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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

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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

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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!

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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

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…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!

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My customers come up with the greatest ideas for displaying needle felted creations! I love how BrassIvyDesign (a fellow seller on Etsy – love her jewelry!!) used her little needle felted sheep in this adorable terrarium. So creative! They look so happy and at home in there!

Needle felted sheep in terrarium

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I’ve been having a lot of fun needle felting trees. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to achieve the triangle shapes, but I’ve been pretty happy with the results so far. There are so many different shades of green out there, and different embellishments I can put on the trees, so I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time on these over the winter, they’re addicting! A couple photos below – each is linked to its Etsy listing. Thanks for stopping by!

Winter Evergreen Pine Trees needle felted

Winter Christmas Evergreen Pine Trees needle felted

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