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Cuteness! August 23, 2012

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Alright, getting back into the swing of things. Who’s ready to see some of the adorable crochet items I’ve been making over the summer? I’ve been busy… I have 4 new hat designs, and I’m still working on a couple more! Plus, I’m hoping to have time to make a few smaller crochet crafts within the next couple weeks. I really think that scaling back on the # of orders I take has rejuvenated my love for this craft.

 

Alright… on to the cutness!

 

First up,  this precious giraffe set that my friend, Kristen, commissioned me to make for her new baby boy 🙂

 

 

 

And, just yesterday, the photographer posted the sneak peaks of his newborn session, and has given me permission to post the picture with the giraffe set here 🙂 How freakin’ adorable is this?!?!

 

Photo by: Cherish Live Dream Photography

 

I also made a girl version of this set… same thing, just added a pink crochet bow. I gave it to another good photographer friend, and I’ll post pics of that as soon as she has them ready 🙂

 

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Perry the Platypus April 3, 2012

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Really this project should have been complete back in January! I feel awful that it took me so long. My husband got this order for me. It’s for one of his costumers. HIS plan was to give me the order, then collect the money when he gave her the hat. But here’s the thing:

 

He kept telling me, “don’t worry, it’s no rush”…. UGH! Way to mess with my brain. I am VERY used to working under a deadline, and the thing that usually keeps the pressure on me is that I have my costumer’s money up front, so I know that I need to deliver, and fast. Not having the money up front, just makes it feel like it’s not a real order in my mind. And that’s bad! Then my husband telling me not to rush, just makes it feel like even less of a real order. So, I kept pushing this hat farther and farther down my order list….

 

And now it’s 4 months later, and I have only JUST finished it! God, it makes me feel so unprofessional! I can’t believe I let it slip that far 😦

 

In any event, it’s done now… And it’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

 

 

 

 

Princess Crown March 27, 2012

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I have a lot (and I mean a LOT) of friends that do photography, and these little crochet crowns seem to be pretty popular right now for newborn photographers. I think they’re super cute! Plus, I have a little 2 year old princess that I love to make things for 🙂 Then, yesterday I came across this link on Pintrest where the lady used some generic lace to create crowns for her daughter’s party. Her’s were really cute… AND they were for older kids! So, right then, I stopped what I was doing and HAD to make one for Elia, my daughter!

 

Now, I didn’t have any lace, but I decided to improvise a pattern for a crown anyway. Then I covered it in glitter glue… because my princess loves things that sparkle. I let it dry for about 30 min. then brushed on a layer of Mod Podge and let it dry over night. Really, the Mod Podge it’s NECESSARY if you’re making a fairly short crown…. As long as your tension is tight enough, the points should stand on their own. BUT, I like the Mod Podge element because it stiffens the crown into a circle, and I think that just makes things easier.

 

I think it turned out pretty cute for a first attempt!

 

 

Now, keep in mind that I was working pretty fast because, once I get an idea in my head, I want to see it RIGHT AWAY! LOL.   Here are some pictures of Elia in the crown… She was very excited about it!

 

 

I think I’m going to come up with some other patterns and sell these in my shop for about $10 + shipping. Do you guys think that sounds like a fair price? I’m always looking for feedback!

 

 

 

Anything you can do… March 12, 2012

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…I can do better!

 

LOL… but seriously. ;P

 

So, I was going to wait until after I gave these items to my customer/friend before posting, but…. that got delayed and I just can’t wait any longer! Check out this cute newborn set:

 

Those little loafer booties were a special request that my friend found on Etsy and asked me to make for her. I love getting orders like that…. because, secretly, I think I can make cuter stuff than most the sellers on Etsy. I have a similar order that someone just put in… An adorable hat that they found on another site, and now I get to make it 🙂 I hope my fans know that I can make more than what I have pictured on my page. And I LOVe to try new things. I can make just about anything… I just need you to place an order so I can fund the project!

