Posts tagged good natured
Cider Days 2013
Whoa.  Last weekend was nuts.  I was a vendor at Cider Days, our local Fall Arts & Crafts festival.  It was clearly the largest crowd my little felt creations had ever seen.  And boy did this crowd show me some love.  I was blown away.  And so incredibly thankful! (Needless to say, I've been felting nonstop to slightly replenish my stock for the Mini Maker Faire in Tulsa this weekend.)

I had a lot of fun preparing cute things for my booth this time around.  I put in a little touch of Fall with a wooly Pumpkin Patch:

I bulked up my zombie hoard, too.

I also wanted to display one of my brooches on a scarf, and my friend came up with the idea to wrap the scarf around a vase of flowers (genius, really...AND it gave me an excuse to have some fresh flowers around for a little while).

It was a two-day festival.  Saturday was crazy busy.  Crazy.  Sunday was a bit more relaxed, but busy still. 

I got to meet and chat with Katie of Skunkboy--I have to admit, I was a little excited when she stopped by.  I also met Summer of Culture Flock Clothing.  She's got some fun designs--check this one out!

The weather could not have been more beautiful.  It was a great weekend.  Hopefully you had a great weekend (and week) too!  What are your plans for the upcoming weekend?
Fall & Winter Craft Shows!!
Hi friends!

These are the shows that I am currently planning on attending and where YOU can get your wooly, good natured fix!

Here is a bit more information on each:

September 7: Not So Square Arts Festival // 10:00-5:00 // 822 W. Mt. Verson Blvd, Mt. Vernon, MO // free admission // literary and musical entertainment

September 21 & 22: Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street // 10:00-5:00 each day // 900 E. Walnut Street, Springfield, MO // admission $4

September 28: Tulsa Mini Maker Faire // 11:00-7:00 // Guthrie Green, 111 East Brady Street, Tulsa, OK

November 2: Parents as Teachers Bazaar // 8:30-3:00 // Kickapoo High School, 3710 S Jefferson Ave, Springfield, MO

December 7: PTSA Arts & Crafts Show // 9:00-4:00 // Nixa Jr. High, 205 North St, Nixa, MO

You might remember me talking about the show I did in Kansas City, and how that was the farthest from home I've been to sell my wares?  As you can see, I'm branching out to Oklahoma next--watch out, Tulsa! I'm also considering applying for the Indie Emporium in Tulsa.  It's a two-day December show, and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it with the travel and hotel costs. Have you been or know anyone who has?  I'd love to get some feedback about it.

I'm off to make a zombie chicken assembly line to stock up for these shows.  Will I see you at any of them?
Some Thoughts and A Strawberry Swing Recap
I had a lot of fun in Kansas City at the Strawberry Swing.  I met some great artists and makers and had wonderful conversations with them.  I also really loved chatting up my customers.  It was definitely, and thankfully, rejuvenating. Sometimes, when things are slow around the shop and blog, I get a little depressed and wonder if I'm just kidding myself.  I start to question my craft, my skills, my prices, my photographs, my writing...everything.  That's not a good place to be. That's toxic.  But along comes a craft show filled with like-minded and like-crafty people to boost me back up again.  I felt incredibly humbled by the number of people who walked into my booth and complimented my work.  They used words like "beautiful," "incredible," and "amazing," and I said "thank you" to every single one.  I needed that.  I was all smiles all day.

So now I feel ready to take on the handmade world again.  I feel renewed.  I'm ready for more shows, and I'm ready to try some new things.

I would definitely participate in the Strawberry Swing again.  It was my first time setting up a 10 by 10 foot booth for my shop.  So playing around with set-up was fun.  I will be making changes and upgrades for the next show. 

My booth!! (And my new maxi skirt!)
My husband whipped up a couple displays just days prior to the show.  He made one for my felt paintings (below) and one for my brooches (that I didn't photograph--which was dumb--but you kind of see it on the far left of the booth photo).  I'm so thankful for his help too. Not only does he build things for me, but he helps haul my stuff, set-up, tear down, and hangs out with me during the day.  He runs and gets me snow cones, because I have a headache and no advil. He even helps me felt sometimes...
We got incredibly lucky with the weather for July.  I mean, CRAZY lucky.  The temperature was in the 70s, mostly cloudy, slightly breezy. Crazy for the midwest.  Did I mention it was crazy? Yeah, thought so.

I had all the makings for a felt tea party!

