So sorry to all my blog followers for my long leave of absence from the blogging world! I don’t really even have a very good excuse! I could say I was too busy, which wouldn’t be an understatement at all, but really I just kind of forgot about it for a while. But I’m back! And oh so much has been happening for me and my Willing Hands Creations business to share with everyone!
One of the most exciting things for me is the growth that has been happening on my page! In just under a month my page has gone from 347 likes to 473! I’m definitely grateful for all the support people are giving me as I grow, it is so exciting! A lot of the new likes have come from meeting people on photography prop pages on Facebook. Hopefully all of these new photographer “likes” will lead to new business, I would be set then!
Another opportunity that presented itself was the chance to have a vendor booth in my hometown at a new place called Black Bird Emporium that just opened this week. Two weeks ago I went in with a few of my items I had laying around the house to see if I was a good fit for their store. Luckily they liked my items and I now have my own booth! My husband and I spent most of last week working on building shelves and setting up my booth and making sure I had enough items to fill it up. If you are local you should make sure to check them out on the Butler Square!
A lot of the things in my booth are things that I had sitting around my house that I had made and didn’t sell or hadn’t put up for sale yet. I did put a few new items in my booth and I am currently working on a few new things also! One new item you can see in the picture is the rainbow lovey. This was a project that worked up super quickly! And it wouldn’t necessarily have to be done in rainbow colors, you could make it in any combination of colors you wanted to. I happened to have all the colors I needed to do a rainbow so I went with it. The blanket part of it is worked in a shell granny square, which I loved and I think it will probably replace the traditional granny square for me! I found it to be much easier. Here’s an up close pic of my finished product.
It doesn’t look like it, but the red is in there. It’s under the sun 🙂
Here is the pattern for it if you would like to give it a try!
Pattern is from Cre8tion Crochet for the You Are My Sunshine Lovey – http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2014/04/you-are-my-sunshine/
I actually loved this idea for a shell granny square so much that I am making a regular sized baby blanket with this pattern! Pictures to come when I get it finished 🙂
My little boy turned 3 this month, and as I sat around browsing on the internet a few nights before his big day I ran across a pattern for an angry bird. My son adores this game, so I knew he would love to have one. So I whipped one up super fast so that I could give it to him as one of his birthday presents! The directions were well written and very easy to understand. Definitely one I would recommend!
Here is the pattern I used, written by Adorable Amigurumi on Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angry-birds—cardinal
Here’s mine that I made! (Sorry for the bad cell phone picture)
One of my just for fun projects I did on my “break” was this pair of sweet little newborn sandals. I love the look of these with the bow across the top. These weren’t too hard, would be fairly easy for a beginner with a bit of experience.
The pattern for these can be found here – http://thislovelylife-blog.blogspot.com/2013/03/todays-crochet.html
I have mentioned it before, but I love when I get to work with photographers and they send me professional pictures of my items! They look so much better than my sad pictures taken in my kitchen with my cell phone 🙂 I recently got to make another rainbow fringe blanket for another photographer. She used it twice and sent me pictures both times she used it! I was so excited! Here are a couple of the images she sent me.
I don’t have a pattern for the fringe blanket, but it’s not really needed. I just made a white rectangle, approx 10″x15″ and then cut a bunch of pieces of yarn about 20 inches long in all sorts of colors and textures. I take two strands of different colors of regular yarn, fold them in half, then knot them around the edges of the white part. Once I have the regular yarn all the way around it then I go back and add all the strands of textured yarn in randomly throughout the blanket. This is so easy to customize into whatever size and colors you want it to be! If you look closely at the picture of my booth above you can see that on my table I have made a version of this fringe blanket to use as a table cloth on my booth table. The possibilities are endless!
Lately I have made several different styles of bonnets for some photographers. I finally got some professional pictures back of one of them just today!
This bonnet is also a really good beginner project as well. The basic idea behind it is to make four granny squares, sew them together, and then add the border around the edge. The first one I made ended up being bigger than newborn size, so I have to go down a hook size to get one that is true to newborn size. You may have to experiment a little bit depending on what size you want it to fit! I did alter my edging just a little bit, but not much.
Here is the pattern for the granny square bonnet – http://crochet.about.com/od/babypatterns/a/granny-square-baby-bonnet-easy-crochet-pattern.htm
Well, that is probably enough sharing for now 🙂 I will have to try to do a better job of keeping up so I don’t have so much to update all at once!