join me at my new home(s)…

Hello & howdy lovely readers! Well, there’s been alot going on both at home (yes, we are moving), and with my work…

I’ve learnt so much about myself, and how and what I want to do with my designing, making, blogging (and everything in between) in the last 18 months or so. Writing at Space of Mine Own has been a journey in itself, it’s been cathartic and wonderful, and your wonderful comments have been so lovely to receive. My work is developing and my style becoming my own, and I’m really loving what I’m doing.
But having two seperate identities and projects all over the place, can sometimes be harder work than it really should, so, I’ve taken the decision to start afresh, simplify, and I’m very pleased to introduce ‘Lapin Blu‘…a new home for me & mine.

I’d so love you to join me over at the new blog ~ www.lapinblu.com & I can also be found twittering, posting, and sharing at the following…
www.twitter.com/lapinblu
www.pinterest.com/lapinblu
www.flickr.com/photos/lapinblu
www.lapinblu.tumblr.com
www.instagram.com/lapinblu

work can be found over in my updated Etsy shop at  www.etsy.com/shop/lapinblu

Thanks so much for joining me & I hope to welcome you at my new home soon 

spring in my step…

After a few days of potterings & procrastinatings…a lovely couple of days later, some spanky new shoes, & I’ve a happy spring back in my step…
I met up with one of these lovely people on Tuesday (who, yes indeedy, by the magical mystical powers of t’internet & the loveliness of the she herself, has indeed stayed in contact and we meet again, much to my delight…), and we went a visiting at Miss Mabel’s Magnificent Emporium…oh my life, did we have fun! I’ve been pondering ideas involving larger pieces & furniture (most specifically of the lonely chair variety) in my work, and on this day, I was in lonely chair heaven….I’m in love with each piece as ever, so where these will end up once I’ve finished my plans, who knows, but watch this space!
Good company & a good natter always does me the world of good in clearing the thinkings, and I came home a happy bunny with a mission for the ‘morrow…

For ages, I’ve been meaning to sort out my little corner downstairs where I do a lot of my hooky. The studio is fairly easy to maintain as there’s not alot more room right now, but my yarns have been kept in various bags beside my armchair and were starting to become frustratingly muddled, along with my little zip bag in which I kept my scissors, needles etc. to be easy to hand (this was filling with tangled yarn ends!)…so, since also for ages, I’ve been meaning to make a pin book for myself, but like every builder’s home, never seem to have time, I set to and, here she is…
…so pleased with how it worked out, and so much more organised and easy to find the pin I’m looking for! I added a safety pin to slip my scissors into which works great too…as I had limited time, I used part of a Cath Kidston ‘Stitch’ design for the main embroidery with a little shuffle here & there…

Having, got that sorted, next, I got onto yarns & bits…

No more tangled yarn ends for me! I used enamelware (found a super bag full for a mere £2.50! at Miss Mabel’s) for some of my yarns, added some extra crate shelving for the rest, and made a 3Bears inspired jar based on Torie Jayne’s bunny idea…*sigh* a happy sigh, I love it when things are organised, it feels all fresh and exciting…

Have you been Spring cleaning or doing abit of making over? I’d love to hear about it x

Thanks for joining me 

MMwM ~ hama beads elmer stylie

During the holidays, a friend of mine mentioned she had got some Hama Beads for her little girl…I’d completely forgotten we had a box of them stashed in the making cupboard from last year, so it prompted us to get them out and we spent a pleasant afternoon creating all sorts of bright & colourful designs…
Around for years (I remember playing with them when I was growing up!), Hama Beads are really great for concentration, manipulation & dexterity, and for playing with colour and design…they are little plastic beads which are placed onto a board covered in small pins (plain shapes or fun shapes available) and then ironed under greaseproof paper. The heat melts them together so they form a solid design which can be used as coasters, decorations, hung in windows…all sorts really…this is my favourite bit…

Boo’s colour choices were very Elmer the Elelphant inspired, and they looked beautiful…
I really so enjoy sitting with The Bear, nattering and playing about, chattering about colours and designs, jokes, what we’d been up to, or just quietly in concentration…I also quite enjoyed playing with the beads! My attempt was a little Cath Kidston inspired…
We’ve left the beads and the boards out on the kitchen table and they’ve been dipped into quite regularly since, including by the cousins!…great for occupation whilst I’m preparing dinner or those moments when you don’t always want to get out messy crafts. Often, she just likes to put the beads on the boards in different colourways or stripes and then tip them back in the pot…great, they last even longer, and she gets more out of them that way!

