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Hand-made Valentine’s Card

Hi all!

Just thought I’d take a moment to share the lovely hand-made card my friend Kellye Kimball sent me! She and I are participating in a little project called “Hand it Forward”. I recommend trying it out! Just post this in your Facebook status below and watch the hand-made goodies spread! =)

“Hand it Forward in 2011: I promise to send something **handmade** to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. You must in turn post this as your status and send something you make to the first 5 people who comment. It must be handmade by you and it must be sent sometime in 2011.”

Thank you Kellye!

Friendship Breakfast!

Last Saturday morning, one of my especially most cherished friends called me up and offered to go pick up some goodies for us to make breakfast at my place. These days, most of the time I spend with friends is planned ahead of time to make sure we have room in our schedules.. so this spontaneous little visit was a lovely and refreshing treat!

We chatted about the projects going on in our lives right now… and I mentioned my monthly project being temporary sculptures with the theme of friendship. She grinned a glowing smile and pointed out that our breakfast was perfectly fitting for my project. I looked down and we both laughed in delight.. indeed our breakfast was a temporary sculpture (VERY temporary!) and we made it together as friends. How fitting! Here’s to creating things together! =)

Toodles!
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Pete Eckert: Blind but Still Visual

Hey everyone!

A friend of mine shared this recently and I was so truly inspired that I had to pass it along. Pete Eckert is a totally blind photographer creating some stunning work. He proves to us all that even people who cannot see still have beautiful and valuable visual experiences to share with the world.

Thank you to Phil Cole for sharing this with me!
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Weaving Up Ideas for February!

Hi all!

Well, I have to say I’ve had a bit of a hard time wrapping my brain around this month’s project. I think I spent the first 2 weeks of this month just plain avoiding it. After finishing the January project, I realized I was utterly in love with the craft of needle felting and wanted nothing more than to keep going with it… which I have! Unfortunately the ever-present temporary sculpture still looms… and it must be completed before the month is out!

I’ve researched and brainstormed ideas… continued to be stuck… researched more and probed others for ideas… more stuckness. Nothing was feeling right. Then, about a week ago, a friend of mine brought up an idea that not only says true friendship to me… but also has captured my imagination.

All I can say for now is that it has something to do with the book Charlotte’s Web. In about a week I will post the final project! The suspense! ;)

Bon Journo!
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Introducing The Lil’ Felt Heli!

Hey there!

Just wanted to take a quick moment to share my latest creation!

This lovely little aircraft was made for my boyfriend – who is a helicopter pilot – for Valentine’s Day. The first flight he took me on was in a blue helicopter like this – so I thought it was fitting. This is also my first attempt at adding wire into the process – really love the mix of the two! I finished it off with an inspirational handwritten note on a paper tag and my initials stitched into the back. I’m really having way too much fun with this felting stuff… as soon as I finished this little guy I was already trying to figure out what to start next. No idea where this sudden burst of creative energy came from… has some alien life form taken over my mind? lol.

Oh well, going to ride the creative wave as long as it lasts!

cheers!
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John Cleese on the Creative Process

Hi All!

I came across this great video this morning of John Cleese speaking on the topic of creativity and what he has learned about the creative process throughout his life. Pretty interesting stuff. Thought I would share with you guys! Enjoy!

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Needle Felter: Mouse Pants!

Hi there!

A co-worker shared these adorable felties with me the other day, so I thought I would pass it along! These cute critters are the work of MJ Keeton of MousePants (I totally love that shop name!) Visit her Etsy shop to see more!

Thank you Maria for tipping me off on these!
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Needle Felter: Stephanie Metz

Hi everyone!

Although I’ve moved on to a new project for February, I’ve still been spending some time on all-things needle felting! I came across a new artist today that I simply HAD to share. Her name is Stephanie Metz, and she has some pretty impressive talent in creating felt sculptures. I was instantly blown away when I ran across images of her work. I love that she has really gone outside the box and taken needle felting into more of a fine art arena. One of my favorite works is her project entitled “Teddy Bear Natural History” in which she has sculpted a variety of skulls of found teddy bears. A clever and well executed body of work in my opinion. Certainly someone I will be keeping an eye on!

See more samples of her work below, or visit Stephanie’s website.

Aloha!
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