Monday, 25 April 2011


The perfect end to Easter

Saturday, 23 April 2011



Oh dear, do I feel guilty!
After almost 6 weeks of DH complaining of a sore big toe and the rest of us taking little notice and telling him to wear different shoes, he finally went to see the Doc last week who immediately sent him to a Foot Specialist who immediately operated on an ingrowing toenail and left him with 4 stitches and a bandaged foot . . . . HOPPY EASTER!

No Wedding Bells yet for Tilly and Oscar but their cages are together now for 99% of the day, territorial marking has now ended and brief but happy kisses are shared between the barriers.
A very brief 1st date was shared last weekend but not a very good one and a bout of biting and huge clumps of fur flying around the bathroom left me very upset and stressed with my heart beating as fast as their little ones were!  I remain optimistic though and know deep down that even if it's not to be then, depsite the Rescue Centre's option of returning within 4 weeks, Oscar's home will always be here.

Stitching time has been minimal as playing Cupid between the two bunnies and nursemaid to DH seems to be 24/7 but the weather is glorious and apart from the Easter Sunday church services tomorrow we are chore-free and can relax, chill and enjoy the garden.

 Hope the Easter Bunny hops by soon

Saturday, 16 April 2011


Well better late than never! ~ Although my visit to The Stitch & Craft Show was 4 weeks ago I can now show you the damage the credit card did that day . . .

Anchor 'Benjamin Bunny' kit and 'Chicken Sampler' kit by The Stitching Shed

I stitched 'Cluck Cluck' by The Stitching Shed last year which is still waiting to be made up into a cushion but thought the Chicken Sampler would make a nice matching pair (eventually!)

Wooden hearts which can have small photos in or I'm thinking stitched hearts plus 2 heart hangers

Various fabrics in both 28 and 32 count, some hand-dyed

10 Gloriana Silks in adorable shades of Bordeaux, Cobblestone, Dried Pink Rose, RainForest, Elm, Green Tea, Taupe, Wood Pond, Cafe au Lait and Fallen Leaves

I've never stitched with these threads before but those of you that have will know just the softness of them is enough to make you go weak (bunny-like) let alone the temptious names!

Heart in Hand 'Little House in the Woods' and Bent Creek 'Season's Greetings' charts

Little House Needleworks 'The Mercantile' and 'Be Merry ~ Belle Pepper' charts

Little House Needleworks 'Frosty Flakes' and Trail Creek Farm 'Love my Bunny' charts

The Cricket Collection 'Spring Fleece' chart

Twisted Threads 'Gingham Hearts'

'You must be joking!', I hear you all say 'after all the fuss she made stitching Gingham Bunny'?
Oh, I know BUT I do still have some of the required fabby left and I do like hearts and well because!

'No Rabbit charts???'

Sisters and Best Friends 'Over The Moon Spring Bunny' (thanks to a fellow blogger's stash for sale list!)

Little House Needleworks 'Herb Garden' (complete with little brown hare) chart

So, what to stitch first???  Benjamin Bunny of course and washed and currently drying in this afternoon's sunshine with fabby and buttons ready for the usual pillow finish tomorrow . . . .

Hope you're all having a lovely relaxing stitchy weekend? 
Thanks for stopping by

Monday, 11 April 2011


I have to start this post with the most adorable R.A.K. which dropped through the letterbox last Friday lunchtime . . . .

Lots and lots of lovely bunnies sent by Barb who I have to say is Tilly's #1 fan and one of the first people I met in blogland!
This wonderful bunny pillow is an 'I Stitch' design called Sew a Little Brown Bunny and Barb has stitched it on 40~count fabric, (yep! that's right 40~count, the very thought of it makes me feel dizzy!) and the little row of bunnies Barb changed from green to a Tilly colour.
The reverse has a pretty Spring green fabric and a cute matching heart button ~ I adore it, it's just perfect and totally 'me'!

