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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Beach Days


 I wanted to share my favorite pasttime with everyone! Fossil hunting on Maryland's Southern Shore.
Whether you just pick them up or sift for them, you find lots and lots of fossils. We, Katie, Barry and I, have found shark teeth, dolphin teeth, impressions of shells, and the insides of shells (they filled with mud, and then the mud fossilized), coral, fish scales, bits of sand dollars, and bones!
This is where I go for my fossils that I use for bookmarks, pendants, and magnets! I am so looking forward to warm weather again! Then I can go kayaking and be in my favorite place!

Little Bits


 
 
Wanted to share some little bits of gorgeous from some of my favorite Artfire shops! Enjoy it!
I wanted to share a really cool technique I learned. The art of needle felting. It's not as hard as it might appear.


First, go to your local craft store or online store and buy a basic needle felting kit. It will come with everything you need for a small project. You can also buy individual packs of wool roving at the store or online. I found a good store online at Maine Woods Yarn and Fiber. I also like AC Moore.

First, decide on something simple. My first softie was a little blue bird. Sounds hards, but if you break the bird down, it's pretty easy.

Start with the body by making an egg shape. Take a bit of wool roving and fold it into the shape you want, and start needling it with the needle. Be careful, because there are several barbs on the end of the needles, and when you poke yourself, it hurts! Trust me! I have done it several times! lol

The barbs are meant to catch the fibers in the wool roving and attach them to each other. So, each time you poke the shaped roving, you are making connections that will hold the shape together. After you have poked your shape a bit, it will start becoming more solid and not so loose. You are getting there!

If you are satisfied with your shape, you are done. The first part, anyway!

Now, move onto the head, which will be a circle shape. Repeat steps you used to make the body.

Next are the wings, which I make like half a heart. Again, repeat steps for body and head.

You should now have 2 wings, a body and a head.

You can now begin to attach the parts together by placing the head and body together. You will want to poke at the bottom of the round head to attach it to the body. Don't poke the top of the round head, or your bird will have a very flat head!

Next, come the wings! Just poke at the widest part of the wing to attach it to the body!

After I have all the pieces together, I add the eyes and the beak. You can use beads for eyes,a bit of embroidery, or like me, tiny bits of flat felt!

I cut a diamond of flat felt to make the beak and poke it in the middle. Look at the photo, so you will see what I mean!

Now, I attach a stand to my softies and glue them in place. Be careful, once glued, that's it! So make sure the softie can stand on its own before glueing!

If anyone has any questions, I am question friendly!



I hope this has helped you on your way to a new craft!

Barbara

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Just joined Artfire about 2 weeks ago and I desperately need followers! Not to mention working on this blog! Lol!

Jeff Dunham Achmed's "Jingle Bombs"

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I am so bad.....


I am so bad at blogging but I'll give it a better shot!
Things in Baltimore have been happening at lightening speed it seems! Half of my namesake died in February, so I haven't felt like sharing much! He was a super Sheltie, a blue merle with lovely 2 tone blue eyes ... his name was Ashlar. I still get teary just thinking of him! Best dog ever...but he only made it to 11 before he died of cancer!
Anyone with a Sheltie will know that these dogs are smart, loveable and extremely loyal!
But on to lighter things, I have been busy joining blogs, making new art and loving my family!
Please check out my very newest watercolor, "Birds on a Wire"!
Thanks for checking me out!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

OMG-TOO FUNNY





Even superheros need a break now and then!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Miniature Green Tree Frog Figurine Knows It Aint Easy Being Green by Finnashe

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40231073


This is a custom order and reserved for Jenn in Pasadena,Md.
But I am posting to show I can create one for you too! I am willing to try any animal or bug that you love and collect! Just convo me thru 'Contact Finnashe' on my homepage.
This little frog is nicely detailed with white and red spots and white lines on his sides. His underbelly is a deeper green.
His big eyes are just for you!
He sits on his own spiral stand and is totally house-trained! The perfect pet!
The little guy measures 1 3/4" (4.2cm) long and including stand proudly sits 1 3/8" (3.4cm).

Thanks for looking :)

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a..............Whale (Handmade Needle Felted) by Finnashe

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39224459

I know the traditional rhyme goes, "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear..." But I thought wouldn't it be fun if Fuzzy Wuzzy was a whale! Lol!
So, I present to you, Fuzzy Wuzzy the Pink Whale!
Handmade with love and lots and lots of needling and patience!
Whale measures 3.25" (8.3cm) from his head to his fluke. He is perched on a spiral stand.
Let him swim on over to make you smile!
Thanks for looking :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Inside and Out Shell Digital Print No2 by finnashe on Etsy


Inside and Out Shell Digital Print No2 by finnashe on Etsy

A lot of people have asked me just how in the heck did you manage this one?
Simple! I had help from my scuba diving dentist!
Using an x-ray machine, he was able to scan the shell and I tweaked it with PhotoShop!
Ever since I was small, I have always been curious to see the inner working of things!
I hope that you are just as curious about life as I am!