Friday, May 30, 2014

Hoppy Friday! Celebrating 2 Years with a Giveaway

Hi ya! Hoppy Friday!

I'm very excited you are here to celebrate this day with me!  It was two years ago that I took a huge hop of faith and decided to make The Raspberry Rabbits my full time job.

First, I would like to share how I came up with the name of my business. Well, I have my friend, Becky Wheeler, to thank for that.  It all started with this shaker hat box she painted. It was a gift for my 30th birthday in 1998.


From the moment I saw it, I knew I would one day own a business called The Raspberry Rabbits. Plus, it kinda fits seeing as I'm a crazy bunny lady! ;)

Like many people, I had always daydreamed of what it would be like working from home. There is so much freedom that comes with it, ut it isn't all that easy. I work every single day and most days are very long, but my time is my own. If I want to work for an hour at 6:00 a.m. and then go for a walk to breathe the morning air, I can.


Really, the hardest thing for me was getting use to working alone. I'm an extrovert, love people and as most of my close friends know, I'm a talker. ;)  It took about a year for me to adjust. Now being in my studio, listening to music and getting lost in a design is pure magical zen.



Plus, my employees are quite entertaining and melt my heart a million times a day. Animals are the best.


So many incredible things have happened to me over the past two years. First, writing my book was both exhilarating and exhausting. I learned so many things the hard way, but seeing it finished and enjoyed by so many people has brought me so much happiness and a true sense of accomplishment.  I self published my book, which means my book is a true reflection of me. I have Carol Ann Waugh, author of Stupendous Stitching, to thank for encouraging me to go this route. She has been a wonderful mentor. 


My journey continued when I was selected to teach at the "Make and Take" workshops and "Open Studios" at the Chicago International Quilt Festival.


This was the first time the festival had returned to Chicago in many years.


Not only was I thrilled teach there, but to meet my blog friend and loyal customer, Sharon Decker (lady on the left in the cool patchwork jacket). She's such a sweetie!


It was at this festival where I also met Pokey Bolton of Quilting Arts TV.  My idol!

 I had admired her ever since my artist trading card made it into her book.

Then, Quiltmakers's 100 Blocks magazine asked me to create a block for Vol 7. What fun!


Of course, my block feature rabbits. I created this block called "Carrot Run." I made a pillow from my original block and donated it to a rabbit rescue for a fundraiser.


Then the biggest dream came true. I was invited by Pokey Bolton to be a guest on Quilting Arts TV. I still get goosebumps when I think about it.


I had watched the Quilting Arts TV show for over 12 years and loved every single episode. As I watched, I would imagine myself being there to share something fun with friends in the quilt world.


I can honestly say, this was one of the most amazing and fascinating things I have ever done.


It was also a HUGE honor as this would be the last season with my idol, Pokey Bolton, as the host.


But my journey continued. From there I met the incredible quilter, author and fellow bunny lover, Shannon Shirley of Once in a Rabbit Moon. Shannon and I are kindred sisters for sure!


She invited me to teach a workshop for her guild, The Cabin Branch Quilters in VA.  Soooooooo much fun! It was teaching this workshop that I was reminded of my passion for teaching and sharing. I taught part time in quilt shop for over ten years until it closed in 2004 and really hadn't taught since then. The sense of joy, accomplishment and the smiles on my students faces at the end of the day, plus being around the positive energy that comes from creating, was all I needed to point me down this path once again.

I was invited by my new friend Jean Werling, who lives in my favorite town, Wilmington NC, to come and speak at the first anniversary of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. It was a wonderful time and Jean knows some how, some way, I'm going to move to Wilmington and we'll be stitching buddies for sure! Plus, I want to host a retreat there called, "Stitching by the Sea." It would be soooooooooooo much fun!


The delightful and fun gals in my local guild, The Croatan Quilters, also hired me to teach a class. Recently, my uncle asked me, "How on earth do you always get all those women to wear bunny ears?" I laughed and told him it's because I don't have "Workshops." I have "Play Dates." You get to play in a play date because work is not allowed. Bunny ears just kinda go with that. ;) 



I have been truly blessed to become friends with talented designers in other countries. One of those designers is Jenny Reynolds of Elefantz. It is on my dream list (I don't do bucket lists) to visit Jenny in Australia one day. There are also so many blog friends there too. I can't wait to meet them and hug their necks! It would be awesome to have an Aussie play date! :)


Of course, I can't forget my beloved, Valdani Threads.


