Friday, September 21, 2012

Liking the Facebook Page

What did we do before Facebook? I don't remember and I don't care!! The point is we have it now and there is no turning back! I want to make sure that all of you that come to my blog have also "liked" my Facebook page. I plan on doing a lot more giveaways, many of which will be custom pieces that you decide on. So if you are reading this and haven't liked the page WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Like my Facebook page and make sure to post on my wall or comment on posts if there is something you would like to see me create a pattern for or custom make for you or a friend. 

The time for costumes is around the corner, if you would like something custom please message me on FB or comment below so you can get your products in time. 

Thanks and GET TO LIKING!! 

Happy Hooking!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free Pattern: Elf Hat



I made an elf hat a while ago that is on my Facebook Page but never wrote the pattern. The pattern was requested so I did this yesterday. Please forgive the pictures, I forgot to take them and so I had my husband took them. I will tell him not to quit his day job!!

If you have any special requests for patterns please message me on Facebook or comment below. If you would like for me to make something I can do that, message me for pricing.

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: Lionbrand Homespun Yarn (5 Bulky). I used the color Deco which is a beautiful cream color. 
Hook: J, 6.00mm
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Satin Ribbon 3/4 inch (optional)

Abbreviations:
Ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch
dc: Double Crochet
sc: Single Crochet

Notes: When I write "1 dc" at the beginning of a new row it means a chain 2

Pattern:
Ch 3, sl st to join to 1st ch
R1: ch 2 (counts as dc throughout) 7 dc in the ring, join to top of ch 2 (8 dc)
R2-R5: 1 dc in each stitch (8 dc) 
R6:1 dc, 2dc, repeat (12 dc)
R7-R10: 1dc in each stitch (12 dc)
R11: 1dc, 2dc (18 dc)
R12-R15: 1dc in each stitch (18 dc)
R16: 1 dc, 2dc, repeat (27 dc)
R17-R20: 1 dc in each stitch (27 dc)
R21: 1 dc next 5, 2dc, repeat (30 dc)
R22-R25: 1dc in each stitch (30 dc)
R26 (optional): change to satin trim, 1sc in each stitch. 
Tie off 

Pom Pom: I used a coaster for the sizing. Wrap yarn around coaster approximately 30 times.  Slide off coaster and tie a TIGHT knot around the center to cinch together and you will leave a long tail to sew onto the top of the hat. Cut the loops and then trim so it looks like an even pom pom. Use your needle and sew on to the top of the hat and tie off. 

Happy Hooking!! Don't forget to post pictures to my Facebook Page

Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Pattern: Easy Peasy Chunky Cowl/Infinity Scarf


Easy Peasy Chunky Cowl/Infinity Scarf

 
         
For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 

Supplies Needed
Yarn: 2 different skeins of worsted weight yarn (4). For my hat I actually used a purple worsted weight and Lion Brand Homespun (I just love this yarn!!) Or you can also use 1 Super Bulky Yarn (6)
Hook: M, 9.00mm

Abbreviations:
Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch
fpdc: Front Post Double Crochet

Pattern:
Chain 120, sl st to join. *Make sure that you haven’t twisted your yarn*
R1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each ch, sl st to join.
R2-R4: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat from *, sl st to join
Tie off

The final step is to wear it and be AWESOME!!!

HAPPY HOOKING!!!

*Be sure to “Like” my Facebook page for your chance to win in my contests*

Friday, August 31, 2012

Free Pattern: Textured Newborn Beanie w/ Satin Trim


For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 


Textured Newborn Beanie w/ Satin Trim

Well I just keep whipping these bad boys out, don't I? You're welcome! Actually this pattern just sort of happened. I was playing around with the shell stitch and didn't like how it was looking with the chunky yarn so I decided to go back to Ole Reliable for some texture: Front & Back Post Double Crochet stitches. I also had some purple satin ribbon and decided to fancy it up a bit and I LOVE how it turned out!!

Alright enough chatter, let's get to the pattern!! 

