Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last post, so many of you loved the tins and as you can see I have been making good use of the sweet pea one.

How lovely is sweet pea, it just keeps coming and it is one of my very favourite flowers to grow.









I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make a sweet pea bunny but here she is now!


Sweet Pea and I would like to wish you all a happy weekend! :)


Just to prove that it’s not just bunny (or mouse) making around here, I thought that today I would share some other crafty things I’ve been making.

I made the flower holders above from used tins ( tomato, beans or soup tin size) which I painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint in the colour Provence. I love this colour and the fact that it is named after one of my favourite places!


I printed the labels off the internet, unfortunately I can’t remember the exact place now but if you Google ‘free printable vintage seed labels’ it will bring up lots of places to find them. I then just stuck them on the tins with PVA glue.

I have to admit I do love these even without flowers.


I have been patchworking (she says, like she knows what she’s talking about)!

Very, very simple squares sewn together.

The fabrics are vintage and I bought them from the lovely Jane of Littleteawagon.


What happens next, well I’m not too sure about that, I know it involves wadding of some sort and I do like the idea of tying the quilt and I do use the term ‘quilt’ very loosely as it only measures 100cm by 75 cm.

However it is a start and we all have to start somewhere. ;)


A colander of strawberries………of the painted variety!

I had seen painted strawberries online in many places and really wanted to give them a go, again just Google ‘painted stone strawberries’ for a whole host of images.

I collected the stones on the beach the last time I was in France with this purpose in mind making sure I picked strawberry shaped ones.

They are painted with acrylic paint and finished with some PVA glue to give them a little shine.


And finally back in my comfort zone again, a crocheted blanket for a baby boy!


Thanks as always for visiting and commenting, I do love it that you do.

Have a lovely week. :)


Well I have to be honest July has been a bit of a wash out and my poor garden has spent quite a bit of it drenched.

It’s not been great for the roses or poppies, they just can’t cope with that much rain and I have a greenhouse full of green tomatoes as there hasn’t been enough sun to ripen them, they are only now beginning to turn!

During the past two years July has been a lovely month here and August has been the wet month, I’m hoping this year after all the rain that August will behave itself!!

So I’m sharing some images of my garden that I’ve taken throughout the month on the drier days when I could get out there.


















Thanks as always for visiting.

Happy weekend & happy August, fingers crossed for a dry and sunny one with lots more gardening time! :)

Peaches Collage

Just popping in with a round up of this months girls!

With the exception of one you have already met all of them during the month at some point!

Oceana Collage

Buttercup Collage

Sandy Collage

Melissa Collage

Molly Mouse Collage

And this is the last of the ‘July Girls’ and the new girl on the block, I’d like you all to meet the first ‘Green Rabbit’ mouse…..Molly!

Molly is a bit of a chocoholic (like me!!), she has a delicious button fastening her chocolate brown cardigan that looks almost good enough to eat!!

All of the July Girls will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow evening, Wed 29th July at 10pm (BST).

More details about them can be found here, please remember they are collectible items only and not suitable for children under 14 years.


Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of your week……come on summer where are you!! :)


Busy bees are quite difficult to photograph, they aren’t very good at staying still and posing, I have only managed to get a few photos on our travels during the month and in my own garden.




This little bee however was much easier to photograph, this is Melissa, her name comes from the Greek and means ‘bee’.

bee bunny Collage

Since I started making my bunnies I’ve realised that over the past four years, I’ve made a ‘bee girl’ each year!

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein

Whether Mr Einstein was right or wrong and I must agree it does all sound very logical to me, we have to look after our bees!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have a wonderful weekend. :)


As mentioned in my last post during July my Hb and I have had some lovely days out visiting gardens, parks, castles and the seaside.

The weather didn’t always behave itself but in this country if you waited for the sun to always shine, well quite frankly you wouldn’t get very far.

So these are just a few photos of some of our days out.

The above photo is the lovely lavender lined paths in the gardens at Clotworthy House at Antrim Castle Gardens.




Antrim Castle gardens are always well worth a visit.


Another place well worth the visit is the walled garden at Bangor Castle, it is particularly well cared for with many flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs.




These amazing sunflowers (my favourite flowers) were at the entrance to Ward Park, Banger, Co Down, for a moment I actually could have believed I was back in France, the sun was even shining that day!!


Somewhere else we always love to visit at this time of year is Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park in Belfast for ‘Rose Week’.

The roses are stunning!!


Just a shame I can’t share the scent.


Of course no summer would be complete without a visit to the seaside (cue the not-so-sunny skies again).


The seaside photos were all taken at Groomsport, Co Down.



It wasn’t a day for playing in the sand and making sand castles but we did enjoy a lovely walk!


Speaking of sand, I’d like you to meet my new little bunny….her name is Sandy and she’s a beachy kind of girl!

july days Collage

Thank you to those of you who took the time to comment on my last post.

Just as I was about to publish it I realised it was my 500th post, so I had a little secret giveaway of all you lovelies who left a comment on that post and the number chosen was 13, who was Helen, so a little pack of goodies are on their way to you Helen.

Again thank you to all of you who so faithfully visit and leave me a comment, I really do appreciate them all.

Wishing you all a happy new week! :)


This past week and a half we have had a few trips out and about as my HB has been on holidays from work.

We usually have our little holiday at home at this time of year and usually the weather behaves itself unfortunately this time it was a mixed bag of sunshine and showers but we were determined to still get out and about.

On one of the more showery days we headed to the National Trust property of Castle Ward on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Castle Ward has been the home of the Ward family since around 1570 and the most interesting thing about the building is its dual architecture, reflecting the differing tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh.

The entrance side of the building is built in a classical Palladian style favoured by the Lord (above photo) and the opposite side of the building is Georgian Gothic which was the preference of the Lady of House (photo below). These differences weren’t just confined to the outside of the building either as they continued throughout the interior with the house being effectively divided down the centre with two very different styles.

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, Castle Ward is used in the filming of the series, more information about the property can be found here and here.



The view from the house overlooking Strangford Lough, in the rain, I might add!!!


Castle Ward has beautiful grounds and gardens too.





One of the things I really enjoyed in the grounds was the beautiful wild flower meadow!



With so many buttercups!!


I suppose this is as good a time as any to introduce you to…………..



I actually had a real little bunny called Buttercup, she was a tiny little black Netherland Dwarf with a huge personally, I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make a Green Rabbit Buttercup!

Thank you so much for visiting and thanks also for your comments on my last post, so glad you liked Oceana!

Enjoy the rest of the week! :)

P.S. I’ve just realised this is my 500th post!!!


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