Friday, November 29, 2013

Hoppy Friday!

Hoppy Friday! I do hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving here in the US. David and I are blessed to spend it with my family. Let's just say lots of laughter, love and silliness .


There are so many things that made me happy this week, but the ones that stick out the most are friends. Friends that lift you up, make you smile, hold your hand and love you no matter if you are dorky or not.

Growing older with friends who put the twinkle in your wrinkle is even more fun. I love that blogging brings friends together from around the world. It's just so cool.

So what made you happy this week?

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quilt Guild Blocks

I will admit it has been a while since I did piecing. Heck, it's been a while since I did anything but design Folk Art Fusion and write instructions. I'm thinking about two years actually.


My guild, The Croatan Quilter's Guild, picked this block and the floral fabric for our Christmas party. Names will go in the hat for blocks that were made and then one lucky person will win all the blocks. I've already decided that if I were to win them, I would give them to a friend in the guild. All those points gave me a headache. I remembered why I love applique so much. Let's just say the point police were everywhere and I was arrested and forced to reverse sew too many times to mention. Uggggg.... I do love the fabrics though. :)

Don't forget, today is the last day for the Thankful for Wool Felt and Floss sale in the SHOP.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thankful for Wool Felt and Floss Sale!

Recently, I have  received many emails requesting that I sell bundles of wool felt in my shop. I for one am thankful for wool felt and floss because I love creating with them. Folk Art Fusion wouldn't happen without them!

I thought this would be a perfect time to have a SALE as I am also very thankful for you!

So starting today, wool felt bundles


Green Bundle


Yellow Bundle


Red Bundle


Blue Bundle


Brown Bundle


Purple Bundle


Orange Bundle


Neutral Bundle

and my Valdani, 3 strand, colorfast, hand dyed collections


Folk Art Fusion (featured in my Fabled Fusions book)


and Folk Art Fusion II

are all on sale! The sale price is already listed in the SHOP. You don't have to do anything but add them to your cart.

This sale will END Wednesday evening November 27 at EST. (please note that orders placed on Wednesday will not be mailed until Monday, so if you want it sooner, order today or Tuesday)


I believe in giving my employees Thanksgiving Day off to enjoy their feast. ;)

Thank you for all your love and support.

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hoppy Friday!

Hi and Hoppy Friday! It's time to share what made us happy this week!


First, I would like to start off with socks. Yep, socks. One of my most favorite things about cooler weather is wearing socks. Weirdo, funky, dorky socks are my favorite. I collect black socks with crazy prints. I picked up these beauties when I was in Houston. Love them!


Next are these gorgeous Bradford Pear trees. In the Spring they are full of beautiful white blooms and in the Fall they are this magnificent blend of orange and red. These trees line the driveway of a home near me. I think the green of the grass, the red of the pear trees and the green of the pines would make an awesome quilt color combination. Don't you?


I simply adore Harrington's wonky ear. It is impossible not to smile when you look at this adorable little fella who has a giant personality.


Hannah's eyelashes melt my heart every time she bats her eyes at me. Of course, the star on her nose brings extra magic when you kiss it. ;)


Incredible sunsets like the sky is on fire. The sun wishing you sweet dreams at the end of a long day.


Precious friends in Australia, who you have never met, that send lots of delicious goodies. Thank you Pauline! :)


The view from my window up in Bunnyville. I love how the setting sun looked on Captain's house the other day. The shadows on the garage doors, the clouds in the sky, the different shades of green in the trees and the soft glow from the sun. It makes me happy knowing my dear friend lives there and soon I will head across the street for Happy Friday with homemade pizza, some wine, beer and lots of laughs. It's the perfect start to the weekend.

So, what made you happy this week?

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I Can't Wait!

I'm so excited! I can't wait to show you!
  

Time is flying and it will be here before you know it.


Coming January 1, 2014, a different kind of block of the month. Totally different!


It will be a place to see Folk Art Fusion and create it yourself!


A place of fellowship. Fellowship, as defined in the dictionary is: 1. companionship 2. a mutual sharing 3. a group of people with the same interests 4. an endowment for a student or a scholar doing advanced work

So stay tuned for more on "Fellowship of the Flowers." over the next few weeks.

See ya back here on Friday for Hoppy Friday! :)

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Monday, November 18, 2013

Back in Stock and Almost Gone

Just a quick little post today.


I have several friends who asked about kits for the Blooming Hearts pattern in my book (book sold separately).


I have some back in stock, but only a few. Hop over to the SHOP.


There is only one Postal Fusions - Christmas 2013 kit left. I won't be adding any more kits this year.


The pattern will be available in my Craftsy shop year round.

Ok, see ya on Wednesday. Have a fun week!

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happiness on Hoppy Friday

Hoppy Friday!

First I want to thank you for your hugs on my last post. One thing about driving so far to the vet is I have a ton of time to think. There really has been soooooooooo much sadness everywhere. It can suck you down into a pit like quick sand. I decided I need some happy! Like lots of happy! So moving forward, every Friday really is going to be Hoppy/Happy Friday.


I'm going list a few things from the week that made me happy and I am grateful for. I invite you to share what made you happy too. This always helps me to focus on the positive and remember that happiness really is a way of life.


