Monday, April 30, 2012

A Bowl Full of Bunnies

Hello everyone! And here I am, finally, on the very last day of April with my bowl full of smalls. I'll bet you thought I wouldn't make it, didn't you? Well, I just went a "little bit" crazy stitching so many bunnies this month. I couldn't stop myself--it was like I was possessed or something! Luckily, my husband was away for a few days last week so I had plenty of time to finish them all up. I'll tell you, it looked like an explosion of pastels in my family room while he was gone: fabrics and trims and buttons and ribbons were scattered everywhere! But, I'm very pleased with the collection that I've created this month... Here are the six newest additions to my April bowl of bunnies...


This Prairie Schooler bunny (from PS Book No. 163 "Signs of Spring") looks so handsome, doesn't he? He's the perfect gentleman rabbit in his little blue vest with gold buttons. I stitched him "over one" on 28 ct. Lambswool Jobelan using the suggested DMC colors (but changed the carrot to DMC 3776). For the finish, I used pieces of a beige and white checked napkin (unused, of course!) and some pale blue ric-rac that perfectly matched the shade of blue in his vest.


What would an April bowl full of finishes be without something that spelled out the name of the month? I chose this cute Lizzie Kate "Bit of April Flip-It" for that honor. This bunny is stitched on 35 ct. natural Northern cross linen using an assortment of threads (DMC, CC, WDW, and Nina's Hand Dyed Threads). The purple is Nina's Eggplant color which was so wonderful to work with. The finishing combined two fabrics (the purple and white seersucker was from an old pair of shorts that must have shrunk in the wash--I couldn't possibly have outgrown them, could I?!) and some bright pink ric-rac. Doesn't it remind you of an Easter egg?


This little bunny was a freebie from Windy Willows which you can find by
clicking here (click on "free chart" at the top of the page). I wish I had chosen a different fabric for this because some of the pretty blue shades don't show up very well, but...too late now! It is stitched on 28 count country mocha Cashel linen using the suggested DMC threads. I chose a very simple finish with some blue floral fabric, a bit of rope-like trim, and a wooden button. Isn't that the cutest teapot that I have it sitting next to? I collect Potting Shed reproduction Dedham pottery and my kitchen is filled with various blue and white bunny themed pieces. I'll have to take a photo of it some time to show you. The little bunnies always manage to make me smile when I'm working in the kitchen!


I love the way stitching just pops on black fabric--it often gives a simple design a much more dramatic look. This is one of my favorite finishes of the month. It is also a freebie which can be found right here at Kissy-Cross. I used 28 ct. black Monaco and DMC threads to stitch this one "over one" and just love the result. It is backed with this pink and white seersucker fabric rescued from an old skirt of mine (that also surely "shrank" in the washing machine). The color isn't true in my photo--it really is more of a pinkish color not a salmon color as it looks (on my monitor, at least). Handmade cording and a tiny pink bow finish off this little oval ornament perfectly, don't you think?












I fell in love with German designer Christiane Dahlbeck's "Mit Kreuzstichen Durchs Jahr." This was my favorite design from it, although I changed it a bit from the original (which had the male bunny with three female bunnies lined up to exchange gifts with him). I chose to just stitch these two and I'm very happy with the final result. Don't they look like they are courting? She has just presented him with a juicy orange carrot and he has given his sweetheart a lovely yellow tulip. Ahh...young love! Not everyone in my family thinks they are so cute--my middle son says they look like aliens... In this case, I knew I wanted to use the green and white polka dot fabric to finish it before I even began stitching so I chose my thread colors (all DMC) based on the fabric. I even added polka dots to Miss Bunny's shirt to coordinate with the fabric! This is stitched on 40 ct. flax Newcastle linen and finished very simply with just a hint of soft yellow ric-rac.


And last, but certainly not least, is another freebie from Sub Rosa which can be found right here. "Welcome Spring" is stitched "over one" on 28 ct. black Monaco with the same DMC threads that I used on the previous Kissy-Cross freebie. I call them my "Prairie Schooler" color palette because they are so often used in those designs. In this case the colors I chose were DMC 223, 224, 3053, and 611. I finished this as a flat mounted piece with some dusty pink handmade cording and a tiny sage green bow to hide the point where the cording ends meet. Aren't the Columbine flowers in front of it beautiful this spring--sure wish they would last into the summer!

