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sundrop charmThe ‘Mile High Etsy’ team has begun a craft exchange and this month was the first excahnge.  This month’s theme was the weather and since we’ve had some rainy days recently interrupting the otherwise fabulous warm spring sun, I decided to make a ‘sundrop’ felted necklace pendant.   It was a pretty simple and quick project but I think it turned out lovely.  Hopefully the recipient of this will like it too!

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Adorable Little Fishes

Adorable Little Fishes

I’m giving away one little fishy fishy mobile on Mrs. Ashley’s blog called Beauty4Moms.  Ashley’s blog has links to all sorts of great coupons and links to product giveaways.  Hopefully some of her dedicated mom-readers will love my little mobiles.

Check it out and enter to win!

House Giraffe and 'Giraffe Snacks' toy

House Giraffe and 'Giraffe Snacks' toy

I have always dreamed of a mini house giraffe that would clomp around the house and eat houseplants, so for the last couple years, I have come across opportunities that have allowed me to make mini giraffes.

One of the best was a great paper mache giraffe that I made a couple of years ago on a quiet friday night and then ended up mummifying him this fall for an entry into the Denver Community Museum.  A few weeks ago, that giraffe was part of an auction at the museum and it ended up going home with my friend Joanne who now lives in Boston.  So, the mini-house giraffe love is slowly spreading!

An Entertained Giraffe

Here is the latest commissioned mini giraffe for my friend Kurt, it comes along with a  toy (a felt tree branch) so that the giraffe can stay entertained and so that  it won’t get too jealous when the cats in their household are being played with. I’m sure this will make a fun addition to Kurt and Karen’s house as long as the cats don’t try to tear the innocent little giraffe apart.

So the internets tell me that today was ‘National Apron Day’, which seems somewhat arbitrary, but I love silly holidays, so I’ll take this opportunity to share a photo of an apron I made to wear when selling at craft fairs (kind of like the aprons servers at restaurants wear to handle money, receipt books, etc.).  I made 2, one for me and one for my friend Rachel; her’s is slightly more muted colors, I’ll try to get a photo nest time I see her.

Fishy Fishy apron

Fishy Fishy apron

The aprons are  made out of some random wool felt rectangles I had lying around.  I added a little needle felted fish to mine.

To make your own, simply cut felt to the sizes of pockets you want, then sew together!  Easiest thing ever – but I still got lots of compliments on it.

To add the wrinkles you see in the photo, drop apron in a puddle in a parking lot during a rare Colorado torential down pour.

My Creatures of the Sea mobile made it into a treasury about naptime on etsy today – thanks snowdrop!  What a wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning…although looking at all of those products just kind of makes me want to go back to sleep for a quick little nap.

Rachel and our table of stuff, do you see the cute felted apron she has on that I made for us??

Rachel and our table of stuff, do you see the cute felted apron she has on that I made for us??

The Handmade Militia Spring Market was a lot of fun!  Rachel and I packed up my little car with all kinds of gear (the little Fit certainly does fit a lot of stuff!) and headed up to Fort Collins early in the morning.  We spent the day hanging out in a cozy coffee shop on a rainy day with other great crafters.  This was the first time that Rachel and I have sold together and it was definitely a success! So, there will be more felted elephant + recycled paper notebooks coming up soon since those seem popular.

The best part of the shows like this are meeting other really great, creative people and then getting to trade some of my gear for super cool items that other people have made!  Right now, I’m pretty excited about the optician’s lens necklace I got from Whitney and the super cute elephant tote bag from Danielle who makes fun music as well as super cute bags and other things.

Here are some photos of our setup at the Handmade Militia at Everyday Joe’s.

Desk Display

Desk Display - note the last minute desktop mobile holder I made from a beetle kill pine flooring sample. Its simple, but I'm pretty happy with it.

Mobile Mania! These are the mobiles on the mobile tree I made with Kurt's help recently.  It's a tiny bit less chaotic looking in person, but not much.

Mobile Mania! These are the mobiles on the mobile tree I made with Kurt's help recently. It's a tiny bit less chaotic looking in person, but not much.