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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Goodger Photography and more

So I've been a bit of a blog slacker but it's a good thing. My cuddle critter capes have taken flight and my sales have grown immensely so I've been crocheting like crazy. I'm so excited for the future of my business at this point and can't thank my wonderful fans and customers enough for your support.

Another exciting note - I got to meet up with a fabulous local photographer Christy Goodger of Goodger Photography. She isn't just any photographers. She is an amazing newborn photographer and honestly I'm more than thrilled to be working with her. You've got to check her work out! If you want pictures that you'll love for a lifetime she's totally worth it! If your local to the OKC metro- she has a darling studio in downtown Bethany, OK.

You can visit her on Facebook or her website for more info.

What you wanted to see pictures .....OH Ok here are a few!


I loved her idea to put an owl in the hanging basket like a little nest. 


Cute! Baby bear hat


even more precious is two babies!

She's got a bag full of props and I'm so excited to see more images soon! 
Thanks Christy! 


* Please DO NOT COPY images for any use! These are copy write of Goodger photography and use with her permission by only me. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New designs and New photos

Happy Hump Day ! I've been busy creating a few new designs for the Cape photography props. I've journeyed Through the forest and the jungle so now it's time to head down south to the farm :)

I started with my most requested a cow, pig and bunny. For my farm I decided on Sleepy animals with a closed eye look: 

Introducing :


{Sleepy Cow}

{Pink Piggy}

{Bunny Rabbit}


You can find these all in my Artfire Shop. I have both the crochet patterns and finished products for sale.

On a fabulous last note! I received some gorgeous photos from Ten Toes Photography.
I'm working with another talented crocheter who has great resources for several photographers. She'll be making the props and getting them photographed for her and I. So if the photo's look familiar we are both using them with permission from the Photographers. I just love seeing these props in action!!

Here are two pics of the lovely Hatchling Turtle.



Looks so adorable on this little precious baby! 

*please note do not copy, use or redistribute these images! It is a violation of copywrite! 
Thank you!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Time to Celebrate


Since starting to sell patterns for the cuddle critter capes my business has changed so so much for good. I'm so excited for how it's going and how much I think it's going to continue to grow. I couldn't do it with out the support of all my fabulous new fans and new friends. I've gotten so much great feedback and it just means the world to me. With that being said I want to give back to you with some fun games and prizes tonight on my facebook page.

We're going to have some picture tagging games and I have some discounts in store that will only run tonight. Have you had you eye on something in the Ready to ship albums - get ready to see even more of a discount. I'm also going to offer a discount on everything in my artfire shop but I won't share till tonight how much. ;)

Prizes so far I have in mind will be several free crochet patterns, several discount offers in increments of off your next purchase. I'm going to give a critter cape away out of my RTS album.

So come join the fun on facebook tonight. I realize some are in different timezones but I plan to spread it out from 7-10 or later central time.

Free Crochet Pattern - Balloon Appliques

It's Friday! Who's ready for the weekend? I have a cute little applique to share with you today. It's a simple balloon. These would be great to embellish party hats, crochet hats, or make a garland with them for a special party! I just thought they were fun.  Here's the pattern:


Balloon Applique

Skill Level : Easy
Yarn : small amounts of Worsted Weight Acrylic or cotton (4) in desired colors
Hook : H ( can use bigger or smaller hooks if you want to change the size of the balloon) 

ch 3, 
Round 1- 6 hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join with sl st to 1 st hdc (6)
Round 2- ch 1, 2 hdc in each hdc around,  join with sl st to 1 st hdc   (12) 
Round 3 - ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next hdc, *(2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc) repeat around,  join with sl st to 1st hdc (18)
Round 4 - ch 1, sc in 1st and next 5 hdc, 2 hdc in next 6 hdc, sc in next 6 hdc,  join with sl st to 1 st sc ( 24) Don't fasten off

Balloon Tail 
(option 1 - tight curl - green and yellow ballons)
ch 10, 
5 sc in each ch across, join back to ballon edge with sl st, fasten off and weave in ends

(Option 2- looser curl - Orange ballon)
ch 10, 
3 sc 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch ,*( 3 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next chain) repeat to last chain, join back to ballon edge with sl st, fasten off and weave in ends

Enjoy!




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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Button Star Earrings Tutorial

I'm in a crafty mood today. Button earrings are soooo easy! I've had the supplies but not made time to do it. With lots of Patriotic Holiday's coming Calleigh will be wearing lots of Red, White and Blue so I thought I'd make her some "pretties" as she calls them.

Button Star Earrings



Materials:

Small Star buttons - got them at Hobby Lobby in a variety pack (4th of July section)
Earring posts and back findings
Small rhinestones - in any color :)
Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks-

Supplies! 

Step 1: Plug in your glue gun...(lol) I always forget. 

 *Put a small dab of hot glue on to the earring posts then glue on the star buttons


Step 2: I don't like my hot glue to show. It's just s pet peeve of mine. Your going to put a small dab of glue on the rhinestone and glue it over the button holes.  


That's it! There you go! super cute star earrings! 


I couldn't get Calleigh to smile here she is wearing them.


I have a few other earrings I've been meaning to put backs on. 

These are a few I crocheted a while back that needed the findings attached. Simple but cute. I got the idea from Mandy over at Mandipidy. Two are the basic circle and the pair on the far right are my twist on them. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Father's Day Gift Idea - Crochet Paracord Bracelet Cuff Pattern

My sweet hubby of Public Safety Survival Bracelets recently saw a photo of a hat made from paracord. He's been asking if I could crochet him a hat from it. So I decided to try. Well after just a couple rounds my fingers and wrists hurt. I crochet tight and there is no give or softness to it. So decided on a much smaller project. I made a bracelet in just a few short minutes. I think I surprise him with how fast I did it. I really like how it turned out and he did too! He even asked me to make another.  So I thought what perfect timing with Father's Day coming up next Sunday, here is a quick project that a guy will like ! 




Paracord Cuff Bracelet





Here's what I used to make it:


Paracord - 14-15 feet 
We order our paracord online for his biz but there are a few random army supply shops and uniform shops around town that sell it by the foot for about 10-15 cents. If you're in OKC just ask and I can tell you were to get it. If not you may have to ask around and see where you can find it. 


Shackle  3/8ths - you can get these at your local hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot. There about $3.00  


N- Hook 


You can make these anysize. You'll first want to get a wrist measurement. I would say about 7-8 inches is a regular size.


You're going to do a 11 sc chain-less foundation sts,{click link to see how to do chain-less foundation} ch 1 loosely {you'll need to be able to get the screw of the shackle through it} , sc in each of the chains on the opposite side of the bracelet. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc, 



Weaving in ends is really hard so what my hubs usually does is tie off the two ends in a knot or two and melt the ends down with a lighter (be careful) 

You'll slide the bigger part of the shackle through the end where we ended. Nowhere specific just through a few stitches. {you might have to stretch it a little}





That's it! If you want it bigger or smaller just add or decrease the foundation chains or change hook sizes. 

We still want to be able to use it as a lifesaving bracelet and unravel it in time of need. Crochet is so super easy and fast to unravel if you need too! That's what these are all about. {you can read more about his shop in this post}

I hope your enjoy making one. If you do I'd love to see pictures!!








Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Who's faster than a speeding bullet?

We'll seems like I am when it come to crocheting up new ideas lately! LOL ! Actually I'm referring to none other than Superman. I took a poll last night on my page for new ideas for my Cuddle Critter Cape Newborn Props. I suggested Fruits (strawberries, watermelons, apples, berries), flowers, and Superheros. Superheroes won that vote so I'm really glad I'd already started one and it motivated me to finished it up and write up the pattern late last night.

I had to do Superman first. ( I always refer to my hubs as my superman and my boy is little man) Are you ready to see a super cute picture?


Superman Cuddle Critter Cape
Newborn Photography prop

I'm totally loving this set! The cape features details as in a belt with loops and an emblem with the letter "S" I think it would be super cute it use a baby's initial if you're making it for someone special. For photographers I think you could use the "S" or leave it blank. 
I couldn't decide what color to do the hat. I decided with blue and some simple accent stripes in contrasting colors but you could certainly get just a blue or red hat. 
This pattern is in testing and should be available in the coming week. 

All in all I just think it's super cute and I can't wait to make more superhero capes but I'm having trouble thinking of other heros? What would be some other fun heros? Please share you suggestions! 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Butterfly's, Sock Monkey's and Mice

I finally finished up a much requested pattern for my new Cuddle Critter Cape Sets. Our newest is the Butterfly. She is just darling! Here are two examples but I have so many more ideas and possibilities for her.


This was my 1st. I went for a really girly butterfly with the pinks and purples. 

This 2nd one is designed to resemble a Monarch. I just love how it turned out. 
There aren't any wires or anything for the wings but the design of the wings gives it a curves shape so they shouldn't lay flat on the baby.  


This next pattern is inspired my mom over at Posh Pooch Designs. She's been on a sock monkey craze! She has tons of sock money patterns you have to check them out! Here patterns are currently only available in Ravelry because she is moving from Oklahoma to Colorado this week. I sure will miss her being only an 1h 45 min away 


This last collage is a sneak peak! This is the next set of capes I've designed. I wasn't going to get into "Characters" just because of Copywrites but my Photographer mentioned Minnie and Mickey to me so I thought I'd do it special for her because of the fabulous photos she's been sending me of my products! We'll just call these Cartoon Mice Inspired. ;) I'll be working on the patterns this week and Mickey and Minnie will come together in one pattern.  


As always you can find these patterns on Ravelry for an instant download or in my Etsy shop

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crochet Pattern Giveaway Winner

First off I want to thank you all who entered. Your comments were so sweet and I have some great new ideas to work on.  I used Random.org to select a winner.

And the winner is....



Carolyn said...13

I think the giraffe one is very cute! And the lady bug!