Growth

Its so fun to go back and start from the beginning and see everything you’ve accomplished and how you have changed.

In the beginning crochet was just a hobby for me. I had made a couple hats when my mom showed me a puppy hat she had made using this pattern she found on repeatcrafterme. I thought it was adorable, and while I really had nothing to do with one once I made it but I HAD TO make one myself. One turned in to many, which is how my Etsy shop started.

At that point I was making what I call theme or character hats and outfits. They were all based on animals (puppies, lady bugs, etc.) or movie/tv characters (oscar the grouch, mickey mouse, etc.). While I still think these are adorable my taste has changed a bit and I am now more interested in a timeless, vintage look. I prefer rompers and overalls to the themed outfits, but now offer both.

This past year I taught myself how to knit. My poor mother attempted to teach me when I was a teenager but I did not have the concentration or the patience to learn. This time I went to good old YouTube to figure it all out. I purchased several patterns from Sau at MonkeyMooMoo33 and could not recommend her patterns more. They are so detailed and have helpful links – I give her partial credit for teaching me how to knit!

For the past three years I have been making mermaid after mermaid which has really supported my crafting addiction and the patterns that I have purchased while learning crochet/ Tunisian crochet/ and knitting. I love seeing the photos my customers take with my outfits. Recently I partnered with a talented photographer out of Virginia named Sarah Nolan and received this beautiful photo. I can’t wait to work with her more! (Be sure to check out her website for more beautiful photos!)

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Christmas in Full Swing

As promised in my last post I have been busy creating new Christmas designs and improving my old designs and photos.

One thing I have learned throughout the life of my Etsy shop is that quality photos will sell an item quicker than anything else. Photos that I have received from my customers and from photographers have been such a blessing for my sales. For those items that I do not have professional pictures of I have taken pictures myself. I will post about that another time – for now I will stick to the newest items in my shop.

Most recently I created my Newborn Swaddle Sack Snowman Outfit. The swaddle sack is made with white homespun yarn which I think creates the perfect texture to look just like fluffy snow.

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The red scarf is actually Tunisian crochet. I love the way knit looks but am not very good at it. Tunisian crochet is the perfect blend of the two and this “knit stitch” really does make it look like it was knit.

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(I did’t really get a good shot of the right side of the scarf to show the knit stitch). If you’re interested in learning this technique, this video by Kim Guzman is a great tutorial!

The holly berry cloth buttons and the jewels were purchased at Joann’s.

If you like this outfit and would like to see my others please head to my Etsy shop and “like” them as well as liking this post! Thanks so much!

Catching my Breath

Last month was my most productive month in the history of my Etsy shop. I listed some new items at the beginning of the month that were a HUGE hit for Halloween.

Unfortunately this means I did not get any professional pictures back from them so I will have to share my own photos.

I purchased a pattern from Beezy Mom’s Creations for a newborn pixie bonnet and pants with suspenders and have been able to utilize the pant pattern over and over throughout my shop. You can see them here in these Wizard of Oz inspired Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow outfits.

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For the “straw” in the Scarecrow outfit I used the same fun fur yarn that I wrote about in one of my previous posts. It’s the pound of yarn that keeps going and going.

This little number may be my favorite of the three outfits. Of course this Dorothy outfit comes with sparkling red slippers.

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I am so excited to keep up the momentum and am currently preparing for Christmas. I have learned that with a shop like mine it is key to stay ahead of the calendar and have plenty of items prepared ahead of time. Mothers expecting around Thanksgiving have likely already purchased their newborn photography props, so I will get ready for the next big event.

Tea Party Hat

Last summer my beautiful grandmother turned 86 and we had a lovely tea party for her. 

   
 
Four generations including my grandmother, mother, sisters, and nieces.

  
When I saw the pattern for this “oh posh baby cloche” from Crochet My Love I thought it was perfect for a little tea party. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t find the pattern until after the party – it would have been perfect for my newborn baby niece. 

  

 I followed the pattern to a T on this one. Next time I think I might buy a floral printed ribbon and see what else I can create.

Two is always better than one

Does anyone else SQUEAL with excitement after finishing a project? (I hope so, otherwise a lot of people will probably think I’m weird!)

While working on some Valentine’s inspired items I made this simple shelled bonnet in a few different shades of pinks and reds. I found the pattern here: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/10/crochet-pumpkin-pixie-bonnet.html I altered it a little to add ties by chaining 40 and slip stitching back over the chain before attaching each tie to the hat.

