Monday, March 30, 2015

a quiet morning

Monday morning, my day off. The kids are off to school and the house is quiet and still. Projects hang near the woodstove, drying. Cats and dogs are cuddling. I am click-clacking on the computer, my belly warmed by poached egg, salmon, and asparagus.

It has all the portents of a very fine day.
I'd better get through these taxes and to-do list so I can embrace it.

Happy Monday, all.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

checking in on the mushrooms in the tree

I took a few minutes to walk in the woods yesterday and check on the mushrooms I had planted in the tree. I hadn't checked on them since November so I expected a change but you know...not much has happened.

We've had so little snow this winter that it still looks like fall in the woods. Bitter cold we had plenty of, but very little snow. 

The only major difference I saw in the mushrooms was that they were leaning more, and the color had drained from the caps, a fact I find interesting since the caps were undyed wool to begin with. The green is still quite vibrant but the undyed grey has faded to almost nothing.

The little rock is still in there too. No one has been digging into this mushroom like they had with the first.

The transition, with yesterday's view at the top, November in the middle, and the October beginning at the bottom.

We'll see what spring brings.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

hopping off

A wee bunny hopped off in the mail today, a surprise for a friend.
Made in stolen moments in a very full week.

What are you making time for?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

eggs of shimmer and earth

I've been channeling my inner magpie. Building nests and filling them with shiny things. (I know they don't really collect shiny things, but I love the imagery anyway) My wandery mind grew interested in the idea of giving birth to the things one has experienced and I daydreamed about birds who saw glittering snowflakes, the smallest of ferns; who then laid fantastical eggs full of shimmer and earth. 

Imagine what our own eggs would look like, imprinted with our memories.

These special nests and stone eggs, my offering to Spring, will be in my shop today along with some new nest brooches and a couple of stone necklaces. I'll be working on putting them in this morning so you'll likely see them pop in there, one by one.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

a snow bunny

Why am I sitting in a snowdrift? Don't you know it's cold out here?

Seriously. You bring me out here with that giant basket and I'm going to do what? Fill it with cold?

Come here. Let me explain something to you.

I am not amused. Unless you want a special kind of easter egg this year I suggest you get my tail inside.

That's better. (the end)

The cold is getting to me too, bunny.
This was my first bunny, a practice for a class I hope to teach. There are some things I'll change about him in my next attempt (not the least of which is his attitude, sheesh) but for now he's amusing me.

Have a glorious Wednesday, all. Stay warm. And upbeat. (talkin' to you, bunny)

Friday, February 27, 2015

nesting brooches

Those wee nests I had begun have now come full circle. ho ho ho
I had fun giving each one its little details like moss and tiny feathers.
These are brooches, meant to be worn to welcome the coming spring.
Or maybe to encourage spring to visit. Yoo hooo...Spring...come hither!

These are making a brief stop in my online shop and then will be headed to the Gift Shop at my work.
If you're so inclined, you can see them HERE before they're on their way.

I hope you all have a wonder-filled weekend.
Happy Friday.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

weekend nest-making

My hands are nest-making. Hoping to lure in Spring.

I have plans for these wee nests and hope to be finished before Spring arrives for real.

Hope you've had a lovely weekend. Here's to a good week ahead.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

colorful stones in the shop today

I've finally put these two stones in my shop today. I needed color today and bam! these have it.
Here, if you'd care to take a look.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

selfie in process

I worked on a project yesterday, a self-portrait for an upcoming show at the gallery at work.
It's been years, like years and years, since I've done any kind of self-portrait.
I'm not sure yet how I'll continue with this piece and I'm curious to see how it will turn out.
She looks a little sad, perhaps because I needled her face and then tried to drown her with soap and water. Just part of the process, darling.

Today it's back to work as normal so this will have to wait for now. I'll be twice as eager to return to it knowing it will be a week or more before I have this kind of me time. Me time. Ha.

Happy days to all of you.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

nest making

Doing a little nesting. Or nest-making anyway.
Preparing for another workshop. A simple one, perfect for beginners.

What are you working on?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

workshops in February

February is a busy felting month for me. I have a couple of classes scheduled at the Franklin Arts Center, two at the Northland Arboretum, and a hangout scheduled for the very end of the month. Busy, but fun!

Feb. 5th is full, but there are still openings for the sheep class on Monday, Feb 9th from 5:00 to 9:00pm at the Franklin. Class fee is $20, or $15 for those bringing their own needles and mats. Register by emailing me at lilfishstudios(at)

I'll be teaching a felted mushroom class on Monday, Feb. 16th from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Class fee is $25 for Arb members, $30 for non-members.
Register by calling the Arb at 218-829-8770

We'll also be doing some wet-felting at the Arb and making felted stones on Feb. 27th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Class fee is $15 for Arb members, $20 for non-members.
Register by calling the Arb at 218-829-8770

On Saturday, Feb. 28th from noon to 4:00pm I'll be hosting a felting hangout. This is free of charge and a great way to mingle with other felters, try out some new tools, share tips and advice, and just hang out with other fiber enthusiasts. Join us in room 127, the Teaching Space, at the Franklin Arts Center. No need to pre-register, just stop on by.

To be notified of upcoming classes via email, register on the 'workshops' page of my blog, HERE.

Monday, January 26, 2015

flat sheeps

My youngest and I did a little wet-felting together this past weekend. It's fun for her and she gets clean hands so it's really a win for both of us. Plus, how cute are these guys?

The roundish sheep is perfect for a coaster. See?

I've been wanting to teach a wet-felting class and I think it may be a riff on these flat little guys.
What do you think?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

a friend on your hat

I started this little gnome back in December while teaching some friends how to make Santas. I had completely forgotten about him until my youngest, the finder of everything, brought him to me yesterday. I had wanted to make a wee owl to perch on his leafy hat, so I did just that this morning.

I'm looking forward to playing a little more this weekend and finishing up some of those UFOs. (unfinished objects)

Hope your weekend is great.


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