Wednesday, 17 October 2012

A week of highs and lows.. and a little bit of felt

What a week!  Started off on a high preparing for Rachael's birthday, which went really well, she had a lovely time.  She just had a few friends around for a pizza party after school.. it was lovely listening to them all chattering away and having fun :)  Rachael always makes so much effort to make other peoples 'special' days extra special.. it was nice to spoil her a little.  Unfortunately the pressie I was most excited to give her didn't arrive in time, it got snarled up in customs :(  but I have today collected it from the sorting office and can't wait to see her open it tonight.  I shall show and tell soon.

So.. that was the high.  The low was my mom having a small stroke.  She is doing ok and seems to be in good spirit, still in hospital at the moment.  So between visiting, checking on dad and making sure he is ok & eating properly things have been a little fraught.

I did manage to get a little bit of felting done in between everything else that was going on..  On Monday I made a hat to give to my mum-in-law for Christmas.  I've crocheted her hats in the past but this is the first felt one I have made for her.. Thought I'd have a go at something a little more formal, but fun.

Think I need to use the steam iron on the peek to straighten it out a little
It has a slight peek at the front and rolled brim at the back
It was like making a short witches hat really.. just folded in on itself at the end to form the spiral.  

I needed a light hearted 'fun' project to work on when I had chance toward the end of the week.  SO I felted a cauldron for halloween..

Couldn't resist a Harry Potter reference :)  I needlefelted;
Pewter - Standard Size 2 on the back..
from the Hogwarts equipment list in the first book
And on the front..
What else but a slimy green tentacle gripping an eyeball!?  :D
I used purple glass seed beads for the suckers.
I already had the  felted eyeball bead.. can't for the life of me remember why, but  it was just what I needed

A cauldron full of 'green goo' with a tentacled something swimmin round in it :)
And now I have a stinking cold and have to keep away from my parents so I don't add to their problems by giving them germs :(  I don't feel energetic enough for felting so think I will do a bit on the computer then go cover some shoe boxes.  I like to post my felted slippers /boots out in recycled shoe boxes.. which I cover with paper torn from old damaged books and magazines (only interesting, pretty paper of course) .  They make nice gift boxes... I can have a quiet few hours glueing collages over my bare boxes, it'll be a job I don't have to do another day.



Kelly said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter!
I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I hope that she recovers fully and gets home soon. Love the hat and cauldron, the eye is fantastic, I would love to add some of those to a yarn! I would love to see one of your covered show boxes. Feel better soon!

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Kelly
I'm smiling imagining your eyeball yarn :D Hope you do that & show me pics!
I'll post pics of boxes when I remember.. I'm off for a bowl of potato & lentil soup now

Jackie said...

Hello. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I could only reply by popping over here.
The pink hat looks amazing though I don't think I'd tell your m in law you made a witches hat! I hope she wears it. I love the Harry Potter themed bag and I am just wondering why you have an eyeball bead in your stash!

FeltersJourney said...

:D Thanks Jackie.. no I don't think I'll mention the witches hat lol.
I have been asking myself why I had an eyeball in my beads :) I remembered making it when I was planning this bag, but I can NOT remember WHY I felted an eyeball.. I mean there aren't really that many things one can do with a random eyeball are there?
Thanks for coming over and commenting, you really made me smile xx

Terrie said...

Sorry for your mum's illness. Do wish she will recover soon. Life is of ups and downs. Rolling with it. The hat is so pretty and warm for the chilly winter. Busy again with felting I'm sure. Always love reading your blog of inspiration.

Karen said...

Im glad your daughters birthday went well and i'm sorry to hear about your mum, i hope she's back to her normal self soon.
Love the Hat, love the bag, love the eyeball, isnt it funny the things we find that just happen to be right for the new project xo

fattoriafiberworks said...

What beautiful work you do. Thanks for sharing.

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you girls :)

Karen I LOVE it when something in my stash is perfect for a new project :) something gets used up & it saves me making it then and there!