Bear Crazy

In June I took a trip to the local library. While looking through the crochet books there I saw a crocheted bear. He looked so cute I had to go home and start working on some bears. I have had a few doll joints in my stock for awhile, so decided that I would make a jointed bear. Her arms, legs and neck aare jointed.



Then I decided that I would do a string jointed bear. That is when you use a doll needle to use yarn or fishing line to attach the arms and legs to the bear so that they can move up and down. This little bear is made out of simply soft yarn and is soooo soft.

Then a  pirate bear seemed appropriate since I’m currently in the Tampa area.

Then I had the idea for this cute little cuddle brown bear. He by the way sold within a few minutes at the next show I did.

Then there was this cute little purple bear.  She was only 5 inches tall and she too sold very quickly.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of her and it is not very clear.

I am sure there will be more bears, hopefully I will be able to post a few patterns soon. Just seems like not enough time to accomplish all I want to. I am sure we all have that same problem.

Catch a Memory Photography

I love meeting and working with talented people.  Recently I had the pleasure of making some items for Jenae Welsh of Catch a Memory Photography in Adrian Michigan.  Jenae ordered a hunting outfit from me and I sent her my camo bunny outfit as well.  We were amazed when we saw the shots.

How adorable are these?  And how talented and creative can you get.  The set-up is so well thought out and so perfect for the baby and the outfit.

Then she sent pictures of the hunting outfit.

Amazing right, so cute!  Then she got together with another really creative person Janel Dick from Crafty Vine.  They teamed up to do Janel’s son Wyatt’s 1 year old pictures.  I have been making things for Wyatt since before he was born so was really excited to see these pictures.

I was not disappointed!  Wyatt is wearing the crazy chap pants that Janel thought up and I made for her.  The fishing hat he is also a design that Janel asked me to make.  Janel has the best ideas when it comes to outfits!  Here are a just a few of the amazing photos.

Wyatt in Fishing Hat

 

Wyatt in Crazy Chaps

 

 

 

Rhino’s Emporium Website

This was my first website built from scratch.  It is being hosted on Host Gator and was build using Kompozer and uses CubeCart for the store portion.
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Rhino wanted a gray background with his soaps being the star of the page.  So I’ve tried to keep most of the non-product items white, gray or black.  This really helps the soaps to pop out from the page.  The site is mostly html with some javascript.   I am currently working on two more sites.  One will be done using WordPress, and not sure about the other one yet.    Screenshot (7)

Hoping to do my site soon on Host Gator.  Cube Cart was the best free cart I found out there.  The documentation is not the greatest, but it is mostly PHP so was easy to modify the parts that we didn’t like.

New Venture

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Been really busy lately.  Have started building websites for people.  I was a programmer, but have been out of it for a few years while raising the kiddies.  The kiddies are all grown now so time to get back into things.  So in addition to the crafting business I’m now designing websites.  It is so much fun.  Two of the sites I’ve done are www.rhinosemporium.com this one was a from the ground up build.  And www.craftyvine.com this was a WIX site.  Both of these small business owners were fun to work with and I think the sites turned out really well.  Have 2 more I’m working on now.  Hopefully I’ll get to build a site for me soon.

I just had to share this story.  I responded to a post in an Etsy group on Facebook, someone in my area was looking for someone to do a sock monkey newborn photo prop.  They needed it in less than 2 days.  A friend was supposed to have made one, but mailed it too late to arrive in time for photos.  Now it’s the Friday before Christmas, I’m booked plus I have gifts I’m trying to get made.  What’s a person to do?

Well you guessed it I dropped everything else and went into sock monkey mode lol.  How can you not it’s for new born pictures.  The outfit was made, and we met for the delivery and I got to see the most adorable little baby boy.  I am so glad I dropped everything and made this outfit for her.  I don’t usually get to see people when they receive these photo props.  It was gratifying to see the excitement on her and her husband’s face when they saw the outfit.  I can only hope that everyone looks like that when they receive one of my outfits.

This outfit was fun to make, thinking of several more variations!

Here a Hat, There a Hat, Everywhere a Hat

As the weather cools down hats become popular again.  Have been working on lots of hats!

The black and white is a simple beanie in variegated yarn, love this.  The creme colored hat is a thick yarn with sequins and is very chic.  The mint green hat is just gorgeous.  I made this on Friday and sold the first one on Saturday.  The button on the flower is a vintage button.  I love the vintage buttons!

And as a nod to those still in warmer climates I made a black version of
a sun hat.  I absolutely love this hat pattern.  I rarely use other
people’s patterns for hats, but I found this one and loved it.  The
pattern can be found at
http://www.freewebs.com/capscrochet/apps/blog/show/3615272-shell-brimmed-cloche .  The hat is made of 100% cotton.

 

Custom Baseball Birthday Outfit

We were fortunate enough to be asked to make a 1st Birthday outfit for a little boy.  My customer sent me several pictures and had some wonderful ideas for the outfit.  It is always so rewarding to be able to make someone’s vision come to life, especially when it involves their children.  As a parent I remember all those special days!



I loved the baseball hat that looks like a baseball.  The little shoes have small cleats on the bottom.  The pants have belt loops, a fake fly and I also made a belt to match.  The shirt is customized with ‘Birthday Boy’ on the front and his last name on the back and of course the #1 since it’s for that all important 1st birthday!