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Monday, December 22, 2008

Sew Somerset Winter Issue

My Felt Sew Good felted flower brooches are featured in the new, Winter '09, issue of Sew Somerset magazine. Sew Somerset represents "the art of creative sewing with mixed media".

You'll find great photos and how-to techniques from a wide variety of artists and crafters. See a preview here. Or, you can see more of my work, including my Felt Sew Good handbags and toys, for sale in my Etsy shop. I'll have more shop updates after Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's Wickedly Chic!

This week, my Etsy shop FeltSewGood is featured on Wickedly Chic! "WickedlyChic.com is the hottest destination for shoppers seeking advice and product recommendations from the world of Indie design and fashion."

Wickedly Chic is a fun website - "Independent Shopping for the Wickedly Fashionable". Check it out, there's still time to find just the right gift for that special someone!

Friday, December 5, 2008

New Items for Holiday Shopping!

Today I added some more new items to my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good.

Bright Poppy Felted Flowers Brooches

Pretty bright red "Jasper" style handbag, just the right color for the holidays!

and some Felted Flower Cuffs.

I'll be adding some more handbags and plush toys on Monday, 12/8/08,
just in time to finish your holiday shopping!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Morning Sky

I woke up this morning to this beautiful sunrise!

There was still a little snow on the ground and the air was crisp.

I couldn't resist taking a photo out the bedroom window. The beautiful colors didn't last very long but it was a lovely way to start my day!

Monday, December 1, 2008

And The Winner Is!

Congratulations to Amie P., the winner of the Felt Sew Good Customer Appreciation Giveaway.
Thanks so much to all of those who entered.

There is still plenty of time for holiday shopping
and I'm still adding lots of new items to my Etsy shop, FeltSewGood.

Handbags, scarves and mittens made wonderful gifts!

I have some new Christmas stockings
and there are more Holiday Heart Felt ornaments on the way.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Last Week For Customer Appreciation Giveaway!

I want to remind everyone about
Felt Sew Good's Customer Appreciation Giveaway!
This is the last week as the contest wraps up on Sunday, November 30. Buy anything in my Etsy shop,
Felt Sew Good, from Wednesday, 11/5/08 through Sunday, 11/30/08 and be eligible to win. On 12/1/08 I will randomly select and announce the winning name from those buyers!
Take a look at the prize package.

The Prize Package:
One winner will receive four felted accessories from my shop!
One black, felted wool zipper pouch with felted red rose
Two of my Holiday Heart Felt ornaments
One felted poppy brooch.

Contest Rules:
Buy anything in my shop from Wednesday, 11/5/08 through Sunday, 11/30/08 and be eligible to win. On 12/1/08 I will randomly select and announce the winning name from those buyers! Winner will be personally notified via email or convo through Etsy.
I'll be adding lots of new
Felt Sew Good handbags, accessories and plush toys this week and in weeks to come.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tag, You're It!

I've been tagged twice. I've been tagged by jmwjewelry and before I could respond I was tagged by Carolynn/nilochlainn. So here goes!

THE RULES:* Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.* Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. Being "tagged" reminds me that I still need to deisgn and print my new holiday gift tags!

2. I love the Holiday season! I love the crafting, decorating the house, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, and yes even the shopping. But the cold weather that comes with, not so much. The snow is pretty but does it have to be so cold?

3. I prefer summer. Yes, to me 85 degrees is nice and even a little humidity is good. I'd prefer to live at the beach.

4. All the talk about the new Twilight movie and vampires reminded me of the old daytime TV show Dark Shadows. Am I the only one old enough to remember that?

5. When I was a kid, I thought it would be cool to live in Africa so that I could have a lion as a pet. Now I just have three Burmese cats.

6. I'm cooking the Thanksgiving meal for my family this year.

7. I love Italian food.

I've tagged:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Warm Woolen Mittens

What a cute, colorful way to keep your hands warm!

I made these mittens for my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good . They were made from pieces of felted, recycled wool sweaters. Mittens, scarves and other accessories make lovely, warm holiday gifts.

