Mish Mash

Critters

My Sweet Elephant

My Sweet Elephant

Angled View of Elephant Sweetness

Angled View of Elephant Sweetness

Bear Cuteness

Bear Cuteness

Mr. Cuteness's Head Shot

Mr. Cuteness’s Head Shot

I have this fabulous friend that wants to learn how to make stuffed critters for a special idea she has.  Well, I figured I had better make sure I could make them myself before I tried teaching someone else how to since I don’t recall making critters before.  So began my search for cute simple free patterns online, which I have quite the collection of at this point LOL.  Wow!  I mean – wow wow!!!  There are sooooooo many cute-a-licious patterns!  But I kept it simple and started with a Polar Bear that I found in Lion Brands database and then an Elephant that I found in Red Hearts free pattern database.  Now, on my elephant I did adjust the pattern a little to accommodate for larger ears.  But you really have to check out all the FREE patterns they have not too mention if you check out the yarns section they share information about new yarns on their site before they even get to the sales floor – so be sure to peek in the yarn section too!  Oh and by the way, the bear has already found a home but the elephant is still currently seeking one!!!

Ruffles…

Ruffle Scarf

Ruffle Scarf

Blue Ruffle Scarf

Blue Ruffle Scarf

Blue Ruffle Scarf

Blue Ruffle Scarf

No I am not talking chips here folks, I’m talking those fancy works of ruffly art for adorning your neckish area.  My mum has been telling for over a year that they are all the rage in Michigan and last Christmas she finally sent me one.  Since then I have discovered that she is absolutely correct, they do appear to be all the rage so I finally decided to fess up the money for the materials to see what all the fuss was about and discovered this…  There appears to be two basic approaches to crocheting these ever so popular ruffly sensations and one makes for a long skinnier version and the other makes a significantly shorter but definitely plumper option.  For the yarn itself I used Patons Pirouette and the instructions I used were from Red Heart.  I know, I know, where’s the loyalty right.  Well trust me when I say Red Heart gets their fair share of business from me 😛   Oh, and both scarves are currently seeking homes…  and I have three more balls of this stuff to use up.

Is it love?

I have been crocheting so much lately, like a mad crazy crochet woman.  Sometimes testing ideas and other times to create more projects to sell.  I have decided that in addition to beach wraps (as shared previously), Lion Brands Mircospun Yarn also makes perfect skinny scarves and hats.  Nice and light but fashionable and so very trendy.   I don’t know folks, I think I’m just in love with Microspun yarn.  J  Now I just need more and in more color options.  In my head I see it in a deep rose pink and a vibrant violet or lovely lavender and of course it needs to come in a variety of  browns!!!  Even if it sucks to hide the ends.  LOL  I love you Lion Brand Microspun!

Disappointing Field Trip…

I have to say my recent trip to Staples (in Largo, FL) was very disappointing.  I’m a freelancer so work with a few different companies two of which I encouraged to switch to Staples to take care of their business cards (which they did) and of course I purchase any office supplies I need from them as well.  Well I hadn’t printed in their self-serve machines in forever and was shocked at the prices so thought I’d ask the rep if there were any special offers (like if you have a staples card) that reduces that 50 cents a copy bull.  As I wait in line, the one rep finish’s up with his customer looks at me and then just walks around the counter to check on a lady on the floor to see how she was doing (not a word to me btw).  First I think okay maybe he’s supposed to be on floor, no biggie and just wait for the other rep.  Then another guy walks in and the rep that ignored me walks back behind the counter and helps him.  What the Shizzzz!  Breathe & smile right?!  Once the other rep gets to me he tells me that they only offer a reduced rate for large quantities and even then it’s only a couple cents!  I thought it was supposed to be cheaper to print in store than on your home printer???  $30.00 later I hadn’t even made all the copies I wanted and ended up reserving the color to select sheets.  {Sigh}  So sad.

Delay, delay, delay…

I also want to apologize for still not having a shopping cart on my site yet.  Don’t think that means I’m not trying to figure that one out.  I have actually watched waaaaaayyy too many tutorials on what to use and how to set it up and well… yeah, I’m still confused.  Cousin, oh sweet cousin I really wish you lived much much closer (and that I had something you really wanted to barter with LOL 😛 )  Okay, so I figured I would have to do some sort of small percentage of purchases to some entity (maybe 2%) but I didn’t realize I would have to pay monthly fees at the bare minimum.  But one consistent thing I have gotten out of the various tutorials is not to load the pics onto my site until I know what I’m using or I could just be wasting my time.  So to see the projects looking for homes please defer to my Face Book Page www.facebook.com/handmadebyterry.  I am completely open to cash or check if there is something you’re interested in.  Just pop me an email.

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