Thursday, August 30, 2012

Real Deal

   When I make items I often have to take the best photos I can (or if I am lucky my friend Christina takes them) and make them look as cute as they are WITHOUT them actually being on a real person or baby. It is not the easiest thing to accomplish. Occasionally I have worked with photographers who will take some great pictures of my photography props but it still leaves a substantial amount of my offerings without a real body attached.
   Recently I was blessed with some photos that combine an adorable little person with something I have made which = BLISS! Especially when they fit perfectly! So a few pictures to share...
                                                         Most Beautiful feet EVER!
                                          New Grand-daughter all ready for the runway
                                               Being gorgeous makes you tired :)
                               Can only take credit for the shoes but it's a sweet little dress too
              My son's long time friends' daughter-geez I remember when he was only 13
                                                             She's a doll isn't she?!?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cowboys & Zelda Part 2

   So I covered "Cowboys" in Part 1 ~ now it's time for Zelda! I am a HUGE, I mean HUMONGOUS, seriously over the top Zelda Fan!!! There aren't enough exclamation points to emphasize how much I adore Zelda.
  It started way back in the 80's with the first Gold Cartridge and I was hooked! I beat the first game and found there was a code to get a whole new world to beat! Sheer Joy! Anyway fast forward to the present and many, many Zelda games since then--- I do have to mention last year on my 49th Birthday my boys got me the newest Zelda game complete with a gold Wii controller!! 

  So racking my brain a couple of weeks ago trying to think of a DIY gift for a dear friends' hubby who is not only male but 30ish which equates to the most difficult people to make something for. But then I remembered, inset light bulb over my head, that he was a Zelda Lover too! Instant happiness and brain storming. 
  Since he is wonderfully quirky, which runs in my family as well, (and is a superb quality to have) I decided a Link style hat would be ideal. I could just picture him wearing it while playing any number of games. I began to search the internet for patterns and pictures. I was surprised by the limited amount of patterns available. The few I did find were all lacking in one way or another so I decided to create my own pattern. I was pretty pleased with the hat but it needed something more...Elf ears! 
  It ended up being just AWESOME! If I do say so myself :) The gift was a hit and now is available to purchase on my Etsy shop. You can buy the hat already made in any size or color combination OR if you are so inclined, you can purchase the PDF Pattern and create your own. The pattern is only available in adult size at this time since I was in a such a hurry to post it but I will gladly offer advice on how to make it smaller. Here;s the big reveal ;)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cowboys and Zelda!! Part 1

  I am super excited to share my recent experience with two hats! They were such fun and I am so happy with the results I just need to share. Today's post is longer than I figured so the "Zelda" will be shared in Part 2
  The first hat came into existence from a Custom Request--LOVE IT-- by a lady who had purchased quite a few items from my shop. One of the items was a pair of cowboy booties and she asked if I could make a Cowboy hat to match. 
  Well I had been contemplating adding a cowboy hat to my listings so it just made it a must do. I looked around quite a bit for a Cowboy hat pattern. ( I learned from my years teaching never to waste time re-inventing the wheel i.e. if someone else has done it already get it from them) But I was quite disappointed with the offerings. I tried one free pattern and was very unhappy with the hat so I unraveled the whole thing. Then I did some searching for patterns you have to buy and was quite shocked at some of the prices.
  Just when I was about to give up I FOUND IT!! And the pattern was not only very inexpensive but it was super cute and included a vest and chaps pattern as well. For those of you who would love a pattern of your own click here.
  The hat came out soo cute and my buyer was soo happy with it! What more can you ask! I am chomping at the bit to make a girly version--can't you see it in Pink and Brown or Lavender and White!

One extra pic of a recent Cowboy boot Order that I just have to share- the color combination is soo adorable!
Happy Weekend!