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Needle Felted Unicorn Tutorial and Giveaway

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Categories: Needle Felting Tutorials

After my brain is fried for the day, I like to unwind by poking wool. This is my latest little side project.

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What you’ll need:

  1. Wool batting
  2. Felting needle
  3. Pipe cleaner
  4. Black beads
  5. Needle and thread
  6. Some silkier wool for mane and tail
  7. Some grey wool if you want to shade the hooves

This is how it always starts, just lump of loose wool, a needle and a cushion.

imageStart by making a basic form. This is accomplished by taking the needle and sticking it into the wool repeatedly. The fibers of the wool knot together.

imageShape some more.image

Oops, I really should have added support for the legs since they are going to be so skinny. I’ll have to do it now. image

I’m taking a scissor with a good pointed end and cutting through the wool. Then I will drag my pipe cleaner through it. I’ll do this for the front and back legs.imageBuild up the neck a bit. image Fill in some of the holes I cut with new wool and start building up the hind legs.image image Build up the legs and start adding wool on for the head.imageAdd wool and just poke away.  Starting to make some definition around the head and legs.image Adding wool to the lower legs is easier if you wrap it around tightly. imageWrap the wool as tightly as you can and secure it with some poking at the seams.   imageIn this picture, you can see the definition I added to the upper leg. imageMake some ears. Leave loose wool on the bottom to attach with.  imageI added ears and cut out an eye socket. imageTesting out different black bead sizes for the eye. Remember you are going to add some wool on top so a little big is better. imageSew on the eyeballs (black beads). imageI added some wool on top of eyeball and I am laying some softer angora wool strands over neck for mane.  image

I poke in a straight line up and down the neck until the hair is secured.imageGathered some softer hair into a tail and poked ends into back of horse. imageI trimmed mane hair and glued on a clay horn. I also lightly poked some loose wool over the hooves. poked at nostrils and basically fine tuned her.  Finished unicorn.imageimage

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Spring Fling Blog Hop

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Categories: Authors & Books

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As spring slowly creeps in, so excruciatingly slowly, I’ve got my own recommendation for a little warm weather reading. I’ve started to shy away from doing book reviews for many reasons, but every so often, I’ll fall in love with an author or title and can’t stop myself. For this hop, I’d like to recommend The Others series by Anne Bishop.

The first book in this series, Written in Red, stole my heart. The story is set in an alternate universe, which is surprisingly like the world we know at times, where everything is controlled and owned by shifters, also known as the Others. The humans and the Others have had a long history of clashes and misunderstandings. When Meg enters the scene, we get to experience how she starts to integrate into their closed society and it’s absolutely captivating.

These books have everything I personally love in a story. They are dark fantasy, my favorite genre, with a slow progressing romantic relationship. They do tend to be a bit slow going, but the writing is so beautiful and charming that it didn’t bother me at all. If you are looking for a good read for a sunny day at the park, I highly suggest these.




The lovely hosts of this hop are offering up some great grand prizes.

1st Grand Prize: (1) $Paperwhite Kindle

2nd Grand Prize: (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card

For entries to the grand prizes, leave your name and email in the comments section of the various blogs participating. Each blog will be hosting their own individual giveaway as well, so there are a lot of prizes to win!

My personal giveaway is a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Interview with author Josie Cara

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1.  Could you tell us a little bit about your book?

Josie and Ethan have a happy life together, but debilitating headaches and nightmares begin to destroy it.  While Ethan wants to find out the cause, Josie is terrified to delve into her past. But startling information makes Josie realize she must find out the truth.

2.  What about your process? Did you have a well formulated plot when you began or did you start writing with a basic idea?

I start writing with a basic idea of what I want and where I want it to go and then I sit down and write and take it from there. Sometimes it flows easily and other days, there are a lot of rewrites!

3.  Was there a particular catalyst that inspired you to start writing novels?

Not really, I’ve always wanted to write from as far back as I can remember; but ambivalent parents made me push it to the back burner. Then life gets in the way so I promised myself I would write as soon as I took myself out of the work force.

4.  What is your favorite type of leading male?

My favorite leading male is the male who always considers a woman his equal and wants to share everything with her no matter what obstacles get in the way.

