Hand dyed superfine merino wool,
Swarovski Crystal Suede Yarn, 27 mm Rivoli Stone, 20mm Square Frame Stones, Assorted Hot Fix Crystals, Assorted Sew On Crystals, Bits and pieces of chain, High Quality Craft Sequins and Brass Bracelet Blank
You must use at least one of every item in the kit and you must make a cuff bracelet. The rest is up to you. No felting experience? Don't be a 'fraidy cat! It is fun and easy and you can see my felted cuff tutorials here and here. I will upload a tutorial on embedding crystal into felt within the next few days for those who prefer that sort of demonstration. Shoot me an email if you want to participate.
Next week's post will have pictures from the last Crafty Retailer Challenge. There are some special stories and incredible pieces---don't miss the opportunity to vote on your favorite!
IN OTHER NEWS:
Thank you to all of you who "liked" the Aussie Fibers Facebook page last week. The winner of our random "We Appreciate Your Support" drawing was Linda Disosway-Jones of Texas. It is not too late to get some goodies! Head on over to our page and LIKE IT to qualify for this week's drawing. Check in often as we will be using the page to announce spur of the moment sales and discounts.
Rest in Peace, Rosie (December 2006- December 2010)
The last week of 2010 damn near did me in---my little Rosie dog finally lost her wag. She died on December 24 and it has been a real bitch. I know that it will get better. It always has in the past, but I am not sure it will be as easy this time.
Rosie was my best pal...making me laugh every day with her silly, goofball antics. She was a funny looking thing---beautiful face, too stout body, and long skinny legs. Her parts never really seemed to go together but that was part of her charm. She had an expressive face and paws that she used just like hands. I loved her like crazy ---even immortalizing her on canvas. My family teased me about my Rosie obsession so I painted the "Rosa Lisa" to play along. There will never be another one like her and I do not say it lightly. I have had animals my entire adult life and have loved every single one of them----even the wretched cat who insisted upon peeing on my stove top---not the flat top stove where one would simply swear at the cat and wipe it up. No, I am talking about the old fashioned stove with the coils. The kind where you would be blissfully unaware of the danger that lurked beneath. That is, until you endeavored to scramble eggs for hungry children and were assaulted by the smell of burning cat pee. You haven't lived until you have smelled sizzling cat pee. Yet, I even managed to love that cat.
But back to Rosie...... I know that it will get easier. I know that the sun will shine again. I just don't know if I will ever find a dog who will own my heart in the same way and that sucks.
I am the sort of person who needs laughter in my life, so even in the midst of my sadness, I am determined to get my giggles. I just need to do it in a way that doesn't force a "Rosie was way better" comparison. There is no new puppy on the horizon. Rather, I just put a deposit on two Nubian dairy goats. I don't have a barn or suitable shed on the property yet, but the goats won't be born for a few more months, so it is all good. Who knows, maybe there will be another pet portrait in my future!
I am going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and throw my energies into this next adventure. I am sure that it will be tons of fun and provide the requisite laughter for me. I think that Rosie would approve.