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The weather has been wonderful over the past few days, just the way I like it, hot, sunny and no rain. It’s great being outside for most of the time and wonderful that its light until almost 11 o’clock in the evenings. If I could freeze time it’s at this point of the year I would do it!

This past weekend we paid a visit to Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, the last time we visited I blogged about it here, that was during Rose Week, it is a bit early for some of the roses yet with many still to bloom but there were plenty of other pretties around especially in the walled garden.

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Today has been another beautiful day and I have spent quite a bit of time in the garden, among………………

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the cornflowers……….

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and poppies……….

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and roses!

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Not so much gardening today though, I’ve been bunny making in the sunshine.

These are the latest two ‘June Girls’…….Lola and Edith!

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I’ve also been joined in the garden by a little sprite. I was lucky enough to win this little cutie in a giveaway over at Simone’s lovely blog. Thanks Simone!

So I believe we are to get more sunshine tomorrow, I’ll certainly not be complaining if we do!

Have a great week! :)

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I’m still catching up with everything since returning from France, the garden, the house, my bunnies, blogging!!!

So today’s post is a mix of all sorts, I’m just going through my photos to bring my blog up to date.

Garden first!

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The lupins and foxgloves are all in full bloom now…..love them!

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I actually spent quite a bit of time outside in the garden today, its never a chore though, always a pleasure.

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On the crafting side of things I’ve started my ‘June Girls’. This month the theme is a festival of flowers so I’ve got all my floral fabric out for skirt making, this time I’m naming them after the female members of my family tree!
So far I’ve made, from above left, Isabella, Anne and Ella.

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I’ve also started another crochet blanket (as if I haven’t enough blankets on the go), I actually began this when on holiday but I haven’t had the time to look at it since returning home. It is a lovely little pattern though.

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This pretty giveaway package was waiting for me when I returned home for holidays, the beautiful tea towel is from my lovely blogging friend Robin, thank you so much Robin I love it!

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Right that’s all from me for now!

Time for me and Lily to catch up on something else now, well me anyway, Lily has decided she’ll just chill! :)

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On my table this weekend beautiful pink and white tulips!

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In the colours of ice cream!

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Pretty primroses on a roadside verge not far from my home.

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I think primroses are one of my favourite wild flowers.

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I’m sure many of you will have already guessed where this post is now going!

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Please meet Tulip and ……………

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…….Primrose!

That’s all my Springtime/Easter girls now finished, six in total, together with Paris for my daughter’s birthday and Verdi the giveaway bunny I managed to finish eight bunnies this month….phew!!!

On the subject of the giveaway, can I thank you all so much for all your lovely, kind comments on my giveaway post, 153 comments to be precise….wow!

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I employed the Random Number Generator to pick the winner for me as there were just a little too many to write out and the number picked was 72, WordPress very kindly number my comments for me and number 72 was Sharon! Sharon is a very talented textile artist you can check out her amazing work here.

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So now that all the springtime girls are complete I will be listing them in my Etsy shop on Monday (31st March).

Viola, Beatrix and Jemima will be listed at 9.30 am and Aries, Tulip and Primrose will be listed at 9.30 pm, British Summer Time (doesn’t that sound good)!

Please remember if you do wish to purchase a bunny that they are not toys and are not suitable for children under the age of 14 years, more details about my bunnies can be found here.

Thanks again for all your support of my little blog and my bunny making, I really do appreciate it!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and as its Mother’s Day here in the U.K., Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums everywhere! :)

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My little blog is five today!

I can’t believe it, it really seems no time at all since the beginning, yet in a funny way it seems like I have been blogging forever.

I have met so many lovely people through blogging, some of them really good friends now.

Thank you to all you lovely people who drop in here to visit my little space of blogland and leave such kind and encouraging comments, some of you are here every time I post!

There is a section of my WordPress stats that gives me a list of the top seven people who have left the most comments in the last 1000 comments and it’s always the same people, you know who you are, thank you so much for being there.

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So to thank you all for joining me here at GRD, I thought it was time for a little giveaway!

I’d like you all to met Verdi, her name comes from the French for green and as she is a little green rabbit and is going to be a giveaway prize for the Green Rabbit blog, I thought her name was a good choice.

If you would like to a chance to win Verdi all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment, if you already follow then just leave a comment.

If you would like a second chance then either share the giveaway on your blog using any of the photos in this post or like and share the post on Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway and then come back and leave me another comment telling me you have done so. You can of course do all of these things but it’s just worth one more chance, not everybody has all of these social media and so it keeps it fair.

So you can have two goes at winning her if you wish!

I should point out that Verdi is not a toy and not suitable for children under the age of fourteen.

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I’m going to keep the giveaway open until Friday 28th March, midnight GMT.

Thanks again for making my little blog worthwhile!!!

Happy weekend my friends! :)

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

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Oh my it has become very springlike and I’m loving it! I walked into town to do a bit of shopping this afternoon and it was warm in the sunshine.