Supplies Needed
Yarn: 2 different skeins of worsted weight yarn (4). For my hat I actually used a purple worsted weight and Lion Brand Homespun (I just love this yarn!!) Or you can also use 1 Super Bulky Yarn (6)
Hook: M, 9.00mm
Ribbon: 1" satin

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch

Pattern: 
*Ch 2 counts as a DC*
MC 
R1: Ch 2, 7 dc (Total 8 DC)
R2: ch2 turn, 2dc in each sl st to join (Total 16 DC)
R3: *ch2, 1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next, repeat * sl st to join (Total 20 DC)
R4-R6: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat*
R7: Add Ribbon by sl st and sc in each stitch around, sl st to join and then use ribbon to tie a bow. 


Hope you enjoy this pattern. Please "Like" my Facebook Page for your chance to win in our current giveaway!! 








Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Custom Crochet Project Giveaway!!

I would like to do a give away for a free crochet hat. If you would like to be chosen as a winner please go Like my Facebook page and also share to your page. This will be a custom hat of YOUR choosing!!! I will be choosing a winner on September 15th so hurry and enter. 

I will have a post on my Facebook page about this giveaway so please comment so I know that you are entered into the competition!!

Also feel free to follow me on Pinterest and that will increase your chances!! If you would only like to follow my crochet projects board you can do that here

Happy Hooking!! Can't wait to make your custom piece!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Pattern: Newborn Sack Hat


I'm whipping these bad boys out!! Here is the second FREE pattern in 2 days. I call it the Sack Hat well because it looks like a SACK!! I'm pretty creative on the names I know! Anywho here you go and please post your pictures if you choose to try this one out. 

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: 1/2 skein of Worsted Weight Yarn (4) any color you choose. 
Hook: H, 5.00 mm
Ribbon: Any type you choose

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch

Skill Level: Easy/Beginner

This pattern is for a newborn, if you would like to make it a different size just increase or decrease chains to fit head size. ALWAYS have an even number of stitches so the fpdc & bpdc will always be alternating.

Ch 41, sl st to join. Careful not to twist chain!
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 1 dc in each ch, sl st to join.
Row 2: Ch 1, *fpdc in next chain/post, bpdc in next chain/post, repeat from *, sl st at the top of the Ch 1.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until your work reach 9.5 inches, sl st and tie off. Weave in ends.

Take your ribbon, cinch together at approximately 5.5-6 inches from the bottom and double knot your ribbon. You must make sure that your hat that you have left enough room on the bottom portion so that your hat will fit. Tie a bow with your ribbon.

*You could also use a button instead of a ribbon if you prefer but you will still have to cinch the hat closed with yarn*

I hope this all makes sense. It's a very easy hat to make, it's just very repetitive!!

Don't forget to post pictures to my Facebook Page!! Click the link to the right. 

Happy Hooking!



Monday, August 20, 2012

Free Pattern: Chunky Newborn Beanie w/ flower


*Update* For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 

So I'm posting one of my first OFFICIAL patterns. I was just playing around yesterday and decided to make a beanie out of leftover yarn to match a stork pouch photo prop I made. I really liked the way it turned out and it matches so well with the the pouch. I may have to load it on Etsy, so get it now while it's FREE!! Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch??

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: 2 colors of Super Bulky (6) yarn. I used Yarn Bee Soft Illusions and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. 1 color of Worsted Weight (4) yarn for the flower.
Hook: J, 6.00mm 
Tapestry Needle
Button

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch

Ok let's get started!

Ch 4, sl st to join
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), 6 dc (7 dc total)
Do NOT join, use yarn marker
Row 2: 1 sc & 1 hdc in 1st stitch (counts as 2dc, this keeps a gap from forming between Row 1 and Row 2), 2 dc in each stitch (14 dc total)
Row 3: *1 dc, 2 dc, repeat from * (21 dc total)
Row 4: *1 dc in the next 2 stitches, 2 dc, repeat from * (28 dc total)
Skip 1 dc and sl st to join with the 2nd dc. (This prevents a large uneven knot)
Sl St new color, Ch 2
Row 5: 1 sc (to prevent gap), 1 dc in each stitch (28 dc total)
Row 6-7: 1 dc in each stitch (28 dc total)
Skip 1 dc and sl st to join with the 2nd dc. Tie off and weave in ends.

