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As a result of doing a craft fair this week, I have a few new brooches to list in my shop! I’ll let you come to your own conclussion as to how the fair went!

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Anyhow I have put a few in there today and when I get a bit more daylight I’ll get a few more listed over the weekend so any in the photos here and not in the shop will be there eventually. I was all for fazing them out too!!

I have also a little sale in my shop at the moment too with 25% off when you use the code CHRISTMAS2013.

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Wishing you all a lovely weekend, thanks as always for dropping in to visit and for all your wonderful comments!

Happy weekend! :)

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Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten how to spell, it’s just everything I’ve been doing today has started with the letter ‘B‘ !

Like making Brooches.

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Blanket making.

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Baking.

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And of course Bunny~ing!!!

However if it hadn’t been for the Blooming rain, I might have been out and about and wouldn’t have had the time for all these things today.

On the bright side though, despite the rain, the temperature is 12 deg C today, now that does feel like pre~spring!

Happy Tuesday. :)

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JANUARY ~ FEBRUARY ~ MARCH ~ APRIL

It was so hard to choose just one photo to represent each month of 2012 as I have uploaded so many during the year! I have tried to cover everything that this little blog is about as well as representing the year that was 2012.

As you know I believe it’s never too early to look for spring and I began the year doing just that, February brought Valentines Day and all it’s sweet treats!!
During March, while playing about with yarn and a crochet hook, I made a rabbit, her name was Lavender Rose, well wasn’t she the start of something, many, many more bunnies followed.
April brought us Easter, my very favourite time of year, bunnies and chocolate, who could ask for more!

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MAY ~ JUNE ~ JULY ~ AUGUST

May time is France time and we enjoyed a wonderful holiday in the south of France, while June brought us the Diamond Jubilee in all it’s red, white and blue glory!!
July was spent mostly in the garden and despite some unseasonal weather, flowers bloomed. From the end of July through to mid August we enjoyed the wonderful 2012 London Olympics and at the end of August we had a mini break to Edinburgh where I managed to tick something off my bucket list, seeing a panda in the flesh!!

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SEPTEMBER ~ OCTOBER ~ NOVEMBER ~ DECEMBER

Now of course the cats featured many times on my blog throughout the year, this particular photo is of Charlie helping me with my crochet in September. October brought autumn time and autumn crafting.
November as always makes us stop and remember the sacrifice of others.
Then quick as a flash we were in December, where I seemed to spend most of the month crocheting Christmas bunnies!

So here we are at the end of the what has seemed to me the fastest year ever! Generally it has been a good year and we have had lots of enjoyable times. Bunnies always feature on my blog but this year they featured strongly, I have had so much fun making them and thank you for all your encouragement and support. Thank you all so much for being with me during 2012, thanks for your visits, your lovely comments and your friendship, the blogging community is a wonderful thing and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

So a new year beckons and for us personally I expect the first six months are going to be a very busy time as we have our daughter’s wedding in July. I fully intend to keep on making bunnies and hopefully there’ll be lots more cats, flowers, gardening and outings in this little space too. I do hope you’ll join me and if I could ask one thing of 2013, it would be, please go a bit slower than 2012!!

All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful and wonderful new year!!! :)

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Today’s post is my 300th, I really can’t quite believe that I’ve been having a chat with you here 300 times!!!! It did take me a while to get going but now I couldn’t imagine not having this little place.

This morning when I checked my Facebook page I also noticed that I’d just received my 300th like as well, so it’s definitely been a day for the number 300. It also took me a while to get into Facebook but now I love it too.

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So to mark my two ‘300 occasions’ I have decided to have a little giveaway. My last few giveaways have been secret ones but this time I thought I would do it the normal way. Up for grabs are a merino wool and faux pearl crocheted brooch, a 2013 handbag diary and a little tin bird Christmas tree decoration. To win all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, you can if you wish follow my blog using the little widget on my sidebar and/or ‘like’ my Facebook page but it is not at all necessary to do either to enter the giveaway. I’ll keep the giveaway open until midnight (GMT) Thursday 6th December and announce the winner next Friday, it’s open to everyone, everywhere!

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I’d like to thank all of you who visit me here and on Facebook, I really appreciate your visits. I’ve made so many lovely friends through blogging. So thank you all so much!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and happy December!!!!! :)

*** This giveaway is now closed, thank you! ***

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! :)

Poinsettia’s always seem to feature in one of my posts in the run up to Christmas and I seem to make them in some form or other, a brooch in this post and a bag in this one.

This year of course I have made a little poinsettia bunny whose name is Polly!


Made in 100% merino wool, Polly wears a poinsettia print skirt and a green linen/cotton mix yarn cardigan with a little handmade poinsettia button and as with all my bunnies has a little ear decoration.

Holly (my last bunny) and Polly are sisters and I’m pleased to say Polly is off to live in the same family as Holly!!

This poinsettia is from last Christmas and this is the first time I have ever had a poinsettia survive until the next year. After last Christmas when it started to loose it’s leaves (as they do and never seem to re-cover them), I cut it all back, there was just a little stump and I then put it in the greenhouse where it has remained until now. During the summer it slowly began to grow back and it’s looking quite healthy now, whether I’ll get any flowers or not I don’t know but we’ll see!

I also made a new poinsettia brooch too using cotton yarns and faux pearls. So it’s been a bit of a poinsettia week around these parts!

