December 2013

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! 🙂


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





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


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????


These are my daffodil bulbs and …….


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


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!


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

Happy Weekend! 🙂


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!












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! 🙂

Scarlet Collage

Over the past week or so I have been working on a little collection of bunnies which I have called the ‘Sewing Circle’ girls.

They have all been named after different types of fabric and all are dressed in sewing themed outfits.

The first is Scarlet, scarlet was once the name given to any brightly coloured cloth not just red but this little Scarlet is definitely red!!! She is made from Bluefaced Leicester yarn and has a tape measure ribbon in her ear and a pair of scissors on her cotton cardie. Her skirt is covered in all sorts of little sewing notions.

Tiffany Collage

The second sewing girl is Tiffany, Tiffany got her name from the thin gauze muslin of the same name.This Tiffany though is a patchwork girl with her hexie fabric skirt and thimble button and also has a tape measure ribbon in her ear.

Georgette Collage

The third and final sewing bunny is Georgette, the fabric that she is named after is a thin silk or crêpe. She has lots of pretty cotton reels all over her skirt and a cotton reel button on her coral cardigan and like all the other sewing girls has a tape measure bow in her ear.

All the ‘Sewing Circle’ girls will be for sale in my Etsy shop at 10.00pm tonight (Wed 11th Dec).

This is the last of the bunnies for this year but there will be lots more in 2014, I’m already picking out heart fabrics for Valentines!!!

Hope all your festive preparations are going well, if you’re like me you will still have lots to do!

If you’re in the UK, isn’t the weather remarkably mild for this time of year, I’m certainly not complaining though.

Happy Wednesday, thanks as always for popping in! 🙂


As a result of doing a craft fair this week, I have a few new brooches to list in my shop! I’ll let you come to your own conclussion as to how the fair went!


Anyhow I have put a few in there today and when I get a bit more daylight I’ll get a few more listed over the weekend so any in the photos here and not in the shop will be there eventually. I was all for fazing them out too!!

I have also a little sale in my shop at the moment too with 25% off when you use the code CHRISTMAS2013.

Dec Brooch Collage

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, thanks as always for dropping in to visit and for all your wonderful comments!

Happy weekend! 🙂


My Hb had a day off yesterday so we decided to take a trip to the city, we normally ‘do’ Belfast on a Saturday but it was lovely to have a little more space to look around as the Saturday crowds at this time of year are huge!


We first took a trip out to the east of the city, the home of the iconic Samson and Goliath as I wanted to pay a visit to the lovely Textile Studio.


East Belfast is also the birthplace of C S Lewis and here’s the man himself looking into his wardrobe.

After a delicious lunch in the lovely Lindores Coffee House where we had our tea served in vintage tea cups we headed into the city centre.


The Continental Market is in the grounds of the City Hall at the moment and it was great to be able to walk around it and actually see something, to be honest I wouldn’t even attempt this on a Saturday afternoon.


Lovely to see a little bit of France under the dome of the city hall!

Christmas Market 1 Collage

No shortage of reindeer here!


When I saw this jolly Nutcracker it reminded me of my lovely blog friend Sally. If you read Mollie Makes magazine you will have seen Sally’s very clever Nutcracker pattern in this months issue!

Christmas Market 2 Collage


The City Hall is looking lovely with it’s many changing colours!

So we had a very enjoyable afternoons shopping in festive Belfast, I can highly recommend Monday city shopping especially at this time of year.

Happy Tuesday, we’re starting to look at bit festive at home too, the trees are up! 🙂