Sponsor Giveaway from Simply Playing

Today I have a lovely interview and generous giveaway from Ann over at Simply Playing.

Linda: Tell us about the beginnings of your business and how it has  developed and grown.

Ann: I began making toys when my son started preschool at a Waldorf School four years ago. Before then I never really thought of making toys, they were just something you purchased.  But seeing the wonderful array of handmade items, including toys, that the children were surrounded with in the classroom of this school really moved me.  It was like an “ah ha” moment of, this is as it should be; children should be surrounded by warmth, beauty and items which have soul.
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So, at first I only made toys for my son.  But after a while Sam had pretty much all he needed, but I didn’t want to stop making these knitted toys.  After inundating friends with gnomes, cats etc. I turned to Etsy as a way to be able to keep creating and sharing my love of wool toys.  My shop has grown over the years with items changing some, but always wool based material.  After a short while I turned to only using plant dyed wool as I felt that even deepened the handmade natural quality I wanted my toys to have.

Linda: Who or what is your inspiration?
Ann: My original inspiration for Simply Playing was definitely my son Sam, but I’ve always had a deep need within me to create.   Now, I’d say my inspiration are the fibres and toys themselves.  I can always see something more – another color, form or size and these changes, albeit small, really keep me moving forward.  After all these years of knitting cats, gnomes and crowns I still truly enjoy making them.  

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Linda: What is your creative process?

Ann: My mood changes very frequently so I like to have many projects going on at once all in different stages.  One day I’ll want to only knit, the next day only sewing and stuffing toys will do.  Sometimes the rhythm of spinning is all I can think of to fill me up.  When I get to creating, it’s very random and really is woven throughout my entire day.  My son is now homeschooled which gives me more freedom and time to sit in my little corner of the living room, pick something from the basket beside my chair and knit, sew, stuff etc.  I will pretty much always end my day with knitting as a release for any worries and stress.

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Linda: What do you enjoy most about your business?

Ann: What I enjoy most about my business is how I feel when I finish making a toy,  a doll blanket or a skein of yarn.  Knowing that each item really began with a bit of wool and then transformed into this warm soulful object filled with love, really makes me happy.  I mean you can’t help but smile when you have a knitted gnome in your hand – it just makes you feel good inside.  


 Linda: Are there any new exciting products you would like to tell us about?

Ann:Coming soon to Simply Playing will be handspun yarn that will either be in it’s natural color or plant dyed.  I’ve always purchased my plant dyed yarn so I am very excited to be taking on this part of the process myself.

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Ann is generously offering this beautiful hand knit bunny, knitted in a luxurious hands-pun wool and angora blend. Isn’t he gorgeous? Here is a link to the listing on her shop for you to read more about this lovely giveaway item:)

Ann is also offering my readers 15% off items in her shop for the month of September with the code NaturalSuburbia15

To enter this lovely giveaway for this beautiful handmade bunny, please leave a comment in this post. To earn extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram pages and leave extra comments here each time you share:)

The winner will be chosen on Wednesday the 18th of September and will be announced here.

Congratulations to Kathleen for winning the beautiful bunny.

Ann, thank you so much for sharing about your business with us today and for your lovely giveaway:)

Have a wonderful weekend friends:)

I would be very honoured to promote your handmade business, if you would like to sponsor on Natural Suburbia you can contact me at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

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58 Responses to Sponsor Giveaway from Simply Playing

  1. stephanie September 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I would so love to win this for my sister who is expecting her first and is having a bunny theme for her baby girl. Beautiful!

  2. Anne Marie September 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    That bunny is amazingly cute!

  3. Susan September 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    What a beautiful bunny.. softness visible.. I have a niece who would love it.. and I can see the offspring hopping off my needles too! Is it the bunny-from-a-square knitted bunny pattern? actually, I would love to keep it my self! for inspiration, fun, and visitors!!

  4. Rachel~At the Butterfly Ball September 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    What a sweet fuzzy bunny!

  5. Gracey September 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Oh the bunny is adorable!!!!

  6. Linda September 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Your toys are lovely.

  7. laminitagirl September 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    What a lovely little creature! Count me in!

  8. Andrea September 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    What a wonderful bunny!

  9. amanda September 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Oh, we would love this bunny so much!!!

  10. Mary Brinton September 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Little Grey is so beautiful! It would be fun to give my son and his wife for the child who is surely going to appear eventually to put a smile in our eyes.

  11. Cara September 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    That bunny is the most adorable thing. He clearly is made to be snuggled =)

  12. MaryJo September 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Such a cute little rabbit!

  13. Barbara Szatkiewicz September 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    My G’daughter loves bunnies. This one is adorable!

  14. ang September 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm #


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  16. Kat September 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I am OBSESSIVELY collecting items for when my husband and I start a family in two years 🙂 So cute!!

