Needle Felting Posts will Return By Late August!

I just wanted to let my loyal followers know that I will be taking a break from needle felting until mid to late August.  At that point, I will be returning with some tutorials and posts per usual!
happy felted apple
Let me explain myself:  I am a mother to five children and I have been homeschooling them for about 7 years.  This year,  4 of my cuties will be entering the world of public school.  So for the past month and the following month I am preparing them for the transition.  I have truly loved having my children around me and I will miss them greatly.  But when your adorable six year old insists she wants to go to SCHOOL, well you easily cave to her wishes!  Well, at least I do. So, I will be working hard with reading, math, and back to school paperwork and shopping until August!  See you then.

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Needle Felted Play Food

A few week back, I mentioned my ever-growing interest in making needle felted play food.  Today, I’m sharing my play food collection so far.  Here they are all happy and cuddled together in a crystal bowl.  My felted play foods deserve the best, after all!

handmade felt play food

Felting these fruits and vegetables has been so much fun and I still have a lot more ideas.  Recently, I have planted a watermelon seed in my garden and it has just germinated.  In honor of the delicious, sweet, juicy mess that is yet to come, I will felt a happy watermelon next!

If you’ve been following along, you have probably seen a couple of these already.  However, I think the pair of cherries is brand new.  Feel free to share your handmade play food!

My 50th Needle Felting Blog Post . . .

 

Today I’m posting my 50th blog post, all about needle felting.  To commemorate the occasion I am sharing a bright red and super happy felted apple.

I have never felted fruit before, but this felt apple is so adorable.  I think I might start a whole line of play food after this!  I was so happy when it accidentally turned out the perfect “real” apple size.  I immediately imagined a happy child playing kitchen and then I thought about it as a pleasant gift for a teacher!  This apple will never rot. . .

happy needle felt apple
Usually I make felted animals and I’m happy that on my 50th post that I could share something different than normal.  I suppose that this blog might actually be inspiring me artistically.  I hope it is doing the same for you!

needle felted apple
In honor of my 50th I’m going to reintroduce myself and my interests to you.  I have five beautiful children. And although my artistic interests started with painting, I have found that oil painting and managing children is a hard combination.  As a result, I started being “artsy” in ways that were safe to be around my children and things that could benefit them.

I started with knitting and knitted everyone in my house blankets, mittens, and hats.  It took so much time to knit and the finished products were simply not that fun.  Then I progressed to amigurumi style crocheting and while it was fun and cute and playful, it still took tons of time and my fingers simply ached!

While researching my crocheting, I came across the idea of felting finished amigurumis to make them look soft, as long as they were crocheted with pure wool this cute fuzzy look could be achieved.  After a little more searching, I came across needle felting, there was no need to knit or crochet first and I could still make cute “amigurumi style” toys without all the finger aching.  Yes, I know that “amigurumi” is just a style of crochet, but I am referring to the cuteness that amigurumi crafters give to their toys.  And needle felting was the best of both worlds!

needle felted flower, monkey, fish, raccoon, chick, turtle, and hen with chick

Now I can vent my artistic side comfortably and can make adorable toys for my children.  They get to grow up seeing their mother make something with her own two hands and that is a very important thing to me!  Not to mention how fun it is.  If you have never needle felted before, please browse my site and the rest of the internet world.  If you are crafty at all, I’m sure you will be hooked!