Tuesday, November 29, 2005

New Wonderful Felt Gallery

On my way back from the dentist Monday, I stopped at this wonderful felt & fiber gallery, Spiralworks Fiber Studio & Gallery in Canaan, Maine. I was intrigued by a huge, amazing felted bird sitting over a colorful nest of felted balls in the window.

The artist behind all this is Heather Kerner, and her work is amazing... here are a few examples:

To add to my delight, she's going to carry my cards and perhaps some other work of mine in her wonderful space. I'm so excited. Here's her address if you are Mainer that ever goes to Sugarloaf and passes by there:
P.O. Box 35
284 Main Street (Rt. 2)
Canaan, ME 04924

There will be a gallery opening Gala Event on Friday, December 9th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. there,so check it out if you are anywhere near there... really worth the while.

Oh...coming soon, I am cleaning out my CD collection and have lots of CD's I plan to give away on this blog. I'll begin posting them soon...more info to come...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ornament Thursday #5: Holiday Delight

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Seems fitting to have an edible-looking ornament to start out today's Ornament Thursday post, since we'll all probably be eating a lot today.

India Romeo has the Sweetest (pardon the pun) cupcake ornaments at her site. What better way to celebrate the season than buy handmade for the Holidays!

Several other handmade, albeit very different handmade, ornaments come form Inge-Glas. These are Authentic German Ornaments that make me very nostalgic for my Swiss roots. The Müller-Blech family, glassblowers since 1597, have preserved the tradition and craftsmanship of blowing glass and glass ornaments as we know today for over 400 years. I love and collect them (budget permitting).These are just a few of my favorties. The birds are cool because they clip onto the tree branch and sit on it.

As I write this post, it's starting to snow here in Maine-- the Holiday season has truly begun. I hope it's full of abundance, cheer and happiness for you all, and not too much mall frenzy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

That's how I feel, too...

"Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter." -Swiss artist Paul Klee.

Park bei Lu, 1938, by Paul Klee

This little painting of my own was inspired by Paul Klee:

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ornament Thursday #4

For some holiday sparkle, Crate & Barrel has a huge, lovely ornament selection. Here are just a couple of highlights: The Ball Ornament with Paper DotsPhoto Hosted at Buzznet.com and thePhoto Hosted at Buzznet.com Flocked Teardrop Ornaments.

Speaking of ornaments, I just completed lots of these ornament-inspired gift tags. Some of them are going to The Sampler, and perhaps others will be for sale up at my site. They're made from origami or embossed foil paper & felt collage with added stitching and a colorful string for attaching to packages.
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...and if you're looking for some glitzy stuff to add to your Holiday crafts, this site is not to be missed!

Monday, November 14, 2005

New at my site

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This sweet Panda handpuppet is up at my site. The body is quite elegant, sewn from a satiny, lightweight brocade-like fabric with an Asian print.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ornament Thursday

This week's ornaments come from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's store.

I'm a sucker for these old fashioned Father Christmas ornaments-- The "Old World Charm" comes through in this version.

The unicorn in captivity ornament is based on a tapestry from the Museum's collection. I've always loved the image...I remember a friend had a poster of this in her room when we were in 6th or 7th grade and I was enchanted by it.

You can get a better look at or purchase these at the Museum's website...it's doing a good deed, too, as purchases support the Museum.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Up for trade (or sale)

I made a little felt holder to go with two of my felted carrot pens. The holder is 100% wool felt, has 2 little carrots sewn on the front, with the greens embroidered on. And a vintage green button. Comes with the 2 felted carrot pens.
I'm a bit shy saying it, but this is up for trade (or sale)-post here-- or email christina at fernhousestudio.com **This trade has been taken...THANKS-- visit again to see what's up for trading.**

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ornament Thursday

Now that we've all survived Halloween I can make it official... from now until Christmas I'll have a special feature called:


That's right... scanning the internet, looking for the the thrill of glittery, and the agony of discrete. I'll be showcasing a different ornament or two here every Thursday. With links, to boot.

Garnet Hill kicked us off last week. Today we're off to
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Where you can find this squirrel ornament...or a whole set of forest friends. So cute, and sparkly, too.
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It's fun to find ornaments that can appeal to my love of animals and my love of the sparkly at the same time.