Friday, December 19, 2014

Guild Christmas party highlights

Hoppy Friday!

Tuesday night was our guild's annual Christmas party. I must say, it is something I look forward to every year. Good food, good friends and tons of good laughs!

This year we had a potholder exchange instead of a quilt block exchange. We were all given a piece of Insulbright and were told to make a potholder with a Christmas theme or winter theme. This is the one I made. Do you get it?

Here are all the potholders. So many different designs.

We were asked to vote for the "Best in Show." The winner would get this awesome hat box filled with lots of goodies. The best in show was made by Julie. It is on the bottom row. It is the pinwheel with the red, green and white. matches the box doesn't it? :)

My friend, Peggy, made this one. It was my favorite. I laughed so hard!

We also had our annual gift exchange/steal. Look at all this loot!

This is how I wrapped my gift. I used a measuring tape as a bow. Whatcha think?

If you have never done this before, here is a quick explanation. Everyone draws a number, which is the order in which you may select a gift. You open the gift and show everyone what is inside. The next person may select another gift to open or they may steal a gift that someone else has opened. We limit the number of "owners" to three as the stealing would get crazy with this rowdy bunch! ;)  There were times during this whole adventure when I had tears rolling down my face from laughing so much. It was so much fun!

Indeed, a good time was had by all as you can see from this photo of Jackie. :) :) :)

Have a fun weekend!
Michelle and the fuzzy crew

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Fellowship Grand Finale!

We made it! Whew! What an incredible journey this has been. Fifty weeks, fifty flowers, twelve projects and some bees thrown in for good measure. hee,hee,hee. It sure was fun to stretch myself creatively to come up with all these combinations to share with you.

Here is our final project simply called, "Fellowship of the Flowers." It represents not only how much flowers appreciate the bees, but how your friendship and support of my little business is truly appreciated. It is not easy being self employed in an "artsy" career. The bunnies, Sabrina and I would not be here without you. Thank you!

People always ask me how long it takes me to make something. I never really keep track, but on this project I did (minus the time stopping to take photographs and jotting down notes so I could write the instructions.)

Here's what it came down to:
28 Flowers (roughly 2 hours each) = 56 hours
18 Bees (roughly 1 hour each) = 18 hours
Cutting, assembling the hexagons and stitching them all together = 14 hours (thanks Captain and David for cutting help!)
Hand stitching 90 buttons to the quilt = 5 hours

Total hours to make this project: 93 hours
Now I know why I don't keep track of hours! hee,hee,hee. ;)

Members in the Fellowship will receive the instructions for this project today. If you are not a member, but would like to join, (CLICK THE FELLOWSHIP TAB AT THE TOP)  you have until the 18th at 12 midnight EST. After that, the Fellowship patterns and projects will go away for good. The tab at the top of my blog with all the photos will remain on my blog until December of next year for members to refer back to. 

Well, that's a wrap! We have truly enjoyed sharing this adventure with you and again, thank you for joining us!

Michelle, the Bunnies and Sabrina too!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A sneaky peeky and my friend, Jo Timko

Hi ya! Did you get all your Christmas shopping done yet? Have you decked the halls and made lots of sweet treats? We're all set here!

Today I wanted to share a little sneaky peeky of the final Fellowship of the Flowers project, which will go out Wednesday to all members. It sure has been a fun adventure! You still have time to sign up, but don't delay, the last day will be the 18th. On Friday, it will all go away.

I also wanted to share Peter Prim with you. He was given to me as a gift from my friend and fellow designer, Jo Timko of Molly Kat Designs.

Isn't he just the cutest fella?

I love the fabric Jo used on the border too.

Jo has been a designer for a while, but took a little break to care for her parents. She has some fun patterns available, including Peter Prim and a wonderful wool block of the month coming in January. Hop over HERE and visit with Jo. Tell her the bunnies, Sabrina and I say hello!

See ya back here on Wednesday for the grande finale of the Fellowship of the Flowers.

Michelle and the fuzzy ones

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nothing but the scraps final free pattern

Hard to believe five weeks went by so fast.

Here is our final gift to you, the Elf House.

It was inspired by this photo my friend, Lydia, sent to me while on her morning walk. I love those red mushrooms with white spots. They are so magical. I made this tag/ornament as a gift for Lydia's mom. I call her Oma, which is German for grandmother. Oma spoils me all the time with cards and $10, which Lydia and I use to have coffee together. I love it! 

This pattern will be free for a limited time so hop over to our Craftsy Shop to get it.

The bunnies, Sabrina, David and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. We truly appreciate all your support of our small business this year. We wouldn't be able to do this without you. Thank you so very much.

The May Family

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fellowship of the Flowers Week 50 and a recap

Fifty weeks...I can't believe fifty weeks has gone by so quickly. We made it. I made it! ;)

This is the last flower in our series.

Here's how it looked before I stitched it.

I don't know why, but I think it has a 1950's vibe. What do you think?

Those of you who participated, did you keep up? Are you behind? How far are you behind?

I think this was a fun adventure for me. It kept me creating something new each and every week. I'm doing something on a personal note for the new year. You won't get to see it until 2016. Sometimes an artist just has to have some private moments with art. I'm using 2015 to hear myself again.

We've been busy little bees this year.

We have made bell pulls

and table mats

and pillows

and candle mats

and gift bags

and post cards

and brooches

and needle keeps

and snack mats and more

mats and more

mats and

bee keepers with our


and table stands for friends

and decorative little table mats again!

Next week will be our grand finale project. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed your journey with me and the bunnies as much as we have enjoyed our journey with you.

Please note, you can still sign up and receive all the project instructions until December 17th. Don't miss out. Click the Fellowship of the Flowers tab at the top for more information.

Cheers and hip hip hoary for time well spent in the company of such good friends!

Michelle, the Bunnies and Sabrina kitty too!