So, that's it! Whew--I'm never going to stitch that many ornaments in one month again, that's for sure. Here is a photo of all of them along with the two I showed you in my last post. Which is your favorite? I think I still love "Slicker Bunny" the most...
April bunny finishes ~ 2012

And here is the group all settled into my April bowl (which will surely be on display well into May!) What a cheery looking group!

April Bowl of Bunnies

Oh look, a few of their friends from last year's stitching have come to welcome them. If I keep up this bunny addiction of mine, I think I'll need a bigger bowl!

So, now, it's on to May stitching. Does anyone have any themes or small charts to suggest for me? I know flowers will abound; after all what is May without flowers? But, I'd love to hear your ideas, too...








THANK YOU TO:
I was treated to a couple of unexpected gifts last week that I'd love to share with you. First was a belated birthday gift from my dear friend, Mary. Just look at this darling bird that she stitched and framed for me. Isn't it beautiful? I love it, Mary, and the other goodies that you included are so special. The Chessie & Me chart was one I had had my eye on and the blue and yellow threads are perfect--my favorite color combination! She also included a sweet little tin and a magnetic bookmark, along with the cutest little polka-dot scissors. Oh, Mary--you really spoiled me, my friend... Thank you again for each and every gift, but also for your special friendship! Your beautifully stitched piece will have a place of honor in my home.






And from a new friend, Beth, (no blog) who lives on the other side of Pennsylvania, I received this lovely project pouch as a thank you gift. I had sent a small chart to Beth wanting nothing in return, but she thanked me by making me this lovely blue and yellow sunflower-adorned pouch. I wish you could see the tiny zipper pull on it better; it is so cute. She used plastic canvas and stitched my initial into it making a nice sturdy zipper pull. I'm so happy to have "met" you recently, Beth, and I look forward to getting to know you better... I truly love your special gift and know it will be put to good use.

Yesterday, my husband spotted a new mother robin sitting on her nest in the holly bush just outside his den window. And just look at the sweet eggs we spied when she flew away... I never get tired of seeing those beautiful blue eggs each spring. It has to be one of the prettiest colors in the world, don't you think? Thanks to my middle son for snapping the photo--I am just too short to be able to get a good shot. I guess he's good for something even if he does think my rabbit couple resemble aliens!!

So, April is over...on to May and, hopefully, more sunshine and warmer days. I hope you all have a very special week ahead. I'll be heading up to New York again to visit and help out my parents so I may be a bit out of touch, but I'll catch up with everyone when I return. As always, I want you to know just how much I appreciate each and every one of you. You are a great bunch of friends! Bye for now...

116 comments:

Hazel said...

Love love love all your bunnies. How did you do the ric rac trim?? Looks great. x

AnaCristina said...

Oh! i love your april bowl!!

Annie said...

That is one lovely group of bunnies! Kind of a bunny beauty pageant! Love all your creative finishes.

Margaret said...

Wow, I love all your bunny pieces!! I think my favorites are the slicker bunny and the PS bunny. So cute! As for May -- gosh, I don't know! Flowers??? Love flowers. :D That's so cool about the robin's nest. What a picture your middle son managed to get!

Michele said...

Lots of bunnies! A great collection. Well done. And yes, I agree with you, robin eggs are extremely pretty.

Teresa said...

wow, quanti bei coniglietti, sono belli da vedere tutti insieme.
Teresa

Nicola said...

That's one gorgeous bowlful of bunnies Carol.

Giovanna said...

A great collection of bunnies, well done!

Vickie said...

Hello Carol. Wonderful job! My favorite is still the freebie of the rabbit with the scissors. :) I need to get it done, too much else first!! I want to stitch a Mother's Day piece for May. I just completed my mom's gift last night. I am working on pictures for the post now. :)

Cindy said...

