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Last October I purchased two live orchids from Pottery Barn.  I ordered two plants, thinking it would increase my chance of success.  The plants bloomed for almost two months and I was thrilled, but of course eventually the blooms died and I was left with two plants to care for.  The Pottery Barn website gives detailed instructions on how to care for your orchids, and I was surprised to read that the best care is a bit of neglect.  “Water: Water lightly every 20–30 days, if needed. Best if allowed to almost dry out between waterings. Check the medium with your finger; if you feel moisture, do not water. ”

I walked past these plants many times with water, but I didn’t give into the urge to saturate their little roots.  It was hard to ignore these plants and I had to keep telling myself “do not water”.  When I finally watered them I limited it to one cup for each.  Never in a million years did I think they would re-bloom, but look at my orchids now!

New Orchid Blooms

Both plants have double stems filled with flowers!  If you love orchids but don’t have good luck with them, try following the instructions from Pottery Barn.  My orchids are staying right where they are because they seem to be very happy.  I’m not moving them and once they drop their flowers I’ll be ignoring them again.   I have high hopes for these orchids!

Anne

 

 

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March 26, 2014 - 7:58 am

Paula - Very pretty. Orchids are one of the few plants that thrive in my house, because all my plants either thrive on neglect or die.

March 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jenni - My boss has hundreds of orchids in her backyard hanging along her fence. No lie…hundreds. She will give me a few now and then due to lack of room. She has taught me to give them 5 ice cubes a week and leave it at that. It works! That is all you have to do. 5 ice cubes a week.

March 26, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Katherine Schaffer - Anne -
Your orchids are just lovely; so glad you were able to get them to bloom again! But as always, you are quick to share some helpful tips with those of us out here in “Bunnyland”, whether it be on quilting, working with felt, embroidery … and now.. indoor gardening! You’re a sweetie and deserve those new bloom!

March 27, 2014 - 3:21 am

Pat - My girlfriend has orchids and she puts 3 ice cubes on the plant every week and that is it and her orchids are beautiful. Your orchids are beautiful. Maybe it is finally my time to buy myself one.

March 27, 2014 - 7:56 am

Mary Jane - Isn’t it great fun to have one rebloom! We received one for Christmas two years ago and when it finished it was moved to our bathroom and since it has rebloomed twice (it is into it’s second bloom). Obviously it likes the humidity and the indirect light. Congratulations on your success.

March 27, 2014 - 11:07 am

kathleen Solomi - I have 2 plants sleeping at present
Congratulations , they don’t always oblige with a second flowering

March 30, 2014 - 5:49 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I started growing orchids about nine yrs ago, with trepidation, but found them to be so rewarding, I wouldn’t be without them! I’m continually surprised at how many times a year they will bloom. I have one just like yours happily flowering since early March.
I find phalaenopsis to be the easiest to keep reblooming, some of the more exotic varieties not so much.

April 6, 2014 - 6:32 am

Barb haakonson - Hi, every time I think about watering my orchid, I just use an ice cube. I received an orchid and this info from granddaughter Ashley. I mostly neglect it.

Sunshine Lily

DM Quilt 4

 

It’s time for the 2014 Fat quarter shop mystery quilt and I’ve designed a block for it!  I think you’re going to love this mystery quilt.  The fabric is beautiful and well, who doesn’t love star blocks?   Put the two together and you have the perfect mystery quilt.

In case you haven’t signed up yet there’s still time.  You can find it at The Fat Quarter Shop.  The fabric is Snowbird from Laundry Basket Quilts and when I saw this fabric I fell in love.  It’s one of those fabric lines that says “you need me in your stash” LOL. Here’s a few peeks;

DM-Quilt-7Love those polka dots!

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Stars galore in this quilt.  It’s just so pretty.

I’ve named my star block “Sunshine Lily” after my grand-daughter Lily.  She’s my star for sure and she’s filled with sunshine!

