Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lattes, Puzzles, Friends and Inchies

Hi ya and happy first day of Spring! It's still chilly here, but that's ok because it makes my latte lunch break extra cozy. There is a new coffee roaster cafe that opened up near my neighborhood. I've been a Starbucks snob forever, but.... I will admit, this latte from Casa Blanca is waaaaaaay better!! Oh my gosh! Plus, who doesn't love a little love in their cup? ;)


My sis-n-laws came for a visit last week. They brought this incredible puzzle!


It's made in the USA and is actual cut wood!


I will admit, we were addicted to putting it together. It was a true challenge and so much fun.


This is what the back looks like. Can you see all the other shapes in it like the octopus, starfish, turtle and sailboat? Isn't that cool? I highly recommend this company if you like to do puzzles. We are going to pass them around through David's family and then to our friends. I already have my eye on one to get David for his birthday in May.


I only have one week left of my "Within an Inch of my Life" project. I can't believe it is coming to an end. I've had so much fun!



Here's a few more of my inchies. I did one for the puzzle.


Then I did one for our sick little cottage. Our foundation was falling and we had to spend $10k to have steel peers put under the house. Of course, insurance won't cover it unless it actually falls down and you can't live in it. Don't get me started on that.

The right end of our house was then leveled as that had fallen the most. It was crazy watching the 2" plus gap under the baseboards go away as they lifted the house. I would much rather have spent that money on enclosing our screened porch! Poo!


This next inch was for International Women's Day.



I'm proud to be a strong, independent woman. Me at age 9. Hated dresses then, hate them now.


This is a note my friend, Janet Melanson, left on my Facebook business page.
"On this, International Women's Day..you are a great example of an awesome internet/blog personality..who champions independent design, caring for bunnies and all wildlife, and being an example of one of the best women of our time.. well done you!"

I will admit, she brought me to tears with that note. Sometimes people just don't know how much kind words can mean to someone. That was a huge hug for me that day when I needed it.

From Friday to Tuesday morning, I got to spend time with a new forever friend, Kelly Ashton. Kelly was in town for several quilting classes and lectures including one for my guild. She stayed with us and we immediately clicked. Isn't it funny how that happens? Kelly is a kind, loving and beautiful soul who also happens to be an amazing teacher and quilter. If your guild is looking for a teacher that can give a class on mastering points and "Y" seams, you need to contact Kelly. Her lecture and trunk show is also incredible! You can reach Kelly HERE. Tell her the bunnies and I said Hi!


Speaking of traveling and meeting friends, my passport finally arrived! I'll be going to England in October to see Sallieann and to finally meet Jules in person!! My best friend, Beth, is going on this adventure with me. We're sooooooooo excited!!!


Well, that's it for this week. I'll see you back here next Thursday instead of Wednesday. Have a relaxing weekend!


Light, love and hugs,
Michelle

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sneaky Peeky and Podcast Link

Hi my friend!  I hope you have been having a good week and a good March so far. The weather has been absolutely nuts around here. One day it is almost 80 the next day it's 40! Mother Nature is certainly not happy.

This week I want to share a little sneaky peeky of something new that I will be debuting either late April or early May. It's called "The Shell Collector."



This new design will be part of a whole new rabbit hole I am hopping down and I'm really excited to share it with you. I will have lots to tell in the coming months and look forward to having you join me on this new adventure.

Also, I was delighted to be a guest on Pat Sloan's podcast. It was six years ago the last time I was guest. Good gracious time has flown by!



If you would like to listen, you can hop on over HERE. I'm the fourth guest on the show. The other guests were wonderful to listen to as well. It's always love hearing a person's story and all about their creative journey.



Have a relaxing weekend and I'll see ya back here next week!

Hugs and friends,
Michelle and the fuzzy ones

Friday, March 8, 2019

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio

Hi ya!

Just a quick hop in to invite you to listen in on Monday, March 11 at 4:45. The show starts at 4 and I will be the 4th guest of the day.

You can listen HERE.



