Monday, June 22, 2009

Felting workshop

Here are some of the products my students did on the June 13-14 feltmaking workshop.
On the first day we learned to make flat pieces of wool felt, creating small and large wall hangings. On the second day we went a step further and learned how to make handmolded items. We made hand molded hand bags and pillows. One pillow has barnacles all over it. I was sure my student had made it for my barnacle baby!!! Take a look at the great creations that were made. Some of the ladies in my class have been coming for a while. I think they are pretty good now so I think we should have retreats with the same great food. I made curried chicken, Carol brought sushi, Lori brought sand bags, (sorry about eating your mango free sushi!!!), Kathlyn brought a meat and cheese tray and Terry Anne brought fruit. Not sure which is enjoyed more, the work or the food. This has been a tradition for a few years now. We take long lunches. Some of the ladies broke tradition and took approx. 15 minutes for lunch. What's up with that!!!!!!!! It didn't matter tho as the 5pm finish time lasted until 10pm. I won't let you go until your

Friday, June 5, 2009

Barnacle babies-UPDATE: Barnacle Baby is MISSING!!!!!

This is number one of my collection of Barnacle babies that I am going to make. They are simply odd. What can I say? I love them so keep coming back to this post to see what I add.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Byrum Spiritual Award

I was given this award by a fellow felt maker and artist. I appreciate the work that she does and am inspired by her work and so having her give me this award means alot. Thanks Patricia!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Castor School visit

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to go to St. Theresetta Catholic School in Castor, AB. I had such a fantastic time doing a felt making workshop with kindergarten to grade four. The children were so enthusiastic about working with wool and had so many questions for me when the workshop was finished. I really felt like part of the school for the day. I'm thinking that if the staff and kids at that school were so nice then the rest of the community must be equally as good also. I put Castor on my must visit if ever passing by list. Today I worked at St. Lukes in Brooks. Again we had our regulars making hand moled handbags. I have to say these girls inspire me. There enthusiasm rejuvenates me. Whenever I'm in a creative slump watching my students can spark some good ideas. I guess we are never to old to learn and inspiration is everywhere. Speaking of which. I'm teaching a weekend course June 13-14. I hope to inspire all my students to create and be creative and totally happy with their wonderful designs. Come join us by registering by email.

Friday, May 15, 2009

favorite sites to check out

Check out some of my favorite sites to visit.

Next time you are in Brooks check out the Steaming Cup coffee shop. It has great staff and great atmosphere. They also have light lunches and desserts. Tis my favorite hang out.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

It seems like there is no end to excitement around here. Just got back from feeding my orphan lamb. I left 2 hours ago!! When Dave and got out to the hayshed several ewes were in the midst of lambing. I've got say I just never tire of seeing little lambs being born. I am proud to say we had 2 sets of twins and a single. All are totally adorable and doing fine. Some of the lambs from last week are jumping and bucking in the coral. I enjoy watching how frisky they get. As you can tell spring is my favorite time of the year. Hopefully tomorrow I can post some pictures of my little woolies!

Sundre School Visit

Hey every one. I now have a blog! Just recently I was in beautiful Sundre AB at the River Valley School doing a workshop with k-2. We had such a good time and the finished felted mural we made turned out really well. I was very nervous about this project as I had never worked with 142 very young artists before but everything went sooooo smoothly. I take my hat off to these youngsters!! Here is the finished piece that we made. It is depicting our 3 Western provinces and all the little symbols that you see are their creations.