Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday post again and a Sneaky Peeky

Hellooooooo! Did you have a good weekend? Well, this is my second post for today. I received several emails from friends asking for a Flickr group to share their Harrington and Hannah blocks. So, I sat down this afternoon and figured out how to make one! Woo hoo! See the post below or the link on my sidebar if you would like to join the group. We would love to have you join the show and tell!

Ok, so on to the rest of Monday. I also received an email asking if all the Harrington and Hannah blocks would have snowmen? Nope! Will they all be holiday themes? Nope!

They are all different. Some may have a seasonal theme, but all will be about kindness, giving and the spirit of friendshilp.

Here's a sneaky peeky of the February block.

Then I received an email asking for some table top quilt and stitchery hangers. They are such a fun way to display mini quilts, stitcheries, wool projects, and art quilts. I ordered these and they are now available in the SHOP.

I also got these new Valdani 3 strand floss colors. Oooooooooooo....pretty!

Alrighty then. I think I have answered this weekend's questions. Hope your week is off to a good start. See ya Wednesday! :)

xx, Michelle and the Bunnies

The Adventures of Harrington and Hannah

Harrington and Hannah Fabric KitHarrington and Hannah Valdani Floss KitHarrington and Hannah Wool KitHarrington and Hannah January BlockThe Adventures of Harrington and Hannah Free BOM

I've created a Flickr group to share your Harrington and Hannah blocks. Would love to have you join us!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Friday - Winner!

"Your attention please. We are ready to announce the winner of our 1000 followers and friends giveaway!"

"Oh boy! Who is it Hannah?"

"Congratulations to our friend Joy of Joy Patch! Joy lives in Australia and is a very talented quilt designer! In fact, mama has one of her bag patterns that she's had on her to do list for a while."

"Joy, please email us your address and Love Bunny will be on her way to you."

"I don't know about you Hannah, but I sure do feel loved with all of these followers and friends."
"Me too Harrington... me too."

Happy Friday!
xx, Harrington and Hannah

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Work'in on it Wednesday


This week I have been at my drawing table for hours working on a new pattern. Since this year is all about wool and stitchery, I wanted a fun design for Spring that would allow you to make a folky wool penny style hanging or a folky stitchery hanging.
Here's a sneaky peeky.

Of course, yesterday afternoon I changed my mind on my floss colors and have decided I looooooove these together. So now it's time to get started making the samples. The pattern should be ready by the end of February if not sooner.

This is the fun hanger I chose! Isn't it sweet!?! It's only 6", so this will be a cute little project to welcome Spring. The hangers are available in my SHOP now.

Don't forget to register for our giveaway on the post below and don't forget about the Harrington and Hannah BOM (see the side bar picture).

So what are you work'in on this week?

xx, Michelle

Monday, January 23, 2012

1000 Followers and Friends Giveaway!

Hellooooooooooo there! Happy first day of the Dragon Year! I would like to kick off this year with a giveaway to celebrate over 1000 Followers/Friends! When I started blogging in 2007, I never dreamed I would meet so many wonderful new friends! Woooooo hoooo!

I decided that I wanted to make my giveaway gift as you know I love handmade! My idea came from a little Dutch bunny. You see, when I was 6 years old, my parents took me, my brother and my sister to see some friends of theirs. When we arrived, there were lots of kids to play with. However, there was also a little black and white Dutch bunny. Her name was Love. While all the other kids went out to play, I stayed with Love the entire time. Thus began my "love" affair with bunnies.
So, I would like to introduce you to Love, the wool bunny folk art pillow! Love is my own design and my giveaway gift to you as you are so very loved by us!

To enter, just leave me a comment on this post. Of course, if you are signed up on the right as a Follower/Friend, you will get two chances! Harrington and Hannah will announce the winner Friday, January 27th in their weekly update. Please note...Blogger has been naughty on some sites and not allowing folks to leave a comment. If you encounter such a problem, please send me an email so I can enter you in the giveaway.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so very much for your friendship, encouragement and love!

xx, Michelle

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Friday with Harrington and Hannah

Hello and Happy Friday!

Harrington and Hannah here with the notes from this week's company meeting!

First we're so happy that all of you are having fun with our Block of the Month! We sold out of wool kits and floss kits, but our new shipment will be in today if you want to order some!
Mama wanted you to note that if you purchased the wool kit from us, you have plenty of space to cut out all your Harrington's and Hannah's, but you need not be wasteful. Here's how her's looked on the piece of Sandstone wool. She said it's a good idea for you to go ahead and cut them all out ahead of time.

Now we would like to sent a big giant hug of thanks to Captain (mama's very close and dear friend, Michelle, who's a Captain in the US Navy. Mama calls her Captain cause she's so proud of her)!

She sent us this fun activity center! We have spent most of our week taking naps in it as mama can't see us being lazy in there!

Thanks so much Captain! We love it!

Next we want to show you what mama received from her dear friend, Jules of Adventures in Thread. Isn't this sooooooooo pretty?!? Jules' embroidery work is incredible as are all of her many, many talents. Thank you Jules!

Mama received this beautiful hexie mat and scissor fob from our dear friend Melody of The House on the Side of the Hill. Love them! The scissor fob is a locket and mama put our pictures in it!

Melody is also hosting a FREE BOM wool penny rug project! Hop over and check it out! Isn't this year so fun with all these wonderful wool projects!!
Finally, mama bought herself a new toy. She saved her pennies for quite a while to get it.
She said she needs to spend a lot of time this weekend reading this!!!

