The Lorax

Today I was inspired to make Truffula Trees. I love this story and am sad that it is becoming a movie embellished so much so that I am sure that the message will be lost. Theodore Geisel was an amazing story teller and in his books he reflected all the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist faith that he followed. Each book had one major theme, but held several issues along with it.
I will watch the movie when it comes out on dvd and hope the messages of the original story will not be lost.
“The Once-ler traded the forest for business opportunities with dire results. Can the environment be saved?…Ponder your own perspective of environmental concerns, local or global.”

Here is my Truffula Trees:

wool truffula tree

Truffula Tree

I simply needle felted a tuft of wool then felted it to the branches my son brought in from outside for me. Took less than ten minutes. If I wanted to be a perfectionist about it I could even paint the branches yellow/tan. 🙂

Enjoy.

Please refer to http://www.hzmre.com/seuss/sessions.htm for lessons per Dr. Seuss book.

Elsie’s ArtGallery

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This fall a long time member of the CedarRapidsArea Fiber Artist Guild, Elsie Harris opened her home as a lovely art gallery. This woman is incredibly resilient, creative, brave, and kind. I was fortunate enough to be invited to her opening. As a group from the PaneraBread craft gathering, we all traveled over. I took so many great pictures. Enjoy the tour.

Spoiled beyond Belief!!!

For the last two days I have been receiving wonderful packages in the mail.  First, I received a lovely Yarn Swift by Beka.  LOVE IT!!!!  The next day I received a Ball Winder by Royal and felting pad.  Doubly, LOVE IT!!!  I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to finally getting all the tools I need to accomplish my artistic goals.

Not in a thousand years, have I ever thought I would have such access to my desires.  These items may not seem much to others, but they are huge to me.   My dreams for my artistic ambitions disappeared a long time ago.  No ones fault.  Just having to be practical and responsible for my choices in life.  Sssssssssllllllllllloooooooowwwwwwwllllllllyyyyy, I have been acquiring ways to be artistic but when material possessions are needed to accomplish them, money always gets in the way.  So, I collect pieces of my ideas over decades of time, in hopes that one day I may have all the materials I need to accomplish one of the many ideas I have, to outlet my expressions.  For years, I have hoarded various paints and brushes in hopes that I will someday afford the canvas.  I hoard beeswax in hopes of affording molds, kettles, drying racks, and more to create dipped candles and soap.  I hoard books in hopes of affording private lessons(on various topics) and shelving.  Now, I hoard books, fiber, yarns, needles, a spindle and a spinning wheel in hopes of affording felting/spinning roving of varigated colors, equipment/supplies to dye, a variety of spindles, more yarn, more needles, felting/spinning/knitting books and lessons, oh yah!  and more shelving.

I owe my ability to obtain my goals solely on S., whom is crazy enough to want to spoil me and tries his best to do so, in so many ways.  I wonder when he will realize he is fostering some serious materialism issues I have and make it all go away.  Hope not too soon, as I would really like to get to the point of creating something useful.  I am on my way to figuring out socks.  I met a lot of lovely woman meeting at my Local Barnes and Noble to knit on Tuesdays.  They are patient and helpful.   I was shown four different ways to cast on when I totally forgot how to cast on.  Boy!  It has been way too long of a summer!  S. even spoiled me by coming with and being my time keeper.  I could only spend an hour whilst B. was at TaeKwonDo.

I am so excited!

Quickies.

I haven’t done anything really invovled or indepth in many years with my own artistic endeavors so I thought I would post a couple of the 5 five minute jobbies that I have played with in the past year.  As you will see they are really far from art, but I don’t have time to delve into projects that require my inspiration and attention for maintained amounts of energy due to interupting life. LOL

I hope to put aside a little more aside for me time, but we’ll see.