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Monday, August 11, 2008

The Glory of Felt

Little Tweets are now online!! These little felt birdies are so cute and adorable and just perfect for hanging ... well... just about anywhere! I like to use them in giftwrapping and tie them into the bow on top of the package or to the handle of the gift bag. The perfect artful touch to finish off a handmade gift. They also make fabulous Christmas ornaments!
Little Tweet --bubblegum pink sparrow
At my Etsy store.

Each Little Tweet is hand embroidered, sewn and stuffed. I use many recycled bits of felt, ribbon and buttons on them, so they are eco-tweets too :) I've had several people ask me how I can sell them for so little, considering the amount of work put into them. The simple answer is that at shows and markets, the Little Tweets are my loss leaders. What is a loss leader? A product sold at a low price (at cost or below cost) to introduce customers to your product. Basically you take a loss to lead someone to your store. So they are an awesome deal! :)
Little Tweet -- chocolate sparrow
At my Etsy store.

These are two cuties available now at my Etsy store and I have some Little Red Sparrows and some Little Red Robins ready to join them. Again, I might need to wait until school starts to get everything uploaded online that I planned to - this summer is just SO busy!! I am getting a TON done during my bloggie break, but my To Do List is still a serious foe to be reckoned with.

And look at what I won in a blog contest over at Felted Treasures!! This awesome felted grape bowl!! It is just huge and it is sooo beautiful!
Valerie was so sweet and even included a darling miniature felted bowl too. If you remember this post, at the bottom is a stitched mouse my children fell in love with -- well, it now lives in this bowl :) The awesome white bowl I've moved around the house several times already - it looks good everywhere, but especially good with my collection of buttons in it so that is probably where it will end up :) You can see more of Valerie's work at her Etsy store.

19 comments:

Sugar Bear said...

Such sweet little birds! Felt is such a wonderful medium.
Karla

karin@creativechaos said...

SO adorable!!! Love it....i just love felt....but I'm so not even going to go there. I need to focus...need to focus... :)

KV said...

Now, who couldn't help but smile after seeing these felt birdies? Beautifully done, Heather . . .


Kathy V in NM

Caleen said...

first off, I love the felted birds and the little felted bowl is so cute. I want to thank you for the info. of how to hand tint an engraving.. I have some very old books with beautiful black and white engraved illustrations. I've been told that each picture could be sold on ebay for 50$ or more?! I have no desire to sell them but, wanted to use them for something. Now, after your instructions I can still keep the books intact but, copy the pictures and use for other art projects. The books are out of print so, there is no problem. I appreciate your sharing this information with us.. Thank you!

Valerie said...

I am so glad you like the bowl. Thanks for celebrating with me. Your birds are gorgeous! Imagine a Christmas tree full of them ♥

Gracie said...

Those are adorable! They would look so sweet on a mini christmas tree or I do like the idea of hanging them off a wrapped up present.

And that felted bowl is lovely. Felted things are so beautiful!

By the way have you read Breaking Dawn yet??

Caleen said...

Thank you for the added info. re: tinting.. I will let you know how it works. Thank you for commenting and helping me out. It was very thoughtful and kind of you. There are some nice people in blog world.. Thank you..

Michelle said...

How cute! I can really see those adorning a tree or hanging from a mobile! I LOVE using my scraps and suprising my self what I can come up with. Plus sewing is theraputic for me, like gardening too!

Lori said...

what sweet little birds!!!

Krystyna81 said...

Very nice blog...beautiful set-up and great images...I look forward to reading more!

Congrats on winning that bowl - a real treasure and a great story!

Kristina

Waterrose said...

The little tweets are adorable! And, congrats on the felt bowl...what a wonderful treasure.

Pumpkin Petunia said...

Love the little tweets!

NeereAnDear said...

Love the little felt birds... they are darling...

And that Juliette necklace... AWESOME... quitel lovely and elelgant... great work


HUGS

JO

Ashley said...

Those birds are too cute!!

erinberry said...

Very cute ornaments!

Miss Sandy said...

What sweet little tweets you have sewn!

Monica Crowe said...

Great stuff. Loss leader is a new term in my vocabulary, but what a great promotional idea. How ya' been?
x~Monica

Gina said...

Eeek, those are so cute!!

The Rose Room said...

Sweet loss leaders. Rachaelxo