Contruction Hats

My favorite little customer celebrated his 2nd birthday this year.  His mom said he loved cars and trucks and thought a yellow construction hat would be just the ticket for him.  So I looked around at some construction hats and came up with a design.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/482808751/baby-construction-hat?I got the hat finished and boxed it up and sent it off and never heard anything.  This is totally unlike his mother she usually let’s me know the moment things arrive and what she thinks of them.  She was planning a wedding though, so I didn’t want to ask thought I’d wait until after the wedding.

Well the wedding came and went and still didn’t hear, which is alright but I of course was wondering if she didn’t like the hat.  So I was chatting to her about something else and asked about the hat.  The box never made it there!!!!

So now his birthday is passed.  So she mentioned that he liked paw patrol and a paw patrol hat would be really cool.  I had never heard of paw patrol (the disadvantage of having grown kids and no grand kids, no excuse to watch cartoons lol).  So I started looking around and there was a character called Rubble.  And guess what……Rubble wore a construction hat!

So I took my construction hat design and modified it to make a rumble hat.  All that was required were ears and a paw patrol emblem.  Now I can’t sell these because it would be a copyright infringement, but I am working on a pattern for the construction hat that hopefully I will get posted by next week.  Just making sure that the pattern is easy to follow.  The construction hat has been added to the shop  you can find it here.  Am also going to try to keep the newborn construction hats in the RTS section of the shop.

While I Was Out

I have gone back to work and still trying to figure out how to juggle everything.  Working, taking care of my Mom, running my business and trying to keep up with my blogs became a little too much.  But since I have been missing my blog decided it’s time to figure out how to get it all done.   

Recently I have been trying to crochet more ready to ship items (RTS).
One of the first items I decided to put in the store was this adorable little monkey.  As you can see I am still working on my photos.  I have finally been able to purchase a new camera (one of the advantages of going back to work).  Hopefully you will notice improvement in my images as we move forward with the blog.   

Also I had the opportunity to purchase a life size doll to display my baby items on for pictures.  This should give everyone a better idea of how these really look.  The picture to the let is a mohawk hat that was requested from a Carolina Panther’s fan.  I loved it so much once I designed it I have added it to the shop.  Also have made it in orange and black for the RTS section of my shop.  It can be requested in any team’s colors and if it looks like the RTS ones sell well I will add more teams to the shop.  This picture was taken with the new camera and I think it shows an amazing difference between the picture of the hat and the picture of the monkey.
Will be adding at least two posts a week from now on and hope to start adding a pattern or recipe every week or so.  Have a good week everyone!

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!