Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a very happy and safe New Year!
My entire family is going to be together for the first time since 2002. So just wanted to let you know I'll be spending time with them. The bunnies and I will be back to visit with you on Tuesday.

Thanks so much for your friendship, kindness and hugs. We're looking forward to spending this new year with you and having lots of fun!

xx, Michelle, Harrington and Hannah

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Report from Bunnyville

"Hey Harrington, why's Mama working so hard?"

"Hannah, you know she's been getting ready for the Harrington and Hannah Block of the Month coming January 15th. She's been cutting fabrics, making kits, updating inventory and doing all that boring paperwork stuff she has to do. I'm just glad she's doing it and hasn't asked us to help."

"Well I'm not about to do any work. I have vacation time I'm using up."

"Me too. Hey, ya got anymore of those banana chips left over from the office Christmas party?"

Yes indeed, while the bunnies are busy using up their vacation time, I'm busy getting ready for the new year and all the fun we are going to have. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and I can hardly wait to show you the Harrington and Hannah BOM!!! I'm totally about to pop!!!

Michelle and the slacker, vacationing bunnies

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Somebunny's been Spoiled!

I believe somebunny has been very, very spoiled.

Yes, and it's not us Harrington!

Nope you two, it's me.  Although you both have lots of goodies coming your way. But, I have been truly spoiled by friends with gifts and beautiful cards this year. I just have to show you!

First from on of my dearest bloggy friends, Donna of Brynwood Needleworks, came this fabulous, felted, fella! (try and say that 3 times fast, hee,hee,hee, I crack myself up)

Isn't he incredible?!? I love his sweet face! She had this bunny made for me by artist Linda Wonser. I looooooove him! He will sit on my desk in my office to remind me I better hop to it and don't dilly dalley!

Next, from my incredibly talented stitching assistant and friend, April in Alabama, came this! I decided to use it as an ornament on my tree and love it there! Thank you April!

Then, my friend Natasha, who is an incredible artist, painted this santa ornament and made a card featuring her horse. Natasha has lots of critters, including two bunnies!

My sweet friend, Gail, who makes the such sweet things, made these ornaments for me! Aren't they cute?!

My absolutely fun friend, Barb of Bejeweled Quilts by Barb, made this adorable Santa ornament and beautiful card. I hope I get to meet Barb in person soon!

Back in July, I was so excited to meet Susanne and her family, who were vacationing in the States from Denmark! They drove out of their way just to meet me and the bunnies! I was so honored and we had the best afternoon together! Susanne (no blog) sent me these wonderful gifts. The bunny is filled with cotton balls and you just pull them out and use them. Cute! Then she sent me some Christmas stamps from Denmark! I get so excited over mail from other countries!
This is a pin that was made for the stamp this year. Susanne told me that this is a special Danish Christmas elf (crawling pixie) who is made of cardboard and placed on bookshelves.  The money raised from the sales of this stamp, help support children with weight problems. They go to a special home for 6-12 weeks and get help loosing the weight. Thanks so much Susanne! Hugs to you, the girls and Rune!

Then came a package from my dear friend Di and her cat (my niece) Miss Gracie. I was just telling David the other night that my hands were freezing as I worked on the computer and I wanted some of those hand warmer things. Well look what Di made! Hand warmers, a scarf and a hat! I put them on right away and was toasty warm working on the computer! Thanks Di! Perfect timing!
Di also gave me this beautiful piece. Made me cry as I thought of my sweet Sugar Bunny, who I lost in April and all the other bunny nieces and nephews that crossed over the bridge this year. I know they are safe and loved in the arms of angels.

Now I would like to share some of my most favorite cards I received.

This is my niece, Francesca whom we call, Frankie. She is as soft as a lamb and does the most hilarious things! She is always the center of attention everywhere she goes. Everyone loves her to pieces, including me!

This card came from my sweet bunny friend, Christina of Rabbit Tidbits. I've hung this on my vision board in Bunnyville to remind me of the person I strive to be.

This card came all the way from Scotland and was made by my poet friend, Juliet Wilson. Juliet is also an environmentalist and such an inspiration to me on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. She made this card from old computer paper. I love it as it is a true reflection of Juliet.

My totally fun and funny friend, Jade of Zen of Bun, gave me the card above and the card below. The card below is my nephew, Mickey. He's such a handsome bun and I adore him as much as his mom! Jade has such an incredible sense of humor and sometimes I find it hard to leave comments on blogs after her as I'm laughing so hard!

This beautiful card was handmade by my friend Kristin Bonforte (no blog). I think it is absolutely gorgeous! My theme for this year is Peace on Earth, so this is so perfect.

And this card from my dear friend, Sharon of Corgis in my Garden, say's it all. It truly is the happiest season. A season filled with love, friendship, light and good wishes from everyone around the world. I am truly spoiled and incredibly blessed.

May you have a beautiful, happy and joyous Christmas, and may your day be filled with good food, long naps and lots of snuggles from those you love.

All our love,
Michelle, Harrington and Hannah

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hello Bunnies in my Tree

I wanted to share some bunny ornaments with you. They make me smile and I hope they make you smile too.

These were handmade by my friend Annette.

These were handmade by my friend Natasha. They're paper!

My best friend, Beth, (no blog) and I swap ornaments every year. This is the one she gave me this year. Handmade from West Virginia.

This is one I bought at the show in November.

Finally, my tree topper. I've had this handmade bunny elf since 1993.

Hello bunnies on my tree! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Card Box Tutorial

Helloooooooooo there! Did you have a good weekend? Are you ready for Christmas and all the fun festivities? I sure am!

For years I have been recycling some of the Christmas cards I've received into little gift boxes. When I worked in offices and the business received cards, I would make them into boxes for all my coworkers. I thought you might enjoy making some too so here we go!

First you need these supplies:  Christmas cards (you can use other cards also), a ruler, a pencil, scissors, double stick tape and Starbucks.

Ok, so you really don't need a Starbucks Grande Breve Latte, but I'm totally addicted to them and they make me Merry! hee,hee,hee.

So back to the program.  First you're going to cut your cards in half on the fold line.

Now, take your ruler and measure 1/2" in from the long edge of the card and draw a line. Repeat on the other edge.

Then on the short edge of the card, measure in 1 1/4" and draw a line. Repeat for the other side.

It will look like this.

Now take your scissors and cut this line just to the intersection.

Repeat for all four corners.

Next, apply a little piece of the double sided tape to the back of the flaps.

Fold the sides up using the pencil line as your fold line and tape the flaps to the inside of the short edge flap.

Then apply a little piece of tape between the two flaps.

Now fold the edge of the card down to cover the flaps. Repeat for the other side.

You'll repeat these steps for the other half of your card to make the top of the box.

Inserte the bottom of the box into the top and viola', you now have a Christmas card box! You can use them as decorations under little trees or add some ribbon or string and make them into a fun garland.

You can also use them as a pretty box for gift cards. When the recipient opens the box they can read the message inside. Fun!

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. This is a great craft project to do with the kiddo's too! They could add candy and give them as gifts to their friends.  :)

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