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The garden is slowly coming to life again and it was 22 degrees in the greenhouse today, my sweet peas are now sown.

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I’m beginning to collect my Easter decorations, have I told you how much I love this time of year!!! ;)

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I’m collecting bits and pieces of spring coloured haberdashery too for making my spring bunnies, I’ve even started one of the springtime girls!

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All this spring talk leads me on to the real purpose of my post today, to announce the winner of the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair tickets.

The names of those wishing to take part were written out and put into my little bowl and the name drawn out was Jane.

I’m sorry there could only be one winner but you can still get discount on your tickets by calling 0844 848 0150 or online at http://www.countrylivingfair.com/Spring/book using the code Blog12

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Please excuse my photos today as I have had to post using my iPad as I have a sick laptop which is at the ‘doctors’ at the moment. As much as I love my little iPad, I do prefer to edit my photos on the laptop, hopefully it will be fixed for the next post.

In the meantime thanks for dropping by, have a good rest of the week and Happy Pancake Tuesday, enjoy those pancakes! :)

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I have over the past week or so received some lovely happy mail which I thought I would share with you.

These beautiful vintage French seed labels came from Simply French Vintage.

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Aren’t they wonderful, I just love these images!

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Having read about this book on a few blogs I decided I would like to read the book itself.

Four Hedges for those of you who haven’t read it is about Clare Leighton who was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century and about her passion for her garden.

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Claire’s illustrations throughout the book are amazing.

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A lovely little parcel of fabric dropped onto the mat this week from Celtic Fusions Fabrics, definitely bunny skirt material!!!

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This also arrived in the post this week, all the way from Australia from the lovely Elizabeth who last year became the owner of Pixie. She sent me a photo of Pixie with a little koala who has now come to live with me in my craft room. Thank you Elizabeth it was lovely to see Pixie again.

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I was very lucky this week to win this beautiful artwork in a giveaway. I had just found My Painted Bear on Facebook and fell in love with Naomi’s art, I then noticed that she was having a giveaway, entered and luckily won. When I emailed Naomi I then found out that she too was from N. Ireland and had actually exhibited work in a gallery in my home town. Naomi’s work is beautiful, you can find her Etsy shop here and her blog here. Thank you Naomi.

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Now this pretty little bunny just arrived yesterday, isn’t she gorgeous? She is made by the very talented and clever Farrell & Holmes, I defy you not be tempted when you take a look at their website. The bunny is stuffed with lavender and I could smell it as the postman handed the package over to me. You can also find details of their work on their Facebook page.

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Now if you would like to receive some happy mail too I have just the thing for you.

The lovely people from Country Living Magazine have offered me a pair of tickets for one of my readers for their Spring Fair which takes place from 19-23 March in the Business Design Centre, London. There will be lots of ideas for your home and garden with an array of carefully selected exhibitors, from small producers to craftspeople from across the British Isles. There will be crafting workshops, garden features and a lifestyle theatre. For more information about the Fair and all it’s features, you can visit the website: http://www.countrylivingfair.com/spring

Now if you would like to win the pair of tickets all you have to do is mention it in a comment below. I’ll draw the name of the winner next Tuesday, 4th March.

You can also book tickets at a special discount using the code Blog12. Tickets are available by calling 0844 848 0150 or online at http://www.countrylivingfair.com/Spring/book

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Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post, all of the February Girls are heading off to their new homes. My next lot of bunnies are going to have a Spring/Easter theme which I’m really looking forward to.

I’ll leave you with these little tete-a-tete daffodils from my garden, according to the Green Rabbit Calendar tomorrow is the beginning of ‘real’ spring……happy, happy days!

Have a great weekend! :)

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I have been a very lucky girl of late as I have managed to win FOUR giveaways!!!

I won one just before I went off on my holidays and then I won a giveaway on the next three consecutive days after the day I returned. Lucky or what ??

The first one is from the very lovely Anne from A bit of this and that from PlumCreek22 Studio. Anne’s giveaway included napkins, notecards and a set of her gorgeous hairpins. You can find more of her beautiful hairpins in her Etsy shop!
Thank you so much Anne for the very lovely gifts!

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My second win was from Gina, who writes the inspiring blog Fan My Flame. Gina is a very clever textile artist and I was extremely lucky to win her lovely make up bag which is so beautifully made. You can find more of Gina’s gorgeous makes here.
Thanks so much Gina!

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The next giveaway to drop through my letterbox was from my lovely blog friend Jill who writes the blog, I Should Have Listened To My Mother. Jill is always busy crafting, should it be stitching, knitting or sewing. She very kindly sent me four fat quarters of beautiful fabric, nothing quite like getting yummy fabric in the post!
Many thanks Jill!

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And lastly but certainly by no means least this lovely package of goodies arrived from Germany this morning from the lovely Karen of Katie-Claire’s Cottage. Karen writes a lovely blog about her family life in the Rhine Valley in Germany and about her beautiful creations. She sent me a lovely inspiring German magazine which is full of beautiful things and one of her amazing little owls, who is now adoring my craft room. She also sent some delicious chocolate, half of which you see in the photo is now gone…ooops!! You can see more of Karen’s pretty creations here and here.
Thanks so much Karen!

