Recent Happenings: Felted hats

Hello, my lovelies!  So, every once in a while I try something crafty that I end up obsessing over for a while.  Here’s the progression:

  1. Painting
  2. Sewing
  3. Crocheting
  4. Photography
  5. Spinning/ Dyeing
  6. Knitting
  7. Felting

I still do all of the other things- sometimes all at once- but I have really started obsessing over felting.

DSC_0103eppdIt started innocent enough: with these felted wooly layers.  Did you see my video?

And now, it’s moved on to making fun and funky hats (and other things are coming) out of wool fiber.  Have you seen the works of art that can be created?  Go here, or here, or here.  Prepare to be AMAZED!  People are so creative.  So, pretty much, there’s nothing you CAN’T do with fiber.  Let me show you some of my creations:     DSC_0196This Newborn pumpkin hat has been hugely popular in the last day or two!  It is so unique for a newborn photo shoot.  I can’t wait to see it on a real tiny human.

DSC_0209 (2)I thought an apple would be so cute- especially for back-to-school photo shoots.

DSC_0219A basic bonnet, but this one has been ombre-fied.

DSC_0213A pixie bonnet… also ombre (That’s another one of my obsessions.  I love ombre)

DSC_0215 (2)eThis is actually a newborn sized witch hat, but I decided to try it on my crazy girl, so I added a tie back.  I thought the colors would be kind of cool, but it looks more like a volcano.  I still kinda like it, though. 😉

DSC_0197 (3)A sunflower bonnet… Come on!  You HAD to know that was coming if you checked out those links above.  What’s cuter than a baby wearing a bonnet?  Bonus points for a bonnet that transforms said baby into something else, like a flower, for instance!

So, here’s the thing.  I have not had very good success with Etsy. I think partially it’s because I didn’t really know what my “look” is.  I think I’ve decided to re-vamp my shop with more organic products.  (The witch’s hat may not make the cut. 😉  You can still buy it, though!)  And, actually, I may just go away from Etsy anyway.  I have a site now: puddypad.com.  I am going to spruce it up and make it look more pretty, soft, and organic.

What are your thoughts?  Have you had success with Etsy?  Do you think customers prefer to buy from there?

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