Sep 29, 2014

6 Awesome Animals

I'm revisiting six of my favorite Fur, Feathers & Scales posts this morning.  Aren't these guys adorable?!

Click below to learn more about each animal!


Bearded Dragon

Guinea Pig


Screech Owl

Box Turtle

Happy Monday!

Sep 27, 2014

52 Weeks of Felt Paintings - Week 39

This was my first reptile hoop (finished before the turtle last week).  I like this one so much. Somebody else really liked it too, because this one sold last weekend at Cider Days.

I think the next reptile hoop needs to be a T-Rex...yes?  I actually was looking for a T-Rex picture to use for reference a couple weeks ago, and I found that I wasn't satisfied with the quality of photos I was finding.  Then I had a moment....duh, Dani.  Photos of dinosaurs don't exist.  All of the images you're finding are artist renderings.


So,  if you find a good reference image of a t-rex, something that you think might make a good needle felted hoop, send it my way, will ya? 

Sep 26, 2014

More Upcoming Shows!

You can find more info about each of these shows here:

Zeleny Arts and Crafts Fair

The Hip Handmade Market

The Little Craft Show

I'm so excited to be a part of these--I can't wait to see you there!

Sep 23, 2014

Cider Days in Springfield

Last weekend was a unique, annual event here in Springfield, Missouri called Cider Days.  Each year, a cute, historic downtown street is blocked off and filled with art, craft and food vendors. It's so much fun, and this year was my second year there with Good Natured. We had wonderful weather and great crowds! Folks bring out their entire families and even their pets! We saw so many dogs, a few cats in slings, a ball python, a rat, and even a hamster in a bowl--what??

I took a few booth photos, but we forgot to take photos of our crowded booth and how busy we were---uh, because we were so busy!


I was able to start a list of people interested in classes or workshops, so if you're local and you want to be on the contact list for that, let me know!

Oh, and I won an award! The jury gave me the Outstanding Local Artist award!! I am so honored to have been chosen out of all the artists and crafters, and I've been on a high ever since! (This giant sign is now hanging on my refrigerator at home, by the way.)

One more photo to share.  There were grasshoppers everywhere.  This one decided to rest on a tulip.  Meh. I don't mind.

Sep 22, 2014

52 Weeks of Felt Paintings - Week 38

If you follow me on instagram or facebook, then you've seen this hoop.  I thought I'd go ahead and make it officially part of my 52 Weeks of Felt Paintings project.

You might also remember the post I wrote about this box turtle, and the many photos of him and his strawberry.  I just had to needle felt one!

So here's the hoop! 

It's a 12 inch hoop and took me over eight hours to complete.  Over eight hours!! For now, I've decided to keep him.  I don't keep anything that I make, and I'm so incredibly proud of this one, so he's going to stick around for a while.

Sep 13, 2014

52 Weeks of Felt Paintings - Week 37

This cute little chipmunk has been my largest hoop felt painting and most time intensive felt painting yet.  He took five hours to create! The most troublesome spots for me were his little chipmunk hands and those peanuts.  It was worth it though, because I really like the way he turned out! 

I included a close-up shot of his hands and peanuts so you can see that detail better.  Have a great weekend!

Sep 6, 2014

52 Weeks of Felt Paintings - Week 36

I'll just be hangin' around with this sloth this weekend...  

Sorry. That was bad.

But seriously. Isn't he cute?

Actually, this weekend I'll be prepping for a local show coming up in two weeks (Cider Days), and trying to squeeze in a bike ride or two since the weather is supposed to be nice!

What are you up to this weekend?

Sep 5, 2014

My Maker Faire Experience

The Tulsa Mini Maker Faire was last Saturday.  Maker Faires are so different when compared to a traditional or indie craft shows.  It's basically like a giant show-and-tell, and if you make something (anything) and want to show it off or teach others how to do it, these are a great place to do so.  This is the second year for the Mini Maker Faire in Tulsa, and it's my second year to do it as well.

What I enjoy most about the maker faire is that I get to teach others and demonstrate how needle felting works. And by the end of the day, we have a collaborative painting that faire attendees have contributed to! (You can see the in-progress needle felted painting of food below in the last photo. Also, I'm really good at making awesome faces when I'm talking and having my photo taken at the same time.)

Having experienced the Maker Faire again and enjoying a day of needle felting demonstrations and selling DIY kits and supplies helps me to realize that I really want to teach this stuff!  If you are local-ish to the Springfield area and would be interested in doing a workshop of some kind, let me know.  Leave a comment or email me (goodnaturedbydani AT gmail DOT com.)