Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hellooooooo from The Raspberry Rabbits!

Well helloooooooooooooooooo there! I'm Michelle May from The Raspberry Rabbits! Everybody calls me Shell. Thanks so much, Madame Samm, for inviting me to be a guest blogger today! I'll try not to let you down  um...embarrass you. hee,hee,hee. Alrighty then, let's get this party started!

I've been quilting since 1989 when I was a mere 21 years old. Ahhh yes, the good ol' days of youth, fun, freedom....oh save yourself the calculations, I'm 42!  So anyway, I've been totally sucked in, gaga, crazy over quilting ever since then! I taught quilting at a local shop for over ten years and loved every minute of it. Quilting 101 was my most popular class. It was soooooo much fun introducing others to the joy of quilting and watching them become fabric addicts too! I mean hey, being an instructor and having others to blame your addiction on is fabulous!! (Still can't believe hubby fell for that one!)

In 2006 I opened my shop, The Raspberry Rabbits. Initially I opened the shop as a creative outlet from my stressful job in custom home building. A place that I could sell my patterns and art quilts and a way to share with others, as well as, a way to raise money for rabbit rescues. I have been in love with rabbits since I was six. I have two rescue rabbits that run free in my studio and use a litter box. Cool huh!

In April of last year, with the housing market going down the toilet, I was laid off from my construction job. However, being the positive person I am and with the support of my husband, David, I looked at it as the next chapter in my life beginning. The Raspberry Rabbits is now my career.

Okay, enough about all that, blah, blah, blah. Let's get on with it! My style tends to be "elegant folk art." It's the two sides of my personality. The interior decorator and the crazy bunny lady! Here are a few examples.

Fleur de Bunny. Do you see the bunnies in the middle????

Peter and Peter the Pumpkin Eaters. This is a fused collage background with white velvet bunnies and pumpkin. This was a one of a kind art quilt sold to a bunny lover who's husband's name is Peter! FUN!!

Rococo Rabbits. This pillow used the same collage method with white velvet.

I also love doing stitcheries as I find stitching incredibly relaxing and portable! I carry Valdani floss and am a designer with them. I looooooooooove this floss! These are a few of my stitchery patterns.

Rococo Roses No. 2.

Gabriella.

Winter Wishes.

Then, it's also so much fun to mix stitchery and quilting!

Friendship Rabbits.

Roses for Laura.

Bunny Love.

I am truly blessed to work from home in a studio with two fuzzy assistants. Occasionally I can get them to actually "assist" with something.


Here Sir Walter Harrington  (Harrington for short) pulls fabrics out of the cupboard for me to audition and then gives me his opinion on what he thinks will work well together.

Most of the time though there is a lot of this... (Sugie)

and this...(Harrington)

and this going on!!

Of course I also catch them whispering to each other about the boss!! Naughty bunnies!

It is so hard to find good help these days!

Sharing with people, bunnies, and story telling are as big a part of my life as quilting and stitching. My Blog is a blending of all. In fact, today starts my New FREE BOM stitchery series called "12 of Hearts!" Each month on the 12th, I will give you a new free heart pattern on my website. But, there's more! On my blog I also have a giveaway! Don't ya just love a giveaway?!? Leave me a comment here and hop on over to my blog too...

The Valdani 3 strand floss we are using this year!

I do hope ya'll will hop by and visit with me and the bunnies! It's been so much fun to be a guest blogger here! Thanks again Madame Samm!

May each of your days be fun, magical and full of love! So glad to meet you!

xx, shell, sugie and harrington

76 comments:

  1. Great post Shell. I do so love your blog and your cute bunnies. Fun to see you hopping over here and spreading fun at Stash Manicure too.

    Bunny kisses.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  2. Your quilted pieces are lovely...but it's the bunnies that stole my heart! Truly adorable chubby bunnies...off to check out your blog...

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  3. good post with something different. love it and will visit your blog too.

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  4. Thanks for your introduction to your helpers...and your story. Thank goodness you had your experience to fall back on..Like your pictures.

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  5. Usually see cats or dogs, nice to see bunnies too! I use to have one, I wanted this wee lil thing, it grew to be this BIG HUGE thing! Not what I wanted. He out grew his cage.

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  6. Your post today was just as entertaining as your blog Shell. I can't believe how quickly Harrington has become a best buddy to Sugie, it really doesn't seem that long since you got him.
    thanks for sharing
    hugs
    Miche'le

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  7. The quilts and embroidery pieces are beautiful!!

