muscle!), Reggie Rabbit is the mascot for The South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian Rugby team. Reggie became an official member of the team in 1967, and went on to cheer the Rabbitohs to four premiership wins in five years. That’s nothing to turn your whiskers up at!
The humble rabbit has long fascinated, charmed, and entertained their human handlers, both here in Western culture and in cultures around the globe. Noted as a symbol of fertility, rebirth, Spring, good luck, and as an example of the wily, trickster archetype, the bunny’s playful innocence (and breeding prowess) has been feted (and occasionally, denounced) in literature, film, art, fashion, pop culture, and commerce.
Below, we’ve compiled a list — along with an interactive timeline — of what we think are the
10 11 most important such moments in bunny history.
Please note that all pictures belong to their respective copyright owners…
FIRST RECORDED REFERENCE TO THE EASTER BUNNY (1682)
Much like the folklore that surrounds Santa Claus, the exact origins of the Easter Bunny remain somewhat murky. But this much we know: on the night before the holiday that bears his name, he delivers baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and toys to the homes of deserving children.
The tradition is thought to have its origins in southwestern Germany during the 17th century, where the youth eagerly awaited the annual visit of the “Oster Hawse,” as he was then called. To prepare for the occasion, they would construct brightly colored nests to receive their gifts. The holiday was later imported to the United States by way of German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century. In modern times, the nest has been repurposed for egg hunts.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND PRINTED (1865)
Penned by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) (under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll) as a parable for children about the shifting nature of reality, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (as the book is formally titled) shares the story of Alice, a young girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole into a strange fantasy world (the aforementioned Wonderland) populated by unusual creatures, including rabbits, with anthropomorphic properties.
Attesting to its lasting influence, the book has been translated into 125 languages and has never gone out of print. It has also been routinely adapted for other media, most notably theatre, television and film, the latter of which includes a 2010 production by noted auteur Tim Burton that saw Alice make her initial foray into 3-D.
PETER RABBIT INTRODUCED (1902)
Developed by the English author, illustrator, and conservationist Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) to lighten the spirits of a sick child, Peter Rabbit first appeared in 1902’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in which he is depicted, via both text and image, as a mischievous bunny with an appetite for vegetables purloined from the neighbor’s garden patch. Based on the title’s early success and critical reception, Potter would later feature Peter in five subsequent books, all of which would be used to spin-off related merchandise such as dolls, toys, clothing, homewares, and stuffed animals.
With more than 151 million books sold to date, the franchise remains one of the most popular and enduring in children’s literature history. On a related note, Nickelodeon is said to be readying a new animated series for 2012.
[UPDATE 3/28/12:] Now that you’ve refreshed your summer wardrobe with our compilation of 26 bunny tee shirts, you need a tattoo to match. To wit, we’ve updated our initial list of 10 rabbit tats with 16 new entries. Collected from Internet burrows both big and small, we’ve sourced a new batch of lapinspired (editor’s note: did you see what we did there?) ink that is even cuter, zanier, and more extraordinary than the first. Did we succeed? Let’s take a look-see.
1. I love this tattoo by Black Garden Tattoo‘s Matty D’Arienzo. The soft lines contrast wonderfully with the pointed flower leaves with an effect that is equal parts tough and tender.
2. This shoulder piece was listed in All Fun 24‘s list of rabbit tattoo designs. It’s sweet with out being cutesy, austere without being pretentious – perfectly walking all the lines that make a tattoo perfect.
3. There’s something about rabbits in teapots that people really seem to love. Whether it’s the serene domesticity embodied in both symbols or perhaps the oblique Alice in Wonderland reference, we’re into it. Plus, with this little rabbit on your arm, you’re never without a teatime companion. (Found @ Trad Tattoos Tumblr).