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It is the last friday of the month again, so the The Merry go round is turning once more. The merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world and are creative with different materials.

 For this last Friday of October the theme is : Do you do fairs/shows?  If so, share some hints and your experience. If not – why not

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Well I used to do some fairs last year, and some were good others not…  I have learned the following things:

  • Do some research on the fair, whom is the public, are there many visitors
  • do they need to pay an entrance fee
  • what are the participation costs
  • will you be getting sales/ responses afterwards too? I mean I give workshops and I tried to sell my items in Amsterdam once… it was 2 hours from my place and normal when I do a local fair I get people coming back to me for a workshop… but this time that didn’t happen  while standing in Amsterdam…
  • make on bag with rope, tie-raps, tape, wire, scissor, washcloth pins, extra paper a marker and add it in your car as last thing so you have it easily at hand when you start emptying the car and starting with setting up your table.  With an empty table you can climb on  t to add some ropes to hang your stuff on. doing so when you have all your stuff on the table isn’t working…
  •  The most important of all, make a test setup setting at home…. picture that and take that picture along so you know exactly where you want to place what, Saves you a lot of decision time at the fair….
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The trail set up at home

fair in Sittard

  • I always try to offer small workshops at my table… so children (and adults) can make something small for €2,50. takes about 5-10 minutes  and all that time people are standing in front of my table, having plenty of time to see everything..
  • when I don;t have i kids for a workshop I try to keep on felting… people love to see how something is made and start asking questions, when 1 person is standing here, many others will likely to stop and watch too …. and it keeps me bussyand  making new stock , so if you don’t sell much it doesn’t feel as a waisted day
  • Talk to people…. Your stuff will not be sold when you don’t tell people about it. How you made it or what’s the story behind it, you can even start talking about the weather when you see people shivering :)
  • Visit other fairs and try to get on that mailing list too.

You can check more post about my fair experiences by searching my site for  “fairs”.

Meanwhile I am curious to read what other merriers have for experiences…:

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com

Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

Laura at Blue Terracotta -  http://blueterracotta.com/  

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/

A  happy weekend, all!

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The Merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world and are creative with different materials.

 For this last Friday of September we are sharing a Do- it- yourself  tutorial.

Mine is about making a Christmas decoration.. Yes I know I am early, but I know men can never be too early with start making things, our time will get busier till Christmas , hihihi So here it goes,

What you’ll need is some (merino) wool roving, soap, (any kind will do), bubble wrap, towels, (hot )water

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things you'll need Open up the bubble wrap and divide the roving into 3 or 4 lines.divide the roving

then layer, star like, 4 lines of roving about 23 cm  or 8.97 inch long looking like this:

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next step is to add a second line of wool on top of it all, so your star will be thicker as after wetting the wool will be thinner . Tip make more stars in one go, the rolling time will be the same .

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 now you need to make the wool wet with soap and water..  just take the soap in your hands and let the foam drip on the wool.

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make sure the wool is totally wet

 add a second piece of bubble wrap and press the wool down.

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now roll up everything

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use a towel to prevent your roll from slipping all the time, You now need to roll the bundle for about 50 times

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a towel also helps to absorb the water

so after the 50 times , open the bundle and carefully check if your wool needs some more water, wet it  and roll it again, but in an opposite direction… 

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roll it to all 4 sides

when you have done all 4 sides and the 4 backsides too, you can open it up and start to “kneed” them  without the bubble wrap. the felting process will speed up a little when you use some boiling water , but be careful with your hands !! Use the bubble wrap or wait a few seconds…

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now keep on, rubbing. massaging, felting the star till it will be stiff. Then rinse out the soapy water,  dry in a towel and use a dowel or a roller to flatten the star on a dry towel.

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flatten the stars by rolling over it

A last step before letting them dry in the sun, is pulling the ends, opposite to eachother . You can even sew on some beads or glittery things , but for now I’ll just leave the like they are now.

Have fun making and enjoy them!!

