Sunday, March 29, 2009

Psamathe-The Sand Goddess

Blog world is so incredible!! Remember my posts from last month about the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival? Scroll back if you missed it. Remember the part about this incredible piece that I loved and stared at, studied and got lost in, but my picture came out really crappy??? Well.... the artist of this piece found my little ol' bunny blog and emailed me asking if I would like a "better" picture. Ummmm lets see.......... YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Oh how cool is that!!!!

Then... to make it even better, she sends me a link to her site showing how this quilt was made!!! I'm was so excited and couldn't believe that she found me!!!

So... may I introduce this, my favorite piece from the entire Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, made by the very talented Jennifer Wolf, "Psamathe-The Sand Goddess." Thank you so much Jennifer for visiting with me and the bunnies. You are truly an inspiration and I'm so incredibly honored to share your work here. Please be sure and visit Jennifer here!

Have a great week everyone. Please hop back and visit on Wednesday.
bunny hugs,
shell

This week IGF blog land and it's ability to bring people together for the enjoyment of all.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What's Up Wed March 25th

This week's theme for Pink Friday at Make Mine Pink is Easter Memories!
Of course I love this theme! Here are a few things that I'm offering. If your interested, please hop over to my website.
Don't forget to visit all my pink sister's on Friday! I know there will be some fabulous finds to create your own Easter Memories!





Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday, March 27, 2009 as we present Easter Memories.
On Easter mornings, when we were children, we would awaken to discover Spring had magically arrived overnight… and delivered some delightful surprises. The world was new again and filled with treasures just waiting for us to discover them. Tall chocolate bunnies hidden in springtime flower beds. Eggs delicately painted like rainbows, waiting in the grass. Plush rabbits in ruffled dresses and straw hats, sitting in white baskets, eager to become our very special friends. We'd hunt together with our friends and family, oohing and aahing over each person's discovery… but secretly knowing that the treasures we found were made just for us.
Now that we're older, the newness of Spring and the thrill of the annual Easter hunt can be rediscovered every time we seek out a treasure in a vintage shop or exclusive boutique. Perhaps we're not searching for chocolate wrapped in sparkly foil or rainbow colored treats. We might not even be sure what we're seeking, but we recognize these treasures the instant we see them.
A vintage hanky embroidered so delicately you can't help but wonder about the woman behind its design. A crystal bracelet reflecting a color that's "just so" when the sunlight shines on it in "just that way". The ideal display for a certain corner that's been looking slightly forlorn - not missing just anything, but the perfect thing.
The moment we discover them, our hearts feel a little thrill and, just for that moment, the world is new again and we feel reborn. As if someone hid this treasure in a secret corner just for us to find, and our hearts recognize them before we even know what we've discovered.
At Make Mine Pink, you may not find the foil wrapped bunnies or the colorful eggs, but you will always discover a thrilling hunt for the perfect treasure that stirs up feelings of Spring.

Joyce Lucas, Founder of Make Mine Pink

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bunnyville, a Clean and Serene place to be


Chloe giving Razzy a kiss and telling him it's good to be home.

Well it only took an entire week with two "party" animals living in the foyer, chaos all over the house, and me wanting new accessories. I mean hey, it's a new space I didn't want to load it back up with stuff. That's always how I felt that space was, a dumping ground for stuff I thought I would make and never did. Most of you know that I'm a complete neat freak and I hate clutter. I love carefully chosen pieces that I fall in love with and want to treasure. I'm also in loooooooove with French decorating. I love the simplicity, calmness and well.. everything. There are some great French blogs on my sidebar if you care to take a hop over.

Seeing as the bunnies have always lived upstairs, I never really knew what "party" animals they were. It seems 4:00 am is the magic hour that they chase each other around, shred paper, eat hay and Razzy tries to hump Chloe while she gives him a look of "back off fat boy." Razzy and Chloe have both been fixed, so there is no worry of babies. It's just a dominance thing.

When I "released the buns" on Friday night to their new abode, they ran and ran and ran. They were so happy and enjoyed investigating the new layout. I keep the cabinet doors open on both ends of my sewing table so they can run through on the bottom shelf or take a nap. They think this is totally cool and I get a kick out of watching them.

So onto the photos.