For the flower I followed AlliCrafts Open Flower Tutorial and then sewed a button on top and sewed the flower to the hat. I chose to sew the flower on to the section where I attached the yarn and tied it off to cover up any uneven looking stitches. 

Now you're done. It's a really easy pattern and beanie to make especially for a beginner. If you are a beginner you may want to choose a less fuzzy yarn that the soft illusions since it may be difficult to see your stitches.

Happy Hooking!!

P.S. Please post pictures of your hats too. I would love to see them!!




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beanies for Preemies

Well as you know by now I am always dabbling in something. I like to try new things and I like to make people happy. There are so many people out there less fortunate and I always want to make sure that I never forget that. I really try to teach my kiddos the same thing because how else are they going to learn when they are blessed to be healthy and have a good home. Not always clean but still a good home. Hey you can't have everything, right?? 

I recently joined a group that crochets for cancer patients. The organizer of the group has connections with an oncologist office and they donate their chemo caps and other items to the patients there. I thought that was a great thing to do but I always like to try something a little different so I came up with my own idea. Thus was born:

BEANIES FOR PREEMIES 

For those of you that know me you know that I love coming up with awesome names for stuff. This one just fell out of my mouth when I was describing to someone what my next project would be. And since it rhymes it's PERFECT!!! So I'm going to assume that any of you that read my blog can guess what this project entails but just to clarify a little more, I plan on crocheting beanies for the tiny sweet babies that are in the NICU at the new Texas Children's Hospital they just built out here in West Houston. I am so grateful to have had two perfectly healthy beautiful children (they get all that good stuff from me of course). However, there are so many people that aren't as fortunate and their babies are battling for their lives as soon as they enter the world. Not only that the parents aren't even to take their new bundle of joy home. Some are even less fortunate and are unable to even hold their baby. As a mother who never had that hardship I can't even fathom the torture they must go through. 

But since everyone likes gifts even those that are distraught I thought what better than to crochet some little beanies for the sweet angels in the NICU so that their parents have one less thing to worry about and hopefully it will also lift their spirits in some small way. So after searching for some preemie patterns I found a couple of cute ones I am going to use.




The ones above were patterns I found on Alli Crafts Blog and I really appreciate her sharing her adorable patterns for free. I also like the cute embellishments she adds. I plan on doing a lot of that myself. I found a super cute bird applique I plan to use.


Oh I just love the cute things you can make with a hook and a little yarn. I also found a couple of other hats I plan to make as well and I want to thank Lullaby Lamb for her adorable pattern as well.



Just look at those sweet faces. Now I know why people steal babies. Just kidding that is VERY WRONG!! Babies are adorable but stealing them is frowned upon. Bummer because that would mean no more labor. But who am I kidding I more than have my hands full!!! 

So once I get these beanies made I will take pictures. Hopefully I can get some pictures of the preemies in the beanies which would be so touching!! I can't wait to start crocheting my heart out for these sweet little ones. 


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Newest Projects

 I've been missing a while. I was kidnapped by some Channing Tatum lookalikes and forced to be their Queen. It's been horrible. No actually I've just been super busy. But I really wish the former was the truth. I've been working on some hammocks for the photographer I work with. I'm in love with these hammocks. They are so big and adorable. The pictures aren't the greatest, but hey I'm a Crocheter not a Photographer! I've also done a couple of dresses and some other miscellaneous stuff for her. I can't wait to show her. I get all warm and fuzzy inside when people are happy with my work. I'm convinced I'm part puppy and I thrive on a metaphorical pat of the head. No belly rubs though that's just creepy. 



