Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Indoor Snowball Fight!!

Canned Snow Ball Fight No Matter The Weather! Kid tested, Mother approved.

All the Fun of Snowball Fight straight from a Michigan Snowstorm but in a non-meltable form. These extremely light and safe wool balls make great indoor fun when cold outdoor sport is unavailable.

Needle Felted white roving creates a light, airy ball with a soft squishy inside unlike a wet felted ball that can be as hard and heavy as a tennis ball. I have been having fun throwing them at my computer screen (and not hurting it) and at the library where I work. . . who says kids get to have all the fun!

This listing is for a set of eight (8) snowballs in natural ivory and is presented in a silvertone gallon paint can. Four (4) large balls and four (4) small balls. The balls vary somewhat in size, the large balls are between 10" & 11 1/2" in circumference (11" ball would be 3.46" diameter) and weigh less than an ounce each. The small balls are approximately 8" in circumference (2.45" diameter). The set's total weight of wool is 8 ounces and 15 ounces with the can.

Other size snowballs and sets are available. Convo for more information. See my profile for a description of how these balls are created. Not felted as an animal toy, please see my team mate Lona at for wet felted dryer balls that will handle rougher play.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Try a New Recipe Today. . .Snowbound West Michigan

Cowboy Cookies

2 sticks margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups oatmeal
1 package bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Beat together margarine, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and add to the mixture. Fold in oatmeal and chocolate chips. Grease and sprinkle flour over a cookie sheet. Place balls of dough (think the size of small ping-pong balls) about 2 inches apart from each other and bake for 8 minutes. Since many oven temperatures vary, keep an eye on your first batch. At the first hint of browning, take them out. They should be soft and doughy. Carefully remove cookies with a spatula and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container to keep them soft.

Yield: About 50 to 60 cookies.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Things to do when you're bored

(yes, I know that much of this is for outdoors, and for older kids, but MAYBE something will trigger an idea): from my EtsyWMI teammate Lona at

