Thursday, April 29, 2010

UniqueLA - Check

Desiree B. Antarctica, originally uploaded by Desiree B.
Here's a snap of my booth featuring the antarctica scene and owl tree.

And relax... In the build up to the show it was full steam ahead with a ramped up production line of all things felt. I was for those few weeks a self imposed half-chinese sweat shop (although I use the term sweat figuratively.) This is the 3rd time I had done the show and with each one I aimed to raise the bar a little bit higher. So it was was that a tree and arctic scene were created in addition to a display frame. You can see the final product on my newly created flickr account. Blogger can get a bit tedious uploading pictures so this way you get to see many many angles.
I also recently stumbled across these Uplifting tales of Success and thought I'd post the link if anyone fancies some motivation.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thumbs and Roses

Pardon the pun but I've been trying to think of catchier blog titles. After an action packed Easter weekend, it has dawned on me that I have 2 weeks left till UNIQUE LA. Maybe I'm panicking prematurely but it seems that not a minute goes by without a needle in my hand. Of late I have become obsessed with felted flowers and if I continue at the current rate of output will have a veritable garden of brooches and hairclips. In my quest for more colours I stumbled upon the holy grail of wool, a ginormous Ralph Lauren black woolen cape, several yards of smooth fabric. The possibilities are numerous, it can be used for the penguins as well as many flower brooches. There was also a nice XXL cashmere jumper that got the hot water treatment, I love the feel of cashmere so soft and what luck finding the largest size! My husband voluntarily came with me and held my bag while I rummaged through, he had no desire to try to differentiate between acrylic and wool. Still I felt pressured into speeding my usually leisurely pace which probably wasn't a bad thing as I managed to get a load of washing done when we got home.
Daffodils and improvised vase. I did have a fancier one I just preferred this one more.

 My sweet windswept nieces and their custom flower headbands. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thrift Store Find - The Perfect Jug

In between the sanding, sewing and surfing I popped in to the thrift store and here is what I found. A very sturdy hand thrown jug which just happens to match my fruit bowl which was given to me by ceramic Dan.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Miracle Dog

April 1st is Boss, our chows birthday and he was 4 yesterday however henceforth it will be known as Miracle Dog Day thanks to a minor miracle but miracle nonetheless. What is she talking about ? What's with the mystery ? What happened to the craft stuff ?Well in recognition of Boss's special day the dogs got given some cooked beef ribs which they happily ate on the balcony outside. It was fairly windy and Boss made easy work of his rib and wanted in again. My husband opened the screen door to let him in and in he came. Sanford continued to chomp and in the blink of an eye the wind caught the screen door and pinned Sanford against the barbeque, as my husband got up to release him from this trap he disappeared. He had backed off the balcony and dropped 12 feet. I never saw it happen and I'm glad I didn't, we rushed to see him sat on the asphalt. My husband tore down the stairs and picked him up, fully expecting a trip to the hospital. He looked up at us as if to say "Am I in trouble, did I do something wrong ?" So with great trepidation we put him down on the carpet, and this is the miracle part, he walked casually up to his partially chewed bone (no limping, no sign of discomfort) and picked it up in his mouth, crawled under the coffee table and continued to chew on his treat.
I don't know how he survived that fall without a scratch but I am so very grateful that someone up above was keeping him safe. So to add to his long list of nicknames he has another Miracle Dog.