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She makes me smile like no one else can.  She reminds me of the good things in life,  like let the grass touch your toes and the world becomes your oyster!

Sunshine_Lily_(1_of_1)or,

Wear silly hats, don’t worry about a few stains and love every taste of ice cream you can get.

Sunshine_Lily_eating_ice_cream_(1_of_1)or,

When it rains, use a purple polka dot umbrella.

Purple_umbrella_(1_of_1)or,

Go barefoot and squish the sand.

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or,

Take time to walk the dog and leave your troubles behind you.

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She’s my grand-daughter, filled with happiness and laughter.  She’s my Sunshine Lily!

Visit these designers today to read about the stars in their lives:  Kansas Troubles Quilters, Me & My Sister Designs, and Fig Tree Quilts,  then hop over to the Jolly Jabber for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.

Have fun everyone!

 

Anne

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March 21, 2014 - 4:10 am

Sandy D - Grandkids are a Gift. Love them

March 21, 2014 - 4:35 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful granddaughter(s) with us today. Adults could take a lesson from the little ones in our lives….keep things simple and enjoy life’s pleasures :)

Oh, I love star quilts and Edyta’s Snowbird line!

March 21, 2014 - 5:06 am

susan - Beautiful granddaughter and I’m sure a beautiful Sunshine Lily block too!

March 21, 2014 - 5:06 am

Sue B - Lily looks like she is a Ray of sunshine. Looking forward to your block

March 21, 2014 - 5:30 am

Pam in Indiana - I love the pictures of your granddaughters! So sweet!!! And I’m so tempted by the mystery quilt!

March 21, 2014 - 5:43 am

Jodi Connors - Awww! What a sweetie, she is so precious. Thanks for sharing that little ray of sunshine. I love the idea of this quilt!

Blessings,
Jodi

March 21, 2014 - 6:11 am

Dee - Nothing better than being a grandparent!!!

March 21, 2014 - 6:14 am

Dawn - Aww such a lovely post Anne, Lily is an absolute darling. Thank you for sharing your star and ray of sunshine, brightening our day x

March 21, 2014 - 6:36 am

Pati Elliott - Grandchildren are our rewards for being parents!!! Thank you for sharing your precious granddaughter with us!!

March 21, 2014 - 8:22 am

Miss Jean - Grandchildren are the BEST!!!

March 21, 2014 - 8:47 am

Kalynn - Grandchildren are the best. I have 6 now and they are all so amazing.

March 21, 2014 - 9:26 am

Linda - HELLO,what a lovely post!
Thank You!

March 21, 2014 - 10:21 am

Carol Sc - Wonderful pictures of a darling little girl. May the joy you have with her continue.

March 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

Deb - I know your block will be lovely! Enjoyed the photos of your granddaughter.

March 21, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Barb - The quilt looks amazing – I am so tempted. The real beauties are your granddaughters (and Chelsea, too!)

I’m off to the Fat Quarter Shop now :-)

March 21, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Cindi P - Aren’t Grandkids great?

March 21, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Wendy - Grand children are a blessing and delight! What would we do without them? Thanks for sharing.

March 21, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Cecilia - I have 3 granddaughters and I understand exactly what you mean. Thanks for sharing.

March 22, 2014 - 4:16 am

Martha Cook - Yes,grand kids are a blessing. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the Snowbird line. Just lovely.

March 25, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Anne - What a cutie your Lily is … my hairdresser’s first grandchild is named Lily, so I hear about another Lily frequently. She is 11 now and looks 16, yikes! Love the beautiful fabric collection … and love, love, love blue!

March 27, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Pauline - Sunshine Lily is the perfect name for your block…your block, your grand-daughter and Edyta’s fabric line…sEw beautiful. hugs, Pauline

Miniature Garden

A friend gave me the prettiest glass jar that’s the perfect size for a spring terrarium.   I just couldn’t resist making one!

