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I was going through pictures today and I found some of Moochers my cat.

Moochers, I can’t believe we named her that, the poor cat.  She was such a frail thing when she found us, and the name didn’t fit at all.  But there we were in the vet’s office and they asked me her name.  Moochers was all that came to mind, so Moochers it was.

When she found us she was starving

When she found us she was starving

I think that’s why she’s giving me this look.  She just can’t believe I named her that!


You’ve named me what?

Over time the name grew to fit her.  Or, maybe she grew to fit the name?   Hummm…




 Now she’s a “huge” part of our family and I dare say she’s probably the only cat ever named Moochers.  She comes when she’s called and I take that as a sign she likes her name.


She even looks like a Moochers now.  No starving cats in this house!

Moochers now

She’s getting older and like all of us, she’s starting to show a bit of age.  The fur above her eyes may be thinning but her body sure isn’t.

She’ll be helping me decorate for Christmas this week.  She loves to participate in everything, especially if it involves a pillow.  Have you started decorating yet?  Do you start right after Thanksgiving?


Fyi, we’re working on our blog over the next week trying to fix a few things.  Hopefully our link page will be back soon!


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December 2, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Letty - Okay, the shot that made me laugh out loud was the one with his legs spayed out straight behind! He’s adorable!

December 2, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Letty - Okay, I just gawped at the pictures and didn’t read first. Moochers is a SHE! Sorry Miss Moochers.

December 2, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Barbara - Moochers was a very lucky cat to be adopted into your family. She looks like she is having quite the nice life. Thanks for sharing her pretty face with us.

December 2, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Anita - Such a sweet face, thank you for the update. No decorating in my house just yet. Happy holidays.

December 2, 2014 - 6:14 pm

patricia G Hayes - Ms Moochers is such a lovely color. So now you have a full family. Two doggies, a cat, is that enough now or will there be more to add sometime.
Anne. You are special.
I too enjoy the photo of her wither legs splayed. Cats are so fun, we have a three quarter siamese and never cease to notice new things about her and her antics even though she is eight and a half she is still going strong. Sleeps with us every night, is such a member of the family. Just us three, dad mom and Suki. Suzi rules though, does your Ms M?? Patricia G
Patricia g

December 2, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I can feel the love between you and Moochers…such a wonderful connection.

December 2, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Tina - I love the picture of her laying on her tummy with her legs sticking out behind her – Too funny!!! ;o))

December 2, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Miss Jean - We had a cat once that we named Uegly – pronounced you-glee. The girl we got her from said she was ugly and had named her that. She grew up to be a beautiful part Siamese cat.

December 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t she just precious! I so much want to hug her. :D

December 2, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Nancy B. - Precious kitty love :)

December 3, 2014 - 12:14 am

Hildy - She’s beautiful! My cats are 10yo now and it shows. They stay more inside where it’s warmer and the connection between us grows stronger every day. As much as I love kitties I think it’s even better when they’re older:-)

December 3, 2014 - 12:29 am

michele - hello
years ago in my family we had a similar cat , same color ,same fur . All the cats inour home were called POMPON.
each time my mother thought it is a male . No no she was and of course she gave birth.
I like Moochers

December 3, 2014 - 2:45 am

Megan - So precious, so beautiful.

December 3, 2014 - 5:23 am

Sue H - She is beautiful …. love her color!!! My own Polly has a Sherpa bed like Moochers and she also lays out with legs straight behind her! They could maybe be friends???!!!!

December 3, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Ronda - Sweet kitty! I think the name suits her! We always start decorating the day after thanksgiving ( that is unless black Fridays hasn’t kicked our tails). I love Christmas decorations and I love looking at my tree when all lit up! The last 2 years the season seemed short and we haven’t put up all or Christmas décor:( Maybe the old saying is true the older you get the faster the year goes by lol. Looking forward to the new site.

December 4, 2014 - 6:10 am

Barb - Moochers is truly a beauty! What a really pretty girl.

Am I correct, but don’t you have at least 2 other cats – I think they are black kitties. Or am I wrong & confused?

