New Listings in My Etsy Shop

Sep 30, 2014

I really enjoy needle felting and as you can see I’ve been busy. I find creating something out of a rolled up piece of wool fun and rewarding. If you live in the DFW area and are wanting to learn needle felting Carolyn Ross (The Crafty Scrapper) and I are trying to figure out when I can teach a class. So be on the lookout. This needle felted cupcake or petit four holiday ornament is created from brown, beige, red and green wool. It measures approximately 1.75″ in width and 2″ in height. The cupcake sits in a vintage candy mold and can be found in my Etsy Shop.  Each acorn base is needle felted from wool in colors of Teal, Red, Orange, Gold, Green and Light Green then accented with a dried acorn cap. The...

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Needle Felted Oak Leaf

Sep 26, 2014

I always love a creative challenge so when a customer asked if I could create a pendant from one of my dried acorns I of course said sure. As I thought more about the necklace I felt (no pun intended) having a needle felted oak leaf would look adorable along side the acorn. The challenge came when I realized I had never needle felted an oak leaf. Amy picked the color of the felt for her leaf and away I went. I think this is the cutest pendant and I already have another customer requesting a similar necklace, this time with a teal leaf. Amy’s oak leaf is made using the #3 felt color and Diana’s will be created using #9. If you would like a necklace created with a dried acorn pendant and needle felted...

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Needle Felted Acorn Necklace

Sep 24, 2014

Here are a few items I created yesterday using some of the acorn caps from all those dried acorns I’ve been showing you. I love needle felting in the fall so I decided to needle felt some acorns. Once I had the acorn felted I decided to accent each acorn cap with a slight amount of metallic gold paint. It’s just enough to give the cap a slight shimmer. To make the hanger so it can hang from a necklace I first drilled a small hole in the top of the dried acorn cap, then wire wrapped a hanger and attached the cap to the needle felted acorn. The acorn pendant hangs from a 24″ silver ball chain and looks adorable.  I had so much fun making the first felted acorn I decided to make 9 more in different colors....

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Drying Acorns

Sep 23, 2014

Drying acorns is a simple process and allows you to bring a little bit of nature inside your home. If you don’t dry them you can end up with some unwanted creepy crawlies and I to this I say, no thank you. First you need to wash the acorns in water and give them a light scrubbing with a soft bristle brush, washing removes the dirt and any tiny bugs. Once the acorns are washed, place them on a double layer of paper towels and allow them to air dry for an hour. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Place the acorns (single layer) on a cookie sheet or any lipped pan into the warm oven, leave the oven door cracked open just a bit to allow moisture to escape.  Every 30 minutes you need...

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Happy Fall Y’all

Sep 22, 2014

To celebrate the first day of autumn I picked at least a bushel of acorns from our red oak tree. I’m now in the process of removing lots of little acorn caps to add to the tops of some handmade felted acorns. I love making felted anything and find my felting inspiration seems to come more in autumn and winter. I’ll have a few sets of felted acorns in my Etsy shop soon. I plan on drying the remaining acorns and placing them around the house. It’s great being able to bring a little bit of nature inside our home and from the looks of our red oak tree this winter is not going to be pretty. The branches all the way to the tippy top are filled with 100’s and 100’s of big fat acorns....

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Ron Hinkle Glass ~ Buckhannon, WV

Sep 19, 2014

Going to see Ron Hinkle’s glass shop is one of Mom’s favorite things to do when visiting, Buckhannon. She has made a visit to see Ron’s work every year I’ve been driving them to West Virginia. She’s also left with a bag full of gorgeous glass to bring home too. If you are lucky, when you visit, Ron might be in town creating some of his amazing glass pieces. If he is out on the road selling his glass items his assistant Richard is just as nice and loves showing how he creates glass items of all kinds and answering any and all questions about hand blowing glass. Heidi takes care of the gift shop and is the sweetest. Ron Hinkle Glass is a wonderful place to visit filled with wonderful people. This visit, I...

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Create Mixed Media Art Retreat ~ Artists Faire

Sep 18, 2014

Tomorrow, Friday night, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. I’ll be participating in the 2014 Create Mixed Media Artists Faire at the Wyndham Garden North Hotel Dallas. The address to the hotel is 2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas. I’ll be in the Couture Ballroom sharing a table with Caroline Lau/Maya Road and will be selling handmade jewelry and fabulous vintage packs of assorted greeting cards, cabinet card photos, jello molds and more. These items are perfect for collage, embedding into resin jewelry and assemblage art. Caroline is selling all kinds of Maya Road goodies. She always has some amazing goody bags which sell out fast so get there early as you don’t want to miss out.   It will be a fun evening so stop by the table for a visit. I’d love to chat with...

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Tamarack ~ Beckley, WV

Sep 17, 2014

If you ever find yourself close to Beckley, WV you should really take the time to look around Tamarack. This retail shop is filled with wonderful West Virginia artisans of all kinds. We always stop on our way home and each time we visit they have new artists. You will see some gorgeous handmade quilts and tucked among artisans work are lots of jars filled with local honey, bbq sauces and for those with a sweet tooth, handmade candies. Mom and I instantly gravitate to the molded and hand blown glass. You will find glass everything there, vases, bowls, ornaments, glassware etc. Dad being a wood carver he gravitates to all the wood working items. They have handcarved sculptures, bowls, toys, utensils, holiday ornaments and more. They have some bronze statues and coffee tables...

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I’m a Nature Girl Living in The Burbs

Sep 16, 2014

I have always loved and appreciated nature. One of my favorite things we did as a family growing up was to go sailing near Pleasure Island hopping from island to island or spending the day at Crystal Beach or Sea Rim State Park. I was always looking on the ground for fiddler crabs and shells, in the trees for nests and birds or picking flowers along the sand dunes. I’m still like that and find natures beauty in the smallest of things. Even though I live in the suburbs I still try to find and enjoy all the nature around me. I get daily pleasure in watching blue jays, cardinals, mockingbirds and house sparrows visit bird baths I have strategically placed outside my studio and kitchen windows. I love looking at the red oak tree in...

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Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Sep 15, 2014

I just returned from my yearly visit to Buckhannon, WV with mom and dad. I always love driving them up to see family. We have the best time together sitting in the car for 19 plus hours and literally laugh until we cry. It’s always a wonderful adventure with these two. But once home I miss seeing them every day and miss enjoying the quietness of sitting on my aunt and uncle’s porch listening to birds as they fly by, listening to a turkey or two and watching the deer eat pears and apples from trees planted by my great great aunts and uncles many many years ago. I’m truly a nature girl stuck smack dab in the middle of the burbs. Since family history is so important to me I thought I would...

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