Friday, November 4, 2011
Nose to Tail Etsy Shop Review and Giveaway
I am so enjoying doing the Gift Guide this year. I hope all of you are enjoying the products and services that are being reviewed. This next item is from an Etsy Shop. I have to say that I believe this is a unique item that would make a fantastic gift.. The owner of Nose to Tail, Karen makes miniature felted animals. They are adorable! She did a Sheltie for us! I am sure some of my neighbors are aware that we have 2 Shelties now. Anyway, I looked through Karen's Etsy shop and her work is so detailed. She works with Alpaca wool, Merino wool roving. This is wool that has not yet been spun into yarn. Occasionally she adds Angora rabbit hair. Karen has been doing this about 2 years, and said that her niece and nephew (who denies all charges) actually showed her how to needle felt. Most of her miniatures are in the $25 price range.
facebook.com/nosetotail and post a picture. Maybe your pet will be her next creation! She also runs some contests of her own there!
She is presently working on a tiny mountain goat, using some actual mountain goat hair she found hiking a trail. She did explain that she washed it before working with the hair. I think that is really neat idea.
Karen did tell me that this is a reasonably easy craft to learn. She is going to post some "How to Videos" on YouTube soon. I would be interested in seeing those. There is also a DIY Pug felting kit available in her Nose to Tail Etsy shop. The only warning she issued was be careful of poking yourself with the sharp needle.
Karen's Nose to Tail creations would make a great gift idea, for someone who has a dog, cat, bird, or rabbit. It would also be a way to remember a past family pet. My miniature Sheltie will be displayed on my shelf with my blown glass. So be sure to visit Karen's Etsy shop Nose to Tail and see some of the pieces she has available. And if you place an order, tell her you heard about her from your neighbor At the Fence.
Now Karen is going to create a Miniature Felted Animal for the winner of this giveaway. All you will need to do, is send her a picture of your pet, or if that is not possible tell her what breed your pet is. I am sure you can include colors.