Friday, June 1, 2018

Hello June! Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit

So where did we leave off? Ah yes, I have been traveling a lot! May took me back to Georgia. This time I taught two classes and gave a chat for the Pieceful Heart Quilters Guild. I must say, the name of their guild is a direct reflection of the members. They were sooooooooo nice!! We had the most wonderful time together. They even gave me a standing ovation after my lecture chat! I have never had that happen before and it brought tears to my eyes.


I always get excited when a student adds their own twist to one of my designs. Above is my "May Basket" which you can purchase a PDF pattern HERE. Below is what Sandra did to hers. Don't you just love the prairie points she added? Fun!


Also, my friend and student, Sharon, added some extra goodies to her "Beekeeper" pincushion. I love how it turned out! Great job to both of you!



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I'm already booking classes into 2019. If you would like a "Play Date" with the crazy bunny lady, hop on over to my website to find out more. Hop HERE.


I've been stopping to smell the Magnolia blooms on my morning walks. Oh how I love these. Yes, maybe because the flowers are white and the leaves are green and brown. I simply adore the color combination and have been using it in my house.


Speaking of taking some time to stop, I decided to do something fun and creative that didn't involve designing a pattern. I took a class on Eco Dying and Book Making with Leslie Marsh. I'm still adding some details to the cover and have to properly cover the book with it, but this is what it looks like so far. It was so much fun!!


All the pages were folded Origami style and the are little places that will hold treasures.


 It was amazing seeing how leaves and twigs and black walnuts could create such beautiful patterns.


Next, David and I decided to go ahead and paint our house ourselves. Yes.... we are totally nuts. It may take us a month of Sundays, but it will save us $3200, which was the cheapest estimate we got. I truly understand why it costs so much because it is a real pain in the butt and takes FOREVER! If we had the $3200, we would gladly pay it. LOL!

On Facebook, I put out a survey regarding "Shutters or No Shutters." Here is the house with shutters. The color looks different from the photos below because the early morning sun is shining on it.


Here it is without shutters. Now mind you, we had the rotten siding repaired and David pressure washed it, so it isn't looking that great in this photo. But, I kinda feel it looks less "dated and heavy" without shutters. Also, all our shrubs are still babies. Once they have a chance to grow, the one on the left side of the house at the garage, will almost reach the roof line and the smaller ones under the windows will reach the windows. Most people said they liked the shutters better and I think it's because they can't imagine the bushes grown and think it looks too plain, whereas, I can see it complete in my head. What do you like?


Here is how it looks with a fresh coat of paint under the porch only. We still have to do the gable up top and then paint the trim, which looks grey and dirty right now. Then we will make our way around to the garage side.

I love the fresh, clean look . It's called Chenille Spread by Behr. It's a soft creamy color. Not too yellow, not too white. We are going to use Polar Bear by Behr for the trim, which is a soft white.


My "Within and Inch of my Life" project is growing! I have stitched every single day since my 50th birthday on March 27th. It's been really fun sharing this journey with everyone. May 31st marked the sixth year since I took a "hop of faith" and became my own boss. I have learned so much along the way and am rather proud of myself for meeting all my goals. It's time to set some new ones and I'm going to spend the next few months working on that.



Will you be in Lancaster PA this August? I would love to meet you at the Fiber Festival! I'm teaching three classes there. You can sign up now! Hop over Here. 


I'm also thrilled to announce that I will once again be teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival! This year I will be teaching three classes. Signups will start later this month. Hop over HERE for more information. I hope to see you there!

Sabrina spends a lot of time lounging on her window seat in my studio. A full belly, a great view and some toys. What more can a puddy tat ask for? hee,hee,hee.


Hannah had her checkup and although she has some arthritis and some watery eye issues, she is doing really well for being an old bunny. I'm grateful for her and Sabrina's sweetness every single day.


Well, it's time to hop on and get things rolling for this month. Thanks for coming by to visit my little spot in the world.

Sending light, love and hugs to you!
Michelle


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit - Welcome to May

Well hello there!

Did you miss me? Did you even notice I only posted once last month? My dear friend, Di Cannon did. I am fine. I'm just incredibly busy with traveling and teaching. It's simply easier for me to share my life on my Instagram and Facebook page as I can post from my phone when I'm traveling. Plus, there use to be tons of people who read my blog and now only a few loyal friends hop by to say hi. I've noticed the blogs that have all the big followers etc. are people who blog for a living. They don't really share their life, they share "content" that they get paid for by sponsors. I'm just not into that and I don't have the time for it. My blog will always remain a little place about my life.


Going forward, I will still post at least once a month, but that might be it. Unless, I feel like posting more. You never know when something might come along that I just have to share in the form of a blog post. So, be sure to sign up (on the right sidebar) to receive my posts in your email. That way you don't have to remember to hop by. Of course, you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram if you want to see what I have been doing on a daily basis.

So let's see.... last month brought lots of adventures. My "Within and Inch of my Life" continues to grow. I have been having lots of fun with these. It's really fun seeing what I'm inspired to stitch each day. Most people can't believe I'm keeping up. I think that is the fun of this personal challenge. To see what 365 of these look like all together will be amazing.



Next, Beth, my Best Friend of 38 years met me in Asheville, NC in the beginning of April. We wanted to have a little BFF friend getaway as she too is turning 50 this year.