Hugs and friends,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Class and the Escape Artist

Well hi there! Sorry I missed my post last week. I was in Southern Pines, NC teaching and had been gone for five days. After my drive home I just didn't feel like writing. I wanted to spend time with David and the fuzzy ones. :)

I had a wonderful time with everyone there. Class was really fun! Here are some of my students with their bunny ears.




The weather was totally nuts. When I got to my hotel, it was in the 70's. The next day it was sleeting and freezing! When I got home and went for my morning walk, all the Eastern Redbuds in our neighborhood had bloomed. I think they are so pretty and a welcoming sign of Spring. Of course, then it got cold again over the weekend. Mother Nature is having some serious issues.




While I was gone, Henry was a naughty boy and escaped the condo. Basically making a jail break. He only weighs 4 lbs, but the little bugger is strong! He bent the metal bars (see on the floor to the left) that we use for extra support. He pushed the condo over to the rug where he got extra traction, lifted a section up and squeezed out. Then he hopped in the black hay bucket, had a snack, jumped behind my file cabinet, took a nibble of of my modem cord and then set off on a "hop" about the house!

David came home and went up to my studio to look for Sabrina. Out popped Henry from under my sewing table. He scared David to death! I'm sure he scared Sabrina to death too as she was downstairs on the bed and not in her basket. I soooooooooo wish I had a camera to see all of that unfolding. Henry hopped across the whole house and up the stairs!


It took David a while to catch him. He had to bribe him with a treat. He's just a young boy and even though the condo is big, he likes to get out and play.


As of today I have one month left of inchies to stitch. I can't believe it will be 365 days of journaling through embroidery.



Well, I'll see ya next week!
Michelle

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Packing, Cutting and the Cat

Hi there!

I've been a busy bunny around here. I'm getting ready to visit the Sandhills Quilters Guild here in NC. We are going to have a fun play date together making my "Beekeeper Pincushion."

This is a finished pincushion by my friend, Moira MacAvoy, from the Charlottesville Quilters Guild class. Isn't it beautiful? Moira is an embroidery artist and it shows in her exquisite work.



David has been cutting hexies for me. I have loaded them in my SHOP if you are interested. I also have a few openings left this year for Play Dates if your group our guild would like to contact me. Information is also in my shop.



My "Within an Inch of my Life" project continues to grow and grow. Only a little over a month left to go! Did you like that rhyme? hee,hee,hee.



Yesterday's inch was for Sabrina and her love of towels.



She doesn't care about any of the other laundry that I fold on the bed, only the towels. She comes running to sit and roll all over them.



She just cracks me up!



Well, gotta get back to work. Have a great Valentines Day, a fun weekend and I'll see ya back here next week.

Hugs and friends,
Michelle

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Heartfelt Notes

Well helloooooooo!

In celebration of the month of love, I decided to release my Heartfelt Notes pattern for purchase until Valentines Day, February 14.



This pattern is normally exclusive to my "Play Date" participants. It's a really fun class and I love seeing all the creativity that comes from it.

Each of these 4" x 6" postcards features my signature "reverse wool applique" technique.



I love adding all kinds of different embroidery stitches with Valdani perle cotton. I think the variegated threads make the wool felt shine don't you?




There are five postcard designs in the pattern with written instructions and full color photos.


Hop on over to my SHOP to purchase the PDF download. Remember, it will only be available until February 14.

Hugs and love to you,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This week from Bunnyville...

Hi ya!

First, I want to thank you for your kind comments on last week's post. Blogging has been part of my life for a very long time now and so much has changed. It's not the number of comments I was concerned with, it was the number of readers. Well that and how many ridiculous "Spam" comments I get from bots that I then have to go and delete. It's so annoying! However,  I decided I will continue on here for a while longer and just see how it goes. It's truly nice to share this little place in my world with you.

So... that being said, here is this week from Bunnyville.

David finished painting the guest bedroom. While he was at it, he also painted my bookcase. It was handmade by a friend 27 years ago. It's real, solid wood. No press board crap! I still love books and enjoy collecting special ones. The afghan at the bottom of the bed was handmade by my dear friend Jade. It's alpaca yarn and is soooooooo warm! I'm designing a pillow for the bed and will be offering it in my shop once I get it done.

