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It’s marmalade season!

I remember many years ago making marmalade, it refused to come out of the jar!!

I have to be honest I really don’t bother making it as Bonne Maman do it so well and not only do they make excellent marmalade but………..

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……..their wonderful jars make pretty holders for buttons and other haberdashery.

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However this year I have made an exception and made Marmalade….the bunny.

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Marmalade is the first of the February Girls, who this month don’t have a particular theme but just a mix of ideas that need to come out of my head!

Can I thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my Valentine Girls, they have all gone off to their new homes in New Zealand, the U.S. and all across the UK.

I’d also like to thank all you lovely people who like my posts as well, it’s lovely to know that you have dropped by, I do appreciate the fact that you take time to read my posts and hit the like button.

So here we are in February and I’m sorry to say it hasn’t got any warmer, come on weather warm up a bit!! On the plus side the days are definitely getting longer.

Have a great week. :)

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Well it certainly looks like 2015 is going to go as quickly as 2014, here we are almost at the end of the first month!

Not a whole lot has happened during January really, I suppose the most important thing was my son’s birthday and it was lovely to have him home for a while to celebrate.

There has been a bit of spring cleaning, absolutely not blog worthy and certainly not something I enjoy but I do like to get it out of the way during pre-spring, before real spring arrives.

To balance the boring cleaning I have also been making my Valentine Girls which is much more fun!

The first little lady is Maitea, she is a lovely shade of purple which doesn’t really show up well in her photo. Her name is of Spanish origin and means ‘love’, very apt for the first of the Valentine Girls!

Roslyn Collage

The second Valentine Girl is Roslyn, her name means ‘beautiful rose’!

Annabelle Collage

The next little lady is Annabelle, her name comes from Latin and means ‘lovable’.

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This little one is Amorette which of course means ‘little love’!

Mabel Collage

This is Mabel and her name also means ‘lovable’.

Sweetie Collage

When I finished this little girl with all her sugary colours she reminded me so much of Love Heart sweets and that is how she got her name, Sweetie.

Libi Collage

The seventh and final girl for this month is Libi, her names comes from Hebrew and means ‘my heart’.

So that’s all the ‘girls’ for this month, they will be listed in my Etsy shop on Wednesday 28th January at 10.00pm (GMT). You can find all the details about them here and see more photos of them here.

Thank you so much for visiting and for all your comments on my last post, wishing you all a lovely last week in January and a great start to February! :)

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It has snowed, it’s no secret I’m not a fan, it’s still doing it too, soft gentle flakes, the sun is shining though and even I have to admit it is pretty when you’re in the house looking out. I do have to go out unfortunately but it will be brief so I can get back to the fire. As a nation we don’t cope well with snow, even amounts as little as this! There is the threat of more as well, brrrr!

The cats aren’t quite sure what to make of this white stuff all over their garden, there has been a lot of tip toeing through it to find a little clear spot under a tree or bush.

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So it will be a quick race around the shops and back to bunny making for me today, the Valentine Girls are on their way!

My boy is home from Berlin this weekend, it’s his birthday on Monday, so it will be a weekend of celebrating, whatever the weather!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend too, thanks as always for visiting! :)

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Happy new year everyone and welcome to pre-spring!!!

Now for anyone not yet familiar with the Green Rabbit Calendar, please let me explain……

January & February ~ Pre-Spring
March, April & May ~ Spring
June, July, August & September ~ Summer
October & November ~ Autumn
December ~ Winter

Much better than the conventional one, don’t you think!

While out and about in my garden this week I found many signs of spring and my goodness we’ve had some lovely blue skies and quite an obvious lengthening of the day which is of course all music to my ears.

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So another year has passed and generally speaking 2014 was quite a quiet year and that’s exactly how I like a year to be.

There were some sad times when we lost two of our little animals friends, the tragic loss of little Jessie cat and then her old dad Rocky a couple of weeks later, we will never forget either of them.

As far as my blog was concerned though, 2014 was mostly a year of bunnies and flowers.

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This collage proves that there was something in bloom in my garden during every month of 2014.

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And then there were the bunnies, all 81 of them, now living all over the world, I have enjoyed making them throughout the year and I’ve already started on the 2015 bunnies!!

Just before we get this year going I would like to thank the lovely Geraldine of Wool and Cats who presented me with ‘The Peace and Harmony Award’ at the end of 2014, not a title that I’m convinced I’m worthy off but I do appreciate her kindness. Geraldine is more than deserving of it though with her work with animal shelters and her love of nature, please give her blog a visit to see her wonderful photos of the beautiful area of France where she lives. As with all awards I’m supposed to pass it on to seven others but I’m not very good at that so I’m going to pass it on to all of you, I’m sure we all try to do our best for this world we live in.

So here we are at the beginning of a bright new shiny year and I love that!

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year and to quote C.S.Lewis “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Happy 2015! :)

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Happy Winter Solstice!

It’s no secret how much I love and look forward to this day, probably from about the end of September, truth be told! I feel the worst is over, now I know we may have lots of poor weather to come but it’s all about the light, the light is coming back and that feels so good. Tomorrow even though we won’t even notice it will have slightly more daylight than today and that is a wonderful thought.

I had a walk around the garden this week and even in depths of December there is colour out there but more importantly there is so much hope in the form of bulbs and buds, just bring it on!!!

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However I’m not so caught up in pre-spring that I’m overlooking Christmas, it is of course happening here at GRD HQ. My son is home from Berlin this evening and along with my daughter and son-in-law we’ll have a lovely festive week together as a family.

Merry Christmas 2014

I’d like to thank you all for visiting me here this year, it is always lovely to have you stop by and leave your wonderful comments, which are always appreciated.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas with those you love!

See you all in pre-spring! :)

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I don’t just make bunnies, I buy and collect them too and I thought today I’d share a couple of them with you that have arrived here recently.

This first one is Olaf and he has been made by Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits. Julie makes the most amazing little creatures and I have to say I was very lucky to snap Olaf up as they are very hard to get hold off. She also sells patterns of her little animals too which can be found in her Etsy shop.

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This little cutie is Agnes and she has been made by my lovely friend Mia. She comes complete with her own knitting and a little stocking to hang up for Father Christmas. You can find all Mia’s wonderful felted creations in her Etsy shop.

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So what can I say bunnies arrive here as quickly as they leave!!

Can you believe that December is half way through already, winter is almost over!! ;)

Wishing you all a lovely new week!

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My own little versions of the spice girls are my last three bunnies for 2014 bringing the total of rabbits this year to 81!!

So firstly let me introduce to Nutmeg.

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This is Ginger.

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And the final little spice girl and bunny for 2014 is Cinnamon!

All three of them will be available in my Etsy shop tonight (Wednesday 10th December) at 10.00pm (GMT).

Thank you all so much for the wonderful support and encouragement you have given my bunny making this year and I’m certainly looking forward to more bunnying next year.

Happy Wednesday! :)

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