Aren't they so cute. Fake baby of course! I would like to give a shout out to my daughter who graciously lent me one of her MANY baby dolls for the photos. These are the fringe hammocks I have made. I also made a pink one and a red one. Sorry no pictures but you get the idea. 


I also decided to make a couple of dog sweaters. You know, because it gets so cold in Texas during the summer!! And no matter how much my dogs try to convince me otherwise I just know that they love when I dress them!! 



My latest project is the Star Wars themed hats for my boss' sons. They are going to die. I am still working on the Stormtrooper one, but here are the R2D2 and Yoda ones.



MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wait....WHAT?!?! Shocking Motherhood Experiences!!

Motherhood is a beautiful gift from God. True, but since we were created in His image it's only natural to believe that He is a bit of a prankster. After having two beautiful children I can attest to both but more so about the PRANKSTER part. I should really start writing down the things that my kids do to embarrass me or that make me cringe...but there isn't enough paper!!


So it's a normal day at work. I'm working....oh and frequently checking Facebook. The clock strikes 2:00pm and the countdown to home begins. I miss my kids, like I do everyday, until I pick them up and they start fighting before we leave the daycare parking lot. Now I remember why I enjoy my job so much. I never have to yell or threaten my coworkers. Then my phone rings, it's my kid's daycare. Oh crap, what do they want? I answer and it's the director calling and the conversation goes like this:


Director: Ms. Dupont?
Me: Yes 
Director: Hi, we have Elijah up here and he's complaining that his ear hurts. He says there is a rock in his ear.
Me: Wait....WHAT?!?
Director: Yes, we can't see anything but he said he put a rock in his ear to see if it would fit.
Me: Ok, please put him on the phone (talking to a 4 year old is always productive, right?!)
Elijah: Hi Mommy
Me: Hi Elijah, did you put a rock in your ear (in my least accusing voice which strangely sounds almost cartoonish - I'll have to work on that!)
Elijah: ..........yes (in a quiet "I hope I don't get in trouble for this" voice)
Me: Did you get it out or did it get stuck
Elijah: I couldn't find it.
Me: (What I'm thinking in my head) OH HELL!!! Really?!? 


I was pretty proud for not getting upset at having to leave work early since I have a boss that frowns on that. Weird, huh? Then panic set in and I get instant indigestion. That's an immediate sign that my anxiety is flaring - OH CRAP MY PILLS ARE AT HOME!!! Looking for next best thing: MARGARITA!! Oh yeah I'm at work and my boss frowns on that too. He's always cramping my style! 


Next step I call the Pediatrician and to make my anxiety worse the woman acts like this is the first time EVER that she's heard of something like that. Hey wait, I remember a coworker telling me about a drive-thru Margarita place. Mental note: stop on the way! So I pick up both kids and by this time the WHOLE daycare knows of the "Rock in the Ear" incident. Off to the Pediatrician we go and sure enough there is a rock in his ear or so I am informed by the nurse. Well then the 10 year old girl in me creeps out and all I can think about it "Ooh cool, I wanna see". Well if I feel like that I know you do too!! So here you go. What do you think? You see that little brown thing? Yep, you guessed it. It's a rock. Hmm...I guess it does fit. Elijah must be thinking "The experiment worked". The one to see if the rock fit? No, the one to see if he could drive his mother to drink heavily before she turns 30. DAMN, I forgot that Margarita drive-thru. 




So the Pediatrician won't mess with it because he's afraid to damage his ear. Ok well here's your $25 and whatever else you get when you bill my insurance. Thanks for NOTHING! So then they call the ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Dr. so send me over there. In the mean time I'm telling Elijah to jump on his foot while he leans his head over. Hey it works when water gets clogged in my ear. Maybe that's a universal trick that also works on rocks. IT DOESN'T!! Oh and not my proudest moment, but neither does a bobby pin. It was worth a shot. Thankfully I didn't make it worse or deafen my child. Like I said not my proudest moment. 


