Variations on a Theme

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Curious George is not the best model, but his head is about the right size

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This was supposed to be the center of a dishcloth I got bored with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using some leftover ribbon from Moose’s nursery

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Just a little flower. Pretty boring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Definitely my favorite, from leftover fabric from some curtains. Also the most time consuming.

I think the ones she doesn’t like I’ll glue to alligator clips for bows for Moose, if the poor kid ever grows any hair.

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When I was in the first grade I had to memorize two things: the Preamble to the Constitution, and the first stanza and chorus of William Gaston and E.E. Randolph’s “The Good Old North State.” We sang this every Friday in a school wide assembly. There’s a long story about my life in elementary school, but that’s for another time.

“We the people” is about as far as I can remember of the Preamble, but I remember every word of TGONS. It didn’t make a lot of sense as a kid. It still doesn’t make a lot of sense as someone that has a kid. At any rate, for some reason I thought about the song a few days ago, and that got me thinking about Sheldon Cooper’s Fun With Flags…not really, just flags.

Ironically, what came of it was not the NC flag, but rather the SC one. Since that’s where Smee grew up, graduated from college, and where we first lived when we were married, when people ask where we’re from, we usually say there. Besides, for anyone that doesn’t live in one of the Carolinas, they’re both the same thing, anyway (for the record, they aren’t. At All.).

This hat took some tinkering, but I’m incredibly proud of it. It’s the first thing I’ve made that didn’t come from a pattern:

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Oh, and this is Matilda. It’s her first modeling debut. Lovely, isn’t she?

It’s the palmetto and crescent moon of the SC state flag. Smee got a huge kick out of it and wants one for himself. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down how I made the palmetto.

After I finish the looooooooooooong list of projects for other people I now have (apparently one or two sales on Etsy will build your street cred immensely), I’m planning on Colorado version of this. Thank goodness we’ve been in states that have simple flags.

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So Much To Do, So Little Time…(and so cliche)

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“I won’t be that blogger,” I said.
“I’ll post every day, even if it’s just a picture!” I said.
“I’m going to stick with this,” I said.

Fail. 

On the upside, at least I didn’t miss three months between posts. I have a slight excuse. Life has gotten a bit hectic around here. 

Smee’s been transferred to the Great State of Texas (not my assessment as of yet, just what everyone that lives there tells us). We’re moving in about 7 weeks, which is actually quadruple the time we’ve had to prepare as compared to the last 4 moves…yes, four…in two years. What’s funny is that he isn’t in the military or a minister, which would warrant that many moves. We’re just nomads, I guess. 

Add to that actually getting an Etsy order and several outside orders from friends, and I guess I’ve been a little preoccupied. Haven’t even had time to take photos of the fun new hat I made for Moose using a technique I wasn’t sure about. More to come once I get the orders filled, and the Father’s Day photos I’m working on for a friend finished….and boxes packed….and a shower….

 

Monsters Love Dinner, Too

…and since they love dinner, you should wear them to dinner. Always. 

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This was today’s project. The bib is 100% cotton, embellishments are acrylic. If I decide to sell these I’ll probably try to do all the pieces in cotton, because it’s just easier to wash. These are probably a slight bit impractical, but then again, so are hats and diaper covers for a one month old that you will never use except for one photo. For something I whipped together in an evening, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. 

Took the Etsy Plunge…

After getting a couple of orders from friends today, I decided to take the Etsy plunge. It’s a little nerve racking, but for a grand total of an $0.80 investment, it isn’t much lost if nothing sells. If you have a spare second, take a look at my listings and offer up any helpful critiques you might have, be it about the description, photos, price point, etc. I’d love any help I can get!

Carolina Colorado Crochet on Etsy

And, if you do the Facebook thing, I’d love a like or two. And I’ll return the favor!

Carolina Colorado Crochet on Facebook

Gimme yer Booty!

Thank goodness she isn’t old enough to laugh at the word booty yet. I laughed enough for both of us.

Finished the hat portion of the Pirate Princess get up this afternoon:

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It’s pretty safe to say Moose likes it.

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If I decided to sell or gift one of these, there are a couple of tweaks I’d consider. I”m not sure I’d sew the patch on again. I like the idea of a sewn on patch for small kids that wouldn’t keep it on, but it definitely messes with the shape and stretch of the hat. I’d also do at least a SC for the strap rather than just a chain, and at least a HDC if it was separate.

On to the tutu!

Pirate’s Progress

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Or is it Pirates’ Progress? Since I’m only (for now) making this for one pirate, I guess we’ll go with the singular possessive.

I like pirates. Growing up in North Carolina, learning about pirates, for whatever reason, was part of the grade school curriculum. I knew more about Calico Jack and Blackbeard than any 9 year old should probably have been allowed to know. The remains of Queen Anne’s Revenge are actually housed at the NC Maritime Museum. Liking pirates is innate for the Tarheel State, I guess. So naturally I kind of fancy them in adulthood.

The idea for a Pirate Princess outfit for Moose came, as I mentioned before, from seeing an incredibly overpriced hat in one of my favorite stores (where, honestly, everything is probably overpriced) in Evergreen, CO. It was more or less that hat above, with an eyepatch sewn to it (which I’ll get around to doing today).  I’ve thought about combining the hat with a black diaper cover (recently downloaded this cover pattern from UnravelMe on Etsy) with a Jolly Roger on the bum. There are a couple of listings for that sort of thing, but not as many as say, bunny hats. I like the diaper cover sets on very small babies, but once you start getting to the sitting up stage, they look a bit silly. I’m also not a huge fan of shirtless photos past six months, especially for little girls. Probably too many episodes of Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU, but it just makes me a little uncomfortable. (Note: By that, I mean staged photos, not snapshot of kids running around) Add to that the fact that I have quite a bit of black and red tulle lying around- Smee is a University of South Carolina alum- and the Pirate Princess concept was born.

The hat is just your basic beanie, double crochet flavor. There are about a million different patterns out there, so just choose your favorite. I tend to use the ones from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me, because I like how she spaces her increases. The bandana “ties” are a work in progress, though right now I’m basing them off ears from  Mamachee’s Dino, Monster and Alien Embellishment Package.

With all this Etsy talk, how do you feel about it? Do you sell items there? I, like I’m the sure the vast majority of you have, gotten constant comments about selling things I make. I stink at the selling part. I’d rather just give them to people. But being a stay-at-home mom, the extra cash certainly wouldn’t hurt. I think I’m more scared that nothing will sell than anything, although at $0.20 US per listing for four months, the worst I could be out for one listing is eighty cents a year. I probably have enough for four or five listings in the cup holder of my car. If the Pirate Princess comes out ok, I may try listing it, just to see what happens.

Any tips for an Etsy newbie?