Chrysie Collage

My ‘September Girls’ have all been inspired by the flowers and fruit of this month.

Chrysie takes her colours from the beautiful colours of chrysanthemums.

Perry Collage

Perry has been inspired by the abundance of pears at this time of year.

Aster Collage

Aster’s colours have been taken from the pretty Michaelmas Daisies or asters which are in bloom during September.

Bramley Collage

I couldn’t let the month of September go by without an apple girl, with the lovely apple name of Bramley.

Rosie Collage

And lastly this is Rosie, the last rose of summer!

All the September girls will be listed in my Etsy shop today (18th Sept) at 10.00pm (BST).

My bunny listings are a little earlier than usual this month as we are off on a weeks holiday at the weekend.

‘See’ you all back here soon but in the meantime you can keep up with me on Instagram.

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The European Heritage Open Days were held here this weekend, it’s a time when all over Europe historical and famous buildings throw their doors open to the public.

We always like to pick somewhere we haven’t been before and this year we chose to visit the beautiful Florence Court, near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

Florence Court was the 18th century home of the Earls of Enniskillen.

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We started off our visit with a picnic in the grounds in the brilliant sunshine, the weather was very kind to us, big cheer for Indian Summers.

We then took a tour of the house.

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Now as is almost always the case with all these magnificent buildings there was no photography allowed inside the house except in the room that the tour started in.

So you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it was indeed magnificent.

There were many treasures from a trunk that belonged to William III to a chair that the Earl sat on in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II. So many interesting artifacts and beautiful furniture.

I really loved the ‘downstairs’ it was so very Downton Abbey, the kitchen where the food was prepared, the rooms where the servants ate and where they filled hot water jars and oil lamps for ‘upstairs’, all fascinating.

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After the tour of the house we went back out into the sunshine to enjoy the grounds and gardens.

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Now at first sight this tree doesn’t look very significant. It’s an Irish yew tree which is a different species to the English Yew, this particular yew is the mother plant of every other Irish yew tree in existence throughout the world today. It dates back to between 1740 and 1760.

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I’m not sure how much of this plaque you can read but it explains the history of the tree.

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I was so jealous of their pumpkins, considering the fact that mine never got beyond the flower stage!!

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It was a lovely day out, Florence Court is definitely worth a visit.

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I love sunflowers, they are my very favourite flowers.

Unfortunately I haven’t had great success with them this summer thanks to those pesky slugs! The first lot of seedlings were eaten by them and the second lot didn’t fare that much better but I did manage to save some plants. In the past I have grown them to eleven feet tall, not this year sadly.

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I have been supplementing my lack of home grown ones with some shop bought ones to brighten up my home.

Sunflower Collage

I’ve also made a little Sunflower bunny and I’m keeping her all to myself because after 135 bunnies, I thought it was time I had one of my own and as it was my birthday yesterday I decided she would be my present to myself! :)

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September already!!!

It really is hard to believe, there is a lot of talk of autumn though……not yet please!!! Of course according to the Green Rabbit calender September is still a summer month and thankfully it does seem like it here today, it is a lovely day but then it always is on the day all the children go back to school.

There still is plenty of colour in the garden despite the cold wind and rain of August and long may that last.

If I’m honest I was glad to see the back of August apart from the poor weather, it wasn’t kind to us at all, so hello September, you can be a very lovely month, let’s hope so!

Saffi Collage

Garland Collage

Heather Collage

Clover Collage

Cerise Collage

August Collage

Scottie Collage

The August Girls will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow (Thursday 28th August).

Saffi, Garland & Heather will be listed at 10.00am (BST) and Clover, Cerise, August & Scottie will be listed at 10.00pm (BST).

You can find out more about my bunnies here and you can see close-up’s of this months girls here. You can also read my Etsy shop policies regarding shipping etc. here.

Right I’m off to bake a chocolate cake for a certain Hb’s birthday which just happens to be today!!! :)

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My garden is full of nasturtiums at the moment, just as an August garden should be.

Such joyful little flowers and so many different shades all from one packet of seeds.

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I was delighted one day last week when I found some nasturtium print fabric, so a nasturtium bunny had to made.

I’ve named her August after the month she was ‘born’ in!

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a ‘blog hop’ by two lovely blog friends, Mia and Gill, you can find their respective blog hop posts here and here. If you haven’t already read their posts I would urge you to do so and find out what inspires these two very creative, talented ladies.

I was supposed to do my post last week but as you all know life dealt us a cruel blow and despite having a lot of the post ready it was the furthest thing from my mind, however this week I decided to knuckle down and get it finished and I have actually found going through my photo archives quite therapeutic.

So on with the questions!

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What am I working on?

Bunnies!!! Always bunnies!

At the end of every month just after my Etsy bunny sale, I think to myself I must do something else, then the ideas start flowing for new rabbits and off I go bunnying again.

I do have quite a few crochet blankets on the go and occasionally I’ll do a square or row on one of those but basically it’s all about the bunnies at the moment.

One day though I’m going to make a quilt, I really am!!!

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well this is a hard question to answer. There are many bunny makers out there, it is definitely not a new concept but I think that mine have a look of their own and I certainly hope that they would be immediately recognised as a ‘Green Rabbit’ bunny.

They are unique little individuals, I never repeat them which is good for anyone who owns one and most definitely good for me as it keeps it all fresh!

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Why do I create what I do?

I have always been interested in making things, as a child I was always drawing and in the years since I have tried many crafts. I suppose up until a year or so ago I would have described myself as a knitter but nowadays its mostly crochet. I do of course knit the bunny’s little cardies and sew their dresses but I do love my crochet hook.

I love rabbits and have made many over the years to other peoples patterns but I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually get around to making my own design.

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How does my creative process work?

Well I am influenced mostly by the seasons and I like to make the bunnies to fit in where we are in the year. I’m not one for making ahead of time which is why you will never find ‘Christmas in July’ around here!!! If you want to see a Christmas bunny you need to come back in November at the earliest.

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The first of my ‘August Girls’ is a back-to-school girl called Saffi which means ‘wise’ in Danish. I have also made another little summer girl this month inspired by bunting and her name is Garland. Both of these girls were inspired by the fabric which their dresses are made from. Sometimes though it can be a particular button or even the colour of a ball of yarn.

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I find my garden very inspiring and many of the rabbits are a result of what grows in it. I love flowers and there have been and without a doubt will be many more bunnies named after flowers.

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Our many trips out and about offer lots of inspiration too, for example Heather and Clover were the result of many walks this summer in mountains and the countryside and by the many photos taken of the flora in those places.

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Naming them is a lot of fun as well and I love researching the meaning of names.

Ideas will just pop into my head too and I have a book with over seventy more bunny ideas in it and I’m adding to it all the time, so I’m not about to run out ideas just yet!

I am having a lot of fun with the rabbits, probably the most creative fun I’ve ever had.

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So many thanks again to Mia and Gill for kindly nominating me and my bunnies for the blog hop and also for their patience in waiting for me to post.

The nature of the blog hop is to pass it on and I have decided to pass it on to the lovely Jenny of Bobby Bunny & Friends. If you’ve not visited Jenny before you are going to love what she does, she is a very talented illustrator and when you see her work you will know exactly why I love it. Jenny can also be found on Etsy and Facebook.

So please go over and give Jenny a visit and say hello, she is also doing her blog hop post today, you are going to love Bobby and all his little friends.

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