Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Raspberry Christmas in July!


Well hellooooooooooo everybun! Shell back here with ya from The Raspberry Rabbits! Thanks Samm for inviting us to visit again! We have so much fun here!

Can you believe it's July already? I think this year is on warp speed! Well last year I promised myself I would start my Christmas projects in July. Now a lot of people out there will "poo poo" that whole idea, but I tell them that when a person creates most of their gifts instead of purchasing them and makes all of their own cards, ya need more than two weeks after Thanksgiving to make it all happen. Plus, I really would like to enjoy the entire month of December and all the wonderful celebrations of the season instead of running around like a crazy bunny trying to get stuff finished!

The first thing to do was pick my color scheme. I really don't do "red" per say, I do "raspberry." (Please see my logo above if you are confused as to why, hee,hee,hee) (Thanks to Samm for making my lettering all sparkly! Cool huh!)

So anyway, this year I decided I would use Raspberry, Olive Green and Gold for all my gifties and new patterns. I carry Valdani 3 strand floss in my Shop, and I loved these three together.

Next I sat down at my desk and started doodling some new designs. Of course, Harrington was right there to make sure I stayed on track and kept working. I'm one of those people that feels like every day is a reason to celebrate and every day special, so when I design a pattern, I try to make it something that could be enjoyed every day and not necessarily for one particular holiday. This year topiary style tree's came to mind and folky little birds.

"What do ya mean birds? Where's the bunnies Mama?"
I know, I know...dag, I knew I'd get in trouble for using birds!

Anyway, these are my "Birds on my Berry Tree's" stitchery designs I came up with. They measure 6" wide and 14" long. They are so fast and easy to make!


I fell in love with these cute little star hangers and just had to get some for my Shop. They were perfect for these stitcheries.

Two gifties done. I know my sister has her eye on these. She loves folk art as much as I do. It's just so cozy and fun. Of course, these designs would look cute year round hanging up in my house. Hmmm...I might just keep them! Naughty Shell, naughty!

Well, now to doodle my idea for my Christmas cards and work on some more gifties. I sell the pattern and the floss and other supplies in my shop if you would like to stitch some for yourself or as gifts. But, as a thank you to Samm and to all of you for visiting, I will be giving away one pattern and one floss kit! Just leave a comment on this post if you would like a chance and come and visit me on my blog and be a new follower....The winner will be chosen tomorrow 7:00 pm.

Also, don't forget to hop over to my Blog and visit with me and the bunnies! Many of you are already following along with my 12 of Hearts free BOM. Here's what we're up to so far!

Happy Raspberry Christmas in July everybun! Get hoppin as Christmas will be here before ya know it!

xx



                             Congrats Tinks Mom

By random generator #47 is the winner..Tinks Mom..
congrats to you and to all those who participated...thank you for your comments...,

57 comments:

  1. Love your "Birds On My Berry Tree's" designs. Would love to win one of the patterns. And a girl can't have enough thread in her stash! Already following your Hearts BOM. Hope to start on that project soon.
    nutz4redwork dot gmail dot com

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  2. I love your new designs and would love to win a kit! Thanks for the opportunity. I am already a follower of your blog.

    k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. The new designs are so cute! I would love to win a kit. I am now following your blog. Cute bunnies.

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  4. I just came back from your blog and am now following you. What a great site, and cute bunnies. Would love to make one of your new designs!

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  5. Cute designs Shell! Those bunnies couldn't balance on the top of those trees, you're only thinking of their safety!!

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  6. Oh, Shell - You never cease to amaze me at how talented you are!! I would love to win your birdie kit or more of your wonderful floss!!! And as you know, my Dad and I are followers!! Kris

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  7. they look fab would love to win the kit though i coulnt do them as well as yours, thanks for the chance to win :))

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  8. I love these and am on my way over to your blog to become a follower and look at them again.

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  9. You are too funny - Birds - What were you thinking - lol (Birds are my thing but don't tell the Bunnies ;)

    Your new patterns are wonderful & who wouldn't love the floss - Great colors !!!
    I am a devoted follower - Thanks for the Giveaway :)

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  10. Love the "birds" stitchery. Love the bunnies even more. Thanks for being so generous. I am "hopping" on over to your blog to check it out and become a follower.

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  11. Shell, I love your designs and the kits are so very nice. I've not done much stitching, but I'd love to give it a try! It's one of those things that I could take with me wherever I go. I need a project like that. Thanks for the giveaway and I love reading your blog. Hello to the bunnies!!Debbie & Dixie Too!!

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  12. Those are sew cute! I love your designs and kits. I'm going to be a new follower! sewingmom42(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Shell, Those stitcheries are lovely...I'd love to make one and display it with pride! Thanks for sharing today...I'm headed over to your blog (as usual, since I'm a follower!).
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Funnily enough I was just thinking of Crimbo gift making this morning when I found your great post here, fantastic stitching, you can't beat birds and berries, winning christmas combo.........would love to get my little mitts on your delightful giveaway, and have also hopped over to your Raspberry Rabbits and become a follower.

    lily x

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  15. You know how much I love your and your designs....you are a card for sure.....looks like you are missing a few with that hat (ha!!....just kidding).....fun post!!

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  16. Shell, I follow your blog and I adore your two little bunny partners in crime :) I've also stitched up a couple of your Heart BOM's. Super easy and adorable! Great Giveaway too!!

