Love is in the air…

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! I hope everyone gets a good healthy dose of love and affection today. Etsy has some great love stories to mark the occasion that really got me in the spirit – it’s so great to hear about the wonderful relationships and passion people have for others, or even for their craft!

Needle felted hearts home decor

I know it’s Valentine’s Day but I’m feeling more of the Thanksgiving spirit today – I keep thinking about how grateful I am for my wonderful boyfriend, who is such a support and always encourages me to keep being creative, our wonderful dogs, our wonderful place, our wonderful families and friends. Wonderfulness abounds! And everyone has someone or something they hold dear – so today especially, hold that person, place or thing a little dearer, and whisper a quiet little thank you, to let him/her/it know how special they are to you.

Needle felted flowers roses in vase home decor


I am such a huge fan of the work of Sally Harless – browsing through her Etsy shop never fails to cheer me up! My fascination started last year with her calendar, featuring Animal Pasttimes – including knitting narwhals, elephants farming, and a bear contemplatively completing a paint-by-number. Amazing. And this year, I’m enjoying her calendar of Animal Adventures – featuring penguins flying high in a hot air balloon, a band of foxes sailing the open sea, and a group of curious owls touring deep sea in a submarine.

Her whimsical style is presented so powerfully through ink and watercolor, with very calming muted colors and really beautiful fluid lines. And her art always evokes a very powerful emotion in me, and at the same time makes me laugh, which is so wonderful!

Visit sadlyharmless.com to learn more about Sally and view more of her beautiful artwork, and become a fan on Facebook!

Sadly Harmless artwork Caribou Moon

Ok it has been WAY too long since my last post – shame on me – but that just means now I have loads of updates and new things to talk about! Huzzah!

My cousin John looooves dinosaurs, so my aunt asked me to needle felt some figurines for him – I got them done just in time for his birthday! And he loves them, woo!

Here are some pictures of the finished dinos – John named them Momma Sharptooth, Chomper, Bron and Spike. How very fitting!

I’m definitely planning on making some of these guys for my Etsy shop – especially the stegosaurus, he was a lot of fun to put together.

Needle felted dinosaurs

Needle felted tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs

Needle felted stegosaurus dinosaur

Needle felted brontosaurus dinosaur

Ok, whoa – Jacob sheep? I had never seen one before, until an Etsy customer asked me to create custom figurines of them for her family (they have a farm complete with Jacob sheep) – they are AMAZING looking!! And, they apparently have the personality to boot – my customer says they’re more like goats than sheep, and are very sweet. See some awesome photos at this site about Jacob sheep.

And here are the figurines I created – I know I’ve been saying this about pretty much every needle felting project I work on, but these were REALLY fun to work on! Especially the horns. I think I’m going to make more just for fun, now that the holiday rush is subsiding.

Jacob Sheep needle felted figurines

Jacob Sheep needle felted figurines

I always love making sheep figurines – kind of a tribute to my needle felting source!

I love this… so much. Hilarious. In my 9-5, I have come to memorize color codes (by accident!), and I got a real kick out of this item. If you’re getting ready to say “I love you” to your sweetie, what better way than with this lovely and clever framed piece of artwork?

Roses are FF0000 Violets are 0000FF - Framed Cross Stitch

Also, Kristy Kizzee (of bombastitch) has patterns and kits available, if you’d like to try your hand at it!

My latest Etsy treasury — this one was really fun to put together, who doesn’t love Robert Frost poetry?! My first experience with this poem I actually remember, even though I was a wee first grader at the time – I was in a reading class with a teacher named Mrs. Smiley (AWESOME name) and it’s the first poem I ever memorized. Hearts for it.

While putting together this collection I stumbled across some really great items – I especially love the interchangeable bird lover’s locket (they got me with the chickadee!).

Etsy Treasury handmade vintage Robert Frost

…And I just shipped out my last holiday order of the season! Now time to start on holidays 2K11… ; )

I’ve been working on some really great custom orders, people have such great ideas! Lots of dogs – I’m thinking of creating some figurines of popular breeds, to A) get more experience creating dog figurines and B) have a collection of dog figurines by breed available in my Etsy shop! Dog lovers unite!! Nothing against the kitties though – I’m creating a cat figurine for a friend right now, actually! Photos of her to come in the near future.

My boyfriend Greg’s favorite dog figurine I’ve made so far is this little cocker spaniel ornament – it’s modeled after a customer’s coworker’s dog (she was giving it to her as a holiday gift, which I was so psyched to be a part of!):

Cocker spaniel needle felted figurine ornament

Cocker spaniel needle felted ornament figurine

And then here are some pet figurine ornaments, created for a wonderful return customer – with these guys, I tried to make their fur look fluffier to mimick the breed (Bichon Frise) while still maintaining a sturdy structure.

Bichon Frise needle felted ornament figurines

Bichon Frise needle felted ornament figurines

You can’t really tell in the photos but I was pleased with how the eyes came out – I’ve been really working on more realistic animal eyes, and I think including little white flecks to mimick a reflection (while avoiding a cataract-like look!) makes the difference.

If you have photos of custom pets you’ve created for people, please do share! I’d love to see what others are working on!