To get this off to a good start, I'm inviting some friends over to felt with me on the first, tomorrow. No time to waste!
Check out these super-cute projects by Martha Stewart:
The little colored balls and beads might be just right for a single felting session as we're all newbies, however I'm really intrigued by these adorable needle-felted birds:
The video is great to watch. The guest has a site with a gallery of the incredible little critters she's made: http://jenndocherty.com/bears.html