These are selling FAST!

I posted last week the story behind my new crochet line in my Etsy Shop: KidEssence.  Well, each one of those creations sold within 24 hours of being listed!!  Wow!!!  I’m so happy and thrilled my creations are loved so much!  Market House also wants a good piece of this menagerie!  Well, since my last post, I have listed 2 more crochet creations for sale!

I finished the cow (sold in 24 hours and have gotten a few more orders!)

LOVE THIS COW!

LOVE THIS COW!

Black and White Crochet Cow

Isn’t he cute!?!

He has spots on his back too!

He has spots on his back too!

And a Fox Lovey!  I think my friends in Russia will really enjoy this one!  I thought and prayed for a missionary family we support in St. Petersburg while I make this fox.

fox lovey!

fox lovey!

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Fox blanket measures 18 by 18 inches in length. A great size for carrying around!

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I really love the orange, grey and white colors I used for the fox lovey!

If you’d like to order a crochet’d creation, visit my Etsy Shop: KidEssence, visit my Facebook Page and message me there, or email me kidessenceshop@gmail.com !

Addictions

The week after Christmas, I was digging through our desk in the office when I found my crochet hooks. All six of them. The moment I laid my eyes on them, something started itching. And that itch needed to be scratched. I had some yarn (okay, a few skiens) left over from one of the Christmas gifts I made Erin (another post for another time). One skein I used as a white elephant gift and ironically, I came home with my own gift! So, I grabbed a hook and went to town. Over the last two weeks, I’ve come up with what seems to be a new line of products for my business! It took a good part of a day to get back into the rhythm. After all, it’s been 10 years since I crocheted anything. And back then, it was all afghans. These creations were an entirely new territory for me. As I sat in front of You Tube practicing a magic loop (new concept for me), Erin kept looking on asking, “what are you making?” in such a fashion even a broken record could have been jealous. After a few duds (one of which Erin is ever so happy to dub her 3rd lovey), I think I’m getting the hang of this again and I’m DEFINITELY addicted again! Here is a photo timeline of my creations:

Yellow Bunny Lovey

Yellow Bunny Lovey

Blue Bunny Lovey- Made for a friend when she saw the yellow one on Facebook. :)

Blue Bunny Lovey- Made for a friend when she saw the yellow one on Facebook. :)

White Crochet Stuffed Bear- Over Stuffed and I didn't attache his limbs well.  Erin has taken to this one.

White Crochet Stuffed Bear- Over Stuffed and I didn’t attache his limbs well. Erin has taken to this one.

Purple Crochet Plush Bunny "Marvel"- The purple reminds me of my grandmother who recently passed.  Now available for sale.

Purple Crochet Plush Bunny “Marvel”- The purple reminds me of my grandmother who recently passed. Now available for sale.

Yellow Chick Crochet Lovey- LOVE how this turned out!!!  Now available in my Shop

Yellow Chick Crochet Lovey- LOVE how this turned out!!! Now available in my Shop

Pink Lamb Crochet Lovey- I named this one "Rachel" after our Angel Baby.  I completed her on her Angelversary.  Now available for sale.

Pink Lamb Crochet Lovey- I named this one “Rachel” after our Angel Baby. I completed her on her Angelversary. Now available for sale.

I’m currently working on a Plush Crochet Cow which I’m super excited about!!  The Bunny, Chick and Lamb are all now available in my Etsy Shop as of today!  They will make a great baby shower gift, Easter gift or just an addition to a child’s entourage of lovable, snuggable, plush security!

Now back to working on that cow.  I hope you are “mooooved” by this recent post!

A Heart “Felt” Gift

Ever since I started making my hand cut felt sets, I never had the best storage system. To be honest, I didn’t think they would be such a hit in my Etsy Shop and at Market House. I thoroughly enjoy creating these sets so I’m very glad they took off so well.

When I started, I was also living in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment with no storage. All my sewing and felt supplies were boxed up after each use. When we moved to our house, I suddenly had so much room. The fabric took priority over the felt when I started using Erin’s old dresser and changing table for storage. The felt just stayed in the same box. It was hard to keep it organized and very quickly, the box came to look like this:

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Ugh!!! So embarrassed to show you my felt box!

Yeah….not good. And yes, the pile has toppled over a few times.
Last month, I came across an inspiring photo on Pinterest
for organization in a closet. All done by the container store materials. I knew I needed something exactly like it. Yet the sticker shock ($900) from The Container Store brought me to tears. I posted on Facebook asking for my friends to help me find a cheaper solution with the same look. My good friend who lives literally on the other side of the planet found a very similar item at Ikea and suggested it to me. Thanks Ashley!!!  It was a no brainer to add the Algot system to my Christmas list. I put three down each at around $50-60 and waited to see if it ended up under the tree.
Well, I’m so pleased to say that I received one of them from my blessed sister in law!

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ALGOT organization bin system from IKEA

It was a breeze to put together and each bin slides out easily. So, that pile of felt in the brown box was given a new home this afternoon:

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My organized felt!!!!!!!

OMG!!!! THANK YOU ARIANNE LEE!!!!!! YOU ARE TRULY THE BEST SISTER IN LAW EVER!!!!!!!
All of my felt supplies are right in one spot….ORGANIZED!!!
I put two colors in each bin:

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Red and orange felt

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Yellow and green felt

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Blue and pink/purple felt

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Black, Grey and Brown felt

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Cream and White Felt

As you can see, the basket pulls out far enough for me to easily see and reach the back color of felt. I didn’t even know I had that much felt! I always feel like I’m almost out of a needed color! This will definitely help save me some pennies when supply shopping!
As you can see, I put my pre cut felt sets, patterns and embroidery supplies in the bottom basket easy to grab in the same location (they used to be in 2 different rooms)

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Felt patterns and embroidery supplies!

This system will eventually be put in the office closet once someone with a newborn on the way wants the dresser/changer combo. For now, it’s in a great spot too!

Well, I’m off to work on some felt set orders!! Some of my sets are Limited Edition, so act fast as new sets will be introduced soon!