Monday, August 31, 2015

Lavender the Mouse

Good Evening Crocheters!

Happy Monday!

Yesterday I celebrated my 37th Birthday and as a Gift to myself I made one of these guys


I followed the pattern from the gracious Beautiful Nightmare blog (link in image), and made an oops when making the ears...made them too big and now she looks more like a mouse vs. a bear...ah well.

Then while making her my hubby suggested I stuff some Lavender leaves inside of her to make her smell like Lavender! YES amazing idea! So we headed to the Cotton Exchange here in Wilmington to this wonderfully cute store called Down to Earth and spoke with the owner, she suggested to make the smell last longer to infuse some flax seeds with 20-30 drops of essential oils, BINGO! Got the seeds soaking last night, went to Hobby Lobby today and picked up some Sheer Wedding Favor bags to hold the seeds and Voila! Stuffed her belly, assembled her together, added a scarf, and BINGO Mouse!

Check her Out!






Don't you just LOVE her, she sits about 10" tall and is just soo sweet!

Now bag to my regularly scheduled programming of working on a baby afghan!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Baby Layette Set is Completed + Another Etsy Order!!!

Good Friday Evening Crocheters!!!

It's been a busy day for YarntoAfghanCreations!  I finished the baby layette set last night (minus the blanket, that's still a work in progress) - adding the buttons, check it out!!!






Isn't it the Sweetest?!?! The person who ordered it LOVES it and that is what is most important!

The next things to get done are the blanket (like I've said) and a Animuguri Teddy Bear.  I have a couple patterns I've been looking at, so once I grab the yarn for it I'll get to work.







Also like I said I got another order to my Etsy shop Today! My wonderful Author-Employer/Friend ordered an Elephant for someone special in her life! I can't wait to get started on it too!!!  Super Duper Excited People!!!! Can you tell!!







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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monster High Arm Warmers and a Baby Layette Set

Good Thursday Morning Crocheters!

Hope Everyone is Doing Well today!

It's Rainy is Gross here, Perfect Day to Stay Home & Crochet-Crochet-Crochet, alas though I have to work-work, ugh, ah well back at it tonight!

A while ago I posted a pic of this cute little hat I made for my Nieces 7th Birthday


And all was well, then my Sister-in-Law saw these and requested a pair for Zoey

So I pulled the same pattern and dug around for a smaller skull/bow to add to the arm warmers and came up with these


Aren't they the cutest?!?!?!?!

On top of these projects I was asked by one of my Scout Mom's to make a baby layette set for a family member due in December with a little boy, she asked for Blue & Brown and I went shopping and found the sweetest light blue/chocolate brown yarn and got to work - these aren't complete quite yet - still need to add the finishing touches, but she loves them


My first sweater, I have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

To get the patterns click through these: Sweater, Booties, Newboy Hat

I pulled the patterns from various sources and assembled a set that is really sweet!

Next is a baby blanket to go with and we've chosen this pattern

Click on Image for Pattern, Makes a Star Shaped Blanket
Enjoy Kids!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand Gets an Afghan + Another Elephant!

Good Monday Evening Crocheters!

Hope Everyone is having a Fantastic Monday!

I am - I've shipped my 1st Etsy Shop Order and my Amazing Author-Employer received her afghan today and I am SOO Stoked about that! She loves it!!!

Check it out!


The afghan with its inspiration!
If you love YA Sci-Fi Fantasy style books I guarantee you'll love this series!  Normally I blog about books on my other site, NCReaderGirl, but tonight I want to share this series with you!

First the Cover

Click on Image for Buy Link from Amazon

Summary

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Fans of CinderThe Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page. 

OhmyGoodyness I promise you'll LOVE LOVE LOVE these!

After Imitation pick up Deviation and coming soon Generation!!! Ahhh I can't wait!!!!

Second to this I was asked to make another Elephant - and I just happened to have a skein of grey yarn in the house, so I put together another one - this time for one of my Scouts' younger siblings


Isn't he the Sweetest?!?!? Oh my GAWD I am loving these Amigurumi's! I have loaded my Pinterest boards with them!

That's all my friends!

Enjoy tonight and make this week special!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

An Elephant and a Shopping Bag Make for a Full Weekend


Hello Crocheters!

I decided to take a break from making Afghans, hats, scarves, etc. to try my hand at a couple other items...

I was cruising through Pinterest (as I do quite frequently) and came across two patterns I knew I had to try!

First was Ella the Elephant - an animauguri, aka Crocheted stuffed animal, I clicked over to the pattern and found it was super simple to follow, so I got to work, and here's my final product

 

Pattern Courtesy of Amigurbb.com, click on Image to go to Pattern

And then second I came across this pattern for an adorable Shopping Bag, check it out


This pattern I found on Ravelry, click on the image to go to the Pattern

Aren't they awesome!?!?!? I didn't deck out Ella with all the details, hubby has decided he loves her just the way she is!

