Beautiful Change

On July 9th, we welcomed our little Margot Amelia into the world!

It has been a big last two months full of new experiences, adjustments, a sleepiness i’ve never known and an uncanny joy and love for this baby girl. 

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As a new family rhythm begins to emerge, I am excited to be returning to the felting world with a fresh appreciation and camaraderie for the mothers and fathers I will be working with to craft mobiles! I will be sure to post an update when my Etsy shop is up and running again. 

 

–Photos by our friend; the amazing Heather Gemmer of Gemmer Photography

 

A New Chapter…

I am pleased to share that my husband and I are happily anticipating a new addition to our family this coming July! I will be keeping busy with mobiles and other pieces for the next two months but then will be taking a break for a bit to get to know our little girl and the changes she will bring to our day to day. I will stop taking orders at the end of May so that I can fulfill everything before her arrival. I hope to return to my work in September when we’ve developed a bit of a rhythm.   

In the mean time I will also have some fun planning my own nursery…now to choose a mobile design…

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Full-time Felting

One of the more significant developments from the last couple months is that I phased out of my long-term nanny job after 8 years with the same family (and three great kids) and am now operating Sheep Creek Needlecraft full-time!

If you’ve been thinking of a custom mobile to complete your nursery, a customized animal figure to be front-and-center on your desk at work, or an area rug to keep your feet cozy on those fall and winter weekend reading sessions, send me an Etsy Conversation. I’d love to spend some time discussing your thoughts and ideas!

-Andrea

Down Sheep Creek Road

Down a little gravel road along Sheep Creek, you’ll find the valley of farmland where I grew up. It was my great grandfather and grandfather who headed west from dusty South Dakota in the 30’s to set up our farm in North Idaho.

Having grown up with this legacy, I can’t seem to shake a certain desire to use my hands to interact with and cultivate nature in some way. I have found felting with wool to be a great outlet in the city to reconnect with some of my farm roots.

I have to admit that I do daydream a bit about having a spot of land some day to keep a sheep or two…

Away to the countryside…

I remember taking walks with my sister to find bachelor buttons that grew along the edges of our fields in the summer. Or walking down the little line of grass by our cow pasture that always sprouted the first buttercups of Spring.

I grew up with nature right at my doorstep. I can’t help but be inspired by it! Living in Portland is great, but getting out into the countryside is like a breath of fresh air; a healthy dose of vitamins for my farm girl soul. There is something about my family’s farm that is so revitalizing. Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter; any time of the year.

Wool felting is rooted in nature; animals, plants, hands… So am I. I know that is a large part of the reason I am so drawn to the art.

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