Thank you for the comments and support!
Bonnie, I will be contacting you shortly to find out what type of ‘custom’ felt pup you want.
I have been asked by a few people ‘how did you come up with making dogs’ and ‘why are you making them’. My close friends/family that know ‘why’ I am making them have urged me to share a little. So, here is a little bit of information on what the felt pups are helping support.
When our son came into our lives at 18 months old, neither one of us thought it would be ‘easy’. Anybody who thinks raising a child is easy, is in for a big surprise. However, we did not envision the journey would lead us to where we are now. When they say ‘it takes a village’, it truly does and we have been very fortunate to have some incredible village members. We have gotten some great help along the way, but lately it feels like someone finally gave us the puzzle pieces we needed to finish this very complex puzzle.
Our son has been seeing an occupational therapist for sensory issues for some time and he has glasses for his strabismus, but he was still struggling. There is nothing worse than seeing your son struggling and not be able to help. The consensus was that he needed vision therapy. His eyes were not teaming correctly and that was causing him tremendous difficulties. The price tag made our jaws drop. This was not the first time we had been told that he needed vision therapy, so despite the jaw dropping price tag, we knew we needed to make it happen.
Who knew my love for dogs and felting would be the answer to our prayers. I have now made 42 dogs and each one that is ordered is a blessing. We have a long ways to go, but the path seems a little less cluttered with road blocks. In a weird twist, my youngest niece has also been helped because of the journey we have taken (see I told you it takes a village). She was having severe difficulties and with the help of a sensory specialist, is now on a better path as well.
I feel a strong urge to help more children and to bring more awareness to both sensory issues and vision therapy. If you have not heard of Sensory Processing Disorder, I urge you to look at the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation page and learn more about it.
****This contest has CLOSED****
****As a ‘thank you’ to all of the support I have received and to all of our friends for helping us along the way….I am having a giveaway of one of my Custom Felt pups!****
To keep up with my felting adventures, you can visit my Kenleigh Acres Facebook .
Prints, cards, pups, bags, calendars, and more information on my Felt Pups can be found on my Kenleigh’s Fiber Studio website.
On my Kenleigh Acres Facebook page, I have been introducing the new felt pups as they are created. This particular felt pup is near and dear to my heart and needed her own blogpost.
Here she is in her later years.
She was my first dog and it was so hard to say good-bye. I had her for 14 years and she was my heart dog. I have a print hanging in my office that was done by Mary Anne Radmacher and part of it says…
‘kenzie – the finest walks are the longest ones with you. no matter what time brings you will always walk beside me.’
I wasn’t supposed to get a puppy, my parents were getting a puppy for my younger brother, but I got impatient waiting in the car. I walked into the area where the puppies were and she crawled out from under a ledge and I knew she had to come home with me. One of the things I will always be grateful for is that my parents let me bring her home. My brother came home with her brother, Willy.
This makes Felt Pup #42 that I have made. With orders stacking up and Christmas gifts being ordered, she wasn’t on my list to make, but the universe works in mysterious ways. My mom has been
bugging urging me to make a ‘Kenzie’ for my little mascot and I kept saying, at some point I will make a ‘Kenzie’, but not right now.
Earlier this week, I was working on a Border collie that ended up turning into a ‘custom’ Border collie and the coloring wasn’t close to the same. Funny thing is that the coloring was exactly what Kenzie looked like. She was a Border collie/Aussie mix and had a natural bob tail. She used to love bringing the horses in and she would have thoroughly enjoyed the sheep chores, unfortunately we didn’t have the sheep before she passed away.
She can now sit on my desk, keeping me company and herding the little felt sheep.
I’m happy to have a littler version of Kenzie in my life again and I share the sentiments of my sister that had this to say about her felt ‘Kodi’ – ‘…looks just like her and how I wish that it could come to life!’
To see more of the Felt Pups, you can visit their new website – Kenleigh’s Fiber Studio
Outstanding, Family, Friends, and Fiber…also known as the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. What a great time we had at the festival last weekend!
It started on Friday with a fabulous felted boot class with Carin Engen. It turned out that 3 very fun ladies were also taking the same class. At the end of the day, there were a lot of beautiful boots around the room.
Here are mine. I will be ordering soles soon and adding buttons up the side.
Since I was in a class all day, I was a little short on time to set-up my vendor booth. Thanks to a couple spectacular friends, this wasn’t an issue at all!!!!
Love these two ladies!!! In addition to helping me set my booth up, they also watched it for little bits of time throughout the weekend. Words can’t describe how much I appreciate their help.
My parents also came over and helped me put the finishing touches on it. They have an apartment close to the festival location and I got to hang out with them for the weekend, what a treat! They also watched my whippet, Paisley, for me during the day. She did a very good job of convincing them that the princess only does what the princess wants to do 😉
The mornings were beautiful and the weather was so cooperative!
A friend’s dog, Zeke, got to show off his mad duck herding skills. It was a big crowd pleaser.
A mama llama and her mini me.
I love seeing all of the breeds of sheep. This poor guy needed a new hairdo…
there, much better!