Please join us on Monday to celebrate the first day of the Dragon Year and our 1000 followers/friends Giveaway! Woo hoo!! We still can't believe all the friends we have made!

            So have a fun weekend and we'll see you Monday!

              Yep, see you Monday!

Happy Friday!
xx, Harrington and Hannah

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Work'in on it Wednesday

Hi there! How's your week going so far? Mine is super busy, but I'm having a great time! I'm soooooooo happy that you are loving the first block in the Harrington and Hannah BOM! Now I can't hardly wait to show you the February block! The bunnies and I send sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you that have purchased floss, wool and fabric!

I'm starting again today with my Work'in on it Wednesday posts. Each Wednesday I'll show you something I'm work'in on and I hope to hear what you're work'in on too!
So this week, I want to show you my new Folk Art Fusion piece. It's called "Party Under the Pear Tree." The bunnies told me there will be lots of "hip hop" music. ;) hee,hee,hee.
I still have the stitching, quilting and binding to do, but I sure do love how this piece is looking so far. It's going to hang in my dining room.

As I mentioned a while back, I'm working on my first Folk Art Fusion book. I hope to have it ready in May. In it, I'll teach you how to do Folk Art Fusion. I know you will love it just as much as I do!

So, what are you work'in on this Wednesday?

xx, Michelle

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Adventures of Harrington and Hannah BOM

Woo Hoo! I'm sooooooooooooo excited to have you joining me and the Bunnies on this creative adventure! Each month will be a different block featuring stitchery, wool applique and patchwork! The finished quilt will measure 46" x 58". Each block will have a folk art feel and will feature Harrington and Hannah doing something kind, giving, or in the spirit of friendship. The blocks will posted in our SHOP on the 15th of every month under free designs, and will remain there all year.

Let's get this party started! :)

This month, Harrington and Hannah gave a carrot to a new friend. They know that sharing with others warms the heart and spreads love around the world.

There are still some wool, fabric and floss kits available and we will be getting new shipments very soon.

We also want to thank you for following along with us on this blog. We see we are almost to 1000 friends! Hmmm....may have to have a giveaway on that one!

Hugs and Happy Stitching!
Michelle, Harrington and Hannah

Friday, January 13, 2012

Notes from Harrington and Hannah

Hi there! Harrington and Hannah here. At our recent company meeting, Mama informed us that

in addition to keeping the employee break room clean, (ridiculous) we are now responsible for updating you with things going on here at The Raspberry Rabbits and with our friends.

So here's the updates for this week.
First, if you have not downloaded all your Free Stitchery Patterns for 12 of Hearts BOM, hop over and get them now. Mama is taking them down tomorrow evening and they will be gone, gone, gone.

Second, The Adventures of Harrington and Hannah FREE BOM will debut on Sunday! Pass the word. We're looking forward to having you stitch along with us! You can purchase the Wool Kit, the Floss Kit and the Fabric Kit in our SHOP. The patterns will be FREE!

Third, our good friends over at Heart of a Cowgirl would like you to visit and read about a fundraiser they are doing to support the Heartland Rabbit Rescue. There are lots of pretty things you can purchase and money will go to help lots of our bunny friends that are waiting for forever homes.

                     Is that all Harrington?

          Yep Hannah, I think that's everything for this week.

Good, let's take a break.

Happy Friday!
Harrington and Hannah 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Inspiration and coming full circle

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know I have changed my interior decor a bunch of times in the ten years I have lived in my home. The years I spent building new homes, added fuel to my decorating frenzy. I've had everything from Shabby Chic, to Victorian, to all white. What was always a conflict for me was the way I drew and designed my patterns and the way I decorated.

In November, I finally came full circle with all my decorating and soul searching. I found a dining room set that truly felt like me and was a perfect match to my quilts, stitchery and Folk Art Fusion. In my normal fashion, I sold my other dining set, saved some more pennies and purchased my new table. I decided to ignore trends, styles, friends opinions, HGTV and just go with what felt like home to me.
Here is my prior dining room set. Nice, but still a little frou frou.

Here is my new dining room set. It has a more warm, welcome and country feel. The ends slide out and I can fit 12 people around it. I love how my Folk Art Fusion "Peter and Peter the Pumkin Eaters" piece looks with it. I'm also proud to say it was made in America, not China.
I also found this old pie safe in an antique mall. I just knew it would be perfect in the corner and it is.

While visiting a friend before Christmas, I went into a country shop and found a bench. I knew it would be perfect for my mudroom.
                    Mudroom before.

                          Mudroom now.

My home and my design style are now a perfect compliment to each other and to me, a simple blue jeans and cowgirl boot kinda gal. I've been truly inspired to create and will have new patterns coming soon.  I need a table runner, some pillows for the bench a new Folk Art Fusion piece, some stitcheries and mini quilts for the wall and a penny rug for the top of the pie safe. Of course, they will have bunnies. After all, I will always be the crazy bunny lady. hee,hee,hee.

So, I've come full circle with my decorating and returned to the warm, welcoming and relaxed style of Country decor. A perfect style for quilts, stitchery and wool projects to reside in. A perfect place for friends to feel at home. A perfect place for things made by hand.

I'm looking forward to sharing my new designs with you! Have a fun day!

xx, Michelle

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