Sunday, November 30, 2008

My Little Felted Animals.

I have hand felted all these little animals, and there's many more too.





Polar Bear

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Heart Film.

There's nothing more magical then photographing with old film cameras.

These photographs were all taken with 120 film using my 1950's Hawkeye Brownie camera.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Felting Beads!

Right now I am working on making beads for necklaces which I will be selling at the art sale at the Cre8ery on November 22! If you want to come out to the sale, it's located at 125 Adelaide St in the Exchange District and you will be able to view and buy the work of many many artists! If you have facebook, there is an events page:

Now, if you want to make felt beads, here's how you do it...
Get yourself some yarn that is 100% wool. You can also by loose wool.

I took the wool and measured it to my arm length. For beads to be the same size you have to be consistent with the amount of wool you use, so I measured my arms length for this specific size that we're making today.

Take the long piece of measured wool and fold it in half, then cut. Fold it in half again, and cut again, and then do that one more time. Now you should have 8 strips all about the same length.

Take a piece of thread and tie the strips together as shown above.

Now twist the yarn and separate each piece.

Now you should have something that looks like curly doll hair. Start pulling apart the strings and meshing them together. You want to make the wool light and fluffy.

After the wool is fluffy (the fluffier and softer it is, the better the bead) cup it in your hands to form a ball shape, like a bunny tail.

Place the ball of fluff is warm soapy water. It's best to do it in a sink because it gets messy. Also, try NOT to use an anti-bacterial soap because they are bad for the environment.

Now take the wet blob-ball in your hands and start rolling it as if you are making a snowman with play-dough. Keep rolling and rolling until you have a bead.
TIP: If it came out lumpy, try to frizz and mesh the wool more before putting it in water, or, don't roll so hard when forming the bead.

And that's how you make beads. They will take up to 2 days to dry, so put them somewhere safe away from kittens who will likely steal them cuz they think the beads are toys.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


With the help of 2 great friends, the kitten finally has a name. We agreed on Goggles, though, he'll probably take on the name Oggy. Catface is doing well,but he does have his moments. Right now he is angry. He seems mostly angry with me, lol. I have seen Catface clean the kitten once, they played a few times and snuggled for a moment until Oggy saw Catface's tail move. Catface was very mad after that. I think they will be just fine...but Catface will probably always be a grump.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The New Kitten.

I have wanted another cat, specifically a kitten, for ages. After our dinner with Scott and Andrea, where we met there new kitten, Julian was finally sold on the idea. So, thanks guys for getting a kitten, because if you didn't get one, I wouldn't have gotten one.

We are having trouble picking a name for him, so if you are reading this, I would like to know your opinion or any other suggestions for that matter. So far, we have four:

Draco - in reference to Dracorex Hogwartsia, a dinosaur recently discovered in South Dakota in 2006.

Elroy - just because it's cute.

Scooter - because it's cute, and Julian and I used to joke about naming our kid that back in the day.

Troodon - there's supposed to be 2 dots above the second 'o', and it's pronounced TRUE-don. It's also the name of the first described Dinosaur from N.America which was in 1856. It was also the smartest dinosaur ever discovered (so far) and it had stereoscopic vision!

Catface is a little unsure about him, but I can slowly see that the kitten is growing on him.