Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lake Michigan at sunset, Chicago Illinois

While waiting for my son to finish his soccer practice I took a few pictures of Lake Michigan at sunset. Beautiful lake it is!

Lake Michigan at sunset

This place is called Montrose beach at Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan at sunset

They have a small space designeted as a nature area with birds and insects one will not see in other places.

Lake Michigan at sunset

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Needle felted toys, mini birds and animals by Natasha Belova

Amazing needle felted miniature birds and animals by Natasha Belova. Each felted animal is a brooch and could be pinned to a jacket or a coat. The colors are amazing and the craftsmanship is of the highest order. All these pins and brooches could be great small gifts for your loved ones. In addition to pins Natasha makes toys. Each toy is needle felted of wool and other natural fibers and has a personality of its own.

Could you please tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Natasha and I live in a small city Zhukovsky in Russia. I work as a graphic designer in a local company. I've always loved to create with my hands. When I was in my twenties I used to sew and paint. I've discovered the magical world of felting many years ago and have been experimenting with felting ever since. I've started hand making small needle felted toys and pins about three years ago. They were small gifts for dear friends at first. Later, I began selling my felted animals at shows and through local shops.

In 2014 I've finally decided to open my Etsy shop znmystery. When I have free time (mostly after work) I make miniature bird and animal pins and brooches.

What are your main sources of inspiration?

I always get inspired by nature that offers such a wide variety of species in all shapes and colors. Nothing can compare to the world around us! My owls, finches, hedgehogs, rabbits have all been modeled on amazing birds and animals that live in nature. I try to spend as such time outside as possible. I love to travel, to take strolls in local forests and parks. I'm into mushroom picking that is quite popular in my region. I use only natural and organic materials for my pins, brooches and toys. Wool, silk, cotton, linen are an integral part of nature. By using them I try to pass a small part of nature on to whoever buys my birds and animals.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Montrose Bog beach in Chicago

Just discovered this nice dog beach in Chicago. One can tell how much fun all these dogs have running around the beach. It's located next to Montrose Beach on lake Michigan and is supported by an non-profit organization. Volunteers keep it clean and neat. The beach is listed as one of the best dog parks in the country.

Montrose dog beach

Inspired by the cool breeze and nice weather I came home and created a pale blue and gray hand felted scarf. Since I leave not too far from the lake now it looks like it will be my prime source of inspiration.

Blue Gray hand felted sacrf