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Aftercare with Dignity, Respect & Love ZZZ */3HW0HPRULDO FRP  Fiber artists Karin, with finished scculpture (left) and Sally, working on cat (right). Family Fun A H[[OL)6;(50*.(9+,5 By Karen Schmidt By Susan Gibbons WOOLY WONDERS T hanks to a small grant from the educa-tion sorority Delta Kappa Gamma, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City has a new fun-filled series of experiences for parents and their children. For no charge, you can check out a backpack at the Garden’s visitor center for up to half a day. The backpack is filled with wonderful activities to help you discover and enjoy the Garden in a whole new way. Each backpack has a garden-or nature-related book to read to or with your child—imagine reading The Secret Garden on a bench in the Walled Garden or The Story of Bees while sitting in the Conversation Circle by the Native Plant Garden. Backpacks also include a small hand-held microscope and a 3-lens magni-fying glass to get an up-close and personal look at a feather, leaf, or flower. Materials for doing tree and leaf rubbings, directions for building a fairy house, a timer to see how many different sounds you can hear in the woods or garden in 90 seconds, a scavenger hunt with pictures of fifteen different things you can look for in the Garden—all of this and more in our Discovery Backpacks. Come check one out this season and explore the Garden in a whole new way. We are also excited to be collaborating with the Traverse Area District Library for Authors in the Park on Thursday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Bring your children to the Garden and meet three local authors who will share their books in spe-cial places throughout the park. We’ll begin in the circa-1900 Historic Barn where Jeff Kessler will read his book Colantha – The Beloved World Champion Cow , right in the barn where she was born! Then we’ll go on to the adjoining Traverse City Community Garden where Lisa Maxbauer Price will read her vegetable alphabet book Squash Boom Beet . From there we’ll walk to the beautiful Walled Garden where Helen J. Wilson will read her book about Reggie the Runaway Sheep . And although the much-loved Dr. Seuss is no longer with us, we’ll enjoy his wonderful Horton Hatches an Egg right in the middle of dorable is the definition of the wool pet sculptures created by artists Sally Thompson and Karin Fish. These unique creations stand approximately five inches in height and can be custom-tailored to match a photo of your beloved pet, whether a dog, cat, bird, or other. In fact, these one-of-a-kind sculp-tures can be created in certain poses like sitting, sleeping, or sitting up. Thompson and Fish not only capture a pet’s likeness, but personality as well. The sculptures are the perfect gift for a pet lover, for a remembrance, or just for plain fun, because you absolutely love your pet! Pet replicas are made by wrapping wool around a wire armature, making them pose-able. They are then sculpted into shape with a barbed needle. Eyes and noses are felted from wool or sculpted from glass beads or clay. Karin was the first to experiment sculpting with wool. “I adore wool,” she exclaims. “As a knitter I love the feel of wool in my hands. I also love that it’s a natural fiber. Nature and animals inspire me. Wool sculpts easily and the opportunities to create and embellish are endless!” Sally saw all the creations that Karin had made and was curious about how she could turn a clump of wool into something so wonderful. “Since Karin is my neighbor and my friend, I decided to ask her how she made Kids will love Squash Boom Beet while these great creations. Karin replied to me, visiting the T.C. Community Garden ‘Why don’t you come over and I can start you out making a snowman.’ I took her up on that our Giant Bird Nest. Bring along a carpet square offer and created my first snowman,” relates or cushion so you can sit in comfort while Sally. “When I realized the basic principles of meeting the authors and enjoying each of these taking bits of wool and various felting needles wonderful stories and special garden spots. You used for differing outcomes, then stabbing it might even want to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy into a shape that you want, I was hooked!” afterwards—there are a dozen picnic tables on the Pavilion as well as more in the park’s Picnic Sally was the one who came up with Grove. The Garden’s gift shop carries the books the pet replicas. “After Karin had shown me for sale should you want to take one home with how to make a mouse and other animals, I you. Hope to see you at the Garden this year! wondered if I could make a wool sculpture of ALL ABOUT ANIMALS started asking about other breeds and I felt in over my head with orders. I asked Karin if she would be willing to help.” The team has been making the pet sculp-tures for close to three years and with their popularity, orders have yet to slow! It takes approximately five days to complete a sculp-ture, but at times the waiting list has been as long as four months, so the duo encourages customers to plan ahead for Christmas and holiday gifts. The team also creates seasonal items like pumpkins and Santas, as well as offering a variety of other items like pet magnets and brooches. Susan Gibbons has been a Northern Michigan freelance writer since 1999. Susan also owns Sara’s Legacy Pet Sitters, offering professional, loving care in your home. She shares a home with Danni, a 10-year old black lab mix and Woody, a tuxedo cat. GARDEN PLOT Karen Schmidt is the Chair of The Botanic Garden Board of Directors. The Botanic Garden is situated within Historic Barns Park at Grand Traverse Commons, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City. For more information visit www.thebotanicgarden.org. one of my dogs,” explains Sally, who has three Bichon Frises. “At first I was overwhelmed, but with her patience and my eagerness to learn, I created my first Bichon!” Sally posted her wool mini Bichon on her Facebook page and all her dog-loving friends wanted one, too. “I started getting so many orders! I had to start a waiting list,” enthuses Sally, who has over 1,000 Facebook friends. “Someone FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: facebook.com/woolcraftdesigns or facebook.com./randomactsoffiber. Contact Karin Fish at: pet.fish.fibers@gmail.com or Sally Thompson at mchgnwtr@aol.com Karin also has an Etsy Shop: Random Acts Of Fibre 24 • Families First Monthly • April/May 2017