Upon climbing the stairs to Bunnyville, you are greated by
Riesling the Rabbit. Chateau St. Michelle Riesling is my favorite wine
and this bun was named after that. Probably after having a few glasses
one night. hee,hee,hee

I got rid of all the shelving and got cabinets. I couldn't take the
plastic storage bins any longer! I painted the back wall my favorite green,
Fishnet from the Seaside Cottage collection at Lowes. The rest of the walls are painted
Sailcloth from the same collection. I love these soft, muted colors. I even put the bunny's hay in that pretty white basket in a vintage pillowcase. I know, I know, I'm dorky, but it's pretty!!
Here's one more shot.

View looking back to the stairs. The vinyl looks like a stone tile, which I love. Of course not having to clean grout from bunny fur and fabric schnibbles I love even more!
In front of my sewing table and near the stairs is the bunny
playground. Tunnels, their favorite stick hiding hut, their poo poo bucket (Chloe's going to pee as I take this photo) and their dining area.
This is a view of my cabinet area. I love all the creamy accessories. Easy to clean too!
Yep I'm one happy camper in this space. Now I better get to work to pay for it all!
Finally, this last thing was the perfect finishing touch. I bought one of those cool transfers that you just rub on the wall. This truly says what I feel and what I believe. I have been a member of Make Mine Pink for several years and have always dreamed of being a front page boutique owner. Well....I am!!!!!!!!! I did it!!! I'll be revamping my website and carrying my quilting and stitching patterns and supplies. It will take me a few weeks to get it all there, but it's going to be worth the wait. I'll still have a few ready made things for sale, but mostly it will be patterns, etc.
Please hop over and visit Make Mine Pink and check me out. My store is at the bottom left. I'm so excited!!!!

Stop by and visit me on Wednesday. Have a fun week!
bunny hugs,
shell

This week IGF believing in my dreams, a fabulous place to create and my fuzzy coworkers.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

What's Up Wed, It's Now Thursday, Here's Pink Friday

Boy oh boy this week is flying by! I'm stilllllllllll working on bunnyville! If I wasn't so dorky about organizing everything so that it's "pretty" I would be done by now! Geez. I'll have pictures for you on Sunday and some very exciting news!!

Until then, please join me and all my pink sisters tomorrow, March 20th for Pink Friday at Make Mine Pink

This week's theme is One Of a Kind Treasures!

This beautiful piece was made by my friend Michelle at Rose Petals and Blooms
Isn't it gorgeous!

Please hop over and visit my site and my Pink Friday page. I have a one of a kind treasure with bunnies of course!

See you Sunday!
bunny hugs,
shell

Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday, March 20, 2009 as we present One of a Kind Treasures.
One of a Kind TreasuresRemember the days when we wanted to be like everyone else? We wanted to have the same clothes, same hairstyles, same…. everything. Only the very brave dared to be one of a kind. Sometimes it takes courage to say "I am different. I will be one of a kind." But over time, you discover that what makes a thing, or a person, unique is often the same thing that makes them beautiful. Taking chances, standing out, can make you a trendsetter and everyone else followers. At Make Mine Pink, one thing each boutique owner has in common with the others is that her boutique is one of a kind. Our boutique owners are always on the lookout for unique and special one of a kind and vintage treasures that are rich in history. Each treasure in our shops comes with a story, and no two stories are the same. When you browse through the shops at Make Mine Pink, you'll discover unique handcrafted pieces designed and produced by our artists and boutique owners. They hunt through flea markets, thrift stores, unique design shops. They peek in corners everyone else has forgotten to discover treasures everyone else has overlooked. Every bauble, piece of fabric, abandoned item they find might be a gem waiting to be unearthed. Each piece in the Make Mine Pink boutiques is designed and created to give its owner a product that can be treasured for years to come. In our shops you’ll find some of the latest trends, many handcrafted by our boutique owners, right here in the United States.When you shop at Make Mine Pink, you can feel confident that many of your purchases are one of a kind. A piece of art that is unique in its own right, as original as you.?
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Conspiracy in Bunnyville

Conspiracy, noun
a conspiring, an unlawful plot, a conspiring group.

Who me?????

What ever do you mean? I'm adorable, tiny and oh so cute! I would never do anything naughty
like chew the carpet!