Anyway, give Moochers a scratch on the head from me :-)

December 4, 2014 - 7:14 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
I’m sure Moochers doesn’t mind her name at all…I expect when she found you she was happy to be called anything :)
Thanksgiving is usually the go ahead to turn on the outdoor Christmas lights and begin to transition the house from autumn to winter decorating. All that said, I’m a bit slow to start this year but today am hanging garland outside to welcome visitors. Happy Holidays :)

December 4, 2014 - 8:20 am

ina - what a beautiful kitty….love the name. ;p

December 15, 2014 - 10:47 am

Ginger - I know this post has been up for a couple of weeks, but I have read it 2-3 times. The photos of Moochers are wonderful. What a great name and great photos of a beautiful cat. Thanks for sharing your critters with us. I love to read about animals and their humans.

blessings and Merry Christmas,
Ginger Gwartney

December 15, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Laura Lynch - Ann,

Moochers is so beautiful!! God knew exactly what home needed Moochers & what home Moochers needed . . . a great match! I’ve done several cat, dog, guinea pig & bird rescues in my time . . . they are always the best pets . . . I think they KNOW they’ve been saved! You are a kindred spirit (reference from one of favorite movie series, Anne of Green Gables w/Megan Fellows).

I start decorating after Thanksgiving . . . but some years it takes me a week or so to decorate.



It’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks for family, friends, and all the people who enrich our lives.  I love Thanksgiving, I love the tradition and I love cooking the feast.


 I’m thankful that across the world my family in Germany enjoyed the same traditional food on their table.  Lily will grow up to know the tradition even if she doesn’t get the day off from school.

I hope all of you are ready for turkey day and the start of the holiday season.  The holidays get crazier every year, but I hope you can find some time to relax and enjoy the days.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!




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November 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Mary salmon - Thanks for the lovely Thanksgiving wish. It will come true for we all have so much in which to give thanks. Have a wonderful year. Thank you for introducing me to the Bunny Hill family of fun, adventure and beauty. I am a kid again!

November 26, 2014 - 7:39 pm

liz n. - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Anne! Hope it’s a wonderful day for you, and, yes, we do all have so much to be thankful for!

November 26, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Tammy - That meal looks really yummy and is making my mouth water. I live in Canada so we had ore last month. I am really jealous that all my American relatives and friends will be getting that tomorrow while I probably eat some sort of leftovers. Happy Turkey Day everyone.

November 27, 2014 - 12:13 am

Hildy - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! And it would be beautiful if it was a holiday here in germany a day off work is always a good thing;-)

November 27, 2014 - 6:09 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
As we count our blessings today, I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2014 - 7:29 am

Betty Grove - Thank you for the good wishes and may they come to you and yours also. Bunny Hill is a happy place and I thank you for sharing your talents with me. I look forward to another great year of fun with the bunnies.

November 27, 2014 - 7:52 am

Miss Jean - I have a lot to be thankful for. One of them being is the many wonderful friends and acquaintances I have made by being involved in this crazy “hobby” called quilting! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day, Anne!!

November 28, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Barb - Ahhh, your Thanksgiving dinner looks like it was delicious! Yummy!

I hope you enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving!

working behind the scenes

Last night while you were sleeping we launched our new website.  As with anything new, it may take us a few days to work out any glitches, but I’m hoping we don’t have any!  We’ve tested it, and then tested it again, and like a mother pushing a bird out of the nest, last night I said to let it go.

 New site


Here’s a few exciting things about our new site:

See those little plus signs next to Patterns, Fabrics, Threads & Embellishments in the picture above?  If you click on them you’ll find a drop down box with selections.

PDF patterns:  Yes we’re trying them out!  We’ve started with our Bunny Hill Petites and we’ll add a few more as we go along. You’ll need to set up an account to buy a PDF pattern.  Your PDF will be available to download 3 times.  You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

Compare, make a wish list or email to a friend, you can do all three on our new site.  I hope you’ll have fun with this.

Check out as a guest, or set up your own account and create a password.  Now you have a choice!  If you set up an account you can check your order status and see if it’s shipped.  Oh the wonder of modern technology!

If your order totals over $150.00 we’ll give you Free Shipping.

The pictures enlarge to a great size. Click on them once and then click again to get the “big picture”.

I hope you enjoy touring our new site.  Please be patient with us for a few days as make any adjustments necessary.

Email me if you have any questions or problems.  I’m here for you this weekend.


Here’s the link:



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November 22, 2014 - 6:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - What fun1 I’ll be checking this out as soon as I get an extra few minutes….or maybe right now :)

November 22, 2014 - 7:03 am

Pat Godkin - Congratulations on the new website! I am going to give it a whirl!

