Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fun in Sleepy Hollow

Have you seen the TV show Sleepy Hollow? David and I love the show and look forward to each episode.


Well, the other day I got to do something really fun! You see, they were filming in my town! Yep, they were here in downtown New Bern to film the season finale. I only live five minutes from downtown, so I decided to hop on over and take a peek.


I love all the creative magic that goes into making a show. It was really cool to see how they transformed paved streets to dirt streets with $100,000 worth of mulch!

They took down street signs and covered up fire hydrants with bushes in order to make everything look really old.


New Bern was originally the capitol of North Carolina and Tryon Palace was the governor's house. I peeked through the gates to see the scenes. I would love a job as a set or costume assistant. I always thought it would have been fun to go to college to learn something like that. 


There really weren't a whole lot of people there and I had a great spot to stand. The next thing I know, Mr. Tim Busfield who plays Benjamin Franklin, came strolling by. I took his photo, smiled really big and said, "Hi!" He smiled and said, "Well hi!" So cool! :)

Then I walked down the street to where the cast trailers were. Here I saw Katia Winter who plays Katrina Crane.


She had just finished a scene and was walking her little baby.


Here she is leaving. I knew right away she was a kind person because she was so good to her little dog. 


The next thing I knew, Nicole Beharie, the lead actress who plays Lt. Abbie Mills, came walking by drinking her coffee.


She is a beautiful lady and is super tiny. She too had just finished a scene.

Then there was Tom Mison, the lead actor who plays Ichabod Crane.

 He is really tall, slim and very handsome.

He was kind enough to wave at us. There was a lady with four little kids standing near me. They were so excited that he waved. I saw him a little while later as he walked past my car. I smiled and waived. He looked at me and smiled. He was wearing a baseball cap. He walked by a bunch of people, but nobody noticed him. Too funny!

Across the street, I noticed these two fellas. I shouted and said I was going to take their photo too! Then I walked over to meet them. This is John (left) and Reggie (right). They work for an independent film crew that supports different production companies. They were so nice to take the time to chat with this curious little bunny lady. I was fascinated by all the production and behind the scenes activity that goes into making a show. I truly enjoyed our chat and Reggie gave me a big hug when I left. Thanks fellas!


They had finished filming on this street and I asked a police officer if  I could walk down and take some photos. This is the house they were filming in. Isn't it pretty? I love the trees too.


I'm not sure if they filmed in this garden across the street, but I thought it was pretty so I decided to take a photo anyway. ;)


Here are some props and another house they used for some scenes.

It was so much fun being able to witness all of this in person. I can't wait to watch the season finale and see how they transform all this into TV magic. There are so many talented and creative people who bring everything together.

Alas, I found out later that this will be the last time they film in NC. In fact, many production companies are leaving. Film agencies have been in NC forever. Wimington, my favorite place, is huge for the film industry with lots of TV shows coming from there. It seems it is all coming to an end. As stated on the local news, the NC Politicians have decided to end the tax incentives for filming, thus sending the film people to GA where their Politicians welcome the agencies with open arms and huge incentives.

While I stood enjoying the activity of the filming,  I looked around at all the people working. I looked at the bags people were carrying from local shops. I looked at the $100,000 worth of mulch that was spread on the street to create a scene and thought about the people who were not only paid to deliver and spread the mulch, but who would be employed to clean it up. I looked at what a wonderful four days of income, not to mention excitement from folks who were selected to be extras, that this filming crew brought to the little town of New Bern. 

In 2013, the NC Politicians gave $61.2 million in tax credits to the film industry who brought in $268 million in direct spending and 19,000 jobs (to people who pay taxes). Now I'm no mathematician or economist by any means, but I can't seem to wrap my head around why our new Politicians would want to send over $206 million dollars to the state of GA and cause 19,000 (tax paying) people to lose their jobs. It's really sad and frankly, stupid.



Oh well, I'm still grateful for a fun experience and the fact that I can still enjoy the show on TV. "Break a leg" Sleepy Hollow.  :)

Light, love and blessings to you,
Michelle, the Bunnies and Sabrina kitty too!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Postal Fusions Valentines

It's hard to believe that we are half way through January already. I have a feeling this year is going to go just as fast as last year.