My office is the only room left to paint here at Bayfield Cottage. Once it's done, the entire cottage will have been painted inside and out. It sure did need it and we are both really happy with how it looks. My signature, calm, clean and serene.


I actually did my little inchie about my books.  :)


I'm pretty sure I will frame this when I'm done traveling with it. I will probably hang it in my office. It's so much fun going back and looking at them. So many people have been inspired to start their own project.


I added this really nice embroidery stitch guide to my shop.


I also added 16" x 16" pieces of 100% wool felt and

the iron on hexies that I'm using in my "Within an Inch of My Life" project. Hop on over to my SHOP if you would like to get them or some precut hexies and some Valdani too. The bunnies and I truly appreciate your friendship and support of our small business.


This is a little lemon tree my friend Patty gave me. It's been so cold here that I moved it into our bathroom where the sun just pours in. I think it's really happy here in this vintage pewter cup.


Of course, Sabrina knows what do do when it's cold outside. She finds her spot in the sun. She's so funny. She loves to sleep on a towel. Every morning when I make the bed, I have to put her towel on there too. Precious girl.


I was feeding Henry and Hannah this morning when I saw something fly by the window. I looked out to see this beautiful hawk sitting on the fence. It then few over to a tree and joined it's mate. I know they were discussing breakfast options. I told Henry and Hannah they should be very lucky they live inside and were not on the menu! ;)


Finally, I had a scare with Henry on Sunday and again last night. He stopped eating. We bunny parents know that it is not good when rabbits don't eat. It can literally be life threatening. The problem is fur. He has been shedding like crazy. All that nasty, yellow fur has been coming out in clumps. Even though I get tons off of him every day, rabbits groom themselves like cats do. However, unlike cats, they cannot cough up a hairball. Instead, the fur must pass through them, thus the reason they need a lot of hay and water.

I did all my tricks giving him drops for gas, making him run around the studio and syringing water into him. Luckily, that worked both times. This morning he was back to his normal self and I can say that the big shedding is over! Whew! It's always so scary with these fragile little creatures and needless to say, I didn't get much sleep either night. Little bugger.



See ya back here next week!
Michelle and the fuzzy ones

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hoppenings here in Bunnyville

Hi friend! How's your week been so far? Mine is busy but good. I have been thinking about this little old blog again. There use to be a time when I looked at my stats and saw that around 1200 people read my posts. Now.... I'm lucky there are 100. Is blogging just dead? Has Facebook and all other forms of Social Media really taken over? Hmmmm.... we'll see. What do you think?

Anyway, I wanted to share some "hoppenings" going on around here.

I have a small problem... I'm totally addicted to these cookies!!! LOL! They are so good. I eat two of them every day with my tea/coffee break. Sometimes... I eat them for breakfast!!!


My "Within and Inch of My Life" project continues to grow. I love working on this and friends in my Facebook group are having fun too!


Here's the one I did in honor of Dr. King. Love over hate always. I am completely worn out with all of the hate in the world right now. I try my best to focus on good things that we are all blessed with. Some days it's easier than others.


Indeed!


The moon has been so magical the last few nights. It's so pretty when it shines through the bare trees. I love looking at it and making wishes. :)





This is my talented and fun friend, Patty Marsden. She is an excellent seamstress.


This 100% wool coat was given to me by a quilt guild friend. She thought I might like to cut it up for my artwork. Instead, Patty made lots of alterations to make it a petite size and also replaced the lining.


I now have a classic dress coat to wear! I love it with my bunny scarf my sweet friend, Sallieann Harrison, brought me from England.


I actually just took this photo while I was writing this post. Hannah was giving Henry some kisses. Not like she has a choice. He literally just throws himself at her and demands to be groomed. My bunny friends understand this best. ;)


Hugs and see ya next week!

Michelle, the Bunnies and Sabrina kitty too