November 22, 2014 - 7:07 am

Hildy - Your new website looks great and thank you, thank you, thank you for the PDF option. Shipping is a killer and quite often an argument to not buy a pattern.

November 22, 2014 - 7:43 am

DeAnna Dodson - Ooooh, I love the digital pattern option. As mentioned above, shipping can be a killer for just a pattern. I love the new site! :D

November 22, 2014 - 8:40 am

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
I’m looking forward to your website! But I’m not able to go there. When I click on the link I get a funky outline of the site. Is it my iPad or is the problem on your end?

I also get a “buy this domain name” when I type in….


November 22, 2014 - 10:51 am

ina - yay!!!

November 22, 2014 - 1:04 pm

marcia - My phone blocks your site. It won’t accept the security certificate.

November 22, 2014 - 3:38 pm

M - Not able to access your site on my iPad.

November 22, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Debbie - I went to the link and your new website is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to looking for some fun projects after the holidays!

November 23, 2014 - 3:56 am

Karen - Hi
For the ladies who have been denied access by their phone or iPad when this happens a screen will come up one of the options is ‘details’ take that. On the next screen at the top left corner should be ‘accept’ then you’ll be good to go. Hope this helps.
Looks Fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work Anne.

November 24, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the new website, I love the snowball cushion, maybe next season, but I will start sooner, my grandkids would love one, Lorraine

If you’re out and about

If you’re out and about this holiday season and you pass a Williams Sonoma store, turnaround and go back.  You’re in for a treat. Every year I recommend their Hot Chocolate (I make mine with milk).  It’s a treat that happens once a year, and it makes the season special.

Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate


This year they’ve added more to this special tradition!  I just bought packages of marshmallow snowmen to serve with the hot chocolate.

Bag of snowmen

Can you believe how cute these are?

I’m sending two of these packages to my Lily in Germany.  She’s going to love these!

Williams Sonoma

Marshmallows anyone?

Thank you Williams Sonoma for making Christmas fun!  My whole family will love these!

Back soon everyone,



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November 20, 2014 - 7:23 am

Sandy M - OMG. Those marshmallows are A-DO-RABLE! I love W&S. They have a wonderful stuffing that pops up for Thanksgiving. The Focacia and the Cornbread variations are so yummy. Oh, and their pumpkin butter… I don’t like pumpkin anything but I always get that because it’s delish.

November 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I so agree about Wms Sonoma hot chocolate mix! The one with peppermint is super, too. We’ve had their roasted marshmallows, but these snowmen are so adorable, we’ll have to pick those up for all the kids. They also have some of the best sauces and salsas…ooh and cookies….just everything we get there is superb! Now I’ll be thinking of this all day…may have to make an unplanned drive. Plus, dark chocolate is good for us :)

November 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

Kathleen O'Grady - How precious!! I will be finding some of those, I hope! Thanks for sharing!!

November 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

Pat Godkin - Thanks for the tip! We love both hot chocolate and marshmallows-cannot resist those snowmen”

November 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

ina - those snowmen are ADORABLE! ;p

November 20, 2014 - 11:43 am

Hildy - Oh, these snowmen are too cute! I’m sure Lily loves them!

November 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary S - This looks scrumptious. Have to check and see if it is in this area. Thanks.

November 20, 2014 - 9:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, Lily will love those!

That looks delicious. :D

Psst, I have five flower centers and eight bunny eyes to do, and then I’ll finally be finished with my Baltimore Bunnies quilt.

Thanks so much for the beautiful design. It’s still my favorite.

November 21, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy Williams - So jealous, live in the UK and don’t have any Williams Sonoma stores, but maybe its a relative who owns the store and will send me some! x

November 21, 2014 - 5:21 am

Barb - Those snowmen marshmallows are too adorable! (Actually, I think they remind me of some of your snowmen designs – maybe WS got the idea from you!)

And who doesn’t love hot chocolate! I think a trip to WS is on my To Do list:-)

Thanks for sharing this with us.


November 21, 2014 - 6:09 am

Tricia L. - I’ll have to check this out! Thanks, I usually walk right by!

November 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Kathleen - Now I want hot chocolate!!

November 24, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love, love, love the marshmallows, will try to make a couple for the grandkids, Lorraine