Well here we are almost at the end of another week, I hope you all have had a good one and I wish you all a lovely weekend and to my friends in the US, Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanks as always for dropping by and leaving your wonderful comments, I do love it when you do! :)

I really can’t believe we’re at the end of yet another month and that 10 months of this year have passed already!!!!
We are however and today is Halloween, time for all things spooky. We don’t really do spooky in our house but there are a few pumpkins about and some little autumnal decorations, the little hedgehog in the above photo is from a pattern by Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits which you can find here. We also have nuts and sweets for the Trick-or-Treaters and we’ll have a Halloween pudding later as well.

Next year I’m definitely going to try and grow pumpkins especially a white one as I have seen white pumpkins on so many blogs and I want one!!
Growing and gardening is pretty much over for this year with just a bit more tidying to do as plants come to an end. I did manage to get my tulips planted this week, so I’m looking forward to the time of year when they’ll appear.

As gardening time is reduced, crocheting time has increased and I had a lovely little crochet commission this week which you can see below.

Crocheted Mistletoe

Poppy Red Crocheted Brooch

Crocheted Coloured Acorns

The above Berry Brooch was part of one of my secret giveaways. A couple of posts ago my comment total reached 5000, I had been keeping an eye on it to see who my 5000th commenter would be as I had planned a little giveaway to mark the occasion and the person was the lovely Simone from Linden Grove! So Simone won the brooch plus a little pincushion and a set of needles, the sort you would have found in your granny’s sewing basket which I bought from the gorgeous Avoca shop. Simone has been a very loyal blogging friend over the years.

Well as you can see I’ve been playing around in PicMonkey again! :)

I need to stop ‘playing’ now though as I have an Halloween pudding to make, apple sponge I think, with custard of course!!

Happy Halloween!!! :)

Garden

It has been a lovely week, weatherwise and I’ve had plenty of opportunity to get outside into the garden. It’s a strange mix at the moment as the leaves are changing colour and the berries are out on the shrubs but at the same time there are still strawberries ripening!

Food

I couldn’t resist taking a pic of these oranges, I love a full fruit basket, I love how it looks however it doesn’t stay like that for very long, it soon gets eaten but then that’s what it’s for! There has been a bit of chocolate cake baking and a bit of toffee apple eating, a bit too much some would say!

Cats

What would a week be without the kits. Clockwise from top left, Charlie, Jessie and Lily.

Flowers

Flowers inside and surprisingly outside too. My cosmos is in full bloom, long may it last.

Nature

I spotted this flock of geese flying over the house yesterday, I might have missed them completely if it hadn’t been for the noise they were making, such a lot of honking!!! The little snail was snoozing in my flower border this afternoon, just as long as he goes somewhere else for his tea! As for the other photo, I have no idea at all what they are. I’m guessing they are eggs of some sort, there were a lot of big slugs round about them but if anyone knows what they are I would love to know.

Crochet

Crochet! A week wouldn’t be a week be without crochet! The bunnies, I know you’ve seen them all before, were out in the garden for a photoshoot for Facebook and I made some new crocheted brooches too.

Well as you will have worked out by now I’ve been having a little play about with PicMonkey today, it was fun sorting out my photos into little groups.

So that was my week, not a lot different to most of my weeks but that’s the way I like it!

I hope you all a lovely weekend, keep warm as it’s going to get a lot colder over the next few days and thanks as always for your much appreciated visits and lovely comments!!! :)

This really is my kind of October, the weather here these past few days has been beautiful. I know I probably shouldn’t speak too soon as it could all change very quickly and I think I heard something on the weather forecast last night about rain but I really didn’t pay too much heed to it! I’m in denial!!

This was the sky here this morning and apart from the slight autumnal chill in the air it did seem like a summer’s day. You have no idea how much that makes me happy. If only we could get through the end of the year like this! Wishful thinking, I know!

My garden is very happy too, it’s still producing ‘summer’ flowers.


I spent most of yesterday afternoon preening and tidying in the garden, definitely good for the soul!

The bright days certainly make it much easier photographing items for my my shop too.

Just some little autumn brooches that I’ve finished!

Well I hope wherever you are you get to see some sunshine today.

Happy Tuesday! :)

It has been all neutrals here this week!

I started squares for a new autumn blanket, now I know I still have my spotty blanket on the go but I just fancied a wee change (you know how it is). The squares will become less neutral as I go along as I add more autumnal colours but the centres are all going to be ecru. I’m starting it now so that it will be ready for autumn and not that I think autumn is near you understand, as we all know according to the ‘Green Rabbit’ calender autumn doesn’t begin until October!!!

I’m also knitting up my gorgeous Sparrow yarn. This is my third attempt at using this yarn, the first shawl I started I didn’t warm to at all, nothing wrong with the pattern, just me! I then frogged the lot and started to crochet a scarf but I didn’t like that either, so off I went to Ravelry in search of a pattern that I liked and would do justice to this beautiful yarn and this is the pattern that I found and I’m using this variation. I’m loving it, so I think I’m finally putting my lovely ‘Sparrow’ to good use!!

My last bit of neutral crafting are two new little brooches which I have made using Rowan Handknit cotton and this is where the zing comes in, I bought these two little citrus buttons in my local yarn shop this week, just because I loved them! I think they bring the cream cotton to life.

Let’s hope we have some zing in the sky this weekend, it has been in short supply this week that’s for sure!! After the wild and windy weather we have had the garden is like a diaster area with debris everywhere and it’s really annoying me having to look out at it. So some good weather would be nice if only to get my garden tidied.

Hope you all have a zingy weekend! :)

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