  17. Kat September 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Posted on FB and Pintrest 🙂

  18. Andrea from ziezo September 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Such a cutie! My little one would love him!

  19. Pam Raikos September 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Oh my goodness, what an adorable little bunny! I would like to have this for my mom, who has Alzheimer’s and who loves to hold and talk to cuddly little animals.

  20. Nancy H September 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    I would so love to win!

  21. Nancy September 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Sweet bunny! I’d love to gift this to one of my kiddos!

  22. Angela September 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    What a lovely bunny! My daughter would love it. Thanks!

  23. Robin Phillips-Knotts September 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    My granddaughter would love this precious bunny. ty for the giveaway!
    cokelush at gmail

  24. janita September 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    My daughter and I are both rabbits in Chinese astrology so we always gift each other with bunnies!

  25. Victoria B. September 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Beautiful!!!!! What a lovely bunny!

  26. beth j September 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    How kind. The bunny is adorable. My grandson would lobe it!
    Thank you

  27. Heidi September 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    What a sweet little bunny!

  28. Rhonda Tenderholt September 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Such a soft and cuddly bunner. I’d love to have this bunner.

  29. Rhonda Tenderholt September 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    I shared on my fb page and thank you for the giveaway: https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.phillipstenderholt/posts/10200626648128424

  30. Rhonda Tenderholt September 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    tweeted about your wonderful giveaway: https://twitter.com/RTenderholt/status/378996598685958144

  31. Maureen September 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Such a sweet little bunny would love to have him come live with us!

  32. Robin Phillips-Knotts September 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    shared on fb here ty!
    cokelush at gmail

  33. Rhonda Tenderholt September 15, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    And shared on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/329959110170372941/

    Thanks again.

  34. cheryl September 15, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Love the bunny. So very cute!

  35. Tammy Todd September 15, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    What a CUTE little bunny…! Please count me in…!!

  36. Barbara September 15, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I would love to win this bunny. It reminds me of a newborn bunny I rescued from a neighbor’s garden when I was a girl. I fed it with milk from a doll’s bottle till it grew some and then gave it lettuce and other greens. It was about 2 months old when it escaped from it’s pen. Your little bunny would be a good replacement.

  37. Jeanette September 15, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    Gorgeous bunnie and I have shared on Pinterest.

    I also love the gnome dolls in Ann’s shop. Very colourful indeed.

  38. SherryG. September 15, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    On what an adorable bunny. This would be perfect for new grandbaby. Fingers crossed.

  39. SherryG. September 15, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Pinned. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/386113368023972942/

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  41. Sheila September 15, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    Cute! My three year old son loves hop hops! 🙂

  42. KC September 15, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    That bunny is adorable. I also love that she uses plant based dyed yarn. Lovely.

  43. Margaret September 15, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    I love the rabbit and envy you the time and energy. My energy is waning and though I don’t regret those waxing years and I keep busy much of the time. I am a very slow knitter. I could enjoy just buying the stuff. Marvelous colors and textures. Have fun dyeing. (Somehow that die sent sound right) but I’m sure it translates. Enjoy.

  44. Cath T September 15, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    I wonder how you got this wee bunny to sit still long enough to have it’s photo taken, likewise kitten. They look very playful.
    (Beautiful baskets, too.)

  45. Kim S September 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    This bunny would be the perfect little friend to welcome my soon to be born grandson. Splendid!

  46. Mary September 16, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Cute bunny!!!!!

  47. debby September 16, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    i’m keeping my fingers crossed that i win….i have a ‘new’ grandson expected in december, and this would be a lovely gift for him….thanks also for your site/blog. love to follow your adventures.

  48. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton September 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I have lots of babies due between family and friends so would defintely have a good home for this beauty.

  49. ~ joey ~ September 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    The bunny is so sweet and would be a welcome addition to our nature table in the Spring too!
    ~ joey ~

  50. Tina S September 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I take care of kids in my home. i can’t even tell you how much they would love this rabbit!

  51. Yasmin~VeggieMountainMama September 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    That bunny is so gorgeous…funny thing is that my son was just asking for a new bunny. This would be perfect, thank you.

  52. Anni S September 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    What a sweet rabbit!

  53. Andrea September 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Too cute! I could see lining a window ledge with a whole family.

  54. Carmen September 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    That bunny is so adorable! Thanks for the chance to win

  55. genia September 18, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Bunny is adorable!!!

  56. Jeanne Jones September 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Such a sweet little bunny. I’d love to win him/her. I have a special child in my class who needs some extra care and the bunny would be perfect.

  57. Chris September 19, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    I would love to win this bunny for my new grandson! I love rabbits!!!!

  58. Kathleen September 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh, what a beautiful bunny. The toys are lovely!

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