Wednesday, 19 December 2007


Just wanted to show you something I made recently. This is a little felted angel was so fun to make. I sculpted up her big chubby cheeks and her nose, her hair is lovely long curly mohair and she even has a little rosebud mouth.

Her wings are real feathers with glitter on them and her dress is wire edged ribbon in organza and gold spots. Underneath this is a felt dress.

Just look at that little face! She has a halo too of course, what self respecting angel would not??
Hope you are all having a wonderful time getting ready for christmas day!

Friday, 30 November 2007

A week of Christmas Creations!

Hi Everyone!
It's almost December and I am getting into the Christmas groove! lol With my lovely online groups having challenges and swaps in the Christmas theme it sure has gotten me more interested in the season.
I had thought it was going to be a non event for me this year as I am working through much of the holiday period. I didn't want to say no to all the dates they required me at work but it was starting to get depressing as the time nears and I realise I won't get to see my kiddies much over this special time. I put my foot down tho and said no to Christmas Eve and Boxing Day tho they are still trying to get me to change my mind! lol

Anyway, enough of that! Look what I have been up to for my groups!
This first lot of pics are something I made for the WhirledOvWhunOwnlees group in the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. I am most pleased with it. As you can see it's a pear (as in, Partridge in a Pear Tree) with many of the 'characters' from the song in it.
Here you can see some of the Partridge, the Lords a Leaping and the Swans a swimming!

Here you can see the Drummers Drum, the Golden rings and part of the turtle dove

In this pic you can see the rest of the turtle dove, the Pipers Pipe and a Lady Dancing

Here you can see the Partridge a bit better!

This next photo is for the WOWOwnlees swap, the theme was a Christmas Carol and I chose Away in a Manger. Which pretty much explains the pic. But I made the little manger from cardboard 'planks' and it turned out quite well. With a clay baby and a felted star I used lots of different materials, and it was a lot of fun.

And now on to what else I have been making!
The Christmas Balls were a hit last year, but not good enough for my tastes. This year I am much happier with them. These two in particular turned out well.

This lil guy is one of my favourites, he looks like a bit more of a baby bear!

These ones are a bit more modern, I was making them to put bears on but decided they didn't even need the bears!

I love this one, it kinda has a bit of a gothic feel but still manages to be christmassy. I have someone in particular in mind for this one!

I've made a few bears as well, but I have lots more to make so I will show you those all together next time! I hope I have bought a little christmas into your day and that you have enjoyed seeing what I have been up to this week!

Happy crafting from Liza and the Little Handfuls!

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Here's some Bears!!

Hi Everyone and thanks once again for dropping by to visit! I hope you will enjoy your visit even more this month as I am so pleased with these new creations. I seem to have found my felting niche at the moment and I'm really enjoying it. Fingers crossed that it doesn't disappear too soon!

I have experimented with different wools lately and there are a few merino ones in this lot!
Hope you like them! Liza

This little bear is felted from a gorgeous merino blend, I just love the big paw pads!

Snookie is felted from wool I dyed myself! Yay, so pleased with lil ole me! I used Koolaid and it's so easy. I've got more experimenting to do yet tho! :o)

Yes, it is indeed a Mermaid! Rather a big one too, she's about 10 - 11 inches long but sits with her tail curved etc so is about 6 inches tall sitting. She is felted over a wire armature and has soy silk hair!

Not sure if she is completely finished yet, needs fatter arms I think and maybe some embellishing.

Bronson is my favourite this week. He is so sweet, felted from a rather coarse fibre he is nice and scruffy but I just love the toes and the glasses. Doesn't his bow tie suit him so well too!

Camey is my cameo bear, she comes with this gorgeous mini shoe and wears a crochet ruffle at her neck.

Citra is another felted from wool I dyed. I mixed a lovely soft lime shade with a soft orange, I really like the effect. I enjoyed making big eyes again too! :o)

Eddie the Teddy! He's just a basic bear but still a sweetie. He is felted in an apricoty wool and I made him as my example bear for my latest felting class.

This little darling doesn't have a name yet, guess my creativity is sapped a bit today, it's just not coming to me like they usually do. I finished this one a few hours ago, and just love the colours. I suppose I could call her Mandy because of the mandarin colour she is made of!

Ok, hope you liked them all, guess I had better get to the business of making my tags!! Huggles to all!! Liza

Thursday, 18 October 2007

New work from Little Handfuls

Hi there everyone! Time for me to check in again and show you what I have been up to. I am so pleased with my new work, one in particular is making rather proud of myself, not sure if that is a good thing! His name is Zachary! I felted him in a mustard coloured wool, which was rather tricky to use, I don't think the colour had been rinsed out properly as it felt a bit odd and took forever to felt down. But he is just so sweet, what do you think??

Oh that face!!

His hat is one of my knitted creations, it's soooooooooo long that it is also his scarf! Just love it!

Don't you just love the lil puku (maori for tummy)? And his curled up toes? OMG I'm so in love! Sheesh!

This is Timothy. I decided to try making a bear with jowels. I think it worked out pretty well.

Hudson is felted in a gorgeous wool named Misty Rust. Love it! He's rather sweet.

Maybe is a sweet little girl, felted in a plumy colour with raspberry details.