5.  Can you give us an excerpt of what you consider your best work?

This is from my first book, In a Heartbeat:

“Josie didn’t answer, just did what he wanted. She needed him just as much and he knew it. He pushed her against the wall and slid himself inside her slowly but forcefully. She was wet and warm and felt like velvet. He growled in her ear and said, ‘We’re one, Jo, tied together by desire, love…need and we’ll always be just one heartbeat away from each other.’”

6.  What about a single line?

“Throughout the night, she felt him all around her, his smell, his warmth, his touch and knew she was safe.”

7.   What would you say is the thing you do best in your writing?

I like conversation, the verbal banter that goes on throughout the storyline. This is what keeps the emotions flowing and touches our souls.

8.  Is there anything you would like to share with us? Maybe upcoming book plans or releases?

I’m working on my second novel now which is a romantic suspense/crime story about a woman trying to find her way to a new life after a major tragedy occurs.

 

IN A HEARTBEAT

Author:  Josie Cara

Genre:  Woman’s Fiction, Romance

Publication Date:  December 13, 2013

When debilitating headaches and strange nightmares start wreaking havoc on budding artist Josie Bryant’s life, she begins a downward spiral into depression and helplessness. Her once heavenly relationship with her fiancé – gallery owner Ethan Donnelly – starts to fall apart, and everything Josie held dear starts to systematically fall away.

After startling information is received about Josie’s past, she and Ethan embark on a quest to gather as much information as possible in a last ditch effort to save their relationship, and possibly Josie’s life.
Unfortunately, sometimes things are better left alone. Will Josie be able to handle the truth? Will her lifelong need for a loving family be realized, and if so, is it worth the cost? Can Josie and Ethan’s love really conquer all, or will it all come crashing down in a New York minute?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Josie Cara lives in NYC with her family and two King Charles Cavalier dogs, Zak and Zoe. Her love of books has always been a big part of her life but  she never had the time, between working and caring for her children, to concentrate on writing. Now she has the time to take all the stories she’s been writing in her head and put them down on paper; something her family and friends have been encouraging her to do for some time. A whole new world has opened up to her and she is enjoying every minute of it.

Connect with Josie:

Website:  http://www.josiecarabooks.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JosieCaraAuthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JosieCaraAuthor

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7248495.Josie_Cara

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Vampire for Valentines Giveaway Hop

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Categories: Needle Felting Tutorials, Uncategorized

Vampires for Valentine's Giveaway Hop

The first vampire fiction I fell in love with was The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Why? What about a creature of the night that killed people by sucking the blood out of their veins made me want more? I wish I knew exactly, but I’m going to try and break down some of the things that might be appealing. To make it fair, I’m going to list the cons as well.

Pros to Dating a Vampire

1. They don’t age. Immortality is pretty intriguing.

2. They are beautiful, at least in majority of books I’ve read. Young and hot? I think this mystery is starting to unravel.

3. Nocturnal creatures are very appealing to night owls, such as myself.

4. I’ve always had a thing for a guy kissing or nibbling my neck. It’s one of the top erogenous zones.  Okay, maybe not to suck out my blood, but it looks so hot in the movies.

5. They’re strong. Superhuman strength is just plain cool!

6. A lot of them can fly. If I could have a super power, my first choice would be flying! Plus, it’s got to beat taking coach.

Vampire Dating Cons

1. Sleeping in a coffin? No way. I don’t care how cute the vampire is.

2. Always the chance of accidental murder. He might be the nicest vampire in the world but when you’re sucking on a jugular, things can go bad quick.

3. Awkward moment when he won’t eat or drink at a dinner party and your friends think you’re dating a freak.

4. Having to keep a fire extinguisher handy when you go to your friend’s church wedding.

Life Sized Needle Felted Bat Giveaway

I decided to felt a bat for this giveaway. Here is a mini tutorial on how I made him.

1. As usual, I start with a fluff of wool that I use a felting needle on to start working a shape. In this case, I added a length of pipe cleaner to the end so that I’d be able to hang him.

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2. Rough shape of body and head.image

3. Cover in dark wool.image

4. Make ears.image

5. Felt on ears and sew on black beads for eyes. Add black wool for beginning of wings.image

6. Add layer of lighter wool to add depth and texture to his fur.image

7. Build wings in black wool.image

Finished bat. I added a polymer nose I sculpted. You can find that tutorial here.image

Shown hanging from a pen. You could hang him from almost anywhere. I thought he might be cute hanging from a rear view mirror.image

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