Owners, Daniella and Dana are simply the best! They invited me to be the guest artist twice at the Houston Quilt Market. I'm not someone who can sell or recommend something I don't believe in or use. Valdani's hand dyed, colorfast, variegated threads are so beautiful and their dying methods don't hurt the environment. This is the reason I use them exclusively in my designs.



So that's a wrap of what's been happening the past two years. Is there more to come? Why of course there is! There's so much hopping around in my head that sometimes I don't know where to start first! 



One thing is that I have always wanted to work on a series for an exhibit. It will be a series just for me and just for fun. I'm calling it, "A Series of Nonsense." Right now I have six pieces planned for it.


Of course, there will also be more Folk Art Fusion designs for my friends to create. In fact, starting in January, I have a little twist I'm putting on the traditional BOM quilts. I can't wait to show you!


Many people say, "You won't get rich being an artist. You should get a real job." I've finally learned to turn a deaf ear to them because my definition of rich is not what theirs is.


In the end, it's not having tons of possessions, giant mortgages and millions of dollars that makes me the happiest.



It's living each day following my heart, inspiring others and trusting that everything will work out. It's knowing that I will always have plenty because I'm living the life I imagined.


So...Let's celebrate!!!  I giving away this fat quarter bundle plus one yard of the blue and white polka dot fabric. 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post. Friends who sign up to follow my adventures with Blogger or through Blog Lovin (Both on right sidebar) will receive two chances. If you already follow through one of them, let me know in your comment. You only have to comment once. 

The bunnies will use the random number generator to pick the winner next Friday, June 6. This giveaway is open to friends worldwide. 

Thank you for sharing in my adventures down the rabbit hole. I am truly blessed to have you in my life.

xx,
Michelle and the Bunnies




182 comments:

Kathinca said...

I am happy to hear that your big and decision turned out to be a very good one instead of just big and scary. Being happy and enjoying what you do is so important. Congrats !

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have so enjoyed going down the rabbit hole with you on so many adventures, thank you for sharing that part of you. Congratulations on your '2 yrs' in the making - I am sure there are going to be many more exciting adventures in your future. (follow with FFC)

Sarah said...

You have SUCH beautiful designs! I just found your blog today, and am excited to see more. Thank you for offering the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

I signed up to follow via bloglovin. Thanks! sarah@forrussia.org

Kristy said...

Wow Michelle, what a journey! It has been exciting to see you go through all these changes. My kids love your rabbits, oops,employees! :-) I love your designs as well as your joy in the small things of life. You always make me think about the many blessings I have and how important it is to do the things that bring you joy! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. Keep up the beautiful designs and keep sharing your wonderful love for rabbits! K-

Red Heads said...

Your blog is one I search for quite often. I also love working with wool. Your designs are beautiful. I know you made a Hughe change in your life a bit ago. How wonderful for to know that it was the right decision, Much happiness & success in your future indexers. D.y

Angela said...

Hi Michelle
Happy two year anniversary. Great to hear that you LOVE your work and very happy you share your lovely creations with all us of out here...
Angela xxxx

speedyrabbit said...

Congratulations Shell,I can't believe its been that long,what an exciting Journey for you,and I am glad to have been able to enjoy seeing it as it unfolded,here's hoping for many more years!
SPeedy has fully recoverd and is his normal cheeky self,thank you for the love,xx Rachel
P.s we would love to be included in your give away,xx

Karen said...

It has been a delight to read about your journey. I have enjoyed following your posts and look forward to many, many more.

Sandra said...

WOW what beautiful creations, and what a gorgeous giveaway

Wendy said...

shell, I'm so happy for you that you've built a wonderful career for yourself, all off the back of your talent and hard work. i do love a good success story! I think you should open a raspberry rabbits tea room though, you could have a studio in there, get someone else in to serve tea and cake and we can come and visit, have some cake, meet the buns and watch you work!

Wendy said...

oh sorry, I forgot to say I'm a follower.

Val Laird said...

Congratulations, Michelle and happy anniversary! It has been wonderful to follow your journey. Your work is just amazing!

Hugs, Val

Angie Burrett said...

Your Blog is always such fun to read, and your achievements these past two years are amazing. So many congratulations - here's to the future and lots more inspiration from Raspberry Rabbits!

Raewyn said...

What a journey this is turning out to be - Congratulations on the places you've been and the people you've seen.... and on all your wonderfully creative designs!!(I follow with bloglovin and through google friend connect).

john hutchens said...

Congrats!! I enjoy your blog very much. I follow on bloglovin

Lesley said...

