Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I'm Late, I'm Late!

Well, the first of the month came and went. I started writing my blog post and wanted to finish it yesterday, but that didn't happen. So here we are today. Life just gets in the way and I find being a board member of my local quilt guild has turned into somewhat of a "job." Good gracious....it's like herding cats! LOL!!! Luckily, I love those gals to bits and they are fun to hang out with.

So let's see, what has been going on since we last visited? Well, first, I finished vending my very last quilt show! Woooooooooo hoooooooooo!


Again I had stuff stolen and some obnoxious idea steelers,


but, on the bright side, I met some wonderful people and bunny ears crossed, I will be teaching for their groups next year.

David came with me to vend the show and hang out in Hilton Head. Here's the view from our room. Pretty huh? It was really cold though, so we enjoyed the view from here and only walked on the beach once. Our favorite thing to do together is "house gawk." We can spend hours driving through neighborhoods looking at architecture and yards. Well.... we didn't get to do that either. Every darn neighborhood is gated!! LOL!!! We can understand why as it is such a tourist spot and they don't want all us "nosy" folks gawking at their houses. ;) Needless to say, it really wasn't a fun trip for us and we came home early.


Next, on March 27, I turned 50! I had a nice day reflecting on my life and thinking about the future. My dear friend, Patty, took me out for a latte and a cookie. It was a simple and sweet day. David asked if I wanted to go out for dinner, but we just got home from Hilton Head and I wanted to be home. I actually get tired of eating out. It's always way too much food.


David and I have been together almost 29 years and stopped giving each other gifts a long time ago. We usually just buy what we want and say to each other, "Look what you bought me for my birthday, Christmas, etc." LOL! Yes, aren't we exciting!?! So, this is the handmade soap dispenser he "bought" me for our master bathroom.


And, this is the new office chair he "bought" me. Aren't they both pretty? I love them! Perfect pressies. hee,hee,hee.

Next, I decided to do something special and personal just for me this year. As a designer, I rarely get to do something just for myself as I'm always designing and teaching for others. It's fun and I love what I do, but sometimes I need to create and not write instructions. I decided I would create a body of work called "Within an Inch of my Life."


Each day for the next year, I will stitch something that reflects what is going on in my life. I chose a 1" wool hexagon and various shades of green Valdani perle cotton. Green is my favorite color, it represents life and growth. I wanted to keep the entire piece calm, clean and serene like my true decorating style. I'm sharing each day on my Facebook "The Raspberry Rabbits" page and also on my Instagram page. Hop over and follow along if you like. I'll show the progress here on the 1st and 15th of the month. This is what the first week looks like.


Hopping onto Easter. I purchased this super cutie bunny pan from Williams and Sonoma with the idea that I would make adorable cakes not just for Easter but all year for me and my friends.


Can we say "Epic Fail!" So much for cute little bunnies. They look like lumps of poop! LOL!!! Oh well, we put vanilla ice cream on top and they were darn tasty. I will try a different cake batter and different pan spray. This photo makes me laugh!!


Hannah had a really happy Easter. She and I are both grateful that even though she was an unwanted Easter bunny, she was lucky to end up in a rescue where I found her. Next month will be 7 years.


Every night before bed, I sit on the floor, drink a cup of chamomile tea and pet her. It's a perfect way to reflect on the day and be grateful for everything in my life. It's also something Hannah and I both look forward to. Here's a little note from the inside of the tea box. Cool huh?


Spring is still trying to make a showing. It's been warm the past few days, but may get cold again. I loved this color combination from my walk.


I will end here with Sabrina being her lazy puddy tat self. Her favorite nap spot is on our bed with the gorgeous view of the trees, birds and squirrels in the backyard. Heaven.


Light, love and hugs,
Michelle


Thursday, March 15, 2018

In All Honesty

Hi my friends!

As promised, I'm back here on the 15th to "Hop" in and say hi!

So last month, a long time dream of mine came true! I have been attending the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival for 27 years. I have always wanted to be an instructor at this show and I finally did it! Here is my Wonderland Woods quilt.



What an honor it was and what a fun time my students and I had in class! It was so thrilling to be on stage as an instructor at the "Show and Tell." I remember dreaming of a moment like that back in the 90's. Gosh how time has flown by.


