A couple of my friends have recently moved house and I wanted to be able to send them a housewarming gift but if I’m honest, I was a bit stumped.
You see, this house move saw a massive declutter for the pair and therefore I didn’t want to go giving them more clutter when they had worked so hard at downsizing so what I was to send had to have meaning and purpose.
I, therefore, racked my brains, of which there isn’t much in working order.
Whilst thinking I had a random scroll through Twitter when I came across some needle felting awesomeness by @GaiButton.
Gai does some amazing scale models of dogs in needle felting and also some beautiful pet portraits too. Here are a couple of examples that I found on her Twitter timeline.
I think that you can see why I fell in love with them!
Seeing the pet portrait reminded me of my furry niece, Kira. You’ve seen her on this blog and my Facebook page before. In case you haven’t, her she is.
Such a pretty wee woofer :)
The friends that moved house are her parents. Despite the number of times I have tried to convince Kira to come and live with me, she just keeps heading back home :(
Bingo! A needle felted portrait of Kira would be an awesome housewarming gift! So I popped a message over to Gai and she accepted the commission!
I sent over an image of the lady in question and a couple of back and forth emails happened to confirm choices in design and style, and we were off!
A few days later I received an update. It has begun!
I squealed with delight! Oh my, the colour is right, and I can already see the attentive character of Kira coming through.
As time went on, I received further updates on progress.
Then, on the final update, I was blown away!
My awestruck status will probs make more sense if you see the image and the needle felted portrait side by side …
It was at this point that I thought, ‘Bugger, I should have ordered two!’. Lol, anyhoo, I may treat myself to one in the future but for now, Gai made a couple of final tweaks that meant we were both happy and then Gai kindly framed it too.
I think you’ll agree, my friends are going to love it! I sure do.
If you love Gai’s work and would like to commission your own pet portrait, you can reach Gai via…
Anyhoo, that’s it for this post. Hope you enjoyed my little yarn.
See you again soon.