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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Julia loves her new American Girl doll, "Ruthie," recently acquired for her birthday, and her grandma and I have been making clothes and accessories for her. The cute green plaid flannel jammies were made by Grandma, and I thought Ruthie needed some fuzzy little slippers to wear to bed.
I used my baby shoe pattern that I previously posted about, and shrunk it on the scanner. I left the back part of the pattern off and curved the top down to meet the sole. I cut another strip of wool felt to make the back strap and needle-felted natural wool roving for the fluffy trim and in the footbed to make them nice and cushy.
If only I could make them in my size - they look comfortable!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Ribbit! I had a blast making this fun wool felt project. I imagine there must be a faster way to make wool felt balls, but I just figured out a way to make them on my own, and built up some arm muscles in the process.
I was envisioning a baby toy or rattle for the frog, so I scavenged the house for a large jingle bell, and found none. I had some teeny tiny jingle bells, so I put 3 tiny bells inside an aluminum cap for cloth-covered buttons and began winding wool roving around and around. Occasionally, I'd tuck wool fibers in using my felting needles, tiny, barbed needles used to mesh the wool fibers together into a felt.
When it would get a bit lumpy, I'd stop wrapping and begin needle felting, jabbing the needle repeatedly and rotating the ball as I went to ensure an even felt. I did this about 3 times before I wrapped the ball with green roving (I used a natural wool roving for the center as it is cheaper than the dyed wool).
After felting the green roving evenly, I formed little green balls for the eyes and attached them, then created little balls of the same, slightly darker green wool for little warty spots on his back. A bright yellow ball of fluff was added for the eyes, then a chocolate brown for the center of the eyes. I decided I wanted him to have a protuberant nose, so I sculpted a mass of green wool to his face until I had a gradually sloping face.
Lastly, I twisted some chocolate brown roving into a long string and needle felted it in place as the mouth. It rattles quite satisfactorily, and even rattles continuously if you roll it across a table because the loose bells inside the button cover tumble as it rolls.
I'm not sure who I'm going to give it to yet, or if I'm going to sell it, but it was fun to make!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Whether you only make hair clips and bows for your own daughter or you want to sell them online, going to Michaels and Walmart (or JoAnns, or wherever) for your supplies can get old, and EXPENSIVE.
When I first started my online business, I went to Michaels and Walmart for my supplies because I wasn't sure how my business would grow, and I didn't want to invest a bunch of money all at once. However, I would find that the supplies I needed were not constantly available, and I was paying for the "middle-man" mark-up, and all the extra packaging that went along with it.
Maximum savings is always achieved in BULK. Storage is definitely a factor - where will you put all your extra supplies? My office is a bit over-crowded, much to the chagrin of my lovably OCD hubby. So investing in a storage system is a good idea.
The categories of supplies you'll need are as follows:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Not only do I love selling my felt creations on Etsy, but I confess to spending a decent portion of my sales supporting the other artists on the fabulous marketplace! You can find ANYTHING on there, and the best part is that each purchase directly impacts a single artisan and their family. I feel great after each expenditure, knowing that my money is supporting a small-time business.
Most recently, I purchased decor for the "play room," which is currently bursting at the seams and needing storage overhaul, but one project at a time, right? The Disney theme began at an auction last year for the Make A Wish Foundation at which my first live auction participation also became my first live-auction purchase (I prefer to consider it a WIN).
An original Cinderella lithograph and segment of film from the Disney movie Cinderella coordinated gorgeously with the already blue walls.
I found a lovely photograph featuring the castle at Walt Disney World in Florida (someday I hope to actually see it in person...) from Steve Allat.
So the pair look lovely framing the play room window, but the walls are lacking. Enter vinyl wall decals!
I'm excited to receive this castle decal to decorate the wall above the guest bed in the play room (the room does double-duty I'm afraid... my apologies to those guests who are not Disney fans. Actually, if you dislike Disney, perhaps you aren't a welcome guest after all!!) from The Overloaded Noggin.
I also can't help but purchase adorable clothes for my daughter, whose closets are already full and bursting, but I can't resist a good sale! My most recent acquisition (which I am soooo excited to receive) is a darling autumn outfit from Candy Stick Lane. I'm planning on her wearing it for Thanksgiving, and any other function between now and the Christmas season. You won't find a nicer Etsy artisan or a cuter shop than Renee at Candy Stick Lane!
I could fill my blog with photos of the myriad of adorable children's clothes on Etsy, and perhaps I will once I'm finished purchasing ALL OF THEM! But I would feel a bit remiss if I never showered myself with Etsy treasure once in a while, so here are a few of my own little pleasures purchased this summer.
I have quite a developed and oft-indulged addiction to reading (hey, if you have to have an addiction, at least it is one that helps my brain rather than deteriorates it, right?) which prompted my hubby to get me a Kindle for my upcoming 30th birthday (ouch - I just admitted that in print....). Every new toy deserves its own accessory, so I found this awesome padded purse/bag dedicated to my Kindle and accessories from Borsa Bella.
Adding to my summer wardrobe was also high on my Etsy priority list. I've made a few purchases from Ahpeele for various seasons of style, and I love the quirky fun and super comfy tees. This particular shirt has been one of my favorites all summer.
Another awesome tee, which incidentally, I believe led to me getting CARDED the other night at dinner, an occurrence which has not taken place in I can't remember how long, is printed by rainbowswirlz.
Fun, soft, and whimsical, I couldn't care in the least that it may be a bit juvenile; I♥ this shirt!
(BTW - this is not me in the photo, if it were,
I could totally agree with the waitress that
carding was absolutely necessary)
So bohemian and comfortable, I love sliding my feet into these wonderful sandals by Sandali. They fit as if molded for my feet, were very reasonably priced, and the rich lovely color goes with everything. I fully expect these sandals to last forever, they are so well-made.