Thanks for joining us 

catching up & finding balance…

Lawks, where does the time fly to?! Thank you so much for your recent comments, it’s so so loverly to read them x
I seem to be flitting between one thing and the next , trying to keep up with it all, and constantly thinking about the list that I need to get through of late, it’s somewhat overwhelming at times, so I’m trying to allow myself a little more time to stop, think, and enjoy the simple things now and again, and also to be a little more organised…

Boo’s Easter break of three weeks kind of threw me for a loop in my attempts to organise myself, so I gave up on that and threw myself into the fun over the Easter weekend and dedicated days over the break…we did festive Spring decorations, egg hunts & family visits. We saw the fantastic Elves & the Shoemaker in Salisbury with Grandpa (highly recommended~I laughed my socks off, & the Bear LOVED it!), the obligatory rainy day soft play at The Flying Fortress (pulls Mama eye rolling, but the kids love it, face), we met with friends, had girlie days out, and a few quiet snuggly ones in, lots of making and drawing, a lovely weekend visit from Ma, and we went to see The Croods (also recommended). We had some rough days too, who doesn’t in the school holidays, but overall, it was all good…

I did manage to squeeze in some work here & there…my uber sweet friend, Katie (of Katie Jacobs Hair & Make~Up) popped over to glam me up a little and help take some photos that actually included me (bleurgh! I’m much happier on the other side of the lens!) for my studio post, and also those profile shots you know you should update now and again…

The Bear was having great fun trying to make me laugh, hence lots of sequences like this one above, which I rather like actually…

but we got there…and ended up with a few portraits of me that I’m feeling brave enough to share…I was quite surprised at Daddy Bear’s favourite being the bottom right ~ my wrist looks utterly broken, but I included it because he liked it which I thought was sweet…*sigh*, I so dislike photos of me and having pictures taken, but thank you, Katie, for making me feel a little pampered and relaxed, it helped alot, and I actually do like one or two ;0) x

I spent evenings (and long nights) over the holidays getting ready for the Johnny Loves June Vintage & Handmade Fair in Shoreham…it was a really fun event to attend with live music & jive, some fabulous stalls and a really great buzz…
It was really lovely to finally meet Michelle Cresswell of Owl & Slipper, and Becky Humby of Plan for Mondays (although, judging by my purchase of wooden oars (I’ve been looking for some for ages), that may be another lethal meet for my pocket!). Michelle creates fantastic printwork & stationary (loving her notelets), and Becky hunts out fabulous (mid~century) vintage homeware, clothing & furniture (pretty much loving it all!)…the very lovely Little Mouses & OhCarol were there too, among many others I just didn’t get a chance to get round to.

With another fair under my belt, and inbetween entertaining Boo, the day job, hooking up new designs, and attempting to run the house a bit better, I spent some time updating things over here on the blog, taking product shots and getting The Yarn Bunny Etsy shop stocked a little at last, I’ve been working on some new ideas, and I’ve also been playing with big cam a little more, loving Spring flowers, and been out and about making some great vintage finds…
The posies with Boo came from Wild Willow at the Sussex Country Brocante & the one with daisies were from Fabulous Flora in Worthing (the spice tin was also from there ~ Donna has just opened her own floristry & vintage shop having always had a dream #iaminspired!) My amazing lamp find was from the new vintage & antiques shop in our village and is an original from the 40′s (*squeak*~LOVE it!), and my bottles and other gatherings were from the Sussex Country Brocante, Vintage & Very Nice in Arundel & Lulamae’s. The basket full of fabric scraps came from my Grandma, delivered by Ma…it.is.awesome! there are some amazing pieces of true vintage fabric in there dating all the way back to my Great Grandmother (over 60 yrs!). Amazing listening to the stories of what bits were used for what and hearing my Ma & Grandma talk about them remembered…I can’t wait to delve more & get making…patience, patience though!

And I had to share these (sorry if you’ve seen them a few times, but these are probably my two favourite photos this month!)…Ma bought me a gift and I snapped these two days running…I love them!

