There is a wonderful 12 Days of Christmas gift exchange through the Byhand Artists group on Yahoo that I just love to participate in. This year I chose Day 6 which is "Six Geese a Laying" as you know. Our fearless leader Suzanne at quietfire design http://www.quietfiredesign.ca/ has a wonderful stamp set for the 12 days of Christmas in lovely calligraphy. I needle felted my geese using a cookie cutter to felt it in and then used Suzanne's stamp when I got the felt smooth as needed for the rubber stamp to work well. I used Stazon ink to do it. I am very pleased how they all turned out. Now to finish my last two felted gifts for family members. They are getting trivets, one has a gingerbread man on it, super sweet, and I will post photos of them later tomorrow.
Two more sleeps!
I bashed these dolls many years ago but thought I would share them with those of you who follow me. My Miniature club had a challenge a few years ago of making a parade to display at our show and sale that year. My float was for the wineries that are abundant in the valley and bashed a Sailor Moon doll to look like Lucy Stomping grapes! Are you old enough to remember that episode ? And then used an Arnold doll and made him a new face and viola.... a clown that looks like the clown in " It" ( by Stephen King). I love them both and need to find an interesting way to display them. Thanks for stopping by for a look and apologies that the photo is not that clear. Should get a new camera maybe? ; )
Long time between posts again, lovely hot summer and holidays and laziness are my excuses. I did get some felting done for my 12 days of Christmas exchange with Byhand Artist Group (I am Day 6) and a couple of other felted items started but not near finished. It is a gloomy Friday and I hope to work on something today and drink some hot chocolate and do some Netflix watching maybe too. It feels like it is really Fall today
Where do the weeks go? Busy working and company and being lazy have kept me from doing much of anything these days. But thought I would pop in and let you see "a little silhouette of a man" that I am needle felting . He will be added to a wool painting that I hope to one day finish ; )
The base of this piece of art is abstract and felted. I hope to use some mixed media on it as it evolves. Want to use more rubber stamping and some copper, and other embellishments. I think I may do some small bird silhouettes as well. Now just need to take my little piece of artwork to the lake and sit in the shade and play!!
Yesterday was the Kelowna Miniature show and sale. Very enjoyable but like most shows it is getting smaller. Great Vendors though. The Kelowna club and mine from the South Okanagan always have displays . That is my favourite part of the day, looking at all the talented people's art work.
It was good to see old friends again and although I did not buy much this year I left happy. My trusty camera did not take very many photos that turned out so ..... I may try to take my project's photo again someday with the glass removed. But here they are .
The cacti are preserved with glycerine and water and I was pleased with how they turned out and will do more of them for my SW scene that I have been working on for years. The second photo is of the club challenge to include a tree in a roombox setting. The back wall and the "grass" is all needle felted which was fun to work with. You can read about it in my previous post.
Wow not so good at blogging these days am I? I have been busy though, not with house work but with needle felting.
The first photo is of a trivet I have been making. I used a cookie cutter to add the white chicken and tried to hard felt it enough with the needle to be able to rubber stamp on it. I used StazOn ink and now I will see how long it will last . I am pleased with the result but may in the future felt it more ? Not sure. I was also going to use some beads but decided the rubber stamping is enough. I will most definitely use the rubber stamping on the felt in the future, in fact I am plotting the next project as I write.
The second photo is to be a tree trunk for my miniature display at the show the end of April in west Kelowna. My mini club was challenged to use a "tree" in a room box display this year. What I said? So I thought about what I wanted a long time and this needle felted tree trunk is going to be the back of my Scene, which will be a fairy theme scene for now. I found the perfect fat quarter of fabric at the local quilt store that looked like bark. I put a piece of pre felt behind it and proceeded to needle felt where ever I wanted to and I was so pleased with the results. I was worried that the cotton fabric would not hold up but it did. Now to embellish it with more moss and roots and spider web or too and it will be able to be added to the room box and I can work on the rest of the scene. I work in one inch scale generally but this will be a mixed scale room box as the little fairy that I have is very very tiny and the bed that I have is one inch but this tree trunk will be full scale. I will post a photo when I get it close to finished. Only 27 days left to finish it off!! Yikes!!
So my winter was full of experiments and happily they worked. Trying hard to step out of my comfort zone and try new techniques. Thanks for visiting and leave a comment so I know you stopped by.
I made this tea cozy for a friend in November for her birthday, actually was my summer project. I forgot to take a photo of it so had to have her do it for me. The Colour is way out of my comfort zone but I was very please with it after all was said and done. It took Ann a few days to wonder why I did it that colour as it does go well with her new kitchen after all. ; ) Now I want to make one for my little tea pot. Maybe lime green for me, or grey with red poppies on it . Learning to step outside my comfort zone baby steps at a time and taking my friends with me too ; )
Happy New Year!! I hope that 2013 is full of hope and peace and love for you all.
I thought I would post pictures of some of the miniatures that I gave for Christmas and a couple of pictures of what I got . My old camera does not take the best photos but hope you can see some of the little gifts. I have learned that I am not good with close ups of some of the tiny ornaments so you will just have to take my word that they are wonderful. Top two photos are things I gave to a friend, the southwest fabric is in blue and also in brown and I think that both of us will have fun with this fabric, third photo is what she gave me and christmas tree and a few ornaments from another club member. The fourth photos is from our club gift exchange. Isn't it a lovely ornament? She also enclose the little house as well. It will find a home in a gift store I am working on (thinking about) ; )
I love it when people know your hobbies and find the perfect gift. I know I watch all year for little things for my miniature friends at Christmas or for their birthday. They do not care that the fabric has been shared with me, at least I do not think that they do.
So here is to a new year of finishing off UFOs and enjoying the miniature community online and at our clubs.
decoupage, collage, cards, stamping, dollhouse miniatures, felting and embroidery are all ways that I try to create my art! Sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don't but I keep playing and enjoying every minute of it too.