Posts tagged shop
The Cutest Stockings...are on SALE!!

It's Christmas in July, and the stockings in my Etsy shop are on SALE!  The price marked is 20% off the original price.  This is a HUGE discount for these stockings.  They are made of high quality, 100% wool felt.  I needle felted each design onto the stocking, sewed the two sides together, added the hanging loop, and the carefully ironed the inside and outside of each one.  I love them all, but I think my two favorites are the bunny and the walrus.

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I'm back!
Hi friends! I'm back from vacation, and I just wanted to let you know that I've reopened my shop!  I've already got some orders to fill, so I better go dust off my felting needles!
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I'm Closing Up Shop for a Few Weeks...

I'm taking a break and going on vacation!  I'll still be blogging a bit, so you can still catch me here.  Hopefully I'll be able to pop in once or twice with some beach photos...

I'll be sure to let you know when the shop is up and running again. :)

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Halloween Shop Special
I have a quick shop update for you!!  Today is FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY (who knew?) so I have a little store special for you:  Spend $50 (before shipping) and get a free zombie or frankencritter of your choice--just let me know which one you want at checkout!

This special is good through Sunday, October 27!
52 Weeks of Felting - Week 24
So today I'm having a garage sale. Mostly, we are getting rid of clutter.  Whatever we don't sell by the end of the day will be donated.  But, hopefully we can make a little bit of extra cash.  We have a new project to fund, remember?

I've finished another brooch for week 24/52!  What do you think?

I like him. A lot. I'm probably going to keep this one.  But you can have one too, I suppose. ;) 
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. 
DIY Map + Corkboard = Shop Sales Map
Hi guys! I have a fun project to share with you today.  Backstory: my little shop keeps growing, and I thought it would be really interesting to keep track of where I ship my products.  So, I decided I needed a world map/corkboard so I could mark those places with pins.  Map/corkboards aren't easy to find.  So I made one--and you can too!

You'll need...

A map (you can find inexpensive maps on Amazon)
A piece of lightweight plywood
A roll of cork (or two depending on thickness--available at Lowe's or Home Depot)
Liquid Nails (or another heavy duty adhesive)
Caulk Gun
Spray Glue
Tacky Glue (optional)
Small sponge brush
Saw Tooth Picture Hanger
Map Pins

Step 1: Either cut your map to the size of you plywood, or vice versa.  I chose to cut my map, since it was a little large and had a border with flags that I didn't need.  I centered the plywood on the map, traced, and then cut it out.

Step 2:  Cut your cork to size.  I traced around the wood onto my cork. The cork that I had was given to me by a friend.  Cork cracks easily, so take care when cutting. You can find cork Contact Paper and other cork rolls at home repair stores like Lowe's or Home Depot.  Depending on the thickness, you might need two rolls.

Step 3:  Glue the cork to the plywood.  I used Liquid Nails to adhere the cork to the wood.  I spread the liquid nails around with a sponge brush, which you should wash immediately if you plan to use it again.  After the entire piece of plywood is covered in adhesive, carefully press the cork down.  I set another piece of heavy wood on top and let the Liquid Nails dry for 24 hours.

Step 4:  Glue the map to the cork.  After the Liquid Nails dries, it's time to glue the map to the cork.  I used a spray adhesive for this.  I lined the map up with the cork and used binder clips to hold one side in place.  I coated the left side of the map with the spray adhesive, pressed it against the cork and used binder clips to hold it down. (Um, you should use the spray adhesive outside.) I did the same to the other side.  I also used a dab of Tacky Glue on each corner, for good measure.  Again, I set another heavy board on top of the map and let it dry for another 24 hours. 

Step 5:  Attach your picture hanger.  After your glue is dry, you can attach your picture hanger.  I chose a saw tooth hanger, which was simply nailed into the plywood/cork.  Measure and mark the halfway point of your board and attach accordingly. Make sure that the little nails or screws aren't long enough to poke through your map.  I also gave each nail a little dab of Liquid Nails just to make sure the saw tooth hanger was securely attached and very strong.

Step 6:  Pin your map!  Place your pins wherever you'd like to mark.  You could use this map to mark where you've traveled, or if you have a shop like me, mark where you've shipped your product! I just put one pin per location. 

Step 7:  Hang it up!  I also personalized my map with cute little cork letters that you can get in the scrapbook section of craft stores. :)

So what do you think?  Could you use something like this in your home or for your shop?