Carol, i love all your bunnies! your april bowl is just darling...i love, love, love all the inspiration you share with us :D....thank you!

Sally said...

Oh Carol I just love each and every one of your bunny stitches but my favourite has to be the Kissy-Cross one on the black. It is gorgeous.

Solstitches said...

I've been looking forward to the April reveal and I am not disappointed!
I love your parade of spring bunnies. They are all gorgeous but I especially love the first one.
Lovely gifts from Mary and Beth.
I hope your May display will include at least one Lily of the Valley design.
Margaret

Ellen said...

Gorgeous, love all the bunnies! Your finishings are so creative, can't wait to see May's bowl!

My favorite is the PS's bunny!

Enjoy your lovely gifts!

Hugs,

milly said...

Hello

Your April ornaments are all lovely!
My favourite is the Slicker Bunny.

What lovely presents you recieved too!
Those eggs really a beautiful colour.
It will be lovely to see them hatch and grow.

Kate said...

Your April ornies are delightful .... you've been a very busy lady! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Angela said...

I love all your Spring Bunnies! My favorite is the Prairie Schooler one. I want to try the ric rac finish the same way on my next pillow finish.

May's theme has to be flowers :)

MoonBeam said...

What a cute batch of April! They are all very sweet. I love that you stitched Ms. Rabbit's shirt to match your quilt fabs!

Nice work!

Bobbi

pj said...

Carol, What a great idea to have a bowl filled for each month! I love it....and the bunnies are so cute. I like Slicker too and wish I had the freebie! I should look for it as it sure turned out so like spring with that gorgeous Yellow. Email me as I have some ideas for you....pjstitcher @ mchsi dot com

LoriU said...

Wow Carol what wonderful finishes! love all the bunnies, but I think my favorite is one that you put up from last year...the center one with the light green fabric. He's so cute!

Congratulations on the finishes!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Good morning, Carol! What a fun bowl of goodies! It's hard to pick just one favorite, so I'll pick a few favorites instead. : ) I love the bunny with scissors, and the little blue bunnies, and the Kissy Cross one on black. The PS bunny and the Slicker bunny come in next! : ) I look forward to seeing your May basket!

You received such lovely gifts! I'm so glad for you, I'm sure they were a blessing!

Tricia

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your April bowl of finishes look wonderful!

Marsha said...

That is a LOT of bunnies. All of your finishing is wonderful. I am partial to blue so I really like the bunny on top of the scissors. Hmm. May. How about cute birds. You have a good start with your gift and the robin's eggs.

Diana said...

Cute bunnies! Great finishing!

Sweet Sue said...

You've outdone yourself Carol, bravo! I quite fancy your superb blue Dandy Hare, luv your combo of colors, layers and textures, so pleasing. Enjoy your pouch made with love, lucky you:) You've earned yourself quite a long rest, have a great week to come xoxo

Barb said...

Hi Carol - All of your bunnies are just too adorable! But then, I love bunnies - and all of your finishes are so creative. You are a very talented, clever lady and so sweet and generous to share these with us.

thank you for sharing your bunny bunch - I always look forward to your post and I'm never disappointed!!!

BrendaS said...

Carol -- OH MY, your finishes are all just exquisite. I don't know how to pick a favorite but I really like the little bunnies on the black fabric. They just seem to "Pop". Your finishing is just stunning.

Have a good trip to New York and enjoy spending time with your parents.

HUGS to you.

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness Carol, they're wonderful!! You have been busy! I think Slicker bunny is my favourite too but very closely followed by the aliens, lol! Too funny that your sons thought that.
I think I do have a chart that would be good for May. Just give me some time to hunt for it and I'll then send you a link.
Safe travels to your parents' place.

Loraine said...

Oh Wow! I am just drooling over your amazing bowl full of sweet ornies! What a great job you did on picking them, and on the finishing. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm amazed that you did them all in the month of April too. Wonderful, wonderful job!
Love the beautiful gifts you got as well. Can you tell me what Chessie and Me chart that is? I need that! The Robin eggs are so special...isn't that the most beautiful color of spring? Perfect!

