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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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I’m in search of colour today!! Why, you ask………

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because this is what the weather is like here today!!!!

So I took my camera for a walk around the house and into the garden and greenhouse to find some colour to share with you!

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Even my new Valentine girl is a colourful one, normally I personally prefer the earthy coloured bunnies but that bright pop of yellow is just the ticket for this dull and grey day! Her name is Carys by the way, from the Welsh for love.

Just before I go I would like to thank the lovely Susana from the blog La Ventura Azul for awarding me the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’, thanks Susana, you’re very kind!

So it’s a bit of a dismal day here I’m afraid, I hope it’s brighter where you are, thanks for visiting!

Happy Tuesday! :)

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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!!!

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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 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 ………..

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……..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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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.

Autumn candle Collage

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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.

Autumn Bunnying Collage

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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A bit of a reveal for you today, unfortunately the light wasn’t wonderful but I hope this gives you some idea of what my new craft room looks like. It isn’t a very big room but I think we have made the most of the space available thanks to good old Ikea. I have kept everything white for brightness with little hints of turquoise, teal and duck egg for a little bit of colour.

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My little dresser is my favourite bit, I love being able to display all my crafty purchases and its a great place for storing all my fabric too.

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If I don’t want to sit at my desk I have a little corner for sitting in to read my craft books, listen to music or watch TV, (I have a television in there too)!

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I have lots of storage space for my yarns, buttons, beads and ribbons and numerous other crafty bits and pieces and I love the fact that my sewing machine can sit out permanently. Hopefully now, I’ll use it more!

I am delighted with my new room, just need to be more productive now!

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I’m going to leave you with my lilac and white freesias, they are the same flowers that I had in my wedding bouquet along with white carnations and purple heather ….. 32 years ago yesterday!!

Happy weekend, thanks as always for visiting and for all your lovely comments! :)

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As I mentioned in my last post I am in the process of getting my own little craft room and during a lot of sorting out quite a few little bits and pieces have come to light again. Some of them have been around for quite a while. I remember getting some of them from an elderly neighbour of my aunts when I was a young girl. The little doll faces came from this old lady, is it me or do any of you find them slightly creepy?

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This crochet yarn is still in it’s original celophane!

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It’s going to stay in it’s paper too!!!

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A new way to take up your trousers and an implement from the time when people darned their socks! Maybe you still do!

On the subject of vintage treasures it was my Hb’s birthday today, good job he doesn’t read my blog! ;)

We headed to the coast for some lunch on what was a drizzly day.

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It really was quite wet when I took this photo.

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The lighthouse is Donaghadee lighthouse in County Down. The Irish Sea was looking quite grey and moody today.

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This view is across Strangford Lough.

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So there you are, I managed a post without flowers or rabbits!!! ;)
While I’m on the subject, can I just thank you all so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. In hindsight it looks like I was fishing for compliments, that wasn’t the case at all, I just felt that my posts were all becoming a bit samey. I love my quiet simple life it just doesn’t always make for exciting blogposts but you have all been very kind, so thank you!

So tomorrow my boy is home and we will continue the birthday celebrations with a family tea!

Wishing you all a great rest-of-the-week! :)

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As this is one of the prettiest times of the year to visit ‘my park’ I thought I would take you on a little walk. Everything is so green and as the theme of my post is ‘bells’, it is a good time to show you all the bluebells that are now in full bloom!

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I really don’t think my photos do them justice as the sea of blue is just amazing!

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The blue and green together is so beautiful.

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Weddings ‘bells’ next and as it’s now less than seven weeks to my daughter’s wedding, the invitations have been sent out. They have been designed by my graphic designer son in the style of a vintage French postcard.

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I’m afraid this is a very tenuous link to the ‘bells’ theme but as I promised I would share it, this is how the ‘Bell’s’ kitchen now looks after the revamp!

I don’t have a huge kitchen but much better use of the space has been made and as the decorator has now finished painting it is all now complete, thankfully!!

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So it’s the weekend again, can you believe it!!

Thanks as always for visiting me here in my little space, I love it when you stop by and say hello and please know that your comments are much appreciated.

Wishing you all a happy, sunny, springtime weekend! :)

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Just thought I’d pop in before the week completely disappears!

It’s been a bit of a crazy week around here, I’ve had a painter in the house and absolutely nothing is in it’s correct place, in fact I’m ready to run away!!! We have had quite a few rooms painted and furniture, cushions, curtains and ornaments have been moved from room to room and to be honest I’m not quite sure where to start to put things back in their place! It’s all such a mess, on the plus side though I do have lovely freshly painted walls!

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We have also been seeing to some wedding things this week too, just over 8 weeks now until the big day.

So with all that has been happening garden time has been in short supply but there are still lovely things springing into life out there.

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Crafting time has suffered as well with not one bunny finished this week!!!

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Anyhow we have a long weekend here in the UK and with my Hb here at home for an extra day, I’m sure between the two of us we’ll knock this house into shape again.

Hoping the sun is shining on you all and from the handsome Charlie and myself, happy weekend! :)

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