Sunday, 2 February 2014

Heartsease, the Hare of Harmony

This is my latest character, Heartsease Hare.
She was a commission for a very special  surprise birthday gift and I've just delivered her to the gift giver. I'm pleased to report that they were delighted with her! I was sad to see her go, as we've become great friends over the last weeks,  but I'm sure she's going to be very happy in her new home.

 Heartsease is dressed in lavender and violet because the lady she's going to live with loves amethysts.


She's dressed in old lace and muslin, which has seen better days. In her hand she carries a purple rose- everywhere she goes.
Her ears are lined with hand dyed silk and are very soft. They can go up....

 or down!
 Or any way she chooses.

Around her shoulders she wears a little crocheted shawl to keep her snug. It's held in place with an old amethyst brooch,  which is very dear to her.

Heartsease has a secret! Attached to her waist is a pair of old scissors. She uses these to snip off  your worries and cares.


 
They go into the pocket on her apron and.....


 the tiny heart of love hidden away inside the pocket transforms them into happiness!

 Her eyes show she is old and very wise.

 She is fully button jointed so she can sit beside you.

 Heartsease has her own special story.....

and she's transported in a rustic bag which matches her apron. Her story scroll tucks neatly into the pocket for safekeeping.


I hope she's going to be a very happy birthday surprise!



Heartsease's clothes are all hand dyed. The lace really is old, and belonged to my aunt. Her face is painted in water colours,  then sealed. I crocheted her shawl and hand embroidered her apron. Her scissors and heart are sculpted in paper clay and painted. The amethyst brooch is also quite old and was once part of a ring.

20 comments:

  1. Oh Jules, she is so sweet! I haven't made a bunny in years! I used to love making bunnies when I was around 20 years old. They were a bit like yours but nowhere near as pretty or detailed. They were a bit prim, I suppose. I just adore Heartsease. She's so pretty. I'm happy she's got a loving home and people who will appreciate her. Blessings, Bird

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  2. what a beautiful little bunny - each detail so lovingly considered. Someone is going to have a very lovely birthday surprise!

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  3. Oh, she looks so sweet and will be a joy and comfort to her new companion. I love all the details you gave her and especially enjoyed how you explained them.

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  4. what a delightful bunny who I know will be well loved. I can see hoe much love has gone into making this and zoomed in and was able to read what is on the scroll, wonderful words.

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  5. She's lovely, serene and wise. She will be a fine companion!

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  6. Terrific! Send her over to me, will you? I could use some harmony!=)

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  7. She is beautiful. Your work and imagination are fabulous.

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  8. Beautiful! She is a work of art, you really captured a wonderful expression on her face. The hand dyed silk is gorgeous.

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  9. I love her and her special story :-)

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  10. Jules - Heartsease Hare is absolutely charming, and all the details you have incorporated are so clever. She makes me feel sad with her ears down, but I think she'll be happy all the time in her new home!

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  11. How timely that I found your blog. I just cut our a rabbit last night and spent an hour deciding our the fabric for her dress, though I never did decide. I LOVE Heartease she is just beautiful. So many details. I was just going to hang a small basket on my bunnies arm, but now you have given me something more to think about!

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  12. It is very obvious that it is too early in the morning for me to be commenting on blogs, I can't seem to spell. Sorry!

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  13. Heartsease is adorable. I love the life scroll idea as well as the tiny rose she carries. She's a real beauty. I also love the eyes. So deep and revealing. I guess you painted them? Very, very well done!

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  14. She is absolutely adorable Jules. Love all the details and I am sure she is going to make the recipient very happy

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  15. Heartsease Hare is beautiful - I love all the details - I hope she is happy with her new owner Jules!
    I wouldn't want to let her go either.

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  16. Oh she's lovely! I adore bunnies, and although she's a hare, they fit in the same category for me!

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  17. What a wonderful hare Jules, someone is going to be very lucky to receive her. Such care and attention to detail, truly a work of heart <3 Deb

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  18. Heartsease is very precious. What a lovely lady hare. She does such an important job. Your creation is brilliant. I adore Heartsease. Such a Blissful Birthday Surprise.

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  19. My 90 year old grandmother is taking care of her in Huntingdonshire, England. She is very happy with Heartsease.

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