January 23, 2012

WIP 12: Miriam Chilvers and We Travel to the Bunny Spa

Hi, again! Today's WIP is Miriam Chilvers 1833 by Samplers Remembered. I've been working on Miriam very slowly, partly due to the crush of all the other WIPs, but also because she's a tad boring. I want to finish her this year though, especially because of her very pretty, restful colors.


Here's a photo of the chart design. I'm saving the woman in the striped dress for last.


Yes, there really is a bunny spa! It's owned and run by Mary Ellen of Bunny Lu, a bunny care, education and adoption organization. Bunny-Lu is located in pretty Haymarket, where we journeyed yesterday with everyone in a carrier. This is the Haymarket museum.


This is the entrance to the bunny spa. Note the welcoming crowd of bunny statuary on the bench.


Check-in. Mary Ellen herself, checking in the new guests, and Maxine the welcome committee cat. I've been asked before: cats and bunnies get along very well and don't take much notice of each other. In fact, Maxine was probably smelling our cats on the carriers, since they do double duty taking the cats to their vet.


One of Mary Ellen's own rabbits. He's (she's?) a giant-size lop, as large as a springer spaniel. I believe he's possibly a french or English lop. Very impressive.


Some of Bunny-Lu's adoptable rabbits. I adored this lop and would have taken him home, if BF hadn't been saying quietly "no no no no no." The rabbit was totally engaging and so badly wanted to be hugged. I could tell! (Mary Ellen confirmed it.)


I liked this guy too.


Having a little timothy snack. Mary Ellen sells hay, for much less (and of a better quality) than the stuff from the pet store. We'll be buying her hay (by the pound) from now on.


Note the bunnies on the side of the SUV:


Which hauls this trailer to adoption events:


Doesn't this guy look like an exclamation point?


What fun our trip was to see Mary Ellen and all the adoptables, as well as the other cast of characters. I'm hoping that Pink, Elvis and Peaches are enjoying their stay. I think I'd like to stay there myself if I could quietly stitch and cuddle the rabbits.

See you in a few days!

18 comments:

Nancy said...

I think Miriam is a pretty sampler, and those beautiful but restful colors can be so fun to stitch sometimes. Oh those bunnies are so adorable!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Looks like a very nice spa indeed, did they all buy the spa concept?

Linda said...

Love your WIP. Oh how I wish I could have a bunny.

Linda

Giovanna said...

Miriam is so sweet - and indeed, the colours are really pretty. Lovely stitching!

Laurie in Iowa said...

What a wonderful bunny spa. The kids are in good hands while you're away.

Margaret said...

Ok, that's a cool bunny spa. Very nice! I love the adoptable bunnies too! And your Miriam is looking good! You're saving the good part for last. lol!

barbara said...

Love that bunny spa - thank you for the pictures! It would be very hard not to come home with new family members. I had cats and rabbits together without incident when I was younger. Simon, my Dutch bunny, developed quite the romantic attachment for a tailless kitten I briefly had .... ;)

Krista said...

Your Miriam sampler looks lovely, I love the color scheme. What a bevy of bunnies! adorable!!

valerie said...

Oh my Goodness....the bunnies are so cute! That big english lop is spectacular! I love Miriam...it makes me happy when you pull her out to stitch on.

Catherine said...

Love the colors in Miriam! Look at all those bunnies ~ so cute! And a bunny spa ~ who knew!?!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh crap - now BL is going to want those side-door decorations and a trailer. Thanks a whole eck of a bunch .... I hope you go ice-fishing up there and catch lots of ice ....

Crafty Green Poet said...

It looks such a nice spa and lovely bunnies too!

Mouse said...

ooooo she is a lovely sampler and I don't find her boring at all ..lol and coooooooo love that spa .... think there may be room for a wee mouse and her stitching there too ..lol love mouse xxxx

Katrina said...

Hope the bunnies are doing great on their vacation ;-). Miriam is just so pretty.

Pat Matejcek said...

Your sampler is beautiful!!
I wish that bunny spa was closer, I would so love to adopt a bunny. I can't bring myself to get another but adopting would be different, I wouldn't feel as guilty..I love your bunnies and miss mine terribly...

Beth said...

Miriam is lovely - please keep stitching! I think it will be wonderful when finished. Thanks for sharing the Bunny Spa too - I have 4 cats, but I could have walked away with 4 bunnies too after visiting.

marly said...

Miriam looks like one that I could handle. Those buns are so precious. Hard to walk away isn't it?

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Oh so happy I found you page! Wonderful work. I just started back at cross stitching and love it. We live close enough to bump into each other at a shop some day. I'm loving the dc area but miss the new england shops ! Jules