Thursday, November 6, 2008

Felt and Fancy

Hypotheses abound as to why the fabric we tenderly, almost affectionately refer to as “felt” gives us the warm fuzzies. Is it the spiritual echoes of Sunday School lessons animated with floppy characters slapped up against feltboards? The unburdened memories of a childhood decorated with fall cutouts, perhaps, of pumpkins and scarecrows our first-grade teachers strung around the room? The wistful recollection of a favorite blanket? Whatever it is, we can’t help but smile at the mere mention of this wispy, wooly material. It’s a savvy businesswoman indeed, then, who can tap that well of warmth and turn out a grown-up line of felt brooches that any lady with half an ounce of personality would be proud to wear. When Heidi of Pink Sparrow isn’t crafting unique necklaces, earrings, buttons and other jewelry items, she pours her enthusiasm for color into images on felt that are beyond cute, venturing well into “that…is…aDORable” territory.

Sleepy apples, starry-eyed owls, smiling skulls; the subjects of Heidi’s work would be considered relatively eclectic save for the fact that each has a charmingly organic quality in common with the others. The visual texture of the lovely Prism Flower wool felt pin, for example, sends so many different color signals to the eyes that the effect is almost hypnotic, and yet the material is so accessible and natural that one can almost smell in it the sweet breeze of summer. The point of these brooches is not craft a less-expensive version of something mass produced by factory drones, but rather to celebrate the singularity and exceptionality of something original and completely handmade. And of course, it goes without saying that a Pink Sparrow brooch accessorizes one’s outfit like nobody’s business. If handcrafted jewelry is a subject you love to “brooch,” you’ll find this next bit of news especially exciting: Heidi will be giving away (are you ready?) THREE floral brooches similar to the ones pictured here, here & here to the winner of today’s giveaway. To enter, visit Pink Sparrow, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Wishing Willow subscribers earn an extra entry; be sure to let us know in a second post if you’re a subscriber. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/14/08. Best of Luck!

**We have a winner! Berry who said, "My fave is the MOD OWL wool felt pin, any of the three colors!"**

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Irit said...

How can I resist a giveaway that ends on my birthday? :-)

My favorites are definitely the Sleepy Apple pins. So cute!

iritca [at] gmail.com

Irit said...

I'm a subscriber.

iritca [at] gmail.com

Dee said...

my fav is definately the one you have pictured..but I also like the Miles of Squares Felt Pin!

Dee said...

AND..I subscribe! Thanks for the chance!

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the CHEEP CHIRP Birdie wool felt pin..

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Jenn S. said...

I really like the MOD OWL wool felt pin.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I like the miles of squares pin!!!

these are such cute little gifts!

Jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Peggy said...

The apple pins are too cute. My favorite is the flower pins, Prism Flower wool felt pin , this would look great!
matternu@aol.com

Peggy said...

I subscribe

Whimsical Creations said...

I am a subscriber.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

andreashops said...

I like the Prism flower you have pictured and the Mod Owl brooch. So cute!

andreashops said...

I'm a subscriber =)

Berry said...

Hi!
My fave is the MOD OWL wool felt pin, any of the three colors!

Berry said...

I'm a subscriber!

Maja said...

sleepy apple pins

angelina115@hotmail.com

Maja said...

subscriber

Jodi Renshaw said...

I am loving the Cheep Chirp birdy pin. So sweet.

~ Jodi
jrenshaw at hotmail dot com

Jodi Renshaw said...

I am a subscriber :)

Jrenshaw at hotmail dot com

kygirl said...

The apple pins

beartifix said...

Awww, how sweet!!! I fell in love with the MOD OWL wool felt pin. I tend to love owls.

beartifix said...

...And, I am a subscriber. :)

Steph said...

My favorite item is the Skully wool felt pin.

beartifix@aol.com said...

Ugh... please note this is my third entry because I forgot to include my e-mail address on my other two.

beartifix@aol.com

Anonymous said...

The Prism Flower wool felt pin is my favorite. I'd keep it for myself! Thanks for the contest. Charlotte
charlottewinters@cox.net

Adrienne said...
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Adrienne said...

ooops forgot to add my email.

Anyhoot I love all the felt things she had in her shop, especially, the felt apples, and the felt skulls!

a_Rose_l[at]hotmail[com]

Adrienne said...

I am also a subscriber :D
a_rose_l[at]hotmail[dot]com

Shannon said...

I like the modern living earrings.

Kirby McCauley said...

The pink skully is my absolute favorite!

Kirby McCauley said...

I am a subscriber ☺

zoe hunter said...

I love the:

Prism Flower wool felt pin

very pretty, love the colors. Thanks for the contest.