So I go over to the ENT who is going to "squeeze me in" which apparently means "wait in the waiting room until we close and every other person has come and gone". Translation noted. We finally get in there to then be told by the nurse that it's always 4 year old boys. I guess that should make me feel better but all I can think is "My daughter is going to grow up and probably end up marrying a guy that used to put rocks (or some other equally dumb item) in his ears. These are men like my husband who, although I love him to death, drives me crazy sometimes because he just had to "see what would happen" if he did _________ <--- Insert Moronic Idea here. Sound familiar?? Poor Madison. My only hope is that she grows up to become a single old cat lady. Did I mention that I have high hopes for my children....ya know, just in case that wasn't coming across correctly.


Anywho, the ENT finally came in and made me hold Elijah's head down while she dug this rock out. Although it was difficult as a mother to have to do that while your child cries. As a woman who enjoys being right, I felt that this was just what he needed to make sure he NEVER has this EXPERIMENT in mind again!! I think his ears are safe, but there are several other open orifices that items could be crammed. Note to self: Search for a Proctologist....just in case.


So I know your curiosity is getting the better of you so here you go. Don't be fooled by it's size and rock-like charm. It's the DEVIL!!!!




It's just the perfect size to RUIN YOUR DAY!!! However, I am keeping it and it will forever be the hilarious "Rock in the Ear" story I will be telling his girlfriends about in hopes that they run away and leave my sweet boy alone. "Don't play with filthy girls, Norman!" (A Psycho reference in case you aren't a movie nut like me)


So I hope you enjoyed my crazy day yesterday. I feel like this post will be a recurring one. I will frequently post about all of the off the wall things my kids do and say.


See ya wouldn't wanna be ya - oh wait maybe I would!!!



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Boredom....WHAT IS THAT????

It's a warm sunny day and I am at home with nothing to do. I desperately wish one of my friends was free to do something. All I can think about it how BORED I am. Ugh what a horrible feeling!!

Fast forward a couple years later......ok 10 years. Ugh how time flies and how it must be showing on my once teenage skinned face. Anyway I will mope later. So fast forward and I have since been married and had 2 WONDERFUL kids (until they start whining which now seems like every 5 seconds).  The days of being home and aching for something to do have long since floated away (taking my beautiful teenage skin with it). I now only understand boredom like I do with any other myth like alien abduction: Enough people claim to have experienced it so it must be true, right??

Here's the truth: Teenagers and Men (especially Husbands) experience boredom. For all of us WOMEN and MOTHERS there exists no such thing. In fact we have what I will call Reverse Boredom or RB. RB is an epidemic that there is no cure for. The only cure would be more time in a day or a clone. Neither of these have yet to have happened.

Hello my name is Amber and I suffer from RB. I wake up and hit the ground running. Why you ask? Well because there is no other option (or so we have molded ourselves to believe). I work full time because it's necessary to provide well for my family. I do stuff with other moms so that my kids can play and so I can have some time to chat with other moms. I crochet because I enjoy it and because it also makes me a little spendin' cash. I do a million other things but I'm too busy to list them all....DUH!!!!


Anyway I basically need to stop sleeping or start working part time so I can fit my life into my life!! Crazy how that happens. Oh how I miss the teenage boredom days sometimes. Ok well I am off to find something else to do since I seem to have a problem keeping still. RB is a severe condition that is only suppressed with a margarita or some other yummy ADULT beverage!! Now I want one - GOTTA GO!!!


Talk to you soon!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Back, Pumped and READY TO GO!!!

Hello all. I'm back from vacation and I'm ready to get back on track. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do - that's because I do. WEIRD!! It never fails, when I'm gone it seems like I have twice as much to do to make up for that time lost. We had a great time at Disney World. It's something we will never forget!! Definitely happy to be home in my own space. You take "home" for granted when you are all crammed into a hotel room like sardines. Less smelly though....slightly. 