Karen said...

All your bunnies are adorable, but I have to agree with you on the slicker bunny. I am also in LOVE with your alien (german) bunnies :) Totally adorable!!!

Vicki said...

What a great collection of bunnies. You have so many varieties and colors, your bowl looks terrific. Very cheery and spring-y!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous assortment of bunnies you created for your April bowl! I just love the looks of your finishing!

Enjoy your goodies from Mary and Beth!

Robin in Virginia

Julie said...

Your warren of bunnies are adorable, its hard to choose a favourite, but i think mine has to be Mr PS, he looks to smart.

It'll be fun to watch the baby robins hatch in the coming weeks.

Hope all goes well with mum and dad x

Beth said...

I couldn't begin to chose my favorite bunny stitch / finish - they are all charming and make a super display. As for a May theme, you could work off your gift piece and do birds / birdnests. As always so lovely - enjoy your blog!

butterfly said...

What another beautiful post again, wow love all your Rabbits so pretty .
Before I forget Dany has a nice Lily of the Vally freebie on her site now.
Beautiful Robins eggs we have black birds nesting I can hear the chicks already.
Have a lovely week, and thank you for sharing. HUGS.

Melissa said...

You will need a bigger bowl, Carol! Gosh, that's a lot of cute bunnies you've stitched up AND finished! I'm in awe, or jealous, or both!

Those are lovely gifts you received. I love those robin's eggs too. Their colours are amazing!

Good luck with your visit!

Kay said...

Your work is lovely. Thank you for mentioning where the free charts are. A new bunny would always be welcome here.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Carol, what a great bowl of bunnies! I love them all. It would be hard to choose which one to like the best. Your finishes are just so superb and really fit each so well! Have a great week!

priscilla said...

Love all your April bowl finishes ! Slicker bunny is still my favorite, I love the prairie schooler bunny ! All of them are finished so wonderfully ! You always find the cutest freebies to stitch.. Can't wait to see next months !

Kerri said...

I love your bevy of bunnies! All are so nicely stitched and finished. I think I would say I like the Patrick's Woods bunny with the scissors but it was hard to choose one. PS designs are always great and done over one he turned out to be a fine gentleman.

Thanks for sharing your lovely finishes. For May - I am stitching birds. Well, attemping one at least - Cherished Stitches Feathered Friends montly pillows.
Have a great week.

Kathy A. said...

I absolutely adore your basket full of bunnies! Your finishing is just so beautiful and imaginative. If only I were that creative - sigh!

Rachel S-H said...

I love looking at your stitching and seeing your skill in finishing. Gorgeous! What about some birds mixed in with the flowers? Especially since you have a robin nursery! With a security system.

Ann said...

Hi Carol,
I love all of your April finishes (from this year and last year's). Where do you get all your different finishing ideas? I wouldn't be that inventive I fear ;-)!
Now there's only one thing to do ... enjoy your bowl!!!
Kind greetings,
Ann

Linda said...

Wow Carol. Congrats on all the finishes. Love them all. Your finishing is just awesome. I so wish I could do that.

Linda

marly said...

You always have something for everyone! Variety in designs and also finishing styles. Great gifts and wonderful projects! Have a safe trip!

Lesley said...

Gorgeous stitching. Your basket is so pretty.
Those blue Robin eggs are a wonderful blue,nothing compares with Nature's colours.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great choices, and wonderful finishes! How in the world you get so many stitched AND finished in one month is amazing! So, if I HAVE to make a favorite choice, it will be the alien I mean bunny couple! Have a great trip and a nice visit with your folks.

passionfruitprincess said...

Wow! That's a lot of work! They are all beautiful, but I also like the Slicker Bunny the best. I also love the bunny couple, and they don't look like aliens :) I love the polka dot you used to finish it.
But the eggs...oh my, so beautiful!

Have a wonderful day!

Karen said...

OMG....I just love your bowl of lovelies! What great finishes and you have a nice mix of designs and colors.

happy stitching....

Rebecca said...

