Rushing ……

Got my 3 entries off to the craft competition over the weekend but totally out of time for any felting or blogging until tomorrow morning at the earliest but it is more likely to be Thursday afternoon if I were to be quite realistic!  The start of my week looks like this …..golf match today, running LATE, last session with Borris Active Retirement group tomorrow, pictures to follow later in the week, teaching 24 teenagers flat felting on Wednesday morning, managing golf match in Enniscorthy on Wednesday afternoon, sending in the  paperwork to accept my bursary by tomorrow afternoon (the deadline for receipt is Thursday, tight time line) …….. the list goes on and on!!!

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Blogging Friends Forever Award

Thanks so much to Micki who has given me this Blogging Friends Forever Award!  Micki is an American living in beautiful Donegal who is passionate about quilting, embellishing, felting and all fiber arts.  You can catch Micki’s blog Irish Muses and enjoy some of her favourite music by clicking here or following the link in the blogroll on the right.

The rules for this award are that you …

  • link back to the person who gave you this award
  • give this award to four dedicated followers of your blog
  • present it to one person who is new to your blog and lives on the other side of the world

The people that I would like to give this award to are Joni Phippin, Sylvia Oreifig, Mary Dawson, Dawn Edwards and Martin Lyttle

Yesterday I had my interview for ‘Craft in the Classroom’ and should get to know on Monday whether I am selected for the project or not.  I am really hoping that I will be chosen as one of the participating artists because it would be a great oportunity to work with primary school children and introduce them to the art of feltmaking.  On Sunday this weekend I will be having a small stand at a local craft fair so am busy today making some more scarves and putting a few things together that I might need for the day.  Because of all the work that I have been doing recently for the 2 exhibitions I don’t actually have a lot of stock lying around.  I am not going to worry unduly about selling work but have decided to do a few demos and advertise my felt making classes in addition to displaying work.  If anyone is interested in coming along the event takes place from 12pm  until 4pm at Boats Bistro on the Carlow side of the river at Tinnahinch, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny.

Bag lady swap and podcast news!

Back from a couple of days R & R in Austria I have just finished lining the bag that I have been working on for my first swap as part of an online Flickr group ‘Bag Lady Swaps’.   The challenge was to create a bag using any technique that you had not previously used or something that you felt uncomfortable doing or lacked confidence in trying.  As I have mentioned before sewing is just not me but I hope my partner will be happy that I took on the challenge!  Firstly I created a nice piece of felt with her favourite colour blue as the background.  I tried to make the blue look watery and the surface design of white and pale pink waterlillies was added using some hand made lustrous silk and merino wool pre-felts, the lining is a striking rich blue silk.  I really enjoyed creating the felt for this bag and intend making a larger wallhanging in the same theme, as soon as the package is posted and I know that Sylvia (she lives in Denmark) has recieved it I will post some images here on the blog.

Tomorrow morning I will be recording an interview about my experiences with blogging, this will be published later this month in an on-line Podcast.  To be honest I really need to update my knowledge about all things relating to social networking and am really excited to have booked in to Podcamp, an ‘unconference’ taking place in Kilkenny on 27th September.  Why not check it out and see if you would like to join us!