I have a lot of ideas for my crocheting and I can't wait to get started. I'm hoping to start posting my own patterns soon, but I have several crochet projects to finish before I will have the time to sit down and do that. I wish I could be like Michael Keaton in Multiplicity and duplicate myself to get more done. Only I would probably end up with a bunch of the "slow" Amber's that like pizza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRQFMHRSj9I&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL1780F1480BD88FDF

Until then I will stick to just one of me and a healthy love of pizza. Once I start getting some of the items finished I will post pictures. I did finish the first grass rug. I'm going to be making several more colors. I will also be making some hammocks and a bunch of other unique items. Pictures to come. I have also been slightly distracted by my reading. There are just too many things to do!! Must go back to that duplication thing later. So far my kids aren't coordinated enough to handle the crocheting. And they can't read yet. I'm starting to think they are more trouble than they are worth. I must figure out some way for them to earn their keep. Yard work? No, they would probably break the mower somehow. Cooking dinner? No, we would only end up eating string cheese and pickles...well maybe I will come back to that when I get really tired of cooking. Grocery shopping? No, they would just buy toys and candy. Well I'm pretty much stumped. There must be something. Note to self: Google "child labor" later. 


Domo Arigato 

Monday, April 9, 2012

M.I.A.

Ok so I have been MIA lately. It's been a little hectic at work and at home. My crocheting has been put on the back burner lately. But I did complete a couple more baby beanies yesterday. I also made my kids Disney themed hats for our trip to Disney on Friday. That's right folks, we're going to Disney for our first REAL vacation in.....FOREVER. My husband and I have never really had a vacation where we have taken several days off from work and relaxed. Everything is always so hectic.


I'm super excited about this trip to say the least. My kids are going to have so much fun. I can't wait for them to do all of the stuff that we have planned!! Princess breakfasts and makeovers and pirate adventures. They are going to be dead tired by the end of it. I wish I had made more hats, but I don't know if I will have time. I would like to make 2 hats for my stepdaughters but I don't know what they would like. 


Dear Michael Eisner please do not sue me for licensing infringement. We will still buy plenty of souvenirs. Thank you!


Anyway, when I get back from vacation I plan to get back into crocheting, because there are still plenty of things I need to make!!



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Fling Vendor Blender

I recently just did my first craft show for my hats: The Spring Fling Vendor Blender. I felt that it was a success. Monetary success....no. I didn't want to make a bunch of hats to sell for 2 reasons: 1. I prefer custom orders so that you can choose your own colors and other details and 2. I didn't want to spend all that time crocheting things that may not sell. I did get one official order and payment which was great. It was for an angry birds hat and I think it turned out well. What do you think? 

I love doing the fun ones like this. So although I wasn't overflowing with orders I handed out plenty of my business cards and met a couple more photographers. There are photographers on every corner it seems like. WHO KNEW????

I'm still working on some projects for a photographer right now and am excited to post the finished pictures once I am done. After making the "Boobie Beanie" I thought it would be a great idea to contact the La Leche League. I'm waiting to hear back from them - but HELLO they are the biggest BOOBIE pushers out there!! 

So what's next?? Global Domination!! But first, I am thinking I would like to start making up my own patterns and doing a weekly "pattern post". If any of you are interested in crocheting this would be a great way to get some free patterns. It's such a bummer when you see a cool pattern but you have to pay for it!!

Hopefully you guys like the idea and will all become dedicated crocheters - I will need some sweat shop workers!!! And you will be just perfect for the position. So get crackin'!!!

Please comment below and give me some ideas on some patterns I should post!!!


Monday, March 12, 2012

The Boobie Beanie

After seeing pictures of "The Boobie Beanie" out on the internet I decided I wanted to make one. I would like to thank Teresa - The Crochet Geek for posting the pattern so I could make one. I think it turned out pretty well.



