High Days & Holidays


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Out of all the celebrations throughout the year, Eastertime is by far my favourite. If like me you are a bunny lover and a chocolate lover, well it really is the best time of year.

I have my Easter decorations up, my family will all be here for Sunday lunch, including the boy who is home from Berlin, there is lots of chocolate and the sun is shining ……….happy days!!!

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easter dec Collage

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My latest little bunny, arriving just in time for Easter, is called Jade!

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I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Hoppy Easter from the Green Rabbit! :)

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Well as I’m sure as you all know today was St Patrick’s Day and as it’s a bank holiday here in N.I. my hubby had the day off, so we decided to take a little day trip. My daughter was off too so she came with us, unfortunately my poor son-in-law had to work!

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We took a drive to a little place called Whitehead, as you can see they like to paint their homes nice bright colours.

Whitehead Collage

Whitehead is quite close to a very good fabric shop which is where my daughter and I disappeared to after our picnic lunch, my Hb set off along the coast with his camera while we were away, so it was a win, win situation!!

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The sky was a bit overcast today but the sun did manage to break through from time to time and it was dry and mild.

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At times it was clear enough to see Scotland, if you look along the horizon in the above photo you can just about see it!

So all in all a lovely day out (and yes I did buy more fabric!!).

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I’ll leave you with my new springtime bunny, this is Jemima! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments about Beatrix, my last bunny, you are all so kind!

Wishing you all a fabulous new week! :)

Paris Collage

Today was my daughter’s birthday and I made her a special bunny for the occasion!

Paris is her favourite city, so it was easy to pick the theme.

She was in Paris a couple of weeks ago with her work but she can’t wait to get back there again.

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We have had a wonderful day together, after a beautiful lunch in a lovely restaurant, we went back to her and her hubby’s house for tea and birthday cake (it’s all we could fit in)!!

Happy birthday sweetheart!!! :)

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I’ve been making bunnies with a musical theme this week!

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This is Melody!

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And this is Harmony.

Melody & Harmony Collage

I have to admit that I love the colours of these two girls, much more my cup of tea than bright colours but they’re not for me, they’ll be in my Etsy shop at the end of the month.

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Thank you for dropping by this week and for all your lovely comments on my Donkey Sanctuary post, lovely to know there are so many animal lovers out there!

I do hope you are all safe and warm in this crazy weather we’ve been having!

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day and a happy weekend too, don’t eat too many of those chocolate hearts! :)

Linking up with Chrissie’s CAL here !

2013 review Collage

Well here we are at the end of another year…that was quick, wasn’t it!!

According to WordPress I uploaded 657 photos this year, so picking one per month was difficult but I tried to choose one that represented that month for me!

We had a busy year on the home front with our daughter getting married in July, so wedding preparations coupled with all the renovating and decorating we did around the house made for a hectic first six months. The wedding was of course the highlight of the year and what a wonderful day it was, the sun shone, in fact that was the beginning of the fantastic spell of weather we had this summer. Lyndsey was a beautiful bride and everyone had an amazing time, its hard to believe that it was six months ago now. She is very happy in her new home with her new husband and lives only four miles from me, so I see her all the time! My son on the other hand moved quite a bit further away at the beginning of August when he decided to go to work in Berlin. He has been home three times since then so although it’s not wonderful it’s not too bad, he just went back a couple of days ago after his Christmas break and hopes to be home again in January.

The second half of the year was at a much slower pace and in October we managed another trip to the south of France, our second visit this year as we were there as usual in May. It was lovely to get back again and it stretched summer by another week for us, you know how I like to cling on to summer.

2013 was the year that I eventually got my own craft room and I have to say I love my little space, it’s great having everything I need to hand and especially having my sewing machine ready for use at all times.

Throughout the year I enjoyed my garden time and I can’t wait to get back out there again, I’m already planning what I’m going to grow! I’m sure too that I’ll have the company of my many cat assistants as I did in 2013.

I have also loved sharing my outings and day trips and visits to ‘my park’ with you and hope to do all that again in 2014.

One thing I have noticed that is missing from my photos is the amount of cooking and baking I do, there is lots of it but for some reason I never get around to sharing it maybe I’ll try and share more of it in 2014. One of my missions in life is to convert everyone to vegetarianism, I’ll never do that if I don’t convince you all how good life is without meat!!!