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber

Roseann K. said...

The miles of squares pin is cute!

Carolyn said...

How cute are these, and who would have thought they would be? I loved the owl pins, the little chirpy bird, the skully pin and the little apple guys. Thanks so much for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber.

thanks

ceashark at aol dot com

kellyache[at]hotmail.com said...

My favourites are the Cheep Chirp, Mod Owl, and the Flower Garden pins. Very cool.

kellyache[at]hotmail.com said...

Also, I subscribe. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Flower Cluster wool felt pin

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

jen phifer said...

I love the Flower Garden wool felt pin.

jenlanay[at]yahoo[dot]com

jen phifer said...

i subscribe as well :)
jenlanay[at]yahoo[dot]com

Digital Misfit said...

Great giveaway!
I love the Miles of Squares pin http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16147682 and definitely the adorable Bad Apple!

heidig@gmail.com

Digital Misfit said...

I am a subscriber!

lisagee said...

CHEEP CHIRP Birdie wool felt pin because I love them birdies :o)

Roberta said...

I lovge the Fat Blossom wool felt pin in the browny/ beige. Thank so much.

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

Roberta said...

I subscribe also.

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

cathyhall said...

I love this site, the Vintage Glam button earrings in transparent pink are fabulous, thanks so much.

cathyhall said...

subscriber

Norris Family said...

I love Pink Sparrow, especially the Skully wool felt pin - thanks so much for your great giveaways.

davidjnorris at ntlworld.com

hazel said...

I love the MOD OWL wool felt pin!
mitanari[at]yahoo.com

Brenda Jean said...

I really like the Rainbow Zinnia felt pin, and the one you have featured on the blog. Beautiful!

Melissa B. said...

The Vintage Glam button earrings are too cute.

The Jackson Family said...

I love the prism flower, it is gorgeous!

The Jackson Family said...

I also subscribe!

Rebecca said...

They are all so adorable. I love the flower pin pictured.

Rebecca said...

And I'm a subscriber too!!!

MaggieM said...

I must say, the Prism Flower Wool Felt Pin is truly my favorite. I also like all of her Vintage Glass Button Earrings! I'd love to win this giveaway!

I'm also a subscriber.

nonie said...

Sleeping apple is the best!! Its so adorable!
kingdomhartless@yahoo.com

mverno said...

prism flower is great

Hanna said...

I like the Flower Garden wool felt pin. cute!

Hanna said...

i'm a subscriber.

Sandy said...

the mod owl mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Sandy said...

subscriber mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

- Marybeth I. said...

MOD OWL wool felt pin

misaacmom [at] gmail [dot] com

- Marybeth I. said...

i am a subscriber

Katie said...

I think the Flower Garden wool felt pin is way cool.
katiekarr at gmail dot com

judybrittle said...

I really like the Candy Sprinkles earrings and The Sleepy Apple pin is the cutest. Thank you!
judybrittle at aol dot com

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
judybrittle at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

The Cheep Chirp birdie pin is darling. So much fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kelly said...

The vintage glass button earrings are unique, I like them.

The sleeping apples definitely make me feel fuzzy inside :)

wordsmoveme(at)gmail.com

Kelly said...

I am a subscriber.

Think about it said...

very creative working with felt :)

Christina said...

My favorite is the Sleepy Apple Felt Pin!

Christina said...

I'm a subscriber!

Robert Doscher said...

The vintage glass button earrings are splendid.

Cheers!

emerald420@hotmail.com

janetfaye said...

I like the Prism Flower wool felt pin.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

offthemap13 said...

Cheep Chirp! How cute. :)

Sara said...

I like the cheep chirp birdie!! Actually the flowers are my favorite, but I was trying to be different

MariaJoy said...

I like the Multi Stone necklace

mariajoy@hotmail.com

AmandaSue said...

I love the Cheep Chirp Birdie Pin its so cute!

Amber said...

Sleepy Apple Pins are my favorite - too cute to resist! Thank you for the giveaway - please enter me!

hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

mogrill said...

The Flower Cluster wool felt pin is my favorite!

Lolly said...

Prism Flower wool felt pin is my favorite and I also love the Cheep Chirp birdie! These are so classic and cute!

moushka said...

My daughter is a manager at a store and is always wearing a brooch as part of her attire. She would enjoy wearing the Red Sleepy Apple Felt Pin to match her colors.

Abby said...

Fat blossom wool pin is my favE! I really like the sleepy apple as well though. I think it could make a super cute teacher's present!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

soaplady said...

I love the skully wool felt pin. It is so adorable!

Tanya W. said...

Miles of Squares Felt Pin is so cute!

Jingle said...

