Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hippity-Hoppity and Cluck Cluck!

Another wonderful and busy week!  I got the snow day I wanted and I was able to kick back and relax.  I hope your week was great, too!  Let's get started on what I accomplished this week...

I had a custom order for a St. Pat's Hat - for a girl.  So I came up with the idea of making the buckle into a little heart! 

I hope that the little girl who gets to wear this enjoys it, too!

Next up is also something new!  On Friday I always look forward to getting a Starbucks coffee to celebrate the close of another week of work.  This past Friday I had a freebie to use!  I ordered a massive latte (made with heavy whipping cream) with a splash of sugar free cinnamon dolce sweetener.  It was one of the best things I have ever sipped!  When I came home, I was inspired to create something new...  
Practice makes perfect, but I really think this one is very cute!

Full of caffeine, I also was inspired to make a new brooch, after hanging out with my friend Andrea over at DreamScapes.  She was making singed poppy flowers for her mixed media artwork - which turned out beautiful! - and I thought...  WAIT!  I could make huge ones and put them on cowls!  Here is a massive picture explosion of what happened...

 My hand is here for reference!

 This material was not the right kind... but the color was luscious, so I still made it into a flower.  
And yes, those are actual crystals in the center.  I wish pictures did the crystals justice!

 This fabric was a little wrinkly - on purpose.  I like it the best out of all the ones I purchased. 

Once I have some cowls made up, these will be featured on them.  I know it's starting to warm up, so I am trying to come up with some lighter-weight cowls than what I usually make.  It's something I plan to work on during my "spring break" - which I discuss at the end of the post. 

And then this brings me to my sale items of the week.  Yes, that was PLURAL!  Easter is almost here!  First up, we have the bunny hat - this is the last week to pre-order this hat...

Pre-Order Sale!
From now until March 17th
Any size, flaps or no flaps, braids or no braids
Only $15
 And *new* this week is my re-invented chick hat!  I had one up in the shop, but I have since improved my skills.  I think the best part about this hat is the little bit of "feathers" right at the top! 
Pre-Order Sale!
From now until March 17th
Any size, flaps or no flaps, braids or no braids
Only $12
I've already made 5-6 of these little guys...  they remind me of those little marshmallow peeps.  I love making them and I always so appreciative of those of you who like putting them on your little ones!   Thank you SO much!  
Lastly, this brings us to the giveaway!  Remember the beautiful balms from Carrie's shop, The Black Cat?  Well the winner is....
Naomi W!

Thanks to everyone who commented, liked, and shared the post.  Everyone - please give these balms a try.  As a die-hard Chapstick addict, I am since switched and I won't be going back.  Trust me on this one.  These are wonderful.  I have been putting them in with my orders and people have been giving me feedback at how much they love them.  I still have some more samples left, so I will be sending them out very soon with my current set of orders that go out tomorrow.  

Well everyone...  speaking of sending out orders, making hats, being busy...  I am going to be going on vacation soon.  Not actually leaving the house really, but going on a small "spring break" of sorts.  After next week, I will set the shop to vacation mode until April.  I figure this gives me ample time to make these Easter hats, and then gives me my own time to come up with new ideas (and make a few things for my friends and family).  So if you have any orders you have been thinking about, please let me know before this time next week.  But don't worry - the blog will be updated during this "spring break."  Hopefully I have some new, fresh things to share with you then.

Until next time...  stay dry!  It's been one rainy weekend here

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's Cold, Not "Balm-y"...

Snow snow snow!  I love it.  I also know I am in the minority.  As I type this, snow is heading to my area and I am wondering how tomorrow will pan out with me and work.  I don't know if I have mentioned... I'm a high school teacher.  I'm wondering if we will have a snow day tomorrow.

Speaking of the cold and snow, I've been keeping warm here with orders.  The St. Pat Hats were a hit, and I am furiously trying to get them packaged and sent out by tomorrow...
This is just a portion of what I made.

It's for a family for the St. Pat's Parade! I love how Mom decided to get a lighter color hat to keep it feminine!  I always get to hear great ideas from customers.  I want to thank ALL of you for your orders.  It really made me get into the spirit!

This brings me to my second item I whipped up!  Another coffee cozy - with a shamrock pocket!

What do you think?  I know they're running a little late... but better late than never!

Speaking of cozies...  my husband told me that he accidentally drank his coworker's coffee the other week because they have the same thermos.  So he asked me to make a cozy for his coworker.  I thought maybe putting an initial on the front of the cozy would be cute.  Here is what I came up with:
What do you think?  I've made a few more... for friends.  Would you be interested in something like this?

I also have a lil' something else for you all!  Of course, it comes from yet another Sweet Kiwi Crochet pattern...

Pre-Order Sale!
From now until March 17th
Any size, flaps or no flaps, braids or no braids
Only $15

Last but not least...  a GIVEAWAY! 
My friend Carrie has given me some of this awesome lip balm and I will never go back to any other kind.  She makes it from all organic ingredients, and it is the best balm I have ever used.  I can't say enough.  This pack is valued at $16 + shipping, and she's giving it away on my blog!  I am pumped about this...  I know you are going to love it!

How can you win it?  FIVE WAYS TO WIN!
  1. Go to Carrie's etsy shop, add her to your circle, and shoot her a message on etsy with your name.
  2. Comment on this blog.
  3. Comment on this facebook entry. 
  4. Share the facebook entry - and let me know you did.  :)
  5. Tweet her!

You know what else?  I will have some lucky customers this month...  Carrie has given me samples to include in all my orders! 
I hope you can see now why I had to wait a day on the blog post.  Just too much good stuff and I wanted be able to share it all with you at once.  I cannot wait to hear from all of you about the giveaway and the new Bunny Rabbit Easter hats!  See you next week!  Stay warm!