Tuesday, 8 March 2011


Hi everyone from a sunny, yes sunny, I repeat sunny South of England and about time too!
A very big Thank You to all who of you who left such lovely comments on my last post, 26 of you, and they were all very much appreciated and very inspiring.

So, you have been warned this is a bunny infested post and first up is a completion of the start I showed you last post and of which no-one guessed correctly what the little fellow was up to . . . .

and you can see why! 
How often do you seen a cute bunny riding a rooster collecting eggs in a knapsack on his back?
  I fell in love with the design when I first saw it last year and stitching it was a real pleasure, it's called Springtime Social and is by With thy Needle & Thread Cross Stitch Designs by Brenda Gervais.
I've stitched it on 28-count linen in the recommended DMC threads.

I just cannot decide how I want to finish this one, I did think maybe a frame but I do love a pillow finish so DH took me to my local patchwork fabric shop on Saturday so I could choose a suitable fabric and maybe some new buttons (the other 500+ in the button jar are not the right ones!!!!) and instead of one fabric I came home with 7 plus buttons . . . . .

The top three are all polka-dot designs in different shades of green, all match the leaves in the design but I cannot decide which one, perhaps all three????  The middle one is a Beatrix Potter fabric so no problem putting that to future use and the bottom three are a pretty 'sewing' design, small green checkered hearts and finally a springtime zingy bird pattern.  The four buttons are gorgeous and are made from shell, in a coral colour and change shades in different lights, these will match the flower and buds in the design ~ I WILL make a decision eventually and post a pic in my next post.

Kitted up and ready to go next is . . . . . .

Bunny Gingham from Twisted Threads which has been in the box of stash for some time.  I didn't realise until I studied the pattern that it's stitched 1 over 1 on the 28-count fabric so this will be a test on both me and my eyes as I've never tackled anything this small before.

DH has been spoiling me silly recently and he knows all the right things to make me go gooey!

This gorgeous bunny is made of wire, it looks like raffia or twine from the picture but it is a brown wire and has been sculptured beautifully, I'm waiting for the decorators to return next month to finish the landing, stairs and hallway and I have the perfect place for this beauty when they have been and gone.

Last week DH had to attend a meeting near Hampton Court in London (home of Henry VIII, the Tudor King who had 6 wives and NO rabbits!) and he found a little courtyard of shops/boutiques and in one of the windows was . . . . . .

How sweet???  A hand-embroidered brown bunny on a cream duck-filled cushion cover and the reverse side . . . . . .

Lots and lots of bunnies with three burgundy buttons.

The design is called Belle & Boo, the little girl being Belle and her bunny called Boo, it's adorable and just perfect for a nursery my bedroom, even the washing instructions are cute with a hand-drawn row of washing on a line . . . . .

And if that wasn't enough, he also bought me the matching picture which comes with a certificate saying:
 Belle & Boo are coming home with you
 Thankyou for having us come & stay
Thankyou for letting us dream and play

Apparently there was a matching frame to go with the picture but it was just a plain cream and DH wasn't sure, I think he's right and that an oak finish will be better and match the background colour of the bunny.
I've been very spoilt haven't I ????

And finally the real thing  . . . . .
I have ummmed and ahhhhed for some time as to whether to try Tilly out on a lead in the garden, yes I know it sounds bizarre ~ a rabbit on a lead ~ but they do exist!  It's a harness really, not a lead, and supports their upper body and not just the neck, I had mentioned it to the vets on our last visit and she had favoured them as long as they were used correctly and not used if the rabbit was unhappy.
So I bought one last week, I just kept thinking we're lucky to have a large garden with lots of nooks and crannies and how Tilly would love to explore it (we also have an unwanted regular visitor ~ a fox ~ so this is the only safe way she can explore!)
I tried it on her indoors first so she could get used to it and literally 5 minutes later she was ready and willing to go ~ oh! what fun . . . . . .

She's a fast mover and already knows which way to go to find the mint patch and the old veggie plot, good exercise for us both I think and DD had a hard job keeping up with us to film her!!!

Thank you for stopping by, sorry for all the bunny talk, I guess it doesn't appeal to everyone?
I stopped talking about her a few posts back as I had lost a couple of followers and did wonder if my rabbit ramblings might be the reason why but after messages asking after her and a request from Barb for a 'Tilly fix' I decided NO! she's part of my life and here she is to stay and hey presto! 5 new followers since.

Keep well everyone, enjoy the sunshine if you have some and


Teresa said...

I just love little Belle & Boo. Glad you are having spring weather to take the bunny out for a walk. It is spring like weather here in California as well.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Crystal said...

Looks like your DH spoiled you with your new bunny things. Love your stitching piece very cute. What a cute video of Tilly was missing my bunny fixes. She is part of your life and we love seeing and hearing about her.

Meadows08 said...

