Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit - Welcome to May

Well hello there!

Did you miss me? Did you even notice I only posted once last month? My dear friend, Di Cannon did. I am fine. I'm just incredibly busy with traveling and teaching. It's simply easier for me to share my life on my Instagram and Facebook page as I can post from my phone when I'm traveling. Plus, there use to be tons of people who read my blog and now only a few loyal friends hop by to say hi. I've noticed the blogs that have all the big followers etc. are people who blog for a living. They don't really share their life, they share "content" that they get paid for by sponsors. I'm just not into that and I don't have the time for it. My blog will always remain a little place about my life.

Going forward, I will still post at least once a month, but that might be it. Unless, I feel like posting more. You never know when something might come along that I just have to share in the form of a blog post. So, be sure to sign up (on the right sidebar) to receive my posts in your email. That way you don't have to remember to hop by. Of course, you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram if you want to see what I have been doing on a daily basis.

So let's see.... last month brought lots of adventures. My "Within and Inch of my Life" continues to grow. I have been having lots of fun with these. It's really fun seeing what I'm inspired to stitch each day. Most people can't believe I'm keeping up. I think that is the fun of this personal challenge. To see what 365 of these look like all together will be amazing.

Next, Beth, my Best Friend of 38 years met me in Asheville, NC in the beginning of April. We wanted to have a little BFF friend getaway as she too is turning 50 this year.

Asheville is amazing! It's full of art, nature and incredible restaurants.This fella was at the visitor center.

Beth and I both love to hike. We hiked all over the North Carolina Arboretum. It was incredibly beautiful even though it was chilly. I love this photo of Beth under a fallen tree.

If I lived in Asheville, I would totally be a season ticket holder for the Arboretum. The gardens were magical. They even have a quilt garden! Every year they pick a quilt block and then plant flowers to form the block. It wasn't ready yet, but the block they picked this year is a tulip block. Cool!

I took lots of nature photos. I thought this was interesting with the ball of moss next to the hole on the stump. I decided it was a doormat for the fairies who live there. ;)

This color combination of green, white and grey captivated me.

This year will mark ten years of me being a vegetarian. No, I don't miss meat at all and no, David is not a vegetarian. I cook different food for us. However, he is no fun to go out to dinner with. He has the taste buds of a toddler! Beth, on the other hand, will try anything. This vegetarian and vegan restaurant was our favorite. The flavor of everything was to die for!!

I saw this sign and Beth and I joked about getting tattoo's for our 50th birthdays. Not! Chickens we are. Her more so than me. ;)

When I left Asheville, I went to Concord, NC to teach a class and give a trunk show. I'm not sure what happened to my photos, but I can't find them anywhere on my phone. Poo! It was a great time though and I had lots of fun with those gals.

Next, I arrived home and went to a local plant nursery with my pals, Babs and Molly. We met this handsome fella there. I love his hairdo! He also had a look on his face that said, "People please. If you don't have any snacks then be off with you!" LOL! I do love Alpacas.

Next up, I traveled to Marietta, GA to teach a class and give a trunk show to the guild there. I was so excited to be able to stay with a long time blog friend, Heather Kosbab. Yes, she made that quilt behind us. Pretty huh? Heather's son Kevin is also a quilt designer and teacher!

Here is some...yes just some of her stash!

Here are her design walls. She loves applique, especially applique from the Aussie designers.

This is the other side of her studio with her long arm machine. Yes, the place is ginormous. Are you jealous yet? LOL!!!

I had a super fun time with my students. This bubbly lady is Angie. She is just so cute and I loved her unique style. Her pincushion and bee matched her outfit right down to the pearls.

I did have one sad thing happen while I was there. A long time customer/blog friend was suppose to come meet me and take my class. She probably owns every single design I ever made. We were both looking forward to meeting each other. Instead.... she lost her battle with cancer and passed away the day of my class. It was just so sad. Sending you hugs in Heaven Karen Mayhem. This was the inchie I stitched that day.

This month, David and I also celebrated one year in our cottage. Here is how the front yard looked when we moved in last year.

Here is how our cottage looks now. Funny how the sunlight makes it look yellow when it isn't.

We do plan on having the exterior painted this year. The cottage is 17 years old and it really needs painting in addition to some repairs.

Here's how the inside is shaping up. We got rid of all the icky grey paint and now it is a soft warm "aged white." I just can't do grey. It makes me depressed.