Did I ever enjoy reading your post today with my morning coffee. You have accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Your philosophy shines through in everything you do, and it is wonderful to see you following your passion! Congrats on your anniversary and thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. Thanks for the chance too!

Betsy said...

Michelle congratulations on your success. I have followed you for years and love your designs. I think the peace of being in your own home for work will be inspiration to you

Betsy said...

I already follow you for years

Gill said...

Congratulations!
So glad you made that decision!!
GFC follower!

Lesley UK said...

I love your work, and your bunnies! It's so kind of you to give us a chance to win such beautiful fabric. Blessings
technoturt@yahoo.com

belen requejo said...

Me ancantan todos y cada uno de tus trabajos. Los conejitos con preciosos, yo también tengo uno y es un cielo.
Besos

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

thank you for the chance. I follow thought blogger and love seeing your. Relations.

Frog Quilter said...

Woohoo. Awesome. I love it when I hear about someone following their dream. You go girl.

Sandra Visser said...

Grats on 2 years of business.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Sandra Visser said...

Follower for awhile via Bloglovin.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Mary Goode said...

Congratulations on this milestone in your continuing journey of creativity, Michelle! You and the bunnies have a special place in my heart. And---your beautiful work is an inspiration. So glad I landed on your blog many months ago. I'm a faithful follower now!

Heather said...

It has been such a delight to follow along on your journey. Wishing you much continued success!

Heather said...

I follow you on Blogger!

usagypsy said...

You have accomplished so much in such a short time! Congrats on your success! I follow the bunny trail with bloglovn :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I loved reading your story Shell, even though I've been reading your blog so long that I think I was present for all of it. :) You are an inspiration to so many for your determination, your creativity, and your joy-filled heart. Congrats on two years! blessings, marlene

Sue said...

Hi Michelle, love all your work, may your journey continue!
You know I am a follower!
Sue.

Brenda said...

Congratulations! I follow you through my google dashboard so that must be through Blogger. Thanks for the chances to win.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

What a wonderful post...and so interesting to read about your journey! What a beautiful and fulfilling life you lead Michelle.

Christine M said...

Happy 2nd birthday, Shell. It was lovely finding out a bit more about you. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Hugs, Christine xx

Christine M said...

Ooops! I forgot to say I am a follower of the Raspberry Rabbits!

tink's mom said...

What a wonderful journey you have been on Shell. Glad that I have been on the side watching and playing along with you and the bunnies. Congrats on 2 Years of marvelous creativity.

Lauren Sorrell said...

So glad you decided to design and teach full time. I love your ideas and work

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Michelle I loved peering into your world and especially seeing your fabulous studio! I love to create too and that is what makes my life rich. I try to sell some of my creations or indie patterns and while I do sell a few patterns a year, I have not been successful with selling my creations. Still I have the need to create and love to create. For me it's a hobby and not a business, but I am in awe at anyone who can turn their love into a business. Wishing you much more success in your business for years to come. I follow your blog via GFC.

CalamityJr said...

Thank you for all you share. This post is a wonderful insight into your life as a designer. This is a lovely giveaway and I follow you on blogger so lucky me!

The human said...

Happy Anniversary! Shell I'm not entering the competition because I cannot sew for toffee but I just wanted to say that reading your posts and seeing your growth as an artist and business woman is impressive and inspiring, and of course, I LURVE your assistants x
Lisa and Buttons x

Jill Hicks said...

I love your work. Thanks for sharing your talent with me. I follow you on Bloglovin'

Jill Hicks said...

I love your work. Thanks for sharing your talent with me. I follow you on Bloglovin'

Vandy said...

one of these days i hope that my wool work and stitches will be as beautiful as yours. love seeing your work. thanks! Vandy

Emma's Daughter said...

Love your post today and a glimpse into your life. I follow you on Bloglovin. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

jsews said...

How fun to follow your journey over the past years and to be a special part of it!! I found you on Bloglovin through another blog (can't remember now whose it was) but was so inspired by the first blog I read that I continued on from there. Can't wait for you to join us for some fun sewing in Wilmington!

sunny said...

I always love seeing your work, and pictures of your employees make me very hoppy. I also love Wilmington NC, so when you have your retreat, I'll be down! Congrats on 2 years of success. I follow thru Bloglovin.

Linda said...

Congratulations Michelle! Thanks for everything you do!! Its been a real treat following you down the bunny hole =)

Lyn said...

