Time for Food! 

Happy Hump day! 

Wow February sure went by fast. But this month has been a good one so far. I signed up for a seasonal craft show and I’m dying to know if I have been accepted or not! Got my first brand new SUV every and feel much more comfortable driving in this hectic Virginia area. My two year anniversary was very sweet and got to stuff my face with savory Brazilian food.

Speaking of food, I created a while new food set. The “Meal Set” was inspired by my friend Logan. I told her a few years back I made my nephew crochet plat food and he loved it so much. Her little one is almost two and she thought it’d be a great idea. 

Not only did I give her my 15 previous dessert/fruit/veggie patterns…I got fueled to make more! 

I’ve got to say the spaghetti bowl holds a special place in my heart ❤🍝 I actually had to stop myself from making more, she wanted the patterns before she moved. I’m happy with the turn out.  Makes me hopeful that one day I can have these for my own kiddies to play with 😄😊 I have a Made to Order set in my Etsy shop

Thanks for reading, hope everyone is having a good 2017! 

Flower Power

Among my inability to focus in one project at a time, I’ve note got two big projects in the works.

This one is a blanket! I’ve always wanted a blanket, but never found granny squares appealing and crocheting long lines drives me crazy. 

After seeing these flowers and some cute pictures online, I’ve stated my own. So far this week I’ve made 50 flowers, which covers one of my feet 😅 

I’ve got a ways. Yet committing to a few a day makes things much easier. Had anyone else made one of these blankets? May my patience be in my favor 😆 

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

And then there were BUNNIES.

Teeny Tiny Bunny

Teeny Tiny Bunny

Naturally, you make a bear you make a bunny, and then afterwards you start on your tiny baby dragons! Huh, that’s not the order? Oh well…how else does one spend their 25th birthday? With a crochet hook in hand of course!

Three  bears down, three bunnies down, and I have started on a trio of dragons to join the group. Not to mention I’m making patterns for their individual habitats. ^^ This pattern is proving to be super fun at the moment~

Had one tester for the little bear pattern, still would like two more and more names suggestions, although there are a few I find adorable. Thanks to all who participate, have a good evening everyone!

Bowl Full of Baby Stars & Pattern

amigurumi baby stars

Yesterday I posted a picture of my new purse, and a lot of people loved the little star charm that was on the zipper. I decided to make a few more and share the pattern 🙂

All for this pattern goes to the blog Mohu, and a link to the original pattern is here. Mohu makes the tiniest cutest colorful cuddly creations and I adore her work. I followed her pattern but decided to take a slightly different approach to the final product. The original pattern is in spirals, but I did joined rounds. A personal preference, but if you want spirals just don’t slip stitch at the end of each round. Let’s get started!

SAM_0453

Needed:

  • Yarn size 4 (ex: Red Heart, Bernate, ect)
  • Any size hook will do, I chose 3 different ones to show size
  • White embroidery thread
  • Black buttons
  • Yarn needle and regular needle
  • Felt
  • Stuffing

Abbreviations:

  • Sc = Single Crochet/Single Stitch
  • St = Stitch
  • Spl St = Slip Stitch
  • Ch = Chain

Pattern:

  1. Magic Ring 5 sc. Slp st and ch 1 (5)
  2. 2sc in each st. Slp st and ch 1 at end of round (10)
  3. 3sc in next st, slp st in next. Repeat 5 times. Slp st and ch 1 at end of round (20)
  4. Sc, 3sc in next st, 3sc in next st, sc, slp st. Repeat 5 times. Slp st and ch 1 at end of round (30)
  5. Skip the next st, 5sc in next st, sc, skip, slp st. Repeat 5 times. Slp st and leave a long tail for the first star half, then cut.

With the 2.5 mm hook two sides should look like this:

SAM_0426

Next I used a bit of black felt, and cut two circles that were slightly smaller than the black buttons. Then with the felt behind the button, sew them on for the little eyes. I do this because it seems to keep the buttons sturdier. Make sure to sew tightly! If you want blush marks, sew them on now or do what I did and just add a little glue. Now sew both star halves together, only stuffing when there is only one star point open. Mohu stuffs them lightly making them very flat, but for some reason I like my baby stars cute n’ chubby, I shoved as much stuffing as I could in them!

And there you have it, a baby star is born. I keep using them as keychains, phone charms, decoration, they are so simple but add a colorful aspect to anything. The one on my phone I actually named “Baby Star” and will refer to him as a living thing haha…they don’t take too long to make. Enjoy~

With Baby Star watching The Lego Movie,
❤ Millie