Ava’s very special *Bunny

I really do LOVE love LOVE this little Bunny. She was made as a custom order for a very special little girl. Her Mum and Dad haven’t yet met her and are making preparations for her arrival from India. I’m so touched with their story of the adoption of Ava. They’ve set up a dedicated email account filled with diary entries, photos and special events so that one day when she’s older she can see all the loving preparation and consideration put into her arrival.

They wanted a handmade bunny companion for Ava to treasure that would also embrace her heritage and remind her of how much she is loved.

The ears are lined with fabric with an “Indian” feel. I went to an Indian haberdashery in South Africa to source something special. There were so many fabrics  to choose from and so many helpers who offered their advice once they’d heard the story in finding the “perfect fabric” but when I saw this (which is actually a wide ribbon) I knew this was the one and went with my gut.

Ava’s *Bunny is also special in two other ways.  I adapted the pattern to make the foot and leg all in one rather than the foot and leg sections separately. The other is the addition of eyelashes! I had several attempts to get them just right – but I think they are gorgeous!

Ava, if you’re reading this (in years to come) – thank you very much for the inspiration to make something so incredibly special and I really do hope your bunny has been an exceptionally special companion for you.

Nina

 

Charlotte’s Bunny

I do love making soft toys. I find such pleasure in making them:  watching personalities appear and once the final stitch is made – the joy of seeing the completed toy come to life.

I made this *Bunny for baby Charlotte who recently found her way to this world and brought her parents so many wonderful smiles. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and can confirm that she is gorgeous. Quietly drinking in the world with big baby eyes. Long pink fingers curling around soft baby blankets and the gorgeous ‘new baby’ aromas wafting in the prams wake. Nothing compares to new babies. She has her mums eyes and ever so slightly her dads ears. Baby features change so often from mum to dad and then back again.  Luckily for Charlotte as she grows older either parents features would see her through as a beautiful girl.

I hope her *Bunny brings her plenty of imaginative escapes and a friend to hold onto through thick and thin.

Charlottes *Bunny was made with Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter 100% cotton yarn.

Rika’s Rose *Bunny

I’m always amazed that despite using the pattern I wrote down for myself to reproduce another, every bunny I’ve made is completely different when compared to the one before. Then again, why shouldn’t they be different? They’ve all had different start dates; have been made with a different purpose; invariably all have different colouring and even different fabric patterns. Then there’s the personalities. I’m not sure everyone sees the human qualities I see in the soft toys, but perhaps it’s something to do with where I’ve placed the eyes, the ears or the nose… no matter how I try, I just cannot get an exact match to a previous toy. They all have a different ‘look’ about them, some more cheeky than others. I shouldn’t really fret about it though,  that’s what makes handmade things ‘unique’, ‘individual, ‘special’.

My aunt Rika loved the bunnies I’ve been making and wanted a bunny the same as the first bunny I’d made (see the bunny pictured on top of the Soft Toys page).  As luck would have it I’d run out of the pink yarn I used before and that specific pink had been discontinued so I’ve had to try a same brand, different pink for the nose and toe pads. The pink is a deep Rose colour, and would not have worked with the the soft pink and blue fabric of the first. I chose the pink fabric with deeper pink tones to it which I felt worked well with the deeper pink nose. I will no doubt experiment with pink yarns but, with my departure date to visit family I had to go with what I had.

Since the first *Bunny, I have too, gained a proper ‘pompom maker’ – a free gift with a crafty magazine I was given over the time I was off with my foot op.  Four plastic half circle shapes that fit together. The yarn is wound around the shapes, snips made along the center, yarn tied around the middle and voila, a super fluffy ball is born which for some reason, beats my hand made card board pompom maker hands down on fluffy appeal! ☺️

How do you like her? Can you spot the differences?

Little Harvey *Bunny

I’m very pleased to introduce you to Little Harvey *Bunny. The little fellow was a custom order and is going to a special baby boy.

 I must admit (showing my age), I did not know who the famous ‘Harvey the Bunny’ was! At first I Google-searched images to understand what I was being commissioned to do and I was faced with some pretty scary looking bunnies indeed… I knew that couldn’t be right! Speaking with J, he went on to tell me there is no such thing as a ‘Harvey bunny’ and after some confusion on my part, he eventually told me the background story:-  “Harvey” a 1950 comedy -drama is now on my “must see” list and is about a man and an imagenary rabbit. 

This real Harvey has been made with the softest white yarn, with blue accents of a blue bow tie and a hand sewn “baby boy” fabric ear lining. He has a heart embroidered with his name  on and little blue stars.

I’ll be posting updates on my Christmas orders as soon as I am able to – watch this space 🙂

Rose *Bunny 🌹

Rose is a customised floppy eared *bunny and was requested for and is going to a lovely home in South Africa! She has kept me company over a tough weekend, back and forth to the hospital and was a pleasant distraction when I managed to settle down to work on her. I love how each *Bunny; Bear ,Ellie or Giraffe made has come out with its very own personality and it’s quite clear that no two are the same… similar, but unique in their own way!  She has brought me great comfort and I am sure she will be doing the same to her new mum soon! 💕