Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My new office

Hi there! How are you? Sorry I missed you last Wednesday. Basically, I was getting ready for a teaching and speaking gig in Elizabeth City, NC and at the same time, I got a new computer! I must say that I truly have to recommend Geek Squad protection. If you remember from my earlier post, my hard drive crashed and my computer went to the hospital. Well, they had it for 14 days and couldn't get the part needed. Sooooooooooo, I got a call from Geek Squad and they said I could come in and pick out a new, yes NEW computer for the same value as my other one!!! How darn wonderful is that? So I hopped over and got a brand new computer and two years of Geek Squad protection for only $49, which was tax etc. My old computer was four years old, so this was a true blessing not to have to spend $1200 on a new one. Yay!!!

I had a great time teaching and giving a chat in Elizabeth City. I will share more on that with you next week. This week, I would like to share my new office as it is finally completed.

My office is located at the front of the house. When you come in the front door, you see the French doors to the right. You can also see Hannah in her lounge area. She is now my new Office Manager. I love having her in here with me and visitors like to stop in and say hello to her.


I changed out the builder "Boob Light" for this gorgeous light. I also have a major obsession with clocks and time, so I hung my big clock in here. One of my most favorite things about this house is all the light that comes in. I love bright houses drenched in sunlight. It makes me feel alive and happy. Those two cute windows on either side of the clock let the light pour in.



My entire desk system is new. I got it from Pottery Barn and I loooooooove it! You know I'm an organizational, crazy woman and this desk set keeps everything in its place.


The vase was hand blown by my dear friend and fellow bunny mom, Patricia Rubinelli. Patricia is also an amazing photographer. The bunny on the right is named Egypt as David says he looks like a Sphinx from the pyramids. hee,hee,hee. 


I put plantation shutters in this room too. I have a great view of the houses across the street. We just got new neighbors and I am looking forward to meeting them.


This gorgeous piece is very precious to me. Valerie Russell, the lady who bought my house in New Bern, gifted this to me. This is her original painting of "Sir Henry in the Garden." I had it re-framed to match my new house. The frame looks black here, but it is actually an espresso color like a coffee bean. The mat is a linen and I had them use gallery glass to protect the art. Valerie and I have a very special connection with my house and with bunnies. This is a piece of art I will treasure forever. Thanks so much Val!


Finally, Hannah bunny is enjoying being the center of attention in the office. That is actually wood looking vinyl floor under her. She had it when we were in the shed as she loves to eat the carpet (not good for bunnies at all!). I put it on top of the wood floor here as it is more comfortable on her old bones and I wanted her to have something familiar. She has done so very well through losing Harrington and two moves. She is such a precious girl and I'm blessed every day to have her in my life.


"What do you mean I have to file the paperwork. I was getting ready to take my break. Geesh...


Light love and hugs to you! See you next week.
Michelle and Hannah bunny too.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Computers and the Quilt Show

Well hi ya! How are you? Did you wonder where I hopped off to last week? Well, my computer decided to totally crash. My hard drive bit the bullet and my computer went to the doctor. It's still there undergoing some surgery. Boo hoo! I have a laptop, which I'm using right now, but it didn't have all my files and photos on it and I didn't have time to transfer everything because I was running around like a crazy bunny getting ready for our local quilt show. Why is it that everything goes crazy all at once? Why is it that technology changes and changes and you have to learn everything all over again. Can't they keep some things the same for those of us who don't feel like learning new computer programs when they have work to do? hee,hee,hee. I digress.

The Quilters By The Sea put on a wonderful show. It was held at the Brooklyn Arts Center at the old St. Andrews Church. It wasn't a typical quilt show. It was done in a "gallery/art" style. There were mixed emotions from a lot of the visitors as the quilts were all hung high up in the ceiling. I thought it showcased the work as "art" and us as "artists," which I feel we all are, but at the same time, I really do enjoy reading the story behind the piece, seeing who made it and most of all, seeing the details up close. It will be interesting to see what happens next year.

Here are some photos of the quilts.  What do you think of them being hung up like this? Some appear closer because I zoomed in with the camera.




My "Peter and Peter Pumpkin Eaters" was juried into the show.


These were the guild's challenge quilts. The theme was "A Circle of Friends."


Here are some more of the quilts.















I was a vendor at this show and had a total blast. My sweet peeps from my old guild came to visit me. What a wonderful surprise. Of course, I forgot to get a picture of us!!! Dag nab it! I also got a visit from students/friends from a class I taught in August. It was so great to see everybunny! I love you and miss you!!!


I think my little booth looked cute and I was thrilled that so many people enjoyed my work. I'm keeping bunny ears crossed that some future "Playdate/classes" come to fruition. I love teaching and sharing Folk Art Fusion with friends.


My dear friend, Jean, was a tremendous help. First, she made us these adorable aprons with this black and white bunny fabric which I have been coveting. Aren't they cute? This apron will come in handy when I teach and it's so comfortable. Jean is so good to me and is going to help me at more shows. YAY!!!


One of my favorite vendors is Julie of Auntie Ju's Quilt Shoppe. Julie is such a sweet person and I have looooooooooooved her booth and all her goodies forever! Like...FOREVER!


Isn't her booth gorgeous? Before you ask, the framed pieces are from Jane Mott of Crane Designs. Fabulous!!! Julie hand dyes some gorgeous wool and I'm excited to share that I will be partnering with her on some future projects. I will be using her gorgeous 100% wool for some new classes and designs coming this Fall. Happy Bunny Dance!!!!