I love this multi-stone necklace!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12592452
But I have to say that brooch is AWESOME and it would look PERFECT on my new coat! I love it!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

Jingle said...

I'm a subscriber, too!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

Miss Heidi said...

The Skully wool felt pin is so cool. Thanks.
Heidi
sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

Rita M said...

My favorite would have to be the Rainbow Zinnia layered wool pin... Zinnias are my favorite flower!

Natalie said...

LOVE the MOD OWL!!

socmama said...

I like the Miles of Squares Felt Pin

socmama said...

I'm a subscriber.

Jenna said...

I really like the flower cluster wool pin. All of your items are very cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

drming said...

My daughter would the miles of squares pin.

JACLYN said...

I think the Sleepy Apple Felt Pin is super adorable!
firstrosegrrl at yahoo.com

JACLYN said...

I'm a happy subscriber too!

Allisa Jacobs said...

I heart the Mod Owl pins, this shop is just too sweet, I added to my favorites & will surely be back to visit- especially when I need that little burst of happiness :)

jenna said...

I couldn't decide between two! This two: the Flower Cluster wool felt pin and the Miles of Squares Felt Pin are my faves!
frog123 (at) cyipcom (dot) net

Magsmatt said...

Oh, I LOVE the Prism Blossom! The Prism Flower is a close second!

Reiza said...

The Skully felt pin is my favorite.

offthespaceship at myway dot com

Anonymous said...

I like the multi stone necklace and the Friday night earrings!

delilahhhhh@msn.com

Melody said...

Ooh, I can just imagine how cool the Flower Garden felt pin would look on my black winter coat.

Melody said...

I'm a subscriber, too.

DieselMonkey said...

i like the MOD OWL wool felt pin. I really like Owls this season, and this little guy is so cute!
(email in profile)

Naomi said...

I like the Skully and Bad Apple felt pins!

Vivien said...

The flower cluster wool pin is so cute!

puffpastryshop(at)gmail(dot)com
puffpastry.etsy.com

Karen said...

Love the sleepy apple pins.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Mama said...

My fav is Flower Garden wool felt pin. Very cute & different.

lashwish [at] gmail.com

sara said...

I love the multi stone necklace and the PRICE?? Awesome!!

CutieFruity/TaylorFam said...

the prism flower is beautiful

gkstratos said...

Love the Vintage Glam Button Earrings
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Subscriber
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Miles of Squares pin. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber. cardeb2@verizon.net

Kathleen said...

I like the Linoleum and Lilac earrings!

Kathleen said...

I subscribe too at katwalck at hotmail dot com

Holly Bartos said...

I am loving the prism and floral garden pins. So cute!

kodikatt said...

Love the Pickles and zlemonade earrings

kodikatt(at)gmail(dot)com

ecky said...

love the flower garden wool felt pin!
elkesten at yahoo dot com

Designher Momma said...

I'm a sucker for the MOD OWL wool felt pin.

Designher Momma said...

and i'm a new subscriber! looking forward to visiting often!

Kimberly L said...

I like the apple pins

brn2lisn(at)gmail(dot)com

The Chatty Housewife said...

I like the wool flower cluster, but my favorite is definitely the flower you have pictured in your post! Amazing work.

I'm a subscriber!

Ginny said...

I love the Fat Blossom wool felt pin & I'm a subscriber :)

windycindy said...

She does magnificent work! Her "Vintage Glass Button Earrings" are wonderful! I really like the "Prism
Flower Wool Felt Pin!" Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. I appreciate it. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am subscibed! Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Aimee M K said...

My fave is the MultiStone Necklace with the red stone square. Very cool. I love the brooches too!

life.is.my.adventure [at] gmail [dot] com

Maggie Sue Designs said...

My favorites are the Flower Garden wool felt pin and the "bad" apple! Very nice shop :)
maggiesuedesigns@yahoo.com

LuLu said...

I love them all today with my outfit I would wear the Prism Flower pin...beautiful work

mazlulu3@gmail.com

Don A. said...

I like cheep chirp bird




amosdm (at) gmail (dot) com

lace said...

The rainbow zinnia is beautiful.

Jenny said...

I kept changing my mind as I looked through all the pictures! But I think my favorite is the flower garden pin with the round flowers.

Thanks!
-Jenny-
jenny at petalzandfinz dot com

Jayme said...

i think the MOD OWL is too cute!

Trish said...

The owl pin is just too cute!!

Trish said...

Btw, I'm a subscriber :)

Nicole said...

I am a subscriber!!

Nicole said...

The Prism Flower wool felt pin is adorable!!!

Wendyburd1 said...

I really liked the Skully Wool felt pin, so cute!