One of the stipulations, as a teacher at this show, is that you also have to be a vendor. Here is my booth. I'm incredibly grateful to my dear friends, Babs Fullerton and Molly Bigelow for helping me set it up and for taking care of it while I was teaching class.


One of my customers from last year, Kim Dillon-Cailles, stopped by to show me how she used decorator fabrics to make my "Peter's Pumpkin" design. She had velvet and embroidered pieces in it! Don't you just love how it turned out? I was so happy she stopped by to show me!


I had lots of bundles of linen in my booth.


I also brought lots of Valdani size 12 perle cotton for use in my class and to sell in my booth.


I'm super happy I accomplished yet another goal by being a teacher here, but I also came to a realization about something. You see, in all honesty... I don't enjoy vending at all. It is sooooooooooo much work to pack all that stuff up, drive it five hours, set it all up, sit in a booth for nine hours a day, pack it all back up, drive it five hours back home and unpack it all over again!! 

Not only that, but people steal. Yes, little old-lady quilters STEAL and not because they are poor! I had bunny scissors stolen and a kit stolen this year. Last year I had loads of embroidery needles stolen. Of course, there are also the "IDEA STEALERS." These are the ladies who don't purchase anything from anyone. They simply walk around the show and go booth to booth taking photos of everything so they can go home and copy it. They obviously have absolutely NO creativity or talent of their own. I think they are rather stupid though as this is the digital age and everything is on Pinterest. Since they are obviously not going to spend any money at the show, they could save themselves the $15 entrance fee and just steal the ideas from the internet. Thus, sparing all of us who paid $1200 for their booth, hotel fees for 4 nights, meals for 5 days and two tanks of gas, the agony of self restraint as we refrain from cussing them out. 

Yes... I can turn from a sweet little bunny into a Jackalope over this matter. Can you tell? hee,hee,hee. 


It is because of this that I will not apply to teach at this show again. In fact, I have one more small show for a guild to vend at the end of the month and then my days of vending are over. In all honesty, it's just too much work for sooooooo very little money and I hate it. 

I would much rather spend my time inspiring my students. Teaching and having a fun "Play Date" with them makes me super HAPPY!

These little "Bunny Bundles" of rick rack are for my classes. My students get to play with these, wool felt, Valdani and lots of other fun embellishments.


My students are special to me and I like to make them little goodies. Here are some needle keepers I make for them with my bunny logo.


My "Beekeeper" pincushion class is still everyone's favorite. They enjoy creating their own flowers in their own personal style.


I offer five flower choices in my classes. These flowers are exclusive to MY students. Here are a few samples I made from pieces I demoed on in classes. Hop on over to my website HERE if you belong to a group that would like a Play Date with the crazy bunny lady. I'm booking dates for 2019.




When I got home from Mid Atlantic, Spring had arrived in my neighborhood.


I absolutely LOVE the pink and grey combination. Mother nature is truly amazing.



Such simple gifts we are given to enjoy. I try every day to notice the simple beauty in the world. It helps me to stay focused on happier things.



Magical isn't it?

I was also blown away by this magical view from my living room window. My pear tree was in full bloom. I love the white blossoms through the window and how it looked framed out by my linen curtains. This interior decorator did a "Happy Bunny Dance." ;)


Sunday, I had a visit from my dear friend Sallieann from England. She and her husband, Mike, are in the states for a few weeks. How incredibly lucky am I to have friends who will cross an ocean to visit with me. :)  Of course, now I must do the same. I'm saving my pennies to take a trip there one day.


Sallie brought me this GORGEOUS bunny scarf from a gift shop at Price Charles' home! How cool is that! I love the bag it came in as well!


I also received another early birthday gift from my dear friend, Jade, which came at a perfect time since Winter returned! Gosh is it cold!!! Jade crocheted this GORGEOUS afghan for me from the softest alpaca yarn. It has a fringe technique around the edge called "Rabbit Ears!" It's sooooooooooo snuggly and perfect for my TV watching chair.


Speaking of snuggly..... Sabrina loves the new bench I put under the window in my studio. She lays here like the lazy cat she is. Although I have purchased cat beds for her, she only likes laying on beach towels! LOL! She also likes to put her head on the windowsill and stare out at the world. She cracks me up how her legs are hanging over the edge. Silly putty tat!


