Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wood slice art!


So, I started making some needle felted art on wood slices. I'm not really sure how this came about. I guess I was really liking those taxidermy style felt animal heads on boards. Yup. Don't you love those cuties?! 

As things go with me, I just tried to figure out how I could modify them to fit my little needle felting world over here. I worked on creating flattened needle felts. Then, instead of using plain plaque type boards like the ones you mount certificates onto, I decided to use wood slices. Meet Mr. Fox. He was my first one :o)

Mr. Handsome Fox in a Winter Pose

Things generally really ramp up if I like the first one of a new creation. This is completely evident with Ms. Bunny. I think you'll agree:


Ms. Bunny in a Bunny Suit with Pod Bouquets
Ms. Bunny was a 3 day creation. I guess I worked on her for probably a good 24 hours. (Really?) Sheesh.... But, she is cute. Real cute.

Then, much to my surprise, the February assignment was announces for MATS Bootcamp. What? Painted art on a wood slice? Heck! That is only Right Up My Alley!

Here's what went down:





And this is what happened in the end. Plus, this was only the second painting I have created with gouache. I am in love love LOVE with gouache!

If you are so inclined, you can see the entire lineup of all the art created in February's Bootcamp by clicking here. My Owl and The Pussycat is on page 3.

Happy wood slice art day to you!  =^_^=
xx
Val


Friday, February 13, 2015

New Spring classes!


I've added two new classes to the schedule. Here are pictures of the "irresistibles":

Super Cute Lambies

Fly Feather Hoop Art 

And, back by popular demand:

Russian Dolls 
Find out more here!

See you in class :o)
xx, Val



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Remade!

Have you heard the exciting news?! Make Good won! And I will be one of the 12 Pop-Up shop participants!! Read all about it here:




Remade: A pop up celebration at Make Good sponsored by American Express® OPEN


Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Event Details

Remade: A pop up celebration at Make Good sponsored by American Express® OPEN

San Diego-based small business, Make Good won a $5,000 store refresh courtesy of American Express OPEN for their involvement in the Small Business Saturday® and Etsy trunk show program. The store refresh was designed by Rue Magazine, and Make Good has been hard at work re-designing the shop.

To celebrate their store refresh, Make Good will be hosting Remade, a special unveiling party in-store, showing off the refresh and their wide array of unique products. Make Good owner, Sophia Hall is committed to curating and selling 100% locally sourced handcrafted goods and locally sourced resale designer clothing. Remade will feature a dozen Make Good makers in a “meet your maker” pop-up marketplace in an outdoor space adjacent to the store. Food and live music will make it a true celebration!
Here's the details...
When:
Saturday February 7, 2014 3pm-9pm PST

Where:
Make Good
2207 Fern Street,
San Diego, California 92104
More good stuff:
· First 25 attendees will receive a tote bag filled with handcrafted merch by our artisans! (see details below)
· Raffle gets you a chance to win more great handcrafted goodness! (see details below)
· Amazing tacos by Tacos La Mezcla Food Truck
· Selfie time with the Amigo Photo Booth· Local DJ spinning all evening, and...
· Live music by Erika Davies (at 6pm-7pm)
First 25 attendees get a tote bag filled with handcrafted merch by our artisans: 
Make sure and RSVP here on Eventbrite. The first 25 customers at Remade will receive a tote bag with a mix of handcrafted goods from some of the Make Good artisans at the Remade event.
Remade Raffle:
During the Remade event, purchase any item in the store (at Make Good) for $20 or more, and you'll receive a raffle ticket. You'll receive 1 raffle ticket per every $20 spent in-store (e.g. $40 purchase gets you 2 tickets, $60 = 3 tickets, etc.). We'll hold 3 raffle drawings (at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm). You don't need to be present to win.
Thanks, and see you there!
xx

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cuteness Continues


So, life gives lemons and one makes lemonade, right? Well, life gives me wool, so I make this? Hehe, yes!




What about when life gives a big, fat load of rubbish? Things like mental illness, addiction, and hopelessness in your child? And headbutting your insurance company, including their denials for care? It's not pretty, but it is pretty dang necessary that I buck up and get busy dealing with it. I am not kidding when I say my mind solves the big problems when my hands stay busy. Seems like the bigger the problem, the "cuter" the outcome of my handwork.