I have been following you for awhile. I just look forward to your blogs and facebook. I just finished the monthly bunny quilt. I put it in a local quilt show and really got lots of wonderful comments on it. I really love it! I had to slow down a bit so wasn't able to work on the last project. Sure has been fun following along. Thanks for all the smiles!

Margaret said...

I am your follower by email and blog lovin and I love reading your post. I love your projects. Thanks for sharing and congrats on 2years. Your studio is amazing.

Marsha said...

It has been great fun following your blog over the last several years and watching your dream come true. Thanks for all the ideas and fun! I wish many, many more years of enjoying you and the bunnies!

Laura said...

Michelle - I have followed your journey through your Blog for several years now. So happy that things worked out for you. Love your employees and all on your site.

JoyceLM said...

Happy 2nd anniversary - enjoyed reading about your adventures. Always enjoy your fun photos. Thanks.

JoyceLM said...

I'm already a follower with Bloglovin' - thanks again.

quiltmom said...

Hi Michelle,
What a wonderful quilting journey you have been on with your bunnies- I love your work and I really enjoyed this post. Great photos of your beautiful studio area.
Wishing you many more years of happy creating and making quilty things.
Warmest regards,
Anna

KaHolly said...

Congratulations, Michelle! Wow, two years! My, how time flies. It's been a wonderful journey for you. Things just started to happen and dreams became fulfilled. I'm very pleased to be able to say I'm a long time follower!! Keep up the awesome work/fun. Love your studio.

vernagrace said...

Congratulations on 2 very exciting years. Thank you for sharing your talent and looking forward to your next adventures. I've followed your blog for sometime.

Vicki said...

I have been in love with you and your Rabbits for over a year now. I remember when I found your blog and drooled all day long, needless to say I didn't get much done that day. Or to be honest many others after I find myself on your blog. LOL Congrats on making your decisions to give so many such happiness.
Hugs from afar,
Vicki Richardson

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderfully creative two years! Congratulations!

Mother Owl said...

Thanks for the details of your past two years - so inspiring! And I thoroughly enjoyed your talk at CBQ, can't wait till you come back. I want to move to Wilmington as well - what a beautiful city and I have friends there. God bless you on your future endeavors!

granniegee said...

Here's to 2 years and many more! I am a big fan, and also work at home. My "retirement" years have been full of quiltmaking, and I am getting ready to pass my love of sewing and beautiful fabric to my granddaughter.

Vero said...

I saw some of your works at Houston, I love them. I follow your blog through blogger

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations! And yes I agree with you about 'being rich'. I am self employed and can attest to that. I am also a follower.
D.G. L

PK Sews said...

Hi Michelle. I savored every word of your post. What a great story of following your heart! (And what a beautiful studio!) I love your work and you have inspired me to start adding embroidery to my quilts. I'm a Bloglovin and Facebook follower. Thanks for everything you share.

Fran said...

Congratulations on two great years! I love your bunnies, the real ones and the stitched ones!

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Jan said...

Ouuu...... I love the fabrics choices you have put together. So light and airy. I have been a follower for a long time and I love your sweet fur babies. Mine are a bit larger and noisier I am sure since they are dogs but my daughter has a wonderful bunny named Shadow that her children have had for almost 8 years now. Love the name of your blog and site. I too love bunnies and raspberries. Good combination.
Hope I am picked but I am sure whoever wins will love the fabric as much as me.

PJ said...

What a bunderful life you lead, Michelle, I hope you have many more adventures. I'm now following you on Blogger.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

I loved reading your two year journey, how inspiring. I see some 'fellowship of the flowers' on your board...more goodies for us gals to work on :) congrats on two wonderful years and hope you have many more to come :) I will be following on your blog and FB .

krislovesfabric said...

Congrats Michelle, your blog always brings a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing your journey (and bunnies) with us :)

Ann said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I love your posts and the bunnies just warm my heart. Also follow on bloglovin.

Loris said...

Yours is a sweet story! We are blessed that you have put your heart into it. Love to you and the Bunns! Thank you for the sweet giveaway too. The fabric is gorgeous!

Createology said...

Congratulations and well done! In just two short years you have accomplished sew many things. When one truly believes...then happiness is possible. Bless You Dear Bunny Lady!!!

Sharon McClurg said...

Michelle - I love reading your blog and seeing your new creations. Thanks for this opportunity to win some luscious looking fabric. Sharon

QuiltinGram said...

Congrats on two fantastic years and here's to many many more! I so enjoy your blog and follow on bloglovin! I would wear your bunny ears!