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I found everything I needed on Amazon.  I ordered a terrarium kit with activated charcoal, little rocks, potting soil and moss.  Then I ordered some little miniature plants, just the perfect size!

If you’ve never made a terrarium, they’re really easy.  Layer the charcoal in the bottom of the jar, then layer the rocks and finally the soil.  Plant the miniature plants, top off with moss and give each plant a drink of water.  Here’s the best thing;  terrariums thrive on neglect!  I only water when the soil is really dry, and if I keep the lid on the jar, the terrarium will make its own moisture.  When it builds up too much moisture I just remove the lid for a while.

Terrarium_2_(1_of_1)The most fun comes when you pick the little things to put in your terrarium.  I picked two vintage bunny salt and pepper shakers for mine.  They look so cute tucked in among the ferns.  They’ll spend their days in my studio and I’ll try very hard to “neglect” their little haven.

Anne

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March 19, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Janan - These two bunnies are sew cute!

March 19, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Donna Liljegren - I’ve never tried a terrarium, Anne, but I have to admit it looks like fun. I love your little bunnies! (I’d need a squirrel or a miniature Corgi in mine!)
Thanks for the inspiration.
xo
Donna

March 20, 2014 - 3:30 am

Jane - I love your terrarium! How big is you jar? Is the opening wide enough for you hand to go into?

March 20, 2014 - 2:43 pm

vicky - How pretty! Love your little bunnies tucked in! Someone gave me a rather larger terrarium for my 21st birthday. I gave it to someone else when I moved to CA 20 years ago at age 43. I hear it’s still thriving. Here’s wishing a long life for yours!! :)

March 21, 2014 - 4:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, this is so sweet! I remember when terrariums first became popular in the 70s, I had two of them. Still love them, still have the glass containers, have been thinking of making one for several months….maybe I’ll finally do it :)

March 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I have 6 of these apothecary jars. I have yet to use them. Thanks ever-so-much for the wonderful idea! I can make gifts…one for me, of course.

Love,
Mary

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been busy.  I sent off another fabric line to Moda and it feels so good to have it finished.  I can’t even give you a little hint about it yet, but you’ll be able to tell it’s a Bunny Hill fabric line when you see it.  :>)

We’ve got a few Easter Petite kits back in stock on our website.  You still have time to make these cute little ornaments and there are plenty of branches out there to hang them on!

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Easter Petites from Bunny Hill Designs

Easter Petites from Bunny Hill Designs

Something about that pastel wool that just makes me smile!

Something else has me smiling lately and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s an update on the cancer journey in our family.  We got good news after the lymph node surgery in January.  No cancer cells were found in the ones they removed.  Chemo yes, radiation no.  Many of you said prayers for my family as we began this journey and you’ve helped so much.  I believe in the power of prayer, and the hopefulness that comes with it.  It’s a feeling of goodness linking us all together, and I can’t thank you enough.  My one wish now is that all of you will schedule a mammogram for yourselves.   I just can emphasize how important this is.  Without it, my daughter-in-law would be going down a very different path now.  Get thyself to a mammogram!

This month is going super fast don’t you think?  I swear it has something to do with the time change.  I hate it when we change times but at least it puts us closer to spring.  The farmer’s market opens this weekend in our area and I love going.

Have a great Thursday.

Anne

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March 13, 2014 - 8:38 am

DeAnna Dodson - So glad to hear the good news about your daughter-in-law. Praying for her still. :)

March 13, 2014 - 8:48 am

Fernanda - It’s great news for you and your family. We will continue to pray that everything goes better and better every day. Moreover, the ornaments are beautiful, they are so delicate. Thank you for creating such wonderful things. Hugs. Fer.

March 13, 2014 - 8:49 am

Louise - That truly is great news! I too believe in the power of prayer.
Thank you for sharing your good news.

