Archive | September 2014

Rhino’s Emporium and Our Soap Savers

Rhino’s Emporium (www.rhinosemporium.com) makes these wonderful soaps.  We decided that maybe those wonderful soaps could use some soap savers.  So we’re going to make the soap savers and you can purchase them both on our site at www.babblinghook.com or when you purchase soaps at www.rhinosemporium.com you can purchase the soap savers there.

They have a special dead man’s soap available for halloween, haven’t figured out which is the appropriate soap saver for that one yet.   They also have an really good dog bar soap with natural flea repellents and a good cat soap.  They even have a pumpkin pie soap – I wouldn’t suggest nibbling on it though.

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Custom Orders – Creativity Unleashed

I love doing custom orders when someone says for instance “I want a hunting outfit”.  That gives me the freedom to be creative, to start to design a pattern based on the wish list they gave me.  I have found that some customers have such creative minds and can think of things for me to crochet that I would have never thought of.  One of my most popular items came about from this process.  It is a hunting outfit with a deerstalker hat.  I love it and I love making them.

The hat was the first billed hat I had done so it took a few tries to get it the way I wanted it to be.  I didn’t want to have to use stiff material to make it stand out, and finally I figured out how to crochet it so it would stand out on it’s own without having to put plastic or cardboard in it.  The side flaps were fun to make and then I added 2 snaps to hold them on top.

The boots were a little more trying.  I went looking for patterns for these.  I found several patterns that I liked portions of and started to combine them for the perfect look.  These boot booties are very roomy and look awesome on little feet, they give you that clunky look that hunting/hiking boots usually have.

The diaper cover I wanted to make adjustable, because all little bellies are different.  I accomplished this by adding a row of double crochet (triple crochet on larger sizes) this allows for the cover to be buttoned at any position around.

A special shout out to Janel Dick of Crafty Vine.  She was the one who originally requested this item.  She is such a creative person and was a joy to work with her on this and several other outfits.  This one is still my favorite though.  This item can be purchased at www.babblinghook.com

Horseshoe Nail Jewelry

https://www.etsy.com/listing/203366652/gold-wire-wrapped-horseshoe-nail-heart?

I absolutely love this horseshoe nail jewelry, it’s rustic, but elegant all at the same time.  It’s not the run of the mill every day crosses and hearts, but a step on the unique side.  Rhino hand makes each item with talent and care.  No two are exactly alike, which is exactly what you want in a handmade item.  When you think about the importance of a horseshoe nail you realize how creative these really are.  Reminds me of the children’s rhyme:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.


Upcoming Fund Raiser for Washington County Humane Society

We have been asked to be one of the vendors at the Washington County Humane Society‘s Walk for the Animals next weekend.  The event is at Jackson Park on Saturday, September 13th at 9 am.  We’re excited to be participating and have all been busy working on items for our furry friends. Here are a few examples of what we are working on:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BabblingHook?section_id=14358531&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8
All of these items will also be for sale in our shop at the pet section of our shop.   We would love to see you there!