November 2012


Today’s post is my 300th, I really can’t quite believe that I’ve been having a chat with you here 300 times!!!! It did take me a while to get going but now I couldn’t imagine not having this little place.

This morning when I checked my Facebook page I also noticed that I’d just received my 300th like as well, so it’s definitely been a day for the number 300. It also took me a while to get into Facebook but now I love it too.


So to mark my two ‘300 occasions’ I have decided to have a little giveaway. My last few giveaways have been secret ones but this time I thought I would do it the normal way. Up for grabs are a merino wool and faux pearl crocheted brooch, a 2013 handbag diary and a little tin bird Christmas tree decoration. To win all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, you can if you wish follow my blog using the little widget on my sidebar and/or ‘like’ my Facebook page but it is not at all necessary to do either to enter the giveaway. I’ll keep the giveaway open until midnight (GMT) Thursday 6th December and announce the winner next Friday, it’s open to everyone, everywhere!


I’d like to thank all of you who visit me here and on Facebook, I really appreciate your visits. I’ve made so many lovely friends through blogging. So thank you all so much!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and happy December!!!!! 🙂

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

I know last year I said with regard to craft fairs “never again” but when I was asked to attend one last week I relented and went along anyway!

I’m happy to say I’m quite glad I did attend as I did quite well. I didn’t make a huge effort after last year, just closed my Etsy shop for the evening put a cloth over the table and my Green Rabbit Design sign up and that was it. Sometimes less is more! As it was a community event and the craft fair was an attraction there was no table fee either.

I sold quite a few brooches, all my bags except one and all my bunnies apart from one as well. However the most important thing to come out of the evening was the interest in my rabbits and about how many I would have for sale in the future. I could have taken orders but didn’t want to put that pressure on myself and lose the fun of making them. As one lady put it “can we order them or do we have to wait for them to be born”, my answer was of course, you have to wait until they’re born but I thought that was a lovely way of putting it and exactly how I want it to be.

So as a result of the fair my shop has had a bit of a clear out, I have added some new Christmas brooches but I have decided to have a little sale until the end of the month. Just enter CHRISTMAS2012 at the checkout to receive 20% off, it will be available until midnight on Friday. You can find my shop here.

Anyhow I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and that you haven’t suffered too much from the horrible weather that has hit parts of the UK, we have been very fortunate here with just some frost and fog.

Hopefully this week (the last week of autumn!) will be kinder to everyone!

Happy new week! 🙂

Poinsettia’s always seem to feature in one of my posts in the run up to Christmas and I seem to make them in some form or other, a brooch in this post and a bag in this one.

This year of course I have made a little poinsettia bunny whose name is Polly!

Made in 100% merino wool, Polly wears a poinsettia print skirt and a green linen/cotton mix yarn cardigan with a little handmade poinsettia button and as with all my bunnies has a little ear decoration.

Holly (my last bunny) and Polly are sisters and I’m pleased to say Polly is off to live in the same family as Holly!!

This poinsettia is from last Christmas and this is the first time I have ever had a poinsettia survive until the next year. After last Christmas when it started to loose it’s leaves (as they do and never seem to re-cover them), I cut it all back, there was just a little stump and I then put it in the greenhouse where it has remained until now. During the summer it slowly began to grow back and it’s looking quite healthy now, whether I’ll get any flowers or not I don’t know but we’ll see!

I also made a new poinsettia brooch too using cotton yarns and faux pearls. So it’s been a bit of a poinsettia week around these parts!

Well here we are almost at the end of another week, I hope you all have had a good one and I wish you all a lovely weekend and to my friends in the US, Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thanks as always for dropping by and leaving your wonderful comments, I do love it when you do! 🙂

I can’t believe we are the end of another week, where on earth do they go to!!! I managed to get out for a look around the garden this morning for the first time this week, as it has been another dull, damp and dismal one. There is still amazingly a bit of colour out there!!

I still have some cosmos in bloom and there are many little buds on the plants but I doubt if they’ll make it to flowers at this late stage of the year.

This geranium is flowering it’s little heart out, it has however been moved inside the greenhouse now to protect it from the weather. Although we haven’t yet had any frosts worth talking about! Our November weather really has been damp and strangely mild at times.

I had a bit of fortune this week when I received an email from the lovely Jooles of Sew Sweet Violet to tell me I had won her generous giveaway of Sarah Raven narcissi bulbs. The bulbs arrived during the week, 45 in all, with three different varieties. Thank you so much Jooles and Sarah Raven.

Now all I need is a sunny day to get out into the garden and get them all planted. I also have some more tidying to do as some bedding now needs removed and other plants need cut back. It’s not easy gardening in November!!!