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  8. Love the whimsy! Been a fan of your BOMs and this is just too cute. And the cutie pie button is just right for it. Your helpers seem to like resting and plotting, more so than helping. My furry QUEEN loves to supervise at the highest vantage point. Thank you for sharing another aspect of stitching/quilting.

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  9. Cute bunnies - In Queensland Australia we are not allowed to keep rabbits as pets - though you can in other states of Australia (something to do with the fact that there are too many of them here and their rapid population growth) so it is lovely to have a look at such cute little things - Do really love that first heart and looking forward to more.

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  10. I love the bunnies! so nice to meet you! Amy

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  11. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life with us. I just love your bunnies and of course I love your work. you are truly an inspiration.

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  12. Your work is beautiful. I would love to win your give away I do enjoy some embroidery but have never tried that floss. The bunnies are so cute.

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  13. Exquisite quilts and stitcheries. I love the bunny models. We had rabbits for pets growing up but unfortunately they illegal in QLD now. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  14. Very interesting post. I love the work with those stitcheries and your bunnies are just the cutest.
    Thanks
    Elzaan

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  15. Thanks for a great post-I love being introduced to new designers. The stitchery is beautiful.

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  16. Good Morning Shell. what a lovely post to be wakened by this morning... Each segment as lovely as the end with your bunny tales, we most certainly must have you back at Easter, I can't imagine what you could bring us then...bless your heart to rescue your hopping buddies...great models they are..

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  17. I love bunnies and Valdani 3 strand floss, so please pick me as the winner. Then I will be ready to do the BOM. Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway.

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  18. You do beautiful work Shell! I love your Fleu de bunny quilt, it is lovely. As are your two assistants.

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  19. Your work is beautiful and, your bunnies, adorable! I did hop over to your blog, couldn't resist :) What fun! And, such a generous giveaway too... Thank You!

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  20. I so enjoyed hearing about Michelle, I love her blog and she certainly has a unique design of her very own. That is what makes her blog and her so special....

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  21. What a great outlook you have. We'd all be better off if we'd all have more fun. Love the bunnies and your work. Just beautiful.

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  22. Your work's just lovely - and the bunnies are lovely too!

    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  23. Great work. Those bunnies are the cutest ever.I really love your blog

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  24. Beautiful work - I just LOVE those stitcheries.

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  25. I love your bunnies!! We had one for several years named Ginger.

    I really like the "Gabrielle' stitchery...too cute!

    And btw, I'm Michelle and my husband is David. :-)

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  26. Great post! Makes me want to get back to stitching.

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  27. Great post with the show n tell. Will visit your blog!

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  28. Your work is so elegant and I like how you incorporate those cute bunnies! You have some sweet inspiration for what you are doing and I admire how you have dove in head over heels! Plus your assistants totally rock! Thank you so much for sharing and looking forward to looking into your blog!

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  29. Thanks Shell and the bunnies - i already visit your blog daily and thanks for visiting stash manicure!

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  30. What a wonderful post. I love your patterns and stitchery. It's so elegant. Thanks for sharing with us today. Hugs Ariane

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  31. All I can say is WOW, love your stitcheries. Going to hop on over to you blog and your website. Thank you for yourn humor and intro. Dee

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  32. Love your designs and the bunnies! I look forward to adding your blog to my daily visit list. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Thanks for sharing both your work and love of bunnies. I'm off to visit your blog.

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  34. Have followed the adventures of your bunnies for some time now and enjoy each and every post about them. Now I'm off to take a look at that BOM.

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  35. Oooohhh, bunny babies! I am smitten and now a follower of your blog too!

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  36. Beautiful projects and I just love your assistants!! How fabulous that it is the year of the rabbit! Thanks for an enjoyable read.

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  37. FANTASTIC!!!! I really enjoy'd meeting you and your bunnies. My girls project in 4H was Rabbits and I use to be the Show Superintendent - what FUN we had! Needless to say, we soon had bunnies all over the place - nearly 100 of them in the rabbitry. We named our "mini" with a brand: T-, it is read T Bar, Spelled out - Tibbar (rabbit backwards)!

    Thank you for sharing today!
    Kim ♥

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  38. What a fun post, Shell. Nice to meet a fellow bunny lover. Have you met my Wabbit Daze Gang on my blog? teehee!

    I'm looking forward to visiting your bunny blog. :-)

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  39. Your work is lovely but alas, I believe Harrington has stolen my heart! I had no idea bunnies could be trained to use litter boxes! Maybe there's a bunny (and a bunny quilt?) in my future! xo, Nan

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  40. I love your bunnies...I am going to have to try that floss...heading over to join your BOM

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  41. What a great read to start my day!!
    Your quilting and stitching is fabulous
    and I have never heard of that stitchery
    thread, so it's me that needs to be
    picked for that!!
    thanks for the humor so early in the morning,
    Marie

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  42. Wonderful post and love your style.
    Love your bunnies too. We used to have one and she was allowed to run around the house with the other animals, she loved playing with the dog.