1) ride bikes
2) roller blade
3) basketball
4) play board games
5) make a tent out of blankets
6) squirt with hoses
7) run through the sprinkler
8) jump rope
9) read books
10) blow bubbles
11) make homemade play dough
12) play with play dough
13) press flowers
14) do crafts with pressed flowers
15) write a letter to a relative, friend or pen pal
16) clean bedroom
17) vacuum livingroom
18) clean bathroom
19) make a craft
20) draw
21) color
22) paint
23) pull weeds
24) watch a movie
25) write stories
26) use binoculars
27) use magnifying glass
28) use microscope
29) bird watching
30) write a play
31) act out a play
32) invent circus acts
33) perform a circus
34) play card games
35) make art on the front walkway with sidewalk chalk
36) play catch
37) play baseball
38) collect rocks
39) collect leaves
40) collect feathers
41) play Frisbee
42) make Frisbee's out of old plastic lids, decorate with
43) dust the house
44) brush the pet
45) write letters
46) read a magazine
47) play dress-up
48) play Cowboys
49) pick vegetables
50) play outside with the pet
51) build a fort in your rooms
52) build a fort in the backyard
53) do a jigsaw puzzle
54) play on the Geosafari
55) play on the computer
56) listen to a story or book on tape
57) do extra schoolwork to get ahead
58) do brain teasers (crosswords, word searches, hidden
pictures, mazes, etc.)
59) cook
60) prepare lunch
61) surprise a neighbor with a good deed
62) play store
63) prepare a "restaurant" lunch with menus
64) hold a tea party
65) have a Teddy bear picnic
66) play with toy cars
67) play dolls
68) play house
69) chase butterflies
70) collect caterpillars and bugs
71) plant a garden or a pot
72) collect seeds
73) hunt for four-leaf clovers
74) learn magic tricks
75) put on a magic show
76) plant a container garden
77) sprout seeds or beans
78) make sock puppets
79) put on a puppet show
80) make Christmas presents
81) make homemade wrapping paper
82) make homemade gift cards
83) make picture frames from twigs glued onto sturdy cardboard
84) crochet or knit
85) make doll clothes
86) sew buttons in designs on old shirts
87) run relay races
88) make bookmarks
89) take a quiet rest time
90) take a shower or bath
91) bathe a pet
92) feed the birds or squirrels
93) watch the clouds
94) organize a dresser drawer
95) clean under the bed
96) empty dishwasher
97) vacuum under the couch cushions and keep any change found
98) write these ideas on pieces of paper and pick out one or
two to do
99) whittle
100) whittle bars of soap
101) practice musical instruments
102) perform a family concert
103) teach yourself to play musical instrument (recorder,
harmonica, guitar)
104) fold laundry
105) sweep kitchen or bathroom floors
106) sweep front walkway
107) sweep or spray back patio
108) sweep or spray driveway
109) wash car
110) vacuum car
111) vacuum or dust window blinds
112) clean bathroom mirrors
113) clean sliding glass doors
114) clean inside of car windows
115) wash bicycles
116) clean garage
117) play in the sandbox
118) build a sandcastle
119) work with clay
120) copy your favorite book illustration
121) design your own game
122) build with blocks or Legos
123) create a design box (copper wire, string, odds-and-ends
of things destined for the garbage, pom-poms, thread, yarn,
124) plan a neighborhood or family Olympics
125) have a marble tournament
126) paint a picture with lemon juice on white paper and hang
it in a sunny window and see what happens in a few days
127) finger paint with pudding
128) make dessert
129) make dinner
130) give your pet a party
131) paint the sidewalk with water
132) start a journal of summer fun
133) start a nature diary
134) have a read-a-thon with a friend or sibling
135) have a neighborhood bike wash
136) play flashlight tag
137) play Kick the Can
138) check out a science book and try some experiments
139) make up a story
140) arrange photo albums
141) find bugs and start a collection
142) do some stargazing
143) decorate bikes or wagons and have a neighborhood parade
144) catch butterflies and then let them go
145) play hide-and-seek
146) create a symphony with bottles and pans and rubber bands
147) listen to the birds sing
148) try to imitate birdcalls
149) read a story to a younger child
150) find shapes in the clouds
151) string dry noodles or O-shaped cereals into a necklace
152) glue noodles into a design on paper
153) play hopscotch
154) play jacks
155) make up a song
156) make a teepee out of blankets
157) write in your journal
158) find an ant colony and spill some food and watch what
159) play charades
160) make up a story by drawing pictures
161) draw a cartoon strip
162) make a map of your bedroom, house or neighborhood
163) call a friend
164) cut pictures from old magazines and write a story
165) make a collage using pictures cut from old magazines
166) do a secret service for a neighbor
167) plan a treasure hunt
168) make a treasure map
169) make up a "Bored List" of things to do
170) plan a special activity for your family
171) search your house for items made in other countries and
then learn about those countries from the encyclopedia or
172) plan an imaginary trip to the moon
173) plan an imaginary trip around the world, where would you
want to go
174) write a science-fiction story
175) find a new pen pal
176) make up a play using old clothes as costumes
177) make up a game for practicing math facts
178) have a Spelling Bee
179) make up a game for practicing spelling
180) surprise an elderly neighbor or relative by weeding
his/her garden
181) fingerpaint with shaving cream
182) collect sticks and mud and build a bird's nest
183) write newspaper articles for a pretend newspaper
184) put together a family newsletter
185) write reviews of movies or plays or TV shows or concerts
you see during the summer
186) bake a cake
187) bake a batch of cookies
188) decorate a shoe box to hold your summer treasures
189) make a hideout or clubhouse
190) make paper airplanes
191) have paper airplane races
192) learn origami
193) make an obstacle course in your backyard
194) make friendship bracelets for your friends
195) make a wind chime out of things headed for the garbage
196) paint your face
197) braid hair
198) play tag
199) make a sundial
200) make food sculptures (from pretzels, gumdrops, string
licorice, raisins, cream cheese, peanuts, peanut butter, etc.)
and then eat it
201) make a terrarium
202) start a club
203) take a nap outside on your lawn
204) produce a talent show
205) memorize a poem
206) recite a memorized poem for your family

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dust Bunny Inspired by Jayne Castle's Work

The inspiration for this dust bunny scampers out of the pages of a Jayne Castle's romantic-suspense with a paranormal twist series based on the planet of Harmony. Where dust bunnies prove to be loyal pets and ferocious hunter-protectors.

