Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mountain Hearth Handcrafts Giveaway!!

Mountain Hearth Handcrafts
Artist feature and Giveaway!
ENDED winner #61

i am pleased to announce my first featured artist!

Lara Katherine Mountain Colley, is the artist behind Mountain Hearth handicrafts. She is an at-home mamma of 8-year-old twins in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. In the process of following their dreams, her family moved out to a farmhouse with a little land in the country this past year.

When she is not creating beautiful fairies, wool pouches and enchanting little snails...she can be found, cooking, canning, camping, wildcrafting food, working on getting the garden established, and tending her chickens.

"Nature gives me a lot of inspiration, and I love to work with and incorporate natural materials."
You can read more of Lara's daily life at her personal blog A Mountain Hearth.

Lara has been a crafter her whole life, her hands are always busy making something.
Inspired by the local Waldorf school, she learned a lot about working with wool and natural materials from the amazing handwork teachers there. She gets her wool locally from two places, one is a great store called Creative Hands Merchantile, and Dye Lots owned by another amazing woman who dyes all her wool right in the shop. Lara uses a combination of wet felting and needle felting in her artwork.

This year she decided to turn her craf
ting into a home based business. Lara, started out selling her faeries at the Eugene Waldorf School store and to folks in her community, and has now expanded to selling her wool felting, jewelry and other handcrafts online and as custom orders locally.

She is currently focusing on her Etsy store, and
plans to expand with a booth at school festivals and the local farmers market this summer.

"As my children grow older, I will see where the path of handcrafting takes me."

i was immediately drawn to Lara's beautiful creations. i am sure you all know by now, of my love of fairies and elves and such. :) The little snails (my favorite) are so detailed and magical, and this felted wall hanging of the classic tale 'The Runaway Bunny' is absolutely fabulous! Her blog is incredibly inspiring as well, i do hope you will take the time to check it out. i especially like her post on natural dyed Easter eggs.

So, like what you see? All of these items are available for purchase in The Mountain Hearth Etsy shop.

Now, for the giveaway!

Lara has generously offered my U.S. readers the chance to win one of her spring fairies. Winner may chose their favorite from the fairies below. (click the picture to see more detail!!)

**Mandatory Entry**

Go to the Mountain Hearth Etsy Shop and have a look around then leave a comment here telling me what item you love the most! Please be sure to leave your email address, or make sure it's visible on your profile. *You MUST do the mandatory entry! Bonus entries will not count, if mandatory entry it's not done first!*

**Bonus Entries**
Bonus entries are not required. However, you may do one or all to increase your chance of winning!
{Please leave separate comments for each entry or it will not count}

1. Tell me which Spring fairy would you chose if you won? Fairy #1, #2, #3 or #4??
{1 entry}
2.Follow Mountain Hearth Handcrafts publicly on google friend connect {1 entry}
3.Follow Mountain Hearth blog publicly on google friend connect {1 entry}
4. Add Mountain Hearth Handcrafts to your favorites on Etsy. {1 entry} (leave your etsy user name in comment)
5. Follow The enchanted tree blog publicly on google friend connect {1 entry}
6. Become a fan of Mountain Hearth Handicrafts on Facebook {1 entry } leave facebook name in comment
7. Become a fan of The enchanted tree on Facebook {1 entry} leave facebook name in comment
8. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link to the post {2 entries}

  • Giveaway ends Friday, April 9, 2010 at 11:59pm EST
  • Winner will be chosen via Random.Org., and contacted by email
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be chosen

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday.

i don't usually participate in Wordless Wednesday..but maybe i'll start.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Featured Artists

i would really like to start having a featured artist, once or twice a month on my blog.
So, i am looking for a few artists and crafters who are interested in being featured. It also helps me to keep my blog active, even when i am not creating much. There are just so many amazing crafters out there, and i would love to help promote their businesses as well as share the fabulous products with my readers.

If you have a website, or etsy shop and are interested in being featured. Please contact me at


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Just for fun.

Just for fun this week, i decided to play around with felt foods again. Sage plays with her play kitchen and pretend foods so much that i'm constantly inspired to make her more. While browsing a toy website i came across a really cute stacking cake toy. So of course, i had to make one.

i was some what limited in my felt supplies, so this didn't turn out exactly how i was hoping. i would have liked the center to be a darker pink, and a bit larger. i didn't have quite enough felt to make it the size it needed to be, and i don't like the color much. However, we are snowed in once again, so i didn't have the option of running to the store (not like i ever do, living this far out) and i wasn't feeling particularly patient. So i went ahead and made it using scraps i had available. The cakes are removable, and stack on the those classic stacker toys.

As soon as i finished up the cake Sage requested a cupcake. So i did a quick search to get some ideas and came across this tutorial. i need to work on my icing a bit, but it turned out cute enough. Sage loves it and gave me a great big "Thank you mama!!" The cupcake tutorial, led me to the poptart tutorial...and of course, i had to make one of those too. :)

The poptart is by far, my favorite, even though those sprinkles took about an hour to sew on. :) It had strawberry filling (yes, i really put red felt inside). hee hee. i may have to make another.

Sage spent the day putting together a tea party, with her felt cakes and treats. After a while, she found a new use for them. She is dressed with felt cakes and a donut on her wrists and ankles. She is the Sugar Queen. Her words, not mine.