Posts Tagged ‘small bird jewelry’

12/22/10

Remember Jenna of Small Bird Jewelry from  last week’s felt garland tutorial? Well, this week, I am chatting with Jenna again. But this time, its for a holiday house tour and mini interview. How fun!

I really want to share Jenna’s beautiful home, so let’s just jump right in. Oh, but before we do, let’s take a moment to “awww” over Jenna’s cat. Adorable. Okay, are we good? Let’s get going than…

Tell us a little about yourself .

I’m an art teacher and jewelry maker in Rochester, NY. My handcrafted jewelry can be found at www.smallbirdjewelry.com.

What kind of home do you live in?

My house was built in 1928. Although it had been updated over the years, it still had enough of its original charm to make me fall in love with it.

What is your favorite project that you completed in regards to your home?

My favorite project (although I have to give all the credit to my dad) was installing the sliding glass door in the dining room. It added so much more light to the space and created a perfect connection to the outdoors.  With the recent addition of the deck (um, thanks again, Dad!) I use my outdoor space constantly throughout the spring and summer months.

How has having such a creative career inspired you in decorating your home?

Being a part of the independent craft community has really influenced the look and feel of my living space. Staying connected through blogs and Flickr contacts allows me to be inspired by other indie artists with whom I share a similar aesthetic.  I love seeing what other people are making or finding or repurposing; often incorporating those ideas into my own home. Not surprisingly, most of my art and accessories are either vintage finds or have been made by independent artists. I love surrounding myself with objects that have meaning and make me feel “at home.”

Thanks so much Jenna for sharing your home with us and answering a few questions. Please visit Jenna’s shop, Small Bird, to view Jenna’s lovely handcrafted jewelry collection. And receive 10% off your purchase now through January 9th when you use the code papernstitch at checkout.

12/14/10

A guest post by Jenna Thompson of Small Bird Handcrafted Jewelry.

I love handmade Christmas decorations, but I hardly had any that were made by my own hands…until now…

I think I meant to make this felted garland last year…but I never got around to it. (That’s a familiar tune around here this time of year.)  It was not *quite* as quick and easy as I had hoped, but that’s probably due, in part, to my perfectionism rearing it’s ugly head halfway through this thing. That’s not to say that it was difficult, by any means. I just added some extra steps.

I used about 1.5 oz. wool roving in several colors, and got about 48 balls out of it. I needed two pairs of stockings to tie up the roving, and used the washing machine technique for felting. The problem was that wherever the stocking gathered between knots, it created a crease in the felted ball. I wound up with 48 little brightly colored…fannies (which you can sort of see in the bowl in the photo below). Ahem. So I hauled my fanny to the craft store and bought some needle felting tools. I’d only tried needle felting once, at a sheep and wool festival, but that little demo provided me with all the knowledge I needed for this project i.e., stabstabstabstabstabstabstab…

I arranged the various felted balls in a perfectly random pattern (I know, I have a problem), and used a natural, twine-colored worsted weight yarn to string them. I love the handmade touch they add to my mantle.

About Jenna: Jenna is the designer and crafter behind Small Bird Jewelry. When she’s not making jewelry, she’s probably knitting, sewing, or doing home improvement projects. Get shop updates by following smallbirdshop on Twitter at this link.