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN'!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Linda said...

+CONGRATS!
LOVE YOU BLOG!
LOVE THIS NEAT GIVEAWAY TOO!
THANK YOU!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

Cute Bunnies, how life changes in a short period of time.
24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

Quilting Tangent said...

Following on bloglovin'.
24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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Dorothy H said...

Gotta love those Rabbits!! thanks for the chance to win!

DebraKay Neiman said...
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DebraKay Neiman said...

I am happy to follow you on e-mail, bloglovin, pinterest and facebook. I am also a new member in the fellowship of flowers group. Your bunnies are so sweet. Are they housebroken? I loved hearing about you life change story. I had several careers in my life too, now retired from nursing and at home for the first time in my life. Love quilting and sewing. I am so happy to find you and can't wait for my book and supplies to get here. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Kathryn Oppelt said...

Hi Michelle! I'd love to win the fabric...although my friends would say I don't need another piece...what is with them??? Happy 2 years, and I WILL start making my fellowship soon...I want all the cottons you put with them too though...guess I'll have to stash dive...and you know I am already a follower!

BeachQuilter said...

What a wonderful story! I discovered you about a year ago and have enjoyed the adventure! I follow with Bloglovin.

Susie Q said...

Hi Michelle Great post and congratulations on two years! I follow on Google. Susie x

Esther Blankenzee said...

Hi Michelle, congratulations on your two years working your dream. I would love to win your give away, because THE fabric is beautiful. I am subscribed to your blog and i always enjoy your patterns THE are beautiful. So beautiful that i am anxious to start with THE patterns myself. I hope You wil gif us many more years with lovely patterns. With kind regards Esther.

Michele said...

Congratulations on your two-year 'bunny'versary! Love everything you create. I always enjoy visiting your blog to see what you and your 'employees' are doing. ;)

Bonnie58 said...

Congrats on a wonderful journey, Michelle. I am an email follower. thanks for sharing with us all.

Crickets Corner said...

Congratulations on living your dream. Isn't it amazing what things come to you when you follow your heart? I'm a dedicated follower of you and your two helpers. Love your designs, your posts and your snuggle bunnies.

Sherry said...

I am so happy to congratulate you on your success in so many areas. I have always loved your designs and your folk art fusion is fabulous. Thanks for all you share!

Sherry said...

I forgot to mention that I am a follower in my comment.

kc said...

Congratulations on a QUICK 2 years! You've accomplished so much & brought so much joy to so many in that short time! It's easy to see why people want to have play dates with you - your exuberance and happiness are easy to see and share!

You know I follow you, and I'd happily hop down the bunny hole with you! You've certainly been inspirational and I love to see all the ways you play with color & fiber!

barbara woods said...

congrats on your two years

barbara woods said...

already follow

Kari Ramsay said...

I really enjoyed reading about your journey into this crazy world of design. I wish you many years of success.
I also follow with bloglovin.

Gail LV said...

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! You've had some wonderful experiences in those years and I'm sure there are many more to come.
I've been following you on Bloglovin' for a while and look forward to a photo of the bunnies on Fridays!

Jeanette said...

Congratulations Shell. What wonderful times you've had. I've been following you with blogger for yonks. :) Can't wait to see what else you have in store for yourself & us. Hugs,xx

Jan Gunter said...

Hi Michelle, I have been following you on your blog since Jenny told me about you! I love all the emails and save them in a special folder, (I do the same with Jenny, and Helen) so I can always go back and re-read any of post!! Thank you for such a fun play date and hangin with the bunnies!!! Hugs Jan

mary d said...

Congratulations on two years. Congratulations as well on success in finding your passion work. This blessing comes to few.

Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabulous fabric

mary d said...

Congratulations on two years. Congratulations as well on success in finding your passion work. This blessing comes to few.

Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabulous fabric

Theresa Winter said...

What a lovely giveaway. I'm glad you dove down that rabbit hole!
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Karen said...

I enjoy your designs, and always nice to see the bunnies. Love the fabrics, would enjoy making a spring quilt with them.

Karen said...

I enjoy your designs, and always nice to see the bunnies. Love the fabrics, would enjoy making a spring quilt with them.

sophie said...

Happy Anniversary. I have followed you for most of the adventure I think, but it was fun to read about your path again.

I am a follower (through Bloglovin (and also Feedly).

Denise :) said...

Congratulations, my friend -- you went for the dream, you persevered and now you're living it! You're a beautiful person, inside and out, Michelle and I wish you many more years of sweet success!! Hugs!!! (And I follow thru GFC and blovlovin!) :)

Kd Brown said...