Just call me "Manager of Stress" over here... and, if I seem a bit absent, you can always find me over in The Arena.

xx
Val

PS. Yes, Mr. Too-Cute Lamb will be an upcoming needle felting class. I am gearing up to start scheduling 2015 events, which you can always find out more by checking the Events page on my website. 

Take care!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy January! Happy 2015!


I thought we should start things out on the right foot, so I am getting 2015 in gear with a nice dose of Birdie Art!


"Weave" by Val Hebert, 8 x 8", collage and acrylic on board, @ValsArtStudio.com

I have officially decided I am throwing caution to the wind, and if all my art is "bird art" then, so be it! Let this be the year of The Bird :o)

Hope the start of the New Year is treating you very well.

xx
Val

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas treasures

Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

I am a little bit adrift this Christmas. It's another Christmas spent in a temporary home with all our belongings in storage. So, it's time for me to make a few new treasures that I can enjoy for the moment... at least until they go off to a new home :o) One day soon (hopefully), we will be back in our beautiful home, and I can unpack, display and enjoy all my beloved Christmas treasures. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in enjoying a few of my recent creations....

"Holiday Home", needle felt by Val's Art Studio
This needle felted Holiday scene is so simple, and conveys just the right holiday mood, don't you agree?! I love how it sparkles gently in the light, and gives me a sense of the quietly, wistful Christmas mood that I love so dearly. (This one has SOLD)

"Joyful Wren" by Val's Art Studio
Here is a super cute Sparkle Bird singing a song of Joy! So happy, he makes me smile when I look at him :o) He is needle felted onto linen and cotton, with a repurposed wool scarf, and sweet snowy stitches in the background that are a bit hard to see in the photo. I have framed him in a willow hoop and his winter branches have some delightful glittered berries. Irresistible! (He is available in my shop here)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Val's Art Studio
I just finished this delightful Santa pillow today. Isn't he cute? He is getting veeerrry excited about what's to come next week! (Not yet listed in my shop, but please check here and I will upload the listing very soon!)

"Santa" needle felt portrait by Val's Art Studio
Another charming Santa hoop, and one I would definitely treasure, bringing out each Christmas season and hanging up to bring a measure of good cheer. It would look fantastic amongst our Santa collection. I LOVE things like this! (He is available and you can purchase him by selecting the Santa option here)

"Gingerbread House" by Val's Art Studio
Last but not least, an adorable Gingerbread House scene to brighten a place that needs just that. Too, too cute! (Also not yet listed in the shop, but please leave me a message if you are interested in this pillow, and I will put it in my shop for you!)

Hey! I am doing one last Pop-Up Holiday show this coming Saturday! If you are in the San Diego area, stop by the Talmadge Art Show at their original location. Learn more info here. Hope to see you on Saturday!

xx
Val


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snowman Class is THIS weekend!


I nearly forgot to give the shout out for this super fun class that will be taught this SUNDAY at Paper Tales. Scoot on over to my website by clicking here to find out all the dets, and sign up. Only a couple of spots are left!

See you Sunday!

xx,
Val



Celebrate Handmade and Buy Local this Holiday Season!


I am, and hope you are too. Here are a few reasons why I believe in supporting our local Handmade artisans:


Image courtesy of Unique USA


Isn't that saying enough?!

Now, go buy Local. (and stay away from those big box retailers...)

xx
Val

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Shop Small + Cyber Monday Special!!



Hellllllooo Holiday!

Are you ready for it? Are you in the mood? Well, I am!! And in order to kick things off properly, I am offering a 20% OFF Shop Small/Cyber Monday special on anything in my Etsy shop! Click here to visit my shop: Shop!

