Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Peeps" Steals Your Heart


It's funny how things evolve.

While shopping in a thrift store, an item on a shelf  made me smile. It was a little bunny with one eye closed in sleep and one eye open. A pink and white blanket with a white flower and black leaves on it covered the small creature. He was only about three inches long from top to bottom.

Picking up the bunny, I decided to buy him because he was so darned cute. Flipping it over, it read "Peeps" as well as the word Pendelfin and made in England.

Because I love researching any "new to me" items, it was a delight to read that Pendelfin bunnies are very collectible and there is quite a history behind them.


It seems that Jeanne Todd and Jean Walmsley Heap made animal figures as gifts in Burnley, England, in the 1950s. They worked in a backyard wooden shed. Their very first piece was apparently modeled after "the Pendle Witch,"  according to one Internet website. Animals that followed had an elfin look to them. Consequently, the name Pendlefin evolved. As the popularity of the figures grew, the founders established a factory named Pendlefin which produced the art figures for many years. It eventually relocated to Briercliff, England.

A family of rabbits the artists modeled in 1956 gained immediate popularity and completely sold out. More figures were introduced and have been collected ever since. They are quite charming and often have humorous expressions.

There are even names to dozens of Pendlefin bunnies such as Bongo, Butterfingers, Dandy, Dodger,  Muncher, Pieface, Rocky, Scrumpy, Totty Bunny, and Whopper.

When I saw that my bunny's name was "Peeps," it made me happy because I have so many "peeps" in blogland!

So that's the story of my Pendlefin bunny, "Peeps." He's half asleep on the corner of a table in our front hall for the Easter season, charming every guest who passes by.

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We have a winner in the Writing Straight from the Heart giveaway, Mo from the blog, Rose Petals from Heaven.       

Congratulations to  Mo. Check out her very lovely blog. She's always designing artistic buttons and sharing them with people throughout blogland. She's a wonder!

Check out her blog at http://www.rosepetalsfromheaven.blogspot.com/    

Thanks to everyone who participated. I wish I could send a big fat package to every single one of you because each of you is so special to me. Unfortunately, I haven't won the lottery yet so have to stick with one winner for now. :)

12 comments:

La Tea Dah said...

Your "peep" is so cute! What a find! And the names they gave their bunnies --- creative and adorable! My mother would especially love your bunny. She collected bunny figurines and they always made their section of her living room so whimsical! She taught kindergarten, and the Velveteen Rabbit and Peter Rabbit were two stories that her students were well familiar with by the end of the year. They were woven into lessons and units time and again.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Such a cute bunnie! I love the pink! Sweet! hugs, Linda

diane stetson said...

Peeps remind me of the little yellow marshmellow chicks at Easter but your Peeps is a bunny. I hope he's friends with Peter Cottontail....You have such fun figurines!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Susan, Peeps is adorable. Isn't it a lovely thing when you purchase something in a thrift store and find out it actually has some history behind it. Wonderful little find. Hope you are having a super Saturday. I've been cooking and crafting all day long. Bliss! :) Tammy

Scarlett Fontaine said...

Peep is very sweet, I used to see these all the time at the car boot sales but now they have got a lot more collectable I dont see them as much. Scarlett x

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Peep is darling and Congrats to Mo!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Susan said...

Peeps is adorable!!

Bookie said...

What a great story on your find!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

How cute! Great story on your little Peeps! Happy Pink Saturday and thank you for your visit.

Blessings,
Sandi

Susan said...

Hello Everyone! I want to welcome "Fadas de Luz," from Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this blog's 205th Follower. I don't speak or read Portuguese but I believe the writer of this blog is an artist and singer. Welcome! Please come to visit often.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far! Hugs to all! Susan

mo said...

Hi Susan,

Yea! I am so happy to be the winner of your wonderful giveaway.

I also love the word "peeps".

*hugs*

mo

Chatty Crone said...

Congrats to Mo!

And it is a God Wink - you got 'peeps' - you're a great peep yourself.

sandie

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