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

Sleepy Apple Felt Pin is so irresistibly cute!

Cheers,
Melody
mel_88_88@hotmail.com

Crystal said...

I'll love to have this MOD OWL wool felt pin! He's such a cute little fella!

Crystal (manhattandolls@gmail.com)

Mel said...

Multi Stone necklace is a cool necklace. I love that it's made using different beads.

dancerinthemaking@gmail.com

H.S. said...

Flower Cluster wool felt pin has such great colors!

tan.huishan@gmail.com

H.S. said...

Im a subscriber too!

tan.huishan@gmail.com

Linda and Greg said...

The Cheep Chirp birdie brooch is my favorite! Thanks for a great giveaway!
anthonlm01(at)aol.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I really like the Flower Garden Wool Felt Pin!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com
legacyofbrutalitysa{AT}gmail.com

K Amos said...

I like the birdy pin

Casey Becher said...

Love the Skully wool felt pin!

The James Bush Family said...

your items are all soo cute! You're so talented.

these cute vintage earrings are my fav
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16145312

liz
bushfamily[at]hotmail.com

Tonya said...

i really like the Prism Flower wool felt pin

Lessa said...

OMG! The pink and blue Skully wool felt pin is just too cute!

Lessa said...

I subscribed too!

Reeva said...

i love the pin pictured and i also like the owl pin :)

great giveaway!

Jennifer said...

My favourite is: Rainbow Zinnia layered wool felt pin.

knittingmomof3 AT gmail DOT com

Jennifer said...

I am a subscriber. :)

knittingmomof3 AT gmail DOT com

Kari said...

Oh I love that sleepy apple! So cute!

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!!

Heather said...

love the skully wool felt pin

Heather said...

i'm a subscriber

Anonymous said...

I love the flower garden wool pins, they remind me of Mary Engelbreit designs, but without being so cutesy!
ajbush@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I'm a subscriber, too.
ajbush@sbcglobal.net

Charlotte said...

My favorite is the Mod Owl Wool Felt Pin. I love owls!

charlotte(dot)evard(at)comcast(dot)net

wigget said...

my favorite is the pair of Vintage Glam button earrings in transparent pink

cltgrace said...

That prism flower pin is stunning!

cltgrace said...

subscriber

Anonymous said...

The flower cluster wool pin is beautiful! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

RE said...

The vintage glass button earrings would be great! Thanks!

jennem said...

My favorite: Skully wool felt pin
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Shelley said...

Skully wool felt pin is my fave.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

kaylee8 said...

I love the Vintage Glass Button Earrings in Crystal.

Jessica said...

I LOVE the Skully wool felt pin....so so cute!

rosannepm said...

I like the Prism flower

rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber

Marigold said...

I love the pink and blue Skully wool felt pin, because my inner punk rocks the pastels.

boldnessbe(at)gmail(dot)com

Gianna said...

I love the BAD Apple Felt Pin :)

SeahorseLady said...

I like the unique looking Multi Stone necklace.
Thanks for another nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like the Candy Lace Earrings from
Pink Sparrow (great name for a site!), plus all the beautiful felt flowers!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - For an extra entry, I'm a Wishing Willow subscriber, first attracted to the name because my mother loved wishing wells AND willows!

torinem said...

Flower Garden wool felt pin is super cute!

torinem said...

I am a subscriber.

Heather said...

My favourite would have to be the Miles of Squares Felt Pin. It is so colourful and happy!

wwe11 said...

My favorite is definitely the Sleepy Apple pins. Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

arvard said...

I like the modern living earrings.

Jennifer said...

Vintage Green Berry button earrings!
thanks
jen

Carolyn said...

Oh the Bad Apple pin is just too cute!

Laura said...

My fave item is the Skully wool felt pin - too cute! trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

eKarma said...

The MODOWL was really cute!

eKarmaP(AT)gmail.com

dhunt said...

nice!

Deb said...

Cute!! I also like the Vintage Glam Button Earrings.

Deb said...

oops, forgot to say I'm also a subscriber :)

donna444444 said...

I like the Sleepy Apple Felt Pin
donna444444@yahoo.com

donna444444 said...

I am a subscriber.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Salina Marie Munson said...

i like the sleepy apple pins. they are darling. thanks for the giveaway!

a_true_goddess@hotmail.com

Brooke said...

I'm a subscriber!

Brooke said...

I LOVE the Flower Cluster wool felt pin.

joannaonthelake said...

Pink Sparrow has the cutest items! My favorite one is the Miles of Squares Felt Pin. It is bright and colorful and oh so pretty!! I think everything I saw today at Pink Sparrow is fun and unique! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

Taylor said...

Multi Stone Necklace. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

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