New Year’s Eve already?!

Can’t really believe 2016 is almost done, where did time go? I should be excited but really it feels like a normal Saturday morning: cat cuddles, cup of tea, and already searching for my crochet hook. 

I recently moved to Virginia, and the area I’m is new but not exciting at all. I kind of hate going out lol. But maybe I can venture out to get a sweet dessert for tonights countdown 🙂 

Reflecting back on this year, I am extremely pleased I still have a passion for crochet and amigurumi! My current project aims to put a bunch of patterns into some kind of book format. I’d love to publish a bunch of hard copies but I’ve just begun researching. Whether its a hard copy or just a PDF, thinking of all these ideas is super engaging! Here’s a pic at one book idea based off this character:

On the other hand, I do miss doing other DIY projects like when I started blogging. I haven’t found many that really interest me, plus I spend significantly less time on the computer to find them. 
Outside the crafting realm I hope to keep pushing and discovering who I am and where I want to be. I want to keep getting out of my comfort zone on the work place. In SC I took my first food service job-while the job itself could be extremely frustrating, I had the best batch of coworkers anyone could ask for. But this time I hope to push myself for a higher position and to get some new experience under my belt. 

Everyone have a wonderful New Year’s eve, and let’s hope 2017 has some amazing things to happen! ❤

The House of Fan Art

Been a long time since my last blog lost, but I kind of miss it!

As of now I am 26, mother of a spoiled 16 lb healthy cat, and still completely devoted to the lovely craft of crochet (woohoo, longest running hobby EVER)! 

Yet here I am going through and internal battle of passion vs profit. Over the past two years my shop (*ahem* Millie’s Crochet House via Etsy) has been fantastic. I love fulfilling orders and creating new product. But alas, my shop has taken a dive into the world of fan art. 

I have always had a little bit of pop culture in my shop,mainly when the My Little Pony fan base ran ramped. One day I made a doll pattern I was satisfied with, and made the anime character OnePunch Man. From there I made a handful of other cartoon characters just for the fun of it. Listed them on Etsy just to get them out of my storage space. 

Then it happened. Before I knew it I was getting custom requests to make more and more dolls from fandom’s. At fitst, it was a lot of fun! The challenge of getting down characteristics via yarn. I really do enjoy making them…however once the fan art sales went up, my original design sales went down. And those original ideas are what made my love of amigurumi flourish, making those designs is a great passion.

I guess this is when I should establish more who exactly I want my target audience to be. Fan art is fun, making up and drawing new designs is fun. But juggling both in one shop seems to be more difficult than I thought, or I’m just doing it wrong ahaha! The next couple of days I’m working on my biggest original designs project ever, I hope to add that extra pep in my step while lost among the fandom dolls. 

Well there is my updates rant! Here are some pictures of some original and fan art dolls 🙂 

Bear Purse!

Hide you’re Food, There’s a Munchie Monster on the loose!

"Om nom nom!'

“Om nom nom!’

I’ve created a monster!!

A “Munchie Monster” to be exact, and I’ve named her Nommie. 🙂
I’ve recently been on Ravelry, and joined a group called “Ami-Along.” The group has started a fun contest/crochet along that features many free/reduced price patterns everyone can use at a chance to win some great prizes! I thought this would be a fun thing to take part in during the summer.

I fell in love with this pattern for the Mini Munchie monster by Alyssa Voznak. My Munchie is only about 7′ tall, while she has a pattern for a much larger one. The pattern just comes with the monster, and I created the screaming cookie and terrified cupcake on my own. I’ve started creating her older brother, I’d like to have a fun mini-photoshoot showing sibling rivalry over the snacks haha.

Although, I’ve got soooo many projects and orders to finish -_- I really shouldn’t be taking on extra things, but these are too tempting! If anyone has a Ravelry account, I’d highly suggest taking part. There are tons of great patterns from artist like AdorablyKawaii, Hookabee, and ILOVEHandmade.

Did everyone have a great 4th weekend? We went weeks with beautiful sunny weather-EXCEPT for the 4th. Though the weather was gloomy, rainy, and our fireworks show was reduced from 60 minutes to 10, I had an extraordinary time walking barefoot on the beach for the first time. I finally got to see the ocean, and while I was mystified I felt sort of intimidated, like the ocean would swallow me up. But I eased up when I held my husband’s hand and we started looking for the perfect sea shells. That hour and a half of beach time made my weekend amazing. One day I hope we can go back when the sun is out heehee.