The bowl full of bunnies is beautiful. I really like the finish on the PS bunny. The rick rack really finishes it off nicely.

Penny said...

All of your bunny finishes are so sweet! It is hard to pick a favorite(s), but the PS bunny has joined Slicker bunny. :) Funny, your son's comment sounds an awful lot like something my son would say. :) The robin's eggs are such a pretty color.

Christine said...

Your bowl of bunnies is fabulous, I love the one with the scissors.
How about strawberries for May?

barbara said...

Your bowlful of bunnies is absolutely the best!!! :)

My vote is for lambs/sheep for May. All the baby lambs out frolicking in the meadows - who can resist? :)

Anne said...

Love love love your bunnies!!!!! I think my favs are the PS bunny, and the two black ones :D You are a master/mistress...I like mistress, of finishing!!!!Do you make all your cord? I might have asked this before but I can't remember at the moment. Do you use the egg beater trick or do it manually with a pencil, etc.? Your April bowl is brimming with lovely bunnies and May...hmm...all I can think of is flowers for May! That and some Mother's Day stitching?! Perhaps?! Lovely gifts from your friends!! That project bag is darling!! Your son was lucky to get that shot of the robin's eggs! Take care Carol and have a safe trip. I hope your mom will have some relief and I'm sure she will be thrilled to have your help!

Hugs

Anne

Theresa said...

What a handsome collection of bunny smalls!!!!! They are all so adorable~~~~
Those Robin eggs are so pretty!!!! I've never seen one before~

The Queen Bee said...

Your bowl o' bunnies is so very cute. How about birds for May. They're so busy this time of year. I'm still filling the feeder since it is still getting quite cold at night with the occassion snow flake. I love watching and listening to them. What fun it will be to watch those Robin eggs hatch.

Pam

Melanie said...

Love all the new bunnies!!! I think I need to stop giving the husband my 'shrunken' clothes to tear up for rags to use when he does oil changes around here or what?? lolol
I even like the blue fabric you used that you think doesn't show up the blue the right way. Look great on my monitor. :)

Your bunny pattern got here on Saturday - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It means a lot to me. I'm already thinking about what color changes I can make to the bunny to make him look like the bunny (Mz. Hunny Bunny) that I had for a pet that lived to the ripe old age of 11.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for May. I could see strawberries as a theme too? (Especially with daisies.) Or is that more of a June thing?

Enjoy your visit to New York!

Melanie said...

Love all the new bunnies!!! I think I need to stop giving the husband my 'shrunken' clothes to tear up for rags to use when he does oil changes around here or what?? lolol
I even like the blue fabric you used that you think doesn't show up the blue the right way. Look great on my monitor. :)

Your bunny pattern got here on Saturday - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It means a lot to me. I'm already thinking about what color changes I can make to the bunny to make him look like the bunny (Mz. Hunny Bunny) that I had for a pet that lived to the ripe old age of 11.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for May. I could see strawberries as a theme too? (Especially with daisies.) Or is that more of a June thing?

Enjoy your visit to New York!

Christina said...

Dear Carol, I received my prizes today and I am super thrilled with them! I took the parcel to my parents' house to open and there were lots of 'ooohs' and 'aahhhs' as I opened the package. The Vera Bradley wrist wallet is beautiful and will come in very handy. I can't wait to use the coloured linen. Good quality linen is so difficult to find here in the UK, particularly more unusual colours. Have a guess how long the chocolates lasted?! Yummy! ;0) thank you so much once again.
As for your post...wow...haven't you been super busy! Your stitching has been multiplying like, well, rabbits! Lol. My favourite is still Slicker bunny too. I love the yellow ruched edging.
I had a chuckle about the German bunny with 3 female bunnies lined up to exchange gifts with him! So many jokes could be made about the lothario, but I'll resist!
It's so bizarre that you posted about the robins eggs...this afternoon I visited my aunt and she was showing me a robin's nest in their garden. It has a single egg in it. I wish I had fabric the same colour as that egg..stunning.
Oops, this comment is very long. I shoul have emailed. I'll leave it there. Enjoy your trip to NY.
Christina x

eszter said...

