Category: Felting

More Than Just Felt

By , July 27, 2014 6:40 am

I have made thousands of felted friends for people all around the world. Even though I make each one with care, every once in a while I will get a note from a customer letting me know a little more about where the owls, penguins, elephants, etc… have ended up, and for what special purpose. Anniversaries are a frequent reason, but so have been memorials and long hospital stays.

It serves to remind me that even the smallest act of creation can have a meaningful impact on someone miles away. And, even though it is a business, there is often more happening than just an exchange.

One occasion I have enjoyed customizing for are weddings. These little guys end up being center pieces or cake toppers. And the possibilities of different combinations are almost limitless — I have yet to encounter two request the same, as you can see below.

Owl Cake Topper

Owl Cake Topper

Owl Cake Topper

Owl Cake Topper

Owl Cake Topper

Owl Cake Topper

Owl Cake Topper

The biggest challenge, believe it or not, is finding a curved branch that supports the owls above the ground and also fits within a cake top diameter (usually 7 inches). The nearby park and our back yard offer stick-hunting opportunities, but I sometimes wonder what the neighbors think seeing me forage through the brush.

Owl Cake Topper

Is Your Home Protected?

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By , July 22, 2012 1:51 pm

For those homes still fortunate to have a tomte in residence, read no further. I’m pretty sure we’ve got one, or a family of them living somewhere quiet inside. The attic doesn’t quite seem like a good place to live, nor does the basement. The only reason I suspect they are living inside is the occasional glimpse we’ve gotten. I started walking around with my camera just so I could quickly snap a picture when I spotted one.

Tomte Hiding

Sure enough, around tea time I caught a glimpse. The next time was in the morning. I was about to water the plants and I noticed the little guy looking outside (it’s been a beastly summer, and we’ve closed the house up much of these last couple of weeks). I think he, like us, was missing hanging out outside.

Tomte Hiding

There have been other sitings, but I’m trying not to interfere too much, so I just barely got this picture and then promised to put the camera away. I took it while we were sorting through some of our books. I’m sure he was starting scope out the available titles to have on hand during the long winter nights.

Tomte Hiding

Anyway, the reason why I’m sharing all of this, is that there are many homes that do not have a tomte living nearby, looking after things. They are easily offended and will move out if not properly treated (like, did you remember to put out a bowl of porridge last Christmas night?).

I’m pleased to offer a particularly smart and willing wizard for hire. This house wizard can offer similar services as a tomte. Though not up to speed on the history of your home, he possesses some of the same qualities as a tomte – particularly constant vigilance.

Needle Felted House Wizard

He prefers a high spot in the room (perhaps the top shelf in a living room bookcase) – somewhere where he can survey the room and get a sense of what is happening in the house.

Needle Felted House Wizard

Since you pay an agent (me) for his services, he will not run out on you if you forget to get him a present, or suddenly find yourself cursing up a storm.

Needle Felted House Wizard

If you are interested, find out more here.

Talk to the Hand

By , July 5, 2012 4:57 pm

…or at least to the fingers.

Needle Felted Finger Puppets

Not sure why it took me so long to work on these guys, but better late than never. Needless to say, I’ve got a bunch of character ideas bouncing around in my head. These will not be the only ones made.

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Needle Felted Finger Puppets

See all of them (or as I add them) here.

Rainbows for All

By , June 12, 2012 7:44 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to have conversations about who gets to do what and who is entitled to such and such? That the sorts of things enjoyed by some people, would be available to all people? Instead, we live in a world, though full of creative and loving people, is also full of hate and fear. Instead of embracing the differences that make us individuals, we respect only those that make people most like ourselves.

I’ve tried not to be too divisive on this blog, or have rants of any sort, but this sort of thing shouldn’t even be an issue. And, this year seems to be a good year to make a statement, especially for states that could potentially have discrimination being written into their constitutions.

The owls know what I’m talking about. They’re lightyears ahead of us humans.

Owl Couple

Northern Magic

By , June 7, 2012 8:32 am

We’re back from a relaxing trip up north, full of inspiration and rest. And, it might be time to revive the old blog.

Moody Lake Superior

The fun part of these trips is the time allowed to explore, both our surroundings, as well as some new crafty ideas. Partly inspired by the new spring growth, the mossy trees and the fun of finding beautifully weathered driftwood, I decided to capture some of that magic in the form of wee wizards.

Wee Wizard

Measuring a scant 4 inches tall, I’ll be giving each wizard a unique driftwood “staff.” I’m not sure how waterproof these guys are, so I wouldn’t recommend keeping them outside in your garden, but they could certainly live next to an indoor plant or on a shelf.

Wee Wizard

And, of course, with all these creations, I can never stop at just one. And, if you want one for yourself, you can find them here.

Wee Wizards

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