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I occasionally (ok, perhaps a little more than occasionally) treat myself to a little crafty online shopping, for myself and as gifts for others too and as my luck in giveaways seems to have improved I also receive some lovely handmade goodies in the post as well.

Today I thought I would share some of the beautiful things which have recently dropped through my letterbox, so to speak and also give you some ‘lovely links’ so you too can go and have a look for yourself!

The first photo shows some delicious yarn which I bought recently from Black Sheep Wools for bunny making.

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The maker of these sweet little blocks probably needs no introduction to you as you will have seen her lovely makes here and all over blogland before, she is of course the talented Fee from Chipper Nelly. When I saw that she was making Peter Rabbit blocks for Easter I couldn’t resist, being a huge fan of the naughty little rabbit. You can find Fee’s shop here.

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My friend had a birthday recently and as I had bought her a new bag I thought it would be nice for her to have a matching bag charm so I commissioned my lovely blog friend Jane to make her one. I wanted to include the colours in the bag plus as she loves to sew and paint I wanted those represented as well and the gorgeous bag charm above is what Jane came up with. Beautiful, isn’t it. I think I’m correct in saying Jane loves the challenge of a commission, you can find her shop here, she creates wonderful cards too.

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As mentioned above my luck in giveaways has improved somewhat lately and these pretty hairclips are the result of a giveaway by the lovely Anne who has just recently started a blog, you can find more of her beautiful hairclips here. Thank you so much Anne, they are really pretty!

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When I spotted this cute little brooch on Julia Laing’s Facebook page I just had to have it, I really can’t let any green rabbits go past me!!! You can find Julia’s blog here and her shop here.

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Last but not by any stretch of the imagination least is this very beautiful little bunny whose name is Aileen and has been made by the extremely talented Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits. Julie’s bunnies are so highly sought after that you have to enter a draw for the chance to buy them, hundreds and hundreds of people want to own one and guess what I won the draw to buy Aileen, I couldn’t believe my luck!!! She is so pretty, I love her!
Just in my last post I celebrated my 4th bloggiversary and it was through Julie’s little bunnies that I actually got into blogging at all. I followed a link in a magazine when I spotted her bunnies and ended up on her blog, at that time I didn’t even know what a blog was and then one thing led to another and I started blogging myself. Julie’s blog is still one of my very favourite blogs and I always look forward to a post from her and to see her lovely little knitted creatures.

Speaking of my bloggiversary, thank you all so much for your kind words, my goodness so many entries in the giveaway which by the way is still open until Easter Sunday and you can find here if you haven’t already entered it.

I also want to thank all the thoughtful people who have contacted me about the awful weather we have been having and to check if I was ok. Thankfully we got off quite lightly compared to other parts of the province, some actually not overly far from us. We’re in a valley and close to a huge inland lough and I think that has helped protect us from the worst of the weather, we didn’t even lose power like so many other places. So we count ourselves very lucky indeed. My heart goes out to all those people who have been affected and especially to all those poor little stranded animals, who I hope will be rescued soon!

We actually have sunshine today but it is still bitterly cold, so if you don’t actually go outside it does look like spring.

Thank you all so much for dropping by, happy Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amanda March 26, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Oh you have had blog giveaway luck lately! All are great finds. So glad you are okay and that dreadful weather didn’t get you.

ginaferrari March 26, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Lots of lovely goodies and lots of lovely links to follow too!

Jill March 26, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Lots of eye candy there, Vivienne. Violet’s just caught sight of the beautiful knitted rabbit and said “you could knit me one of those, mum”. Bless her, she thinks my knitting talents know no bounds! ha ha.
I just love your green rabbit brooch. Such a simple design but so so pretty.
Glad all’s OK with you Vivienne. xx

Mia March 26, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Beautiful items, and rather bunny-themed ๐Ÿ™‚ should I say, Vivienne, just as you should! I think one of the best parts of this blogging community is that you have opportunity not only buy beautiful things from talented artists, but also to get to know them via their blogs. I love that!

Wishing you the lovely last days before Easter, I hope you have plenty chocolate(bunnies) stocked already?!