March 13, 2014 - 9:13 am

Sinta Renee - Aren’t you so clever! I love these little ornaments! Leave it to you to think of something to make Easter even sweeter!

March 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

Vicky - A fabulous report on the cancer journey. I totally agree with your mammo recommendation. Just had a clear one after a worrisome wait for results. Can’t wait to see the new Bunny Hill fabrics. Your designs and BOMs always make me smile!

March 13, 2014 - 10:04 am

Andrea - So glad to hear that your daughter in law is doing ok! My Mom just got diagnosed with breast cancer-we have met with surgeons, but are awaiting our oncologist appointment. Luckily, it was caught early, thanks to regular mammograms!

March 13, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Carrie - Wonderful news Anne, family is so precious! Look forward to your new fabric line, your pastel wools are so sweet and perfect for the season.

March 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Miss Jean - That is such wonderful news! I always schedule a mammogram as a birthday present to myself. That way it’s easy to remember.

March 13, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Lisa E - I hope your daughter-in-law continues on the path to becoming cancer-free. (My mammogram is in 2 weeks.)

March 14, 2014 - 5:30 am

Pam - So happy that your daughter-in-law has such good news!!! Same results for my quilting peep up in South Bend. She will be having her last chemo the week we get together to quilt next month. We’re so relieved! God is good!

I’ve always been diligent about my mammograms because we do have a lot if cancer in my side of the family. May I make another reminder? Please be sure to get a colonoscopy when you turn 50 — earlier if you have symptoms or a family history. My husband balked at the idea and I MADE him go. The doctor said he had the largest precancerous tumor he’s ever seen. That was 9 years ago. If Paul hadn’t gone, we are sure he’d not be here today to be visiting our first grandson in Omaha.

Take care and enjoy the spring blessings!
XO

March 14, 2014 - 10:01 am

Margi - PRAISE THE LORD
that is wonderful news. The Lord is so good and generous.

Not a fan of the mammogram but get it every year and encourage all my friends too,

I agree with you I LOVE the pastel wool too. It makes me smile and feel happy. But then all the wonderful wool does.

Thank you for sharing your good news, and I cant wait for the new line.

Blessings, Margi

March 14, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Angela @ Cottage Magpie - Thank you SO MUCH for the mammogram reminder. I am due! Meanwhile, those cute Easter ornaments look just scrumptious.

~Angela~

March 14, 2014 - 4:11 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Darling ornaments, and I agree about those pastel wools, they’re so soft and sweet. I’m so happy to hear your good news, and I’ll keep on praying because I also believe in the power of prayer. I hope the good news will keep on coming throughout this journey. Thank you for the update.

March 14, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Martha Blevins - Excited about the new fabric; but, even more excited about the good report from the dr! Prayers and good thoughts for your family from an 18 yr. survivor.

March 15, 2014 - 9:17 am

Diane R. - Good news, Anne. I will continue to uphold your family in prayer. I’m entering my Rabbits Prefer Chocolate quilt in our annual juried quilt show, The Best of the Valley. I’ll let you know how I do!

March 15, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Melody - So glad to hear this good news

March 16, 2014 - 10:20 am

Pauline - Anne…that’s wonderful news!! I’ve been stitching with some breast cancer fabric lately and with each stitch I’m hoping we are closer to a cure. I love your Easter Petites…especially the wee lamb…and I always look forward to your next line of fabric and patterns. Have a wonderful week…happy stitching, Pauline

March 16, 2014 - 1:41 pm

diane matthews - Yippee! Yippee! I have been thinking about your relative (figuring it might be your daughter in law) for so long, now. She will do just fine going through chemo – it’s not fun, but it makes you well. Ask for help whenever she needs it – people are so very willing to do whatever is necessary to make her feel better or help her emotionally. I am so glad the lymph nodes were clear – that is wonderful. No traveling cancer cells. There are lots of us breast cancer survivors out there. She will be one more of us. Hugs to the family. Diane Matthews