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!  =^_^=

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


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...
Saturday February 7, 2014 3pm-9pm PST

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!