The second reason I decided to make it (the first being it was so stinkin' cute and HILARIOUS!) is that nursing is one of the most natural things a woman can do. Especially these days with all of the hair coloring, artificial nails (GUILTY), Botox (you know who you are), fake tans, nips, tucks and whatever new thing they are inventing that WE JUST HAVE TO HAVE - hopefully it's piece of chocolate (or bread, or cupcake, or......) that disintegrates cellulite leaving you with a Victoria's Secret body. Hmmm maybe THAT is Victoria's Secret - a mysterious candy that leaves you looking AWESOME!!! YEAH RIGHT!!!

Back to the breastfeeding thing. I nursed my two children. Not as long as some people do, my mother-in-law in particular. Who has 9 kids and nurses them until they are 4 or 5??? I can't even fathom that. My oldest son is 4 1/2 and there is no way he climbing up on my lap to be fed. But to each his own. I do think that it's every woman's right to nurse their child as long as they see fit.....within reason.....hopefully!! I was only able to nurse my daughter for a month but she has turned out just fine...except for that weird twitch. KIDDING!!! She's a great eater and although she can be a little picky (like her Mommy) at least she eats and according to her pediatrician is well above average (once again - like her Mommy).

Although I didn't have the balls (or should I say boobs) to nurse in public, I applaud all those women who do. That tells me that you put your child first....even before your fear of weirdo gawkers.

On the other hand though, to these same women: Please don't look offended if people look at you. Feel free if they STARE or say something inappropriate. But for most people it's  a shock to see a women have it whipped out there even though the Rated - R part of it is covered by a ravenous sweet baby. I think it's great to breastfeed and even in public if that's where you are and you're baby is hungry. Common courtesy is certainly appreciated, especially if you are a "nurse my baby until he's in college" mommy and there are young children near by. That's the last thing I would want to have to explain to my 3 and 4 year olds. It's bad enough they want to constantly ask me questions about my privates I don't want them getting any bright ideas that I have become a food source......again. 


I would say a good rule of thumb is: If they can write their name they are too old unless you get one of those prodigy children that does that sort of thing at 6 months. In that case your baby probably won't need to nurse since she will no doubt be able to drive to the store for some milk since she has discovered that cold cow's milk goes WAY better with Lucky Charms!! If you do have one of those children that is exponentially smarter than everyone else's kid, just know that no one is giving you the evil eye because of your public feeding session. We loathe you on a much deeper level! 


**Breast is Best**

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Definition of Success

Everyone should have goals. I have goals as a Flighty Crafter, however with every new project they change...strange how that happens. Since crocheting is my latest and most successful venture I may be sticking with it for a long time. However, I have to say I have been considering whipping up some dog treats, especially since I now have 3 FREAKIN' dogs in my house. Who would have thunk it?? Especially since I consider myself a cat person - I have 2 of them...and a python and a large tortoise. What can I say my husband owns a pet store, it comes with the territory. I should start charging friends when they bring their kids over since my house is a petting zoo. There you have it folks my next craft is a petting zoo!! Just kidding, I love all my pets but I am drawing the line --------------   <-- There it is "THE LINE" I have drawn!


Back to my goals. Since I began crocheting I didn't start with goals or success in mind. I just started because I thought it would be fun - and it is!! My first goal I guess was to actually LEARN how to crochet. Check! Next goal: sell my hats to friends. Check! The next goal as you already know came from Noelle MacGregor (I think people deserve to get their props) who suggested I contact other photographers. Check! After that I really was just waiting to see what happened with the interested photographers. So now that I have had orders from 2 photographers Erin Carlyle and Alisa Murray, I feel personally satisfied. I think that the definition of success isn't so much about a monetary goal achieved as much as a feeling that you have. I feel successful since I have done more with my crocheting than I had thought I would. I just found out from Alisa yesterday that she is a national sponsor for the Babies R Us sweepstakes. She told me that she is going to be featuring my best stuff there. I just about died, I couldn't believe it. So even though it hasn't happened I feel like I have achieved success because I am happy where I am and where I am going. Who knows what great things will happen tomorrow but today I'm pretty happy with things. 


