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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