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I know last year I said with regard to craft fairs “never again” but when I was asked to attend one last week I relented and went along anyway!

I’m happy to say I’m quite glad I did attend as I did quite well. I didn’t make a huge effort after last year, just closed my Etsy shop for the evening put a cloth over the table and my Green Rabbit Design sign up and that was it. Sometimes less is more! As it was a community event and the craft fair was an attraction there was no table fee either.

I sold quite a few brooches, all my bags except one and all my bunnies apart from one as well. However the most important thing to come out of the evening was the interest in my rabbits and about how many I would have for sale in the future. I could have taken orders but didn’t want to put that pressure on myself and lose the fun of making them. As one lady put it “can we order them or do we have to wait for them to be born”, my answer was of course, you have to wait until they’re born but I thought that was a lovely way of putting it and exactly how I want it to be.

So as a result of the fair my shop has had a bit of a clear out, I have added some new Christmas brooches but I have decided to have a little sale until the end of the month. Just enter CHRISTMAS2012 at the checkout to receive 20% off, it will be available until midnight on Friday. You can find my shop here.

Anyhow I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and that you haven’t suffered too much from the horrible weather that has hit parts of the UK, we have been very fortunate here with just some frost and fog.

Hopefully this week (the last week of autumn!) will be kinder to everyone!

Happy new week! :)

I can’t believe we are the end of another week, where on earth do they go to!!! I managed to get out for a look around the garden this morning for the first time this week, as it has been another dull, damp and dismal one. There is still amazingly a bit of colour out there!!

I still have some cosmos in bloom and there are many little buds on the plants but I doubt if they’ll make it to flowers at this late stage of the year.

This geranium is flowering it’s little heart out, it has however been moved inside the greenhouse now to protect it from the weather. Although we haven’t yet had any frosts worth talking about! Our November weather really has been damp and strangely mild at times.

I had a bit of fortune this week when I received an email from the lovely Jooles of Sew Sweet Violet to tell me I had won her generous giveaway of Sarah Raven narcissi bulbs. The bulbs arrived during the week, 45 in all, with three different varieties. Thank you so much Jooles and Sarah Raven.

Now all I need is a sunny day to get out into the garden and get them all planted. I also have some more tidying to do as some bedding now needs removed and other plants need cut back. It’s not easy gardening in November!!!

I have spent the time when I could have been in the garden this week doing a bit of knitting and crocheting …….

I finished the little bag I showed you in my last post and ……….

I also made another little cardigan for a new bunny that is in the making at the moment.

So not completely unproductive but I do miss the time spent in the garden, fingers crossed for better gardening weather next week.

Thanks as always for dropping by and have a lovely weekend! :)

Don’t worry about me I’m not feeling low and this is not going to be a miserable post!

The blue I’m referring to is the colour I have surrounded myself with today. I’m working with blues yarns making this ……….

A bag which I started at the Debbie Abrahams’s workshop I attended on Saturday. I had a lovely time, a day filled with just knitting (and food)! The little bag is designed to brush up on Fairisle skills, along with colour knitting, knitting in the round, cabling and beading. So lots of balls in the air (metaphorical and yarn) at the one time. I really love Fairisle knitting and that’s what I really wanted to practice, making sure I got my weaving in on the back correct and I hope I did!!!
Maybe I could practice a bit more and make some bunny sweaters, nothing too large.


Bunny silhouette ch…

$22.00

Retro Glass bobby p…

$12.00

BLUEBELL Rabbit Toy…

$4.90

Felted bag pouch li…

$32.00

Nellie, coastal cot…

$37.00

Moonlight Christmas…

$3.50

Bird pocket organis…

$16.90

French Cream Bunny …

$85.00

Whimsical Granny Ch…

$25.00

Skye Bleau Dutch Bu…

$36.00

Baby Boy Greetings …

$2.50

Lavender sachets –…

$18.00

Ascii Bunny Rabbit …

$15.00

Purse, Cat Coin Pur…

$18.00

Lepus

$11.00

Little Traveler Mou…

$58.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Inspired by my blue yarn and Jane’s lovely Etsy treasury from yesterday I decided to curate an Etsy Treasury (something I haven’t done in a while) called Monday Blues.

There are lots of my favourite creations, shops and people in this treasury! Just click on any of the little photos and it will take you directly to that shop.

So lots of blue today the only thing missing, sadly, is a blue sky, after a lovely day yesterday we’re back to grey, wet and dismal again.

Wishing you all a lovely week, with perhaps a blue sky along the way! :)

This is my new Black Cherry Bag, black as in the colour of the bag not the cherries, hanging rather appropriately in my bursting into life cherry tree!

It has been knit in a charcoal grey (so not quite black) wool/alpaca mix yarn.

I have pinned on my little cherry brooch which I first showed you here. I did go on to make a Strawberry Bag and a Raspberry Bag but I’m only now getting round to finishing the Cherry Bag almost 7 months later (whoops)!!!

I have an unusual reason for my choice of fabric for the bag lining, it’s because it reminds me of the Cherry Lip sweets I used to eat as a child. As a vegetarian I don’t eat them now but I do think the little print looks like them, a bit of a loose link to cherries though!