Check out Felt Sew Good, and other fabulous Etsy shops, for a wide array of holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Handmade Holiday Ornaments

I just made some new ornaments for my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good. These Holly and Berries Christmas ornaments were made from pieces of felted, recycled wool sweaters and needle felted balls.

And a new batch of Heart Felt ornaments will also be available later this week in my shop.

'Tis the season!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crafting Green

The new issue of Craft: 09 features a cover story on "Crafting Green" and my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good, is included in the Second Lives section!

A photo of my black and white argyle handbag is shown next to the Wool Revival story.
It's a great issue, all about green crafting. I'm sure you'll find a fun do-it-yourself project that you'll want to try!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Making Felt Balls

I've been making some new felt balls for my felted wool poppy brooches.

At first try, I needle felted the center balls for my felted poppy brooches. This time I used the wet felting technique. I coiled up wisps of wool roving into a loose ball. Then I just dampened the wool. Next I made my hands soapy and rolled the ball lightly between my palms. As the ball started to harden, I could apply more pressure. Once it all comes together, I rinsed in cool water to rinse out the soap. I need a little more practice, but this method works very well.

Once I have the flowers assembled, I'll be listing more felted flower poppies in my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good! And be sure to check out the Customer Appreciation Giveaway going on in my shop through the month of November! You could win a felted poppy brooch and other great prizes.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Customer Appreciation Giveaway!

Announcing Felt Sew Good's Customer Appreciation Giveaway!

Buy anything in my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good, from Wednesday, 11/5/08 through Sunday, 11/30/08 and be eligible to win. On 12/1/08 I will randomly select and announce the winning name from those buyers!

The Prize Package:
The winner will receive four felted accessories from
my shop!
One black, felted wool zipper pouch with felted red rose
Two of my Holiday Heart Felt ornaments
One felted poppy brooch.

Contest Rules:
Buy anything in
my shop from Wednesday, 11/5/08 through Sunday, 11/30/08 and be eligible to win. On 12/1/08 I will randomly select and announce the winning name from those buyers! Winner will be personally notified via email or convo through Etsy.

Do a little early holiday shopping and you'll have a chance to win a little something for yourself! I'll be adding lots of new Felt Sew Good handbags, accessories and plush toys each week.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Walk in the Park

These past few days have been unseasonably warm here in the Midwestern U.S.
This afternoon I couldn't resist walking over to the park adjacent to my neighborhood.
Enjoy the view!

Be sure to check back here on Wednesday, November 5, for details on my "Customer Appreciation Giveaway" in my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good. One winner will win a prize package of felted wool accessories from my shop.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Holiday "Heart Felt" Ornaments

I've just made a new batch of "Heart Felt" hearts!

I've been getting reading for the first holiday shoppers in my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good. I'm not an early shopper myself, but some of you may want to get a head start. These are the latest version of my "Heart Felt" embroidered hearts. I love these little hearts, and they are fun to make. These cute puffed heart ornaments were made from felted recycled wool sweaters. They are embroidered in traditional Christmas colors of red, gold, dark green, light green and cream and each is accented with a tiny vintage button. They are blanket stitched around the edge and "puffed" with a little stuffing. Each heart has a tiny red satin ribbon loop for hanging. The back of each ornament is unadorned. They would be lovely hanging on your Christmas tree, or spreading holiday cheer anywhere in your home. Or use one as a sweet accent tied to that very special holiday gift!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Textural Treasure!

Strawberrymoonbeam just included one of my new tote bags in her "wish list" Treasury.
She included this grey Madison tote bag.

The treasury is fulled of beautiful grey textiles, art, clothes and accessories. You can check it out here. Strawberrymoonbeam has a cute Etsy shop of her own, which you can check out here. Happy shopping!

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Handbag Styles

I just added some new handbags to my shop, Felt Sew Good.

This is the new Madison tote bag, in medium gray with navy and cream stripes.

This the Emma handbag in a beautiful rich burgundy wool with button detail.

The Sabrina is a bit smaller, classic style handbag in a soft chocolate brown with a mother-of-pearl buckle.

And this Jasper style handbag, in oatmeal colored wool is the popular pleated bag.