How inspiring to hear the history of your Raspberry Rabbits adventure, Michelle! I follow via your email list, Blogger and BlogLovin'. You can never get enough of a good thing!

Edi said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Doing what you love is the most important choice you can make. I've followed your blog for about a year now. I love your work. You are a fabulous artist.

Deb said...

Congratulations Michelle, what a beautiful giveaway, so very generous. love your work, you are such a talented lady. Keep it coming! I am a follower of your blog on Bloglovin.

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Your designs are so unique! Congrats on your last 2 very busy years. Am looking forward to seeing you on Quilting Arts. Thanks for the giveaway!
yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Debbie Rhodes said...

I have been a follower for a while love your work and the bunnies!!

Clothesline Club said...

I have enjoyed sharing your wonderful journey of the last 2 years. I will treasure my bunny art piece that I was lucky enough to purchase forever. Thanks again so very much for sharing your beautiful talent with us all. Loving the Fellowship that you are doing now and look forward to your future adventures. Love to you and the bunnies.

Dorothy Matheson said...

I am so happy that you have a blog. I very much enjoy the happiness that you put out each post.
Thank you so much for this.

Fiona said...

you did all that in just 2 years! how amazing and I feel like I have known you forever... well done my friend... it has been wonderful getting to know you... I am a blogger follower.... you know I am?
Hugz

Cecilia said...

Congratulations! You will love working from home. I'm already a follower via Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win.

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

congratulations on your two year anniversary. Wish you so many more happy ones. the colors of the fabric give away are gorgeous, just love them.

monica sisk said...

You truly are living the dream. Isn't it great when you can look back over the years and list the goals that have been accomplished.
I follow on Blog Lovin

just in case: m3reyna at gmail dot com

wendy said...

Happy Anniversary! So glad I have been able to follow you on your journey. Don't you just love Jenny! I have been following her too. Bunny hugs! {am a follower}

Lewjacks said...

I loved reading the story of your journey with the Raspberry Rabbits. I also enjoyed taking your class with my sister and the Croatan Quilters. You are a bright spot in the world. Leslie Williams lewjacks@suddenlink.net.

Linda R said...

I admire your courage to follow your dreams. Your work is beautiful.

Sandra Lye said...

Love your blog!! Keep it up! Follow on Bloglovin. Thanks for a chance to win.

quiltingtaylormade said...
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quiltingtaylormade said...

I am still in awe of your beautiful work and what you create !! (Oh, and I subscribe to your blog thru Bloglovin.) And I love your "neat as a pin" house !! Do you EVER make a mess ??? Keep doing what you're doing because it makes you happy and a lot of other people too !!!

shez said...

wow what an awesome journey you have been on Michelle i have enjoyed reading about your journey immensely,you are so clever and a very generous and giving person,thankyou for this lovely giveaway and i do follow you on bloglovin .xx

Angelia Lanouette said...

Happy Anniversary Michelle and Bunnies!! It has been a wonderful adventure down the rabbit hole! I am excited to see what lies ahead. I am a Bloglovin and email follower. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents!

Margie Scott said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary. The give-away is such a wonderful way to celebrate. Thank you for hosting it. I learned about your blog from Jenny @ Elefantz. You are both so talented!

dcargill said...

Happy 2nd anniversary!
I am also an extrovert who is coping with being alone. I recently retired from education & thought I would spend all my time sewing, crafting & such but I would like it so much more with someone to talk to. I'm learning to use the blogs & am contemplating starting my own.
I have been following you via bloglovin.

GIJane279 said...

Michelle and your adorable bunnies I've been reading your blog for a short time now and get your emails.... I really enjoy your work. I didn't know you had a book but I will be looking for it. And thank God for Dvr's. Because of it I've been able to see you on the show with Pokey. Congrats on the two years and wishes for many more! Thanks for the chance to win. Liz Schraeder

Iglesia Vida Abundante said...

Hola me encantan tus trabajos, son muy bonitos y alegres. Besos


Loli

Charlene Lamb said...

Michelle, Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. Just look how far your talents and personality have taken you, I hope they never stop. Dreams do come true! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!! Charlene

linny said...

That was a wonderful walk down memory lane. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging. I always enjoy reading what you & the bunnies are up to. I follow by email so I don't miss anything.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

icraftnqlt said...

Congratulations! I have been following you for a while now
and always enjoy your posts. I started following when you
were doing the stitchery hearts block of the month. That was
also my first intro to Valdani Threads, which I love and
now use for many other things. Thank you for the give-away.

