Monday, November 21, 2011

Headed To New Homes

I traveled to the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky, this morning to to deliver some needle felted sheep and drop spindle kits. This is a beautiful facility with an incredible collection of Kentucky arts and crafts. I am so flattered to have a few of my pieces there.



I snapped a couple pictures (of course ;-) before I packed everyone up. I thought it would be fun to have the felted sheep lined up on the Wool House porch, with the actual sheep in the background. It was a beautifully foggy morning and I thought the diffused light would be perfect. It was...from certain angles.



See how shadowed everyone's backsides are? Turned facing me, their faces were completely shaded out. I tried using a flash to fix that, but as I frequently find with flash, I hate the artificial look. And it's actually sort of sweeter to see where they are looking anyway.



This momma with her two moorit lambs was a favorite. As was the gray ewe in the background, with her almost black lamb.



This big fat Boudreaux? I shouldn't have taken him. No matter how simple it seems, I never can make two sheep exactly the same. They always have some quirky personality showing through and I love this guy. I won't be able to duplicate him. I'm just hoping the hay he'll buy will help with my seller's remorse. Sigh.



A group shot.



The Kentucky Artisan Center



Besides the felted sheep, the Artisan Center carries some of my note cards. Here are a few of the rug hooking pattern cards.



And some Christmas cards were over in the holiday section.

Kentucky is blessed with an incredible amount of artistic talent. I'm sure each state feels just the same way, but I look at everything here and am proud of our rich and diverse heritage and how folks are keeping the traditional (and new traditional arts) alive and well. I'm sure I don't speak alone in saying the Artisan Center plays a key role in encouraging us all.

If you are ever coming through Kentucky, stop by. The Center is right off I-75 about 20 miles south of Lexington.

Give Boudreaux a pat for me.

25 comments:

Christine said...

I LOVE the sheep. I'd like to place an order, please.

Farmchick said...

Those sheep almost have a real look to them while peering out that window. I love Berea and we are there a couple of times a year. A wonderful town that truly promotes Kentucky artisans.

Alice said...

They are irristable!!! One just isn't enough!!! Even your felted sheep have character!! I got my first "fix" in Berea years ago and my mantel hasn't been the same ever since. :-D

Courtney said...

Forget the Kentucky Artisan Center (no offense, it looks like a great place) start selling them to us!! I love these little guys!!

Linda said...

Those are amazing!!

Deb at Merciful Hearts Farm said...

We run through Berea every few years as we love an artist there. Stopped at the Artisan Center last year & were pleasantly surprised. Your sheep will be a wonderful addition!

Deb at Merciful Hearts Farm said...

We run through Berea every few years as we love an artist there. Stopped at the Artisan Center last year & were pleasantly surprised. Your sheep will be a wonderful addition!

dr momi said...

Those are the cutest felted sheep ever!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

I just finished my first needle felted sheep from a kit, mine looks quite a bit like the kits picture, but I like yours better ... yours are adorable.

Lori Skoog said...

Dear Sara,
You are so cookin' with all your art! I am very impressed by ALL of it. Would love to see the ARtisan Center.

How is Hickory doing?
I hope you and Tim have a great Thanksgiving.

Jenny said...

Beautiful sheep! They're full of character.

Dicky Bird said...

Your felted sheep are incredibly cute! Going to Kentucky is on my bucket list. My mom's parents are from Hazard, KY or round there about. I believe that my artistic and folk art abilities comes from my KY roots (also 1/4 Native American). My Grandpa Kincaid was gifted musically and my Grandma Kincaid could out bake and quilt anybody. Do you sell those sheep on etsy? If not, you should. Blessings from Wisconsin.

Bee Lady said...

I've been to this art center, it's GREAT. I loved it. And I've been to Berea shopping too. I hate that the weaving place closed up. I can't remember the name of it. My cousin used to live in Lexington and we'd take off to a horse farm, wineries, or Berea whenever we'd visit.

Cindy Bee

Bee Lady said...

oh yeah - love your sheep by the way...

Cindy Bee

Amish Stories said...

I'm visiting new blogs today for the first time, so i also thought id wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers. And i hope that the day is spent generating positive memories for years to come. Richard from Amish Stories.

Michelle said...

If we ever get to Lexington again, I do need to visit that place!

Michelle said...

If we ever get to Lexington again, I do need to visit that place!

Terry and Linda said...

You are extremely very good!

Linda
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tonya said...

Your felted sheep are just the best! Love them.. they seemed to be saying their goodbyes to the gang on that shot of them overlooking the pastures. I'd give them a pat the next time we're down that way, but I have a feeling they won't be there long!

Tami Weingartner said...

That second photo...is wonderful...I've come back to look at it twice now. Can't get enough of it.

Tami Weingartner said...

P.S. A pin from a couple of weeks ago. http://pinterest.com/pin/134404370098894991/

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

I echo Courtney's sentiment! Where can we buy them without driving to KY?

kim

sheepsclothing said...

love love love the felted sheep! how do I order some?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Thanks for all the kind comments. I'll try to make a few this winter and get them in my etsy shop.

schoonoverfarm said...

I love them! The photos are beautiful. I want one too. Do you have a Renny one?

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