Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Myrtle the Hooker" needle felting

Meet" Myrtle the Hooker"
My nude Myrtle sold and is now in her new home.
This is my latest needle felting. The reason both of these last two feltings are called Myrtle is because they have a resemblance to a dear friend of many of ours with that name. The first one of Myrtle I did has sold as I mentioned above and this one may be sold. My next needle felting project will be a fisherman in a handmade dory.
The other day the phone rang ,Chuck answered and it was for me ,he asked who was calling and the person on the other end said "well Deb does not know me, I am calling from Ottawa, I took the receiver and was tempted as I would to right off the bat say" well now is this the Prime Minister calling me again?" I decided not to and simply said "Hello" it was a lovely Lady who had received one of my Good Luck Kitchen Witches as a gift for Christmas and she was so pleased with it she wanted to call me and thank me for my work, well I need not have to tell you ,I was thrilled , she said she had been meaning to call me for sometime but that she had been ill, but that she was feeling better and hopefully she will visit this way and she plans to drop by to meet me. You know? Things like this makes everything ,hard work and dedication all worth while. Thank you my Dear for calling all the way from Ottawa thanking me, for I thank you . I have completed a few needle felted dog commissions this past couple of weeks, and am trying to get a few on hand for the season.
Today I have my two young female students coming for their weekly lesson. The boy's tomorrow. Their enthusiasm is wonderful.
Near the end of May Chuck and I will be taking our drums and rhythm instruments to Hills View acres to share in some movement and fun with the residents there. The last time we were there we took the two dogs Lu Lu Belle and Laura and I read my Children's book" Lu Lu Belle The Happy Puppy " to them. One always leaves there feeling so much better and fulfilled to have shared some energy with those who appreciate and need it. Same as with Children and pets ,or challenged individuals ,they never question, they enjoy and absorb all good vibes and deliver all back. I love that.
I have not been working at writing my new book lately but have had many ideas and will be making a few changes ,I am very excited about it, when I start to see the art work in my head as I write I get thrilled and all seems to just flow.
So off I go to ready for the Ladies.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Budding Artist's,

Meet my new friend's budding student young Artist's who are on their way if not already there at being just that. We Adults find ourselves held back with misgivings not believing in ourselves and what we can do, we forget, for here in these photos you find enthusiasm and excitement at getting the job done and having no stress with the thought of just trying. Doing it their way,why is that not why we refer to our work as "one of a kind"? Of course we do, it is our creation and there usually is someone out there who gets what we are trying to say with our art. Why that is what it's all about. I have the past couple of weeks been working with two young Ladies age 5 and 8 as well as these two talented young men, helping them bring out what is in their hearts, to share with family friend's and the World. There is no doubt in my mind that this is just a beginning of many art projects in the future from them all. As I mentioned in my earlier blog installment about worrying about future generation's ,they will do just fine, if we all and I mean all do our part at keeping this World on the right track for those who come after us. For after not having young people in my home in the past few years,listening and learning from them, being around these bright young minds all the time ,I, in these past couple of weeks working closely with these Children see some very informed bright young people coming up in the ranks and because of these bright young minds I see much light ahead for the World. I laughed and said to Chuck, they are smarter then we were back when we were their ages, then again they have to be, so maybe the Internet hasn't destroyed their minds totally. All within reason. Here in these two shots you see the boy's deep in thought ,choosing their paint colors and below their finished paintings ready to be matted and framed . We are all excited about the beginning of our next weeks paintings. The girl's will be doing something all together different next week, I hope to share that with you in the following weeks.And Below, two wonderful!!!paintings and two very proud ,deserving young Men!!
Great job, Guy's!!!

This morning I am inside working waiting on warm temperatures for outside work later plus a bike ride . Friday the 13th it took pretty well all day to have the chilly wind subside enough to enjoy the outside. I love to sit outside on these warm Spring days,when we get them and take a couple of hours in my day to lighten my heart and mind with some drumming and song in general. I stepped outside a couple of times yesterday to hop back in with that wind chill,oh well ,we will be looking for some shade soon enough. Which brings me to something a bit different for me to sell this season down in the park in the sun!!!and that would be sun hats, along with my art,this Spring and Summer I am offering unique UV protective sun hats , different styles and labels. More on these as I get some pictures . I have my selling permit for the Summer and weather permitting you will find myself and others ,and anyone else welcome to join us on the water front and maybe various other places this Summer to sell our wears, all you have to do is ask me for info or simply go to the Region of Queen's bylaw office and ask for a selling permit, fill it out with $10.00...and come on down, have some fun being with like People enjoying the the Summer and meeting People from away and home, have a few laughs and even if we have slim selling days, it is never a loss, no extra charge daily , the permit covers it ,I will advertise the days that we all will be there ,here and on Face Book.
Enjoy your weekend, Happy Spring!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Caution ,Nudity.."Old Time Bath Time" Needle Felting

Caution!! Nudity!!! Below....
In this my latest needle felted figure below. Sometimes I luck in and find interesting props for many of my creations in needle felting ,as in this wonderful wooden tub. So meet who I call "Nan, Old Time Bath Time"but she needs a name other then that so I welcome someone out there to give this old girl a home in a special powder room. Up date a day or so after I wrote this, she has been given a name of "Myrtle" by a friend of mine who suggested she look like someone we know with this name. By all means you can change her name to anything you prefer, but she looks like Myrtle to me:-)Talk about a conversation piece. when you lift the duck her suds come with it and she is then is exposed. But look at the look on her face, she simply does not care. At the same time I came across this tub I also lucked into finding an old antique looking cradle ,doll size so my next felting will be a Baby for in it with a teddy bear and needle felted rattle etc.Can't wait to start ,maybe this weekend ,weather permitting and what I mean by that is not so fine out because if so I must head outside and look at my gardens if the sun is shining.
The past couple of weeks I have been doing art lessons with four talented ,bright Children and am waiting on approval from their parents before I put any pictures here online. They did a wonderful job sketching and painting and I enjoyed working with such enthusiastic young People. It's interesting I was talking with friend's recently in regards to children today and us back when we were their ages ,my, am I sounding like the adults from back when I was a child, I would hear them saying the same things? Back in our day,yes we could have more freedom, the World was smaller ,today not the case. We were discussing whether or not young people get any exercise like we did considering they are online a lot. But I feel they do stay active ,maybe in sometimes more structured ways and yes we still have those who would rather sit on the couch and eat potato chips and watch TV but I see trampolines in most yards and skate boards . The more the World changes the more it stays the same, in some ways. So I am not necessarily worried all too much about our young people, there are bigger fish to fry as the old saying goes. As far as Art, the Children of today are above and beyond,never afraid to try and smarter I believe with having the World at their finger tips.