Monday, October 26, 2009

Season's Greetings!

Well, it's that time of year again! The holidays are upon us and we are introducing new holiday items almost every day! We are expanding our line of designs that we have used on our Whimsical Woolies soaps into dimensional needlefelted figures and greeting cards. Happy holidays everyone!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our newest line, Whimsical Wonders!

Pam creates our Whimsical Wonders line of needlefelted treasures. She gets her inspiration for the dimensional designs from our Whimsical Woolies line of needlefelted soaps! This witchy Halloweener is perfect for decorating a shelf or bookcase for the autumn season! Happy fall!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I LOVE Mini Note Cards!

Mini note cards are my favorite things to create! I have so many different kinds of papers to mix and match together I'm always coming up with a new combination. Mini note cards are the perfect thing to write someone a quick note, tuck in a lunchbox, or give to a customer with a business card inside. I always hand fold and assemble each and every card and envelope. Hand drawn accents are added inside the card to coordinate with the theme. They are so cute and so much fun to make! That's all for now....Tara

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Getting Ready for Halloween!

Wow! The summer sure is flying by! Time to think about the upcoming fall season already. Owls and spiders remind me of that time of year. :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Birthday Owl

I just love the color combination on this Birthday Owl Whimsical Woolies soap. The new merino wool I'm using is super soft and the ice cream colors are my favorites! I keep adding more and more intricate details now, it takes me hours to complete these. Trying to make the ladybug's tiny legs and the little dots perfect is extremely difficult. But the end result is definitely worth it! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy Owl Whimsical Woolies Felted Soap

This sweet little owl is one of our new favorites! Love the little pink heart and those eyes!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Check this out!

Our Aardvark stuffed toys and Whimsical Woolies soaps have been gifted to Sarah Jessica Parker's twins! To view the press release and more details please visit We were so honored and happy to be a part of this exciting opportunity!

The celebrity mentioned above does not endorse Persnickety Pelican or its products in any way.

Monday, July 6, 2009

So excited!

We are super excited to be participating in this year's Christmas in July Artisan Festival in Oceanside, CA! So busy getting all of our items ready to be seen at a craft fair for the first time. If anyone's visiting the San Diego area this weekend, stop by, and see us!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We were awarded the "One Lovely Blog Award" for our blog and artistic creativity. Thanks Terry, we greatly appreciate it! You can visit her blog at

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Some of our newest tiny treasures!

I just love these new whimsical woolies designs! So colorful and sweet!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Alistair the Aardvark Desk Buddy

Just added our newest creation to our shop! It's an Alistair the Aardvark desk buddy! He sometimes thinks things are so funny that he laughs his head off! Alistair can keep you company at your desk at work or anywhere you need a good laugh.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Izzy and her friend, Barbeque!

We just had to take a picture of our little Izzy and her new friend, Barbeque the Dachshund. We found Barbeque at Mika's shop, Cuore, on Etsy! She has the cutest items, check out her shop at

Watchful Raven Collage

Was out in my garden the other day and noticed that one of our trees was shedding its bark. The ravens were flying around overhead and I had an inspiration! I decided to use the bark in a collage. I cut out fabric shaped like leaves and added a raven to the design. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Felted Soap Creation

First, I begin with an assortment of brightly colored wool roving bits.

Then I take a bar of honey and oatmeal vegetable soap and use a
three-needle felting needle to push on the base layer of roving.

See how I use tiny pieces of the soft wool to cover the soap?

To cover the soap with the base layer it takes me about 25 minutes. Then I use scissors to cut off the wool strands that are sticking out.

Now it's time for the fun part, creating the design! I use one felting needle for more intricate work.

Well, you know me, always have to add a few polka dots!!! :)
The design took me about another 25 minutes.

Now I use the three-needle felting needle again to make sure the wool is pushed really well all over the entire soap.

Another trimming to make sure the soap looks just right!

And there you go, another felted soap made by me!

Notice how the wool roving covers the entire soap, here's the back view! Well, I hope you know a little more about felted soap and how it is made. They're one of my favorite crafts now, I wouldn't be spending an hour on each one if I didn't enjoy it! Felted soaps are like a washcloth and soap in one. You can use it everyday in the shower or bath or treasure it forever as a tiny work of art! Bye for now!
Tara :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

What do you think of our newest creations?

We've been super busy coming up with new ideas and color combos for our products. My mom decided to make Adelle in a new summer outfit :). Peach is her favorite color! I thought that having a card cut out in a shape would make my birthday wishes gift sets even cuter! Who loves polka dots? I do I do!

ttyl...........Tara :D
btw, we just got featured on SweetnessJewelry's blog today! Check out her blog at
Her shop has lots of great jewelry to choose from, see it at

Friday, May 15, 2009

Inspiration for My Lil' Aardvark!

Hi all! Just wanted to take a minute and tell you a little bit about the aardvark family. I wanted to make a toy for our dachshunds and just started cutting out some fabric. At first I thought I was going to make an elephant but it ended up looking like an aardvark instead! :) Our 6.5 pound dachshund, Izzy (on the top), loves to play with the legs and guards them from us like they're her little babies! Snoopy (on the bottom), the 10 pounder, loves to squeak the body as much as he can! They both love to rip off the different parts and wait for us to attach them so they do it again. The aardvarks are so cute together as a family and they all have "A" names: Ardie (the dad), Adelle (the mom), Adweena (baby sister), and Avery (brother). That's all for now!

The aardvark design is copyright 2009 by me!

Friday, May 8, 2009

I just love, love, love these Birthday Wishes gift sets!!!

Hi all! It's been a while since I've posted anything new on here. My mom and I have been so busy thinking of new ideas and taking pictures of all of our crafts that we just haven't had time to update the blog. One of my newest creations is the Birthday Wishes Whimsical Woolies felted soap, gift bag, and bday card package. It's like a birthday party in a small package. Everything looks so sweet together and I know someone would just be so happy to receive it. The star of the package is the felted soap with the present or cupcake design. The bag and card coordinate with it. I am so happy when I make these crafts. I'm into the whole package deal thing now. I love to include gift tags and cards with our stuff so that someone can give it to a special person and make their day!!! I probably take about 2.5 hours total to make one package, but since I love the end result it's worth my time. Every aspect of this cute present has my love put into it. Even if someone doesn't use the soap, it's just an ultra cute small work of art to look at!
Best wishes!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Aardvark Toys

These aardvark toys have a squeaker inside and can be pulled apart and put back together again! Pets can play with these as well as children. They each have there own name, Adelle on the left, Avery, Adweena, and Ardie.

Whimsical Woolies Soaps

Felted soaps are like a washcloth and soap all in one! Small bits of wool (called wool roving) are pushed into a regular bar of soap with a felting needle. The design stays on the soap even as it is used in the bath or shower! This is such a cute little work of art. We thought the name "Whimsical Woolies" is the perfect description for these soaps! The matching bag to put the soap inside makes this idea a perfect gift.