Cupcake Chomper inspired by Feltique

It has been awhile since I picked up my felting needles. The downside about not needle felting for a period of time, I find I can loose some of my touch and become more vulnerable to the  pricks(ouch!) from sharp needles and any felting fan will tell you , it is  not so pleasant when there are 3-4 of them at a time (double ouch!)

So while I was back in KL in March for a friend’s wedding…well actually whenever I am in KL, I have a “must” routine within my first few days of settling back in. I must have my compulsory dose of local food,I must check out what is the latest in Asian cinema at the DVD store and I must go to Kinokuniya bookshop in KLCC where I pore over their incredible  range craft and DIY books.

Each time I return to Kinokuniya in KL, it is without fail I will always find at least one or even more craft book which I don’t seem to come across in any of the local (ever decreasing) bookshops in Melbourne:(.

This time I found 2 books, one which is Feltique by Nikola Davidson and Brookelynn Morris


I highly recommend if you are looking for more ideas, techniques, projecs for felting and needle felting.  I already have 10 books on felting and consider this another great addition to my ever growing collection.

Their project ideas are fun to make, so fun that I made one last week, needing a break from my not so fun job-hunt activity. Its the Cupcake Chomper…

cupcake chomper

Cupcake Chomper (needle felted by nota hati)

Yup,that is my little purple Cupcake Chomper which I made and photographed with the teeny tiny cupcakes which I bought for tea(watching my weight!). It is fun to make and took me about  2 hours to complete…the tiny teeth and cupcake in the mouth was a bit of a challenge but worth the effort.

Happy felting…talk soon. xo NOtaHati


Mousey Christmas in July

Christmas in July is probably a bit of a weird concept for those of you out there who actually do get snow during Christmas, but for us who live here in the Eastern side of Australia, July is our coldest winter month and also the time of year, where we get more snow fall  ..a real joy for all skiing and snowboarding hard-cores ..and also a great excuse to celebrate a “cold Christmas”.

Inspired by the thought, I finished needle-felting this little mouse 2 days ago, wearing a Santa hat and in the midst of wrapping a present and putting up over-sized Christmas baubles.

I am quite pleased with this little mouse which I took a photo of with my crappy phone camera because I just thought I do  an update today after weeks of silence asI have been feeling quite stretched at work and in my usual way of dealing with stress, I work with my hands.

Up close shot:Image by notaisihati

Up close shot of Mouse

The complete picture…

Tis Christmas in July, all busy with decor and present wrapping…Image: Notaisihati


I really hope I feel better about things soon…all the rubbish at work is getting me down so much.:(

To better days…x Rach@ Notahati


Natasha Fadeeva

Natasha Fadeeva’s toy animals  has caused quite a stir and interest  in the world of toy-makers, toy collectors and all who admire her dainty work, in fact she is pure genius in my opinion. I especially love her stuffed  mice, so  beautifully life-like  that I could not help but go “aww” when I came across her blog and admired her work.

I felt I was immediately being drawn into her story-book land and the woodland creatures that live in that world,all with their own little stories to tell.

How  I wish I could meet her and to learn how to make one  of these beautiful  cheeky little mice with their grains of rice.

Harvest by Natasha Fadeeva

Or what about this darling image of a mother mouse reading  to her baby in the cradle

Mother mouse by the cradle-Natasha Fadeeva

To become an instant fan of Natasha, go to her blog and check out her other amazing creations. One of my top favourite finds so far!

I hope the rest of your work week is a good one. On that note, this desk -jockey is trying to remember to tell herself like a mantra that all good things will come in its own time, just got to do my bit and keep on believing.

xo Rachel Hati@NotaHati