Many of my friends/customers have stated that they are wanting to make smaller projects this year. I was delighted to hear this as most of my new designs will be mini quilts or what I'm calling "Mini Fusions." These pieces are fun to make because they aren't overwhelming. It doesn't take much time to create a beautiful piece of art which you can display on your wall, table or as a pillow.


Speaking of small projects, my Postal Fusions Folk Art Valentines make wonderful gifts to send through the mail.


Each of the five 4" x 6" postcard uses scraps of wool and fabrics.


You can send them through the mail in a clear envelope or a regular envelope if you like.


You can write heartfelt messages on the back


and you can even frame them!


The pattern for these is sold as a PDF download in my Craftsy Shop. You can download and get to stitching right away.

Oh, thank you for your kind comments on my stitching question last week. I have started stitching the project and can't wait to show it to you.

Light, love and blessings to you,
Michelle, the Bunnies and Sabrina kitty too! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing and Pondering

You ever have one of those days when an idea just grabs you and won't let go?

I have had an entire week of that. I'm not sure if it's because I'm having a "wild hare moment," or if I just get bored with the same look of things and have this desire to break out of the box and be different from everyone else.


So here's a sneak peek of a new Folk Art Fusion design that is a totally the opposite of what I would normally create. My designs tend to be on the country side of things and this is definitely more modern.

I would love to hear what you think of it. Should I be a rebel and start the stitching or just scrap it? Would it be something you would want to make or take a class on?

Hugs,
Michelle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bun errr...um...Bunny Fitness



We know what you did. You were naughty for two entire months weren't you? You ate lots of cakes and candies and pies. You ate too much of everything didn't you?


It was fun though wasn't it? Dohhhh! hee,hee,hee ;)


Well now it's time to get back in shape and get healthy. Today we want to share a few simple things  to help you stay fit and trim. Feel free to practice these at home. 

Please note, we are not responsible and cannot be held liable for injuries, mishaps or other things you might do to yourself. You're on your own. 



That being said, let's start with some simple stretches shall we?



First, lift your leg, point your toe and stick it in your ear. Hold for a count of five. Please note, you may encounter ear wax.



Remove your toe from your ear and place it on your chin. Hold for a count of five. This is also an excellent time to see if you removed ear wax from your ear. If so, you can just lick it off.


What do you mean "eewwwww?"  It's just ear wax. We all have it. I'm keeping it real people, keeping it real.



Moving along. Now place your front feet on the hay box with your back feet slightly apart on another box. Push off the hay box with your front feet three times and then hop up on the hay box, or if you don't feel safe, simply hop back down to the floor.

This next exercise is best with a buddy. Using your nose, shove the ball to your buddy. At this point,  you may take a bite out of the ball before shoving it to your buddy. Now place the ball in the basket. You may take a bite of the basket as well.

Ok, let's move on to some ear tai chi. Stand up and point your left ear to the ceiling while your right ear points to the floor.

Now gently lay down and at the same time spread your ears apart in opposite directions.

Turn your head to the left while raising your left ear up and lowering your right ear. Repeat this routine three times being mindful of your breath.

This exercise is excellent to stretch your neck, head and get a side rub at the same time. You get the picture.

Next, lay on the floor and cross your left legs under your right legs. Let your eyes roll to the back of your head and play dead for a few minutes.


Speaking of playing dead, meditation is good for your busy mind. Meditate at least 15 minutes a day.

Yesssss....meditaaaaaate.

It's also very important to follow a healthy diet. You need to eat lots of greens as you need the fiber.


You may be tempted to eat processed cardboard carbohydrates, but you must resist.

You have come too far to fall off the basket now.


You can do it!

Now that you have had a good workout, it's time to cool down. Lay on your belly with your legs out to the back.

 Point your toes and stretch them as far as you can.

At this point we also like a nice rub down.

Take a well deserved break, but remember to drink plenty of water!


                                  I'm exhausted. Me too. 

We wish you all the best for a healthy new year.

Your friends,

Harrington and Hannah