Dear Carol,
your bunnies are very nice,I love them all! My favourits are the rabbit with the scissors and my "Welcome Spring" freebie.
Hugs
Eszter

Wanda said...

All of your bunnies are too cute for words! Carol, your finishing is exquisite. I have a seasonal tree with a goal of it being a monthly tree so I will be curious to see what May brings...thanks as always for sharing, Wanda

Autumn said...

Oh ,y goodness! So many fun stitchy items. I see several I'd like to try...someday.

Meagan said...

Oh I love how she stitched our Bluebird of Happiness! Lovely Post!!!

lynda said...

i love all your finishes Carol! I wish I had your sewing skills...these all look awesome!

Deborah said...

Such wonderful eye candy! Love all the smalls. Your finishing is perfect.

Catherine said...

Your stitches and finishes are always a treat to see, Carol!
Looking forward to seeing what May's bowl will look like. Perhaps some more alien~like creatures will appear! ;)
June already mentioned one of the newer freebies that I was thinking about.
What wonderful goodies you have received!
I agree, the color of those eggs is so pretty!

Robin said...

Wow! Some real beauties all around. Love the PS Bunny finish with the ric-rak. That is just too darling.

♥ Nia said...

Have I told you how much I love pastel?? hehehe You made beautiful finishes! As always!!! :D
I LOVE the black fabric with the pink cord around and that perfect bow!! Gorgeous!! Love it!! :D
I'm a Christiane Dahlbeck fan =)
oh! I had never seen such blue eggs like those =) thank you for sharing the picture :D
Hugs&Smiles

Kathy H said...

Thanks for sharing all your finishes. I really enjoyed looking at them. My stitching goes pretty slowly so I so enjoy looking at all your ornaments. Very inspiring.

Judy said...

Carol, All of your bunnies are adorable! I love that I get inspiration from reading your blog. Thank you so much.

Judy-heartland stitcher

Lisa V said...

Gorgeous bunny finishes!!
I have downloaded the freebie of the rabbit with scissors as I seem drawn to that one soo much lately. Your finish of it is beautiful.
Hugs

Barbi said...

Right under the wire my friend! Well done..and the pieces are beautiful! Thank you for the links I have saved them all accordingly. :) Don't you listen to the boys! Your courting rabbits are WONDERFUL!!! I love them!

Barb said...

Hi Carol, Your finishes are just amazing!! I'm in awe of the number that you did. I think finishing takes me as much time as stitching. After seeing those cute eggs, maybe you could do birds for May. Have a great visit with your parents!

dulcinella said...

gorgeous finishes, each and everyone of them! Thanks for the link to windy willows. I am working the SAL papillon with Nina's threads and they are indeed so wonderful to work with.
As too what to stitch: just this link,, don't know if you already have it http://www.jardinprive.com/index.php?page=gratuit and http://lesmarottesdenath.free.fr/index.php?cat=2&page=2(near the end of the page a little ladybug (hope that's what you call them:-)). Both wonderful freebies!
Happy stitching!

Rowyn said...

I love all your bunny finishes Carol. They make a really lovely display.

The robin eggs truly are a stunning colour.

Tatkis said...

Oh my, so many beautiful bunnies! And all wonderfully finished!
Great work!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Michelle said...

Oh wow don't think I have ever seen so many stitched bunnies - they are all lovely well done xx

Lesleyanne said...

Wow Carol your April basket is beautiful. I can't pick a favourite finish. Lovely picture of the eggs I hope they come along alright. Gorgeous gifts received. Did you get your April ornament finished last night lol. Two for this month maybe, I won't tell.

Gabriele said...

Lovely!Lovely!lovely!
The April bowl is absolutly adorable! Love them!
Hugs from Germany

Daffycat said...

BUNNIES ~ this is a WONDERFUL collection, Carol! I'm simply astonished how many you stitched this season. I think my favorite is the PS one in the first photo, but they are all darling!

Yvon (jioya) said...

That are a lot of Bunny's, i love them all, but the slicker bunny is my favorite too.

Hugs Yvon.

