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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! :)

Hi everyone it is so good to back with you all again! I’ve had a sick laptop this week and in the end it had to go to the computer doctor to be made well again. I’m soooo glad to get it back as I’ve missed visiting you all in blogland. Earlier in the week I did manage to leave some comments on your blogs but then sometimes it wouldn’t let me and the screen would freeze and I couldn’t post on my own blog and it wouldn’t let me deal with my photos, all in all a right pain. Anyhow it’s back with me and thankfully all seems to going ok.

What have I been doing with my time! Well I’ve been doing a bit of gardening, potting up my containers with summer bedding plants.

Enjoying the 2nd issue of Mollie Makes magazine! This such a brilliant magazine, a bit like a blog in magazine form!

Baking Smartie and Pecan Rocky Road. As a vegetarian I don’t eat marshmallows so I substitute them with Smarties. They taste just as good if slightly less ‘rocky’!

Doing a bit of black and white knitting and crochet.

And generally just ‘smelling the roses’!!!

Of course I would have done all these things even if I’d had my laptop with me, I don’t want you thinking I spend all my time on it!!! I was beginning to have withdrawal symptoms though and I’m so happy to have it back again, I really missed blogland.

Before I go I would just like to thank all of you who left lovely comments on my last post. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could get together for tea and cake. It would be lovely to see what you all look like and hear all your different accents, it really would be great fun!
Although we would have to check that the picnic table was available for use ……….

Have a great weekend everyone ! :)

This poor little chair was on it’s way to be dumped when I saw it outside my next door neighbours house. It had belonged to her mother-in-law who had died a few years back in her eighties, so it has been around for quite some time. I asked her if I could have it as I thought it was a nice little chair. She agreed and so the make-over began.

Firstly I rubbed it down with wire wool and then gave it a coat of primer.

It then got two coats of gloss in duck egg blue, which happens to be my most favourite colour at the moment! Then it moved into it’s new home in the corner of my greenhouse.
I’ve just finished this little blanket and I think it goes quite well with the chair.

This is my version of the blanket from Dottie Angel it’s Tif’s ‘Ordinarily Extraordinary Blanket’. Quite a relaxing little make it is too! A photo of the full blanket can be found here.

So that’s the story of the little rescued chair. I like this little corner of my greenhouse, the rest of it is full of tomatoes (as it should be, it is a greenhouse after all). It’s just nice to have a pretty corner to keep me happy until I can have something like the one pictured below which is taken from Septembers’ Country Homes & Interiors magazine.

A girl can dream, can’t she!!!

Have a lovely weekend! :)

Enjoying the garden this sunny Saturday afternoon with a copy of this months Country Home and Interiors, a mug of tea and the company of a really good friend.

Have a lovely weekend! :)

Enjoying the first crocuses in the lovely sunshine!

Enjoying my lovely pink tulips in my lovely new Avoca mug!

Enjoying this months Country Homes and Interiors magazine, which has a feature on the shop where I bought my pretty mug!

I’m very lucky in that I only live about 25 minutes from an Avoca shop.

So many beautiful things to buy!

And finally enjoying a spot of “bag” knitting!

Hope you’re enjoying your day!

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