Tuesday, November 6, 2018

While waiting for Canada Post....

I couldn't believe it took Canada Post 16 days to finally deliver the last box of a 3 box shipment that had arrived in Canada Oct. 22. Sigh! On the plus side, the delay gave me time to work on another felting kit, two kits in fact. Both are for teddy bears. As always, I couldn't just stop at one...



Once I decided on the shape, the felting took no time at all. OK, they're little, just 5" (12.5cm) and they're made entirely of fibre - there's no core. So really, all I had to do was compress and shape the fibre. I did spend time, though, sculpting their cute little faces.


And I added beads to the eyes to make them sparkle. Each kit makes two bears. One kit makes a white bear with black trim, plus a black bear with white trim. A second kit that makes a brown bear with gold trim and a gold bear with brown trim.


I know that not everyone has a stash of felting mats and needles so I included one mat and two needles. I also put in the fibre, beads, beading needle and invisible thread, plus a teeny tiny metal ring as a hanger. I took pictures along the way, so the detailed instruction sheet also has pictures!!


I give ornaments as presents, when I can part with them. They make great hostess gifts at Christmas. Add one to a special package or group a few together for a table decoration. The retail price for this kit is $17.50 and it has everything you need to make two very cute teddy bears.

I love teddy bears so much that I'm working on some ideas for the summer, using more bears, of course. Did I mention that you could use these for a mobile?

Have a bearable day!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

PEACE II

Finally, I've finished my wall hanging or banner. It was a soothing activity, meditative. I think I'll leave it where I've hung it, beside a window with plants. I can meditate nearby and think of ways to bring peace into my life, the lives of my friends and family and by extension the world or my little corner of it.



PEACE is also available as a kit, which includes felting needles, 12"x12"x1" felting mat, felted fabric, fibre, stencils for all the letters, a wooden dowel and wool yarn to create a hanger. Plus detailed instructions.

I chose a cream fabric for the background and felted the letters in blue with green and pale pink flowering vines.

Please feel free to change the colours for your own banner or as a special request for a customer. Everything you need is included, except scissors, for a retail of $24.95. I'll post it on the website soon.

Have a peaceful day.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

PEACE...

I am working on some new needle felting ideas. I write, so I am interested in words. I have always loved seeing words on cushions, wall hangings, banners etc. Words like LOVE, JOY, HARMONY and yes, PEACE.

Yesterday, I began needle felting the letters for PEACE and today there is news of another mass shooting in the US. I don't know what to say. Do we fill our world with words of love or grief? I do know that we must counter every negative act with a positive one.

Artists' will work these positives through their media. They will write songs, and poems, paint pictures and sculpt or work with fibre. It's a way of alleviating the sorrow.


These are the letters, worked a little like illuminations. They can be horizontal or vertical and I may add another colour to the cream as a backing or chose a different colour for the larger fabric.

It's good to be working on a positive, trying to find the best way to say PEACE.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Felt from the heart....

I have just created 3 new needle felting kits for Remembrance Day. I always wear a poppy for November 11. Although, I haven't been to Flanders, I have seen the wild poppies in France. I tear up every time I think of them.

War is a terrible "thing," however, I am so proud of our Canadian poet, John McCrae, who wrote "In Flanders Fields" - a tremendous tribute to those who fell, were maimed or came back, not themselves. John McCrae was born in Guelph, where my father lives. In October, my Dad will be 104. He is a veteran of WW11.



I know that Veteran Affairs collects money from the sale of their poppies, however, over the years, these memorable flowers have become a little less wearable. I thought that it might be nice to have a more permanent pin to keep and wear every year. This is why I created poppy kits in needle felting, so that people could create a longer lasting, more natural looking poppy.

I will be donating $1.00 from the sale of each kit to Veteran Affairs, so they won't be out of pocket (you can still drop a loonie or two in their donation box) and can continue their good work.



However, what isn't readily available are the "other" poppies. The purple poppy to commemorate the animals that died in the line of "duty." If you have seen the movie, War Horse, you'll understand. The white poppy is for those who wish to promote Peace, even as we remember the bloodshed.

I have written other posts for remembrance day and remarked on other related poems. Here is a link, if you care to read. I never cease to know for who the bell tolls.



Have a memorable day!!