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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What I Am Crafting Today

After a large sale last week in my shop, I need to restock my inventory. I've been stocking up on craft supplies, especially wool sweaters and wool fabric. I decided to start with some flower brooches . . .

I set up my little assembly line. . .

I had previously made some wet felted balls for the center of the flowers.

Next comes the cutting and trimming, needle felting a little bit of wool roving to the fulled wool, then gathering and stitching. Looks like I'll be working on these for a few days.

While I'm making flowers, I'll keep working on my ideas to combine some suede and wool fabrics that I've found, into my designs for handbags. I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Yard Sale Craft Finds!

There were some great crafting supplies to be discovered at my local community yard sale over the weekend!

It was very hot, so no one else was interested in the wool sweaters that I found.

And I couldn't pass up the boxes of embroidery floss in seamingly every color available.

I also found beads and some vintage trims.

The most interesting of my crafty finds was some vintage craft sewing patterns. At first glance, it appears all the pieces are intact and several have never been used! The patterns are for an old fashioned upside down doll, twin kitten stuffies and another cat and dog stuffies pattern. More on those later after I tried them.

Now I'm off to finish organizing by new embroidery threads and do some sewing to restock the shop! Have a creative week, Everyone!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Shop Update

I've completed and listed a few new handbags at Felt Sew Good this week.
And my SUMMER CELEBRATION Sale continues through Saturday, June 27.

This is the latest Willow style handbag, in cream, tan and brown stripes.

This Jasper was made from a pretty golden tan, felted, 100% merino wool sweater.

And this Blakely's patchwork design was actually part of the original repurposed wool sweater.
Stop by
Felt Sew Good and check out these latest designs. These handbags, and everything in the shop, are 10% off through Saurday, June 27th!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celebrate Summer Sale!

To celebrate the first week of summer, Sunday June 21 thru Saturday June 27, everything in the shop is 10% off! (receive a refund of 10% of your purchase price, via Paypal, promptly after your purchase)

The Celebrate Summer Sale includes handbags


and cuddly softies!

Now through June 27!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Toadstools and More

Like many of you across the United States, we've had way too much rain lately. I'm not complaining, because we haven't had any flooding, severe storm damage, or anything like that. I'd just like to see the sun a little more!

One interesting result is the sudden appearance of toadstools (or mushrooms) all over the lawn and garden. They seem to sprout up over night.

There was a little domed forest of toadstools hovering over the grass of the front lawn.

And an assortment of shapes and sizes growing in the shade of the patio garden. They look like little fairy garden decorations!

They will probably soon be gone from my yard, but they did inspire me to look around Etsy for some Toadstools to share with you.

This cute Linen Zipper Pouch with Toadstools is from LaFlor

This beutiful piece is a Speckled Mushroom Focal-Lampwork Bead, custom order by Mary Lockwood

And this whimsical fabric and felt Toadstool is by lucykatecrafts. And you'll find a tutorial for this ornamental toadstool at the wonderful blog www.lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Favorite Flower

I just love peonies! I love that they are big and vibrantly colored. I love the way they smell. I only wish the blooms lasted all summer.

In honor of my favorite flower, I created a new felted flower brooch for my shop, Felt Sew Good. I'm naming it "the Peony" because of the rounded, three dimensional shape.

I've made two versions of the new Peony brooch, one version as a single color and the other is multiple colors. Each version, like my other felted flower brooches, is made from pieces of felted, or fulled, wool from repurposed wool sweaters.

Here's a look at the finished Peony felted flower brooches.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bluebird Treasures

In keeping with my Bluebird theme, I'm sharing a few Bluebird image favorites found on Etsy this week.

Woodland Magic Bluebird locket from starsb117

Bluebirds Vintage Images on CD Digital Art from candyconnection22

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bluebirds of Happiness

Okay, so they are not THE Bluebirds of Happiness, but they do make me happy to see them building a nest in the nest box on our fence! I thought I'd share a few photos with you. (I don't have a fancy camera, and I didn't want to get too close, but you can see one of them on the fence beside the nest box in each photo.)

The female seems to be the one bringing in all the material for the nest.

The female is not as vibrantly colored as the male, but you can see her blue-gray color here, just to the left of the nest box roof.

Here is the male, checking on her work!

She's back with another bunch of grassy material.

You can see the nest box in the middle of this photo, on the fence, and you can see the close proximity to our screened porch on the left. I'm always surprised and delighted when they choose to use this nestbox. It's so close to the house we can really keep an eye on them and they don't seem to mind us being so close.

"We never miss the music till the sweet-voiced bird has flown."
O. Henry

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Birds and Blooms

Come on in to the garden and have a look around! The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. It has been a beautiful day today.

It looks like the bluebirds are starting to build a nest in the nesting box. We'll be keeping a watchful eye on them and I'll share some more photos next week. I hope your garden is blooming!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Shop Update!

I've listed some new items in the shop! A couple of pretty handbags and a new zippered pouch and wristlet.

This Flower Basket Handbag has a removeable felted flower brooch.

A new leaf applique zippered pouch.

This casual Elizabeth style handbag is great to carry year round and looks cute with your favorite denim jeans.

More to Come!
I'm working on some new
plush animals to listed this week in the shop.