When I finished the red one I immediately thought of Little Red Riding Hood.

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So, naturally, I HAD TO make a Big Bad Wolf to match! How cute would a pair of twins look in these hats?!

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I created my own pattern for this wolf hat and decided to share my pattern! I do ask that you do not attempt to claim this pattern as your own. You are more than welcome to sell your finished product, however I do ask that you give me credit and include a link to my blog. (This will help me be able to share more free patterns!) Thank you!

Oh, and I bought both of these yarns in a clearance-pound!! 😄

Note: I do tend to crochet tightly.  For newborn sized wolf hat: Your finished product should be about 6″ by 5.5″ when laid flat.

Materials:

N 9.00mm hook,  fun fir type yarn in grey, size six yarn in grey, J 6.00mm hook, size 5 white yarn

Round one: Using one strand of each yarn and N hook create a magic circle and sc 6 inside of circle. Pull tight. Join with a sl st into first sc. (6)

Round two: Ch 1. Sc two in each st around. Join with a sl st into first sc. (12)

Round three: Ch 1. **Sc 2, sc in next**, repeat around. Join with a sl st into first sc. (18)

Round four: Ch 1. **Sc 2, sc in next 2**, repeat around. Join with a sl st into first sc. (24)

Round five – 12: Ch 1. Sc in each st around. (24)

Tie off and weave in ends.

For outer ears: Again with double strands of grey yarn and N hook.

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Row one: Sc across (4)

Row two: Sc dec, sc dec (2)

Row three: Sc across (2)

Row four: Sc dec (1). Tie off leaving long tail for sewing.

For inner ear: Using white yarn and J hook

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Row one: Sc across (4)

Row two: Sc dec, sc across (3)

Row three: Sc dec, sc across (2)

Row four: Sc dec. Tie off leaving long tail for sewing.

Using tail from inner ear, attach inner ear to grey outer ear.

Using tail from outer ear attach ear to hat around rounds 3-5. Tie off and weave in ends.

ENJOY!

I <3 this clearance-pound project!

As I mentioned before it is nearly impossible to tell what brand of yarn you are purchasing in the clearance pound bags, but similar style yarns sell for $5-10 per skein. Judging by what JoAnn’s sells I would venture to say that this is Lion Brand Hometown USA which is $4.99 for 5 oz. Now, that’s a savings of about 50% which isn’t huge, but if you’re considering the savings on a larger scale it can make a big difference in your profit – which is why I bought two bags! DSC_0086

I used a bit of it to make this sweet heart prop. I like it because it it gender neutral and so simple. I have seen some cute photos taken with this prop and wooden lettering that spells out “LOVE”. The possibilities are endless! I think I’ll make it in a light pink also. It’s perfect for February babies!

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Again I purchased this pattern from Crochet My Love (are you noticing a theme here?!). You can purchase her patterns in bulk for more savings. She has ben so helpful and responsive to my questions.

You can this pattern here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/89881469/crochet-pattern-photography-heart-mat?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=heart

Am I the only one who didn’t know??

Did y’all know that Joann’s has clearance yarn that is sold in a one-pound bag for only $7.99 – not matter what is inside the bag?!?

I have recently discovered this and lets just say I may have gone overboard in the past couple months, stockpiling this stuff! I have been unloading my car and running straight to my craft room to hide the evidence, but I have recently been found out and forbidden to go back to Joann’s until I use the majority of what I have already purchased. This is probably for the best (as I have to admit it is excessive). I am looking forward to putting it all to good use though and will share with you as I do.

One of the first bags that I purchased was a beige/brown fun fur. This is what is left AFTER my project. I can’t remember if there were 6 or 8 balls inside when I bought it.

I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but for $7.99 a pound, when it is normally $4.99 for 1.75 oz (think $37 savings), I knew it was a steal so I swiped it up! I sat on it for a while and then saw this picture…

Photo Credit to Cortney Rowley Photography. This image is not my own. I do not take credit for any aspect of its contents, etc.
Photo Credit to Cortney Rowley Photography. This image is not my own. I do not take credit for any aspect of its contents, etc.

It hit me instantly that this would make the perfect prop to be used as “straw”. Now, there’s nothing elaborate about this project. I worked with a large hook and double strands, single crocheting back and forth until I had a finished product about 24″x 24″.

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I just love the texture, it really gives the impression of real straw while still being incredibly soft for your newborn photos. Not bad for under $8.00 – the only problem is replicating it would likely cost full price. I did recently find another bag that is a shade darker… 🙂 The crafting continues!