Sunday, June 27, 2010

Li'l Lyle Lovett - needle felted wool art doll

Lyle Lovett has such an interesting face so I thought he would be the perfect subject for a recent workshop where I taught advanced needle felting techniques for working from photographs. It was the first time I've shared my techniques for bringing wool to life as an actual likeness.

And I must mention that I'm a huge fan of Lyle Lovett! I'm on a new mission to introduce Li'l Lyle to the real Lyle Lovett. I have a feeling he would get a big kick out of him and I would love nothing more than to get a picture of the two of them together.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I can't pick up the phone to call my Dad but I can dedicate this post to my dear ol' Dad. Cancer took him from this world 5 years ago but I feel him with me every day. He passed away while I was going through my own cancer ordeal yet he still continued to look after his little girl. His life insurance afforded me the ability to seek out the best treatment in the world for my very rare form of salivary cancer. I felt him with me every step of the way. My doctors said I got through the grueling treatment better than any patient they had ever had.

My Dad had a great sense of humor - dry and witty - and he was the most intelligent man I have ever met. While I can't say I inherited his IQ, I can say I inherited his sense of humor. It got me through my illness and it drives my creativity. Dad never saw my needle felted dolls but I know he would have been my biggest fan. And it's not a coincidence that I see his eyes in nearly every doll I make. He is with me on this Father's Day and every day.

Dad's 70th birthday. That's him on the cake.

Dad loved to fish - especially for King Salmon!

We said goodbye to Dad in a fitting tribute.

His first born son and first born daughter (Mark and Keri) had the honor of filling his last request - that his ashes be set free in Quillian Bay in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

Here is his family as we watched his ashes swim free in the Sound he loved so much.

Quillian Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

And is it a coincidence that I am in Montana on Father's Day? Dad loved Montana - 4 out of his 5 kids were born here (including myself) while he worked for the US Customs Service as a border patrol agent. His work brought his family further north to Alaska when I was just small but being in Montana makes me realize why Dad loved it here.

So Dad, Happy Father's Day. Thanks for being the best Dad a girl could get. I love you!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Felt Alive Needle Felting DVDs on Sale!

We are all living in a tough economy and it can be hard to justify spending money on important things like learning a fun new craft. So! We slashed our prices for all Felt Alive DVD workshops and slashed them even more for Felt Alive Online Video Workshops.

Felt Alive ONLINE Video Workshops starting at only $14.95! Unlimited access for an unlimited amount of time. No waiting for the mail - Instant Online Access for Instant Needle Felting Fun!!

Felt Alive Workshops on DVD starting at only $19.95 with FREE Worldwide Shipping!

You can find all Felt Alive Workshops here on my blog (see links at the top of this page.)
In my Felt Alive Shop
Or on my New Website that hosts my online video workshops.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Felt Alive Giveaway Winners

This was my first giveaway and I wanted to make sure the winners were drawn fairly - I used and they randomly selected the winners - SO.....drum roll please....

1st Judy
Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls
4 disc DVD Workshop -$74.95 value

2nd Joann Loos
Felt Alive Needle Felted Pups!
1 Disc DVD Workshop - $29.95 value

3rd Pixie
Felt Alive Needle Felting Funny Faces -
1 Disc DVD Workshop - $29.95 value

4th WhingingNinja
Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles
Set of 6 - $12.95 value

5th Melissa
Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles
Set of 6 - $12.95 value

6th BIKY
Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles
Set of 6 - $12.95 value

Congratulations lucky winners and thanks to EVERYONE who participated. This was so fun that I plan on offering more giveaways.

Lucky Winners - Please send me your mailing address to so I can mail the prizes out.

Thanks again for helping to promote my new website -

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Needle Felting DVD Giveaway!!!

To celebrate and promote the launch of my NEW WEBSITE dedicated to teaching others sculptural needle felting, I am giving away three free Felt Alive DVD Needle Felting Workshops!

To be eligible all you have to do is add the following link to your website or blog Then leave a comment on this post with a link to where you posted my link anytime between now and Saturday, June 12th and enter to win one of the following prizes -

Felt Alive Needle Felted Dolls - 4 Disc DVD set (value $74.95)

Felt Alive Needle Felted PUPS! 1 Disc DVD set (value $29.95)

Felt Alive Needle Felted Funny Faces - 1 disc DVD (value $29.95)

Winners will be announced Sunday, June 13th, 2010.

Shipping is free (worldwide!) Entries from around the world are welcome. (And for those abroad who worry my DVDs might not play in your player, enter anyway! Part of the fun of my new website is that it hosts my DVD workshops for online viewing. Winners will have the option of receiving unlimited online access instead of a DVD.)

I hope you and your readers enjoy my new website! Thanks for participating and good luck.


My goal is to spread the word about my new site. I am requesting links because search engines love sites with lots of links pointing to them. If you don't have a website or a blog, a facebook post or a Twitter tweet with a link to my new site would be great.


I have added more prizes! 3 lucky winners will win a set of Felt Alive Super Duper Felting Needles (value $12.95)

GOOD LUCK and thanks for playing!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Li'l Boss - Needle Felted Springsteen Doll

The Li'l Boss!! Yes, I made a needle felted caricature of Bruce Springsteen.

I listened to his music while I was bringing him to life - it was a great trip down memory lane and very inspirational.

And Li'l Bono was happy to share the stage with The Li'l Boss!