So to start off this Friday, Hannah and I would like to thank Rene' for purchasing the mini quilt! Rene' and her husband have been taking care of rescue rabbits for 25 years. They currently have four who share their home. Plus, she is a quilter. Thank you! :)


Next, I am really happy I got to spend time and go see Captain's mom last weekend. I have been trying to visit since March. We went to a craft show while we were there. I haven't been to one in years and even though there are more and more "made in China" vendors, I was happy to see there were still a few vendors who made things by hand. I fell in love with this bunny tassel. Captain purchased it for me as a gift. Thank you Captain!


I think it looks perfect hanging there.


One thing I really love about this time of year is the sunlight in the late afternoon. The way it sparkles off the pond in my back yard always reminds me of my grammy who loved sparkly things. Seeing this felt like getting a hug from her that everything is going to be ok.


I also love the way the way this light floods my living room late in the day. It's soft and comforting.


Speaking of soft light, I love this little fella. His face is just so cute and makes me smile.


I love how he shines his light on all his friends.


My house is very open. Most people who visit, enter through the side door, aka, the friend door. This is the view they see. Of all the decorating schemes I have had over the years, this one is the real me and makes me feel truly at home. David really loves it too even if there are bunnies everywhere. ;)


David loves his job. He's been at it for over 23 years. Even though this year has been awful with the  furloughs, insurance hikes, and no raise again in over 5 years, he is grateful to have a job. We are even more grateful for his job because you see David helps to keep these planes, the V22 Osprey, in the air. He is an aircraft examiner and makes sure the planes are safe for flying by our men and women in the military. These are the planes that have been bringing much needed supplies and help to the people in the Philipines.  

Finally, even though it is super hard running a small business and making money as an artist is challenging, I love the freedom. I can work whatever hours I want, when I want. Most of the time I work 12-16 hours a day, but it's my passion, so it doesn't feel like work. Plus, it allows me the freedom to help others, like driving a friend to a cancer treatment yesterday.

So there is my happiness for this week. What made you happy?

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One of a kind Wednesday - Helping Hannah

Helloooooooooooooo welcome to "One of a kind Wednesday!"


Today I am offering for sale/bid my "Harrington and Hannah Love Mail" folk art, mini quilt.


It measures 12" x 12", has a sleeve for hanging and is the mini quilt that will be appearing on Series 1300 of Quilting Arts TV!


The bid for this quilt starts at $55 plus $7.00 shipping in the US and $15 shipping everywhere else.

Sold! Thank you so very much Rene', mama to four rescue rabbits. Light, love and hugs to you!

I said in my header that this piece was helping Hannah and it is. Things are very hard for everyone around the world. So many people are suffering. It makes me incredibly sad to see the devastation and disasters, to receive emails from friends dealing with life threatening illness and to read of families unable to pay their bills. While I do my best to stay positive and be happy, I will admit, it gets harder and harder some days.

David and I are truly blessed to have the roof over our heads and food in our bellies. We have worked incredibly hard for everything, but at the same time, it's been a very hard year for us. Actually, a very hard couple of years. We live simply, but job loss, furloughs, trying to start a business, writing a book and now vet bills have wiped us completely out.


I took Hannah, my little dust bunny, to the vet yesterday to discuss treatment strategies. I learned she has a disease called, Pasteurella. Basically, she has a chronic respiratory infection. There is no cure only "management" of the issues. She will eventually die from it but, being the crazy bunny lady I am, I will do whatever it takes to make her life as joyful, happy and safe as possible. After all, I chose to rescue her and give her a forever home. I promised to take care of her and love her no matter what. My vet said to me yesterday, "Pets, especially exotic pets, are a luxury." I agreed. I can give up a lot of things in life, but caring for these innocent, gentle creatures is just part of who I am, a luxury I truly adore.


Hannah's medicine and treatments are now costing me $200.00 a month. This wouldn't be so bad if things weren't they way they are right now. So, I'm not telling you all of this for pity or money. Again, I consider us very blessed every single day. I'm telling you this because it is what it is and you are my friend. I just want you to know that by purchasing my patterns, book, and bidding on this piece, it helps me take care of a precious little bunny who really deserves it.

For that I am forever grateful.

Light, Love and Hugs,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sneaky Peeks and One of a Kind Wednesday

Hi ya! Did you have a fun weekend? I've been busy. While I'm sure most of you are working on Christmas projects, I'm just about done with Valentines projects.


Ok, so I will confess that I did listen to Christmas music while stitching these. hee,hee,hee. I'm just so darn excited to show you how cute these are! They will be available the first week in January.


Until then, I only have 3 of the Postal Fusions - Christmas 2013 kits left.

You can still purchase the Instant Download pattern from Craftsy or the paper pattern from me, but there are only 3 wool and floss kits left. Hop HERE for the Kits, or Hop HERE for Craftsy.


Next, I would like to invite you back here on Wednesday for "One of A Kind Wednesday!" I will have an original piece for sale/bid. The bidding will begin at 12:00 a.m. EST and end at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Alrighty, back to work. Have a fun day!

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hoppy Friday!

Lady Hannah Goldenhare is Hannah's full name.


I named her this because of the star on her nose and her golden colors.


Now she's shedding and low and behold, a tiara has appeared on her head!


"Hey Harrington, did you hear that? I'm royalty for sure!"


"What? Let me see it."


"You there, Mama. Go forth and fetch us a nanner chip. Leave at once. Don't dilly dally."

"You know you're only going to get away with that until your new fur grows in."


"Yeah, but let's milk it as long as we can."

Hoppy Friday!

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies