Tagged: kids

Not enough hours in the day…

I know I promised to get better at the blogging frequency thing, but cold weather FINALLY came to Texas. Yes, by cold, I mean we’ve had days in the 60s. We take what we can get. Elsewhere in the world it’s starting to feel like actual winter. Combine that with the holiday season and suddenly the lid has blown off my little fiber arts operation. No, I’ve most definitely not become the next Twinkie Chan, but I’m at the very least breaking even for the year, which was my main goal for 2013, what with being a new start and all.

I’ve also been sewing more than I was, as Moose is growing straight up, which is making everything she owns too short. Because of that, I’ve been trying to repurpose some of her stuff, more out of principle than financial necessity.

So what have I been crafting lately?

Crafty Round-Up

I love boutique style kid’s clothes. It’s the Southerner in me. But I choke at the thought of paying $45 for a peasant dress (not saying that’s too much for a well-made piece if you don’t sew. But if you do, it’s too much). Mark my words, though- chevron will be the sofa floral of our generation. Kids will look back in 20 years and say “Gah! WHY would you put me in that?”

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The next is one of my upcycle projects. I took a too short tshirt and attempted to add a bubble skirt. It doesn’t bubble quite right, but she wore it to church Sunday and folks thought it was cute.

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When the first cold snap hit, I realized I hadn’t made this poor kid a hat since we lived in Colorado. Since she still doesn’t have hair, I threw this one together during nap time one morning.

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This…I have no idea what this is, to be honest. Maybe I was channeling my inner Amish or something. I just got a wild hair to make a bonnet. Once I put it with the pillow case dress (which is from an actual pillow case), I got a great idea for a Halloween costume next year- Emily Binx from Hocus Pocus!

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The rest are the crochet projects I’ve been elbows deep in, all of which I’ve already sold. Hookin’ is my business, and business is good, haha

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And with that, I hear the Moose. Nap time’s over. Back to the Mommy business ūüôā

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It’s Duck Dynasty Inspired, Jack!

I guess we’re on a beard kick. Once I posted the Leif Erikson hat, I had a request for a Duck Dynasty type beard beanie for a Halloween. I told the buyer it’d take about a week, but I was so excited to try it that I went out and found the camo yarn, then made it yesterday!¬†

Please forgive the sad, sad look in Moose’s eyes. She wasn’t as angry as she looks. She just cut her right eye tooth yesterday, so she wasn’t feeling like her usually cheerful self.

ImageIf you haven’t seen Duck Dynasty, take a half hour and catch it on Wednesday nights on A&E. I think you can also see full episodes on their website!

Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy….

Did I mention busy?

That’s what we’ve been the last couple of months. We survived the move to the Great State of Texas (they are incredibly proud of it around here) relatively unscathed. The first day of 100+ degree temps- the day we crossed the border, actually- I missed Colorado for about three seconds. That all changed when a woman stopped me in the middle of the grocery store and we talked for five minutes about mayonnaise. That probably seems odd to you, but for a born and raised Southerner, it’s a sign that you’re home. Considering it also snowed in Denver today, the first week of October, I don’t think we’ll be missing Colorado for quite a while.

I’ll be the first to admit that there are parts of Austin that are NOTHING like any part of the South you may have ever been to in your life. However, if you know where to look, you can easily get away from the hipster super liberals that they tell you scary stories about in other parts of Tey-hass. We kind of like them, so we don’t tend to run from them often.

The highlight of moving here, besides the barbeque, has been the day an older gentleman in full on cowboy boots and ten gallon cowboy hat tipped said hat in my direction and said “Howdy, ma’am” in the middle of Hobby Lobby. I felt like we’d officially arrived.

So, like I said, the temperature was well over 100 for about three weeks in a row, and still hasn’t gotten below 92 most days. Add to that having both my and Smee’s parents visiting for a couple of weeks at a time, and I haven’t had a lot of time to play with the yarn. The last week or so I’ve gotten back in the swing of things, mostly because we’re taking a vacation to Disney World in a couple of weeks and will be attending the MIckey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dressed as Snow White (Moose) and the Seven Dwarves (Me, Smee, Granna, Poppa, Uncle Boppy, Pete and Repeat, whom you’ll see a picture of soon), and I’ve been charged with making seven dwarf hats and beards. ¬†For the hats, I’ve been using an adaption of this¬†slouch hat pattern from Crazy Sock Crochet, which is FREE, and the best basic slouch I’ve found. The beards are a lot of trial and error. I’ll be sure to post pics of the finished product when we get back!

A few of the other projects I’ve been working on:

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I got on a coffee cozy kick for about a week. I listed this one in my Etsy shop. No bites, so far. ¬†Actually, it’s the only thing in my Etsy shop right now. I’m not sure I’m going to stick with that. I’ve been making some sales, but have had far more luck with Facebook than Etsy. Also, by not using Etsy, I’m saving on fees.

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Seriously, who wears bulky weight yarn in Texas?

Another crazy idea I had- let’s make cowls when it’s hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk! I doubt I’ll ever need this here, but I got quite a few inquiries about them from the folks in Denver today. ¬†Oh, and yeah, that’s me, sweating profusely. You probably don’t want to buy that one.

Speaking of cowls, I did the unthinkable. I made one for the newly one year old Moose. It screams pretentious, but darn it, I think she’s awfully cute in it. ¬†The next few photos are totally indulgent parent, so you may want to skip them. You’ve been warned.

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Baby Couture

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Sassy pants

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According to MIss Katie, this is Bebe Tyra being fierce. Work it, ANTM.

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Bless it. One day, she’ll have hair.

If nothing else, I have cute talent that works for graham crackers to model my stuff.

If you’re not into baby couture, perhaps doggy couture is more your style. Charles the Dog thinks it’s excellent.

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Fierce.

Of  course, there have also been a few hats.

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An Elmo hat for Miss Q. For the record, there is nothing fun about fun fur.

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Hello Bert!

And finally, a few baby shower gifts for Baby Beaver Bever (not his real name):

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Dino hat

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Turtle newborn photo set- his mom loves turtles.

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Rulin’ the Road beanie

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And an added TMNT mask for dad’s amusement

You know, now that I think about it, I may have been a little busier than I initially thought. What have you been working on lately?