Hodgepodge Giveaway πŸ¦„

Hello my lovely friends Β πŸ’•

Here it is – another chance to win one of these little gifts 🎁

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A crochet Dishcloth and Scrubby

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A Stretch Bracelet and Gemstone/Leather Earrings

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A felted FlowerPin and Gemstone Earrings

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Just a little comment ~ a 😊 or πŸ‘» or πŸ¦„ will do ~will get your name in the hat 🎩 – even if you’ve entered before 😁

Good luck! πŸ€

I hope to see you later 🌼

Until then πŸ’•

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A Beautiful Combo ~ Crochet & Flowers πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Good to see you! πŸ˜ƒ

I started a new project…yeah, I know – too many hooks occupied already around this house 😝 But what’s one more, right?! πŸ€“

Plus, I have a pretty good excuse. I had to at least start it before the picture in my mind is lost forever. ☺️ See, this morning, while watering my hydrangeas – that took a while…they’re very thirsty these days because of the heatwave 🌞 – so as I stood there admiring the pretty flowers, the picture of a cute boho purse popped into my head. How delightful would that be? 😍

I started immediately…playing with various size hooks, different stitches, and came up with these 


They do look somewhat like Hydrangeas, don’t you think? There will be 3, 4, 5 petal blossoms – just like on the real-live plant. πŸ™‚

Now I’m trying to figure out how to connect them…

Crochet didn’t look right. Nope, no pictures – it really wasn’t great. πŸ˜•

I tried sewing them together….which would work, but they’re too close together – so you can’t see where one flower ends and the other one begins. πŸ€” 

Wait…now I have an idea! Maybe I’ll do a multicolored bed of Hydrangeas! Hmmm – let me think on that. I’ll let you know. 😊

So far the prettiest solution seems to be needlefelting. Can you see a piece of green woolen material as the background? Have to try it!

 I only have grey or red right now…but let’s see 


What do you think? Needlefelted, with a bit of the background showing? That might work! πŸ˜ƒ

Thanks for visiting and showing interest in this little project! πŸ€— I’ll keep you posted. 

Tomorrow is WiP Wednesday – I hope you’ll be back so I can show you all the other projects. πŸ˜‹

Until then πŸ’• 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Throwback Thursday 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for joining me today! 

I hope you don’t mind, but for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a few of my past creations. 😊

See – I’ve had this “sometimes in life the best laid out plans are ruined by unexpected goings-on” thing happening here. 😜 Nothing disastrous, just normal interruptions of my routine. So –  I didn’t have the leisure to explore the webs for awesome artwork. I hope these here will do, and add some enjoyment to your day. 😍

I made this ‘Nature Weaving’ last year ~ using twigs, enameled leaves, and ribbon to embellish the pretty yarn. 😊

This one hangs in my bedroom. I removed a large canvas (print), and used the frame as a loom. 

One of my first Dreamcatchers… πŸ’•

This here is one of my favorites. πŸ’œ I felted an old wool sweater, and needle-felted unspun wool on it. Back then I did write a ‘how-to’ post, if you love it and need (yet) another project 😝here’s the link πŸ’•

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! πŸ˜ƒ Maybe something inspired you to get busy! I would really love to hear about it! πŸ’œ

Oh… I did find one thing I don’t wanna keep from you…


The guy on the right looks happy πŸ˜‚ If you start now you could surprise your guy with one for Christmas! 😜 

Thanks for visiting and reading to the end! 😘

I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for taking a moment to peek in. 

Today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ is another Pinterest find – a cute needle felted miniature from Lisa Jordan.


On her Blog she says…

“Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.”

She is a very talented crafter as you can see for yourself when you visit her on Blogspot 😁

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an artist’s world. πŸ€—

I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress Wednesday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

 ~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ πŸ€—

While clicking through Pinterest these 3-D Tapestries caught my eye. Here’s one of my favorites…


Isn’t it amazing? 

Here’s another gorgeous piece 


The artist is Martina Celerin from Bloomington, Indiana. 

On her Blog  she says 

“I am a fiber artist. I create 3 dimensional weavings using reclaimed and recycled materials. I love to create tapestries that are stories of the world around me – people I’ve met, places I’ve been and things that make me smile.”

I do not know her, but her talent leaves me in awe. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ , and maybe even found some inspiration while looking at the beautiful weavings. 😊

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A few things that happened this week πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in! 

How’s everything in your little corner of the world? All is good over here. It’s April in Kansas…that means a lot of rain β˜”οΈ Yesterday we had a little lake forming in the back yard. For about an hour we were ‘Beachpeople’ 😁 It also means that the poor dogs are missing out on their walks….but they’re still tired! πŸ˜† Here’s Lorelai in her favorite chair 😍

 
I had to keep really busy, or I would have joined her 😝

~1. So I gave my studio a (much needed) make-over/clean-up/destashing! 

