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Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Orchard Birds available now at enormoustinyart.com. Link in profile for a bit. 💜💜💜#eta22 #paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

I had the urge to make another apple, and I thought a fat bumblebee would like to hang out here. 🍎🐝 💁🏻This hoop and a handful of others will be available locally at @thefreckledhenfarmhouse this Saturday from 10-4. Swipe for more details and come say hi! #paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

The first six #OrchardBirds! This flock is flying off to @nahcotta tomorrow for @enormoustinyart, which means they'll be up for grabs SOON! If you want to be notified when they are available online, please email @enormoustinyart to get on that list. 😘 I'm absolutely in LOVE with this new series--more to be added later. #paintingwithwool #eta22

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

I shared this in my Stories on Monday, but I wanted to add it here. 😁 A HUGE thanks to @arkansaslife for featuring my work in their Best Of 2017 Issue. 🖤#paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Hey Oklahoma friends! I'll be teaching a Painting With Wool workshop at @chirpsandcheers on Oct 21. I hope you can grab a friend and join us! Head to daniives.com and click on Workshops for full details and to reserve your spot. Can't wait to see you!

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Currently sketching out the sixth composition for this group of #OrchardBirds. Wanna take a guess at the next fruit/bird combo? I'll sweeten the deal: if you guess the correct duo before I post again, I'll send you a free print from this collection when they're made. 🍎EDIT: Time's up! I'm sketching a chickadee and apple! I'll contact those of you (8!!) who guessed correctly. 🙌🏼😉 #eta22 #paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Left: my very FIRST pet portrait in Dec 2014. Right: Two years and some days later. I've spent thousands of hours felting to get where I am, to learn my craft and be better. I strive to improve every day, because there's always something new to learn. Friends, I hope you will always aim for growth, and never forget to lift each other up along the way. Thanks SO MUCH for being here. 💕

PS: When you look back on your older/beginning work and feel embarrassed, that's a GOOD thing. That's how you want to feel, because that's how you know you've grown. 🌱😘

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

😱😱😱You can see a mini photo of this beautiful Dalmatian portrait and read kind words about my pet portraits in the September issue of @oprahmagazine. I can hardly believe it! 🙈🙈🙈 Also, can we talk about that skirt @oprah is wearing?! 😍😍 I just picked up this portrait and the other #HAMportraits from Little Rock yesterday, and they'll be shipping out to their homes very soon. (I'm waiting on a little something to go with each piece, so bear with me if you're anxiously waiting, too.) Things are a bit crazy around here. My husband and I are closing on a house tomorrow! We are excited to be homeowners again and put some roots down in this northwest Arkansas community. This was a quick and unplanned purchase, so it's really creating total chaos in my schedule. 😬 BUT, it's going to lead to great things for us. So who wants to help us move?! Lol jk. Kind of.

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

The #OrchardBirds flock is growing. 💛 Two more will join the current group and will be sent to @nahcotta for the @enormoustinyart show in September. #eta22 #paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

🍊Your dose of Vitamin C for today. 😉 #OrchardBirds Also, I HIGHLY underestimated your enthusiasm for velvet--I mean, WOW. I've got some fun plans for that, so stay tuned. #paintingwithwool #needlefelting #eta22

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Um, I need to know how you feel about VELVET? ✨😬💁🏻

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

A mini portrait. 🖤 I'm thinking about reviving this portrait size option in a 3 or 4 inch hoop when commissions open again around September. Is this an option you'd like to have? PS: Sign up for my newsletter to get info about when commissions open--->head to the bottom of my home page or commissions page at daniives.com. 😘 #paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Look how adorable Atlas is with his portrait! Thank you so much @emilyhesslen for sharing!! 😍#paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

I'm wondering if maybe starting this series was a bad idea, because it's going to be SO hard to let these birds go. 😭🙈 Mourning Dove + Plums for #OrchardBirds. #paintingwithwool #eta22

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Meet Olive! It's bittersweet sending finished portraits off to their homes, but I know they are excitedly received. 💚 I'm happy and so grateful to create keepsakes of your animal friends for you. If you're curious about commissions, there's a page on my website dedicated to that info. I will be taking on more portraits later this year, BUT I will be working around a very busy book production schedule. I'll also be doing a bit of traveling for felting workshops: Denver on Sept 23, OKC on Oct 21, Dallas likely in Nov. You can register now for Denver and OKC--head to my website or DM me for the link. 😘#paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Another #OrchardBirds piece in progress. Very much looking forward to bringing this mourning dove to life, but I'm also kind of loving its current ghost-like quality. This is a very pretty pale blue linen, which doesn't come across well in the photo. Six of the new Orchard Birds series will be at the next @enormoustinyart show in September. 💜 #paintingwithwool

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

I've had to fight through some resistance to get to this point on this portrait. I've had many things pulling me away from felting this week (exciting life things), but each time I actually sat down to felt, no significant progress was made. I would catch myself finding other tasks to do instead. When there's no momentum, progress is hard. And when pieces take longer than I expect them to, I can get very discouraged. Thankfully I've learned not to overextend myself when it comes to creating portraits, but it's taken a couple years to get to that point of knowing I need some buffer time. I've also learned that sometimes creating is accomplished with tiny steps RATHER than finding a flow. So bit by bit this pup is finally coming together, and I'm happy to see this cute face emerge. 💚 #paintingwithwool #needlefelting

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

I need your help. 😬I'm planning on turning some recent pieces into prints, but I'm having a hard time picking out favorites. Which piece(s) out of these and other #HAMportraits would you like to see available as a print?? 😘😘

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist (@begoodnatured)

Editing e-course videos this morning. 🎬 Here's a peek at a new lesson dropping soon for Felt With Me! If you're interested, I'm giving away a couple e-courses over at @shaileyandkatie (look for the toadstool photo.) And you can check out my e-course details and kits on my website. 😘 #paintingwithwool
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