Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mary Engelbreit's Art - It's Never to Late

So you remember me saying that this year was going to be all about art and homemade things? That I was going to purchase art and things I loved? Well in December, I got an email with a special offer for prints in the Mary Engelbreit store. I have always adored Mary Engelbreit, not only for her delightful art, but for her sense of humor as well. She's the one that said she suffered from OCDD, "obsessive compulsive decorating disorder!" I will never forget that and still laugh like crazy when I think about how I suffer from it too!

The web special said that for a limited time, if you purchased a print, which is poster size by the way, Mary Engelbreit would personally sign it!!!! Oh...my...gosh!! Hello! I hopped right over to see if my favorite print was still available. I knew if it was still there it was meant to be and I would buy it for sure. Guess what?

It was! Happy bunny dance! This is my most favorite one. I actually carried a 5"x7" of this in my day planner for years. Mary use to put these small pieces in her magazine, Home Companion, as gifts for the reader. After losing my job last year, I sat for many hours thinking and looking at stuff just like this little gal. When I got the print in the mail, I almost fell over with excitement to see that I got number 500 of 500!! You can see Mary's signature below the books! I took it to a professional framer to have it matted and framed properly. It now hangs in Bunnyville with other treasured art pieces and every day I am reminded that it really is never to late to be what you might have been.

I truly miss Home Companion magazine. There was no other magazine as special and unique. I would sit and read it cover to cover. I saved the last three issues. I wish I still had all my copies.

Have a fun day and do something special for yourself. You're worth it!
xx, shell, sugie and harrington

26 comments:

Megan Chamberlain said...

I love the print, it is also one of my favourites. Home Companion magazine really was unique and one of the best, I have about 9 old issues and will never get rid of them.
Hugs to you and the beautiful bunnies.

The French Bear said...

Love this one too Shell....I still have most of my issues...sigh....I miss it too!!!!
Hugs,
Mags
xx

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a treasure you have Shell - it will make you smile every time you see it. blessings, marlene

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Love her style too ... one of my favorites is "life is just a chair of bowlies"
(())

Diane Duda said...

I have stacks of old HOme Companions in the attic. Well there are always 2-3 near the bathtub at any given moment (for inspiration while I soak).
I can't believe you got 500 of 500! That's awesome.

xo
di

Barb said...

What a wonderful print....don't blame you for hopping right on it...

Periwinkle Pumpkin said...

I still have 5 or so copies. Do you want them? Let me know and I will send them to you. I was considering recycling them.

Hef's Mom said...

SHELL! I am a fan of Ms. Mary's! She designed my adorable cherry plates and mugs.

Kris said...

Oh, Shell!! How fun!!! I too love Mary e!! And this is a wonderful print and SIGNED!! But, one observation - its pretty colorful for your house, isn't it!!?? LOL!! Would love a picture of where you hung it!! Love, Kris

Jo in TAS said...

Oh Shell, that print was destined for you! It's gorgeous!

Diane H said...

Love your framed print, Shell. A perfect message.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Shell,

How lovely the framed signed print is and so glad that you got something you really wanted. What a thrill it must be to see it hanging in your home.
I have a little something for you, saw a bunny tea cloth so had to get it and will get it in the mail for you.
Happy Thursday
Hugs
Carolyn

Karen said...

Love your print! I haven't seen that one, but what a great quote - and so very true. I so often like I'm finally starting to be ME - at the age of 53. I look forward to an interesting journey, filled with twisting pathways, little cubbies, and lots of love.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Shell,
You came to my blog tonight and left a comment. Thank you for your visit.
I hope you will come back so we can get to know one another.
I love bunny's too. I don't have a pet rabbit but I do feed a wild one.
x Fern

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Shell:
I've always loved Mary, too. I have a cross stitch version of "Everyone Needs Their Own Spot". It's a little boy hugging a spotted dog. It's so sweet, as are all of her designs. I'm so happy that you got the poster you wanted. It was meant to be yours!
Love and Hugs from your FL pal.
xoxo
Donna, Kes and Fezzie

Allie said...

Oh hon how awesome is that!!! I loved her magazine too, it was the only one I subscribed to. I still have all my copies, every single issue. Have you seen the stitchery book she has out? AMAZING. Congrats on getting an autographed piece of her art!

Jessica said...

That is a beautiful print! I bought one of her panels at my local PWS last week - lovely stuff!

Bernie said...

I love the print and saying. It's just perfect. I used to get "Home Companion" as well, and didn't save any issues at all. Have a great day today, Michelle.

DebbieM said...

I love the print and saying. It's just perfect. I used to get "Home Companion" as well, and didn't save any issues at all. Have a great day today, Michelle. I went and sent this message above from my hubby's Google Acct, instead of mine. I hope this is no indication of how my day is going to be!!

Jillayne said...

Well wasn't that a lucky bit of luck!?! It's a wonderful quote and a charming illustration and meant to be! Way to go shel!!

LadyV said...

Hi, just found your blog and love it! I was a big Home Companion fan too. I had stored away quite a few but unfortunately they were water damaged when we had a mini flood in our basement...I say mini because it only reached the boxes with my mags :-(

Maggey and Jim said...

I loved those Home Companion and was sick when they quit publishing' I still have mine..your poster is great.. so happy you got it..
Maggey

Charlene said...
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Charlene said...

Shell, I'm sooooooooo glad you got your #500 of 500 print signed by Mary. I DO MISS HER MAGAZINE! I think I have all of them. I just can't stand to part with them. It's an addiction!!!! Hubby swears one corner of the house may crack off the foundation due to weight of books & magazines! :) HUGS!
Charlene

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

I love love love Mary.E, she was one of my very first inspirational illustrators.

And this is one of my favourite all time quotes, I actually wrote it on someones cast once, ha ha.

I miss that magazine too...and the little paper dolls that were hidden within the pages, ahhhh.

So glad you got the print you wanted, good for you, yayyyy:D

Sherry said...

I miss that magazine too but I did save most of them and look through them from time to time. I am so glad that you are creating so many great patterns for folks like me to stitch.