Monday, 28 November 2016

Cosy Cottage and Ruby Rabbit

 I love making toys, especially rabbits......this is ruby the big rabbit that i made a few years ago from the smaller pattern in my book simple sewn gifts........i enlarged the pattern by150% so she is quite a big bunny...........she has been so well played with by my grandchildren that she needed a new dress and a bit of a tidy up........
 ...........i knitted her a dress, and made her a little hat.....i haven't got a pattern for these as i fitted them to her as I knitted but i might write one at some point.........do you like ruby's little antique plate (or porringer as i think they are also called....a lovely old word).......my daughter rosie and i found it at the antiques fair in beaumaris last weekend...........
 ............in my last post i mentioned that i took lots of pictures of the cottage interior as it was so pretty......so here are some pictures to share with you.............the front view of the cottage which is called beau cottage and dates back to the eighteenth century...........you can find out about renting it here............
 ..............downstairs in the cottage...........so cosy yet plenty of room for a family..........
 ..............the long table where we had most of our meals (we went out for a sunday roast)......cosy lounge to relax in.........such pretty bedrooms :)..............and one had a patchwork chair :0...........
 ...............on the top floor such sweet children's bedrooms and a book case full of children's books as well as a doll's house filled with tiny furniture and sylvanians...........
 ..............i loved this cottage so much and hope we can stay there again.....though it is very popular and already booked up for when we plan to go next summer...........
 ...............besides providing everything we could need, the owners had left us a huge delicious cake and some wine..........so kind..........when mr p and i arrived in angelsey we first drove to see our favourite view of the lighthouse at  penmon............the sea was grey and rough and the air was icy cold....we had a car picnic and then took a little stroll, well wrapped up but it was still freezing......and then the sun came out and i took a few blue sky penmon pictures as i usually do when we go there..........i rather like the moody grey ones too, and the sight of bright berries and autumn foliage growing there....
 ..............my daughter, son in law and little grandson arrived on saturday morning and we had such a lovely time with them, including rosie and i having a nice mooch around the shops.....we loved the janet bell gallery....it looked so pretty and festive...........we got some christmas presents and some cards and met lovely janet herself there and had a quick catch up...........if you live near enough do visit the galleries they both look so gorgeous and are filled with treasures........or you can visit online here.............
 .............we got home to a very busy week with work, family and lots going on.......it got very frosty and icy here so i have enjoyed knitting by the fire in between all the busyness........
 .............love little rabbit faces and how each one assumes a personality............there will be another big bunny along soon i think...........
 ............also making sewing notions as extra gifts for some of my dearies........this little pincushion was made with minick and simpson miss scarlet fabric after i finally unfurled the jellyroll.......love red and white or red and cream.....
..............thank you for dropping by dear readers and for your kind comments...........i hope you have a happy cosy week with plenty of time for crafting.........off to spend time with my lovely mr p now as it is his birthday today :)...............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

31 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

awe Helen I love Ruby and her new outfit is sooooooo gorgeous...that hat, oh my goodness!!!!
Your little holiday cottage is amazing, I don't think I would have wanted to leave, especially if they had Sylvanians!! :)
Now as you know I am a blue sky kind of girl but I agree there is something about a moody sky.
have a lovely week my dear,
V x

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing some vacation pics. I would love to stay in that cottage! My husband and I have started staying in B&B's when we travel. Much more personal than a motel.
Your bunny is so cute and I love her dress and hat! Have a great week, Helen!

KC'sCourt! said...

I love Ruby, she is absolutely gorgeous and her dress and hat are just perfect.

Love the cottage it is beautiful. This I would have payed with the Sylivanians

Julie xxxxxx

Kate said...

Ruby looks very charming in her lovely outfit.
I so enjoyed all the pix - thank you from this armchair traveller.

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Happy Birthday to Mr. P, enjoy your day together! Love this big bunny and the new clothes, I can see the children would adore playing with him. The cottage where you stayed is so pretty, it's perfectly fitting for you, dear Helen, including the patchwork chair. Glad your family had such a nice time there.
Mary

Little Quiltsong said...

Just love your cute bunny and the new cloths you made for it. What beautiful place you stayed at - thank you for sharing these pictures!

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen what a lovely break you had especially nice with family.
The cottage looks gorgeous somewhere you want to spend Christmas.
I love Ruby you can see her personality in her face.
Jacky

Frances said...

Please pass along Happy Birthday wishes to Mr P.

I can well understand why folks who stay at that fabulous cottage would wish to return. It seems like everyone's dream holiday cottage brought to life!

Ruby is so filled with personality...and she certainly likes to pose for photos, too. Her new outfit is adorable. I'm imagining your grandchildren might have some similar outfits? The knit cap with ears is such a witty idea.

That checkerboard pincushion is a gen. Every square adds a certain something. I've been knitting some gifts in red and cream cotton yarn and have really enjoyed using that combo, too.

xo

Mickie said...

