Monday, May 12, 2014

A Series - of nonsense that is

Hi ya! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and all you moms out there got to celebrate your day in a way that brought you big smiles!

Today I wanted to share something fun I have been working on.


It all started back in January when I got the notion that I would like to create a "series" of work for myself. Yes, my passion is teaching and creating designs to share, but sometimes one just needs to create for the sake of creating.


It was cold, dreary and there was lots of snow when I started. This is the view from Bunnyville. Ick, gag, puke. I don't do cold.


Most of the time when I'm working, my mind is running a million miles a minute. I tend to see humor in many things. Half the time I crack myself up thinking about something dorky, like putting bow ties on bunnies. It's from this dorky state, that I decided I wanted to create "A Series of Nonsense."


There will be six pieces in my series and each piece will feature a rabbit or rabbits. After all, I am the crazy bunny lady!


This "Series of Nonsense" will be a play on nursery rhymes. Each piece will created in my signature Folk Art Fusion style.

The pieces I am creating are for me. One of the things on my "dream" list (I don't do bucket lists as I like to focus on living and not dying) is to have a series of work that is exhibited. I'm not interested in entering these into a competition. Competing makes me extremely uncomfortable. I'm much more of a teacher and I love to share things with people. 


My dream is for them to be exhibited somewhere people can enjoy them. I want to make people stop for a moment and look. I want them to remember the nursery rhyme and then laugh when they see how I turned it into nonsense. My dream is that my series will make people smile.


So, may I present "Peter and Peter, Pumpkin Eaters." They are the first in this series. Do you remember the rhyme?  Now you know why the bunnies have bow ties. They are dressed for dinner. ;)

I can't wait to show you what comes next. Any guesses?

Now for those of you who love the pumpkin, never fear. The pumpkin will make it's appearance in a pattern for you to purchase and make for yourself this fall. :) :) :)

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies

33 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Well, you have a very artistic dorky side that I love! Keep creating sweetie - you always make me smile.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Adore your Pumpkin Eaters!

Fiona said...

a lovely post and a gorgeous wallhanging..
Hugz

Weekend-Windup said...

Your bunny looks fine. With the bow it is funny to look. Pumpkin looks good. Nice work done by you!

Allie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE - Shell, you are amazing. Do you have a very large library near you? I'm thinking an exhibit in the lobby would be lovely. You should also be writing up something for your local newspaper. Love Peter and Peter...

Chris said...

Oh my!! That is fabulous!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU rock my bunny boat, Michelle....I had to laugh when you said that you make yourself laugh sometimes when you think of silly things...well I do the same thing. I am always thinking of outrageous things that include animals! In the blog Nowhere that I occasionally blog for, the four of us that contribute to that blog are always playing around with the most insane ideas that we LOVE and engage in. You know, when I see the bunnies outdoors, Ruben and I instantly start making stories and they seem (real) to us! shhhhh....

OK, now for your design. Perfection. I really love your nursery rhyme theme for this, and Peter Pumpkin eater is chubby and wonderful! Excellent work. And you mentioned that you did this because you felt you just needed to create...that's the freedom where the best art begins. BRAVO my friend!

donna said...

This absolutely gorgeous! love it!

CalamityJr said...

Amazing! Your first photo gives us an idea of the bunnies' size, but just how big is the finished wall hanging?! It's fantastic!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Beautiful bunnies in their bow ties!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Shell:
Your never-resting, beautifully creative mind never ceases to thrill. Thanks for sharing your latest tribute to the bunns.It's wonderful!
xoxo
Donna and Tag-wart

Kathinca said...

Lovely bunnies with bowties. I have a dreamlist too and all it wishlist. Cross things off and put things on. It keeps changing. Helps to keep me focussed. I am very curious to see what is next in this series and when you will exhibit them.

tink's mom said...

So fun. Love the whole concept. can't wait for next treat. Your dorkeyness makes us all smile. It's a great thing.

paulette said...

Glad you are having fun inside because what's up with your outside?? Yuck!! Love your sweet creations!!

kristie said...

Great theme Michelle. Love the pumpkin!

Tina said...

Brilliant!!! You just so darn creative!!! Love it!!!!!

Erica said...

Well bunnies and bowties go together like a horse and carriage..... Don't they?? They are great! :-)

speedyrabbit said...

OMG,that is Gorgeous!I love it!xx Rachel

Natascha Rieper said...

I so love the design! You should make things just for you.!!!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Adorable!

Jeanette said...

Love it Shell. Glad you are making something just for you. Can't wait for the next design. Hugs,xx.

Annette F Tait said...

ha ha! totally adorable and SO much fun Shell - just awesome :) so love to view all your pieces when they are being exhibited too xxx

Sue said...

Lovely Michelle, love the colours and the pumpkin is gorgeous!

Createology said...

I adore whimsy/nonsense. This is sew fun and fabulous. How special that you are making this for yourself...just because. I agree with a "dream" list. I don't have a bucket list. Peter & Peter Pumpkin Creative Bliss...

kc said...

cute, cute, cute! not sure I get what's nonsensical, tho - makes perfect sense to me! (giggle)

I'm guessing you've got bunnies jumping over the moon, ala the spoon and fork, coming up next? or maybe Jack & Jill running up the hill?

ditto on the gag, puke reflex on snow - just looking at it makes me timbers shiver! we hit 94 yesterday, and since the a/c crapped out on us, it was darned close to that inside, as well!

hugs to you all!

Mosaic Magpie said...

I absolutely LOVE it!
xo,
Deb

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Diane said...

Love the walling hanging Michelle, the bunnies and pumpkin make me think of Fall.

Hugs diane

Sandra Kaye said...

Love this ....very cool!!!!

SEWKATE said...

Hello ms bunny..yes these bunnies will bring a smile to anyones face.Have a bunny of a day in bunnyland...

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh Shell, how whimsical and wonderful and totally you! Love your new series and can't wait to see what delightful designs you come up with next. I hope that your dream comes true because your wonderful art should be shared with everyone!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love, love, love this one Shell! It makes me smile and I know that's your goal. And I can't wait to get the pattern! blessings, marlene

DIGBY said...

How is Sophia Car-Di-Nal? You have not mentioned her since you first rescued her. Michelle, you have an amazing soul! You feel so deeply for the smallest of The Divine's creatures. Bless you to the Stars and Back!

Cynthia