2013 bunny review Collage

I’m sure you must have noticed one thing missing from my 2103 collage….my bunnies, well I decided they needed a collage all of their own. Again it was difficult to pick just one per month as I made fifty-four of them this year, all of them happily living in new homes across the world. Thank you for all your encouragement, my stats certainly go up when I do a bunny post, I really can’t believe the amount of interest in them, I had to stop my waiting list as it was getting out of hand and start using my Etsy shop to sell them. My last group of ‘girls’ sold in two minutes, I am so very grateful for your support. I really enjoy making them, dressing them and naming them and the fact that others enjoy it too makes me very happy, so thank you! I am at the moment making my Valentine girls who hopefully should be in my shop at the end of next month….there are hearts everywhere! So lots more bunnies in 2014!

Finally I would like to thank all you lovely people who have visited my blog this year and have left so many wonderful comments, you make Green Rabbit Designs for me. I have made so many really good friends through blogging, who I would love to meet in ‘real’ life…..maybe one day.
Thank you for being here throughout 2013 and I hope you will return in 2014.

All that remains is for me to wish you all good health and happy times in 2014.

Enjoy what’s left of the month, the year and winter, I’ll be back soon with pre-spring…happy days!!!

Happy New Year! :)

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I hope, like us, you all had a wonderful Christmas and here we all are in the bit in between, always a strange time I think, neither one thing or the other. Truth be told I am looking forward to a shiny new year but in the meantime there will no doubt be more chocolate eating until we get there.

I thought I’d share a little bit of my Christmas with you today!

Christmas Present Collage

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Daisy and Buttercup Collage

The above sketches were a gift from my best friend, they are drawings of the two little rabbits I used to have, Buttercup and Daisy, they are such brilliant likenesses of the two of them and the artist that drew them has really captured their little characters. Such a lovely gift but it has reminded me how much I miss those girls!!

Well folks I hope you enjoy the rest of the time in between until 2014 arrives and have a great weekend too! :)

Merry Christmas 2013 Collage

Wishing you all and your families a wonderful Christmas, thanks to everyone you visits here and for all your lovely comments and support over the past year!

A very Happy Christmas to you all!!! :) xxx

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I love this day of the year, the Winter Solstice! Despite the very grey sky here this morning and the very low sun behind it, I know that tomorrow that same sun will be a little higher in the sky. The difference will be so slight we won’t even notice it but it will still happen and that does make me feel good!

The Google homepage has a brilliant little animation today of a scarf being knitted but when you click on the animation it says “First Day of Winter”. Well I’m sorry but I’m having none of that, according to my calendar there are only ten more days of winter left and then it’s pre-spring.

The proof????

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These are my daffodil bulbs and …….

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…….my primula, all photographed this morning in my garden!

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Just look at this photo, these are the buds on my cherry tree which only lost the last of its leaves a few weeks back. Despite the dull, grey sky, this photo makes my heart skip just to see those little signs of life.

So brace yourselves lovely people, you are going to get a lot more of this from me over the weeks ahead! :)

However in the meantime ………..

Winter Solstice Collage

……..I haven’t forgotten all about Christmas! We are in full Christmas mode here, my son is home from Berlin and we are more or less ready to celebrate!

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Wishing you all a very happy festive weekend, thanks as always for dropping by especially at this very busy time!

Happy Weekend! :)

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We have become very Christmassy here at GRD HQ !!!

With my new craft room this year I’ve had another room to decorate, just a little bit anyway, I’ve put a little white tree in there and I found a little deer to hang on my dresser door.

The rest of the house is looking quite festive too, presents have been wrapped (well some anyway, some still have to be bought yet!!), cards written and there has been a little bit of baking too!

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It’s a busy time but I’ve still been making some time for bunny-ing!

I still haven’t managed to get a full length photo of my big tree, aren’t Christmas trees a nightmare to photograph, they never look look as good in a photo as they do in real life, or maybe that’s just my photography….I’ll keep trying though!

Have a lovely festive week, it’s normally a busy one but remember to take some me-time! :)

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We really only decided just a few weeks back that we would return to the south of France for a little autumn break. We always go somewhere, usually at the end of August, beginning of September when we have both our birthdays and our wedding anniversary but this year we thought we would leave it a little later and go back to the Riviera. As we have never been at this time of year before we weren’t quite sure what to expect weatherwise but we needn’t have worried, it was beautiful!

I love everything about this place…..the sunshine…..the scenery…..the beaches…..the flora and fauna…..the people…..the produce…..the villages, towns and cities…..the palm trees…..and the peeling duck egg blue painted shutters!

This is a very picture heavy post so be warned but I hope you enjoy a little of what we enjoyed last week!

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France Flora Collage

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French Produce Collage

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Negresco Collage

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Boat Collage

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French Window Collage

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à bientôt Riviera !

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