Well my friends, that is all for now. I'll be back here on the first of the month for Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit.

Until then, Hannah sends you bunny kisses.

Light, Love and Hugs,
Michelle

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rabbit..Rabbit..Rabbit

Hoppy March 1st!

Wondering about the title of this post? This is what it means.

""Rabbit rabbit rabbit" is one variant of a superstition found in Britain and North America that states that a person should say or repeat the word "rabbit" or "rabbits", or "white rabbits", or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck ..."

I decided I'm going to start doing this each month, as frankly, I can use all the luck I can get nowadays! LOL!!!

Hannah bunny says hello! 

A few posts back I mentioned that I was going to be changing a few things as I move forward. One of those changes is that I'm not going to blog every week now. Maybe I'm just burned out after ten years of blogging, or maybe it's just that I have so much going on, but it's not anything worth writing about. It was different when blogging was a hobby, but like everything else, things change. However, I'm not ready to give up blogging because this is my little space in this crazy world and as my friend, Diane Cannon, stated "We can't change the world--though we would very much like to--we can only change and love our own little space in this world." 

I've decided I'm going to write my posts on the 1st and 15th of every month. I want to be able to write little stories again and share what is going on in my little world. Plus, this way you will have something to look forward to. If you like, you can sign up on the right to get my posts directly in your inbox. 

So, have a wonderful 1st of March and I'll see ya back here on the 16th. Oh...and if you want to make a super cute rabbit, for your own bit of luck, you can purchase the PDF pattern from my SHOP for "Sir Walter Harrington." 



Hugs and friends,
Michelle


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Remembering

Hi there,

Sorry for not being here yesterday. In all honesty, I'm lucky to be here now. I'm just so worn out with all the sadness, killing, politics and drama in the world right now. It's all just waaaaaaay to much. It's exhausting.

I was going to write a post about the changing times, industry changes, people changes, my business, etc. I sat down to write and nothing would come. Instead, I got lost in the days of yesteryear, when I would spend my evenings reading blog after blog after blog. The days that were filled with creativity and fun. Times with my bunnies and friends and family. Times that just didn't seem to be so awful and depressing. Times when I use to laugh a lot. It's hard to believe that was ten years ago.

So instead of getting into all the changes that are here and those to come, I've decided to take a hop down memory lane and, in honor of the Olympics, share one of my most favorite posts from days gone by...

Please enjoy the re-post of "The Bunnyville Olympics," which originally posted in 2012 and then again in 2014.

 Hoppy Friday! Bunnyville Olympics
I sure have enjoyed watching the Olympics. Have you? What is your favorite event? I must say I'm partial to the ice dancing. It's so beautiful.

In celebration of the Olympics, I decided to repost "The Bunnyville Olympics" which originally appeared with the Summer Olympics in 2012. It still makes me laugh and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well.

There is one new event added to the end of the post. Enjoy!

This week, Harrington and Hannah wanted to wish you a Hoppy Friday with some scenes from the "Bunnyville" Olympics. (for those of you who are new friends to our blog, Bunnyville is the name of my studio where I design and Harrington and Hannah live)

First up, we have the "100 Pellet Eating Relay."

Next, Hannah competes in the "Ladies Litter Box Hay Throw."


She grabs...

She extends...

and she throws! Woo hoo! Another excellent hay throw out of the litter box!

Moving on to our next event. Harrington competes in the "Mens Long Yawn."

               He yawns...

            and holds it..
    and holds it...

Checking the score board...Yes! He is still the reigning champion of the Mens Long Yawn!

Our next event is the "Synchronized Leg Lick." The key in this event is to lick the legs in unison while keeping your eyes on the judges.

Harrington shows great form while keeping both eyes on the judges,

while Hannah get's extra points for lifting the leg.

Moving on to the "Flat out Belly Flop."

They competed in pairs

and individually.

Harrington won this event hands belly down. ;)


Our final event was the litter box snow dig. Unfortunately, both Harrington and Hannah were disqualified from this event as they refused to dig the snow. Eating it doesn't count. I was informed later that, like their Mama, they hate being cold.

We hope you enjoyed the scenes from the "Bunnyville" Olympics. They received Gold Medals in the Cuteness competition, but then again, they win those every day around here.



Hoppy Friday!!!
xx,
Michelle, Harrington and Hannah