My “Stay-cation”

I recently started a new job… except there were a few hiccups in the process which meant that I suddenly had two weeks off. Not exactly in the situation to just take off and actually go on vacation, I decided to make the most of my time off and build up my inventory. I have all these ideas about taking my baby items to a photographer or local baby boutique to see if they are interested in using my outfits as photo props or selling them to their clients. The only problem is, I don’t have much of a selection to show them. So, I attempt to build up my inventory and just as I am satisfied with the quantity, I sell off half of what I’ve made. Tough problem to have, right? 😉

Well, these past couple weeks haven’t done much in regards to that effort. I think I only crocheted two hats. (They needed their ears sewn on and braids added to the earflaps). So I can’t say that I have been completely productive on that end.

I have gotten in to a bit of amigurumi though. It started out when my sister and nephew were in town visiting. I had just made the Batman hat and given it to my nephew when I caved and purchased a Batman amigurumi pattern. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it before they flew back home, so I will be shipping it to him in a day or two. I had originally planned to make just the one Batman for my nephew. My boyfriend helped me out by making a Batman logo stencil and cutting out a piece of felt to make the perfect logo. There was only one problem… it turned out so well that he insisted on me making another one – because he was going to keep this one for himself. I soon got started on a Superman, which turned out even better… and then a Hulk… and then a Thor… I don’t know how much more of this I can take. To be honest, I’m not really in to making them. There just isn’t the satisfaction that comes with making a sweet little baby outfit.

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The Super Heros weren’t the only amigurumi I made during my staycation. I’ve finally completed all three “totoros” from My Neighbor Totoro! For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is a Japanese anime movie from 1988 featuring Dakota and Elle Fanning. If you have not seen it I definitely recommend it. The large grey Totoro is over 6,000 stitches, so you could imagine the hours that went into making him. My boyfriend’s little sisters are HUGE fans of the movie, so I actually ended up making two sets of these. I think I might take a break before I start on the next, but I am very pleased with how they turned out and will definitely be making them for my future children.

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I sold my Minnie Mouse outfit to a coworker who is expected a niece in July – the first girl in the family in 25 years! With Minnie being such a popular item I think I may have to get started on the next, just so I have one in stock. I am toying with the idea of making it in a brighter pink or even red this time.

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Speaking of Minnie, my cousins asked for a Minnie Mouse amigurumi for their daughter’s birthday. My skills aren’t quite at the level of being able to make that on my own so I searched and searched for a pattern but to my dismay could not find one. Knowing that she just got a Nabi Jr. I offered to make a Minnie Mouse cover for that instead. The result was adorable.. and I think I found my next obsession after baby outfits – device covers. I have all sorts of ideas running through my head, I just need to get my hands on an iPad/iPhone/etc and make sure I’m making them the correct sizes.

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