Thursday, March 3, 2011


While Wendy was tatting me some Easter Motifs my fingers were also busy stitching. I wanted to make something special for Wendy because she is always so very kind and thoughtful. Wendy's lovely blog is called, "Umi and Tsuru" so please have a look.   In the middle of the night it came to me that this was the "Chinese Year of the Rabbit"!! So I went online to "Fabric Hound" to find some "Rabbit" fabrics and when I came upon "Moda's Hushabye" I instantly fell in love with it. I decided on the Brown background to create my gift for Wendy. Isn't this fabric just beautiful?

A bit of history about the "Chinese Year of the Rabbit"! The Rabbit Year are the fourth in the cycle, following Tiger Years, and recur every twelfth year. The  characteristics of the Rabbit are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5 years cycle of characteristics on the original 12 year cycle. This is year is the year for the "Metal" hence the brown background of the fabric. A person born in this sign would rather work behind-the-scenes instead of being the center of attention in any situation. This person is friendly individual who enjoys the company of a group of good friends. Rabbits also like "Artistic" ventures, such as painting or music. Please see below a photo of my "Fancy Rabbit" I created for Wendy. I gave the Rabbit a pearl eye, and included with the batting a small pouch of "Lavender" from my gardens. When the Rabbit is squeezed the scent will be more noticeable. I also place a 'Heart" patch on the back with the Initial "W" to personalize the Rabbit for Wendy. I had fun creating the bushy cottontail.  I used the Clover, Yo Yo Makers to make it. I made several before I came up with the right size that was perfect. Isn't the bushy cottontail to cute??  vbg 

The below photo show 2 wee mice that I crocheted for Wendy's precious kitties.   I also included a wee bell inside each to make them more interesting for Tsuru and Umi. Wendy told me that Tsuru picked the Blue one and played with it very enthusiastically.  Umi the Princess of the house received the Pink one. I hope they will have many years of enjoyment playing with them.
A couple of weeks ago we went over to visit my family. While at my son's home I was given some very beautiful Spring Flowers.  They certainly made me smile especially when I look outside and see feet of snow.  VBG Also you will see in this photo a bit of the wood lamp bottom "My Sweetie" made this past Winter. He is so creative when it comes to working with wood. 

I say "Bring on the Sunshine"! I look everyday to see if I can find signs in my backyard awakening from its long Winters' nap!  Nothing feels better than a little sunshine on your face. The sunlight glistening through the trees is just a sample of what's to come in my "Spring Gardens".
Even though the snow still blankets the ground, I know the "Crocuses" will be the first to bloom in my garden this Spring! Another wonderful sign of Spring are the arrival of the lovely Robins. I have been planning all Winter for their arrival. 

 My Sweetie has been working most of the Winter down in the basement creating "Nesting Boxes" and "Bird Houses" and even special ones for the "Blue Birds"!! They all look fantastic.  Picture of these wonderful creations by "My Sweetie" will be in my next posting. 

I will also have some more creations to show you all that I have made for a special person name Helen who lives in Queensland Australia.  So I hope everyone will stop by again to see them all.  Until then I wish everyone a "Very Happy and Great week!



Jensters said...

So wonderful Judy, love those rabbits.

Ellen said...

Love your rabbit and mice, they are so precious! Wendy would love them!


Magnolia Tea said...

The fabric is gorgeous, and you did a really nice job of the rabbits. I love the mice, too.

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

Oh the rabbit is so cute, the material and the reason behind choosing them is so wonderful. Hope the sun is shining for you.
Happy days.

umintsuru said...

I do love my rabbit. It means a lot to me. Thank you so much Judy. Umi and Tsuru loves the little mice you crocheted for them. They have been playing with it running around the house with it and often losing it under the sofa. It is such a lovely surprise. They just love, love it.

Maureen said...

Love that rabbit!!! Hope you are ok Judy.

Quayceetatter said...

Beautiful Flowers!! Love the Rabbit and mice, Nice job...
I will have to check out the Fabric Hound for material.
Linda M in NM

Gina said...

I adore that rabbit! Lucky Wendy!

Heather said...

Judy... your rabbit is soooo adorable, and the mice are just perfect for kitties!!! Beautiful spring flowers to brighten not only your day, but all who visit your blog! Your Sweetie is wonderful to make such delightful wood crafted items. Hugs.

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