Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Finish!


When I am sick, I like to keep my hands busy, but too lazy to get up and gather supplies or cut out shapes, so I like to work on projects I can just grab and create. Needle felting is one of those. I decided I wanted to try a snowman, so I got my felting box out, which holds my supplies and some rovings, picked out a few more extra colors and I was all set.

I started out at the beginning of the week, but I crashed for a few days, too weak and sore to move much and I didn't think holding a very sharp needle was a good idea;) Yesterday I finished it, and I worked a bit quickly and it didn't come out exactly like I wanted, but it was fun to make and I find that I can work for hours and the time slips away.

The snowman is about 5" tall, all wool roving from various sources. I do not use forms or wires in my pieces. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but no pattern, I tend to work as I go, sort of like sculpting, so it isn't always perfect, since I am learning and it gives me ideas of things I want to do for the next one.



I may be sick and needing rest, but Bean doesn't think so, he still wants to play. He has been pretty good and stopped bugging me so much and then I can save some energy for outdoor play. We have large balls for kicking and some for throwing and we go back and forth in the yard as he chases them. Now the leaves are falling, we can make leaf piles. He basically flies through the air to catch them and we do that till his tongue is hanging to the side, lol. A great way to tire him out without me moving too much. This is Bean after a chase and jumping workout.



Looking for a fun, new idea for making scrap pillows? I love the pillow that Jude Hill made and she has a tutorial on her blog. I am definitely going to try this, maybe a bit differently, but I like the idea of weaving a top and doing prim stitching and maybe some small appliqu├ęs on top. Great way to use up those scraps. You can find the tutorial at Spirit Cloth, as well as, beautiful work by Jude. She also has online classes and tutorials.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a fun Halloween. I am better than I was days ago, so hopefully I can keep fighting this flu on my own now. We have Nicholas for the day, so I am trying to decide something fun that we can all enjoy without tiring me out too much. We still have foliage so maybe a ride to the orchards in Connecticut, since it is the last weekend to get fresh off the tree. One can never have enough apples, lol.


11 comments:

Dog Trot Farm said...

Hope you are feeling well soon...the flu is here too...Travis' mom and dad both have had it... Your snowman is adorable...needle felting is one craft I have not attempted...Enjoy your day with Nick...Bean will have a pal to play with...Happy Halloween...

Kate said...

Debbie, your snowman is beautiful!!
Splendid photo of Bean after his workout - just bet he was ready to go again very soon afterwards.
Hopefully you've got your flu bug on the run and will soon be as full of energy as Bean.
Take care and enjoy your day with Nicholas. x

Rugs and Pugs said...

So sorry you've been sick. I hope you are much better so you can enjoy your time with Nick.
Cute snowguy.
Happy Halloween :)
Lauren

Deb R said...

such a gorgeous little snowman, hope you feel better soon!

Saundra said...

Must say you certainly do keep on going on like the eveready bunny. When I'm sick I'm worthless. Well, guess that depends on the level of illness. Oh, and yeah, the pups have no clue we don't feel well ~ they want business as normal.

Love the snowman and thanks for that pillow tutorial. Oh man I'd love to make one of those. Bet it is a lot more work than the tutorial lets on tho.

Hope you feel better and back to your normal self soon.

Karen said...

A handsome snowman. I gave all my roving to a thrift store several years ago. Never thought of using it like you have.

Kim said...

Sweet little snowman. Abby loves to chase the leaves too. It is a great way to tire out a puppy. Hope you are feeling better. I get my flu shot tomorrow. I never know if they do any good or not but my doctor nags me so I keep doing it.

Sandi said...

Very cute snowman Debbie,? So sorry to heard that this virus you have is lingering, mine lasted about two months, hope yours clears up sooner. Having no energy is the pits. Hope your Hallween was fun.

Fiona said...

I love your snowman.... my cold is hanging on too... though I don't think I am sick of you just blocked up all the time...
Hugz

Julie Fukuda said...

That snowman is just darling. Nikko is 12 years old but still loves to run and chase toys or sticks. She often goes to her toy box and takes out a squeaky toy, prancing around to hint about needing a run. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Aw your snowman is so sweet - I sure hope you get to feeling better soon, hon!