Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More things to come

I've been working on all kinds of things these last couple of weeks keeping my mom company. Today I have to start working on 4 figurines that need Powertex. Three tired little girls and one violin player. I will be using the Powertex Lead for all of them. If you are interested in finding out more about Powertex here is the link to it : There are so many options on what all you can do with it. Personally I like making art dolls and figurines with it but I have also used it for making jewelry. I'll be adding pictures of the figurines later this week.

I have knitted three baby hats so far. Needle felted two hedgehogs which can be used as pincushions or just for decoration and also a Christmas mouse. I haven't had the chance to take photos of these but will do so in the next couple of days so come back and visit again soon.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Will miss my dad and I will never kill another fly

Four days after my arrival in Belgium I lost my dad who had lung cancer. I will miss him dearly. Dad was always there for me with suggestions and or advise. He loved working in his garden and spend hours working on his stamp collections. If he was going on a trip he would re-draw the street maps! I'm pretty sure he has his map on how to get to heaven! He was a walking GPS. In Belgium they celebrate Fathers day one week earlier compared to the US so I'm happy to say I was able to wish him a happy fathers day when he was alive on the Belgian holiday. Dad and I had some interesting talks about dying these last couple of days. He wondered if he could order a bed but I told him he would have to make do with some really fluffy clouds! We discussed the food, not sure about the menu in Heaven but I reminded him he will get to eat rice pudding with a golden spoon ... He liked that. I told him I want to come back as a cat or a dog he thought about that for a minute then told me he was going to come back as a fly! I asked him what kind and why. His comment was a smaller size one, a very fast flying one that people can't get easily. He never really answered the question why. Needless to say our family is now afraid to kill any pesky fly! Like my brother said "Opa heeft ons weer goed liggen met die vlieg!". I figured I'd share this with you all in case you catch me having a serious conversation with a fly. And before you swat away ask and make sure his name isn't "Staf", the Ceulemans family will thank you for your kindness. I miss you dad.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Garden treasury

Today my needle felted bird pincushion was featured in another absolutely gorgeous treasury called "Garden Joys" by . In the curator shop you will find handmade jewelry in various styles for everyday wear and that special occasion.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The smartest, cutest treasuries ever!

Wow, that's all I could say when I found myself being part of all these terrific treasuries.

The first one is called "Wonders of Nature" by AuntieKaren an Etsian who I consider to be an artist just by putting together these amazing treasuries. The "Wonders of Nature" treasury is made up of animals, part of real animal photo's and the other part of animals made with all different kinds of mediums so go and have a closer look and figure out for yourself which one is which. Which one is the real thing and which one is the art creature. So much fun and truly shows what an amazing talent there is amongst all these Etsy folks. I almost felt bad describing it this way since I'm honored to say my needle felted baby harp seal is part of this which means a lot to me. So, see for yourself and compare these amazing photo's showing you the real animal and the amazing photo's showing you the animal made with different types of mediums. Have fun!

Next treasury is called "Follow your heart" by featuring my needle felted pincushion. In the Curator's shop you will find beautiful items made of textiles - made of knitting, spinning and sewing. I love the lace necklaces in her shop.

Next treasury is called "Picnic Love" by featuring my needle felted mouse with her piece of cheese. This treasury is so cute, love the idea of how it was put together. It is part of the nonteamchallenge 34 in which the heart locket was the inspiration item. In the Curator's shop you will find photography inspired by nature: bold florals, fiery foliage, woodland wonders, intense colors, graphic montages. Available in prints and canvas gallery wraps–perfect wall art for any decor. Also a beautiful selection of note cards.

Next treasury is called "Grow old with me" by featuring my needle felted duckie! This is also part of the nonteamchallenge 34 treasuries. In the Curator's shop you will find photographic art prints of natural items and scenes as well as digital scrappacks. My favorites are the purple and pink floral photo's, truly amazing!

Last but definitely NOT least another amazing treasury named "Things are looking bright for baby" put together by AuntieKaren! This almost makes me want to have another baby (well not really, I'll just enjoy making the baby dresses so AuntieKaren has something to put in these treasuries! hehe) Not only the colors are amazing in this treasury but every item would be on my wish list if I was going to have a baby. Just beautiful to look at.

I hope you enjoy visiting all these shops in these beautiful treasuries as well as the Curator shops. The Curator's are the folks that put these items together (including myself!). Most of the Curator's have their own shops with wonderful things they made and sell. Some of the Curator's don't have a shop but are part of the Etsy world. Feel free to join us even if you don't have anything to sell or don't want to purchase you can still be part of Etsy.

Thanks for visiting my blog and please feel free to comment.

A celebration of colors - Nonteamchallenge 34

Here is my entry for this week's nonteamchallenge 34. At first I had gone a totally different direction with this treasury but changed my mind about half way through it and decided on a much more vibrant one and here is the result. This one was all based upon the heart red steampunk pendant from shop. This is her shop announcement: "I'm a big fan of the steampunk style, but I'm a bit shy, so I prefer my jewelry to be a little more subtle. Since I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, I thought "Why not make it myself?" Alright, it's not as easy as I thought, I'll admit it, but it's a lot of fun, and I wanted to share my humble creations with everyone. If you have any color requests, or any requests, for that matter, let me know! I'll be happy to work with you! Definitely worth visiting.