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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a ‘blog hop’ by two lovely blog friends, Mia and Gill, you can find their respective blog hop posts here and here. If you haven’t already read their posts I would urge you to do so and find out what inspires these two very creative, talented ladies.

I was supposed to do my post last week but as you all know life dealt us a cruel blow and despite having a lot of the post ready it was the furthest thing from my mind, however this week I decided to knuckle down and get it finished and I have actually found going through my photo archives quite therapeutic.

So on with the questions!

july fb Collage

What am I working on?

Bunnies!!! Always bunnies!

At the end of every month just after my Etsy bunny sale, I think to myself I must do something else, then the ideas start flowing for new rabbits and off I go bunnying again.

I do have quite a few crochet blankets on the go and occasionally I’ll do a square or row on one of those but basically it’s all about the bunnies at the moment.

One day though I’m going to make a quilt, I really am!!!

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well this is a hard question to answer. There are many bunny makers out there, it is definitely not a new concept but I think that mine have a look of their own and I certainly hope that they would be immediately recognised as a ‘Green Rabbit’ bunny.

They are unique little individuals, I never repeat them which is good for anyone who owns one and most definitely good for me as it keeps it all fresh!

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Why do I create what I do?

I have always been interested in making things, as a child I was always drawing and in the years since I have tried many crafts. I suppose up until a year or so ago I would have described myself as a knitter but nowadays its mostly crochet. I do of course knit the bunny’s little cardies and sew their dresses but I do love my crochet hook.

I love rabbits and have made many over the years to other peoples patterns but I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually get around to making my own design.

ssaw Collage

How does my creative process work?

Well I am influenced mostly by the seasons and I like to make the bunnies to fit in where we are in the year. I’m not one for making ahead of time which is why you will never find ‘Christmas in July’ around here!!! If you want to see a Christmas bunny you need to come back in November at the earliest.

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The first of my ‘August Girls’ is a back-to-school girl called Saffi which means ‘wise’ in Danish. I have also made another little summer girl this month inspired by bunting and her name is Garland. Both of these girls were inspired by the fabric which their dresses are made from. Sometimes though it can be a particular button or even the colour of a ball of yarn.

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I find my garden very inspiring and many of the rabbits are a result of what grows in it. I love flowers and there have been and without a doubt will be many more bunnies named after flowers.

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Our many trips out and about offer lots of inspiration too, for example Heather and Clover were the result of many walks this summer in mountains and the countryside and by the many photos taken of the flora in those places.

heather and clover Collage

Naming them is a lot of fun as well and I love researching the meaning of names.

Ideas will just pop into my head too and I have a book with over seventy more bunny ideas in it and I’m adding to it all the time, so I’m not about to run out ideas just yet!

I am having a lot of fun with the rabbits, probably the most creative fun I’ve ever had.

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So many thanks again to Mia and Gill for kindly nominating me and my bunnies for the blog hop and also for their patience in waiting for me to post.

The nature of the blog hop is to pass it on and I have decided to pass it on to the lovely Jenny of Bobby Bunny & Friends. If you’ve not visited Jenny before you are going to love what she does, she is a very talented illustrator and when you see her work you will know exactly why I love it. Jenny can also be found on Etsy and Facebook.

So please go over and give Jenny a visit and say hello, she is also doing her blog hop post today, you are going to love Bobby and all his little friends.