Barb also sent me a pretty little bunny ornament in my favourite colours ~ burgundy and cream and a choccy Bubble Bunny ~ Thank you Barb, I am so touched that you thought of me as your RAK and I will truly treasure these wonderful gifts.
Barb's blog is a delight to follow, her ramblings are great fun to read and are bound to bring a smile to your face, I expect most of you know her already but if you don't pop over and say Hi!

Now to news of 2 other little bunnies and I'm pleased to report although progress feels very slow, it still IS progress.  We are at Stage II of bonding and rather than both bunnies being in their own cages alongside each other, Tilly is now loose and after the initial 'marking her territory' stint around Oscar's cage she now settles down close to him and noses are happily close together.

Oscar had his first examination with our own Vet on Saturday morning which included a vaccination and removal of his stitches from his neuturing, all went well but he was soooooo nervous and came back shaking to bits and his little heart beating overtime. We think he is probably younger than first thought and have been advised to wait the suggested 4 weeks from neutering until he finally gets to meet Tilly without any barriers!
I can't wait!!!

Sorry, but more bunnies . . . . last Sunday was Mother's Day and wasn't I the luckiest Mum ever?
This is a limited edition print of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare from the Guess How Much I Love You? books . . . .

In the bottom right hand corner is an embossed stamp which has the number 98 out of a limited edition of 495.  It's beautifully framed with a cream mount and cream frame and already hangs proudly in my stitching room our study (I'm working on it!)

I thought I'd share this picture with you . . . . .

This is the Magnolia Tree which I can see from the kitchen window and is at its prime but so shortlived as the blooms literally last 2 weeks at the most and thanks to the increasing winds and the Twin's new 12' football goal net most of the blooms are on the ground this evening!

Talking of my gang . . . .

Lazing around, pink skins ready to tan up in the lovely sunny weather, covered in dirt from football matches and a never ending appetite . . . . . . school holidays, don't you just love them?
(I'm going to suffer for posting this one!!!)

Thank you once again for all your lovely comments, so many offering words of support and best wishes on the bonding bunnies ~ more updates to follow!

x x x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


I'm so thrilled to introduce to all my lovely blogging friends . . . .


I've wanted for so long to find my golden girl Tilly a friend to share her life with and have for some time now being keeping an eye on the local rescue centres for some'bunny' suitable.
Last Friday whilst having a lunchtime cappuccino and having my weekly check on the rescue sites up came this little fellow . . . . .

The description was brief on the website but he was a newly rescued bunny estimated at 6 months old and recently neutered and his ideal buddy would be a spayed doe ~ I know the perfect bunny!

After long talks with the rescue centre that afternoon DH and I went and saw him on Saturday morning, although the gang had seen the picture of him online I didn't want to raise their hopes so we didn't let them know.  He was gorgeous, same breed as Tilly ~ a mini lop and although rescue details are kept confidential we were told he had been removed by the Animal Welfare Inspector  from the worse scenario possible 4 weeks previous and had had the worse start to life possible for a little bunny.

Well, need I say more, heartstrings pulled in every direction, could you say no?

We went back in the afternoon, all 5 of us and home he came.

It's not the easiest thing to do ~ bonding 2 unrelated bunnies, but boy and girl combination are considered best and slow steps over the course of the next 4 weeks of gradually introducing them to each other will hopefully prove successful.  Oscar is very cautious of us and doesn't like sudden movements but in time I hope we can restore his trust in humans and give him a life of warmth and love.

Tilly, I hope we've done the right thing for you, you're the most affectionate and gentle animal I've ever known and have helped me through my loss of Buttons so well but I just can't learn your bunny talk, you'll have such fun and great bunny chat with Oscar and if my ears start burning I'll know you're talking about me!!! and don't forget to tell him Mum's cross~threads are a definite NO NO!!!

I know I keep promising my stash pics and I was almost ready to post them but this little interruption has slightly taken over so once again I'll say . . . next time!

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