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  17. Hi Shell love your adventures of you executive helpers and yourself discovered your blog from Granny Loz originally and love Madame Samm and her guest bloggers - introduces me to a whole new world...love the 2 christmas deisgns - already have some thread ordered that from you previously for you hearts bom. Thanks for the opportunity

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  18. Love your Bunnies and the Birdies too! I hopped over and I am following you. Would love to enter your giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Your stitcheries are so cute. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I am a follower of your blog.

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  20. All of your designs are just so perfect!! I am a regular follower of your great blog :)

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  21. great little quilts .... your family and friends sure are lucky. love the colors of the threads you are using this year as well. take care

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  22. Thanks for sharing your designs. I love that they can be used for any time of the year. And thank for the give-away:)

    jrsaumweberatusfamily.net

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  23. I LOVE those stitcheries...are they hand or machine done? I am hoping hand...guess I'll have to drop by your shop and find out.
    Thanks for the giveaway - now going to check out your blog

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  24. Love your birds, hangers and your bunnies. Thanks for the inspiration to begin looking to Christmas presents.

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  25. Love the designs. Very classy looking!

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  26. Those are precious, and can hang thru the winter - love it - hopping over to your blog and see your bom. Thank you!

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  27. I like bunnies better than birds.lol But the new tree designs are really pretty. I would love to win one of your kits. I am already a follower of your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Love these new stitcheries , you are so talented and I have been following along with the heart blocks but am a bit behind , the story of my life ;-).Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. I love birdies -- and those flosses are bee-uuuu-tiful! I'm already a follower, too! :)

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  30. Shell I love those Birds on Berry Trees stitcheries - just wonderful! blessings, marlene

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  31. As I'm already a quilter I'm not sure I'm eligible for today's giveaway and that's okay. I buzzed over here from Linda's Buzzing and Bumbling blog and I just had to tell you that I love your designs. They are wonderful. I love stitchery, and the little hangers are adorable. Hugs...

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  32. Oh, Shell - these are just so lovely - I am in awe of the trees. Wonderful giveaway and such an opportunity to win. Thank you so much. Hope I win cause I just love the ribbon and wrapping paper you use when you send things. Judy C in NC I follow you everywhere and all the time.

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  33. Love your "Birds On My Berry Tree's" designs - see what comes out of that hat! Would love to win one of the patterns. I'm keeping up to date on your Hearts BOM. Thank you for being a guest and hosting a give away.

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  34. HOPPED (pun intended) over to your website and registered as a new follower. LOVE the bunnies ;-) Bookmarked for future visits, too. Hope you pick me for the giveaway ... promise to give it a "good home" Linnie

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  35. Shell: I have been a follower of your blog for quite some time. Love It! Your choice of colour and your new patterns for Christmas are so sweet. I would love to win one. Thanks for the chance.

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  36. I LOVE your little birdie designs, Shell! Way too sweet!

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  37. For some crazy reason I have the embroidery bug....many of my blogger friends are doing hand embroidery and now I'm in up to my neck too. Your patterns are lovely and fun :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  38. Hi Shell, You always seem to amaze me with your new designs. I love the Birds On My Berry Tree designs. I always come to visit and don't always get to leave a note. I am on my lunch break so I got to get back to work. Your Missour Friend

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  39. Oh my gosh, Shell! Those little trees are fabulous. They would make perfect gifties for Christmas! I love the raspberry, olive green and gold combo.

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  40. Good Morning.....no it is not morning....Good Afternoon shell...please forgive me for coming in late...as always I adore your stitching almost as much as your bountiful bunnies..my they are getting larger..are they? Your giveaways always some of the best..who would not be the proud owner of anything you stitched...MY Hand is UP....xxx
    Thanks for being with us today...xx

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  41. what a great giveaway...I would love to have one of these to stitch up....I am on my way over to your blog...I think I am already a follower....but I will make sure...

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  42. Your stitcheries are beautiful! I'd love to win a kit. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  43. Beautiful stitching. You should have a Christmas bunny stitchery too! I know the bunnies would appreciate that.

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  44. Those are wonderful! I would love the chance to stitch them up :)

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  45. Shell, these are just so cute! I already follow your blog and that of stashmanicure. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  46. Such beautiful work! Thank you for sharing....

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  47. I love them. I have been waiting patiently for your Christmas design and I am not disappointed.
    Thanks a bunch to you and your staff.

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  48. Terrific designs - I agree they could go year round. If I start now, I can get it done by Christmas.

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  49. Love the stitching designs!!!
    Love your bunny hat too :D..

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  50. Love the colors you are using for your Christmas stitchery!

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  51. I love the stitchery designs and especially the thread colors.

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  52. Shell, You are a true artist even if you did draw little birdies and not lovely *hares* for your Christmas finery..isn't that right Harrington?? Pick me, Please, Please, for your giveaway!! I'm already a longtime follower and you are one of mine as well. I've even copied your Hearts BOM but have yet to get started. Shame on me, I just keep getting farther behind on all the wonderful projects you talented ladies get me involved in.
    Blessings to you
    Gmama Jane

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  53. Very cute patterns and great colors:) Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  54. Love your designs and of course love the bunnies. I think they are Flemish bunnies as I have one grey and beautiful. Any chance of having bunnies included in your designs. I'm eagerly waiting.
    Thanks for the your report. Evita

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  55. Shell I love the color scheme AND the design!! And you are such a better person than I for starting early... I know I should!

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  56. Oh, I just love the stitchery with the sand dollars!! Right up my alley. Well done! ~karen

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  57. I love Raspberry Rabbits! These new designs are great, Shell & Harrington & Hannah, and you all are so good to us to have a giveaway. I am already a follower of your lovely blog. Thanks! ~Kd
    www.KdQuilts.com

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