I only have one before picture….and that’s enough for you to get an idea why I said ‘much needed’ πŸ˜‹ It’s from my sewing table turned catch all for fabric, works in progress, books, yarn etc. Well, brace yourself…..here it is 

   EEEEEK! Right? 😱
Well, it’s much better now! See…

 Hard to believe it’s the same corner, huh? 😁
I also cleaned up my other work table – the one I used mainly for my jewelry. After a lot of destashing, trashbag filling, and rearranging, the rest of the room looks like this…

 My work table 

       

     
I did paint the frame (used to be gold-ish), and the little bookshelf, well the box said ‘Microwave Cart’ if I remember correctly…it is quite a few years old πŸ˜‰(used to be fake-oak laminate). I can really recommend painting old, outdated pieces. Just slap some chalk paint on it, sand in places, wax it- done! It’s really quite simple, and the transformation is amazing! 

~2. Now I had room to do something creative – I needed more felted pins for the store….so that’s what was Number one on the to-do list. See, experience has shown, that when my workspace is too organized I can’t create. So I make a list of a few things that need to be done. 😊 If you wanna see how to make these pins….look no further! There’s a post for that πŸ˜€



~3. Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary last week. And because he’s a pretty great guy I baked him his favorite cookies. It’s a german cookie called ‘Nussecken’, Nutty Corners- and they’re absolutely fabulous! If you wanna make some, I translated the recipe for you. 😍

~4. Yesterday started a new ‘100 Day Project’ on Instagram @elleluna. I hope to make it all the way through…last year I gave up after 2, 3 weeks πŸ˜• I had gotten a bit too ambitious, and chose ‘100 Days of Fashion’ drawn in colored pencil. Being new to drawing, and the fact that the models had to have great hair – and arms and legs for that matter 😝- I fell behind over one weekend, never got caught up, and eventually gave up. Here are some pictures from last year…

This year’s theme – for me….you can pick whatever theme, medium you like- is ‘100 Days of Folk Art’. I love Folk Art, ever since I discovered ‘Karen Gerard’s’ paintings on Pinterest. My creative mind kicked in….I got out my oil- and acrylic paints, and started painting. Ha– that did not work out well! πŸ˜† After a few days of working on this I had to admit that it looks more like a Kindergarten project than anything I had intended. Wanna see? Okay….here it is πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


See what I mean? 😏 I didn’t wanna give up completely, so, for the challenge, I switched to colored pencils. That seems to be working out a little bit better! Have a look…

 
There is definitely room for improvement, but I do have 100..well now 98..days to get better. 😎

~5. As you probably gathered from my talking about ‘destashing’, I’m on the brink of giving up jewelry making, and trying something else. I’ve been mulling this over in my mind for quite some time now, and I do believe I’m finally on to something! πŸ˜€ No, not painting! That might be a bit delusional. πŸ˜‚ Let me think on it a bit longer….when I have a solid plan you’ll be the first to know! 😍

Alrighty, that’s it for now. Thank you soooo much for sticking with me through my musings! πŸ’œ

Oooohhhhh – one more thing. I’ll finally get to see ‘Garth Brooks’ in concert! Eeeeeeekkkk! That has been a dream of mine ever since the days of  our ‘Friends in low places’ 🀠 

So….Now I’m really done! 

I hope to see you soon! πŸ’•

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo 

Lovely (felted) Spring Flowers blooming on your collar, hat & scarf πŸŒΊ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in πŸ€—

Spring is in the air….how excited are you? πŸ’ƒπŸ» The trees are showing a hue of fresh, pretty greens, Daffodils, Tulips , and Crocuses are popping up everywhere the bees are having a field day visiting all the Dandelions in the yard. I can’t wait to get to the garden center to buy all the gorgeous summer flowers! πŸŒ·πŸŒΊπŸŒΌπŸ’πŸŒΉπŸŒ» Since we gotta wait a few more weeks to do that, why don’t we make our own ‘Flower Garden’ to wear? 😍 Today I’m going to show you how…it’s really quite simple. 

Here’s what you need 


~1. Wool fluff/cloud/unspun wool in your favorite colors 

~2. A Needle felting tool (I use the one with 5 needles)

~3. A Needle felting base 

~4. Pin back blanks (optional)

~5. Needle and thread (optional)

Alright….let’s make some flowers πŸ˜€

~~~Start by picking out a small chunk of ‘fluff’, and arrange it on the base (I like to use the curly bits for the first layer) 


~~~Take your felting tool, and start punching (great stress reliever πŸ˜‚) 8 -10 times should be enough for now. Add a second layer, felt some more…add as many layers as you like. *If you don’t punch too often between layers, you can take it apart easier- in case you don’t like the finished flower 😊) 


 Once you’re happy with the look you can really go to town with your felting tool! Just remember- the more you punch, the flatter your flower will be. 

~~~Now sew your flower onto the pin back blank. A cute button can add a little extra pizzazz.

Ready to spruce up your coat, a headband, a plain hat 

           
If pins are not your thing, or you had so much fun that you made a lot of flowers, you can use them to brighten up a scarf . In that case you can skip the sewing-on-the-pin-back part, and instead felt the flowers right onto the scarf.


Cute, huh? 😍

Alrighty ~ this is it from me (for now) πŸ€—

I hope you found some inspiration – please share your ideas and photos with the rest of us! 

See you soon  πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

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