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drying

as  decoration in a christmas tree…. :

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I was never sooo early with any Christmas decoration :)

 I really hope you’ll visit the rest of the merry- go rounders too!!

Laura at Blue Terracotta -  http://blueterracotta.com/  

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/

Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com

Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

A  happy weekend, all!

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The Merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world.

 

This days topic is let you inspire to create something by someone else’s picture from the May post.  I got this inspiration picture taken by Jen from painted fish studio.” This picture of a bike locked to a canal bridge… this one captures what Amsterdam is to me. “ 

amsterdam : bike on pastoorsbrug, brouwersgracht & keizersgracht 

First I wanted to felt a lock, as when you don’t have a good lock (or two) on your bike in Amsterdam, you can bet it will be gone… but as I didn’t had enough time anymore so I started felting this last evening:

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When I finished it I took pictures, but I think the memory card wasn’t inside the camera  :(   (Yes happens to me too, hihihi) unfortunately I cannot show it how it ended up while being flat.. But here is the result..

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I made a bike seat cover… The openings I made are for a little rope to go though and I pulled it under the seat… And I felted it on the seat .  Now just hope I felted it so hard the rain will not get in…

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Now let’s see what Laura made inspired by my picture :)

Laura at Blue Terracotta -   http://blueterracotta.com/  

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/

Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com

Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

A  happy weekend, all!

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WOUW this is my 260th blog post and to celebrate that I´ll do a give away…..   I never thought I would have so much fun with blogging. Thank you all for your comments in the past and hopefully also in the future!! More info about the give – away at the bottom of this post.
First let me tell you about The Merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world.
 This last friday of this month the theme is` Share a  photo that affects you  someway`
I love making pictures, I think  I use my camera everyday.. so I descide to stick to a picture I made myself. Terrible diffycult to choose just one but here it is:
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I really love this flower (Aquilegia ) as it is a sign summer is coming. This one is really special as it has a double layer of petals and all the ribbles in it, a little piece of art, just like many other flowers and plants are.. I can get inspired to make felt with a structure like this.  
Please see which picture my other merriers have chosen.

Laura at Blue Terracotta -   http://blueterracotta.com/  

Monika at Red2White - http://red2white.wordpress.com/     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles - http://www.dirksendabbles.com/    

Ruth at Birdland Creations - http://insidetheartisan.blogspot.com  

Sara at Crafts of Texture - http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers - http://www.vintageisforlovers.com/

Mariana at Florcita - http://florcita.eu/wordpress/

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent - http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com

Jen at Painted Fish Studio - http://paintedfishstudio.com

Mitsy at ArtMind - http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.com 

Now for my give away I will give away a felted belt and as I will have a very bussy time ahead I’ll take one which is ready to ship. Hope you like it :) This belt can be worn on your hips or higher (just under your breasts) . It will give any simple clothgarment a special look. The length is 80 cm cords not included, cords are 45 cm long and it is  10 cm wide I made it with pastel green soft merinowool, silkfibers and white lace.

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All  you need to do  for 3 chances to win is :

  1. Leave a comment where you tell me how much you would pay for a felted belt like this (=one entry)
  2. Follow my businesspage on facebook  or tell me if you already do so (=also one entry)
  3. Blog about this give away on your blog and tell me the link (=also and entry)

Make sure I can contact you in case you win :) Good luck!! I´ll ship world wide .

This give away will stay opened till May 31th 24.ooh European time.. so spread the word

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Visitors on Friday

This morning I had a lovely visit from Mariana from Florcita and Misty (sorry should be MITSY ) from Artmind. We talked about a collaboration project for the merry-go- round group. I believe we are the only 3 people whom live so close together and meet quite often in real….  Which is fun!!

Before we knew the morning was gone: talked about this and that, drunk coffee, had some cakes,  saw my latest feltingprojects and made walk through my garden. Ladies it was a joy having you around again and as always time is just too short when we are together. Till next time!!

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