Recently, a good friend of mine got a big shipping of natural wool roving, and she was kind enough to let me buy some from her. I bought it with wet felting in mind, but didn't get around to trying it until this weekend. It turned out kind of disastrous to tell you the truth. Mostly, it was because I didn't have the right "technique".
On Monday, her and I got together to dye some of the wool, and while I was there, she showed me how to wet felt some eggs. I came home addicted!
Here's a sneak peak at what I started. Some white ones that are not finished, as they will be very different when I add the details to them, and this marbled blue one, that I am very proud of. It actually did what I had envisioned, lol. You gotta love those projects that turn out just right!
This is how big the egg was before I started felting!
And here is the after. Big difference, right? And that natural coloured felted ball in the background? It's destined to be a hedgie when I'm done with it.
And here is a tiny sneak peak of my nature table. I always have a salt lamp on it, a plant and some various crystals, but since I removed all the Valentines decoration, it seemed bare. I decided to dig out my seasonal box and found this nest a friend gave me last year that I had completely forgot about. I added these little robins eggs, a few crystals and a bird from a pattern I just tried. It's not much, but it's adding just a little pop of colour I needed. I just didn't want to go full blown spring table, as it is still February. It's nice to decorate with the seasons, but creating for the shop means I am a few months ahead of what is actually happening now. Oh well. The kids were excited to see these on the table ;)
P.S. If your wondering why I've never showed my nature table on here, it's because I didn't have one until I bought a new storage shelving from Ikea (for all my craft stuff) during the Christmas holidays. And I am just now starting to use it as a nature/seasonal table. I will show it (all of it) in the near future, promise ;)
Well, that's all for now. I'm going to get some work done, I can hear the felt calling me!
It's been an unusually mild winter so far this season. The ground is covered primarily in ice, instead of beautiful white snow. Almost everyday, except for the odd day or week, ice has been melting slowly during the mild tempered days, only to refreeze at night. I don't know if spring truly will be coming sooner this year, or if we'll be hit by a snow storm before hand. But with all this melting ice and sunshine, I can't help but feel like it's almost spring.
With spring on the brain, it has me crafting some fun colourful things, reminiscent of that season.
Or maybe I'm just longing for when the grass turns to a beautiful shade of green, and bugs are about their journey.
With the feeling of spring, I also find myself craving some healthier foods. It had been a long time since I made a raw dessert. So I decided to try my hand at this banana "cream" pie. I didn't grind my nuts enough for my crust, but the filling turned out to be quite delicious.
With this feeling of spring, I find myself de cluttering my home, cleaning up my eating habits (and slowly I am feeling better as I bring my iron levels back up) and focusing more on the things and people in my life that matter.
It may be a bit early in the year to say that spring is upon us, but it certainly feel like spring is in the air!
Not that crafting requires a great deal of energy, and certainly no one ever needs to twist my arm for me to want to do it, but since my last post, there had been no crafting at all. Not one peg, sheet of felt, or paintbrush was taken out. I had been so exhausted, I couldn't even find the energy to craft. Because the little bit of energy I had, I had to use to care for my children and work. Turns out I was low on iron, (obviously I hadn't been a good girl and didn't stick with my green smoothies), but thanks to a diet wake up call and adjustment (aka actually drinking and eating my greens) and a few supplements later, I am feeling better and am getting back on track.
So yesterday, when my friend's daughter came over for a play date and sleepover, I knew I'd have the chance to get some things done. Nothing like adding an extra kid to the mix to keep your busy and content for hours!
So I got started on painting this pirate ship for a pirate play set I am making for the shop. I can't wait until it's done, I think it will be adorable, don't you think?
I also had time to take out my wood burner and watercolours and finished this memory match game.
All that's left to do is to polish it and sew a draw string bag for it before I list it. And for that bag, I am going to use this awesome rainbow fabric I scored at the thrift store. I was lucky enough to find 3 yards of it! Oh how I love thrifting!
So here you have it. The reason why I hadn't posted in a couple of weeks, and now you are all caught up on my on going projects. I better go do some polishing why my kids friend is still here, because once she leaves, who knows if the kids will allow me to work on anything, lol.
Do your kid do that too? Hover over you to see what your doing, or keep asking if they can paint your stuff for you, etc? I am betting it's natural!