Margaret said...

What an amazing journey! Congratulations.

Margaret said...

I have been a follower for quite a while. I love your bunny posts.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am late ONLY because I had to get to work early yesterday, then when I came home, I had other things I needed to get done. How Michelle, this post is rich in so many ways. First, THAT PETER AND PETER - I WANT!!!!! teehee...that is the most gorgeous piece with all the scrolling and the embroidery. I love it and would want something similar one day. And then I love what you said about self-publishing because it is a true reflection of YOU. I am seriously considering writing my memoirs this summer, totally focusing my writing energies on that. I am reading a book at the moment that keeps urging me to finish this goal of mine. But when I think of the possibility of sending it into a publisher - well chances are I will get rejected. But if anyone ever was interested in my work, I would have to go through a lot of editing. Now I accept critique, but I could not bear to cut out important sections of my life! So I just may consider self-publishing for that goal.

YOU INSPIRE. And I am with you about the definition of happiness. When you are doing what you want to do and are able to live a normal life (not living large, then you have arrived. Oh the many rich lessons of living! P.S. I love that photo of you, being YOU. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Anita

P.S.S. the bunnies look so happy.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations on this landmark celebration! I loved reading of your dream adventures. What a wonderful accomplishment, with many more ahead. Keep the creative juices flowing, and always follow your dream :-)

ozone3 said...

Happiness is loving what you do!! So I definitely think you are happy!!

Beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Michele T said...

You are so fortunate to be living your dream!!! Congrats on celebrating 2 years of blogging! I am already following you via Bloglovin'!!

Country Mom said...

Congrats on your two year anniversary. I love your energy and the obvious joy you get from your love of what you do. Also, I love seeing the adventures of Harriet and Hannah. I'm loving seeing all the new fabric fusion patterns. Such a cute and fresh new idea for embroidery. Keep doing what you do. Love it. I follow you on you blog. Love it too. Dee

Cheryl said...

Great job! My bunnies congratulate you and your bunnies on a career!

Shelley said...

Wow Michelle, TWO years!! I cannot believe it's been that long already..I loved this post of looking back to see where you've been and wish you all the best as you move forward..YOU MADE IT GIRL! And I've followed you since the beginning but you already know that :) ((Hugs)) and Congratulations :)

Sharon Decker said...

That trip to Chicago to meet you and take your class was so much fun. My sister and I both enjoyed it. We are about to move and all my Fusion supplies are packed and ready to go. You were just as wonderful as I thought you wuold be. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. Sharon

Quilt Hollow said...

Don't count me in as you e been generous already! I read your post and so happy for you and your finding true happiness and content. You nailed it! Keep inspiring me to find the good each day brings...thank you.

Joy Paterson said...

Congrats to a truly wonderful designer, love your work and Please! come to Australia, we would love you for sure Cheers from Joy from Bundy

Gale said...

It is so wonderful to see artists being successful! I do follow you, but on feedly. You have beautiful designs.

almtsbb said...

I just love your studio. But I'd have problems designing there. I'd be playing with the bunnies all the time. :)

SH Sue said...

Love your site. Signed up on BlogLovin and pinterest. I love bunnies. Have had s ome in the past. Now down to cats. Thank you for the giveaway. Love your work and the fabrics.

~Kris~ said...

I am so pleased for you and your career decision. Your designs are so fun. I hope you have many happy creative days ahead!

~Kris~ said...

I am so pleased for you and your career decision. Your designs are so fun. I hope you have many happy creative days ahead!

Kay said...

How wonderful.. This is an amazing post seeing all that you have done. Congrats on your first 2 years. x

Kay said...

I follow with Bloglovin. Thank you for a pretty giveaway. x

Šárka said...

What an amazing life you are living, you truly are rich and your lovely blog is a reflection of that!
Thank you for the generous giveaway, I also follow on bloglovin :-)

Sherry said...

I always love reading you blog and seeing the photos of the bunnies. I love the name of your shop. Thanks for sharing how you named it.
Sherry

Karen Gass said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful journey you've had and there are still amazing adventures to come I know. Having been a long time fan :) I adore the things you create. Now that I have something called a 'semi-normal' life lol I do believe it's time to catch up on some of your patterns!!! Karen

Bert said...

Congrats on the anniversary, Michelle. I have enjoyed being a follower. The fabric you are offering is lovely. Thank you.

DaiseyB said...

