crafting

Here’s a small glimpse of some of the crafts I had for sale at my first crafts fair I attended this past weekend. I also had some needle felted gnomes and wet felted balls for sale (blogged about here previously). Owen was nice enough to model for me my felt crowns but wouldn’t have anything to do with the tutus I made. So unfortunately I only have a picture of the tule I used, as I still can’t find a model to show off my tutus as all of Owen’s little friends are boys. Can you believe this boy doesn’t have any lil girl buddies! Poor lil bug! Anyway I had a blast selling my things for the very first time and would love to have the chance to do some more craft fairs. This might just get me inspired enough to start up shop on etsy too…..we shall see!! Now with the craft fair over its on to starting my holiday gifts! Bring on December and the light of Solstice!

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

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felt gnomes and more

With my very first craft fair quickly approaching I’ve been busy crafting and also busy learning some new skills. Needle felting in particular has been such a joy to learn. Actually I’m pretty sure I’m border line obsessed with this new craft. I do realize how dorky this may sound but I truly cannot get enough of needle felting. Felt all around is simply amazing but needle felting especially brings me a sense of peace, in the same sort of way that knitting does. Being busy with your hands is just so completely zen and satisfying to me. I’ve also gotten some more wet felted balls made. Also such a great sensory activity that I’ve fallen in love with. Hands down felting is my new love! Yes, you may call me a felt dork now, its official!

-April

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felting

Felting is something I have wanted to do for some time now. Wool has always captivated me; its soft, fluffy touch, so pure and natural, brings me happiness and ignites bursts of creativity in me. I decided I’d start my adventures with felting by making some wet felted balls. Being a visual learning and a first time felter here is an instructional video that really helped me out.

First, using un-dyed 100% wool roving I rolled the wool into a ball about the size of a baseball, always keep in mind that your wool with shrink dramatically in the wet felting process.

Secondly, once I reached the desired shape I wanted I added on the dyed roving and wet felted it as well.

Lastly, once my ball was dry I needle felted some dyed roving to create a design. 

The final product, a beautiful handcradted felt ball for my lil kaipie to play with. Of course I didn’t stop here, I couldn’t merely have just one lonely felt ball, so I’ve been working on making a whole bunch, more to come on that soon! Also this got me all excited about needle felting so expect more to come on that as well. Stay tuned and till then I hope this inspires you all to get out and get felting! Keep in mind this is a great activity to share with children. Water, bubbles, sensory exploration and in the end you get a ball to play with, what could be more fun?

-April

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

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travels

For the last couple of weeks we have been visiting with family and friends and so I took a break from the blogging world for just a bit, but we are now back and I will be jumping right back into the swing of things. Here are just a few photos of our lil guy having fun on our trip.

-April

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