Thoughts?!?!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Scarf and Some Arm Warmers! It's Been a Fun Weekend!

Happy Sunday Crocheters!

Hope Everyone's had a great Weekend! Been a Very Busy one here - I've gotten a TON accomplished this weekend and I am very happy with the end results!

First I finished the Enderman Scarf to go with the hat I posted a couple of weeks ago

Check it out!


My son, hubby and daughter made sure I got the coloring correct with the eyes...evidently I had it backwards on the hat


And then today I put together some arm warmers for one of my Scouts as requested by her Mom

Pattern Courtesy of Mooglyblog, Click Image to Obtain Pattern
Now my daughter (who is so graciously modeling these for me) has requested a pair of arm warmers for herself...so that's tonight's task!

Hope Everyone's had a Great Weekend!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hats & Scarves and Hats Galore!

Good Evening Crocheters!

WOW I've been super busy the last twenty-four hours - got two hats and a scarf completed!

I used this pattern as my inspiration

Image Borrowed from Hope Honey Blog, Click Image for Link to Blog

I just loved the pattern, the way she writes it out makes it super easy to follow and replicate!  These are my 2nd & 3rd Versions of this hat I've made

Check them out!




Pretty aren't they? The pictures hardly do them justice! The top one is a Midnight Blue and the bottom one is Burgundy base w/Red trim & flower

I also made a scarf, as ordered, for the 2nd hat, check it out!


Super Pretty huh? I just hope the lady who ordered the hat & scarf combo loves them! I am waiting to finish her afghan before I ship them to her.

Hope Everyone's had an awesome night!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Finding Inspiration Part 2

Good Tuesday Morning Crocheters!

How is everyone this morning!? It's warm and overcast here in the Port City, perfect for just chilling at home and doing some crochet - I am at my day job today and then tonight I'll be working on some of the many projects I have going - hoping to finish the scarf I started and maybe even start on the Cloche hat to go with it.

In the meantime when I have a break at work I love trying to find new projects - or ideas for existing projects to make them better or another pattern I can work up to sell.  The ideas continue to flow.

So where do I find said inspiration?

For starters Pinterest is always a great place to start


My other favorite place for inspiration is a website called AllFreeCrochet


And then there's always the Go To, Ravelry.com


Those are my favorite Go to's - what are yours?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Cost of Running a Shop

Good Thursday Afternoon Crocheters!

I am going to jot down here today some of the items I have run into in the last week or so while working on my first Etsy order:

1.  The cost of supplies - I vastly underestimated how much the supplies would run me, Ex: the Hat & Scarf pictured here sold for $35.00 in my shop + S/H - in this case the supplies cost all of $12.81 ($3.99/skein x 3 skeins of yarn + 7.5% tax)


So then for the Afghan pictured below I sold it for $75.00 + S/H - and in this case the supplies are running me more than usual, the afghan was originally made for a friend of the family, one of my Girl Scout Mom's who requested it - and to make her a nice soft & warm afghan I made it out of Yarn Bee Tender Touch brand yarn - which runs 155 yards of yarn to a skein - which means I am having t use twice as much as I calculate it would, the yarn runs $3.99/skein and this afghan will require somewhere around 16 skeins of yarn or $68.63 total cost leaving my profit just over $7.00...




2. Not having Calculated shipping costs exactly quite yet I have set aside about $30.00 of the order to pay for UPS Ground Shipping, I prefer this method so I can accurately track the package.

That being said I have increased the price on an afghan made with the Yarn Bee yarns to $100.00 so my profit margin is higher.

As of today I've completed 2/3 of the scarf - just have the other side of the border to do + the fringe and then I need to construct the hat, however I need to purchase that additional skein of yarn first.  And I am about 1/2 way done with the afghan! Super Excited about that and I can't wait for the woman who ordered them to get them.

What's everyone working on today?!?!?!?

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

One-Half of An Order Completed, One-Quarter of Another almost Done...

Good Tuesday Evening Crocheters!

Taking a few mins from my Anniversary Celebration to drop a note and share my current progress on all of my orders...

Got the hat portion of my Minecraft Hat/Scarf project done - Check it out!


Cool isn't it?!?!

Have to make a scarf to go with it still but trying to budget my time with all of my projects...with an afghan to make too I am alternating projects to ensure everything get done on time.






Ok Kids Have a Good Evening!

Got a Hawt Date with my Hubby Tonight for our 14th Anniversary! So Off we Go!

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