I'm totally offended.

According to David, there is a conspiracy in Bunnyville. You see for a very long time I have wanted to paint bunnyville and get some vinyl flooring. I really hate carpet and with fabric dust and bunny fur it's a real pain to keep clean. Also, I've had a vision for that room and have been dieing to get it done. Not to mention my sewing chair would glide around much more easily on vinyl than carpet. Well, Princess Chloe Pudd'in Pie decided she was ready to redecorate as well and was using the "cute card" as leverage. You see female bunnies or doe's are natural diggers. They dig the hole in the wild and basically set the "house" up for the family. Chloe has been pretty good about the carpet since I got her. The problem areas (corners) I put boxes or tile pieces on and she left them alone. She only has nine million things to play with and dig at (typical kid). Well on Wednesday she just started digging the carpet all over the place! Thank goodness I was home to catch her! Bunnies cannot eat carpet fibers as it will get stuck in their stomach or intestines and could basically kill them! Of course I went into panic mode and said it's time for vinyl. Like now! I can't put the bunnies back in prision!

So, we moved everything down out of bunnyville (my God I have a ton of crap) and put it all in the living room and dining room.
Here's David getting ready to paint. Our friend, Eric, came over and helped get the big items out as well as helped to get the carpet, padding, etc. up. I helped David paint a little until he kicked me out saying, "you suck at painting, leave." No problem! I hate painting and pretty much I do suck at it. hee,hee,hee!So while bunnyville is undergoing a reno, and David says that Chloe and I had a conspiracy to redecorate and spend his money for the new dash on his 69 Camaro on paint and flooring, the bunnies have been temporarily sent to prison in the foyer. They are quite miffed with us. I'm not sure what my punishment will be. Move over bunnies, mama's spending the night!

I'll post pictures when we get it all done.
Have a great week everyone!
bunny hugs,
shell

This week IGF a husband that loves the cute bunnies and their mama.

PS. don't forget that Make Mine Pink Shop Hop starts tomorrow! Click the link on my sidebar and register for fun and prizes!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What's Up Wed, March 11



Here is a little something I've been working on.
It's called "Hugs and Kisses." This is an art piece for sale, but
I have a pattern coming out that will be for a pillow, which will be for a
larger collection of fun things to make. It's hard to tell from my picture, but it's
crazy quilted behind the letters, appliqued and has hand embroidery work.
Still working with the copyright people on the pattern before all this can "officially" happen. But soon, I promise, soon!
You can visit my site if you're interesting in purchasing this piece.

bunny hugs,
shell

Pink Friday!


Image provided by Treasured Heirlooms. Visit Cathy here.

Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday, March 13, 2009 as we present A Touch O' Whimsy.Once in a while, it's fun to take a detour from the normal "a place for everything and everything in its place" ritual and include some whimsical touches in our daily routines. Add a few teasing twists to the poised beauty around us with unexpected delights that give us a little flutter.Tucked away in the corner of a beautifully painted, chic shelf filled with plates covered in hand painted roses, a gossamer-winged fairy, sprinkled with German glass glitter speaks of a side of us that we all let peek out now and again. From a romantic Victorian display made of white vintage wire, a gold garnished teacup and saucer edged with pink and blue buds, spill out another whimsical treat: a tiny bird with a bejewelled beak in a doily nest. The formal tea set with a splash of frivolity reveals a secret sense of silliness we hope to never outgrow. A fairy's magic wand, trussed with a garden pink ribbon and planted in a basket of practicalities, adds an unspoken wish for excitement. Small dashes of dreams make ordinary items extraordinary and diffuse a fine mist of fantasy and fun into everything you do.Paper cupcakes on a tray, teapots tied with bows, a porcelain doll collection in the corner of your room, fairies dancing on pink cupcakes, lacy vintage doilies and gossamer bows. Whatever causes your whimsical self to feel a little flutter – whether be it owls, the newest (or the oldest) collectible, a small hand blown glass kitten – celebrate your whimsical side and surround yourself with things that make you smile. Joyce Lucas, Founder

Get Hoppin!