I met Meredith, who makes fabulous dinnerware. I scored this plate and one of these plates (the one with the skull), because who doesn't want to eat from these?

I also met Emily, who was really excited to see that I offer custom pet portraits.  I'll be partnering with her soon over on her blog for a giveaway.  Keep your eyes peeled for that!

So, with rejuvenation comes organization, and boy does my craft room need that.  If you need me this weekend, I'll be straightening and categorizing mounds of fluff and piles of other hobbies. :)
52 Weeks of Felting - Week 18
Happy weekend, folks!

Since we just got back from Europe, I thought an old-school suitcase would be a cute addition to my shop!

You might already know this, but I love traveling.  I get butterflies just thinking about new places to go.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some travel stories and tips.  But for now, here's some more views of this felt suitcase:

When I add this to the shop (which will be open next week!), I'm thinking it could be customizable.  I can change the color of the suitcase, and I can also customize the little travel stickers. I think this would be a fun gift for a traveler!

52 Weeks of Felting : Week 13
Happy Saturday, folks! I finished another felt painting for week 13...


I really wanted to try out some new orange wool batts that I got recently, so I thought an orange hot air balloon against a pretty blue sky would work perfectly. Like last week's project, this one won't be available in the shop just yet, and it will be one-of-a-kind.

I'm really enjoying these flat pieces. and now I'm really itching to try wet felting. What other subjects would you like to see as felt paintings?
52 Weeks of Felting - Week 12
Happy weekend and happy Spring! It doesn't feel like Spring around here, though, with snow on the ground and more on the way.  I've got things to do, Mother Nature.  Get your act together. 

Anyway, sorry I've been a little MIA lately.  I've been (and will be) incredibly busy at my zoo job, staying late training new volunteers.  I've also been working out and still training for that 5K nearly everyday.  In fact, there have been only three days this month that I haven't exercised. *Pats self on back.*

A quick update about the shop:  Good Natured will be closed for the entire month of April, so I can enjoy my vacation. :) So, if you need anything before then, now's the time to order.

About this week's project: I've been wanting to try some flat felt pieces. I love the idea of "painting" with fiber.  Since I'm longing for Spring weather, I decided to felt some tulips--which are my favorite flowers. I wanted this one to have sort of an illustrated effect--it actually reminds me of stained glass.

I really want to do more of these.  I think they would frame wonderfully. My husband had a great
idea for my next piece: a hot air balloon!

Once I finish a few more, they will eventually be available in my shop, but not today.  They will not be made-to-order, so once they're gone, they're gone.  In fact, I plan on doing more one-of-a-kind pieces.  Hopefully that will be an interesting shop venture. 
52 Weeks of Felting - Week 11
I'm honestly surprised that I have been able to keep up with this series.  It's been a lot of fun creating something new every week.  For Week 11, I wanted to create something with a bit of whimsy...

I love this little toadstool house. Although, it's not really "little" compared to most of my other work. I have noticed that my new creations seem to be growing in size. You can find this toadstool house here in my shop.

Did you see my first Fur, Feathers & Scales post? So excited to share more animals with you!
52 Weeks of Felting - Week 10
Happy Saturday!  I've decided to continue with the bird theme this week, but made one a little more exotic. Here's my version of a scarlet macaw!  I have a great respect for parrots, and they are so beautiful!

And did you know that parrots' toes are in the shape of an X? Most other birds have three toes in front and one toe in the back.

You can find this little guy here in my shop. :)

I'm so excited to start my new Fur, Feathers & Scales series with you! Are there any animals you want to learn about?
52 Weeks of Felting - Week 9
Happy weekend, folks!  I hope you had a great week.  Right now, I am a busy (read: stressed) girl.  I feel like I have so much on my plate for March in every part of my life: work, personal, shop, blog.  I need to put some good time management skills into play STAT. This means I'll be making list after list after list.  I posted yesterday about some of my plans for this month, but honestly, it doesn't even scratch the surface.  Again, let me reiterate: I AM STRESSED.  Okay, deep breath.

So, yesterday at the zoo, there were at least one hundred robins in our parking lot, fighting a lone mockingbird for access to some berries on a bush outside our office door. The mockingbird put up a decent fight--it was very entertaining. After watching these guys, I realized that I haven't made a robin for the shop yet. So, let me introduce to you to my Week 9/52 critter:

Isn't he cute?  I should probably make some more birds.  Maybe a blue bird, or a finch, or maybe a parrot or two...what do you think?

(You can find this robin here in the shop.)