So..I finally had my much anticipated craft fair this weekend. It was definitely a learning experience. If i do another one anytime soon i'm going to focus on making smaller cuties and save the big ones for custom orders. It was nice to be out in the beautiful weather surrounded by people of all different talents though! Hopefully I can jump back on the horse and try again soon.
I can't actually share any pictures of what I'm working on this Wednesday which is a little weird! But I am participating in the freshstitches Ravelry group Buddy Bee Swap and my current project is for my Buddy! It's supposed to be kept a secret until they receive it! I can't even post teaser photos because It would make be very obvious to fellow freshstitches fans what i was making =p. I will tell you I am having a lot of fun with it though!
Yesterday I finished up the last of my animals for the fair/market this weekend and put business tags on all of them! I took a vacation day from work Friday so i'm going to place them all in clear bags except for the ones I will have on the main table and pack my car up so I can get on the road bright and early Saturday Morning!
I am also going to crochet club tonight. We meet once a month at a local fabric store and usually people just work on whatever they want...but tonight we are learning Tunisian Crochet! I have wanted to learn for awhile and the pattern we are using is one i've had pinned on Pinterest for quite some time!
This blanket has all sorts of different tunisian methods and I'm super stoked to make my own blanket, something just for me and learn all sorts of new stuff along the way!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, because I certainly did! I spent Friday night with my family for my birthday dinner and I got some seriously awesome presents!
I received a crochet kit for miniature animals that includes little alley cats in trashcans. Too cute for words right?? I also received a crochet food kit which I used to make Two Peas in a pod for my best friend at work.
I also received some of what could be considered one of the best presents to get....CASH. I used the money I got to buy things related to crocheting...OF COURSE! I'm a little obsessed lately with everything I can get my hands on related to Crocheting. I think starting up/attempting to start a business has sent me into crochet over drive!
Rowan and I went to a second hand book store and I picked up both of these books for under 10 bucks! The yarn book is a hard back that is listed on the back as being 30.00 and I got it for 5!! The finger puppet book was originally 15.00 and I got it for 3! I have been reading about Kool Aid dying and the like for months but still haven't had the guts to try it...After showing the pictures in the book to Rowan he agreed its a project I should definitely dive into! He also said he would help which makes it even more exciting! The finger puppet book is just adding to my pile of small animals to make. I also teach toddlers so i feel that I could make quite a few little cuties for my kiddos at work to play with.
I also spent alot of time at the dog park this weekend with my puppy and I got to try out a new pattern for a wonderful fellow Raveler. I will share that finished cutie on Friday though! Tomorrow is my day off from work which means more time to devote to finishing up my animals for Craft Fair. I guess I also might have to put a new project on my hook because currently I dont have anything....Maybe a monkey finger puppet? We will see! Check back in on Wednesday to see what I decided on!
This week was super productive for me! I took a vacation day from work to relax a bit and work on my craft fair animals and I only have two left to assemble, I will wait until next Friday to show you all of the cuties though as I want one HUGE family picture! Don't worry though I still have someone to show off for this Finished Friday, My sister commissioned me to make her a Moose for her mother in law for mothers day.
I started attaching my business cards to my animals that are given as gifts, in case the receiver would like to order more items from me! I think its a smart advertising plan =)
Today is my birthday so since I finished up this guy earlier than expected I will probably just go to dinner with my family tonight and not work on any other projects today...although I never do well with having idle hands so who knows what could jump on my hook when I get home...maybe that buddy bee gift i should be working on ;D
Thanks for reading, come back and check in on Monday for a new post!
When I was considering starting this blog my plan for each Wednesday is to show you my Works in Progress for the week. This week is a little crazy because I have been preparing for a craft fair the past month or so and it is finally almost here!
So let me give you a little back story first... I am in a crochet club that meets at a fabric store one night of every month, back in March one of my fellow group members shared that her church would be putting on a craft fair/artisan market type deal in May. There are no booth fees, the church just asks you to donate 10 percent of your profit to a group who is going on a mission trip to Haiti. I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a little mass production and showing off. I immediately started making notes of what I should make and how long I had to make them!
My final decision since the craft fair is going on at the same time as a 5k/half marathon event called running with the cows was to make the majority of my animals cows. I figured I could even make up some tags to attach if they were for a runner that said "I ran with the cows 2013" or something of the like to commemorate the event. So I chose to make a handful of normal black and white cows, and then since the event is the day before mothers day I chose to also include some pink/purple cows. After making the decisions on cows I used my facebook business page to ask my former customers to vote on their favorite freshstitches designs since those are the ones I love to make!
My customers voted on Nelson the Owl, and Alastair the caterpillar, and after much discussion with my boyfriend he told me I should include some Mal the Ducks as well since they are tiny and adorable! So for about a month I cranked out pieces of animals left and right and finally I am done and ready to put them all together! I have about 3/4 all sewn up and ready to show off and this WIP Wednesday is showcasing the last 10 or so that aren't all put together.
Thanks for reading and I hope you come back on Friday to see my Finished Cuties!