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Picspam is of the felting variety.  Even though it's a lot, it's only limited to a few things - I need to sell soon just to have space.

As for writing, I'm nearly done with the gift fic for morethansirius (I only owed it to her months ago).  It keeps growing and growing. But now that I'm in the last stretch, the words just aren't coming.  I'm not happy about that.  I need to kick my own butt and finish it.  I think a writing goal of chap/week is reasonable... let's hope that works.

Many of my friends are going through rough patches at the moment. I feel blessed that right now my life has been mercifully calm.  My love, support, and warm hugs to all who need/want them.

Final pic - that's soap.  Felted soap.  Yep.  No washcloth needed.  The fibers suds it up quickly and it makes a great lather.  -That's why I've been making soap.

Date: 6 May 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] droxy.livejournal.com
SQUEEEE. I love the flowers and the pin cushions. The nest would make a neat hat acessory or hat itself.

yet, i fear my hat...=(

Date: 6 May 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Hm. Well it definitely could be pinned to a hat, but it's palm-sized. It would take a considerable amount of felt to make a nest-hat. Perhaps some place for Augusta's bird-hat to roost?

The pincushions are fun to make, and I think they're the easiest to do. I get those styrofoam eggs, chop off the bottoms, smother them in raw felt roving, then pile on colorful felt, drop the whole thing into a cut up pair of pantyhose, and felt. Felting is just wool+hot water+soap+friction

Date: 6 May 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyjamapants.livejournal.com
*falls over from cute*

I would love, love, love to see some Devil's Snare or Venomous Tentacula. :D

Date: 6 May 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
What a FANTASTIC idea. I could so totally make a wrap-necklace (that wraps and wraps and wraps) and then add a flower to it that's very Little Shop of Horrors.

It's very do-able.

Date: 6 May 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christev.livejournal.com
These are BEAUTIFUL!!!
The soaps came out great, and I'm fascinated by the petals on the flowers. And that bird's nest! *dies*

Date: 6 May 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
I'm guessing you mean the yellow green flower petals. It's three pieces. Each piece is needle felted into form, then they're wet felted for thickness, and then I cut/sew/twist the layers into shape. That style is by far the most labor intensive of the flowers, but I think it's the best. I have several other colors. My favorite is a light jade color that looks like a lotus. Same style, but by changing the color, it looks entirely different.

That's the only birds nest I've made, but I'm thinking of making more.

I'm glad you like them. Thank you. *blushes*

Date: 6 May 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mischievous-t.livejournal.com

I'd like to commission gardenia scented felt soap!!!

Date: 6 May 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
I think I can do that. Lemme investigate that before I commit.

How many soaps? One? Twelve? Three hundred fourty two?

The soap I made yesterday was goatsmilk. I can do a whole buncha others like shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe vera.

Lemme know if you want.

Oh, and if you have color preference for the felting. Right now I've got the capability to do just about any color/combo you can think of.

Date: 6 May 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mischievous-t.livejournal.com
And the grey hat & flower!

Date: 6 May 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Isn't it cool? The hat is just a pre-bought hat that I've gussied up. I should have bought more, but alas, it's just the one.

Date: 6 May 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clairvoyant12.livejournal.com
Such cool, crafty items. Lurve the flowers!

Date: 6 May 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Thank you! I've been having waaaay too much fun with felting. I tink I haz felted mah brainz.

Date: 6 May 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] organic-chemist.livejournal.com
Such beautiful work, AV! Very well done! :)

Date: 6 May 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Why thank you Lyn! *proudly grins*

Date: 6 May 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juno-magic.livejournal.com
Wow! Amazing! Everything is so beautiful and colour and creative. ~is in awe~

Date: 6 May 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
I like playing with color - and felt is such a forgiving medium. It's really easy to have fun and make something functional at the same time.

Date: 6 May 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dickgloucester.livejournal.com
I do like the flowers on the hats, and also the handbag, which is very natty.

Date: 6 May 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Thanks! The felt on the handbag is made of four different wool colors I blended together. I had so much fun with it.

Date: 6 May 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mw48.livejournal.com

It's all so cute and colourful! :)

Date: 6 May 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm so glad you like it!

Date: 6 May 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beffeysue.livejournal.com
I had no idea you could do so many things with felt! The felted soap is a great idea, but if I had to pick a favorite I think I'd choose the hats.

Date: 6 May 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
*nods* Felt is a very fun medium. It's actually sheep wool that then gets beaten into submission in the felt making process. It's how the first of mankind made cloth.

Date: 6 May 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madeleone.livejournal.com
Those are beautiful.

Do you make Cold processed soal or melt and pour? I made CP soap for nearly 10 years but am on hiatus now although I still have all the supplies.(As well as all my candlemaking stuff LOL) It is as addictive as fanfiction (Or maybe it's just me, maybe I have an addictive personality).

I especially like the birds nest too, it's so sweet. :)

Date: 6 May 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
I 'cheat' it's heat and pour goatsmilk with honey almond scent added. I'm not a soapmaker but for felting soaps I couldn't find what I wanted. I need circular cakes at prices I can afford. These are 3.5 oz cakes and they took me a half hour to make 8 of them.

If I had the time I'd consider cold processing, but I'm a bit hesitant. I was once splashed with lye as a teenager while making French milled.

Date: 6 May 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paya27.livejournal.com
Adorable! I especially love the bird's nest and the soap is such a good idea. Do you have an online shop?

Date: 6 May 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I'm in the early stages of getting things together to sell online. Having product, yanno... it helps. I've got one location downtown that's going to sell my stuff and I'm talking to another lady who owns a store.

I just am preparing though. The demand has been for large handbags and wallets - and that's a lot of work.

OT: The SSHG Quiz

Date: 14 May 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morethansirius.livejournal.com
The house-elves are coming! The house-elves are coming!
Yes, this week's theme on [livejournal.com profile] quiz_sshg is house-elves and your story, The Gilded Cage, is featured as quote #9. Enjoy your Featured Author banner as our thank you for your story!

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Re: OT: The SSHG Quiz

Date: 14 May 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Oh how lovely - Thank you!


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