Elia said...

As always, dear Carol,
your work is great, you do dream finishes.
I love it and is gorgeous, plus I see them all
make a great Collection!

I congratulate you!
I wish you very nice week

besos y abrazos para ti

eljardindemiduende ;-)

Veronica said...

Beautiful April bunny bowl! I'm glad you managed to get it done before April ends. Hmm... theme for May? How about birds and bees? Though come to think of it, that sounds more like a June/summer thing.

Love that photo of those cute little blue eggs sitting prettily in that nest ^.^

Hugs,
Veronica.

Chris said...

Wow! What a fabulous bunch of bunnies!! And your finishing is stunning.
Sweet gifts from your friends too.
Happy May!

Bekca said...

What a gorgeous collection of bunny finishes! They look amazing all together as a beautiful display :)
Wow, I've never seen bird's eggs that colours before, how pretty.
Best wishes.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I always look forward to seeing what you're going to put in your bowl. These bunnies are just so sweet.
Linda

valerie said...

What cute bunny finishes! Of all of them, I think my favorite is the german one that you tweaked. They do not look like aliens! I think I need to have a little chat with the boys over there! How lucky that you have a robin's nest to look at! It'll be great to watch them hatch and grow up! And what great gifts from Mary and Beth!

Jackie said...

You've got a cute group of bunnies! You've had a productive month.

Dona said...

Carol, what a wonderful collection of bunnies! I especially love the little PS bunny!

How nice of Mary to send you such sweet gifts!

Beautiful photo of the robin's eggs. That blue is incredible!

Hilda said...

Dear Carol,
what an amazing collection of bunnies! You really have been buisy stitching! I love each of your little finishes - many special one-offs!
I am really pleased to see two German Designs. Especially that one from Kissy ... you have really worked it out soooooo pretty. This black and pink color combination is stunning.

For May there will be very many ideas for stitching. Flowers of course (Lilly-of-the-Valley are called "Maiglöckchen" in German which can be translated as "May-Bells". And I do also think of birds & bees, when I think of May. And of flowering strawberries, of young people dancing under a maypole .... oh May is so various!

Hugs
Hilda

Elizabeth Ann said...

Your little bunnies are so precious, a great treasure to enjoy every year! I wish I could get as much done as you do in one month!!! Have a safe journey this weekend, don't work too hard....

Nancy M said...

Oh how I would love to spend the day picking your brain with finishing. I can't believe you can think of how you are finishing something before it's even stitched! How genius!! Love the slicker bunny, the PS- just because I love the brown/blue combo and then the "alien" bunnies! Just adorable. And all the fun finishing materials you use, old shorts and napkins??? So creative! Great gifts you received too. As far as May goes...A May Day pole of some sort? How about a Cinco de Mayo one?? Lady bugs? My LK May piece has a watering can with flowers in it. Have a nice time helping out your mom!

Maggee said...

What a great bunch of bunnies! Wonderful patterns, wonderful stitching and equally wonderful finishing! Love the use of unconventional finishing fabrics and the ric racs! Hugs!

Giovi's Creations said...

Wonderful finishes Carol! Congrats, I love them :) The Nest photo is beautiful! Giovi

Valma said...

Ho my ! You did such wonderful things again =D
I wish I could make a so beautiful cushion with my chickadees !!
Big hugs sweet Carol
xxx

PS: are those eggs Smurf's eggs ? =D
Love

Isobel -Argante- said...

I love bunnies and hares so much... and these are gorgeous!!!!

Isobel (The Primitive Hare)

Myra said...

More gorgeous finishes Carol. All of your bunnies are so sweet but like you I think I like the slicker bunny best. Those robin's eggs are the most gorgeous shade of blue, aren't they?

Edit said...

Oh Carol, I love your bunny finishes so so much, all of them! They are all so cute! I have never stitched on black, but seeing your lovely finishes on this color I have started to stitch a piece on black fabric. So far I love it :)

What is going to be the theme of your May bowl? So far I only try to have seasonal "bowls" or decorations, but hope that one day I will also have time to stitch ornaments for every month.

