Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shepherd's Harvest Festival...My first year

These guys are a big part of why I wanted to go to Shepherd's Harvest . I think they have about the most beautiful face of any animal I have ever seen . My introduction to them was through some gorgeous fiber I bought from Alpaca Granny on Etsy . It was the softest thing I had ever touched and it was instant love . Some of the alpaca and Llama at the show were shy but others came right up for a kiss .

This was the first time I publicly showed my felting . These are my needle felted items at the booth I shared with my friend Jane, from A Tranquil Nook .I still haven't listed most of my items on Etsy in my "Stars Apon Thars"shop....because I don't take very good pictures and hate describing items in flowery language but hope to get some items up by the middle or end of may .
I did finally get my needle felt bags finished but still ended up not getting several projects done by show time and didn't price anything until the hour we opened . I ended up using place marker cards and pricing similar items at one price as I didn't have time to add tags to everything . Hope that didn't confuse people to much . I really hope that I will be more prepared if I get to vend next year .
This is the wonderful women who has kept me creating when I have lost faith in myself . Jane and I met on Etsy and have been email buddies for the past year but this was our first time meeting in "real life" AND setting up a booth together . It was a little stressful as we are both shy but I certainly had a great time getting to know her better this weekend . Although she is a seasoned felter and sewer, she does share my desire to keep creating new designs and not just stick with one thing . You can see her items on Etsy under A Tranquil Nook or Glorious Hats . Another fun thing we got to do at SH was hopefully turn some crafters into felt enthusiast . Jane demonstrated how to make wet felted balls "the correct way" and I worked on a needle felt sculpture and shared my conviction that needle felting is the best craft EVER , lol.

This is the first sculpture I have ever sold and he went home with a wonderful couple who like to support new crafters/artist . They will probably never see this but I just want to share how touched I was that they were willing to give a new crafter a chance .
This is the same couples, adorable Golden Retriever puppy that I fell in love with . As soft as the Alpaca (but a lot friendlier). This little bundle of fuzzy energy got lots of attention at the show and charmed me out of one of my needle felt animal toys which he seemed to enjoy . For the trivia lovers, his grandmother was also at the show and is a blue ribbon prize winner. I don't know her age but she was also very cute and soft .


  1. Ah Denise, today you left me speechless. You are a wonderful and lovely friend. Thanks for the kinship. Jane

  2. Any friend of Jane's is a friend of mine! Your felted creations look wonderful, I almost want to stroke my screen!



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