So, we’ve had lots going on, I’ve had lots going on, and whilst it’s all been, and is, great; I do feel a little like there are a lot of plates spinning…on top of it all, we’ve put our house on the market (hence the enforced housekeeping!), so, whilst incredibly exciting, I also find the limbo of wondering what’s coming next a little daunting. Balance seems to remain a somewhat elusive and mysterious concept to me but I’m pretty sure it’s going to work out in the end…in the meantime, I hope you’ll bear with my rather erratic updates ~ I seem to be only able to get round to updating one thing at a time whilst primarily being Mama Bear, maintaining hooky production levels & everything else is going on, but it’s getting easier with each step forward and as I get more set up and into a routine…despite the chaos, wondering and plate spinning, it’s wonderful to be in such a happy heart place right now…

Thanks for joining me 

make space for…lazy days & beach blankets

‘Lazy Days & Beach Blankets’ by alittlesomo

I’m already dreaming of the Summer & love nothing more than a lazy day on a sandy beach…arriving early, playing, swimming, picnic~ing, ice~creams, collecting shells and driftwood, lying out with a good read, then heading home, happy, full of sand & memories, as the sun goes down…thanks for joining me 


Vintage Indian Kantha Q…

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Linen Market Tote Bag w…

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Beach Landscape, Beach …

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Beach Blanket- Pure Lin…

$79

Vintage Classic Rectang…

$23

Vintage enamelware 80s …

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Vintage Wooden French B…

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Driftwood and Seashell …

$12.5

Seafoam Green Enamelwar…

$15

Day at the Beach – lase…

$22

Wooden Toy Boat. Kids …

$14.75

Antique Book Circa 1906…

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6 Lighthouse pendants (…

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Sea glass Pastels Lot -…

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Vintage set of three wh…

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Treasury tool supported by the dog house

space of mine own ~ the yarn bunny studio…

I’m always interested to have a looky and a nosy into the places and spaces in which other artists create, so I thought I’d share a little peek into my own space with you…grandly known as ‘the study’, it is in fact a very teenie tiny space carved out at the foot of the stairs from a loft conversion added to the house just before we moved in, and, although I manage to cram a huge amount in & still have a little room to work, I’m certainly outgrowing it. I tend to mainly use it for sewing and storing, and as my little creative haven of inspiration where all my lovely bits and bobs are out of a small Bear’s reach. In the main, my yarn hooking work, design and blogging is done from my favourite armchair downstairs…
…I use the sewing machine I recently had fixed up which my mother bought some (thirty?) years ago and has been passed on to me…I love the weight of it and the sound of the motor. The Bear had her first little go at using it the other day ~ very sweet!…

My little wooden wall cupboard was rescued from Pa’s local tip, along with a beautiful solid wooden writing desk I have in our hallway. I’ve used fruit crates for my shelving and the desk top was given to me by a friend and then cut to size and covered with oil cloth. It stands on A~frame shelf bases by Ikea which I got for a steal on eBay, but which are still awaiting an overhaul…I think they’ll be waiting some time for now! There are various other finds from antiques fairs, markets, car boots and inherited items that make up my storage and decor and pretty much everything has a special value, memory or importance to me…except maybe the printer!
…it hasn’t taken long having finally given in to my love of vintage and embroidered fabrics for the stash to start to grow…it’s a work thing is what I’m telling Daddy Bear, but I often find them hard to part with!…
…a few of my ‘fleurs’ & ‘rosie posie’ jars on display. Some of these will soon be making their way into my Etsy & folksy (set up almost complete) stores…
As you can see, I have quite the rabbity collection, including a gift from one of my oldest and dearest friends which sits up with my craft books, a knitty one as a thank you from Sally at Lulamae’s in Arundel for my jellyfish workshop in March (she knows me well!), my beautiful (and most favourite) Miss Bunny from A Wooden Tree, my Baby Lapin nightlight, vintage Pez dispensers & my gorgeous Bunny Ethel from DottyDaisies are just a few; there are many more tucked away and peeping out from little hidey corners too, as well as a few framed pieces that are awaiting wall space!…

The wooden clown toy was a favourite from my childhood and one of the few items to have survived various house moves and clearings. It even still has my name inscribed on the side in my early scrawling handwriting! The rather grumpy pastel portrait is of me as a teenager (about sixteen I think, and I was grumpy at being made to sit still to be drawn!), and, as with any pictures of me, I don’t like that aspect of it, but I do love this as a piece of work as it was done by my Ma and has many attachments to it…

So that’s pretty much it for the tour for now…I hope you’ve enjoyed a little snippet of my offline space of mine own…and there may be news on the outgrowing bit of it soon, but it’s schtum for now ;0)…

Thanks for joining me