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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!
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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

 

 

 

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!

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!

Fall is Hunting Season

The place I grew up and most of the places I’ve lived the fall meant time to get ready for hunting.  So as fall is approaching naturally my mind turns towards hunting.   Some of these hunting items I already had in my collection, some are new.  Over the next few weeks I plan on adding more items, 2 more versions of the deer hat and thinking of a duck hat or two.

What do you think of when you think of fall?  Halloween, pumpkins, bats, hats?  All of these things can be found in our store Babbling Hook Creations  We also have a Facebook Store with Rhino’s Emporium and Mad Frills.  The hunting outfit and the pink camo boots were special requests.  I love custom orders, they allow me to create something just for you!

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.