The first snowflakes of the season have begun to swirl and dance upon the McBride House in New Brunswick, Canada, and the magic wintry wonderland they're creating is giving way to whimsical reveries for Bella McBride - as she makes her presents, felt.
That's a little bit of a play on the phrase, I know, but at McBrideHouse, owner and designer Bella does make her presence felt by creating felted presents that are beautiful bits and baubles of whimsy and artistry all in one.
Having been chosen as the theme selector for today's Friday's Focus theme I asked her to share a little about herself and her creations... and as you read her story, I'll share some of my own personal favorites from this delightful shop and the enchanting collection of felted sculptures you'll find there. You can just click on the photos to be taken to each listing for more information or to purchase one of these whimsical works of art!
My sculptures are made from a technique called needle felting. This involves poking and prodding different colours of wool with a very sharp barbed needle until you reach the perfect shape. It literally takes thousands of pokes, hours and hours and sometimes days to reach just the right one-of-a-kind soft sculpture. Every sculpture is unique and takes on its own personality.
In my early 20's I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and over the years I have fought this tooth and nail and have struggled to find a proper balance. Because of this, working outside the home became more and more difficult so I needed a way to supplement our income, and give myself a creative outlet. I also come from a long line of resourceful and artistic women and creating is simply in my blood. I feel a drive to create something from nothing and that challenge really influences me.
Amazing inspiration from an amazing artist, wouldn't you say? I know I couldn't help but be inspired by Bella's story and creative goals!
It's easy to get bogged down in the realities of life so I try to bring a feeling of whimsy and fantasy to my little sculptures. I want them to make you smile, laugh out loud or even say "awwww". My goal is to transport you to a place where you forget your worries... if even for a fleeting moment. If I can achieve that then my goal has been successful."
In selecting a theme for today's Friday's Focus, Bella asked that I focus on something , "with the theme of Winter Wonderland, Snowflakes or Whimsical Winter." She expressed her feelings that while it might be a little *predictable* for this time of year, she hoped that I would be able to track down some items that would help others to share in the magic she felt seeing the first snowfall of the season. Bella, I'll try my best! Here's my selections for the theme of "Whimsical Winter Wonderland"!
|Winter Toddler Snow Princess Tutu Set by Baby2BNashville|
|Bridge Into Wonderland Photo Print from shashamane|
|First Snow - Giclee of Original Oil Painting by WordWeaverArt|
|Whimsical Deer Ornament by IrenesArtwork|
|King of Snow by jardinhiver|
|First Snow Original Watercolor Painting by SummerSaylor|
|Snow Queen Ballerina Doll by petalbelles|
|Brighid's Yule Crown by Thyme2Dream|
|OOAK Jack Frost Sculpture by mindy141|
|Frosty Light Up Christmas Decoration by SeasonalWreaths|
|Let It Snow Quilled Snowflake Ornament by QuillyNilly|
|Whimsical & Vintage Inspired Christmas Decoration/Ornament by GlitterStudios|
I hope you've enjoyed this Friday's Focus. If you'd like to have the opportunity to select next Friday's theme (and have a mini-feature of your shop done as well), please leave a comment and share your thoughts on today's selections! Be sure to leave contact information as well. One randomly chosen commenter will be chosen sometime next Wednesday (November 23rd) afternoon and contacted to decide on a theme! (I'm bumping it up a day for the sake of Thanksgiving dinners everywhere!) Of course, I love reading your comments for whatever reason you feel the desire to post, so please, please comment!
Now I'm curious - what's the most whimsical thing you've ever delighted in doing on a magical wintry day?