Since sculpting dolls is a long and difficult process, Snackluck turned to Roz for some time away from the clay (don't worry, we'll go back.) Roz has an excellent collection of craft books. A few weeks ago she brought over a Japanese book on making tiny, adorable felt animals. Since I'm a sucker for tiny, adorable things, I happily spent an evening making a tiny whale, and a tiny dinosaur. The dino is about 3" tall, and the whale is about 1.5" tall.
Totally by coincidence, I came across some more felt fun. I was excited to find this tutorial for making felt dahlia corsages by Megan of Not Martha. Making a Mother's Day gift out of felt and glue felt like such a throwback to elementary school craft projects that I jumped to it and picked up some felt and fabric glue from the craft store after work.
I took some step by step pictures, but I think the original tutorial and the follow up post have plenty of details for the curious crafter. I ended up making three flowers (so far).
The first, in red, was my guinea pig. I rushed to make it between work and painting class so the petals were rushed and poorly spaced. Somehow it still came out nicely, so I've kept it for myself and have worn it a handful of times in the past weeks. There's something about a giant, red, felt flower pin that makes me very happy.
Next I made one in purple. Since I had rushed the red one, I wanted to try doing it properly before using the pink and yellow felt I bought for my mom. I think I was being a little paranoid because the purple flower came out perfectly- nothing to worry about! Nils' mom's birthday is right around the same time as Mother's Day so I sent her the purple flower and hoped it would be a nice surprise.
Finally, I made one for my mom- the original point of my felt adventure! I used some heavier weight wool felt in pretty pinks, yellows and orange. By now I was getting pretty good at this, so I modified the back of the flower for a cleaner edge. I tucked a little Mother's Day message into the pocket (which I of course forgot to take pictures of) and sent it on its way wrapped in dusky pink paper. Crafty!