The joyful march into spring begins, a cacophony of bird calls fill the blue skies, the trees show their fresh green buds, and the tulips start to poke their heads from the earth to face the sunshine. Colors are about to burst forth, and the earth will be new again. With fresh eyes, we are stocking our shelves with pretty greens, bright yellows, vibrant pinks, and beautiful blues. For the Boutiques at Make Mine Pink, spring cleaning is over, and we would love to show off our fresh new colors and exciting spring merchandise. Please join us for our "March Into Spring" Shop Hop from March 16 through March 21, 2009. The shop hop is open to anyone that would like to participate (limit one registration per physical address).
Click the link above or on my sidebar to register!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

More Quilt Festival Pictures

So this week I thought I would share more of the pictures I took at quilt festival. It really was a great time. Before I left, I cleaned out the clutter in Bunnyville to make room for some new things that I'm working on. Of course, my two fuzzy kids are nosey and have to be in the middle of everything. Here is Chloe doing her part to "dig" through the misc. scraps and help me organize.
This is my sewing table. It has doors on each end that open up and the cabinet goes all the way through. I pulled stuff off the bottom shelf to organize.
Of course Razzy thought it was a good place for a nap!
So on with the photos.
Isn't this amazine! It was huge. So much detail and color!
Well deserving of a first place ribbon!
Loved these horses. Big wallhanging!
I'm always one to pop open the bubbly and celebrate something!
Loved the design and rich colors of this wallhanging.
This quilt was huge! I couldn't fit it all in the camera view!
Gorgeous use of color and love the fleur-de-lis!

Sweet and pretty wallhanging. Reminds me of Spring
here in NC.
Just beyond fabulous! Incredible workmanship as shown by the
blue ribbon! Huge quilt.

This is when I wish I could paint. This artist used
paints and applique to create this beautiful piece.
So peaceful looking.
I thought the stone detail of this piece was truly incredible.

Love this piece for the interesting center as well as the intricate border detail.
Sweet little deer.

This quilt just made me happy to look at it.
Incredible color! Again, that painting thing. Man I wish I could paint.
Loooooove this applique!

Looooove this border. So much quilting in this piece!
This quilt was a pattern that was done by one of my favorite designers, Robyn Pandolph.
Very folk arty.
The eyes on this cat just grabbed you and made you stare. This was a huge wall hanging. About the width of a sofa! Incredible.
This was another incredible jacket. So much detail and so much quilting. I love it!

This piece was sooooo cool! It reminds me of some sort of dinnerware. Dutch maybe?
An upclose of the center. Truly a work of art.

Well, that's all for this week. Hope you have fun and enjoy the sun being around longer in the evening. I personally love it!
Check back with me on Wednesday.

bunny hugs,
shell
This week IGF being a quilter and longer days.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pink Friday, An Altered Point of View


Made by my friend Carrie at Noelle Garrett Designs

Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday, March 6, 2009 as we present An Altered Point of View.
Pieces of lace, vintage postcards, time-worn mother-of-pearl buttons. Each piece exquisite in its own right, but coming together to bring art to a new height. Used postage stamps, a well-read letter, shimmery beads, a butterfly’s broken wing. From an altered perspective, they are no longer insignificant souvenirs of times past, but innovative creations that inspire new memories to be made. To soar to such heights of beauty, inspiration requires a sturdy foundation. An altered piece of art might be built upon a beloved book, pulled from a forgotten shelf. Begin as an empty cigar box, scented with fading memories. Another may have once been a forlorn jewelry box, still eager to display an unexpected gem. These are stunning works of art born from abandoned items, repurposed in the most exciting ways. To a careless eye, they may look to be a random assemblage of objects. From an altered perspective, they join together for a united purpose. Perhaps they combine to evoke an emotion – radiant joy, enduring hope, an unspoken sorrow. A collage that celebrates a color, creates a texture, reminds us of a scene. Or perhaps each itemhas been thoughtfully selected in honor of a day, a season, someone you love. Possibly they were first brought together with no intended purpose at all; the only intent in joining them was to discover what they could become. But as the objects blended and merged and found their own space, an altered perspective revealed a meaning that could not have been anticipated. Where there was once nothing, we now find a myriad of meanings significant to many, or a single meaning decipherable by one. An altered work of art that forever changes one’s perspective.
Joyce Lucas, Founder of Make Mine Pink