I'm looking forward to the challenges and the sense of accomplishment I will feel. It's exciting. I have a feeling that I am going to be pretty busy with the crocheting soon, I may have to scout of some friends to help me out!! Overall though it's a really great adventure so far and only better things are to come. Now I need a yummy margarita to celebrate!!


Here is a picture of something I am working on now. This picture is what it is GOING to look like. I will post pictures of my finished product when I finish. It's a large project.



And yes it is done by crocheting. Doesn't it look like real grass!!! I can't wait to finish and see what it looks like in person. 



Over & Out!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Everything Happens for a Reason

So I have been crocheting for 2 months now. It seems like longer than that with all of the hats I've done. But I am really enjoying it! It all started with Pinterest and seeing a crocheted baby beanie that I pinned. I thought it would look cute on my Maddy. One minor detail I was forgetting was the actual knowledge of HOW to crochet. So I decided to turn to the ULTIMATE teacher: YouTube. BINGO! I watched a couple of videos and BAM I figured it out. I guess you could call me a fast learner. 


So now after 2 months I've sold almost all of the hats that I have made. And I don't even live in a cold city. Not too shabby! So a girl in my mom's group contacted me who is a part time photographer and that's where it really began to snowball. She asked if I would make her some props in exchange for the images. I said sure - it beats a blurry cell phone picture. So I made a couple and she has used them. Then she told me that I could do well with my hats by contacting other newborn photographers and selling my hats to them. Honestly, even after I made her the hats that thought hadn't crossed my mind. So I definitely have to give props to Noelle and I can vouch for her since the pictures below came out great. Go check her out Noelle MacGregor Photography 




Look at those sweet faces. I'm telling you, you add a baby to something and it takes it to a whole new level. Thanks again Noelle!! I appreciate the tip.

So with her helpful tip I basically started searching the Internet for "Houston Newborn Photographers". A whole mess of them came up. Who knew there were so many?? I wish I had known when my babies were little. I would love to have had some awesome pictures like these. My husband and I are horrible picture takers. I can't tell you how many trips we've gone on only to come home with pictures of the scenery. There's really no proof we were there. You would think we are trying to hide from the government by not being photographed. I assure you we're not. All of that stuff got cleared up and we are off their radar as of today. Woo hoo!!

So with all of the photographers I was bound to get ONE interested, right?? Well in fact I have about 4 that are interested! I got responses back and they are happy to find someone local instead of having to pay for shipping and wait a long time. So one photographer has already given me 6 hats to make and I couldn't be happier about that. The other photographer I just met with last night. Her name is Alisa Murray and she's fantastic. I met her at her home, which is exquisite to say the least, and she welcomed me with open arms....LITERALLY. She's a hugger! She's great, super easy to get along with and definitely has that Paula Dean southern belle twang going on. Anyway, we sat and chatted for about an hour and just went over what she wants from me and what I want from her. I ACTUALLY stopped her mid-conversation at one point and asked her "Why are you so willing to help me? You're so established and busy. I don't get it." Her response? "That's just who I am".

She's too good to be true. She shoots the covers of 10 different local magazines a month and she's booked a year in advance. This is definitely the right person to be in touch with. The best part?? I know you thought all of that was the best part....I did too...at first. She wants me to do EXCLUSIVE items just for her use. She has no problem with pushing my normal hats to her clients. Her exact words were "I can sell these all day to my clients" Ok, Alisa go right ahead!!! But she really wants for us to work together and come up with really awesome props that you can't find anywhere else. I am so excited for that challenge. I couldn't ask for anything more - except maybe to move into her awesome house!!! I'll talk to her about that and see what I can do. 

Since her clients are high end they (and she) want that "IT factor" with their photos and I think we are just the right team to make it happen!! This is so much more than I had bargained for 2 months ago while browsing Pinterest. I didn't, but I am sure glad it did. I will keep you guys updated on how it's going.

Ciao!