This is the guest bedroom. My friend, Jade, made the afghan at the bottom of the bed. It is alpaca yarn!

The elf on top of the bookcase belonged to my grandmother. It was made in Germany. I have always loved it and have fond memories of it in her house. I thought he looked perfect there as he is reading a book.

Our cottage is small. It looks big on the outside, but it really isn't. It's about 1800 square feet which includes my 300 square foot studio above the garage. It's cozy and warm and super easy to keep clean. ;)

What I love most about it is the light that floods in from every direction. I can't live in a dark house. I love the light.

Speaking of light, I got these new buffet lamps. They have gorgeous linen shades on them. Squee!

I also got some linen curtains for the living room. I still want to change out that striped chair. Saving my pennies for that.

Here's one view of the back yard.

Here's the other view. I'm so excited that we have bluebirds living in the house back there!

My dear friend, Lydia came to visit me too. It was so much fun spending time with her. As usual, we didn't get a photo. We did laugh that we both have the same hairdo though. Should length, strait bob. This is Alexander. He was at a local garden and home shop near me. I kept saying, "If he is still there when Lyd comes to visit, I will get him." Well, you can see he was. :)  Mr. MacGregor has moved to the back porch.

I also finally got around to organizing my curio cabinet. You know how much I can't handle clutter. I'm really happy with how this looks now.

I'm also really happy with the built in cabinet we had made. It looks so much better than that ugly hole in the wall that was there.

Steve and Val, my friends who purchased my New Bern house, also stopped by for a quick visit. It was great to see them. Val and I are kindred sisters for sure.

Sabrina says hello. Silly puddy tat just loves bath towels! "They're mine...all mine!"

Tomorrow, May 2, marks Hannah's seventh year with me. I can't believe it has been that long. She is also somewhere between nine and eleven years old. I'm not really sure as the rescue I adopted her from didn't know for sure. While she has some arthritis, she is doing really well. She is just as sweet and loving as she has always been. She is the oldest bunny I have ever had and she has been with me the longest out of all my bunnies. I'm soooooooooo incredibly lucky to have her sweet self in my life. Happy seventh "Gotcha Day" Hannah bunny!

Tomorrow I head back to Georgia to teach again. So until next time, I'll see you somewhere down the rabbit hole.

Hugs and friends,



Wow--can't believe you have been in the cottage for a whole year already!!!
and that Hannah has been with you for 7 years--that makes us 'old' friends too as I knew you before you got her!!! Sabrina looks sooo sweet there with her head on the towels--!! And you have become quite the traveler these days--how exciting--and you still have had time to work on the house!!!
Am sad to learn of your friends passing--
you might only blog once a month but you did well in catching us up--I know I should probably get on the 'band' wagon with facebook or Instagram--but--???
sending love your way-enjoy, di

Frog Quilter said...

I read with interest every time you post. Always fun to see what you ar doing.

Petal49 said...

Wow Michelle you have been busy. I follow you on Facebook and Instagram but seem to miss the continuity that your blog has. Your cottage is looking wonderful both inside and out. Lovely to see Sabrina and Hannah bunny. I loved seeing the inside of Heather's studio as I follow her on IG and love her work.

Janet said...

What a fun blog post ...I really enjoyed reading everything so thank you for sharing. And happy spring, FINALLY, from your friends in Canada 😊😊😊

almtsbb said...

I did notice that you only posted once in April, but also saw on Facebook how busy you had been. I like blogs better than Facebook because I don't have to scroll through dozens and dozens of ads to find the people I'm following.

RG said...

I takes us a year just to unpack into a different house - let alone total redecorate!

Hannah looks just fine!

We keep up with friend Jade too - I think she was pretty much snow bound this winter and did a great job on the comforter.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a lovely home. It's so perfectly decorated. Sounds like you had a blast with your good friend.

I used to post on my blog almost everyday. But as the followers have stopped commenting I've slowed down myself.

I guess life changes. I do have Facebook, but it's not as much fun to me.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hannah-Banana-Bo-Banna, you are still as beautiful and bountiful as ever! Oh Shell, she has been such a companion for you and may she have more years left to give you all the peace and friendship a bunny can give.

Your cottage is quite the stunner of the block! Isn't it nice to simply relax in your abode?

