A brief quiet moment tonight before my cactus workshop at @thefreckledhenfarmhouse. I had an amazing time with a wonderful group of ladies and enjoyed watching them explore their creativity. Teaching others how to grow creatively and to try new things is my absolute favorite. Some days I can't believe I get to do this for a living.
Creating texture with texture on this portrait of a pup who loves belly rubs! PS: THANK YOU for all your congrats AND birthday wishes. You sure know how to make a gal feel loved. #HAMportraits#paintingwithwool#needlefelting
Exciting News! First of all, it's my birthday! But who cares about birthdays when you've got even BIGGER news to share?! I'm thrilled to announce that I've signed on with @abramsbooks to publish a book all about Painting With Wool! It will be filled with DIY projects for your home, wardrobe, accessories, etc. Very much looking forward to the challenge of putting it all together and creating a beautiful craft book for you all!
Last call for my Northwest Arkansas friends: join me this Friday night from 6-8 in Fayetteville at @thefreckledhenfarmhouse for a Felted Cactus Workshop! Details and registration at daniives.com on the Workshops tab. For all my other cactus fanatic friends (I mean, who isn't?), I have an online #DIYcactuscourse that you can take, and it's only $20!Oh, and I've put together an add-on kit that includes the supplies you'll need for the online course projects, so you don't even have to go shopping for individual felting supplies. Everything can be found in my profile link.
It's crazy what the slightest change in color or line direction can do for perceived texture. I'm very much enjoying creating the individual scutes and scales on this box turtle. #needlefelting#paintingwithwool#HAMportraits
I have really exciting news to share, AND I'll be announcing summer commission openings in my newsletter tomorrow. If you don't subscribe, you can sign up at the bottom of my home page at daniives.com. (I seriously can't wait to share!!). On another note, this handsome guy is Jet. He's another addition to #HAMportraits, and he's 24 of 30 in the collection.
PS: Thanks for all the love on my last post. I'm such a lucky gal.
Today is our ninth wedding anniversary! I'm about to get a little (maybe a lot) mushy here, because I really, really like this guy. When I wanted to do this art thing full time two years ago, he supported me whole-heartedly. He lets me know that he's proud of me and said the other day that he's excited to see my business grow and what's next for me as an artist. He's up for adventures anytime, anywhere and is the perfect travel buddy. He makes me laugh. ALL the time. He teaches me new things, and I love when we have long, thoughtful conversations together. I miss him when he's not around and basically want to hang out with him always, because he's my best friend. Love ya babe!
Missouri babes: there are a few seats still available in the Painting With Wool needle felting workshop this Sunday (2-5pm at @culturecstreet/@eurasiacoffeeandtea). Grab a friend and join us! Head to daniives.com and click on Workshops to register. Can't wait to hang out with you all!
Deadlines approach, so I'm staying up late to felt. I've got a cup of herbal tea (rose + peppermint) and this adorable pup to keep me company! I'm settling in to make some progress on the apparently super comfy bed he's got there. #petportrait#HAMportraits#paintingwithwool#PlaxicoTheDog
Last week in my stories you may have seen me share next month's project from @thecraftersbox. I spent some down time (read: Netflix time) making these beautiful paper flowers over the weekend, and I am smitten! Scroll through the photos to see a few come together. All the supplies you see are what comes in the box--glue gun + glue, rose gold scissors, wire and cutters, gorgeous crepe paper, and floral tape. Each box also comes with access to an online tutorial, and this one is taught by Margie Keates of @thelovelyave. It's such an enjoyable project! You can snag one of these boxes only through April 20, so don't wait! I'll keep the link in my profile up for a bit, but you can also head to www.thecraftersbox.com to check it out. (Let them know I sent you!) Happy Monday, friends! #thecraftersbox
I finished one more horse this week, so now this handsome duo can join the other #HAMportraits. I'm in the final stretch of creating this collection of portraits for @historicark, and it's been such an enlightening experience. More on that later. In the meantime, I know so many of you are wanting commissions, so here's some info: Firstly, please visit daniives.com and click on the Commissions tab to get details about sizes/prices. Then be sure to sign up for my newsletter, because I plan on announcing openings next week! #petportrait#paintingwithwool
HI! Just popping in to remind you that the #NationalPetDay Auction for an 8" Pet Portrait Hoop ends in about 3 hours at 8 PM Central. All proceeds will be donated to a local animal org in YOUR area. See my previous post for the details. ALSO, the GIVEAWAY is still open until tomorrow evening. See two posts back. You guys are killing me with your heartfelt pet stories. But I know how you feel--I love my pets too! PS: I rarely show close-ups like this. Should I do so more often? #paintingwithwool#petportrait
***Random winner: @inspiremegrey!**THANK YOU for all your heartfelt entries!!** Giveaway now closed*** It's #NationalPetDay! Let's celebrate with a GIVEAWAY + AUCTION! This is the GIVEAWAY post.
Up for grabs is a 6" pet portrait, to be shipped next month. Open internationally. To enter, tell me something about the pet you'd like to have the portrait made of in the comments below. That's all you have to do! I'll randomly pick a winner on Thursday April 13 and tag them here.
Be sure to check out the Auction post next for a larger portrait and to give back to YOUR community!
Well, I put her away for the night and revisited her this morning. Made a few minor changes, but overall I'm happy. Thanks for all your kind words of encouragement. Gratitude filled my heart as I read each comment. Seriously, you all are amazing. I hope you have a great weekend, friends! #HAMportraits#paintingwithwool#needlefelting
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS! Swipe through the photos for peeks at past workshops, details, and dates. Springfield MO, April 23, 2-5pm, Painting with Wool at @culturecstreet is half sold out--don't wait to register! Needle Felted Cactus, April 28 6-8pm, Fayetteville AR at @thefreckledhenfarmhouse!
I hope you can join me for a workshop. Teaching these classes are one of my very favorite things to do!
Register at www.daniives.com. Click on Workshops.