Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gunniisack Photography

     A few months back I received a few custom orders from Brendyn Gunn of Gunniisack Photography. We had a great time working together and I designed a couple of original hats for her from some pictures she sent. We worked out a deal where we both got blessed- her with some free/ reduced cost props and me with pictures!

    Recently I reworked one of my Photography props from a circle cocoon shape into an oval shape. I asked Brendyn if she would be willing to use it in one of her shoots and she graciously agreed. These are the resulting pics and they are too sweet! 

     Can't wait to add these pictures to my listings! Check out her site when you have time. She has some wonderful pictures!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Soo Busy.......

  .... which is probably the slogan of 90% of everyone I know but so applicable it simply must be said! I have had a brainstorm of ideas and a new direction I want to go with my crocheting and am SOO EXCITED! I have been collecting patterns and embellishments, researching and planning. Problem is I am too busy to get started on it :)
   Now mind you this is not all a "bad" kind of busy. Actually on the crochet front NONE of the busy is bad. I have two orders for gloves- one of them is the new Victorian Punk Rock Style Gloves with 18 buttons which are amazingly cute! And the other is for a child size pair of fingerless gloves. I am also working on a custom order for 6 doggy sweaters for a lady who fosters Chihuahuas. My first animal order I must add :)
  The BEST thing I am working on right now is a Christening Outfit for my Step-daughter's "due any second-literally" first child. His name is Elijah and the anticipation of his birth is thrilling for the entire family. I was blessed to be given the opportunity to create a special outfit for his big day! I have the booties and cap 99% completed. I started on the main outfit and have the legs and part of the body complete. It is soo sweet so far. I had an idea for the buttons and found some on Ebay I think will work and am anxiously awaiting their arrival! I can't wait to finish it! I am hoping it exceeds my expectations and hopefully, Elijah's parents expectations too! Pics will be coming soon
    So until I finish all the above.. my newest, can't wait to try ideas will just have to be on hold. That's the biggest downside to crochet- there is NEVER enough time to get it all made! In any event look forward to some big changes to my current offerings. Hope you will love them too!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lost Art(s)

    In our Thrift Shop I have an area in a display case where I sell some of my baby items. Yesterday someone was looking at them and said " Oh did someone's grandmother make these?" I get this comment all the time :( and I find it so sad. Not so much because I make the items but because most people think no one makes these types of handmade items anymore. It is considered an archaic art. Actually that is usually the second comment.."No one does this anymore" Sadly they are right -kind of.
  Kind of because I DO make them and so do more "younger" folks than most people realize. I believe hand made items are making a comeback, at least in some circles. I find it so sad that the legacy of passing down handmade items thru the generations has been lost for the majority of us. Even sadder is that when something is made and given it isn't valued as in days past. 
  However, I do notice that, more and more, this is changing. A greater desire for hand crafted items of any type are becoming coveted again. The huge success of Etsy is a testament to this. If you haven't ever had a chance to browse around the site YOU REALLY MUST! Never I have I found such an amazing compilation of the most creatively beautiful handmade gifts. Every media you can think of and such wonderful things I would never think of but absolutely adore (and wish I had)
  Look around and see what you are missing. See things you will never find in a department store! Who knows, it may spark your own creative juices?! Some legacies are worth holding onto!