Please note the following:
- Sale is good through Midnight PST December 1st. So don't delay!- Use code SHOPPER to get the 20% discount applied at checkout. 
- In stock items will be mailed within 5 days of receipt of payment. 
- Custom items or out of stock items cannot be guaranteed for Christmas delivery, but I will make every attempt to get them to you in time! If you have questions or concerns, please leave me a comment, or send me a Convo on Etsy. 
- Discount is ONLY good on items ordered from my online shop. Discount will NOT be honored at any of my upcoming craft shows. Thank you for your understanding. 
- I am happy to deliver your order to you at one of my upcoming craft shows, if you are in the San Diego area, and plan to visit me at one of my shows. Please click here to see a list of upcoming Holiday craft shows in the San Diego area. 

Have yourself a Merry Little Holiday season, and please support Handmade this holiday, and ALWAYS!

xx
Val


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Handmade DIY: Tea Towels!




A few years ago, I published this DIY right here on my blog. It's super simple, and what a great way to make a few Handmade gifts, or give a sweet and thoughtful hostess gift if you are a guest at someone else's home this Thanksgiving. Please revisit my original post here, and if you order from Spoonflower TODAY, there is a 2-for-1 fat quarter deal going on.... Sweet!

Quick! Click here to visit the Spoonflower site. 

Happy hand crafting!

xx
Val

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!



Happy Halloween to you and yours!

Don't forget, the Meet Your Maker show is this coming Sunday from 2-7 pm. Find out more by clicking here
xx
Val

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two new classes!

I am always so excited to announce new classes! 

Coming up with a new class idea is kinda like a mini birthing experience for me. Cray, I know, but it's true. Often it takes me several revisions of a project to make sure it's suitable for a class project. It's normal for me to make up something that takes me an hour or two to create, but someone who is just learning needle felting may take many more hours to make the same item. So, I do put a lot of thought and considerations into developing a suitable class project.

This cute owl is Halloween and Thanksgiving mixed up into one. Also, the "boo" yarn writing is optional.



Then, there's this adorable Snow Friend Class. I'm still dying over those Leg Warmers! They just crack me up, and make me Happy Happy Happy every time I look at him!


To learn more about these classes, and what you need to do in order to sign up, please hop on over to my website by clicking here.

See you soon!

xx
Val

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scrap happy


I often hear myself say the following phrase when talking with people about how I make my items:
"Nearly nothing goes in the trash bin when I'm in the process of creating!"
What does that mean? Well, truthfully, I can't tell you how many times I've thrown fabric scraps into the trash can only to go back over to that bin because those scraps are calling to me. Invariably, something more needs to be made with that trash those scraps!


The photo above summarizes pretty much exactly what happens.


Scraps can magically transform an embroidery hoop, and call for needlefelting to happen on their surface.


Scraps were the invention of most of my plush pals. This cute dude got a scrappy pocket, AND a removable heart!

I am the first to admit my scrap collection is generally all over the place, even though I attempt to assert some form of control...


There are sectional plates overrun with scraps (see the turquoise plate at the bottom of this pile?) I know. It's hard to find the plate...


I organize my scraps by color, and bag them in my used up fiberfill stuffing bags. How industrious, right?!


And, I have some special fabric bins which are filled up with.... what else? fabric scraps!

Eventually, things begin to shape up...


A garland made of scraps is the perfect Christmas tree ornament, don't you agree?! And look! Scraps turn into leg warmers for a snowman friend's stick legs. So, now do you get the picture?!


Happy scrapping!

xx
Val

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy Wednesday!


"This Day" Mixed Media Assemblage by Val Hebert

Isn't it so?! 

I hope you are having a happy Wednesday, a good week, an exceptional month, a year that is working out to be one of the best yet. It's all good, so very good... just one worthwhile, beautiful day at a time :o)

xx
Val

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Pup-Purse Tutorial



Howdy! I'm so glad you are here. Welcome to a super fun and easy project from the "world of cutes" desk over here at Val's Art Studio! 

This purse project is pretty simple to complete, and you can work on with your favorite little seamstress wanna-be. It took me about 2 hours to make up this project, from start to finish.