Oh Michelle, you and your bunnies have become an almost daily fixture in my home. I like to see what adventures you and the Bunnies have been up to. CONGRAGULATIONS on your 2 yr anniversary and yes of course I want to try for the giveaway, they are all such pretty fabrics. I am already a subscriber to your blog on blog lovin so put me down for 2 chances. Raising my Pepsi class high up, "Here's to 2 more years of growth and happiness."

Beth said...

To your list of accomplishments I would add all of the educating you have done regarding the care and responsibilities of adding rabbits to your family. I think that is a huge service you have provided to your readers.

I follow you via email.

Melody said...

I'm so glad everything has worked out with your business - you really deserve it. You really are a beautiful person, in every sense of the word.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Congratulations...what a great two years, best wishes for many many more full of fun and light and laughter...and bunnies!. Oh wouldn't it be just the best if you did come for Aussie Play Dates! xx

Mhairi said...

Congratulations on two wonderful years. I love following your blog and seeing how your lovely helpers are going.
I have a great idea - you could let me win the fabric and then you could deliver it yourself in person (then you would be only 4 hours flight from Jenny of Elefantz)!!
Win-win!!!

Erica said...

How awesome to be able to follow your dream! Well done! :-)

Tina said...

What a wonderful post! I loved reading about your journey and how The Raspberry Rabbits came to be. You are so very artistic and amazing and I am amazed at how much you have accomplished in the last two years!! I also loved the picture of your house-so very charming and inviting!! And of course, I love Harrington and Hannah always-especially the picture of them laying together with their cute little rumps facing the camera!!!

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Diane said...

Wonderful post Michelle, the painted shaker box sure is wonderful. What a wonderful story and glad your business is a success, you certainly are talented.

Hugs Diane

JudyCinNC said...

Aren't you glad you followed your heart with just a little nudging? I have watched you blossom ever since we had our heart-to-heart - you have so many "wonderfuls" in your life and somehow I knew it would happen to you because you have so much to give. Congrats to you with hugs from Judy C in NC

JudyCinNC said...

Forgot to mention that I am a devoted follower. Judy C

Deb B. said...

What a great post! It's always exciting to see someone living out their passion! Thanks for the giveaway also. I am signed up for bloglovin also!

Douglas Oliver said...

I'm a long time follower of your blog. I rally enjoy your work and your posts are always a joy to read. Thanks for taking that leap of faith two years ago. Congratulations on your anniversary.

Jo in TAS said...

Gidday Shell it's been an adventure following you and your bunnies and I hope it continues for a long time. I was sad I didn't get to meet you on my recent trip to the US but I know one day we will meet.
Love your work
Hugs
Jo x

Kris said...

Oh, Shell, my dearest!! This post brought such happy tears to my eyes!! I have watched you grow and grow in this fabulous journey of yours and I am so blessed to be able to share this journey with you!! One day I will be as fortunate as Sharon and get a chance to hug your neck!! xoxoxox

Judy1522 said...

Congratulations on your 2 ear anniversary (lol ear was a mistake but seems appropriate). Your blog is one of my favorite and I love your work. It is so much fun. I follow your blog through bloglovin.

Gai Butler said...

Congratulations on two wonderful Raspberry Rabbit years...may there be many, many more. It was a joy to read your 'business' story, as it is to read all of your posts. I am one happy follower by email.

Corinna Downes said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary. Thanks for the celebratory giveaway chance. xx

Corinna Downes said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary and thank you for the great celebratory giveaway xx

momid5 said...

How very kind you are and you deserve every good thing,we enjoy so much sharing your adventures!

Stitches said...

I am so happy for your success with your business, and I follow you on Blog lovin and have for a long time. Keep up the great work!!

Jennifer Finn said...

Thanks for the chance!!

Carrie said...

Thank you for dropping a little bit of joy in my inbox once a week when you send your positive outlook email and a little beauty once a week when you send your latest project. It makes me happy to know you are doing what you love because this means you have love to share with others.

Carrie

Natascha Rieper said...

A brave decision that is working out great for you! It was meant to be! P.S I gotta ask you about the self-publishing thing.

Lline said...

Just goes to show hard work can be the easiest, most fun, and enjoyable time when you are doing what you love. A big thank you from all of us out here for sharing all your talents and love of creating.

John Potter said...

love to sew pillows with the fabric stroke survivor.

Carrie P. said...

I know the giveaway is over but I just wanted to wish you Happy Anniversary. A lot has happened in the two years. Congrats on all of it dear friend.