Helen,
Oh my, you out did yourself with this post. I love each and every picture. What a wonderful cottage to spend a relaxing weekend, and what a lovely shop to browse and shop in. I love little Ruby and her new dress. Would love to have a pattern for it. As I mentioned in my comments on FB, I am working on a quilt today with fabric called Little Ruby by Bonny and Camille.
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, Indiana USA

Art and Sand said...

I love Ruby Rabbit.

Rhona said...

Ruby looks gorgeous in her new outfit! And as for the porringer....I have one from when my children were born....it's a Peter Rabbit one and I love it. Sadly none of the other Peter Rabbit pieces survived.....china and little children don't really work well together ;)

Teresa Kasner said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your Mr P! I am sure you will spoil and pamper him on his big day. Thank you so much for sharing photos of your lovely seaside visit! LOVE your little antique baby plate. Enjoy your week, my friend.

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Wood Fairy said...

Hope you both have a lovely day together x hubby's birthday. The cottage is delightful, it looks so clean and fresh - a colour scheme I didn't expect to see in a rental - they must really take good care of it. I would love to stay there that's for sure. I am sipping tea from my Hill Top mug that you sent me, I use it every day and love it. Ruby is looking lovely in her new clothes. When I read your posts I always feel creative - it's the colours!!! makes me feel like painting (and eating) jammie dogers today :D

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Helen and Happy Birthday to Mr. P! Your Ruby bunny looks really sweet and I love her new dress and hat! The place you had holidays must be amazing! So beautiful inside photos and I can only imagine how lovely area that can be! x Teje

Pat said...

Ruby is the cutest and I love her dress and hat - you are so talented! I always enjoy your posts, thank you for sharing with your readers.

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Beautiful cottage, no wonder it gets booked up so quickly. Ruby rabbit is rather lovely, I like the bigger size and she looks very fetching in her new pretty dress xx

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a truly lovely bunny, and I did enjoy the tour through the cottage...I think my English ancestry (though more than 230 years since they left olde English shores!) longs to visit.
Have a warm and stitchy week, Helen. xx

Christine Barnsley said...

What a beautiful cottage. What a wonderful holiday you must have had! Love your little bunny, she is so cute! Have a lovely week Helen! Keep cosy! Christine x

Terri said...

What a lovely cottage! Ruby is quite adorable too! Thank you for sharing your treasures with us!

Jennifer Hays said...

Your work is beautiful as always, Helen. I love Ruby, she's very sweet. Your vacation cottage looks lovely! It sounds like you had a very nice visit. I loved seeing the baby plate too; I have a similar one with Bunnykins figures painted in the bottom. It's not really antique, only about 45 years old, but it belonged to my husband's older brother when he was a baby. He died before I met my husband so I'm very glad to have something from his young years. I hope you have a good week ahead, Helen.

Lorrie said...

Ruby is a darling rabbit, and all dressed up in pretty new clothes and ready for the holidays!
Your holiday cottage is decorated just as I think you would like, with lots of white and pretty prints. How lovely!

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

What a cute rabbit! I have a 3-months old grandson, maybe.... Love the cottage. Can imagine you had a great time there with the family. Congratulations to mr.p.
Just ordered your book Pretty Patchwork Gifts from Amazon. Takes a long time to arrive in Greece, but I am patient!!

Annerose said...

Hallo Helen, der große Hase ist wunderschön und das gestrickte Kleid super.
Ein tolles Haus ist das gewesen, schön eingrichtet. Da kann man sich wohlfühlen.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Cream Linen said...

Happy birthday and many wishes for your husband!
The bunny is soooooo cute!
The cottage is adorable.The owners have such a good taste!
Have a lovely week.
Tina x

Jane said...

I hope your Hb enjoyed a wonderful birthday Helen. How gorgeous Ruby Rabbit is..and her new outfit is adorable. Your break looked perfect..such a fabulous cottage and so beautifully furnished. Nearly time tof put up the Christmas decorations..Lots of excitement ahead. Keep warm it has turned so chilly. Hugs xxx

Gracie Saylor said...

Ruby Rabbit! She is perfect! I hope you had a grand Happy Birthday celebration for Mr. P. Thanks for sharing the photos of your good trip, Helen...I can see why you look forward to going back :) xx

handmade by amalia said...

We all need a new dress from time to time :-) Ruby's is lovely.
Amalia
xo

cristina said...

Always I love your rabbits, Helen!
Happy December! Kisses and a big hug!

Simone said...

Ruby rabbit has the sweetest little face! I would feel quite at home in that gorgeous cottage I'm sure. x

holly, moss and myrtle said...

Ruby Rabbit is so sweet I would love to win her 💗

Rachel said...

What a beautiful cottage! Those are my favorite types of places to stay. I love Ruby Rabbit, and her outfit looks so pretty and cozy.