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Month of LOVE…

So it’s February already…and Valentines day. I’ve been doing the things I love and a few things I don’t, LOL, but they tell me that’s being an adult.

I’d like to share a couple items I’ve been working on this month. Because I don’t have enough to do…insert hiccup here…I’ve decided to make monthly welcome sign for my front door. I have found that the wood or metal ones I usually have bang in the wind and drive the girls crazy because they think someone is knocking on the door. I don’t like driving my girls crazy…which drives me crazy, so I thought by making a new softer sign to match Tyler would be a great way to practice on stitches, felting and other techniques. Here is Tyler, our new door sign and what I learned.

Tyler comes from my Avon selling days. I think he is so cute. He comes dressed in warm winter clothes and I like to decorate him and he stands on the front porch, welcoming the neighbors home from work or coming to our door. I’ve actually had neighbors tell me how fun they think my front porch is and now they know I redo it every month…they look forward to seeing what’s next. This month of course he’s already to find his Valentine. I was hoping to find candy or flowers there this morning…LOL. No such luck.

Here is the door sign. I have a “welcome” that I will add to future signs, but it still needs to be painted and figure out how to hang it from the rod so every time I change the sign, it fits right. I am also thinking I will paint the dowel rod a dark brown. So there is more work fun and planning to be done.

I am trying to master my felt making into more even in thickness. I did really good with this one. I have a couple wrinkles, but will work on that. I added the hearts in the same way I would add an appliqué, during the felting process. I pre felted them slightly. I  used a cookie cutter for the shaping and hand felted with needles just enough to keep it’s shape and just enough for it to work into the felt background. They are nice and thick, with texture to give it a little pop. One heart has gold tinsel to add some bling to it. We LOVE bling.

Inside the house I have my celebration tree decorated and my swan filled with flowers. They add just enough decor to the house to keep it fun.

Here is a new hat. Remember my last one…OMGosh it was so hot to wear. Seriously I think I loose 10 pounds in sweat! every time I wear it. So this one is much lighter and even has some holes in it. You can’t really see them. I’m hoping this will help with the heat problem, however, I’m not sure the shape will hold up. So I’m still trying to figure that out. Reminds of something you would see at Hogwarts, LOL. But this is one of those items right now that “practice makes perfect” and someday I will have a nice hat.

I use merino roving in greenish blue with stripes purple. The green matches my jacket and of course I LOVE purple. I sprinkled in some silk roving…just love the way the felt itself turned out. The hat will take some getting used to.

So those are my creative adventures so far this month. I’m still working on my purse. The felt fabric I made for it is really thick so it’s been giving me a little trouble. I’m stubborn though and will figure something out. What has your creative adventures been lately? Do share. Remember you can always click on the photos to see a larger view.