Have a lovely May!
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Sherry said...

Oh My Gosh!!!! I LOVE your April ornaments. I can't choose a favorite they are all wonderful. How about stitching something for Mother's Day and something patriotic for Memorial Day for May? I certainly be back to see what you create!

Lois said...

Carol, what an adorable bunch of finishes for April! You certainly need to keep these out on display for a little while longer, they are all just lovely.

There have also been some lovely goodies arriving at your door.

I am looking forward to seeing what you stitch in May. I guess for me May represents flowers and a little more sunshine (hopefully!).

Cindy's Stitching said...

They are all just beautiful carol. I love all of the colors. he display looks beautiful. The eggs are so pretty. how lucky you are to see these.

Alissa said...

Your "smalls" are always so inspiring. You definitely have a knack for finishing, which is why I especially appreciate your blog. The colors you choose, and even the way you choose to finish your lovely stitches keeps me coming back for more. Great job. I can't wait for your May basket!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Okay! How in the world did I miss this post? I LOVE all your finishes, Carol! EAch one is adorable - I really love them all but a couple of favorites are the one done on black and the PS and the bunny sitting on the scissors. But... they are all adorable. I really like how you matched the German design to your fabric - that is fantastic! What a beautiful collection and all so perfectly finished!

Wonderful shot of the robin's nest. I too, love that color of blue. Nature does it best!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh beautiful pictures ! I love your blog

bisous de FRANCE

Kay said...

I love all the finishes! Very beautiful! Look forward to seeing what May brings! Thanks for sharing!

Michele B. said...

What a beautiful bounty of bunnies! Your basket is brilliant (okay, tht's enough B's for one post). It is hard to pick a favorite, but the Kissy Cross design probably wins my vote - I love the colors you chose and the black fabric is perfect. Thank you for the freebie links. How do you find so many great freebies? Seeing those robin eggs is a gift - wish DMC had a thread that color. Tanya at the Sampler Girl's blog has a May freebie. Have you seen it?

I love your middle son's alien comments - your sons seem to be very opinionated about your stitching, which is great - at least they notice! My son (age 12) will sometimes say, when he wants me to leave him alone, "go back to your knitting, Mom!"

Friendship Crossing said...

I can certainly see why you get way over a hundred comments Carol. Your stitching and finishing are stunning and perfection! LOVE all your bunnies, but esp. the 'courting' ones~ too cute!!
Love that zipper pull on the project bag~ I've never thot of that before! Might have to 'borrow' that idea!
Those robin eggs are gorgeous too!

Have a wonderful trip!
Tanya

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow Carol you definately went bunny mad in April but they all look fantastic!

Great gifts!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,

Tje bunnies are gorgious :-))And your finishing perfect as always

I am collecting bird patterns, and already stitched some, so i would sertenly choose Birdies for the month of may.
Yu already have a nice start with the lovely bird from Mary and Eggs ...etera from cricket collection :-)))


Look forward to see the next bowl
have a niceweek,
Nicole (Belgium)

Septiembre said...

Carol, que colección más bonita de almohadones con conejitos.
Son lindísimos.
Besos.

Valentina said...

Your bunnies are all lovely! You have a pretty collection!

Mercedes said...

Hello Carol!
My friend Elia at El Jardin de mi Duende, told me very good of you and yours blogs.
I will continue on your blog.
Best regards!

Nicola said...

Everything looks so beautiful.

Your robins are very different to the UK robins. I do hope you will be able to post some pictures of the chicks when they hatch.

Sharon said...

Your April ornaments are all fantastic! Love them!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what can I say? What a great bunny bowl you made with all these wonderful little pillows.

Diane said...

Hi,
I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join http://www.coollectors.com - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
All the best,
Diane
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Annette said...

Bunnies bunnie bunnies!!
love bunnies, to bad is over.. ;)))
I really love al the pieces you have made for your April bowl, the Lizzie kate the most, but I love her job.. really wonderfull!!!

And you made also so many pieces, how are your fingers??

Also got such great gifts.. really wonderfull.. great job!!

Love that end photo..