Vincent is a large wad of lint looking harmless as a ball of fuzz from under the bed and who's bright blue eyes sparkle innocently from a tangle of gray wool. He scampers around on 6 legs begging pretzels and paints large impressionistic canvases when not protecting his lovely owner from the dangers of a extinct alien underground society, energy ghosts and criminal humans.

Vincent is 6 1/2" long, 5" wide and 4 1/2" tall with a wire armature that is covered by needle felted gray wool.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wright brothers in simulator

Just before school started we were able to slide into the Kalamazoo Air Zoo for free because they had free admission for the summer. Still cost to ride the rides but what fun. Jared & Cade were grinning ear to ear all day til closing. . .

Having Fun!

air zoo,
Originally uploaded by PitBullLadyDesigns
Fun at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo - Video

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hat's Off to FIRE LILY

Fire Lily" is a cool multi-use sculpture, both a wall hanging wreath hat & a broach to accent your wearable hat or garment. "Fire Lily" is needle felted flower from varied shades of dyed wool (yellow, orange to light burgundy) with a sage green stem & bright yellow stamens.

Lace Hat is ecru doily lace sized for dolls (like American Girl) with "Fire Lily" pin attached to ornament a wall in lovely orange grace. The hat measure 12" from edge to edge.

"Fire Lily" as a pin is 8.5" from petal to petal and 8" from petal tip to stem end. My teen daughter wants "Fire Lily" to grace a floppy, straw beach hat and I think it would look lovely on a handwoven shawl.

As with many of my items, this is a lovely multi-use fiber sculpture that is just waiting for your creative presence to find its ultimate use.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fall is Coming

These fun needle felt sculpture pumpkins are making me think of Fall's cool breeze, Halloween sweetness, school starting excitement & harvest smells.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bike Rack from Lowes Newsletter - I want one

Bike Rack
A desire for a more eco-friendly and healthier lifestyle, along with ever-fluctuating gas prices, make bike-riding more popular than ever. Follow our step-by-step instructions to build this classic rack.
Rolling Toy Box


General: Cut and label the parts as needed, using the Cut List and Cutting Diagram as guides and adjusting for fit.

1 Assemble the frame and pipe.

a. Align the ends of the (01) rails with the 1 1/2-inch sides facing upward, and clamp the two pieces together.

b. Cut eight 31 1/2-inch-long pieces of pipe, or have a Lowe’s employee cut them for you. Apply a coat of gloss black paint to each pipe piece, and let dry.

c. Following the frame and pipe layout in Figure 1, scribe the location for the pipe holes on the 1 1/2-inch faces of the (01) rails.

d. On the 1 1/2-inch face of each (01) rail, mark the centerline from end to end. This will help provide a centerpoint for the marked holes.

e. Unclamp the (01) rails, and drill 7/8-inch-diameter holes 7/8 inch deep at the marked locations.

f. Predrill two 3/8-inch-diameter pilot holes on the opposite side of each (01) rail 1 1/2 inches deep within the first 3 1/2 inches from each end as shown in Figure 1. Attach the two (02) stiles to the lower (01) rail using glue and screws.

g. Insert the pipe into the drilled holes.

h. Apply glue to the ends of the (02) stiles, insert the pipes into the holes of the upper (01) rail, and attach with screws.

2 Add the triangle assemblies and stops.

a. Following the (03) brace layout in Figure 2, cut out four (03) braces.

b. Using glue and screws, attach two (03) braces to each (04) base and to each other to create two triangle assemblies as shown in Figure 2.

c. Note: The (05) feet are ripped from a 2 x 4. Using glue and screws, attach the (05) feet to the triangle assemblies as shown in Figure 2.

d. Position a triangle assembly centered and flush with the bottom of each end of the frame assembly as shown in Figure 2. Attach using glue and screws.

e. Position the (06) stops 8 inches from the faces of the frame assembly, and attach using glue and screws.

