Mom and I finished a fun two-part felted hat class last Sunday. The first class, we started knitting our hats and then had to finish them by the second class. The second class was to learn the terrific twisted trim and felt them. Even though I look like a complete dork with no hair in a hat, I have to admit this one is fairly cute. Felting always amazes me. Wool is such an incredible fiber! Mom has started knitting a second hat in white and black to go with her black coat.
The last blog post was done from The Westin in Indianapolis, Indiana where I attended the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild's annual conference. There were 450 soapmakers there from all over the world. Meeting new people, learning new things, envious of those who own/operate their own soap shop --- all tons of fun! While there, I took my Basic Cold Process / Hot Process Soapmaking exam and passed! Now, I am certified! A certified soapmaker!
Last Saturday, I learned something new - how to roll paper beads. I'm hooked! I just love making something out of pure trash. I was inspired by Chris, a sister by a different mother, who lives in Washington state and taught by her sister, Monica, who lives here. Chris made enough beads last year to create a very long garland for her Christmas tree. I used colorful magazine and flower bulb catalog pages. It's easy but it does take a little finesse to keep the paper strip lined up. I've rolled enough this week to make probably half a dozen bracelets.
Spring has definitely sprung here. My daffodils have been so pretty. Last year, hardly any bloomed. This year, I had lots of blooms! The Hummingbirds are also back - buzzing and zipping around. Also, we've started feeding the fish in the pond again. They're SO hungry! I love to watch them flip themselves upside down and right out of the water to snag a morsel of fish food.
Have to show you this, too! I've always loved children's drawings interpreted through rug hooking. At our April guild meeting, one member was hooking this - a family portrait drawing by one of her grandchildren. Here is the drawing and the hooked piece on the left. So cute! What a keepsake!
While at the soap conference, I wandered outside during a lunch break. I found this fellow and his friends being pampered by a woman who packs a lunch bag of peanuts every day to feed the squirrels. They come running when they hear / see her! They were so cute!!!! The white in the picture is flower petals. There were several storms while in Indy that stripped the flowering trees of their blossoms. It looked as if it had snowed!
It's a busy weekend ahead! Tomorrow, Mom and I have a few errands to run - JoAnn's Fabrics to check out the OttLites 40% off, Allyson's Gardens to check out this year's offerings - and then it's off with Lily to the Family and Pet Fair. We'll finish the day knitting with our peeps! Sunday, it's all about making soap - favors for Rachael and Taylor's June wedding.
Why aren't there more weekends in the weeks? Hope each of you have a GREAT one!