Recently I attended the Strawberry Swing Indie Art Market.
There were lots of amazing vendors at the event, but I hit it off with one vendor in particular: Dani from Be Good Natured.
Dani’s wool animals instantly stole my heart… and Dani was pretty awesome, too. We chatted, exchanged emails, and I binge read her blog. She agreed to answer some of my questions and even has a good deal for you at the end… now… let’s get to the questions…
You work at a zoo. What is your favorite zoo animal and why?
Well, my favorite animal at the zoo where I work is Henry the Hippopotamus
. Hippos are such enormous and fascinating animals. And Henry is just so cool! (I even took some wedding dress photos with him!) For treats, he eats whole watermelons and pumpkins! My absolute favorite animal (which is not found in my zoo) is the naked mole rat. They’re not pretty, but they are SO neat!
What made you start felting?
Well, my husband had just introduced me to Etsy back in 2010. I was exploring the infinite listings when I saw something made out of needle felted wool. I was intrigued and HAD to learn more! So, I did some research, ordered a starter kit, and I was hooked!
What is your favorite felt/animal character that you make?
You have dogs of your own. Tell me a little about them.
YES! We have two dogs: Elphie, a Weimaraner, and Luna, an English Setter. Both dogs were adopted from local shelters. Elphie (a.k.a. Elphipotomus, Elphie Lou) is seven and has calmed a bit as she has grown older. She “talks” a lot to us, making hilarious noises trying to tell us what she wants (or doesn’t want.) Luna (a.k.a. Pickles), on the other hand, is a crazy dog. She loves to run and stalk squirrels and chase bunnies and hop after moths and…you get the picture. She is an incredibly sweet dog, and we are lucky to have found her.
Have you immortalized your dogs in felt yet?
Sadly, no. Actually, I’ve wanted to try a wool “painting” version (like these)
of a pet portrait, so I’ll probably practice using my pups as subjects.
You seem to love gnomes as much as I do. Tell me about that.
Well, I might have a history with gnomes. I may or may not have been involved in a series of gnome snatchings
in high school…. Regardless, they are super cute and fun to felt.
Isn’t Dani so fun? Seriously, if she didn’t live in Springfield, MO, I would already been attempting to make her one of my best friends. As I mentioned before, Dani makes these amazing felt custom pet portraits… and you know how much I love custom pet portraits.
So, of course, I was super psyched when Dani immortalized adorable adoptable Moby Wonderdog in felt.
I mean, are you serious?! She got his pink nose… his pointy ears… his epic tongue… she even got his little white spot on his back! It’s absolutely perfect! Now I’m thinking that my former fosters need to be immortalized in felt too, no? But wait… remember how I said there is something in it for you? Dani is pretty generous and offered up one custom felt pet portrait for one of you lovely readers! Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below…but if you want to forgo the giveaway and just order a custom felt pet portrait right away, Dani also offered up a 15% off coupon code CUSTOMPET that is good through September 30th. I told you she was cool.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
* All photos in this post from Be Good Natured by Dani *