Monday, March 7, 2011

I FELT the need to dabble!

Hey guys, did you miss me? :)
Sorry for being awol, but somehow, there didn't seem to be a lot to tell the world, so I decided to rather keep quiet than spam your overflowing reader with yet another negliblible post.

Not saying that this particular post is going to make your day, but I was told that a cute kitty enhances pretty much everything.

Convinced? :)

Now that I have your attention, I would like to show you what I have been up to recently- needle felting! I'd been intrigued for months, and getting a little bonus on pay day (100% attendance, can I please have a medal?) allowed me to purchase a few supplies. All the curious crafter really needs to start felting away is a felting needle (or two or three, but to test it out, one is enough!), wool rovings and a foam block. Google it if you are interested, there are tons of tutorials out there, and it really is simple, yet immensely rewarding.

My first shot at felting some embellishments onto what is hopefully going to be a bracelet:

Certainly no masterpiece, but I think it sort of illustrates how easy it is for a complete newbie to make something that does not look like Jackson Pollock on acid :)

And of course I had to have a go at 3D- felting as well. If everything turns out the way I want it to, the little gnomes will turn into a gift for someone special, but until I am sure, my lips are sealed.

The pictures leave a lot to be desired, but that's down to the flash. There's just not enough daylight to be had in England! And there's talk of snow again, maybe I better get some scarves done for the little guys.

So, if you are looking for a new, very old hobby that does not cost you an arm and a leg (just the odd occasional gallon of blood when the darn needle ends up in your finger), look into needle felting. In my sometimes relatively creative mind, the possibilities are endless, and failure comes at no great expense. Just think of what you could make! Felted beads, toys for the kids, brooches, sculptures of animals... I've only just started to dabble and love it already. You can even embellish clothes and bags! What's not to love?

I hope I could inspire you to try something new today.

As a little PS, my Random acts of Kindness are not forgotten! The other day, I had a wee chat with a lovely lass who runs a tiny beauty parlour next to my shop. She knows I am German, and she told me about her favourite ketchup, Hela Curry Gewuerzketchup.

It always has been my favourite as well, and since I have the best Mum in the world, there happen to be two large bottles of it in my fridge. So I went up the next day and gave her a little of the good stuff which I'd poured into an old coffee jar. It pays to squirrel away containers :)

Pay it forward, guys, and make somebodies' day. Often, it takes as little as a sweet from your private supply given to a customer or a cup of tea made for a colleague. Maybe even letting the busy fellow behind you in the queue pay for his two items first, so he can get on with his day, or buy a chewing bone for that shy new neighbours' awkward dog.
You'll feel at least as great as the recipient of your kindness, and the more happy folks there are around you, the better it will be to live in your little corner of the universe.

Love y'all, have a lovely day!


  1. Your new crafting projects are turning out great...Snow again for England?! Isn't this a bit unusual?

  2. Beautiful....gnomes and mushrooms are gorgeous....and your RAKs are inspiring....keep up the good work!!!

    Have a great week ahead!!


  3. Oh and obviously that cat is absolutely gorgeous too!! xx

  4. Cheers, guys! You are awesome. And I can't darn spell... negliGible! Thanks for hangin' in there with me! x
    I can't believe myself that there might be another spell of snow, but one of my elderly customers mentioned it today, and I trust him on that. After all, he's spent about 80 years in this country :)

  5. This post DID make my day! I'm not even kidding. That's your first time needle felting??? They are gorgeous! The vine-y thingy is SO professional looking. The gnomies and shroomies are the cutest things I've ever seen. I can't tell you how long I have been wanting to try needle felting. This inspires me no end. p.s. - oh, yes, kitty is lovely, but let me put in a word for your cute man, as well.

  6. Cute, cute, cute. Yes, everything. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished bracelet.

  7. The work you did is beautiful! I think I smell an Etsy shop.

  8. Those are beautiful! I've always been intrigued by felting but never tried it. I'll have to look into it!

  9. You weren't the only one MIA! And when I returned look at all the crafty goodness i found right here on your blog!

    All I can say about your needle felting is "well done YOU"! I love the design you have created for the "bracelet to be" and OMG the gnomes and shrooms. I have never really had a desire to delve into the 3D felting but you have now changed all that with your sweet little creations. Love, love, love them.

    Can't wait to see what new beauties you make. Be sure to share!