Yours,
Mia

Ann March 26, 2013 - 6:25 pm

What a lovely time you must have been having opening up all these wonderful parcels. So pleased to see you got one of the bunnies from Little Cotton Rabbits. Like you I have followed Julie’s blogs for a long time and her creations are always so delightful and sought after. Thank you too for the links especially to the lovely yarn. Have a lovely week xx

ali March 26, 2013 - 7:27 pm

how lovely to receive all those lovely things through the post…..a bit like Christmas in more ways than one!! Ali

Karen March 26, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Love these beautiful goodies and links, Vivienne – and am especially charmed by the little green rabbit! How sweet!! xo Karen

Jane March 26, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Good evening dear Vivienne. What lovely parcels have popped through your letter box. Thanks so much for the link and yes I always love the challenge of commissions ;0) This blogging world of ours is great isn’t it and the best thing is meeting people like you, I so value our friendship. I love that Cotton Rabbits bunny and aren’t you lucky to come out of the draw to be able to give her a home ;0)She is perfect for you, she is even green and just in time for Easter. I am so glad that you have escaped the worst of the weather. Keep snug,
Jane x

Patty March 26, 2013 - 8:52 pm

So many lovely things Vivienne and I had no idea the Little Cotton Rabbits were in such demand but it’s easy to see why, how cute is little Aileen.
I love Peter Rabbit stuff, the blocks are fab.
Keep warm x

Margaret March 26, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Lots of lovely things to look at in this post Vivienne.
The little rabbit is adorable. It’s very fitting that she’s wearing green tights ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks for the links to all the other goodies. I love Jane’s bag charms and will keep her Etsy shop in mind for future gifts as and when needed.

knitsofacto March 26, 2013 - 9:26 pm

You have had a lucky streak! I adore Julies bunnies, but only the rare few get to own one! And of course I have some of Fee’s blocks, but none as nice as these. And that brooch is perfect.

You’re going to have a bunny-ful Easter methinks ๐Ÿ™‚

Susan March 27, 2013 - 10:58 am

Good morning Vivienne…Oh my, so many lovely creations arriving with your postman…such a very lucky lady indeed…all so beautiful and with more than a hint of little green rabbits too along the way…how lovely!
We have quite a collection of Fee’s blocks and I love them and all the ladies in our house have one of Jane’s beautiful bag charms….the girls have ‘Alice in Wonderland ‘ themes …they are fab!
Happy Wednesday to you and keep warm!
Susan x

Anne March 27, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Hi Vivienne, What a cheery collection of goodies…..I’m in excellent company. Thanks for the mention of my shop and blog. Hoping you and Miss L will enjoy them. Off to check out these links.

Happy (almost) Easter,
Anne
PlumCreek22 Studio

Helen Philipps March 28, 2013 - 4:05 pm

What a wonderful post filled with gorgeous goodies today! I enjoyed seeing these lovely treats that have come your way recently! Lots of the bloggers you mention are my own favourites too ๐Ÿ™‚ Will check out the other links though!
Hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter, Vivienne!
Helen x

Simone March 28, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Some lovely links here Vivienne. I will have to go and follow them up! Have a lovely Easter. x

hortensiadesigns March 28, 2013 - 10:41 pm

It’s always a pleasure to your blog Vivienne – but this post was extra specially good! All those wonderful links to more gorgeous pages and shops….and shopping to be done I think!
Happy Easter,
P xx

Julie March 29, 2013 - 3:34 pm

I spy some of my favourite yarns up there in that top photo – definitely nice ones for bunny making ๐Ÿ™‚
Your blocks from Chipper Nellie are wonderful and perfect for this time of year. I love your little green bunny brooch too – there is no way you could have let that one hop by! It’s lovely to see Aileen arrived safely too, I know she’ll have a wonderful home with you surrounded by so many bunny friends. Thanks so much for your sweet, kind words Vivienne, I hope you have a lovely Easter and that you get some sunshine x

Teresa Shaklee Kasner March 31, 2013 - 12:56 am

Hello! I enjoyed your bunnies! I have added your blog to the list on my blog so I don’t miss another post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter! Teresa ๐Ÿ™‚

thelinencat April 3, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Lots of great links to check out there and I’m glad you avoided the very worst of the weather. My brother has lost a lot of lambs & sheep in Yorkshire, he says the drifts are the worst they’ve seen for 25 years, so I feel bad for him….at least he has had electricity though, as I know so many haven’t. Roll on Spring (as in proper Spring not the continuous Winter we are having right now). Bethx

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