3 Add the finishing touches.

a. Fill all holes, sand, and apply stain.

b. Apply a small bead of clear silicone sealant around the base of each pipe piece where it’s attached to the lower (01) rail.

c. Attach a robe hook using the included hardware centered at each end of the bike rack.

Good To Know: Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Excerpt from Bead News

5 Ways to Wear a Brooch

Ay . . . Me wee lass and I attended a Celtic festival over the weekend. It was a sunny celebration that included toe-dancing girls with bouncing curls, haunting bagpipe tunes, monstrous yet noble hounds, and muscular legs protruding from woolen plaid skirts. Other than the point at which I unwittingly headed a speeding rugby ball (ouch!), it was a pretty mellow time. In another life, I may have headed to the Jameson’s booth to soothe such a head injury, but that’s not quite my thing anymore (especially with preteen daughter in tow), so we headed to the shopping tents instead. We encountered the expected piles of tams, namesake key chains, and St. Patrick’s Prayer throws. But you know what struck me most? The many vendors selling brooches: ornate gem-encrusted ones, stamped ones, and simple wire ones.

I have to be honest, I couldn’t help but think, “Brooches? Who really wears them unless needed for pinning up a tartan cape to keep out the moorland damp?” It’s not that I don’t like to make brooches; they work up quickly and are a great platform for creativity since they don’t necessarily need to be comfortable like a bracelet or necklace. I truly have dozens of brooches in my jewelry locker. But I don’t think to wear them that often.

So when I got home I pulled out all my brooches and decided the reason I don’t wear them is because I haven’t experimented quite fully with how to wear them. I think, like many people, I automatically pin them where a lapel would go. That just evokes nightmarish imagery of Office Space’s Jennifer Aniston’s 37 pieces of flair. So I did a little experimentation and came up with these alternatives wearing my “Paulette’s Brooch” from my book Beaded Weddings:

1. At the neck
Jean Campbell wearing brooch at the neck
2. In the hair
Jean Campbell wearing brooch in the hair

3. On a necklace
Jean Campbell wearing brooch on a necklace

4. On the hip
Jean Campbell wearing brooch at the hip
5. On a purse
Jean Campbell wearing brooch on a purse

Hey—this little experiment has made me excited to wear my brooches again! I think the next part of this little study will be to check out some pins and brooches in the Beading Daily store. I’ve got my eye on Linda Jones’s Shell Brooch, which might be just the right thing to pin up my beach sarong.

How about you? Are you a brooch wearer or avoider? Have any other ideas about how to wear them?

Jean Campbell

Crystal Radiance Brooch

Springtime Butterfly

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Here is an interesting and lovely way to look at the beauty of mathematics, and of God, the sum of all wonders.

The Beauty of Mathematics

(1 x 8) + 1 = 9
(12 x 8) + 2 =
(123 x 8) + 3 =
(1234 x 8) + 4 =
(12345 x 8) + 5 =
987 65
(123456 x 8) + 6 =
(1234567 x 8) + 7 =
(12345678 x 8) + 8 =
(123456789 x 8) + 9 =

(1 x 9) + 2 =
(12 x 9) + 3 =
(123 x 9) + 4 =
(1234 x 9) + 5 =
(12345 x 9) + 6 =
(123456 x 9) + 7 =
(1234567 x 9) + 8 =
(12345678 x 9) + 9 =
(123456789 x 9) +10=

(9 x 9) + 7 = 88
(98 x 9) + 6 =
(987 x 9) + 5 =
(9876 x 9) + 4 =
(98765 x 9) + 3 =
(987654 x 9) + 2 =
(9876543 x 9) + 1 =
(98765432 x 9) + 0 =

Brilliant, isn’t it?

