Friday, October 26, 2012

On temporary extended hiatus...

Hello all! I hope this finds you well. I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am still around. I have started working outside of the home, and have had little time for crafting. Though I am hoping to get to a place where I can start creating again. I am finally getting used to my schedules, so hopefully things will start to even out for me soon. In the mean time, I still have my Little Hoot Needle Felting tutorials available for order through my Etsy shop. The kits are not available at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience. Happy Fall Everyone!



Sunday, July 15, 2012

Little Hoot of a Review at the Screaming Sardine

As you may remember, last year I was a featured artisan interview at the Screaming Sardine. I recently approached Tracy about doing a product review of my Little Hoot Needle Felting kit, and she gladly accepted. She has made her little owl, and posted her review for your reading pleasure on her blog, the Screaming Sardine!

Thanks Tracy! :)

Little Hoot Review




Saturday, July 7, 2012

Little Hoots!!

I just got these wonderful pictures from 3 of my customers!! Here is a little girl with the little owls she and her mom made with their Little Hoot Needle Felting kits. I think they turned out fantastic! :)
This dark brown Little Hoot was made by my crafty friend Jodi of The Dandelion Bucket!!
This is a Little Hoot that was born in Philly!



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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Learn to Needle Felt your own little owl with a Little Hoot Needle Felting Kit

This video shows you a brief glimpse into the world of needle felting. This is only one of many things you can do with this versatile craft skill! This video is not intended to be a tutorial, but a promo for the Little Hoot Needle Felting Kits that are available for sale through my Etsy shop.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Little Hoot Needle Felting Kits are ready to ship!

Available for sale now are my Little Hoot Needle Felting Kits in my Etsy shop. This is my very first needle felting kit. This kit gives you everything you need to needle felt your very own little owl.

There are 7 base colours available to choose and comes with an assortment of accenting colours for the detail work.

 I think you will thoroughly enjoy taking the instructions I have laid out here, and running wild with your imagination. If you have never needle felted before, and are a little nervous, these instructions will lead you step by step. There are also loads of videos on basic needle felting on the internet if you want to watch a couple of videos before you start.









Thursday, April 26, 2012

Little Hoot Needle Felted Owl Tutorial

Kits for this tutorial will be available soon!



Monday, March 26, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lending a helping hand...

Last year, you probably remember I was campaigning for a friend of mine whose little boy was diagnosed with autism, sensory processing disorder, and extreme anxiety. The goal was to raise $13,000 for a service dog for her little boy. Now, that he has been approved for the dog, and has the money for that, he needs approximately $10,000 to get him, his mom, and another adult from Quesnel, BC to Xenia, OH for two weeks of training with his dog.

Please read Thor's story, and if you are able to help , even by passing this along it would be greatly appreciated


Thor is an active, sweet, 3 year old boy who lives with his Mom in Quesnel, BC (Canada). On April 14th, 2011 Thor was diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Extreme Anxiety; he leads a life apart from others his age.

Many times, Thor is left feeling scared, stressed, over-sensitive, angry, and alone. Thor's brain has difficulty processing the sensory information that he perceives. Many times sights, sounds, smells, and touch can overwhelm him and even be painful. This usually leads to outbursts and a desire to flee the situation (run away & hide).

An Autism Service Dog would allow Thor the ability to have more freedom when we are in public by having him tethered to the dog which would give him a sense of independence and safety. A service dog would also be able to track and retrieve Thor if he were to wander or hide, alert me if he does wander, interrupt self-harming behavior, comfort him when he is upset or having a meltdown, and ease transitions by providing a constant calming presence. It would give me another set of eyes to keep Thor safe.

Thor is a loving child who wants nothing more than to be part of the world as best as he can. He becomes easily tired and overwhelmed if presented with too much unknown all at once. He is a creature of habit, with a strict adherence to the plan as it is laid in his mind.

A well trained Autism Service Dog can make the difference between Thor becoming a fully functioning child, or one that must hide when something new is introduced into his life. This dog could be life saving. Did you hear about the 3 year old Autistic boy in Quebec last Spring? He was playing with his siblings in the yard and in a split second he was gone. They found him a month later on the bank of a river. Another young Autistic girl in the US wandered away and was found the next morning, she had drowned in a water-filled hole at a construction site. (these stories continue to happen, as "elopement" is so very common among Autistic children, and Thor is no exception) Had either of those children been lucky enough to have a service dog, their stories may have ended differently. I am terrified that Thor will end up being one of those stories, and I am determined to make sure that doesn't happen.

We've raised the $13,000 needed for Thor's Autism Service Dog, but now must raise the almost $10,000 for the 2 week trip to attend service dog training and bring home Thor's pawtner. We (2 adults and Thor) must travel over 3,000 miles to Xenia, Ohio from Quesnel, BC, Canada. Hotels, flights, car rental, and more are the costs we are facing. Please see the links below to see Thor's video, fundraising page, and blog where you can see photos and updates on Thor's journey as well as info on how to donate to his cause.
Thank you for your support!!



YouCaring.com Fundraiser page

FACEBOOK: Paws 4 Thor
BLOG: www.paws4thor.com
EMAIL: eblocksidge@gmail.com


Monday, February 27, 2012

Small Town Love

I have been super busy these last weeks. A lot has me going these days. I have a few new hats that I can say I proudly wear. I have newly become a member of the Quesnel Art Gallery. I am really excited to be a part of the upcoming art show "For the Love of Felt" with four other wonderfully talented fibre artists! I am also a member and director at Cariboo Keepsakes Local Arts and Crafts here in Quesnel. I just signed on as a member and have also begun blogging for Small Town Love , which is new to Quesnel, and is the brainchild of the wonderfully and brilliantly talented Amy Quarry of Adboom Studios. I am really excited about my new ventures, and I am very much looking forward to what 2012 has in store for me!! :)


Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well, sorry for the lack of posts here. I actually just figured out how to access my blog dashboard once again after all the changes with my Google account! Why does it have to be so complicated?? I will be posting more again very soon. Lots of things in the works for me this year, and I can't wait to finish planning and sharing with all of you. Hope everything is wonderful in your parts of the world!