Crochet Easter Bunnies, and something new!

Once upon a time there was a very cute family of crochet bunnies…Crochet bunniesAnd although it seems like they were born only yesterday…Crochet bunny free pattern

This month they turned one year old (so a special celebration was in order):Crochet Easter Bunny

And they were allowed free rein in the vege garden – for one afternoon only! The spinach patch may never recover…Crochet Easter BunnyNot to mention lots of extra special cuddles…Crochet bunnies and Maia

This crochet bunny pattern has become far and away my most popular post and tutorial.

There are hundreds of bunnies on their very own Ravelry page.

In the past year I have received so many wonderful emails from people with stories of their bunny creations (almost always with photos attached). I love that such a simple design has brought happiness to so many people all over the world… I’d like to say thank you to everyone who made a bunny (or 18!), and took the time to send me a note or comment!

So in honor of the famous nibble nibble Easter bunnies, this week I have created a new Easter friend – Cheep cheep the crochet chick!Crochet chick free patternIll be back soon with the (very easy!) pattern!

In the meantime if you have made a bunny you might like to post photo on the Green Dragonfly Facebook page and/or a comment below linking to a photo so everyone who reads this post can see them too! :) Jxox

Crochet throw

Well, it’s finally finished…

I’m sorry it’s been so long coming!Crochet throw - finished 6 Lots of lovely color, but gentle enough to blend with lots of others…Crochet throw - finished 3 A lacy duck egg blue border. I’m going to post a separate post on how to do this soon, I promise! Crochet throw - finished 2Beautiful continuous as you go joins – you can find how to do this here. It took a little while to get the knack of it, but I’m quite proud how nicely these turned out! Also the bonus of join as you is less ends to sew in at the end :)Crochet throw - finished 5There are loads of tutes to learn the circles… check out this gorgeous one.Crochet throw - finished This throw has been on the couch for so long as a work in progress, it already feels like part of the furniture… Everyone is loving it:Crochet throw free patternAnd now that autumn is here, I’m sure it will get lots of use!Crochet throw - finished 7

So now I’m trawling around for a new project… any suggestions? xx

 

Up up and away…

We are lucky to have a balloon festival here every year… which results in some early morning balloon spotting expeditions:  Balloons 2014 7Balloons 2014 10Balloons 2014 4 Balloons 2014 3 Balloons 2014 2Balloons 2014 5Balloons 2014Balloons 2014 6I love to watch the balloons, but have no real desire to fly in one… although I’m pretty sure my children would jump at the chance (Carter especially). Have you ever traveled by hot air balloon? What’s ‘up’ in your world? Jxo

PS. My throw is finally finished. I just need to get some decent pics!

Owl coloring page

Hoot hoot, here’s a cute owl page for you to color! owl colouring coloring pageThe file is actually huge because I did this drawing as an A3, so if you want to print it to A3 size so you can colour the detail you shouldn’t have any trouble – but it will also print fine as A4 too :)

Click on the image above for the jpeg, or here for the pdf: Owl coloring

Maia coloring owlsEnjoy!

This weekend…

Home is where your story begins Carters magic eraser Carters rocket Bran muffins Carter's morning teaOwl WIP bead coastersbead coasters 2crochet hexagonMaia water coloring Carter painting3 2014Carter painting 2 3 2014Maia braidsAt home this weekend, it was a bit of a stormy one = lots of time spent indoors… the magic yes/no eraser, ask it a question, any question (well one with a yes or no answer)…. Carter’s rocket… bran muffins with homegrown grapes and raspberries, the perfect morning tea for busy boys… an owl coloring page I’m working on, Ill be sharing soon… bead coasters (so like a granny square)… crocheting daisy puffagons (pattern here)… girl painting (watercolor fairies) vs boy painting (acrylics and spider webs)… pretty milkmaid braids… How was your weekend?? xo J

Perfect peach pie…

Golden queen peachesWe’ve enjoyed a looooonnnnnnggggg hot summer, and even though its officially autumn our weather station informs me that its still 27 C right now – and its 6.30pm! I’m not complaining though, I know winter is just around the corner so I fully intend to remain in summer mode as long as I possibly can.

Of all the fruit and veg our garden has provided this summer, the golden queen peach has been my favourite. So sweet, juicy and so, so peachy… it’s like biting a little bit of summer each time I sink my teeth in. Nothing at all like a ‘brought’ peach; homegrown golden queens really are the royalty of peaches.

Ours are now almost at their end, brown spots are appearing and skins are wrinkling, so tonight I cooked up a simple pie with the last of them.

Peach pieA crusty crispy crust….

Sweet and juicy center, with a hint of lemony tang…

And the smell which fills the kitchen? Heavenly!

A perfect end of summer food… this pie really hit the spot.

With maybe just a smidgen of hokey pokey ice cream! Yum!

Peach pie and ice creamRaewyn’s Perfect Peach Pie

Crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 60g cold butter
  • 1/4 c iced water

Pie filling

  • 6-8 peaches (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice and zest of a lemon
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 200 C.

Make the dough using a food processor – cut the butter into the flour, then with the motor running add the water in a slow stream. Keep blending until the mix all comes together to form a ball. Roll the dough on a lightly floured board and transfer to pie dish (I like to cook the pie and trim the extra pastry from the edge later).  Peel and slice the peaches and arrange in dish.Peach pie 2Heat together the sugar, lemon juice and butter until melted/dissolved, cool slightly, then beat in the egg and pour over the peaches. Transfer to hot oven and bake until set and the pastry is golden… about 30 – 40 minutes- perhaps slightly less than this one, but those crispy edges were deliciously caramelized! Perfect peach pie

Enjoy! How’s your week going? Are you cooking up anything delicious you really just HAVE to share with me? – Jxo