(1 x 1) = 1
(11 x 11) =
(111 x 111) =
(1111 x 1111) =
(11111 x 11111) =
(111111 x 111111) =
(1111111 x 1111111) =
(11111111 x 11111111) = 123456787654321
(111111111 x 111111111) = 12345678987654321

And, look at this symmetry:


From a strictly mathematical viewpoint,

What Equals 100%?

And, what could it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they
are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where
someone wants you to


How about ACHIEVING 101%?

And, what equals 100% in life?

Now, let’s take a look at this…

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you

answer these questions:



Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26,



(11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5) = 96%



(8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11) = 98%



(1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5) = 100%

But, look how far the love of

God will take you:


(12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4) = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with absolute mathematical
certainty that:

While Knowledge and Hard Work will get you close, plus Attitude will actually get you to 100%,
it’s the Love of God that will definitely put you over the top!

Have a wonderful day…

and may God bless you!

Friday, August 14, 2009

From BAD RAP Blog:

Woe is Philly

Something has been going seriously wrong for animals and their advocates in Philadelphia, PA. Since Vick's jail sentence was announced in December 2007, over two dozen crimes committed against companion animals were reported in this city. (Source: Some say the trend of animal abuse is on the rise. George Bengal, the Philly SPCA director of law enforcement, was quoted to say, “I've been doing this job for 18 years and I’ve never seen the amount of starved to death dogs or fighting dogs that have been killed in various locations around the city.”

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

fresh Michigan blueberries & milk for breakfast. . . oh, so much better than cereal!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Did You Know?

Animal Facts
* The pig is rated the fourth most intelligent animal but is mentioned only twice in the Bible.

* Sheep are mentioned 45 times and goats 88 time in the Bible. Dogs are mentioned 4 times and lions 89 times, but domestic cats are not mentioned.

* Pork is the world's most widely eaten meat.

* In Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people.

* There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.

* New Zealand is home to 4 million people and 70 million sheep.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Changeable Pendants - Pink Ribbon

5% of each Pink Ribbon Sale goes toward Breast Cancer Research. . . In honor of family, friends & another 4-H leader.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Changeable Pendants

Changeable Pendants
Originally uploaded by PitBullLadyDesigns
A shot of most of my pendants on a beaded necklace and a leather/chain thong necklace.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Changeable Pendants - Cherry Blossoms

Interchangeable Pendants. . .

This is my Cherry Blossom Pendant, that I move from necklace to necklace as the mood hits me and I've made several more pendants to list on Etsy. . .

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My shop was honored with a Blog Review!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Needle Felted Dragon Eye Earrings of Green & Firey Orange firmly stitched to Silvertone Lobster Clasp. The Eye's measure 1 1/2"x1"", the total length of the pendant is 1 1/1/2" and the back of the pendant is fully felted and finished. The length of the black suede leather cording & chain is 26" but can be sized smaller. Plus sized.

This is an extremely light necklace because of the leather cording & needle felt wool, the pendant is attached to a lobster clasp and can be attached to any necklace of your choice.

Needle Felted Dragon Eye Earrings of Green & Firey Orange firmly stitched to Silvertone Dangles. The Eye's measure 1"x3/4", the total length of the earring is 1 1/8".

My Dragon Items were designed and needle felted while I was listening to the audio books of Eon Dragoneye and series Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr. While the main dragon characters were not the same color as my jewelry, these stories inspired the designs.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Waiting for DragonEye Jewelry!!!

Can't wait to get pictures of my newest idea! Needle Felted DRAGON Eye Jewelry. . . It will be here soon!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Spring Crocus and Daffodil Needle Felt Flower Corsage Perfect for Mother's Day. . . It Is Perfect Mom

This Magnet Pin is perfect for a Spring or Mother's Day. . . a buttoner of Crocus and Miniature Daffodil Needle Felted into a perfect forever spring bouquet. This magnet backed broach measures 3" by 2 1x2" and is an incredibly light needle felted wool sculpture.

Multi-shaded of Blues or Purples Crocus and bright yellow Daffodils have edges and back of the flowers that are fully felted and finished.

All items are made in a pet friendly, kid friendly, 100% SMOKE FREE home and contain animal fibers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009