Short Brown is felted to fit in this mini Starbucks mug, made from an Alpaca/silk/merino mix

Petite is felted in a blend of lilac and pink with a cotton lace 'tutu' skirt.

Well, that's about it from me for this week. I have a new exciting project on the way tho, I am trying out felting with Possum fur, and it's going pretty well! Stay tuned for that one!

I'm keeping pretty busy tho as this term I have my beginner class, I am taking a home hair dressing class (as a student) which is fun and I have a day class (my first one) that I am tutoring in a couple of weeks. Plus I have work and my baby is turning 2!! I can't believe it's so long since she was a wee thing (not so wee, was 10lb 5oz at birth!) in my arms! *sniff*

Have a wonderful week all and thank you for sharing your precious time with me!

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Handful of Handfuls

As I mentioned earlier I was working on my first polar bear!

What do you think?

I've made this guy for a friend of mine, and he was copied from a photo of a real polar bear so they do actually lay like this sometimes! :o)


This little guy is felted from a lovely hand dyed mix of blues and violets. He actually has a top lip but it's a bit hard to see in the pics.

Minty is felted in a unique mint green, he's a basic little bear but still sweet.


Now here is a unique bear! Nothing quite like him has appeared in my work before.I do quite like him in his brick red and candyfloss hand dyes.


This bear is felted from merino in amazing blood red hues. He's darker in person.


He's just a lil sweetie, look at that face! Fabulous sea green wool.

And of course I am still working on more bears, I actually just finished something a little different and I'm halfway through a baby bear which is coming along nicely! So there will be more to show again soon.

I hope you have enjoyed these new creations. I had so much fun making them. I also want to take the time to thank you all for visiting my blog, I know some of you pop in regularly and that is just so sweet of you. Thank you all for your kind comments and your high praise, I really do appreciate it!

Much love and happy crafting to you all,

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Another Day!

Hi all

Well, it's another day, end of another week for me, literally. It's almost midnight on Sunday, back to me and bubs at home tomorrow. Its' been a busy weekend, Fathers Day today. Bit hard making it special when you have to go to work, but I did my best.

I'm working on a polar bear at the moment, it's going pretty well, I'm pleased so far. I received so many gorgeous new wools this week. Just love those auctions, there are so many talented woll dyers in NZ, and I plan to buy from every single one of them! :o)

Well, todays bear is felted from a mix I did myself. The blue is called Blue Thunder, and the white is a soy fibre I wanted to try out. Really pleased with it, just enough sheen to it, and they blended well.

Meet Stormy!!

He has sparkly thread for his nose that matches his bow!

I'm already working on another blend called Tamarillo which is just gorgeous. Actually finding myself wanting to work with merino and similar fibres, much to my dismay! hehe

Hope you like little Stormy!!



Thursday, 30 August 2007

Welcome to Sanderson!

Sanderson is felted in a gorgeous new shade of blue called Sky.
I just loved working with it!

I even managed to knit another hat and scarf just for him!
Remember all my bears are for sale so if you are interested it

is worth writing to find out if the one you like is still available!

Meet my new little furry friend!

Meet Rocky, my latest Little Handful!
This little guy is felted from a gorgeous blend of fibres.
Alpaca, Merino and Silk all mix to make this
gorgeous coffee coloured fibre. I mixed
the colours for his nose too which looks great!

Rocky was inspired by this gorgeous vintage Avon

perfume bottle which is still full!

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Here is even more new work!

Hello all!

Just wanted to share some more pics of new bears. These ones are mostly not available, actually only the White Rabbit is still looking for a new home. Benny is sitting in a gift store awaiting purchase along with Sugar, Pandarina and a few others from below. Sunny was made to order for a lovely lady, and so was Willamina who was made to match William a wee while back.

Sugar Plum was made to order also and I am having such a hard time sending her on her way! I'm such a silly thing, getting attached to these little sweeties.

I was so pleased with Benny I am working on another hatted bear at the moment. I really am not a knitter so I was pleased that the items ended up looking like what they were made to be!! hehe

Ok, I'm outta here. Needles are calling me!



Some new work!

Benny Bear in his sweet hat and scarf!

Sugar Plum the Fairy Bear

Sunny the Sunflower bear

William and Willamina

The White Rabbit

Thursday, 16 August 2007

New Bears up for Adoption!

Hi Everyone!

What a busy week, I have made so many new bears and I think they are some of my best work ever. I have uploaded pics of the ones that are still available as some have sold already, and put up some pics of other bears also which haven't been shown before.

Sugar, Trinket, Punam and Pandarina are my favourites this week, they are just so special. I hope you will enjoy visiting them.

If you view the entire blog by clicking on the 'older posts' link at the bottom of the page, please note that the following bears are adopted already. Tippy, Trinket, Bao Ling and Puck.

Thanks so much for your continued interest!



Some New Work!!

An adorable wee character, this is Bilbo

Ducky sure is something a bit different!

This is my Garden Scene, please mail me for more pics

A very special wee girl, this is Trinket in her Goose Egg box.

Trinket is felted from a gorgeous blend of colours and wears an vintage lace tutu

This little sweetie is Sugar!

Please meet Princess Jewely

This sweet little fellow is Punam!

A precious panda named Pandarina

Feets Too Big is a very special fellow