Needle Felting Needle Cushion :: Huge Red Mushroom!

Every once and awhile I decide that it’s a good idea to make something for myself and recently I was thinking of a cool way to store my needles for needle felting so I put the two together! Check out the huge red amanita mushroom I created for ME.
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Needle Felt Red Mushrrom
It stands on its own, it’s bright red so it’s hard to misplace, my needles fit securely deep down inside of it and it’s just cool lookin’.

STOP IT

SOPA / PIPA

Keep the internet the open canvas it is………..
^W#$%^&#@Q@#@$^&

I will not stop contributing my creative energy into the internet in whatever ways myself and my close general population sees fit… I will not just sit back and be a consumer to make corporations money.

This is just one part of a really long battle. Keep fighting. Keep expressing yourself. Please.

Awesome Recent Etsy Favorites

Awesome Embroidery Necklace
The design, colors, size, photos to show off the product, everything! Are awsome!

Mini Theater Prints
I’m really inspired by this and would love to try and put on a show with my friend and her paper puppets. Great work. There are many more cool prints – I just have a soft spot for rabbits 😉

Tamari Ball
Unique – Colorful! What is it exactly?? It’s so interesting..

Sun Run
No explanation even needed.

Felt Hat
Whoah! Cool Hat.

Art Advertising on Etsy – September 2011

I wrote this up and posted it on the forum of an Etsy team that I just joined called Indie Designers. I like it so I decided to cross-post it here to my own blog.

Hello! 😉 My name is Ginger and I make LOTS of different kinds of art… I can never really stick to just one medium or I would get burnt out on it. Whenever I sell at local art shows I see that each person likes something different so a variety really is the way to go! I have all of what I make in my one etsy shop. Here are some of the different kinds of things I love to make…

*Wool Sculptures* Something I got into just a year ago and really enjoy. I do the best with free-form art .. I get the material in my hands and it just magically transforms into something by the end!
Snowman & Alexander the Owl

*Photography* A long time passion of mine. I’ve got lots of print-worthy photos, only some listed on Etsy so far. I shoot all of my own product photography and have done it for other people and companies too. I’ve done portrait sessions with families and even a couple weddings. I have a Canon DSLR camera that goes with me everywhere.
Butterfly Print & Sunflower Print

*Hand-cut Vintage Hollow Books* Everyone has a different idea of what should be kept in a hollow book! I love making them — especially hunting out cool, vintage hard cover books at thrift/antique stores and garage sales and doing the finishing touches of adding decorative paper and paint.
Vintage Secret Stash Box Hollow Book – Orchestration & Vintage Secret Stash Box Hollow Book – Pet Sematary by Stephen King

*Copper sculptures* My brother got me started in the shop working with a mapp gas torch back in 2003. My favorite thing to make are roses! I do make other kinds of incense burners, fishermen decorations, orchid pots, flower pot decorations like butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies.. etc.
Copper Metal Rose Sculpture & Copper Metal Rose Bud Incense Cone Holder

*Fresh Incense* Aromatherapy is a wonderful thing. I have some repeat customers that swear by my scents and that makes me very happy. I get to burn it in my studio all the time too. I’m low on supplies for now but will be re-doing my incense line this fall/winter.
Sap & Moss Incense Sticks

*Cold Process Soap* My aunt who is also a multi-medium artist taught me how to make homemade soap this winter! I will forever keep making it because the thought of going back to store-bought soap is terrifying!
Oatmeal, Bees Wax & Orange Soap & Blackberry Sage Soap

I make the ONLY “vampire bite” wool scarves on Etsy! (So far.. I guess..) Which I am going to be making a lot more of because people really seem to like them. I make other scarves out of wool and sometimes silk, too.
Vampire Bite Handmade Wool Scarf

Thank you so much for inviting me to this team and taking the time to look over my creations. I really love Etsy and all of the wonderful fellow artists and art lovers that I have come in contact with!
XOXO – Ginger // virtualdistortion.etsy.com

Spring in Full Swing

I walk around barefoot a lot.
I’ve been on some pretty amazing bike rides.
Had a nice garden salad and raw asparagus.
Art Season! Time to get some feedback.
Mosquitoes!

Swimming Raft

All Your Base Are Belong To Us

All Your Base

BASE BASE

Handmade stencils for “ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US”.. used for spray painting on to our own swimming raft. Woot! Finally!

Successfully Convert .aa3 to .mp3 (in Ubuntu)

A friend had some audio files on a flash drive in .aa3 format, which is a Sony “ATRAC Audio File”. He wanted them to play in his Sony car stereo and it says on there that it’s supposed to play the format but it really doesn’t. So he wanted them in a more universal format in order to listen to them in the car. I run Ubuntu Linux and said “I can do it!” since he was having a lot of trouble figuring out a program that would do it in Windows.

After a bit of internet scouring on the topic and trying a few different converters I found a combo of programs that worked for me.

1. Open up your Ubunutu software center. Search for “soundconverter” and install it. Next, search for “XCFA” (X Convert File Audio) and install it.

2. Run XCFA. Import the .aa3 files (or any other format you want to convert) into the program. I selected and dragged my files into the main window. It then analyzes the files and lists them with what options you have for conversion. I selected all of them under the WAV category, chose my destination folder and then click on “apply the changes” and waited for them to convert. You are done with XCFA.

3. Run Sound Converter. Import the .wav files you just created. I selected and dragged my files into the main window. Go up to Edit >Preferences and change the output format to whatever format you want — .mp3 in my case. Hit convert and wait for the magic to happen.

That’s how you can easily convert .aa3 sony file format files to .mp3.
Leave a comment if this was helpful!

Do your friends whinny at you when they see you?

I’m away from ‘home’.. traveling in Missouri.. taking care of some business. One of the main things I’m doing is finding a new home for my lovable horses, Thunder and Birgit. I’ve had them for over 10 years! I will be camping out with them for the next ~week to really enjoy them and find them the best possible home. It’s hard to do but I’ve come to the realization that, at this point in my life, especially without my dear old Dad, I don’t have the resources and time to take optimal care of them and myself in balance. I will most likely get back into horses in the future and then I’ll be buying another Morgan colt to train up like we did with Thunder…. doing that has been one of the best long-term experiences of my life so far.

Thunder and Birgit - Back At Home

HORSES! <3

Postcards I sent for DIY Postcard Swap

Have I said before that mail is very entertaining I’ve been having fun on Flickr too because of the 10 postcard swap I completed this past week. I posted my entries in the group photo pool and found some other very interesting folks because of it. Here are the ones I sent out for the swap.
The photos on the cards are MY photography. ^_^

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The drawing of the berries was cut out of a book about fairies.

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I wish I could show off the backs! I made them with pretty paper and filled them all out with different colored markers. I took one photo of the back of the orchid card. I filled the other ones out too fast… I was excited once I got my list of addresses to send them to.

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I also have been practicing painting on post cards with acrylic paint. These are bloodroot flowers:

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Daisy flowers!  I sent this one to my best friend Jackie. She got ME for the swap!  so I sent her back… she is my #11!  (But really my #1 penpal.  She is also to thank for getting me into this wonderful hobby. *Hugs!*)
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I really look forward to getting to my mailbox each time I go (it’s a small hike) either because I’m sending or receiving interesting mail. I don’t have any paper bills that show up to get me down and I really enjoy starting fires with the (seemingly) mandatory local advertisement paper that shows up once a week.

I sent out 2 cards using postcrossing.com too…