Garden Plot

Karen Schmidt

Family Fun at the BOTANIC GARDEN

Thanks to a small grant from the education sorority Delta Kappa Gamma, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City has a new fun-filled series of experiences for parents and their children. For no charge, you can check out a backpack at the Garden’s visitor center for up to half a day. The backpack is filled with wonderful activities to help you discover and enjoy the Garden in a whole new way. Each backpack has a gardenor nature-related book to read to or with your child—imagine reading The Secret Garden on a bench in the Walled Garden or The Story of Bees while sitting in the Conversation Circle by the Native Plant Garden. Backpacks also include a small hand-held microscope and a 3-lens magnifying glass to get an up-close and personal look at a feather, leaf, or flower. Materials for doing tree and leaf rubbings, directions for building a fairy house, a timer to see how many different sounds you can hear in the woods or garden in 90 seconds, a scavenger hunt with pictures of fifteen different things you can look for in the Garden—all of this and more in our Discovery Backpacks. Come check one out this season and explore the Garden in a whole new way.

We are also excited to be collaborating with the Traverse Area District Library for Authors in the Park on Thursday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Bring your children to the Garden and meet three local authors who will share their books in special places throughout the park. We’ll begin in the circa-1900 Historic Barn where Jeff Kessler will read his book Colantha – The Beloved World Champion Cow, right in the barn where she was born! Then we’ll go on to the adjoining Traverse City Community Garden where Lisa Maxbauer Price will read her vegetable alphabet book Squash Boom Beet. From there we’ll walk to the beautiful Walled Garden where Helen J. Wilson will read her book about Reggie the Runaway Sheep. And although the much-loved Dr. Seuss is no longer with us, we’ll enjoy his wonderful Horton Hatches an Egg right in the middle of our Giant Bird Nest. Bring along a carpet square or cushion so you can sit in comfort while meeting the authors and enjoying each of these wonderful stories and special garden spots. You might even want to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards—there are a dozen picnic tables on the Pavilion as well as more in the park’s Picnic Grove. The Garden’s gift shop carries the books for sale should you want to take one home with you. Hope to see you at the Garden this year!

Karen Schmidt is the Chair of The Botanic Garden Board of Directors. The Botanic Garden is situated within Historic Barns Park at Grand Traverse Commons, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City. For more information visit www.thebotanicgarden.org.

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/Garden+Plot/2756747/398403/article.html.

All About Animals

Susan Gibbons

Adorable is the definition of the wool pet sculptures created by artists Sally Thompson and Karin Fish. These unique creations stand approximately five inches in height and can be custom-tailored to match a photo of your beloved pet, whether a dog, cat, bird, or other. In fact, these one-of-a-kind sculptures can be created in certain poses like sitting, sleeping, or sitting up. Thompson and Fish not only capture a pet’s likeness, but personality as well. The sculptures are the perfect gift for a pet lover, for a remembrance, or just for plain fun, because you absolutely love your pet!

Pet replicas are made by wrapping wool around a wire armature, making them poseable. They are then sculpted into shape with a barbed needle. Eyes and noses are felted from wool or sculpted from glass beads or clay. Karin was the first to experiment sculpting with wool. “I adore wool,” she exclaims. “As a knitter I love the feel of wool in my hands. I also love that it’s a natural fiber. Nature and animals inspire me. Wool sculpts easily and the opportunities to create and embellish are endless!” Sally saw all the creations that Karin had made and was curious about how she could turn a clump of wool into something so wonderful. “Since Karin is my neighbor and my friend, I decided to ask her how she made these great creations. Karin replied to me, ‘Why don’t you come over and I can start you out making a snowman.’ I took her up on that offer and created my first snowman,” relates Sally. “When I realized the basic principles of taking bits of wool and various felting needles used for differing outcomes, then stabbing it into a shape that you want, I was hooked!”

Sally was the one who came up with the pet replicas. “After Karin had shown me how to make a mouse and other animals, I wondered if I could make a wool sculpture of one of my dogs,” explains Sally, who has three Bichon Frises. “At first I was overwhelmed, but with her patience and my eagerness to learn, I created my first Bichon!” Sally posted her wool mini Bichon on her Facebook page and all her dog-loving friends wanted one, too. “I started getting so many orders! I had to start a waiting list,” enthuses Sally, who has over 1,000 Facebook friends. “Someone started asking about other breeds and I felt in over my head with orders. I asked Karin if she would be willing to help.”

The team has been making the pet sculptures for close to three years and with their popularity, orders have yet to slow! It takes approximately five days to complete a sculpture, but at times the waiting list has been as long as four months, so the duo encourages customers to plan ahead for Christmas and holiday gifts.

The team also creates seasonal items like pumpkins and Santas, as well as offering a variety of other items like pet magnets and brooches.

Susan Gibbons has been a Northern Michigan freelance writer since 1999. Susan also owns Sara’s Legacy Pet Sitters, offering professional, loving care in your home. She shares a home with Danni, a 10-year old black lab mix and Woody, a tuxedo cat.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: facebook.com/woolcraftdesigns or facebook.com./randomactsoffiber.

Contact Karin Fish at: pet.fish.fibers@gmail.com or Sally Thompson at mchgnwtr@aol.com

Karin also has an Etsy Shop: Random Acts Of Fibre

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/All+About+Animals/2756750/398403/article.html.

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