Saturday, March 14, 2015

Some Big (and Scary) News

So, today is a big day for me. It's exciting, and also sort of scary.

My husband has been suggesting this for a while, but I have never been brave enough to attempt it until now...

I would like to announce the grand opening of my new Etsy shop. You can find it here if you are so inclined. I would love it if you stopped by for a look.

Right now, I have a few baby blankets and some pincushions. I am working on new items even as we speak, and I will be adding them as soon as they are ready.

Here's a peek at the items currently in my shop:

I've also got a new blog, just for my shop. You will find shop updates over there, and also the story behind my Dutch girl blankets. If you'd like to stop by, you can find us at NeeNee's Needlework. I'll be posting the links up at the top of the blog here for the shop and its blog in the next few hours, so they'll be easy to find later.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll wander over to take a look at my new shop and blog. See you soon. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Baby Blankets

So... as I mentioned before, my husband has been contracting out my sewing this year... I've been busy with his sewing, and I'm falling behind on the projects I wanted to jump right into. But that's okay. For now.

 I finally got the first two blankies finished last weekend. (One more to go, for now.) We snapped a couple of (not great) pictures and threw them into the mail.

This is just my standard baby blanket. The only adjustments I made were in swapping out the little Dutch girls for bears. (And on the other blanket, jungle critters.)

The first person specifically requested teddy bears, so he got teddy bears. Boy, did he ever!

The color is much better down in the second picture...

 I adore the flannel on this blanket!

Isn't it cute?

The other blanket turned out to be jungle-type animals. (Technically, I suppose it's more of an African plains sort of fauna, but jungle is easier to say and it gets the point across quickly, don't you think?) I love the little lions- which is good, because I have a bunch more lion flannel. Enough for two more blankies- but the little elephants just... I have no words...

I can find some words about those rotten little crocodiles, though. But I won't. They aren't super polite, those words...

You see, the picture I was working off of to make my pattern, well... It had a lovely little spine ridge down the back and tail of the little croc... But, when I went to make the applique pieces, it did not work. At all. So, after much headache (and not polite language) and a consultation to get my husband's opinion, I scrapped the entire ridge piece. And I think he looks okay without it. Not as cute as he would've been, but okay.

And then, about two hours after I finished the freakin' blanket, inspiration hit me- I should've used rick rack for the spine ridge! (Slaps herself in the forehead. Again.) I have no idea why that idea waited around in my stupid brain until after I'd already finished the blanket, but wait it did- just a little too long. As you can see, I didn't go back and modify anything. This time. But watch out if I ever make crocodiles again!!

Another full blanket shot.

Here's a close up of the flannel. It's a sort of jungle scrapbook photo sort of thing...

 It's cute. But the little bears and ducks have won my heart. I would go back and buy an entire bolt of that teddy flannel if I could. (Unfortunately, the store doesn't have any more. I looked the other day.)

So, now I'm off. I have another blanket to finish up for my husband's friends. Gotta hop to it! :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Moving along...

Now that I've finally gotten all caught up with crafty type news from last year, and bragged on my little crafter-in-training, I can jump up to what little bit I've accomplished this year so far.

Okay, up until a few days ago, this was my one and only finished object for the year. It's a tooth fairy pillow. I got the pattern from an issue of Crochet World (I think) years and years ago. I remember making them for my niece and nephew when they were small. A few weeks ago, the dental hygienist came to school to give all the kids a good talking-to, and a cleaning/exam. Little Miss came home all excited, with an excellent report and a note that one (unspecified) tooth was just the tiniest bit loose. It still isn't loose enough for me to figure out which one is going to jump out first, and Little Miss is not updating me on progress. It's possible she hasn't been trying very hard to find it.

Still, I figured it was about time to dig out the pattern and get started. I modified it slightly by adding a hanging loop to the top, in hopes that I can convince her to hang it on her bedpost. The last thing any poor tooth fairy needs is to be digging around her bed in the dark trying to find one tiny little tooth...

Here we go with the close-ups.

Front: as requested, brown eyes...

Back: love the little bow on the pocket.

 Slightly better shot of the hanging loop:

I suppose I should probably go ahead and make one more while I have all of the supplies fished out and handy... It would probably save me a little trouble in the long run. We'll see if I can get motivated.

I did finally get some (okay, two) projects finished a few days ago- baby blankets (ordered by my husband for a couple of his friends). They turned out pretty cute, I think. One of them has been received already, and I'm told they're very happy with it, too. Thank goodness. I worry about that when I make blankets for strangers. I'll have pictures in a couple of days...

I have several other projects on the go. Hopefully some of them will get launched soon. I'm busy, busy. See you soon!