Monday, December 8, 2008

A Tiny Giveaway





What is an artist? What makes a person an artist as opposed to simply a casual crafter? Is there a difference between art and craft? I'm not the holder of the answers to these questions, but I've got some loose opinions on the matter. It seems to me that passion and drive and intention are some of the characteristics that define an artist. But really, aren't we all artists in our own special way? I spent some of my years as a biologist, which I find a very creative endevour. But I digress. The reason I posed the questions above is because there is a person, who I am honored to call a friend, that is most decidedly an artist. Here are some of her creations. At first blush, they appear to be merely beautiful handiwork, but there's more. Mari, owner of Fiberwhimz, puts so much of herself into each piece. For Mari, felting wool is a process that adds her energy to her creation. She sells pendants that are full of intention. Literally. She decides the intent, and then focuses on that intent during the creation of it. The pendants are wet felted, hand beaded, and meditated upon during the whole process. Then the reverse side of the pendant holds the word that Mari focused on, so that you can remind yourself of the intent whenever you need to. That's art. That's something that gives back to you. Recently, Mari approached me about making some little bird ornaments, and she wondered if she could have some of my fabric scraps in trade for some birds. I jumped at the chance! So in honor of Mari, I will be offering a GIVEAWAY of a little birdie from Mari's shop. Just leave a comment between now and December 15th. I will randomly draw a name from the proverbial hat and announce the winner (and request an address) on the 16th. Good luck everyone, and go visit Mari's shop!

42 comments:

Shauna said...

what a lovely giveaway. I adore the 3 little bird ornaments. You can tell how much time goes into her work. Thanks!!
Shauna
{lemon drop studio}

Stephanie said...

What a fun giveaway idea! Her work is wonderful, and so is yours. You made me wallets for my bridal party for my wedding and they were a hit! And my wedding was birdie themed too, so I extra love that ornament.

vadjutka said...

how lovely birdie!!
definitely would look great in my xmas flat-decor.

Digital Misfit said...

Those little bird ornaments are wonderful!
The set she has made with your fabric scraps are adorable and perfect for year-round decor!

heidig@gmail.com

Sara said...

What a great giveaway! I love how fun, and unique those designs are. I'd love a chance to adorn my tree with that little birdie!

artcsara@gmail.com

Danielle said...

I love the ornaments! Handmade is the best! And the bird one is beautiful!
Thanks
yellyjohnsen@yahoo.com

Maggie Sue Designs said...

Great little birds! I also like the pretty kitty stick pin :)
~~Meredith
maggiesuedesigns@yahoo.com
http://www.maggiesuedesigns.com

Jennifer said...

How cute! Please enter me into your giveaway! I would love to win! What a great job!

Jennifer(Crooked-Needle Primitives)
primitive.zoey@yahoo.com

http://crookedneedleprimitives.blogspot.com/

Angel said...

I love birds, and that bird ornament is SOO beautiful! I'd leave it in my kitchen all year long!

Krissy said...

Tiny but oh so devine!!

Marigold said...

The felted pendants are so much fun! I love the texture of felted creations.

boldnessbe(at)Gmail(dot)com

Chris said...

I love birds and I would give this to my mom who is in a nursing home so she could look at it everyday. Thanks.

Jess said...

What a great giveaway! I'd love to win!

Jess

jessicacook17@hotmail.com

Shelley said...

What a sweet giveaway. Thanks for sharing with us. I love birds :)

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Kristen said...

Those are so precious! What a cool giveaway!

blackberry.rose (at) yahoo.com

Erin, maker of chimes said...

i wish that i had her patience! very nice work

MGskiles said...

Love this art piece! Very sweet.

elleskiles@yahoo.com

CutieFruity/TaylorFam said...

i like the little birdies. what a great idea!

SK and Family said...

What a sweet bird ornament! I'd love to be included in the drawing!
:)Kat

kjams1213@yahoo.com

Shari & Andrew said...

very cute! I'm starting an ornament collection for my son (one each year) and this would be a great addition!

sharilht (at) gmail (dot) com

mandapanda said...

Wow these are so cute! I love the little felted cat that's a little further down the page! Hope I win this, they're so cute! (I already said that didn't I? Oh well! :D)

Elsie said...

The pretty kitty stick pin is just adorable, sweet as a lollipop! All items are cool, thank you for the giveaway.

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

princess210 said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to win, these are such pretty ornaments!

Agent M. said...

What a sweet bird. I love the colors! & giveaways? Such fun! :)

jeanne said...

Love, love, love the birds!! Great shop too!!
Hugs and Happiest of Holidays!!

herblady said...

I love the little birds and the Create necklace (my favorite colors!) I would love to win the bird ornament. Thank you very much!

hrbeck_98 (at) yahoo (dot) com

elaine said...

I also like the Joy Felt Pendant-very pretty!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Jenni said...

Ooo--look at all these comments! How fun! Of course, if the random gods want to pick me I would LOVE to be the winner :).

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Love your blog! What a great giveaway, such a nice piece. I often ponder "what is an artist?".
My husband asked our nearly 3 year old daughter the other day if she wanted to be an artist like mommy when she grew up. Her reply was, "I AM an artist!". How's that for an answer!

Renee G said...

The birds are cute, but I love the cat.

rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

CherryPal: Computer Friend or Foe? said...

such beautiful ornaments. the 3 little birdies is precious!

Nick and Lindy Troy said...

Adorable!!
they are sooo cute....

janetfaye said...

The ornaments are adorable!

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Cindy said...

Those ornaments are SO cute! Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

writer.in.seattle at gmail dot com

jenny said...

wow how cute please enter me in for this i love to try and win them thanks

Lucia said...

I love the polka dot wings!!! Thank you!!

One Creative Queen said...

The ornament is absolutely adorable! What an honor to hang it on my tree - I just love it!

Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
Katherine
queenkatherine (at) gmail (dot) com

H.S. said...

AH! SO cute! I love it!

H.S.
tan.huishan(at)gmail(dot)com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

It'll look great on all christmas trees! I love the design!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cheers,
Melody

Anonymous said...

Im crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. ;)

Crystal(manhattandolls[at]gmail[dot]com)

Mel said...

Lovely! I'll like to win one of them!

dancerinthemaking(at)gmail(dot)com

my7kids said...

As a fiber artist, I can appreciate Mari's craft. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

my7kids, hand dyed recycled yarns
HeartFeltFun, hand knitted and recycled felted items
My blog

jesus_iscomin at yahoo dot com

Nikki