November 2010

You’ll remember I introduced you to ‘my park’ here, well today I’m going to take you on another park walk but this time it’s a snowy one!

Yesterday afternoon we got wrapped up put our boots on and took ourselves off for a wintery walk.

We had what I consider to be the right amount of snow, enough to make the park and gardens pretty and festive but not too much so that the country came to a standstill. The roads were clear and everyone could get about their lives.

The park looked stunning in it’s covering of snow!

Although a lot had thawed due to the morning sunshine, the greenery still had a little frosting.

The lake had frozen around the edges and the wildfowl were going for a walk along the top of it.

The sun was beginning to set and the sky was beautiful.

It’s such a novelty for us to get ‘Christmas card’ photos like this at this time of year!

The silhouettes of the bullrushes against the sky and frozen lake were brilliant.

Yes it was cold but it was very beautiful and it felt good to get outside and have a good walk to blow away the cobwebs.
We never take for granted what a privilege it is to live near this wonderful park!

Have a great week everyone and if it’s possible wrap up warm and get out there and enjoy the season! 🙂

I think crochet, candles and coal are all that’s needed for this weekend !
I hope the weather is not too awful where you are.
Have a cosy weekend and stay warm! 🙂

Just wanted to show you some pretty new things!

Firstly, my new Moo cards have arrived!
They have been designed by my son and there are four different images using my favourite colours. I’m soooo pleased with these!! 🙂

And secondly, I received these gorgeous coasters and birdie in the post yesterday. They are made by the talented Mia of HandmadebyMia.
Check out Mia’s Etsy store for more of her lovely creations!

Well Wednesday already and getting closer to a new month, scary!!
Enjoy the rest of the week and to my friends in the U.S.A. have a great Thanksgiving ! 🙂

Hi everyone from a lovely bright and sunny N. Ireland I’m very pleased to say. 🙂

Now anyone who knows me will know I’m more of a bah-humbug than a ho-ho-ho but I have got sucked in to the festive spirit this year rather earlier than I normally would! This weekend I managed to get this little holly bag finished which is now in my Etsy shop. It’s knit in a wool/ alpaca/acrylic mix yarn in a biscuit colour and actually with the holly it reminds me of a mince pie!!

The bag has been lined in a pretty holly fabric. The same fabric actually that I’m using in my cushion for the swap (which is coming on ok!). I’ve then knitted some little holly leaves for the front which are finished off with some shiny red beady berries and a red and white check ribbon!

While we’re on the subject of holly, some more of my holly leaves will appear next week on Mia’s blog as part of her Christmas Calendar which starts on the 1st December. So make sure you call in every day with Mia in the run up to Christmas for some festive fun!

Before I go I just wanted to let you know that Green Rabbit Designs is now on Facebook. You can find me by clicking on the icon at the top of the blog on the right! If you are on facebook already call in and make sure to “like” (I believe this to be the term!!!)the page!!

Have a great week! 🙂

I don’t know I can’t seem to get much crafting done at the minute. Too much washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and other such boring things!! I have however managed to complete these little blue cotton roses, at the request of a dear friend, thanks Mia for getting me motivated ! 🙂

I still have a lot of unfinished items sitting about which hopefully will get completed soon.

Now you’ve seen the blue roses so what about the pink?
Well look at this little fighter……..

…….. in bud in all this dreadful weather. I don’t know if it will make it into flower after all the torrential rain and gales we’ve had and are forecast still to get but bless it, it’s trying!

When I was in the greenhouse to photograph my corsages (good daylight with the added benefit of being warm and dry), I noticed my geraniums still in bloom but they’re quite cosy inside away from the elements. Actually the photos look like they were taken on a summer’s day (I wish). At least they’re something bright to look at on a grey day, we can do with all the brightness we can get these days. Like the wonderful news of the royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, another bit of brightness on a grey day! I’m so looking forward to their wedding, oh I do love a royal wedding! 🙂

Finally I’ll leave with this little pile which is destined to become a cushion cover for the Dutch Sisters Pillow Swap. My swap partner stated that she didn’t want a knitted or crocheted cushion which is a bit unfortunate as that is my ‘thing’. The extent of my sewing is to sew up a lining for my bags which isn’t that testing! I’ll just have to pretend that it’s a big bag lining!!
I’ll let you see how I get on!

Enjoy the rest of the week, can you believe it’s Wednesday already!

I am hoping for a productive weekend!
This week I haven’t really got a lot done on the craft front, lots of things started (as usual) but not a lot completed. I have shown some glimpses here of the WIP’s but hopefully next week I’ll have some finished items.

I’m also hoping for a productive weekend on the ‘C’ front as well! It’s only 6 weeks and it’s time I had some presents bought!!!