These bags, and all of the toys and accessories in my shop, Felt Sew Good, have been designed and handmade by me, from felted, recycled wool sweaters.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pretty Autumn Handbags

I've been busy sewing and creating for the past week. And I've just added some new fall handbags to my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good. Here's a sample of the rich fall color.

Blue WILLOW style handbag

Colorful felted wool wristlet

Brown WILLOW style handbag

For more photos and information about these and many more beautiful felted wool handbags and accessories, go to Felt Sew Good on Etsy.com, your place for All Things Handmade!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Bountiful Harvest!

Even though it's been a sometimes too wet, and kind of cool summer, we are getting a bountiful late harvest of vegetables.

I picked a basket full of tomatoes to make a big batch of chilli. It's great to have in the freezer for an easy homemade meal! And the beautiful bell peppers are great for stuffing, to use with stir fry, pepper steak and also freeze well to use over the winter.

I made the fun collage of my vegetables using the new collage feature in Picnik! Picnik is a photo editing software that you use in your online browser. It has lots of fun photo editing features, and fonts shapes and seasonal graphics that are easy to use.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Treasury of Handbags and Flowers!

It's always fun and flattering when you find one of your Etsy items listed in a Treaury. Janetexcat listed my Flower Basket Handbag in her current "I would carry these!" Treasury on Etsy.

Here's the link to have a look for yourself http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=8234 It's a wonderful ecclectic collection of handbags. And be sure to check out the other Etsy artists' shops, too!

And,here's another Etsy Treasury listing to look at: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=6706 This one, "Flower Power", is from Caralynn Schubert and features my pink Felted Flower Poppy. Cara sells beautiful handmade jewelry in her Etsy shop.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Felted Goodness!

As much as I love summer, (aaaah, the warm air, the long days) Autumn will officially be here in a few weeks. So, I decided I had better get busy to restock new items in my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good!

I've been out shopping the past few days for wool sweaters. Not to wear, of course, but to felt and make into new handbags, toys and accessories!

Here are a few samples of some new felted wool flower brooches and some samples of the latest felted sweaters. Check back here often, or go to my Etsy shop, Felt Sew Good, to see what new creations are availble for purchase.

Friday, August 22, 2008

What a Surprise!

These flowers are what I've always called Surprise Lily. Some people know them as Magic Lily or Naked Lady. They grow from bulbs that just produce leaves in the Spring. The leaves are a thick clump that resemble wide daffodil leaves. After a few weeks, the leaves die back and the area where the bulbs are planted is bare for a while.

Then in August, surprise! About the time I have completely forgotten about them, suddenly new flowers start to emerge.

When the flowers open, they are pretty, pink, sort of exotic looking lilies.

What a nice surprise!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Felted Wool Plush Toys

I've been working on some new plush toys for my Etsy shop, FeltSewGood. I made this pair of Orcas, Mama and baby, some more horses and I'm working on a new cat design.

And, here's my latest plush toy listing, a new dinosaur, the Stegosaurus!

The Stegosaurus was made from deep dusty blue and sage green felted, recycled wool sweaters. And all my new animals are stuffed with eco-friendly "Ingeo" fibers made from the renewable resource corn.
Watch for more new listings in the coming weeks. For more pictures of the Stegosaurus, and more felted goodness, go to my Etsy shop, FeltSewGood.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


It's good to b(eco)me wishy-washy.

Encourage friends, family and coworkers to drink from reusable mugs rather than polystyrene cups. Launch a mug movement in your office. Wash and reuse mugs and cups and ditch the paper trail left behind by your daily latte. To get your own reusable coffee mug, check out these and other Etsy ceramic artists.

Morning mug, yellow and teal by Twisted River Clay

Large mug, porcelain with buttery white glaze and sandy high spots by Barb Dunshee
White and blue mug - handthrown pottery by Dovecote Design

Go a step further and reduce and reuse paper waste by using a filterless coffee maker with a french press. Trade out your individual bottle water for a reusable water bottle. Wash, refill and drink up.

BARE FACTS & STATS: If every coffee-drinking American used a refillable mug instead of a disposable cup, it would spare our environment close to 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every day. The annual amount of oil expected to produce plastic bottles sold in the United States is enough to fuel 100,000 cars for an entire year.
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