we hunkered down for the storm here yesterday, not quite sure what to expect but trying to be as prepared as possible just incase! luckily we made out with no more than crazy raging winds and rain and two days of cancelled school!
with the fire keeping us warm inside we watched all the leaves blow off the trees outside, listened to the wind-chimes and entertained ourselves with this 'bonus' day together. the girls made a 'black and white stripe club' with a schedule full of fun things such as circus performance, making an obstacle course for the rabbit in the bathroom, guitar lessons and 'free time'!!
banjo spent the day wielding a screwdriver and attempting to sabotaging said black & white stripe club, and inbetween making food for ravenous children and playing mediator i managed to do some cutting...and a little bit of sewing!
feeling grateful to be warm and dry and hoping you kept safe too.
i was looking through some old pictures on my computer and came accross these from a tutorial i did for a website 2 autumns ago. i thought hey! thats a cool scarf! (and hey! thats a really ugly table...why didn't i paint it sooner?) i should make another one of those! maybe i will, maybe i won't...either way - here are the simple instructions should you find yourself staring at a pile of fabric scraps one day and wondering what you could do with them...
..ta da! a quirky colourful fun scarf to dangle around your neck! should you be the type with hips worthy of drawing attention to (i am not), it could be a cool belt too. or flag-type-dangly thing from a doorway. crazy quilting, i love it in any form!
that's right folks, my dear friend nicole
and i are running our fun felting online workshop again, a 10 day fun
and user-friendly introduction to wet felting - just in time to learn
some skills and make some awesome gifts this holiday season!
so, do you want to felt?!!
This is a fantastical, fun introduction to felting! During the course you will be shown the nitty-gritty of what turns fluffy piles of wool into magical felted goods.
With that knowledge you will be guided to make several variations of felt for our projects: round felt beads, a layered felt flower, a flat felt scarfette and a dimensional felt mobile-phone pouch, as well as a couple of fun bonus projects.
Armed with your new skills you will be ready to felt your little hearts out (warning: felting is higly addictive!) and fall in love with this delicious artform. Even if you have felted before, this workshop is definitley going to have you saying "AH-HA!"
nicole lawrence is an artist of life and a long time felting goddess. her felt creations can be found in fancy galleries all over - with 13 years of wool behind her, she kinda knows what she's doing!
nicole will be pouring inspiration at you live from her straw-bale studio in western australia.
i'll be felting away with you at my kitchen table here in new england, most likely with food and kids and crazy all over the place (not really. but maybe.)
THE WORKSHOP WILL BEGIN NOV 2nd, on a private section of this blog. After registration, participants will be emailed log-in access to the classroom. There will be four core 'lessons' during the course (video and photo format), tips and tricks from the guru, a gallery to share your creations, and two live chats with Nicole and Emily.
You will be able to work at your own pace, downloading the project information at your leisure. The classroom will remain 'open' until the end of 2012.
WOOL KITS are available in nicole's etsy shop with the perfect amount of wool needed for all 4 projects (and yummy colour choices!), or you are free to source your own wool. Other supplies needed for the workshop can be found at home (ie old towel, bubblewrap etc) - a full list will be emailed upon registration.
we are fairy lovers around here, and so how could we resist a town wide hunt for fairy houses and fairy activities? with yindi and friend dressed to impress, we searched for different fairy houses people had made and left in little nooks on the streets and gardens, and stopped in various places for free fairy crafting. it was really sweet, i love the community spirit here. here's to believing in fairies!
(multi-tasking at its best...apple in one hand, cider donut in the other!)we are living in such a gorgeous, picturesque part of the world! it was so delicious to get out together as a family on the weekend and appreciate it so deeply in this beautiful apple orchard. life is good, but we are always busy, busy busy, stressed, tired, broke, busy..! it feels like a long time since we have enjoyed some family time like this, and how happy we all were to pick apples, eat a donut and lay in the grass admiring the beauty around us.
and when a cute little old lady asked me to snap a picture of her and her dog together, she returned the favour and captured the five of us, right here right now. choosing apples and choosing happiness!
yindi is sure that the golden leaves stick to her because her name means
'sunshine', and i am pretty sure she is right! i love moments alone
with her, to love her all up without the jealousy of an older or younger
sibling. sweet middle child!
it is the most amazingly beautiful autumn here in new england, the days are growing crisp and the leaves are fluttering down on top of our heads. we like to lay on the ground and watch them falling, and laugh when one sticks to our faces. raking is fun, and not at all productive with all the pile jumping and kicking that goes on - but the colours are what get my heart beating fast...these magical rich colours everywhere we look. filling us up ready for the many months of bleakness ahead!