So my cherry tree has almost come full circle since I first started the making of this bag, great to see it coming to life again.

Today is officially the first day of spring, of course the ‘Green Rabbit Calendar’ has been in spring for a wee while now, it’s good though that everyone else has caught up! ;)

Happy Tuesday! :)

Greenhouse days are back again I am so happy to say!!! :)

My husband washed it all out for me last week and very kindly cleaned all the glass. So I have been busy tidying it up and sorting through all my seeds.

I decided today to get my tomato seeds planted. I planted just the two varieties, Gardener’s Delight and Moneymaker, they both have always grown well for me and are both delicious tomatoes.

So that’s my seed planting started, I’ve got lots more vegetable and flower seeds to get in over the next few weeks but it does feel good to have made a start.

I do however have some little flowers already in bloom!

They belong to this newly finished bag.

It’s floral on the inside too!!
It’s now in my shop.

The weather has got a bit chilly again but it’s still bright and sunny and when the sun shines it’s always cosy in the greenhouse.
Here’s to many more greenhouse days!

Have a lovely new week everyone. :)

As you can see from the little primula in the window box on my dining room window it’s been a bit damp around these parts today! Very mild but grey and damp.

So what does one get up to on a wet Wednesday. Well aside from the boring things and I have to say there have been way too many boring things to do today for my liking!

I have been finishing up a new bag and some new corsages.

No sooner have I finished something and sometimes (almost always) even before it’s finished I’m planning what I’m going to do next! So I have been having a play with some yarn and fabric and beads to see what I come up. I just wish my hands could work as fast as my head (and I didn’t have any boring things to do).

And just in time for dinner, I managed to get a Lemon Drizzle Cake baked. It was still warm when we had a slice after our meal, warm and sticky and lemony (obviously)!

So despite the boring I did manage to fit in a little playtime.

Happy Wednesday, hope yours wasn’t too wet and thanks for visiting.
Slice of cake anyone? :)

I thought I would share some new makes with you today as they fit in nicely with February 14th!

I’ve made a new bag in a varigated yarn in shades of red, orange and pink.

The bag has a little lacy corsage with a crocheted centre and some sparkly beads, the corsage can be removed and worn separately. The bag lining is a cream and red stripe cotton which I bought in a lovely Japanese fabric shop in Barcelona last year.

I’ve made three new corsages as well. A pink rolled rose with a handmade needlecord leaf on a long silver-plated brooch pin, a red corsage crocheted in the same yarn as the bag is knitted in with a red and beige check hand covered button and another little lacy corsage with a pink crochet centre and a little pearl to finish it off. They are all available in my shop.

Of course just because they’re all red, pink and lacy doesn’t mean they can’t be used all year round. Romance isn’t just for today!!! ;)

Sending you all lots of love this Valentine’s Day!!! XXX :)




Here we are at the beginning of a bright shiny new year and I love it!

I’m now in pre-spring, in my books winter is now over, December is the only month in winter in my world! January and February are pre-spring, March to May are spring, June to September are summer and October and November are autumn. It’s just how I deal with it all, five seasons and nine months of spring/summer! :) What a beautiful start to pre-spring we have too, dry, bright and sunny! This month I start my spring cleaning so that it’s all done when spring properly arrives and I can get back out into the garden.

I couldn’t move into the new year though without taking a look back at 2011. On the whole it was a good year, I picked one photo from each month but there were so many photos to choose from in fact I got my yearly report from wordpress and apparently I uploaded 989 photos onto my blog this past year. Also if Green Rabbit Designs had been a concert it would have sold out the Sydney Opera house for 17 nights in a row, they do have a fun way of giving you your stats! I’ve had fun on the blog looking at the changes in my tree, taking you for a walk in ‘my park’, showing you my knitting and crocheting, a little bit baking and lots of flowers and gardening. Of course all these things were made all the more fun by having all you lovely people to share them with, so thank you for being there.
2011 was the year of many kittens, watching our son perform with his band, our 30th wedding anniversary and of course right at the end my daughter and her boyfriends engagement (wedding will be summer 2013), again thank you for all your wonderful comments on all these events.

So we’re all ready to take on a new year with new adventures and lots of blogging fun along the way!

I wish you all a wonderful, fantastic, healthy, fun and adventure filled year!

Happy 2012 !!! :)

Not in the garden sadly, I’m afraid the only flowers around these parts at the moment (apart from my potted poisettia that is) are either crocheted or knitted.

These roses were created to decorate this little winter blue bag.


Some more corsages have been crocheted too. Thank goodness for hand made flowers on these dark winter days!

They’re all now in my shop.

Have a lovely week everyone and stay warm! :)

I managed to get on well with my knitting over the weekend and that basket that I showed you all last Friday has become some completed projects.

This is my Poinsettia Bag complete with a removable poinsettia corsage.

It is lined with a pretty poinsettia print fabric.

A great little place to store your candy cane stash!

I have also finished up a little holly corsage.

Complete with shiny red bead berries.

We have started off the week with grey and drizzly weather and at just after four in the afternoon it is starting to get dark. I may be crafting for Christmas but believe me I’m dreaming of spring!

Hope you all have a lovely week! :)

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