    Debbie

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  43. What beatiful work you do!! Love the "hidden bunnies" in the applique. I'll be hoppin' on over to check out your blog.

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  44. Thank you for sharing! Just wonderful quilts. And those bunnies are so adorable. My ladies room sink is etched with a lovely bunny, floral and bird pattern all around. I should try to make a stitchery for that room with a bunny motif. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  45. Beautiful work and beautiful bunnies. What fun to have two rabbits to assist you in your sewing and designing.

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  46. Wow, your quilts and stitchery are beautiful! Thanks for being so generous with a free BOM pattern (like I need to add another one to my list ;o). Off to check your blog, Terri in BC

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  47. Your bunnies are great! I love your stitcheries too! I'm working my way through your Sentimental Phrases, so am too excited for your next BOM! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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  48. What a great post! I love your bunnies. I'm going to visit your blog right now because I am excited to see more of your creativity!

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  49. Beautiful artwork and gorgeous designs. Now to check your blog and join the BOM. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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  50. Shell, you must be a fun instructor. I love bunnies, and a great post for the year of the rabbit! Your work is inspiring. I have never heard of Valdani floss, and your stitchery is elegant. I am going to your blog.

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  51. Your quilting is amazing. Your assistants - PRECIOUS. Going now to drop in for a visit.....

    Hugs.

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  52. I had a pet bunny as a child that followed me everywhere!!! Floppsy would have loved your two helpers. Love to stitch and have never used the Valdani. Would love to try it!!!

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  53. Well, I think I'll just HOP on over and check out your blog!!
    Gmama Jane

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  54. Hi Shell! So glad to see you here. Your work is so elegant. Love it! Thanks for sharing and I am hopping over to your blog ;-)

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  55. Your stichery is beautiful, and classic. I may just have to hop,hop over!

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  56. What a fantastically fun post Shell! I adored reading the whole thing and so loved looking at your pictures!

    I will take the hat and bunnies please!

    Xoxoxxxx Ree

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  57. I love your gorgeous bunnies! The way you hid your bunnies as flowers in the quilt was very clever!

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  58. What cute bunny quilts and stitchery. I like the real bunny pictures too. I will hop on over to your blog and see what else you have posted.

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  59. Hello Shell....funny girl you are. Love your stitchery and your bunnies are sEw cute. I've been to your blog. Enjoyed your post and look forward to following you on your blog. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  60. Beautiful quilts and it is fun to see all the helpers!

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  61. Thank you for the introduction to your bunnies and stitchery. I'm off to visit your blog to learn more. The bunnies are so cute.

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  62. Shell I had no idea you were going to be on Stash so when I opened up this post tonight I was thrilled to see one of my BBBs (best blogging buddies!). You know I love your stitcheries and Valdani Thread is the best I've found anywhere so it's nice to know where I can get those beautiful pastel colors you carry. Loved the post and it was so good to see you there - my computer has been down for a week so I'm waaaaay behind. :( blessings, marlene

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  63. Love the bunnies! Love the stitchery! You are sooo talented! <3 Cant wait to see what your blog brings!!

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  64. Great post - I love your bunnies!!!

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  65. I really enjoyed getting to know you today! I had been shown you pattern with bunnies and fleur-de-lei by a friend. I think she is doing it for a baby quilt for a family member in NOLA. Your work is lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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  66. Such a fun post,gotta love the hat you are wearing.
    Happy days
    Bev.xoxo

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  67. Your work is beautiful and your bunnies are adorable.

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  68. I loved your post! Your bunnies are too cute. I'm going to check out your free BOM. I need another project.

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  69. Can't wait to visit your blog, you have three of my favorite blog ingredients--quilting, stitching and bunnies!

    Who could want more?

    Gail :)

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  70. Your work, personality and style is right up my alley - I LOVE it. I too love the combination of stitchery and quilting - it's a perfect match and with the help of your furry friends life sounds perfect in your studio...hmm I wonder how my little help Tig (AKA Quilter inspector Cat) would be with a little furry friend like yours...
    Valerie
    sew nice to meet you!
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting

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  71. Your work is beautiful and so are your bunnies. Love bunnies! Have 4 myself ;) Ellyx who's going to hop over to look at your blog now ;))

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  72. You are just too cute in that hat, Shell! :)

    Great post!

    SheilaC

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