Now I have given you quite a few links here today but please do go and visit these very talented ladies, you won’t be disappointed, I promise you!

Thank you all so much lovely ladies for your beautiful giveaways, they are very much appreciated and enjoyed!

So a happy new week to you all, it’s grey and wet here today but I’m ever hopeful of crisp autumn days!
Thanks as always for dropping by! :)

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I’ve finally come to accept autumn and have at last let summer go, I think the week away in France was just what I needed, it was an extra week of summer that I was very lucky to get and now I feel more settled.

This week I have been sorting out my garden and have bought myself some cyclamens to replace the fading summer bedding.

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When we came back this is what the top of our garden looked like, it seemed like our sycamore tree decided to do its leave shedding all in one go!!

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There are a few summer blooms hanging on, I found this little zinnia when we returned and the sunflowers, even when on their way out, still look good.

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I have been decorating my craft room with some autumn decorations, some of which I brought back from France.

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The little bunch of acorns were picked up on a walk in France, the chestnuts however are good old Northern Irish ones.

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The little hedgehog was knit from Julie’s pattern.

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When I was away I bought some lovely new bunny skirt fabric too and these pretty little jars for storing buttons and beads were only one euro each!

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While shopping for my autumn decorations I thought I would bring a couple of extra ones for a little giveaway for my bloggy friends. I have been extremely lucky in giveaways myself recently (more about that in another post) so I thought it was time to have one myself. How do you enter the giveaway?? Well if you left a comment on my previous post you already have as its one of my secret giveaways. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and warm welcome back. I used the random number generator and the number it picked was……………………….

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Comment number four, who was Jill.
The little hanging leaf and owl tealight holder will be on their way to you soon Jill.

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I’ve been bunny making this week as well and I hope to have a few autumn inspired bunnies ready very soon!

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I rescued this bunch of cosmos from the garden this afternoon as the weather forecast for tomorrow isn’t too wonderful!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, fingers crossed for a dry one and thanks as always for dropping by! :)

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It was so beautiful at lunchtime today, sitting out in the garden, sun shining, cats at my feet, washing drying on the line!

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Guess what it’s doing this evening though ~ raining!! There’s no sitting outside, no sun, no cats (they have more sense) and the washing is dripping on the line because I thought it was only going to be a shower and left it!

I suppose that’s April for you, sunshine and showers!

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I’ve been a lucky girl again, when the lovely Emma Varnam held a giveaway on her blog to win a signed copy of her new crochet book Crocheted Keyrings & Charms, I just had to join in and you’ve guessed it, I won. It’s a gorgeous book and it even has a little rabbit bag charm, what more could a bunny lover want!

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Well I have managed to get at least one of the little cardigans from earlier in the week onto a bunny!

I’d like you all to meet Tawny.

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Tawny is named after a beautiful little owl and she has little owls all over her skirt and her cardie is fastened by one too.

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Another weekend almost here again, I hope you all have a lovely one and lets hope the weather behaves itself for all of us! Thank you all for your visits and your lovely comments which I always enjoy reading.

Happy weekend! :)

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Goodness what a lot of entries in the giveaway, thank you all so much for entering, thanks too to all those lovely Facebook folk who joined in the fun as well.

WordPress very kindly number all my comments which makes it nice and easy to use the Random Number Generator, there were a few people who left their comments in the reply section of other comments and didn’t get a number but please don’t worry if you did this as I gave you numbers at the end so you didn’t miss out on the draw.

So watched by the independent adjudicator (my husband) I loaded up the Random Number Generator with the 160 entries and pushed the button!

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Number 55 was the chosen one and that was Gina!

Little Posie will be on her way to Gina today!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to enter it’s just a shame there can only be one winner.

There will of course be more bunnies, unfortunately though I have had to close my waiting list for rabbits for the time being as there are quite a few people on it now. I am going on holidays in the second half of May and when I return it will only be one month to my daughters wedding, so June will be very busy family-wise. I hope to clear the list before I go away on holiday but adding any more names now would mean those people may not be getting bunnies until mid-July onwards which in my opinion is too long to ask people to wait. I will of course continue to make them and when I have some available after everyone on the list has their rabbit, I will either open the list again or pop them into my Etsy shop. I do hope you all understand but family life is getting a little busy at the moment. There will of course always be rabbits, I enjoy making them too much, it’s just how I manage it all at the moment.

There are also so many more things I want to make too like the many blankets I have started also the Crochet Club which I was so lucky to win a place in needs caught up with as well!!! The garden is calling me too, sometimes 24 hours in a day just isn’t enough! I also want to try other little animals too like this little lady that I made for a lovely friends birthday recently!

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This is Pricilla and I had a lot of fun making her!

Thanks again for entering the giveaway and all your support for my bunny venture, I really do appreciate it!

Happy Tuesday! :)

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