New Patterns: Skirts, shorts, trousers & panties for the 9 inch and 7 inch sizes
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
1w ago
  Hello, I hope you're having a good week. It's been very spring-like here, with blue skies, sunshine and a warm and fragrant breeze to ruffle the new leaves on the trees. So far however I've been inside and having a productive week, as I've just put the finishing touches to some new clothing patterns for both the 9 inch and 7 inch animals. These are for skirts, trousers and shorts (baggier in style than the shorts included with the boy animal patterns) and I've been playing around with these for quite a while, as I've been asked about skirts and trousers many times over the years. Both ..read more
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Easter Break and a bit of a re-set
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
3w ago
                      Firstly I wanted to say sorry for being so downbeat in my last post, usually I'm able to find a bit more balance and positivity. Thank you so much to everyone who took time out of their day to comment or send me a personal message. Your kindness, compassion and wisdom have warmed me so much, your own personal stories that you shared with me have given me courage, and I'm feeling enveloped in a collective hug. Thank you for your generosity of sprit, I am deeply grateful, J x ..read more
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March
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
1M ago
                  March has been full of extra challenges here, a two-steps-forward one-step-back kind of month. Amy went into hospital for surgery on her complicated wisdom teeth, which required a general anaesthetic and, for someone with quite intense anxiety issues, this was very difficult for her. We're proud of her for coping, and she's now recovering well. Planning for Toby's life after college has been an adventure in stress management, and as yet is still unresolved. My mind is a cacophony of worries about his future and the impact ..read more
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Spring, maybe?
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
2M ago
                          It's been so wet here, rain has fallen for weeks on end and many of our familiar pathways through the woods are now well beyond muddy and are completely flooded and impassable. It's been mild too, we've only had a few frosts here this winter and everything now seems to be sprouting and proclaiming the arrival of Spring. Hopefully it's not too soon and there are no snow storms just around the corner. The old plum tree in the garden is currently in blossom, though with all the rain it's been h ..read more
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A little lull
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
3M ago
                          There's currently a lull in our planning for Toby and a temporary reprieve from paperwork, so I'm enjoying decompressing a little with regular walks out in the woods. Although winter still has the countryside in it's grip, there are signs that a change is coming, and the first flower of the year is now in bloom, the glorious snowdrop. I never feel right picking wildflowers to bring home, they all have an integral part in the wild eco-system, so I take only photos when I'm out and about, but ..read more
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Winter Walks
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
3M ago
                          The countryside is currently drab and dormant and much given over to mud, so most of the pleasure in a winter walk comes from the promise of what awaits on returning home. Coming back home after a chilly walk in the murk and mist is a delight; closing the door on the cold; peeling off layers of damp, muddy clothes and changing into warm, comfy and cosy things; cupping your chilled, weather reddened hands around a mug of hot tea and snuggling down by the fire is blissful. But there is still b ..read more
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January, beginnings
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
4M ago
                    Well here we are again at the beginning of a new year, I hope it has started well for you. We're doing quite well here, Toby coped with going back to college yesterday and the much earlier start to his days and I've been slowly but steadily ticking things off my to do list. At the moment all of my focus is on preparing for the cliff edge that we currently face at the end of June when Toby's college placement finishes. That will mark the end of his 20 years in 'education' and a humungous change for our family. I'm s ..read more
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End of year ponderings
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
5M ago
        At the beginning of 2023 I had such big plans: I was going to write lots of patterns; make lots of finished animals, some to sell and some to give away; reply to all of my emails; reply to all instagram, facebook and blog comments; comment on everyone's projects on Ravelry and the facebook group and write some new tutorials. As always I was overly ambitious and didn't factor in that the time I have available to work in and the time it takes to do all of these things simply doesn't match up. I still have the pictures for the tutorials sat here waiting for the wor ..read more
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The golden hour
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
5M ago
                            The shortening days are making me appreciate how precious light is and I take time to notice how magical the daylight is at this time of year. Here at the beginning of December the sun only rises to around 16 degrees above the horizon and so even at midday there's a low light shining through the windows (I am doing my best to ignore that this highlights the dust on all the surfaces). Early in the day the dawn highlights droplets captured on spider webs, condensed from the early morni ..read more
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Autumn in the woods: part 1
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by Julie (little cotton rabbits)
6M ago
                                Autumn has arrived here, with wet and windy weather and a sudden profusion of fungi out in the woods. I head there at every opportunity, savouring the soothing peace and quiet that flows between the trees. It's been a good year for the hedgerow fruits of hips, haws and berries and the woodland creatures will be well provisioned this winter. Tree nuts have been abundant too - chestnuts, beech nuts, hazelnuts and acorns have covered the woodland floor, though most are n ..read more
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