I hope you all have a lovely and of course a productive weekend too!! 🙂

Edited to add: Can I just apologize to those people who have just read this post and panicked because I said there was only 5 weeks to Christmas! I have counted again on my fingers and it’s 6, so sorry, I hope I haven’t spoilt your weekend! I’ve now changed it to avoid any more distress! I’m quite relieved myself. Continue enjoying your weekend. 🙂

I took this photo on my recent trip to London. It is the Canadian War Memorial in Green Park close to Buckingham Palace and it is a memorial to the fallen Canadian soldiers of the two World Wars. I photographed it as I loved how the real sycamore leaf mirrored the maple leaves in the memorial.
However I thought today, Armistice Day, was a good day to share it with you.

I would like to dedicate this post to all those brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom in two World Wars and in subsequent wars right up to the present day. To all those who suffered horrific injuries due to war and are still suffering and also to those who still serve.

“We will remember them”

You wouldn’t think by looking at this sky we had quite a storm last night!
Today has been lovely, it has been a day to put on the fleece and wellies and go outside into the garden and tidy up the mess that the wind and rain made last night.

My cherry tree is almost bare now with only a few leaves hanging on, in fact after last night most of them are all over the grass, as I’ve already said there’s quite a mess!

My poor sunflowers, which I had left to go to seed for the birds were all blown over. This one which was seen here at the end of September is quite sad looking now. 😦

I just had to cut them all down and take the heads of them, pull out what remained of the petals and lay them out on the grass. Sounds really brutal, doesn’t it?

There’s lots of seeds in there to help the birds out during the winter. They can peck them out just as they need them!

Of course no matter when I’m out in the garden my cat friends all turn up! Ginger however makes it very difficult to walk anywhere! 🙂

You’ll remember a couple of weeks back I planted my sweet pea seeds for next summer. Well there’s sign of new life already which I find very heartening indeed. In fact putting on my coat and wellies and getting outside into the garden is in itself very uplifting, a bit of excercise and fresh air is most definitely good for you! Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself to go out as it is cold but once you’re out there is does feel good and you come in again invigorated, I absolutely recommend it!

Before I go I just want share a new purchase of mine. This gorgeous little bunny purse is made by the very talented Beth of The Linen Cat. A green rabbit for the Green Rabbit! Isn’t it gorgeous, I’m thrilled with it. It is perfectly made and the detail is beautiful. If you haven’t visited Beth before, hop over and see all her lovely creations!

Well folks have a lovely week and put your coat and boots on and get out into the garden, it’s good for you!! 🙂

Hi folks just popping in to share a few more makes with you.
This bag has been on the needles for a while and I kept putting it down to knit and crochet other things but this week I made myself sit down and finish it.

I’ve dressed it up with a cluster of little creamy blooms which were fun to do and lined it in a pretty check fabric!

The corsages are crocheted in the same creamy merino yarn as the little flowers on the bag. Each one is different and they have a touch of sparkle in the centre and dare I say it have a slight Christmas feel to them (I don’t believe I just said that)!

I have opened an Etsy shop although there’s nothing in it yet for sale but hopefully I’ll be able to get some things listed next week. The weather is so poor for photographing anything these days!

Can you beleive it’s Friday again! We’re off out tonight with our son and daughter and their respective girlfriend and boyfriend for a meal at an Italian restaurant. I’m really looking forward to it as it is rare that we’re all in the one place at the one time these days. Their ages range from eighteen to tweny-five and they’re all involved in different things so as we say here ‘the craic will be good’! They’re great fun and they keep us young!

To all those of you who celebrate bonfire night have a good one and don’t forget to check for those little hedgehogs!

Hope you have ‘a bit of craic’ this weekend too! 🙂

Splash of Colour is the idea of Emma over at Silverpebble.
The plan is to post images of colour in the first week of the next four months from November through to February until the spring arrives. The colourful photos will then give us all a lift and see us through the dark days of winter. The photos can also be added to the Splash of Colour flickr group where anyone can drop in when they need a colourful pick-me-up!

My contribution to this months Splash of Colour are photographs of the contents of this drawer in a chest in my dining room. Now I know it is customary to keep cutlery and tablecloths etc. in dining room drawers but not in mine!! I have it full of this wonderful colourful wool. I can open it up and breath in all it’s gorgeousness when I need a colour fix. I have had all this yarn for quite a while and I can’t bare to use it because then it would all be gone and I don’t want that! Please tell me I’m not the only one to have yarn that they will never use.
Anyway I’m sharing it with you so that you can breath it in too and use it to brighten your days until the spring comes!

Thanks for a great idea Emma. 🙂

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