 

 

 

Just some things February 24, 2012

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Wow, it’s been 2 weeks since I last posted a blog entry! I’ve been slacking. Sorry about that!

 

In my defense, the past 2 weeks have been crazy. Valentine’s week is is one of the busiest weeks of the year at my husband’s work. And since Valentine’s Day fell on a Tuesday this year, that means “Valentine’s Week” actually lasted for 2 weeks this year! Hubby was working CRAZY hours (3am-9pm) for 12 days straight, so I didn’t have much kid-free time to post blogs :/

 

BUT, I have been working 🙂 Since I last posted, I have finished that Blue’s Clues hat I was working on, plus another Blue’s Clue’s hat, a newborn mohawk hat, a couple OOAK headbands, and an adorable diaper cover 🙂 And I still have a couple orders to complete over the next few days.

 

The Diaper Cover:

The OOAK (one of a kind) Head Bands:

 

In addition to that, I’m only 22 “Likes” away from reach 500 Facebook fans! Woot-woot! I’m going to do some sort of give-away once I get there. So keep sharing my page 🙂

 

 

 

The new line is complete! February 9, 2012

I finally finished the new line… Well, actually I finished it a few days ago, but I finally took pictures of everything today 🙂 Here it is. Let me know what you think!!!

 

 

 

And that’s it. What do you think?

 

The new line still needs an official name. I’m leaning towards “Whimsey Couture” , but I’m not sure. If you guys give me some more ideas I’ll put it to a vote!

 

 

 

Camo Wedding Cake February 6, 2012

I ad planned on posting the pictures of the completed new line- that’s right, the new line is finished!- but, it’s another gloomy day here, so no good for taking picture. *Le sigh*

 

Instead…. I’m going to show you pictures of the cake and cupcakes I made for my dad’s wedding this past weekend.

 

Alright, let me say, that I am NOT a wedding cake decorator…. in fact I have NEVER made a wedding cake before, and I’ve only ever worked with fondant once! Also, my dad’s engagment was less than a month long…. I only had about 3 weeks to teach myself how to make a wedding cake! So, all things considered, I think I did pretty well.

 

Alright, so… my dad is a redneck, if ever there was a redneck. They decided to embrace this for the wedding, and wanted a camouflaged wedding cake (they couldn’t make it easy one me). I was able to talk them in to cupcakes  and a 6 ” round cake on the top of the cupcake tower, so that made things a bit more manageable. And with an idea in place, I began to search YouTube and Pintrest for tips and tutorials. I was able to find some really great stuff!!!!!!!!

So, the first thing I learned was how to make the cake camo on the inside! To do this I made 2 boxes of cake mix (yeah, I used boxed mixes… not a baker, remember). One was chocolate, and the other was white. I mixed the batters according to the instructions, and divided the white cake batter in to 3 bowls. I dyed 1/3 ivory, 1/3 light brown, and 1/3 green… and I left the chocolate batter as is. Then I just dropped in one small spoon full of each color at a time.

 

I did the same thing with the cupcakes… but just dropped smaller spoon fulls…. This is what the cupcakes looked like when they came out of the oven:

 

Then I found an awesome YouTube tutorial on how to “Tye Dye Fondant”…. I just used camo colors (black, brown, and 2 different greens). This was my 6”, 2 layer cake with the camo fondant… not the best picture.

 

Then I planned to frost the cupcakes on site. However, there was a last minuet time change :/ Instead of the wedding starting at 4pm like I was told, they moved it up to 2pm… and didn’t tell me until 1pm!!!! So we rushed to the site, and I enlisted the help of my cousin, aunt, and great aunt to help me (QUICKLY) ice 80 cupcakes. So when you look at these next 2 picture, please understand that there was no time for prefection.

 

And inside the cupcakes:

 

So, that was my crazy endeavor into baking… I now had a new found respect for this craft. And I can say with absolute certainty that I will NEVER  want to become a baker for a living. But my dad and his new bride were happy, and that’s all that matters 🙂