I have spent the time when I could have been in the garden this week doing a bit of knitting and crocheting …….

I finished the little bag I showed you in my last post and ……….

I also made another little cardigan for a new bunny that is in the making at the moment.

So not completely unproductive but I do miss the time spent in the garden, fingers crossed for better gardening weather next week.

Thanks as always for dropping by and have a lovely weekend! 🙂

Don’t worry about me I’m not feeling low and this is not going to be a miserable post!

The blue I’m referring to is the colour I have surrounded myself with today. I’m working with blues yarns making this ……….

A bag which I started at the Debbie Abrahams’s workshop I attended on Saturday. I had a lovely time, a day filled with just knitting (and food)! The little bag is designed to brush up on Fairisle skills, along with colour knitting, knitting in the round, cabling and beading. So lots of balls in the air (metaphorical and yarn) at the one time. I really love Fairisle knitting and that’s what I really wanted to practice, making sure I got my weaving in on the back correct and I hope I did!!!
Maybe I could practice a bit more and make some bunny sweaters, nothing too large.

Bunny silhouette ch…


Retro Glass bobby p…


BLUEBELL Rabbit Toy…


Felted bag pouch li…


Nellie, coastal cot…


Moonlight Christmas…


Bird pocket organis…


French Cream Bunny …


Whimsical Granny Ch…


Skye Bleau Dutch Bu…


Baby Boy Greetings …


Lavender sachets –…


Ascii Bunny Rabbit …


Purse, Cat Coin Pur…




Little Traveler Mou…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Inspired by my blue yarn and Jane’s lovely Etsy treasury from yesterday I decided to curate an Etsy Treasury (something I haven’t done in a while) called Monday Blues.

There are lots of my favourite creations, shops and people in this treasury! Just click on any of the little photos and it will take you directly to that shop.

So lots of blue today the only thing missing, sadly, is a blue sky, after a lovely day yesterday we’re back to grey, wet and dismal again.

Wishing you all a lovely week, with perhaps a blue sky along the way! 🙂

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

We will remember them

It still is a bit early for a blog post with the title of ‘Holly’ but I’ve just finished my first little Christmas bun and that is her name! By stating that this is my first Christmas bunny suggests that there will be at least one more, I suppose now I’ve said it there will have to be. I do have other ideas and time permitting I hope to have some more made before Christmas is upon us.

Holly on her cardie, holly on her skirt and holly in her ear, means she could only have the one name!

It’s usually at this point that I blatantly direct you to my Etsy shop but not today as Holly has already found a new home where I know she will be loved very much!

What a grey month November has been so far, I have to say I really dislike the month of November for this very reason. It’s always grey, the weather is grim and the daylight is in short supply.

These photos were taken in my garden in the middle of the day. Grey!!!

I’ve been in search for something to brighten my day, even dying flowers provide a bit of colour on a miserable November day.

Baking a cake helped a bit too. Yogurt cake using a mandarin yogurt and covering the top with orange flavoured icing. You can find the recipe in this post.

The latest bunny I’m working on is helping to bring a little cheer too!

She’ll soon be ready, I’m just getting her little outfit finished.

I did find one bit of hope in my gloomy garden today, the tips of daffodils just breaking through the soil.

Difficult as it was I did manage to find a little brightness on a gloomy, grey November day.

I still wish it was spring though!!! (sigh)

I’ll leave you on a really positive note, it’s only 44 days until the Winter Solstice and then we can start to reclaim our daylight back!!! Happy days! 🙂

It’s a grey, damp and very chilly Sunday, time to seek out some of life’s comforts I think. This is the first time in three weeks that we have all been around the table as a family for Sunday lunch as my son has been away on tour with his band. An apple pie has been baked for pudding as it’s definitely a day for comfort eating!

A new book arrived in the post this week, so as the fire is lit a little book browsing is on the agenda.

Just while I’m on the subject of lovely things arriving in the post, I thought I would share my latest purchase from the lovely Mia, I just had to have it! Have a wee look in Mia’s shop to see all her beautiful creations, actually I see she has put another bunny bag in there ~ stop tempting Mia!! Nothing like a bit of fireside internet shopping. 😉

I’m also in the mood for some Christmas crafting after purchasing these goodies yesterday, I know this will come as a complete surprise to those of you who know that I’m never this festive this early!!

I also have some ideas for some Christmas bunnies too!

So looking outside it seems the perfect day for some cosy living and I have plenty at hand for that today. The televison is good this evening too with all the result shows and Downton Abbey (the last in the series, how did that go so quickly).

Hope you’re having a relaxing, comfort filled Sunday too! 🙂