Oh, I also have to share these shoes!! My talented friend, Arlene, made these. She makes the coolest things!!!




Can you tell who this one is for? The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.


I looooooooooove these shoes!


I am going to visit Arlene (on the right, her friend Mary on the left) in the near future for a tour of her home and her creations. Of course, I will take you along for the adventure! I know we are in for a real treat.


Finally, I want to share what I got for my birthday/Easter!! A new Bunny Mobile!!! Yes, I feel totally spoiled with a new house and a new car, but the car wasn't planned. David's work truck was on it's last leg and Honda had a really good deal on the CRV, which I adore. So now David is driving my old Bunny Mobile, which he calls Bunny One. We are waiting for the new license plate to get here so we can trade. He said he feels like a dork driving around with a "Bunnyvil" license plate. hee,hee,hee. What I find even funnier is all the guys he works with said, "Hey, how come you're driving the Bunny Mobile?" Cracks me up that grown men call it that!!!


Well my friend, that's what has been going on these past few weeks. Captain is coming to visit me this weekend and I'm so excited!! She gets to be the first person in the Captain's Quarters, which is only fitting don't you think?

Light, love and hugs to you. See you next week!
Michelle

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Folk Art Fusion - Bee Happy

Helloooooooooo there! How's your week so far? Mine has been very creative. I'm having fun finishing up a new Folk Art Fusion Design.

Here's a little sneaky peeky. It's called "Bee Happy."
 

I decided to make another bee design, but I changed the style of the bee in this piece. This will also be one of the classes I offer.


I'm using some lighter colors in my new designs. I guess you can say I feel the need to "lighten up and bee happy." hee,hee,hee  Plus, I really looooooove these Valdani Pearl Cotton colors and have wanted to play with them for some time now.


Last week I forgot to show you the magic door in my studio! This little door is the entrance to my world of creativity. It's my favorite place to be and there is so much inspiration there. Oh...and lots of animals too!


My dear friend Jean gave me this little magic door. It came from a wonderful artist in England, Sue McLearie.
I just love it and I think it is in the perfect spot on my sewing table. What do you think?


Well my friend, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter! My birthday is actually on Easter this year. Go figure...the bunny lady has a birthday on a bunny day. I think I will spend some time petting Hannah, my precious and sweet Easter bunny.



Light, love and hugs to you!
Michelle and Hannah Bunny too!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The new studio - HomeMayd

Well hellooooo! I hope you are doing well. So last week I told you I had an interesting week. Basically, I had to make a hard decision, but I feel like I made the right one. I resigned from working for the builder who built my cottage. It's a really long story and way too much negativity, which I don't care to drudge up again. I will say that this week I feel like a million tons of weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It was a rough haul building this house and living in the "shed." My creativity/mojo took a major leave of absence. However, I finally got my new studio put together and today was the first day in a very long time that I felt the magic of creativity flowing again.

So, let's take a little tour shall we?

This is my sewing table which was custom built for me by my cabinet maker back in New Bern. I love this thing. It's a perfect cutting table, sewing table and storage cabinet. I still remember my cabinet maker saying to me, "Shuuug...don't tell anyone I made this. I don't want to make another one. This was too much work!" I still laugh when I think about it and feel honored that he cared about me enough to create a custom piece.

As I have mentioned, I am taking this house from "Builder Grade" to "HomeMayd." I'm also keeping things uncluttered with my calm, clean and serene style.  I changed out the standard light fixture to this beautiful piece. It gives off tons of light and I love the fact that fabric and wool dust can't get caught in anything. Oh, I also put vinyl flooring in this space so my chair could roll easily and I would be able to find pins and needles on the floor instead of in my foot. ;)


This was the standard light. Ahhh yes, the "Boob" light. Dreadful things.


Speaking of lights, this bunny lamp has been with me for 15 years now. Her name is Claire. She shines the light of "clarity" in my studio. hee,hee,hee. She was in the guest bedroom of our former house. I think she is the cutest. 


This old dresser is a new addition. I bought off a fella on Craigslist. I'm going to paint it white eventually. I holds my yarn stash, paper stash and lot of tools I use all the time. Of course, I had to hang this big clock in here. I do love clocks and time.


Buddha bunny is perfect for this room. He was given to me by my dear friend, Judy C in NC. I adore him. He brings peace and happiness to my studio. 


Of course you remember Esmeralda, my muse, who was painted for me by my bestie in England, Jules. She hangs at the doorway to welcome me and to wish me well when I leave the studio.


This is the view as you come down the hallway.

I purchased this comfy chair so I could sit, listen to music and stitch away. It's also the perfect spot for my friends (Jean!) to sit and have a coffee break with me.

Above it hangs this treasured piece. It is a print from Mary Engelbreit. It's signed and is number 500 of 500. This piece means so much to me and reminds me why I started my small business after I lost my job in 2010. When I hung it up in here, I was reminded to follow my heart and it helped me make the decision to leave the builder. I love being an artist more than anything else I have ever done. It makes me the happiest and brings me so much joy to be able to share my creativity with others.

Looking back across the room from the chair, the closet space has lots of storage.

I purchased this little caddy at a local store. Create, Design, Inspire. Yep, that's exactly what I want to do with my life and it's where my heart truly is.

Now that I'm finally settled into a room filled with light and I have a gorgeous view across the pond, I know there is no stopping my creativity. I feel so very blessed.

Light, love and hugs to you,
Michelle