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Gill August 20, 2014 - 9:42 am

Lovely post Vivienne! I loved hearing all about the bunny making process, and can identify with the thought that maybe you should make something else for a change and then you off you go again with another bunny idea!
Wonderful to see so many bunny girl photos too!
Thanks for agreeing to take part on the blog hop,for soldiering on and preparing it at such a sad time, and for passing it on – am looking forward to checking out Jennys bunnies too.
Gill xx

leon10 August 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

lovely post about your handmade sweet bunnys love to see everytime there is an new born girl bunny and love the name s and dresses so nice to read about the process of making them
leon10

Simone August 20, 2014 - 11:02 am

A wonderful post Vivienne! I love to see all your bunnies lined up! ‘Garland’ is such a pretty colour but I really love them all! Just noticed the little pencil buttons on Saffi – lovely attention to detail as always. I hope that your sadness is beginning to lift a little now Vivienne. You have always been a great support to me and I don’t like the thought of you being sad. Keep on bunny making! x

ali August 20, 2014 - 11:03 am

lovely to see all the bunny photos and to read about how and why you make them

alisonb2 August 20, 2014 - 11:44 am

A beautiful and healing post Vivienne. Take care. x

helen philipps August 20, 2014 - 1:17 pm

A lovely read, Vivienne. So interesting to learn more about how you make your sweet bunnies, and I loved all the photos too. You are so good at thinking up themes and choosing great names I don’t see why you shouldn’t go on making bunnies as long as you want to …and I know that lots of other people love them too 🙂
Helen xox

Mia August 20, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Hello dear Vivienne,

The best post ever! So full of happy colors, bunnies, nature, bunnies, pretty crocheting, bunnies, beautiful pictures, bunnies… 🙂 I think you should keep making these beauties just as long as they make you (and us others) happy. You have created an unique, beautiful thing (can’t say product!) and as long as the ideas for new ones keep coming and that hook keeps flying – keep bunnying, dear!

Thank you so much for blog hopping with me, this has been great. I also am so happy you fund all this therapeutic, that is just what was needed.

Have a wonderful day, dear friend, and thank you once for sharing all this with us!

Yours,
Mia

Debbie Seton August 20, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Wow – 70 ideas in the waiting room! 🙂 Enjoyed reading about how your process works – I already feel like I know a lot of the things that go on in your head from following you and being followed by you on Pinterest – am only amazed that you haven’t branched out into foxes yet… <3

Jennifer August 20, 2014 - 3:38 pm

This was such a lovely read, Vivienne. I think you’re a very creative and imaginative crafter, your bunnies are always special and unique with lots of personality.

Jane'a Journal August 21, 2014 - 9:54 am

Lovely post V your bunnies bring joy to so many people. Off on a much needed break hugs xxx

wendy August 21, 2014 - 2:49 pm

hello, how nice to meet you. I LOVE bunnies so your blog is a bit of a treat for me!

ginaferrari August 22, 2014 - 7:42 am

What a lovely post. Your bunnies certainly have your unique stamp and I’m always amazed at how you come up with an original design every time… They are always beautiful.

goodlifefromaterracedhouse August 22, 2014 - 11:21 am

What beautiful handiwork. Well done!

Anne D.T. August 22, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Hi Vivienne, It’s lovely to learn more about your creative work. Your bunnies make people happy!! They are soooo unique. Here’s to many more creations. Will check out Jenny’s bunnies, too.
Happy late August,
Anne xxx
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Lynda Smith August 22, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Lovely blog all your bunny girls are unique love them all without you i wouldnt have Melody,Jemima,Meadow,Sundae and Marigold who are all beautiful thanks to Viviennes super talent xx

Jill August 22, 2014 - 3:38 pm

I loved reading this post, Vivienne.
I’m so happy to read that you’ve still got lots more of these beautiful bunnies planned for the future. Everyone around the World seems to want a Green Rabbit Designs original. We’re so very lucky to have one living in our home.
xx

Susana August 23, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Hola, que bonita entrada. Leer como es todo el proceso de los conejitos y con sus detalles, la inspiración del jardín. Son encantadores y cada vez los haces mas bonitos.
besos

Karen August 24, 2014 - 4:17 pm

You are simply a very special bunny lady, Vivienne! Just seeing them here on your blog and seeing how your ideas turn into reality is a joy! xo

Annie August 26, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Your bunny girls are all adorable, and I rather envy you all the fun you have naming them.

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