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. ūüôā

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!

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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!

Last Minute DIY Christmas Craft

It’s 4 days before Christmas and Erin and I have yet to do a Christmas craft together! ¬†We enjoyed making pumpkins, bats and ghosts for our front window during October and I thought I’d keep the momentum going for decor crafts throughout the holidays.

Thanksgiving put us in Seattle unexpectedly, so T-Day will have to be postponed until next year.  However, I did spend a lot of my downtime filling up my crafts and holidays Pinterest folders for some good Christmas craft ideas to work on when we returned home.

Well, illness and Christmas Orders through my Etsy Shop¬†kept these past two weeks really busy, so here we are, 4 days before Christmas and no completed DIY Christmas Decor…until today!

Our Christmas tree is nicely decorated with Martha Stewart bulbs bought last minute at Home Depot last year. ¬†With a three year old, we don’t have much stock in the “vacation ornaments” or the “ornaments that your kids made at school” so ornaments is what we were going to make.

I do confess that I fully intended to make these last week and Erin and I even began the prep work last week, but never got around to anything beyond that.

I chose a simple and quick craft that I found on Pinterest. ¬†The link led me to Red Ted Art¬†where I found a simple tutorial on how to make snowman ornaments from wine corks. ¬†When I first saw this idea, I though, “Awesome! ¬†I have a TON of wine corks laying around” that I can use and we just bought acrylic paint for a Christmas Gift Erin made for her lucky Auntie. ¬†So, off to work we went. ¬†Here’s a link to the tutorial on Red Ted Art.

First, Erin and I headed to the cold basement to my messy craft table (given to us courtesy of my Mother in Law for my Craft Shows.  Thanks Mama Lee!) I spat a good amount of white acrylic paint in a washed out yogurt cup. (Thank God I keep a ton of those lying around!)

Clean, Empty Yogurt Cups.  Thanks Trader Joe's....and my tummy.

Clean, Empty Yogurt Cups. Thanks Trader Joe’s….and my tummy.

We quickly slathered on the paint to 20 wine corks and let them dry (I had every intention of finishing the next day, but just….well…didn’t)

Today, I stayed home sick (my throat really is sore, I swear) from church and found the opportunity to finish these suckers up. ¬†After all, some are supposed to be gifts for the pre-k teachers at Erin’s school.

I grabbed my hot glue gun, the fancy Christmas pipe cleaners and my two sharpie pens and went to town.

20 wine cork snowmen

20 wine cork snowmen

Here is the end result. ¬†And I’m so glad I made them because now, we have more than just bulbs and a few (like 5) special ornaments decorating our tree!

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All those extra ornament hooks come in handy! Just hook them on the ear muffs!

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Love them!

Love them!

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