I think this guy was a little jealous 😉
Lots of baaaaing back and forth between the barn and the show ring.
Love those Border Leicesters!
The Icelandic Sheep breed was the featured breed and there were a lot of lovely fleeces to admire – on the sheep…
and of course…my favorite breed. Love the horns on this little girl.
Quality time with great friends enjoying what we love!
It all started on July 27th when I posted photos of a felt dog that I made as a ‘thank you’ gift for someone who went above and beyond for us.
Say ‘hello’ to Doc, a Blue Heeler.
I posted photos on my Kenleigh Acres Facebook page and the orders started coming in and the dogs started moving out!
The first group shot.
Some of them have been special replicas of dogs that have moved on and left a hole in their owner’s hearts. This is Kodi. She was a very special dog for my sister and I can remember hiding her in my room as a tiny puppy for a few days before Christmas, many years ago.
This is Sally Sue…a Basset Hound. Don’t tell the others, but she is one of my favorites 🙂
More dogs and another group shot.
A fun group of Aussie girls…
Bubbles, Dabble, and Mardi.
Some of the dogs are serious workers, much like they are in life.
When I finished this American Eskimo, I went to bed thinking about where I wanted to take a picture of it the next morning. My mind went on a creative tangent and my poor husband woke up to me asking him if he could help me take another group shot of the dogs on the back of one of our sheep! Bless his heart, he just kind of shook his head and said ‘sure’.
So, we boxed up the pups and headed out to the pasture.
An adult ram in a breeding group isn’t the sheep I would normally choose, but Aragon isn’t really a ‘normal’ ram.
My husband scratched his chin while I set the dogs on his back. Aragon just kind of melts and goes into a trance when you touch him. Perfect for taking photos!
Unfortunately, he also wags his tail, so a couple of the pups took a plunge. They were set up again and…
we got the shot!
I added a little bit of wording and
I now have a sign to take with me to the upcoming fiber shows.
I love that my passion for sheep and dogs have collided in such a fun way!
All of the dogs can be seen on my Kenleigh Acres Facebook page.
When you combine a bunch of fun ladies with a full day of felting, you are bound to have a day full of laughs 🙂
That is exactly what we did on Friday! I taught a nuno felt tank top class and it was a blast.
Kelly and Lauren are measuring out the silk fabric for their shirts.
The laughs really started when we held up and they tried on the silk ‘shirts’. We had to account for the shrinkage of the wool, but wrapping our heads around why they were THIS big was funny. I assured them it would be ok!
Coleen volunteered to be the seamstress…or maybe she just sat down in the chair first 😉 She was hard at work…
or maybe that was hardly working!
Next, it was time to lay out the fiber.
We were crammed into every corner of my shop. We were hoping to be outside and enjoy the sunshine, but it was too windy and it would have been disasterous…fiber everywhere!
I missed getting pictures of wetting down the projects, but it was probably because I was laughing at the comments flying around. My favorite of the day was ‘who jacked my shower curtain?’ said in total seriousness 🙂 We used sheer shower curtains to lay over the fiber and wet it down. This holds the fiber in place while it allows the water to soak through.
Next came the rolling. Some was done by hand…
and other’s were done by the rolling machines that a couple of ladies brought.
No matter what technique was used, the results were beautiful! Here is Lauren modeling her shirt…
and Sharon with her’s. Sharon was a real trooper…this was her first felting experience. She really jumped in the deep end with this project!
I didn’t get pictures of the rest, but they were just as fabulous!
One of my favorite things about Black Sheep Gathering is walking around and taking in all of the colors and textures.
It is a bit overwhelming at first and many people can be seen with a glazed over look on their faces – a sure sign of trying to take it all in at once.
Judy Taylor at Little House Rugs and her hooked rugs are always a favorite of mine.
I always have to buy a little bit of dyed fiber to play with and the Bluefaced roving at Dicentra’s is a new favorite. So many vivid colors to choose from!
Jacob sheep will always be my favorite, but I do love all sheep. This particular one has lots of character 🙂
This little guy really had the ‘cute’ factor. He is a Navajo-Churro ram lamb…
and this is a yearling ewe of the same breeding.
This is a Lincoln ram and he was getting the best rub down EVER!
If I had the room, this is the other breed I would have. I love the Bluefaces and their ridiculous ears!
A HUGE thanks to my sister-in-law, Erica, for manning our booth so I could walk around and take in some sights. Showing sheep, doing herding demos, and sitting at the vendor booth is very hard to do all at the same time! I couldn’t have asked for better help, she restocked the tables, answered questions, and did a fabulous job with no fiber knowledge!
Here is my little pile of goodies that I brought home. The book is one that I have looked at before, but the price tag has always held me back. Thanks to a friend for making me buy it, it is a treasure!
Here are the colors I decided on from Dicentra – I can’t wait to use them!
I ordered a few more of the lightweight panels from Shaul’s. They are easy for me to move around and they have already come in handy…more about that later.
I also have a few new sheep! A few more Mud Ranch girls, a ewe lamb from Meridian Jacobs, and a yearling ram from bide a wee farm. They deserve their own post though, so I will share pictures of them in the next day or two.