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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Friday, March 8, 2013


I saw a book online about combining wet felting, machine and hand stitching
and of course I had to give it a go.
I started with some cream white for the 'canvas'...
I then began to lay out the other 'paint colours'...
After the usual business with soap, warm water and plenty
of arm work, the fun part came of seeing how it looked...
Hard to tell right now but I was loosely basing the
design on the land where my heart lies...Ireland.
I put my grandmas old sewing machine to work and
laid down some stitch outlines...
It still didn't have the depth and texture I wanted so out
came the felting needles.
I like how the extra bits of wool I felted on by hand came out...
Do you see the little sheep in the meadow and the roses tumbling over the rock walls?
 So far so good...I may tweak it a bit more but it was a lot of fun trying something new.
The gnomes seemed to enjoy the view as well!


Song for Friday...because

Here's a song, just because.
Just because I love the melody.
Just because I love the first few lines.
Just because it's Canadian.
Just because it's a beautiful song.
Have a great weekend all!
(p.s...Happy International Woman's Day!)

Monday, March 4, 2013


Have you heard?
It's the latest thing.
It's all the rage right now.
The hottest colours are gold, white, green, purple and fuzzy grey.
Yes folks...
SPRING is on it's way!!
 Even the honeybees that survived the winter are busy again.
"Close your eyes and don't you peek,
and I'll rub spring across your cheek."

Sunday, March 3, 2013

24 shades of wool...

I've been looking for a way to store all of my roving since I seem to have acquired
quite a stash over the past 5 years.
Baskets and old suitcases work o.k but eventually it all gets muddled up
and I end up not really being able to see what I've got on hand.
I found one of these Ikea wine racks in the thrift store for $6
and quickly went to work on the transformation.
wine racks
Using some fabric, mod podge glue, a few upholstery staples and some
heavy duty paper, I now have it organized to see at least 24 shades of wool...
All my beck and call...
I still have quite a bit of extra bits of wool and will keep my eye out for another wine rack.
Two of some of my favorite things rolled into one!
Wine rack / Wool rack!