I hear ya about blogging. And IG, for that matter. Those who have decided to make social media their workplace are of a different sort, God bless them. Since I hold a regular full time job, I could never blog for a living, but like you, I don't want to push someone else's content. So my funky, poetic wannabee blog is still there, but neglected and yeah, has lost many a follower except those few faithful.

We carry on, however, and may all of us carry on walking the path toward peace.

e said...

Hi Michelle,
Great post. So much going on happily for you. Happy gotcha day, Hannah. LOVE, LOVE, love your inchies. What a great journaling project.

Sharon Decker said...

I always look forward to your blog entry. I don't do Facebook and I don't do Instagram. I follow blogs and yours has been one of my favorites since a friend told me about The Raspberry Rabbits about 7 years ago. Today is my 54th wedding anniversary and your blog started my day off with a smile, as always. Give a loving pat to Hannah and Sabrina.

suz said...

lots going on for you! Hannah looks wonderful, as does Sabrina. I'm enjoying watching the progress on your hexi project (see it on Facebook).

Createology said...

Happy one year anniversary to you being in your beautiful cottage. Happy Birthday Hannah Bunny. Hello Sabrina Puddy Tat. What a busy yet glorious month you have had. Love everything you shared except...condolences on your friend losing her cancer battle. Amazing quilts...wonderful BFF adventure...fun class teachings...Vegetarian food is delicious! Your Inchie project is very rewarding and such a unique way to memorialize each day. Life is busy and we are finally in escrow! It has been a long arduous three years. So much to do now and I am finally serious about purging and downsizing. Blessings Sweet Shell...xo

Loris said...

Hi Michelle,
I'm reading your blog posts and enjoy the pictures of your new home, your sweet Sabrina and dear Hannah. Happy Gotcha Day to her :-) It is my Luke's 6th birthday today (my golden retriever) so we will be celebrating right along with you.
I have been following your posts on IG as well. I would comment here on the blog post more but am having troubles with Blogger. It won't recognize my profile so I can comment when using the Chrome browser (or whatever it is!) and on IG or Internet Explorer...it keeps dropping you from my reading list and I have to add you each time I want to comment. I am having trouble with many bloggers this way...not just you and I have gotten out of the habit of commenting unless, like this...I really want to get something said. It's rather frustrating as a big draw for me is the connection. I may speak up more on your IG pictures just so you know I'm still out here :-)
Hugs to you and those sweet fur creatures. I bet they are loving the new digs there. Your home is beautiful!
Loris, from Cambria,CA :-)

Loris said...

P.S. I get your blog posts by email now so I don't miss any but I can't comment via that path. Look for my hearts on IG :-)

Jeanette said...

Glad to see a post from you. I love to read all about your adventures. Hugs,xx

Kristy said...

What a lovely post today. So glad to read your blog. I like reading blogs about real people. You always have fun things going on plus darling bunny pictures! :-) Your house is lovely. So glad you can decorate it and enjoy the light. I hope you keep posting on your blog because that is what I enjoy the most. So fun to see Hannah again. thanks for catching us up. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

Susie said...

Love seeing the photographs of your new home and all the changes and of your travels. Will defintely look you up on Instagram. I, too,have noticed that people who used to blog all the time have either reduced or not blogging at all which is such a shame. I don't like commercials on my blog, as it is just about my quilting journey and our family/home etc.

I do hope you do continue to blog even if it is only once a month.

Happy Gotcha Day to Hannah.

Hugs, Susie x

Barb said...

What a busy life....see you on FB all the time. Isn't it great

Jill said...

It does take time to post which I understand totally. I do enjoy your posts which include your cottage, projects and your dear bunny friends.

Susan said...

Thank you for posting. I love your blog although I don't comment much on anyone's blog. I don't do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever else is out there but I do have my blog list and love to hear from you. I like seeing into your day to day life so thank you again for sharing with us whenever you have time. So nice not to see dozens of the same picture from different angles. Love Miss Hannah!

Kris said...

Wonderful post, Shell!! And I agree with you, blogging is nothing like it used to be as far as visits and comments!! Your home is absolutely gorgeous - a 180 degrees from mine!! LOL!! One day though I hope to have a beautiful home too!! So much fun to read this post!! Love you lots!! Kris xoxoxox

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

What a magnificent month. I love the house changes.

You've seen some gorgeous spots this month.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Great post! Lovely to see Hannah and Sabrina and that handsome alpaca!

Erica said...

What a lovely post! I love catching up on all your news! Please tell me though, what is a trunk show?

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