Here's what you will need to make up this sweet Pup-Purse:
  • An old wool sweater that has holes in it, and you love it too much to throw it away. Before beginning this project, throw that sweater in the washer and dryer, to shrink it up, fluff the fibers and make it nice and soft.
  • Small bits of felt in a variety of colors, OR needle felting tools and a mixture of colored roving (provided you are a needle felter, and know what you are doing. If not, stick with the bits of felt.)
  • Thick black embroidery thread
  • A small scrap of cotton fabric for the lining, approximately 8 x 10"
  • A sewing machine (for best results - if you don't have a sewing machine, you can hand sew this up)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fusible interfacing (optional) to stiffen up the sweater fabric
  • 1 snap
  • Purse strap, approximately 24" long.

Ok, let's begin!

1. Click on the pattern photo and print it out. The actual pattern should be 7" tall x 8.5" wide, however, you are welcome to increase or decrease the size to make a purse that is a different size from the one I made. Yes, that is allowed :o)



2. Cut out the sweater fabric according to the pattern. Attach the fusible interfacing to the back (optional). Do not cut out the cotton lining fabric yet.

3. Cut out small pieces of the felt and use the fabric glue to attach the eyes, nose, cheeks, and tail to the sweater fabric, using the pattern for a guide. Alternately, and if you are a needle felter, needle felt the details in place according to the pattern guides.

4. Using embroidery thread, sew the pup's mouth. Sew an "X" over the tail.

5. Pin the sweater fabric evenly along the top edge of the lining fabric, as pictured: (Make sure you pin the top of each fabric together. This will make sense once the lining fabric is put in it's proper place.)


6. Sew the sweater fabric to the lining. Sew again 1/4" away from the first sewing seam to make sure the two are attached securely. 


7. Fold the two fabrics evenly in the middle, so the lining fabric is back to back with the sweater. Then, fold it in half again so the dog face is on the front and the tail is on the back. Make sure the lining fabric is nestled in close to the sweater fabric (you can pin them together at the fold). If there is excess lining fabric, cut it away approximately 1/4" beyond the edge of the sweater fabric.

8. Trim the lining fabric around the corners to match the curves of the sweater fabric.






9. Next, unfold the piece so it is flat. Then fold the entire piece in half lengthwise with the RIGHT SIDES facing each other, and pin the edges together carefully.


10. Sew the outside seam together along the cut fabric edge, leaving a 3" wide opening on the side of the lining so you can turn the entire purse inside out. Please notice where my fingers are in the following photo- that's where you DON'T want to sew. Also, you will NOT sew along the foldover edge.


11. Clip the curves so the fabric doesn't pull in the corners once it's been turned inside out. 


12. Now turn your pup inside out, starting in the corners and pulling the fabric through the unsewn hole so the right side is now facing out. This step is always so exciting!


13. Hand sew the two sides of the lining fabric together where you turned the piece inside out.


14. Now push the lining fabric down into the purse. Remember that approximately 1" of the top of the sweater will be folded over into the inside of the purse.


15. Cut out the ears according to the pattern. My ears were cut from felted sweater fabric. I applied a small line of fabric glue to the edges so there is no chance the fabric will unravel. Let the glue dry before moving forward.


16. Determine where you will sew the ears in place. Using embroidery thread, sew the ears down. Start and end the thread behind the ears.





17. Next, you will mark the placement of the strap. My strap came with "D" rings. I attached the D rings to the inside top edge of the purse.








18. Sew a snap inside the top of the purse to keep treasures from falling out  :o)



Admire the cuteness. Yes, so, SO cute!


And that tail on the back... Woot!!!!



Oh my heck! It's just the right size for my cell phone. I am in love!!!


Thank you for taking the time to sew and felt along with me! I would LOVE to see your Pup-Purse, and hope you will leave me a link in the comments so I can scoot over to your "show off spot" and check it out! If you're on Instagram, use the hashtag #pupurse.

For more needle felt fun and goodness, I invite you to subscribe to my blog. And, I would love for you to visit my website here. Also, if you want to learn more about needle felting (Super FUN in store for YOU!), please click here to learn more about my upcoming e-course: Hello Felt! 

Thanks for visiting!

xx
Val

PS. If you are in love with that orange lining fabric (who can blame you?!), here is the link where you can find it: here. All you need to order is a Fat Quarter to make up this project.