Monday, July 8, 2013

A River Flows in Me and Wednesday

Hi ya,

What a weekend it was. I finally finished with some deadlines and am looking forward to some new, fun things to share with you in the next couple of weeks.

In fact, one thing will be this Wednesday. I've decided to sell some of my original art. I have many blog friends and friends in general, who are not quilters (yes I try to convert them, but it's not going to happen).  They always ask me if I will ever sell my original pieces. So, I've decided every Wednesday for the next couple of weeks will be "One of A Kind Wednesday!" Each piece is handmade by me and one of a kind.


Here's a sneaky peeky of this Wednesdays One of a Kind. In order to accommodate and be fair to the time zones of friends around the world, I will be posting this piece at 9:00 p.m. EST. The first person to email me with a purchase request/payment for the piece will get it. Each week will bring a new piece.

On another note, it was a very emotional weekend. I lost a very dear friend, Margaret Schnell. Margaret was my mentor, my confidant, and my friend. She gave me my first chance at a career when I was a scared, poor, and lost, 20 year old fresh out of secretarial school at the community college. Margaret taught me more than anyone ever had about work, finances (I made $5 an hour), and life. She treated me like a daughter and believed in me. One of her favorite sayings was, "Michelle, you don't need a lot of clothes. They are just body covers. Save your money." To this day I don't have a lot of clothes. She helped me find courage to stand up for myself and be a strong woman. She brought David and I together knowing we were perfect for each other. Before our wedding she said to me, "Michelle, don't be upset but I'm going to sit on David's side at the wedding. The groom has less people and I get a better view."

I knew her health was failing as this was the first year in 25 years she didn't send me a birthday card. Margaret became an angel on July 3 at age 83. A river flows in me with all the knowledge, kindness and love she gave me. I love you my dear friend. I will always carry your light with me. Thank you for believing in me and loving me.

This Lindsey Stirling  "A River Flows in You" is for Margaret.   



See you back here Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

Light, love, and hugs to you,
Michelle and the Bunnies

29 comments:

Christine M said...

I'm sorry to hear the news of your friend Shell. Margaret sounds like a very special person. I had a little chuckle when I read about sitting on David's side at your wedding! Sending you hugs, Love Christine xx

Sandra Kaye said...

Oh Michelle...im very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I am most certain even now she is still watching over you ...and she will continue to guide you. Much love my sweet friend. Hugs-S

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Many warm hugs sweetie.

Mr. Mick and Jade said...

Oh dear, so very sorry for your loss. Margaret sounds like a wise woman indeed. We will be thinking many good thoughts for her and for you. *hugs* from me, and Mr. Mick sends his beloved Auntie Shell many nose bonks and bunny kisses.

ukcitycrafter said...

What a beautiful tribute to a special friend. Take care x

ukcitycrater@live.co.uk

Fiona said...

very sorry to hear about your friend... it is always so hard to say goodbye to someone special...
Hugz

Briar Rose said...

Such a moving tribute for your dear friend Michelle,Glorious music, may you always have your precious memories.
Hugs R.

Jo in TAS said...

Oh Shell I'm so sorry for your loss. How lucky were you to have had her in your life and guide you wisely, she sounds like you're angel. Hugs jo xxx

shez said...

oh Shell my heart breaks for you in your time of sorrow,but look at the wonderful teachings she has left behind,she will never be forgotten,you will carry wonderful memories of her in your heart forever,sending you big hugs Shell.xx

Lesley said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. What a special friend and mentor you had, and such a strong relationship you shared. Take care...

KaHolly said...

Bless your heart. I have tears welled up in my eyes for you. I am going to learn from you. I had a very frustrating cross country journey with my 83 yr. old friend this past spring and we've not communicated with each other since, but I'm going to claim today as a new day and give her a call. The whole purpose of the journey was to spend time together because she IS 83. Thank you for sharing such a lovely and eloquent tribute to your friend. ~karen

Karen said...

I am so sorry about the passing over of your friend. I know you will miss her. It is my belief that she is able to be around you all the time now. Blessings.

Loris said...

What a wonderful woman to have in you life! I'm so sorry you've had to say goodbye to her. I pray that comfort will come each day as you cherish memories of her and the rich wisdom she shared with you.
Hugs and prayers!

Lana said...

Hugs and More Hugs to you sweet lady. I am so sorry to hear of your friend...
You are loved indeed...
Lana, Cotton and Momar

Jeanette said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. Big hugs ((( )))). xx.

Linda Crosby said...

so very sorry for your loss but she is still with you just watching from over your shoulder. Beautiful music for your Dear Friend.

kc said...

So sorry to hear of your sad news, but I know she'll be in your mind and heart forever. What a special lady she was to share all that with you - just as you are special in sharing your talents and life with all the people YOU meet. She lives on with your words & deeds.

Bless you all...

Createology said...

My condolences dear on the loss of your beloved mentor and friend. She will continue to guide you with all of the love and lessons she shared and bestowed upon you. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort. Sending healing energy to you dear girl...

Rabbits' Guy said...

I've had a couple of those too - hard to lose, but that is the way it goes.

Good to clear a little wall space for the next round of excitement!

Kris said...

Oh, Shell, my dear, I am soooo sorry to hear about your dear friend, Margaret!! It's hard when the ones closest to us leave us here on earth to fend for ourselves!! Just know, she is no longer sick and ya know, I'll bet Pop was there to greet her because he knew how much I love you!!! :-))

Cathy said...

My condolences Michelle. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Hugs from Arizona.

Lilac Haven said...

Hugs. Prayers for your friend. Loss is so difficult - especially when it is someone so very close.

sunny said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend and mentor. You'll always have your precious memories of her. Hugs!

Lorna Appleby said...

I wish I had words of wisdom to offer you to help carry the burden of loss, but I'm glad to have shared in the blessing of knowing her through you.

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DIGBY said...

"Do not stand by my grave and weep, for I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow; I am the gentle autumn’s rain. I am the softly falling snow; I am the diamond’s glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am in the graceful rush of beautiful birds in circling flight. I am the flowers that bloom; I am the birds that sing. I am the soft stars that shine at night. I am in a quiet room; I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there; I did not die."

These words comforted me when I lost my parents and my beloved "four-pawed baby." I hope they will comfort you also.

How wonderful that you had someone like Margaret in your life! She must have been a joy. You will miss her but she will always hold a piece of your heart, and as long as she is remembered she isn't really gone. Her legacy is you and The Raspberry Rabbits and the wonderful creations you share with others.

Thank you for sharing this private moment with us. May the Faeries Shine Upon You!!!

Judy1522 said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like she was a real blessing in your life and in time I hope that your wonderful memories help to take away some of the pain.

tink's mom said...

So sorry for your loss. Sounds like a wonderful person to have in your life. I'll say a prayer for her and you. Hugs.

Carrie P. said...

so sorry to hear about Margaret.