Aug 26, 2014

Car Accidents Hurt

Hi everyone!  Sorry I was a little MIA last week--things got a little crazy and my blogging was set aside.  We were in a car accident last Tuesday (a week ago).  We were rear-ended on our way to work (my husband and I usually carpool.)  A Ford F150 smashed into our poor Toyota Matrix, sending us into the car in front of us.  Yikes.  It was scary and painful.  My head hurt instantly from the whiplash. My neck was sore for days. (It's still not as good as new, but it is much better.)  I have bruises from my seat belt on my arm and my stomach.  My husband was a bit sore too, but not as sore as I was.

Our car was totaled, so now we're searching for something to drive, which is only slightly exciting.  Mostly it's a bummer--our car has been paid off for over three years now and was in great condition.  We were planning on driving it for much longer.  And now we're stuck looking for a car that will fit our two dogs, plus up to three cats at once.  We also need a car that will fit my craft show supplies (separately than the dogs of course), and I'm not interested in something as big as an SUV.  We've got our eye on a particular Subaru, but now the trick is finding one that fits our budget. My husband jokingly showed me a 1976 Mazda wagon last night and was surprised when I actually liked it.  So who knows what we'll do. Maybe it's time to start biking to work again...though this triple digit heat here in Missouri makes that incredibly unappealing.

Here's a few photos from right after the accident.  The damage doesn't look like much, but our whole car frame was messed up and even the cargo floor area on the inside of the car was buckled. The back fender was laying on the back right tire.  There's a cracked taillight, the hood is skewed, and the back passenger door and back gate don't open. Poor, poor car.

Do you have any car searching or buying tips for me?   

Aug 25, 2014

52 Weeks of Felt Paintings - Week 34

Honestly, I think I feel most comfortable making felt paintings of birds.  It's not that they're easier, but I think I really enjoy making them come to life.  I also get a great deal of satisfaction when they end up looking great.  I adore this hummingbird and plan on making a few more.

Have a great week, friends.

Aug 17, 2014

52 Weeks of Felt Paintings - Week 33

We'll take a break from animal felt painting hoops this week and go back to plants for a week or two.  I have some black felt and tried to find a subject that would look great on such a dark background.  I think I found one:

Do you like it? I'm a big fan of this flowering cactus. 

What other things would look great on a black background.  Maybe the moon? A planet?  A light colored or white kitty? 

Aug 12, 2014

One of My Favorite Things to Make

I love making custom pet portraits.  It is incredibly rewarding.  For some folks, I'm memorializing their pets that have passed on.  At first, that task seems very intimidating.  What if they don't like my mini version of their furry family member?  What if I can't get it right? In the end though, each portrait comes together, and I'm excited to send it off to its family. Here are a few that I've done lately:

I have two versions of pet portraits: this one is smaller, and these two (dog and cat) are larger and weighted on the bottom so that it could be used as a pin cushion or paper weight.  If you like them, I'd be honored to make one for you.  Contact me on any platform if you're interested.