Monday, July 28, 2008

RosiePink: Amazingly Felted Goodies

rosiepink is a mum and daughter venture, born of a desire to create beautiful textile items.
My name's Lyn and I'm mum. I was born in Southampton on the south coast of England in the UK. I still live there with my husband and I’m also lucky to have my parents living with me in their retirement. I work part-time in a small library which is an ideal job for me as I’m an avid reader.
As a child I was taught to sew, embroider, knit and crochet and when my children were young, sewing and knitting was an economical way of clothing the family, so the skills were used in a utilitarian way - not as a hobby.
I'm Annie and I'm daughter. I live in Bournemouth (also on the South Coast of England) with my husband. Until two years ago I was employed as a computer programmer but I finally realised that the pressure and being in an office all day didn’t suit me at all and I gave it up to pursue making our small business dreams a reality.
I love all kinds of arts and crafts including machine and hand embroidery, crochet, knitting, painting, sewing – anything colourful with lots of texture always grabs my eye.
Home for us is the south coast of England and we are lucky enough to be able to walk on the beach or take a stroll in the New Forest where the colours and textures all around us are a constant source of inspiration. Back in the workroom time flies - an hour can seem like a few minutes because the process of creation is so absorbing and fulfilling for us.
We are basically lifelong crafters with a love of all things textiles and fibre, and we began our adventures in feltmaking several years ago when we attended a one day feltmaking workshop – we were hooked right from the start and couldn’t wait to learn more. Now, feltmaking is our main passion. We love to combine our felt with other fabrics and hand and free machine embroidery to create unique pieces – stitching on felt gives such beautiful textures. We also like to use lots of inclusions in our work e.g. hand dyed scrim, yarns, silks and sparkly bits.We love anything and everything art and craft and enjoy mixing up techniques and different media, especially in picture making.

As well as making items to sell we also sell wool tops and our hand-dyed fabrics for feltmaking. Our artwork is currently available for sale at a local gallery. The next part of our plan is to create lots more beautiful, sunny felt pictures which we will write about on our blog and also will list for sale at Etsy.

Rosie Pink Etsy shop

Rosie Pink Blog

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Banana Treats

1 banana, chopped
creamy peanut butter

Here's a fun, healthy recipe that we've been making with Shepard for a while now. Now, 3 1/2 years old, he's been able to assemble these treats completely for over 6 months. Of coarse the bananas are a little lop-sided and the peanut butter is messier than necessary, but he takes great care to place 1 raisin atop each peanut buttered banana slice. So, if you've got little ones at home give this one a try and let me know how they like it!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I love Mt Shasta

My boys and I spent the 4th of July weekend with family, in the little town of Mt. Shasta CA, way up north in the fresh mountain air.
I really do love it there. With the mountain looming in the distance, overlooking the town, it has such a majestic presence. There is so must natural beauty all around this place. And the little town is quaint and homey.

I took lots of pictures so I thought I'd share them here.

We took lots of walks and Shepard got to feed horses for the first time. We fed them dry grass that was growing everywhere.

And, I just have to share these. I got Shepard a red balloon at a festival we went to. I heard him behind me making lots of noise, and I see him thrashing around with his balloon.

He was having a blast, and didn't stop for a few minutes, long enough for me to snap a few pictures.
I got to see a great performance too. The people who do it travel in a purple bus that runs on vegetable oil. And, they make beautiful sustainable clothes and accessories.

Here we are in the chilly creek that runs through the town park. The water was so fresh and clean, with so many green and lush plants surrounding it.

But, we really spent most of our time at my uncle's house, playing on his giant front lawn and sitting in the shade of the
tall trees.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Who's Hungry?

If you've read my previous post and taken a look at my Etsy shop recently you are well aware of my current love of stamp carving! I just can't stop!

I love fruits and veggies, and I'm always thinking of a new aid to encourage the family to eat lots of them. So that is part of the reason that I decided to create a series of fruit and veggie stamps. It started with the cherries, pear and apple and just keeps growing.

My current favorite is the salad set, but the carrot is a close second.
I haven't decide what to make next, but I'm sure the 'fruit and veggie series' hasn't stopped here, all I need is a little inspiration and I'll have another yummy stamp to add the the bunch!