Love and other portraits

When I found a little bag of these plastic embroidery hoops in a local thrift shop just before Christmas, I really tried to see them filled with some elves, a happy Santa and maybe red-nosed reindeer or two. No such luck, maybe it was the pretty pinkness of three of the hoops, but they just didn't make me see Christmas. 

I put them back to my cupboard then, and found them again last week. Just conveniently about a month before Valentine's Day - and oh my, did I start seeing things in them now! I've mentioned it many times earlier, but here in Finland the Valentine's Day is actually called "The Friend's Day", and that inspired me to create...

... Portraits of love and friendship! I think these two go firmly hand in hand, and we really do not need a special day to shout I LOVE YOU like this little birdie with his balloons...

...or the mummy-bird with two little ones under the pretty flower, or...

...a little bunny dressed with her prettiest bow...

... I think she has a date? I know for sure this little Kitty has dressed her best, she's wearing her mommy's precious pearls (and a pink birdie on top of her head, the best kind of accessory: a friend!)...

...and then there's this little doggie (wearing his prettiest red-bow just like the bunny earlier), who waits his friend to come to share the biggest-ever bone he just found...and the little birdie keeps him company while waiting!

I think these little wall hangings tell the story of love and friendship at its best: it makes you smile to even think about your friend, and you really do not mind waiting, when you know you'll meet soon. Dressing your best... but naturally! These little friends can be seen more close in my shop here.

I wish you a lovely day, and hope you'll call or mail or write to a friend! 



Anne said...

Hi Mia,
How interesting….I was thinking of you and some wall hangings and here they are!!
I love them all but my favorite is the dog. Our dog was black and white, too.

Thanks for sharing some new creations.
Happy creative Tuesday to all……

Mia said...

Hello dear Anne,

Sometimes our minds work mysterious ways, and I have been in "dear friends"-mood all day, maybe you picked my vibe? Whatever that is, I'm happy you liked my latest creations!

Sending you many greetings from all of us!


crazydazy said...

These are so cute...are they needlefelted?

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Mia! I love your idea! Just perfect way to use those cute hoops! You are so talented making these little sweet creatures and you have great imagination! Hugs from summery GREECE! 'Only' +20C today! x Teje

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Awe they're gorgeous Mia...much, much nicer for Valentine's Day rather than C! I love that it's called Friends Day, in fact I like that better! :)
Happy evening,
V xxx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Sweet Mia, Love love love your newest creations! Love the kitty with the pearls, so fancy!!!
Happy day to you, xoRobin

Mia said...

Hello Ali,

Thank you! Yes, they are needle felted, I used a wool-polyester fabric as base and then needle felted 100% wool to create the birdies, cats and dogs.

Wishing you a great day, and sunny greetings from Finland!


Mia said...

Hello Teje,

Oh my "only" +20c, we have "only" -20c today :) but at least it's sunny again.

Wishing you a lovely, creative day!


Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

Thank you! And somehow I thought you might appreciate Valentine's more than C ;) - and it suits me great too.

Many sunny greetings from freezing Finland!


Mia said...

Hello sweet Robin,

Thank you! I just thought the kitty needed really pretty pearls this time :) and these she got. Happy you liked them!

Have great day, many greetings from coooold finland!


Megumi said...

I like them a lot. Such good ideas you always have.

Mia said...

Hello dear Megumi,

Thank you!

Until the next things to show you... Have a good week!


Helen Philipps said...

These are adorable, Mia! Such lovely ideas.....they are all so clever! I love each one, but I think the kitty with the pearl necklace is my favourite!
Helen xx

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

Thank you! I'm happy my little art was liked - makes me smile to real all these comments.

Have a happy and sunny day, and many greetings from snowy Finland!


Beth of The Linen Cat said...

They are really lovely, Mia, I especially like the kitty in her pearls - I wish ours was more 'friends' day, we (my husband and I) don't celebrate valentines, I used to buy him cards but never got any in return (he's rubbish) so gave up many years ago, but sending gifts/cards to family and friends is such a nicer idea :) Bethx

Mia said...

Thank you, dear Beth,

I also so much prefer the Friend's Day - maybe when you're young&in luuv Valentine's is for you? I honestly can't remember ;) it's been too long! But we'll have a cake on 14th still!

Happy weekend!


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