Friday, November 12, 2010

O Tannenbaum!


Wednesday night I helped a friend host a craft night making felt advent calendars. The plan was to create a felt tree hanging with 25 pockets for the count-down to Christmas. The inspiration was mainly from this Pottery Barn calendar but a smaller simplified version - the PB version is 61 inches tall!

My handsome and talented husband took my rough draft tree pattern and made it accurate and usable PLUS he helped me hand cut about 60 sticky backed felt "2"s since the alternative would be buying another 15 packs of die-cut letters/numbers; that would be budget busting and plain ol' crazy (though trying to cut neatly shaped 2s was an exercise in crazy as well). Overall the project was a success, I'd say, despite the store only cutting us a 1 yard piece of felt when we'd asked for (and paid for) 1 1/2 yards (I wish there was a good alternative to JoAnn's around here!) And I'd also have to say it must have been inspiring too since I'm planning on 'stealing' the Pottery Barn calender idea and making a big ol' 61 inch tall version. Stay tuned for pictures!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Let's Do The Time Warp Again!


Yikes...where did four months go? I do mean well, really I do. I suppose it's my affliction...perfectionism. Yes, folks, I do spend too much time stuck in a weird I-know-I-can-but-what-if-I can't limbo. Kudos to those of you who do not suffer from this annoying tendency.


Anyhoo, I had a loverly evening at Starbuck's this week showing a friend how to hand sew a felt thingie. We called it a lesson, but really, she knows how to sew so I was just coaching. I also ordered a big stack of new felt from Prairie Point Junction's Wool Felt Central site that is scheduled to arrive today so I'm inspired. I'm probably over committing myself in my mind as I fantasize about all the fabulous Christmas gifts I will make people. Do you know the scene? The cookies are in the oven, the house is perfectly decorated, all those nagging projects are complete, the clutter is gone, tea by my side, sewing whilst my three year old quietly reads a book and snow gentle falls outside. Oddly, the most realistic notion there is the reading child; that kid loves books and stories! Well, I dare not put in writing here anything beyond some ideas, of which there are so many, but I will say I hope to tackle the whole Etsy thing in the new year.

And really, there are 58 days til Christmas so I can achieve perfection by then right?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm Still Here


I had a lull in felt stuff production but recently completed several projects and have others "on order".

I made a farm finger puppet set for a little cutie's first birthday:




and a couple of birds to replicate a friend's business logo so she could use them in a table scape display. That picture will have to wait because I left the camera out in the rain. But you can check out her business Wee Affairs and preview the table on facebook.

Today I am tackling a fun project for a birthday party this weekend. I'm working on capelets for the three lovely ladies hosting a Madeline themed birthday party. I'll post a picture as soon as I can.

In other news, I hope to actually open my Etsy shop in the next week or so...updates on that to follow as well!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Back to Basics


The first felt things I made were vegetables...a tomato I think it was? Anyhow, fruits and vegetables were my start and my 'Big Idea' yet I started getting ahead of myself with other projects. I did sell a set of produce and make a few other foods here and there. But then there was a contest that, albeit fun, had nothing to do with my goals. I made a set of cupcakes that were my second official sale, but again that somewhat derailed me. So what's a silly felt girl to do? Cook up a new batch of old favorites I guess. Currently on the back burner to be moved into the pan is a ratatouli set. I have a zucchini made and a couple other vegetables cut and ready to go. I'd best go set the timer and get cookin'. Bon appetite!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beyond Felt


Chances are you've seen the infomercial for the Cricut cutting machine and thought one of two things; either "I HAVE TO HAVE THAT!" or "I bet that's not nearly as awesomely awesome as it seems on TV". Well, I'm here to say that it really is awesomely awesome and full of awesomeness. I got one through an online Black Friday sale this past year (speaking of awesome, how awesome is Black Friday without leaving the house?!) and it is as cool as they make it look on the tele. Sure you have to spend a bit of time figuring out all the features and deal with a bit of trial and error, but it is seriously super. I even cut some felt with it. It was the stiff crappy craft felt, but the Cricut cut perfect circles for me.


Anyhoo, the point here isn't so much a blogomercial for a Cricut but a post that CBS technology correspondent, David Gregg, is hosting a segment called “Crafty Gadgets” on The Early Show tomorrow, expected to air between 8:00 - 8:50 am EST. They'll be showing the Cricut and 5 other things that I'm sure I'll HAVE TO HAVE by the end of the demos.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fa La La La Felt


I was just clicking through my e-book and getting so excited about all the groovy felty crafty Christmasy things I am gonna make! The trick is to get a jump on it all and not wait until December to start I suppose?




This book has great projects and the patterns are inspiration for mix and match fun to make even more neat stuff. Now, to find some spare time...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Yum!


Here are the cupcakes I made from scratch - the pattern and the decorations and all!
They were really fun to make too.




Monday, February 1, 2010

Felt Smack Down


Well, here it is...the unveiling of my contest entry. Dun dun daaaaah!




I'm not sure it really is what I had in my head to start out, but I did have fun trying something new. I can't wait to see what the other 'Smackers' made!

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Final Inning


My Felt Smack Down entry is due tomorrow by midnight! I still have quite a bit to get out of my head and into my felt. I've also got an 'order' for 4 cupcakes due 2/6 that I'm working on. Pictures of all forthcoming. Can't wait to see what I end up with? Either can I!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Oh La La! Fa La La La Felt


Today's most excellent blog post on "
The Bus" highlighted super-great work from Cathy at The Daily Pincushion. And The Daily Pincushion is more than a clever name, I think, because I love them so much I would be thrilled to have a different one for each day!

Here's a mini pin cushion I'd use on Mondays:


and this one on Tuesdays...


and I think I'd use this fancy one on weekends and holidays...


Take a peek at her Etsy site and pick out your own week of daily cushions!

But wait...there's more!

I was also tipped off to the eBook "FaLaLaLa Felt" which includes patterns from Cathy. I immediately clicked over to download my own copy! It's packed fuller than Santa's sleigh with patterns and ideas for Christmas felt projects. Grab your very own copy
here...only 339 sewing days til Christmas!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Looky Here!


I took a (horrendous!) trip to Barnes&Noble this afternoon to get a little light for my nook (that's right I have a nook!) and I took a spin through the magazine section. Though I didn't really expect to, I found that they carry Stuffed Magazine! Despite the naughty sounding name, it was pretty neat with lots of fun pictures and comments and hints from the crafters. I hesitated at the $14.99 price tag for a magazine but flipping through the pages I found a web address for a
$9.99 digital 'copy' of the Winter '09 edition. I don't mind being a season behind and I really like that the digital version has pages that turn, the ability to zoom in and out of each page AND has live links to each artist's blog or web site. SOLD!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tick tock!


With only about a week left to get my contest project done, I'm happy to report it's coming along swell. I made what I was considering a 'proto-type' since Salley Mavor's Wee Folk are not my usual style but hubby seems to think it's finished-product-worthy. No surprise I'm always more critical of my results but I do like what I have so far. Speaking of which, I best get back to work!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hello!


Hi and welcome to my blog. A place for my thoughts, ideas and things I felt. I'm jumping in head first by entering a contest and daringly exposing myself (so to speak).
My favorite daily email from Craft Gossip told me that My Life Under The Bus was holding a Felt Smack down and how can you turn down the opportunity to craft something cute and tiny as part of a "smack down"? Well, I for one could not so stay tuned for some updates on my progress or frustration with a lack thereof.