Sunday, January 30, 2011

T-Shirt Rug

I started cutting old t-shirts yesterday to make yarn for this project.  It was a fun and quick project but I don't recommend using t-shirts with any hint of lycra- they make it a little more difficult to keep the tension correct.  Now I am going to try to finish up some pre-felts I need for a special project I'm planning- have a wonderful afternoon!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Last one I promise! :)

Oh my goodness they are so cute.  Now we have 5, they are about the size of a ping pong ball.  The bounce around like ping pong balls too!  I love them when they are little babies.  Last night when there was only 1 my DD decided he looked lonely so she needle felted him a friend.  He actually slept huddled up with the "wool quail"!  Too adorable.

The babies are on their way....

video
This has nothing to do with felting...but does show what has gotten me off track from my good intentions to felt today.  Every year I incubate quails with my students.  Well one of the babies couldn't wait for tomorrow, so it decided to show up today. It does not matter how many times I see these little guys being hatched, I am mesmerized each and every time! This video shows the baby after I removed him from the incubator and put him in the brooder box. His peeping makes my DH's Blue Crowned Conure scream...you might hear him in the background.....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Slippers.....

I felted these around a flat resist.  I had a hard time trying to make the seams not too bulky.  The first pair I tried had thin areas at the seams.  I have some leather that I am going to add to the toe and heel sections on the bottom so they are not so slippy on the floor.  For a first "Officially Wearable" pair. I am so-so happy with the result.  Now to go work on some smaller felted projects that involve wood, embroidery, and felt......

Saturday, January 15, 2011

doin' the happy dance..

So today I drove to my favorite twice a year antique fair in Mt. Dora, Florida.  I was as always finding treasure after treasure.  We were on our way to our car when I caught something out of the corner of my eye.  Sitting half hidden on an old bench was a HUGE rug...but not just any old rug....it looked like it had been wet felted and then embroidered.  I checked it over and saw only a few small areas where some of the embroidery on the border had come apart, but the rug as a whole was VERY clean and in great shape.  It didn't have a price and I almost walked away thinking it would probably be WAY out of my price range.  I patiently waited for the man who owned the rug to finish with another customer and I asked him what the price was.......and here comes the best part....the part that made me almost sing.......it was only $20.00!!!  Yeah me!!  I love a deal!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Be Mine?

I have been super busy since I have been back to work...not much time for felting, but I have been creating.  I joined a valentine swap and have been playing around trying to figure out how to make a postcard with fabric.  These are 3 that I have played around with...I only need 1 for the swap now to figure out which one to send....

This weekend I plan on rolling out some prefelts for a project that I want to try.  I also want to try another vase resist project.  I still have not mastered that, so that is on the agenda.  Tomorrow I get to go to my favorite antique town here in Florida and spend the day shopping...I am so looking forward to it!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

I enjoyed my New Year celebration with neighbors and then snuck back home with my kids and we made chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate mousse topping as the new year ticked in.  PERFECT way to start 2011! :)

My only resolutions this year will be focusing on what I can do instead of what I can't do....
1.  Learn something new everyday.
2.  Look for the positive in my daily life.
 That's it! :)

Day 1-
Learned: I learned how to make a wool sweater wreath!
Positive: A chocolate cupcake in the morning is a great thing! ;)

Have a wonderful day!!