I love your bunny talk and if that means some followers go away then you really don't want them as followers! What a sweet hubby you have!

Mouse said...

ohhhh you were thoroughly spoilt :) love all of it and the video of Tilly is brilliant :)she is part of your life so keep on mentioning her .... love mouse xxxx

Mylene said...

A beautiful finish, congrats. What lovely bunny things for your collections. Tilly is so cute.

Ranae said...

Wowza! Those cute adorable bunnies sure did multiple nicely

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on a gorgeous finish. Looks like your hubby really spoiled you with some lovely things. I love your Tilly video. My followers go up and down like a yo you I wouldn't worry.

Cath said...

I love your bunny finish , it's so cute . I like the middle polka dot fabby .
Lots of lovely bunny goodies too.
I used to take my rabbit for walks on a collar and lead when I was a kid ,and he loved it . He would also walk to heel , and was totally house trained . The dog wasn't too impressed when he took over his bed though , lol.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your bunny finish is adorable and you've got a great selection of fabrics to finish it! Your DH did spoil you - how awesome is that?

I LOVED the video of Tilli hopping around - she is so cute -

Myra said...

Jane, what a gorgeous finish - I love that the bunny is riding a chicken! Lovely gifts from your DH, you are truly spoiled. :o) I was needing a Tilly fix too - I love hearing about her.

Carol said...

That is just the cutest finish, Jane!! I love anything bunny-related--especially in the spring. And what a darling video of Tilly--she seems to love the nice spring weather you seem to be having :)

Lois said...

What a lovely video of Tilly! She does look like she just loves getting around. Love your finish and your DH is a keeper - what nice gifts he brought back for you! Our sunshine disappeared late this afternoon and we'd some rain, the first in a while.
Take care Jane!

Denise said...

hehe - Tilly is adorable on her lead. You made me smile watching her. Thank you!

You are a spoiled lucky woman. DH loves you! And your finish looks great - how could you not love a bunny on a rooster?

Keep on showing us Tilly - I for one love her!

Colleen said...

Love your bunny post! Springtime Social is wonderful, How cute is that, a bunny riding a rooster! Love Tilly's video. You have one wonderful hubby & a keeper too!
Hugs Jane.

Barb said...

Oh WoW!!A real Tilly and bunny fix. I really should be in the shower but as soon as I saw you had a post on your blog! So this will be quick as I have to be washed and scrubbed before himself gets back.
lOVE THE VIDEO, Just keep out of Mr Macgregors garden Tilly!!
Stitching of bunny and rooster is absolute perfection. Love all your goodies that hubby bought you ,hope you gave him a big
bunny hug. Right off to the shower,take care

Annette said...

Congratz on the lovely finish!! YOu bought some lovely fabrics for it, can't wait to see it finished up:)
Your DH spoiled you, great gifts, and cute wire rabbit
You video is to cute!!
Enjoy the sun!

Sally said...

What a gorgeous finish! Those fabrics you bought are lovely.

Your DH has definitely spoilt you with some lovely gifts there. Love that cushion.

What a cute video! Tilly is such a sweetie.

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

You had me at bunny...lovely post and blog. I'm your newest follower. So glad to have wandered in!

Michelle May said...

Bunny talk is quite appealing! If not, you're boring!!! hee,hee,hee.
Love this post sweet friend and loved to see Tilly having fun outside. Such a sweetie girl!
xx, shell

Elaine said...

I just love your new finish and what lovely new fabric and buttons.
Your DH is a real keeper what a wonderful selection of beautiful gifts.
Thank you for sharing the great video of darling Tilly, it looks like she had great fun.

Anonymous said...

love your new finish Jane, and love your fabric choice look forward to seeing what one you decide to go with
Isn't your hubby a keeper he truly spoiled you, I'm in love with that bunny pillow, so sweet

I loved your little video of Tilly, she looks like a natural on the harness, my poor bunny passed away last year at the age of 9 he loved on the harness too, it's great excersise for them and she will soon let you know when she's had enough
please keep the Tilly posts coming, I love them!

Lindsay-ann said...

I love your bunny posts. Tilly is adorable, looks like she loves her lead. I really enjoyed seeing the video, she reminds me so much of my old lop eared rabbit Snudge. The cushion and picture your husband bought you are gorgeous and I love the wire rabbit too.
Hope you and Tilly are having a great weekend.
Happy Stitching

Rhona said...

Love all your bunnies! The great thing about blogs is that we can get a little peek into the person who writes them, so please don't stop writing about your bunnies - real or stitched!

Pumpkin said...

What a wonderful finish Jane! LOVE IT!

Oh, SO many splendid bunny things!!!! I'm green with envy :o)

Tilly looks so adorable on her lead. Popcorn learned how to go on a lead but she grew out of hers. I think it's a great way for your bunny to get out an play and it's good exercise for you too just to keep up ;o) LOL!