Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In the paper!

So today at work (Wegmans) somebody came running over to me to let me know she saw my picture in the paper!??? I went and grabbed a paper to look and I'll be darn, there I am ... needle felting away in my stall at the Farmers Market in The Plains on Sunday. The reporter had come over to take pictures of me working and asked some questions. I'm honored I've ended up being the one he picked to put in the paper! Thank you Fauquier Times Democrat! Just one correction, the market is on Sundays ... not Saturdays, and I won't mention my last name got misspelled, I realize nobody is perfect ... :0)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time out for the fish bully!

So, what do you do with a fish who's suppose to be a community fish but turns out to be one big bully!? We purchased 2 of the same as we were told that's the way to do it, by the fish experts of the local pet shop. We had 2 gold fish, one sucker and 2 blue gourami's. All seemed well until the 2 gourami's started to chase each other and didn't seem to like each other too much. Kinda hard to tell if a fish likes another fish I guess except you can definitely tell when they do NOT like each other. Scales go flying, fins get destroyed, etc. Anyway, the one gourami ended up dead in the water one day so we fished him out of the tank and made him go looking for Nemo. Now things calmed down in the tank until Mr. Mean (the other gourami) decided he better let those 2 darn goldfish know who's the boss of this tank. You must know my daughter brought those 2 goldfish home 1 1/2 yrs ago from school one day. They had done some kind of an experiment with goldfish and with parental approval they got to take a couple of them home. We ended up with 3 of them but 1 decided he needed to go look for Nemo so we were left with just 2. They measured about 1 inch and had a gray and white color, these 2 babies have grown into 2 big (and I'm talking 4 and 6 inches) orange beauties. Now the gourami measures about 3 inches I would say but he's decided to take on anything that moves in the tank. We've also gotten another smaller fish, can't remember what kind he is but I must say he's the smart one compared to the goldfish. This little guy hides in a log as soon as Mr. Mean decides to start moving his one-man-troop around! Now the goldfish on the other hand just hang out until they get bitten or pushed by Mr. Mean, then they take off and both of them try to fit into a log that's really made to fit only one fish. A couple of times I've thought I'd had to rescue them as they looked stuck but they managed to get out by one of them backing out and the other one just wiggled his way through the rock pile on the other end. Dumb fish!!!! Sooooo, we had to empty the tank the other day and stuck all of the fish in a 2 gallon tank for about 2 hours until the big tank was up and running again. We kept an eye on Mr. Mean when they were all hanging out in the small tank but they all behaved and did whatever fish do. But then, hoorayyyhhhh did we succeed without even realizing what we succeeded in ... when we put them all back into the big tank Mr. Mean was either in shock or thought he'd been put in time out (with his enemies) and behaved like a good fish should behave! That has lasted for about 3 weeks now and believe it or not ... he's now back at doing what he was doing before, chasing the other fish and stressing them out. I have now threatened him by putting him in with my Beta and see who will win that battle but since I'm an animal lover I just can't do it. But, something needs to get done ... the kid and my husband are ready to flush him down to see Nemo ... not sure if and when this will happen but we got to do something with that darn fish!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Market and getting interviewed!

Had a great first market at the Archwood Green Barn in THe Plains today. A big "thanks" to my new and returning customers for making my day.

Then I had pictures taken and interviewed by a reporter from the Fauquier Times Democrat newspaper, how exciting is that! I was busy needle felting a new scarf when he came by and asked if he could take pictures while I was busily felting away. Needless to say it was a great morale boost for me and made my day even better.

Been working on some new items for the market and my Etsy shop. Made a couple brooch flowers, one I put on the kid's hat I had made and another one just by itself. The brown brooch sold today so I'll be making more of them. Here are a couple pictures I took with my phone so they are not the best. Thanks for dropping by and reading my blog.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One more Nuno felted scarf!

Ready to take to the market this Sunday. Come and visit me at the Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market in The Plains, Virginia. Located at the intersection of I-66 (exit 31) and Rt 245. It's the only big green barn you can't miss it. I'm in the same stall as last season, near the end and across from the Bagel lady.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another bunny is born!

This little guy will be traveling across the ocean to go live with my niece. It's her birthday in a couple of days she'll be 14! Wow, I can't believe she will be 14 already. She's always had a stuffed toy bunny and a real live bunny as well which she looooooooves. She doesn't know I made this one for her, and I hope she doesn't go on this site to have a look ... so shhhhhhhhh, don't tell her it's coming.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Check out Missie's new Etsy Shop!

One of my favorite customers just opened up her own Etsy jewelry shop called Missie Rabdau. She's only listed 3 items right now but she's working hard on adding more items to her shop so check often to see what else she's listed.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Little handbag/basket and another Nuno Felted Scarf

I made the little bag/basket out of 100% wool and fulled it in the washing machine. I made it to be a basket but it turns out cuter as a small handbag I think. Would be really cute for a little girl to carry her doll or stuffed animal in! I embroidered french knots all around the edge in a very pretty blue cotton thread.

The scarf is another nuno felted one this time in blues, purples and lime green. The fabric is synthetic and is also blue in color. It's wide enough to use as a wrap to put over your shoulders but looks beautiful bunched together around the neck as well. Another one of a kind if you're looking for something nobody else has this is the scarf for you!

Sunday, April 4, 2010