Have a great day everyone! ❤
Millie

Not so bad Living with a Critic

Green vs Red

Good morning everyone!

Since my body likes depriving me of sleep, thought it was the perfect time to post. Took longer than I thought, but here are my baby dragons.

The final pattern will be based off the green dragon, after an encounter with my “dear” husband: Here I was sitting at my dinner table turned craft table finishing up on the red dragon. Filled with glee, I dash over to Chris who was enthralled in TV.

“Ta-da, I’m done,” I presented my creation with a beaming smile.

“… What is it?” He asked confused.

“The baby dragon I’ve been working on! What does it look like?”

“Oh, I thought it was a demon, or looks like an evil pug with wings.” He started laughing while simultaneously apologizing (doesn’t really seem sincere!). I slumped away, for since that moment no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t un-see my red dragon as an evil pig.

Thankfully, he was right and a few easy adjustments to the snout and horns gave me a much more recognizable baby dragon. After a few more pictures his pdf pattern will be done, and I already know what theme the dragons will have 😆

The bunny picnic set is also 90% complete, I have to say these pattern sets are super fun to make! Not sure what animal comes after dragons… mice? Hedgehogs? Foxes? Who knows.

Everyone have a good day, and for my US readers, have a safe 4th of July weekend!

– ❤ Millie

I Tawt’ I Taw a Puddy-Tat!: Kitty Hair Clip Pattern

sora and kitty clip

Sora is not pleased with this new companion

Good Morning everyone!
Thought I’d start the day off with a blog post to share with everyone: this cute kitty clip. Last week when I was wondering through Pinterest, I saw a picture of this clip in someone’s hair, and I was devastated when the picture didn’t lead me to the original source. After all my hunting, I was giddy to be led to Krawka’s wonderful blog. The kitty clip was so adorable, how could I not make one for myself?

The pattern is super simple, and doesn’t take long to make at all!
Supplies needed: 3.00 mm Hook, size 4 yarn, simple hair clip, embroidery thread, yarn needle, fiberfill, scissors.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHead: 
Rnd 1: Mr 9
Rnd 2: 2sc in each St (18)
Rnd 3: Sc 7, 2sc in next st (22)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 22
Rnd 6: *Sc 4, 2tog, sc 3, 2tog* repeat (18)
Rnd 7-8: Sc 18
Rnd 9: 2tog around (9). Stuff after this round. If embroidering the eyes, add them now, a long with the whiskers.
Rnd 10: 2tog, 2tog, then *skip 1, sc* repeat

Body: 
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6
Rnd 2: 2sc in each St (12)
Rnd 3: Sc 3, 3sc in next St (18)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 18
Rnd 6: Sc 4, 2tog (15)
Rnd 7: Sc 3, 2tog (12)
Rnd 8-13: Sc 12. Stuff and sew opening closed.

Arms/Legs (x4):
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6
Rnd 2: Sc 6
Rnd 3: Sc, 2tog (4)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 3. I sewed little paw lines on 2 for the front paws.

Tail: 
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 4
Rnd 2-7: Sc 4

Ears (x2):
Row 1: Chain 5
Row 2: Turn, Sc 4 (4)
Row 3: Turn, Sc 2, 2tog (3)
Row 4: Turn, 2tog, slp st. I left a long tail and sewed around the ears for a smoother finish.

kitty clip millie on her world krawka cute

(mine’s a little flat because I didn’t stuff it for whatever reason….)

Assemble the pieces together to make your kitty come to life. FInal step, adding the clip to the back. I used hot glue then reinforced it with embroidery thread.

kitty hair clip kawaii diy amigurumi cat pattern
That’s about it! I tried so hard to get a good picture of me wearing it…but sometimes selfies aren’t the best answer, hahaharrr.

If you have spare time, pop by Krawka’s blog to see more of her amazing work, here are a few of my personal favorites:

kwarka creations
Finger puppet Super Heros
, Hooded Bear Cowl, and Baymax patterns are all offered for free! She even has super villains to go with her super heros, they are all too adorable! Sometimes I wish I had a kid so I had more of an excuse to make stuff like that >.> Or I could just get a head start now hahaha 😀

Last but not least, I want to share River of Strike a Spark’s little bear from my pattern, how kawaii is this?!

Cream Tiny Tot Bear

Cream the Tiny Tot Bear

Everyone have a great Tuesday!
– ❤ Millie