Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's official!

It's official... we are officially open for business!



This little guy is $35. He comes in any color you may want. This design is specifically a Christmas pattern. Regular bear comes in a solid color without buttons or ruffle (though they can be requested). Order today on Facebook!

WIP Wednesday!

That's right. I'm starting a wip Wednesday. Every Wednesday I'm going to take a photo or two of what I'm currently working on (depending on how many projects there are) and would love to see what you're working on too!

This week I have two projects that I have in progress....

Gingerbread Bear
 First project I started was this Gingerbread colored Christmas bear. He's going to be going towards the December craft fair here in town. Eventually he will have a green accented twin but for now he's a very lonely half built bear. The goal is to focus on him today and get him finished up. Normally it does not take me this long to finish a project this size but since I've been trying to do two projects at once it has eaten into my time a great deal. I don't think it's worth it. I might have to go back to focusing on individual projects and just knocking them out instead of splitting my focus like this.

Lalylala Lion
This is the head, leg, and almost foot of my son's Christmas present. He loves lions and wanted a blue, purple, and red one with wings. Since I made the dragon for his sister it only seemed right that I make him a lion from the same pattern set. This lion came from the Loni the Lion pattern from Lalylala.com. He should be quite adorable when he's done, though to get the desired winged lion that my son is so desperate for I will have to pull the wing pattern from Dirk the Dragon/Dinosaur and add them to this little guy. Hopefully my son will appreciate the love and time that went into him. Sure he's only turning 8 but still!

That's it from me as far as this week's wip Wednesday goes. What do you have going? I would love to see it! Don't be afraid to show your stuff! Even if you're a beginner and don't think your project is good enough to show... stop it! Anything that comes from the heart and is made by hand is worthy of display. Be proud and show your stuff!

Monday, September 30, 2013

You might be a crochet-aholic if....

YOU MIGHT BE A CROCHET-AHOLIC IF……

  • your kids tell you that you don’t need to go to the yarn store because you have your own yarn store in the basement.
  • you can’t leave the house without your yarn and hook.
  • you have more yarn & hooks than a crochet store.
  • when shopping, you head to the yarn department first.
  • you have more than one crochet hook in your purse, but you don’t have any working writing tools.
  • your first question after being informed by the doctor that you need shoulder surgery is…will I still be able to crochet?
  • you would rather buy yarn than a new pair of shoes.
  • your Pinterest contains more patterns than you will ever be able to complete in one lifetime!
  • you find crochet hooks in the dryer after doing a load of laundry!
  • you would rather crochet than be on Facebook.
  • your sleep is disturbed by thoughts of new patterns.
  • you dont pay your rent cuz you need to add to your stash.
  • you have 8 wips and can’t wait to start another one, oh and you know what a wip is!
  • everything you see can be made of yarn!
  • you can’t find your hook and later discover it tangled in your hair.
  • you cry when your physical therapist tells you not to crochet until your shoulder is better.
  • you need a separate house just for your yarn.
  • you crochet food items instead of going to the grocery store and buy them.
  • you jump up from a deep sleep saying, “that is what I am going to make next!”
  • your husband tells his friends you have more yarn than Walmart.
Anyone have any other great ones to add?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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AmiguruME: First Attempt Complete!... Next project?

 
AmiguruME: Deanna McArthur Doll
She's Finished! Took a total of a day and a half. The eyes are 12mm as I don't have my 10mm eyes yet. But not too shabby if I do say so for my first person doll. I figured that doing a doll of myself was a good way to make a spokesdoll. She came out better than I expected and even has little black bows down her back. The dress is one that I have and love to wear (if only I had the occasion to wear it). All in all a job well done!

What's next on the agenda?! Should I do another amiguruME doll? Another bear? A lion? A moose? Or maybe Christmas stockings! What do you think? Let me hear your thoughts for my next project!




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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Safety Eyes: the impossible journey!

So, like many I'm sure, I have had a hell of a time finding safety eyes in the size I need for Allison Hoffman's AmiguruME dolls. I haven't been able to find 10mm eyes anywhere! I was lucky and had some 12mm that I had gotten off of Amazon.com but they just weren't right. They were too big and looked funny on the doll's face as you saw in my previous post.

I decided to ask Allison where she got her eyes and while I was waiting I went searching on google once more, like I have so many times already. However, this time I struck gold. I ran across a blog post about safety eyes!

Amigurumi Eyes – Where, What, How To’s / FAQ / Info

Not only was the post extremely informative but CR's Crafts still had the sets of 100 eyes in every size for under 10 bucks! I couldn't believe it! That's 50 amigurumi dolls for 9 dollars round abouts. I just went to the home page and clicked on "Product Index" then clicked on "Animal Eyes". And voila! Every possible option of eyes that I could dream of! I'm a hard core black eye kind of girl, but they have so many options that I might just have to branch out when I run out of my 12mm black eyes for some of my animals that I've been doing (Military Bear).

So excited! Can't wait for them to get here!


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Friday, September 27, 2013

New Project: AmiguruME

I don't know about anyone else but I am absolutely in love with Crafty is Cool. Allison Hoffman is a genius when it comes to designing patterns. I have never tried to design a crochet pattern as I do not think I know enough about them in order to do it. So my next project is to try out her new book which I faithfully preordered months in advance and just received the other day. I also purchased AmiguruME for my cousin who wants to get into crochet. Hopefully she'll like it when I give it to her for Christmas. Today I start on the head. I finally have a yarn color that matches my skin tone so Minime isn't going to be ridiculously white in comparison.

She has been abandoned and a new doll is in progress. I will give updates as I go along. Right now it's just the top of the head and I don't think that's much worth posting. xD



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Pink dragons and Military bears for little angels

Pattern: Dirk the Dragon/Dinosaur by Lalylala
Pattern: Timothy the Bear by Auroragurumi

























 These are the two most recent projects I've undertaken. The first one is a Christmas present for my daughter, Anna (5). She absolutely adores the colors pink and yellow so I thought she might like a little dragon to snuggle with and protect her at night. The second project was a camouflage teddy bear that my mother-in-law's boyfriend requested for his 17 year old daughter. I'm thinking of adding fabric pads to his feet to embroider her initials on. I think she might like that when all is said and done. But what color fabric to use?!


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Sanctuary by Design

For a long time I've wanted to start a blog. They just seemed like so much fun and a great way to vent or just relax and get away from the world for a few hours. But I could never quite get into it. Either I didn't know what to say or I just used it to vent and it never went anywhere. I forgot about them, let them fall off and never saw them again. So why start another one?

My blogging began originally when I uprooted my life and moved across country from coast to coast. One day I was living in beautiful Oceanside, California, and the next I was on my way to the east coast where I would eventually settle in Martinsville, Virginia. I wasn't sure about the move but I thought it was what my family needed and so off we went. This is when my blogging began... mostly to vent my insecurities and my fears, my frustrations about my life. I didn't feel like I could talk to those around me so I relied on my blog.

After a while I didn't need to vent so much. So, once again, my blog fell into obscurity. I didn't really think about it so much until my family started to notice my crocheting. At first it was just little things, the hats I had made for Christmas, the tree skirt. They were liked so much that I was asked to make some things for the small town market that's held at the train depot. I was all for it of course. Any excuse to crochet is a good excuse in my book. The one thing that bothered me was how little foot traffic the market gets. Then, it hit me.

Start a craft blog!

Not only does it help me relax but it's a great way for my family on the other side of the country to see and commission pieces for themselves! Then, if I'm lucky, I might even make a small business of it. Being a stay at home mom, it would be really nice to contribute to the household monetarily. At least enough to support my yarn addiction. :D

Thank you


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