Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Uncle Harvey The insulator Man

I just finished Uncle Harvey the insulator man.    He is Aunt Harriet's Man.
He was totally needle felted on a Hemingray clear glass insulator, a very common glass insulator. 
Uncle Harvey Zippety

Ok now you have all met Aunt Harriet awhile back.
The 2 of them have ran the "Zippety/Zappity Insulator Company"  for many years now.  It was EST. 1882 in "RockHead Iowa" .  Harvey's Great Grandparents founded the business and it has been in the Zippity family since.   Of course since the ceramic insulators have taken over in most places, there is not as much a need for his glass insulators, but he does manange to stay a float, and of course there is Aunt Harriet and her group of women friends that have started to do art on the insulators, so that has helped some too.  I do believe though Aunt Harriet just likes to get together with those gals and gossip about all the folk that live in "RockHead".   They have 2 employees and I am sure you all will be meeting them soon. 

Aunt Harriet and Uncle Harvey Zippety

I sure hope you all are enjoying all their stories, I sure do get a kick out of them.   I do believe though my family does think I have gone looney tune.:))
Now I am thinking about starting to put my Characters up for sale.  I will let you all know when I do. 
Off to work on Aunt Hildie's Mystery man, she has been whining alot to me about wanting a man and having to run the Bait and Tackle shop on her own!!!!!  Of course good old Fred wants her to find a new man  or have Chet come back, because he is getting real tired of being overly nice, even though he has been enjoying some free bait and tackle.  Also Louise is getting a little frustrated with him too.   So there will be more soon.........................................................
Catch all of you real soon.  Take Care and thanks again for reading.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Aunt Harriet *Update*

Aunt Harriet made the front page for the week of a group I belong to.  fun_2_felt it is a yahoo group.  Now I am not real good at figuring out links.   Search yahoo groups. (fun_2_felt), Aunt Harriet will be there.

Ok I tell you, this old gal can't stay off the phone, she has called every single person that lives in "RockHead Iowa"  and is going to print off the front page of the group (fun_2_felt)  and have it framed. 
   This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to her.  By the time Aunt Harriet finishes her story,I can just imagine how far fetched it will be.  She may even think she is royalty!!!!!! 
She does want to thank everyone for their comments.  I am sure you will be hearing more from her soon.

Aunt Harriet

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Newest Addition Aunt Harriet

Ok I haven't been here for awhile.  Been quite busy with all the lawn mowing and kids.  It has been so Humid here in the Mid West I swear I need to mow everyday and the weeds.  Enough said, about all the non fun stuff we get to do on a daily basis.
The beginning of the Insulator
 Well, as you can see I am putting wool on an antique insulator.  I was mowing the other day, and in one of our many groves we have been cleaning out, I seen this pile of antique old insulators.  So I had my daughter help me get them picked up.  I then scrubbed them all clean and just kept thinking (which does scare the ............. out of my husband) on what to do with them.  A spark of electricity hit me ( some people would probably say I was "ZAPPED").    Why not needle felt a head on top and call them my Needle Felted Insulator Buddies.  Here is the start of Aunt Harriet. 

Aunt Harriet with the face getting started

I had such a problem with this lady, Aunt Harriet.  I am still not sure about the eyes.  Her mouth was another part I worked and worked on.  I think I was just over working her.  The wool wanted to do one thing and I was trying to do something els.  The wool won out! 

Aunt Harriet
 The Very First Needle felted Insulator Buddy
Back of her head
Ok as the story goes, Aunt Harriet is Fred the Rock's Aunt on his mom's side.  Aunt Harriet and her husband own and operate the oldest  Antique Insulator Shop around.  They live in RockHead Iowa.  Fred just loves going and visiting his Aunt and Uncle.  The shop isn't to busy anymore, but they manage to stay open. 
I got to thinking about my Insulator Buddies, they would make a great pin cushion for your pins and needles, I also put one of those battery operated lights in the bottom and it twinkled so nice. 
Or Aunt Harriet also loves just sitting by my computer and chit - chatting with me.  She is just amazed by the computer, she still does everything the old fashion way. 

I will write more, but please leave comments, they mean alot to me!  Thanks for reading and Have a great weekend.  Pam

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Feltie Family

Fred,  Mo (the want a be skateboarder),Aunt Hildie, Clarence (the butterfly catcher), and Louise
                                                        This is latest pic of the family,
  When Fred went and met Aunt Hildie at the On the "Rocks" neighborhood Saloon for a drink,
 Aunt Hildie let Fred know how Uncle Chet  left her.  Now she has to run the "On the Lake Bait and Tackle  Rock Shop,by herself and on an on went her story.  But being the man Fred is he kept a smile on his face and said come with me, he knew she needed some of her blues chased away, and what better way then to talk to Louise.    So off they went, first they stopped by the newly opened Deli and corner store(I am sure more to come later), they both picked up some cold beer, bottle of Whiskey, fried chicken,potato Salad and Cold fesh water for the Mooses(that's all they drink, except for an occasional Root Beer).   Fred and Aunt Hildie then met Louise and the rest of the family at the " Prairie Rocks Park" for a great afternoon.  They then had their new friend Stanley the Explorer Pup take this pic. 
                                               All for now I know the story will continue later.   I do hope everyone enjoyed, please leave comments so I know what everyone thinks.  Thanks

More on Aunt Hildie's Mystery Man

I will bring all of you up to date on the Mystery Man, Aunt Hildie will be meeting or re-connecting with an old beau, in just a few days. 


Here he is with a little more done to his face.


Here he is taking on a little more shape, I just love the way, with every poke or adding of wool, the face takes on a whole new look.  Now hopefully if I am working in the right direction with Mr. Mystery Man my family and some close friends may be able to figure out who he is.  I am trying to give this guy some features, not all. 
Where my work table is in our farm House, is in what I call the front room, so when you come in out of the mud room, you can see my work, I have found my little guys talking to my Rock Characters, even my husband just stops and laughs or you can see him, wondering what they are thinking.  Of course I stop and talk to them everytime. 
My Needle Felted Rocks really make a great conversation piece, I am finding that out. 
More later and hopefully I can update everyone on Aunt Hildie and Fred's meeting. 
Have a good day everyone........................

Update on Aunt Hildie and Fred

Good morning, I haven't heard from Aunt Hildie yet, on her and Fred's meeting will let you all know when I find out.  I have been working on the Mystery Man some.  Aunt Hildie will meet him at the Bait and Tackle Expo.  Also be looking for Stanley The Explorer pup. 

                                                Here is  the start of Aunt Hildie's mystery man
MYSTERY MAN pic 1-- start of nose


MYSTERY MAN pic 2 start of mouth

Now when you see my character faces on rocks or even just my felting, even when I am doing a Moose, I do the nose first.  A little story behind that,  when my one son was little my Mom crochet him a Kermit the frog.  He loved his frog, slept with it and Kermit went everwhere we went.  Well poor Kermit had a problem with his nose it would go into the yarn and we would have to pull it back out (french knots).  He would say, "Mom Kermit can't breathe, he has to have a nose!"  He would even be sound asleep and wake up screaming and we would have to fix him, Grandma told him many times she would fix him, he would say "NO, Thats the way he is and he is mine!" 
He told everyone that you have to have a nose first,if your not breathing your not alive. 
So every time I make anything with a nose I always start with the nose and move on from there.
We still have Kermit 26 years later and yes his nose is out and working.