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I made myself a new handbag. I call it "Evening Bag" and I am pretty proud of it considering that I used no pattern and have never made a knitted bag before. I learned how to knit by watching a YouTube video. I used 100% wool so it felted nicely in the washing machine, and then I needle-felted the branches and added a vintage button that I pretend is the moon. I may needle-felt a small crow on the branch....

It's large enough to hold my wallet, keys, and my phone. :)

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Evolving Forest Scarf

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It started with an experiment to see if I could apply my wire tree technique to wool yarn. It worked. Then I arm-knitted (look up arm-knitting on YouTube if you don't know about it already -- it's fun!) a scarf and needle-felted the tree onto it. Then I thought that it might be fun to make some leaves to attach to the tree's top...and then I remembered that I had recently made a little snake who has since moved into this tree (do you see him?). Now I am thinking that I need to make some birds, a squirrel, etc...this could be a never-ending and always evolving wearable cuddly warm forest! :)

Here is a cute picture of the snake when he was first born --
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Frightened Beads

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A Bird, came down the Walk —
He did not know I saw —
He bit an Angle Worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then, he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass —
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass —

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad —
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought,
He stirred his Velvet Head. —

Like one in danger, Cautious,
I offered him a Crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer Home

Than Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon
leap, plashless as they swim.

- Emily Dickinson


The phrase "frightened Beads" inspired me to take need to wool.
I will need to create Warrior Beads to stand up for themselves...

My Dog, Felted

This photo makes me laugh because normally my dog Elphie would be taking up a lot more room on the sofa! Elphie watched me needle felt her little twin with great interest last night. She is following me around the house with an expression of awe on her face. I wonder if she now believes that I am where poodles come from! #puppymythology

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My Tree on The Front Cover of a Published Book!

About a year ago, I was contacted by a publishing company who asked for permission to use my Four Seasons Tree of Life pendant on the cover of one of their upcoming books. I really liked the name of the book, and the terms that they offered, so I said yes. Now I have this book in my hand and am looking forward to reading it! :)