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13/04/2015

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13/04/2015

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

As soon as Kitty had escaped from the confines of her car seat, she bolted out of the door and through the appropriate embraces of her grandparents and aunt to head for the big tree beside the pond, from whose branches dangled a large chick-shaped gift bag. There was one with her name on it in this tree, and another with her sister’s name a few trees over and there, a little lower, hung on a lantern peg next to the waterfall was one for Pip.

The bags were rescued, handed out, and with squeals of delight the girls dived in. Because peeking out of the top of each was a pair of soft fluffy bunny ears.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

My Sister-in-Law, together with a little bit of help from Grandma had spent many many hours in the run up to Easter at her sewing machine and this was the result, three cuddly bunnies, each with their own little outfit; one for Kitty, one for Elma and one for Pip.

As all parents of small babied could have predicted, Pip looks quizzically at this new addition to his menagerie and was then far more interested in the bag it came in, but the girls have taken their new bunnies to heart and love them dearly.

All through the time we were up in Yorkshire the bunnies were pushed around in their prams, taken to meet the fish and/or Great-Gran and when it came time to go to bed we carefully tucked two little girls, two little bunnies and all of Grandma’s babies in a long line across the wide double bed.  Kitty has called her bunny Rosie and Elma looks at us in baffled concern when we ask if her bunny has a name; can we not see that it is a bunny, and therefore it is Bunny?!

All three kids have a fairly impressive collection of stuffies, especially the girls who have H’s childhood toys in among the mix, but I know that these bunnies will be treasured.  No one else will ever have bunnies like these, they are completely unique. And while that might not matter to the little ones who just think they’re cuddly, I love that they have something that their aunt took the time to make for them.  I’ve got a pretty good idea how long it takes to make three bunnies with matching outfits and as always with handmade presents, the gift is as much the time and effort as it is the end result, and that is always something to be treasured.