Asheville is amazing! It's full of art, nature and incredible restaurants.This fella was at the visitor center.


Beth and I both love to hike. We hiked all over the North Carolina Arboretum. It was incredibly beautiful even though it was chilly. I love this photo of Beth under a fallen tree.


If I lived in Asheville, I would totally be a season ticket holder for the Arboretum. The gardens were magical. They even have a quilt garden! Every year they pick a quilt block and then plant flowers to form the block. It wasn't ready yet, but the block they picked this year is a tulip block. Cool!


I took lots of nature photos. I thought this was interesting with the ball of moss next to the hole on the stump. I decided it was a doormat for the fairies who live there. ;)


This color combination of green, white and grey captivated me.


This year will mark ten years of me being a vegetarian. No, I don't miss meat at all and no, David is not a vegetarian. I cook different food for us. However, he is no fun to go out to dinner with. He has the taste buds of a toddler! Beth, on the other hand, will try anything. This vegetarian and vegan restaurant was our favorite. The flavor of everything was to die for!!


I saw this sign and Beth and I joked about getting tattoo's for our 50th birthdays. Not! Chickens we are. Her more so than me. ;)


When I left Asheville, I went to Concord, NC to teach a class and give a trunk show. I'm not sure what happened to my photos, but I can't find them anywhere on my phone. Poo! It was a great time though and I had lots of fun with those gals.

Next, I arrived home and went to a local plant nursery with my pals, Babs and Molly. We met this handsome fella there. I love his hairdo! He also had a look on his face that said, "People please. If you don't have any snacks then be off with you!" LOL! I do love Alpacas.


Next up, I traveled to Marietta, GA to teach a class and give a trunk show to the guild there. I was so excited to be able to stay with a long time blog friend, Heather Kosbab. Yes, she made that quilt behind us. Pretty huh? Heather's son Kevin is also a quilt designer and teacher!



Here is some...yes just some of her stash!


Here are her design walls. She loves applique, especially applique from the Aussie designers.


This is the other side of her studio with her long arm machine. Yes, the place is ginormous. Are you jealous yet? LOL!!!


I had a super fun time with my students. This bubbly lady is Angie. She is just so cute and I loved her unique style. Her pincushion and bee matched her outfit right down to the pearls.


I did have one sad thing happen while I was there. A long time customer/blog friend was suppose to come meet me and take my class. She probably owns every single design I ever made. We were both looking forward to meeting each other. Instead.... she lost her battle with cancer and passed away the day of my class. It was just so sad. Sending you hugs in Heaven Karen Mayhem. This was the inchie I stitched that day.


This month, David and I also celebrated one year in our cottage. Here is how the front yard looked when we moved in last year.



Here is how our cottage looks now. Funny how the sunlight makes it look yellow when it isn't.


We do plan on having the exterior painted this year. The cottage is 17 years old and it really needs painting in addition to some repairs.


Here's how the inside is shaping up. We got rid of all the icky grey paint and now it is a soft warm "aged white." I just can't do grey. It makes me depressed.


This is the guest bedroom. My friend, Jade, made the afghan at the bottom of the bed. It is alpaca yarn!


The elf on top of the bookcase belonged to my grandmother. It was made in Germany. I have always loved it and have fond memories of it in her house. I thought he looked perfect there as he is reading a book.


Our cottage is small. It looks big on the outside, but it really isn't. It's about 1800 square feet which includes my 300 square foot studio above the garage. It's cozy and warm and super easy to keep clean. ;)


What I love most about it is the light that floods in from every direction. I can't live in a dark house. I love the light.


Speaking of light, I got these new buffet lamps. They have gorgeous linen shades on them. Squee!


I also got some linen curtains for the living room. I still want to change out that striped chair. Saving my pennies for that.




Here's one view of the back yard.


Here's the other view. I'm so excited that we have bluebirds living in the house back there!


My dear friend, Lydia came to visit me too. It was so much fun spending time with her. As usual, we didn't get a photo. We did laugh that we both have the same hairdo though. Should length, strait bob. This is Alexander. He was at a local garden and home shop near me. I kept saying, "If he is still there when Lyd comes to visit, I will get him." Well, you can see he was. :)  Mr. MacGregor has moved to the back porch.



I also finally got around to organizing my curio cabinet. You know how much I can't handle clutter. I'm really happy with how this looks now.

I'm also really happy with the built in cabinet we had made. It looks so much better than that ugly hole in the wall that was there.


Steve and Val, my friends who purchased my New Bern house, also stopped by for a quick visit. It was great to see them. Val and I are kindred sisters for sure.



Sabrina says hello. Silly puddy tat just loves bath towels! "They're mine...all mine!"


Tomorrow, May 2, marks Hannah's seventh year with me. I can't believe it has been that long. She is also somewhere between nine and eleven years old. I'm not really sure as the rescue I adopted her from didn't know for sure. While she has some arthritis, she is doing really well. She is just as sweet and loving as she has always been. She is the oldest bunny I have ever had and she has been with me the longest out of all my bunnies. I'm soooooooooo incredibly lucky to have her sweet self in my life. Happy seventh "Gotcha Day" Hannah bunny!


Tomorrow I head back to Georgia to teach again. So until next time, I'll see you somewhere down the rabbit hole.


Hugs and friends,
Michelle