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!

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

Millie is a Married Lady!

Mr. & Mrs. W

Mr. & Mrs. W

Greetings WordPress! I’ve been away a bit but with good reason and good news, I am now a Mrs ❤
Feb. 6th I married my best friend, and I couldn’t be happier that we are starting our lives together. With a little over a month engagement, we pulled off a beautiful, private ceremony. Surrounded by our family and best friends, we had a wonderful love filled day. After the ceremony (held at the courthouse) we enjoyed a delicious lunch at a local restaurant that did a fantastic job creating an intimate setting. I’m so thankful for my mom and sister keeping me sane even when we had to buy my dress, shoes, and accessories in three days!

My new hubby and I took a weekend trip to enjoy Wisconsin Dells, which was actually pretty fun since there weren’t hoards of people everywhere. The indoor water parks were a blast! Along with the highly entertaining Wizard Quest game that had us frantically crawling through tunnels, going down slides, and going crazy when we couldn’t figure out what was the name of the Unicorn’s horn. Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum was interesting, the interactive bit at the end has some nice secrets, and only go up the hidden stair case if you’re ready to see some gory Medieval torture devices. The hardest thing to leave was the food! MACs and the Log Cabin still has me longing for their amazingly unique dishes, how I miss them but all in all being home is great too.

Besides my blooming marriage, life’s sure been keeping me busy with work (occasionally more than one at a time), and spending all the time I can with Chris before he leaves for boot camp next month 😦 Things will be hard since he’s been such a big part of my everyday life for the last two years, but that also means more times to crochet because I will be doing anything I can to distract myself!

Speaking of which~~I haven’t been posting, but I have completed a few projects. Some from patterns, some from just messing around. Here are the ones I got pics of:

Little Red Riding Hood Cape

Little Red Riding Hood Cape

Used for my Halloween costume, I made this cape in a week. I wish I had more time to use a higher quality of yarn, but over all I feel the cape turned out better than expected, especially all those time consuming crocodile stitches! I used Red Heart yarn, which also yielded a slightly shorter version. The beautiful indepth  to follow pattern was purchased from Bonita Pattern.

Bunny Hood

Bunny Hood

I adore this cute lightweight bunny hood! Acts as more of a cowl though and was perfect for early fall weather. HelloHappy has a variety of kawaii tutorials and products that will make anyone squeal with joy. Her patterns are full of color and pictures to help you out, she even teaches you how to dye the tip of the bunny ears with tea bags. The pattern called for mohair yarn, I used Red Heat Boutique instead since these rainbow colors were too vibrant to pass up.

Waffle Infinity Scarf

Waffle Infinity Scarf

My favorite winter accessory! My first bulky scarf so I had to make it food related. While I debated over making a cupcake themed scarf, thinking I could add little toppings won me over. Even though the smiley strawberry was the only character to make it to final production, I think he’s just right 🙂 He helps keep me so toasty!

Flower Headbands

Flower Headbands

Last year my husband’s grandma gave me this gigantic needle work book that showed a lot of crochet stitches that I started messing with. Continuing with my Red Heart Boutique yarn crazy, I made tons of the headbands for friends and family. This first one is mine though, was also a great fall wear.

Porlaroid Scrapbooking

Polaroid Scrapbooking

This isn’t crochet related, but it is a new hobby! I bought this adorable Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 that makes perfect mini photos. Instead of stacking them on my shelf I started a lil scrapbook. I’m such an amateur though, so many pages are missing stickers and decorations but I’m so picky I have trouble finding ones I like. 🙂 Overall a great side hobby.

Unfortunately, that’s all I have pictures of. The rest are unfinished projects, or just things I made to give away before snapping a pic. And in general, I haven’t been devoting much time to crochet in general, a fact that makes me shed a tear. Yet, like I said, during Chris’ 8 weeks of boot camp I should be exploding with projects! For now I hope we can have the best last few weeks before our departure. Being a Navy wife will sure be a whole new adventure.

Hope everyone has been well, hope to keep things more up to date! ❤

My First Vending Event Result: Stick to Official Craft Fairs

I anticipated waking up today with a strong sense of accomplishment. 
Eh, not so much. Here’s the story.

Three weeks ago it was official I was going to my first vending event. And since then my life has been nothing but intense crocheting and finding every little thing I needed to sell to the public for the first time in person with all my handmade items. I went thrift store shopping to find tons of display shelves, bought business cards, decorations, tons of yarn, paint, tags, bags, EVERYTHING! I even got this awesome device that lets you take credit card payments on your phone. I was ready to OWN THIS THING. The only thing higher than my excitement was my stress level. 

The last two days up until 4:30 yesterday was spent intensley finishing up products. Mistake #1: You should always have shop inventory so you don’t have to recreate everything in three weeks! Since I was finishing up my last few My Little Pony plushies with my loyal boyfriend/assistant helping me, we got behind on time. Mistake #2: Never be late for your craft show. We arrived after an hour car ride around 6:40, designated set up time was 5-6:30, when the event started at 7:00. The host, told me I had to wait and he didn’t know if I could set up at all. So that moment ofcourse was not very fun.

Mistake #3: Not knowing the venue. The host had invited me to join the event, explaining how he thought my products would fin the demographic and feel of what he wanted to accomplish. Weeks earlier I did research on the event, and I agreed. It was described as a “vintage carnival” that would have games, food, and live entertainment. I have to say, when I arrived in my simple blue dress and kitty faces on my tights, I stuck out like a thumb.The guests had on some very pretty designer dresses, lovely summer “girls night out” outfits, and everyone was in heals. All the men had on some formal, very put together outfits as well. I guess I missed the memo. Not only did my clothing stand out, so did my products. Around 7:20 I was able to go in and quickly set up (literally took me 6 minutes total). The other 8 vendors were very elegant! There was a make up line, handmade fancy jewelry, and designer shirts. I have to say, everything from my table stood out, From the pastel green table cloth, to my bright lilac display shelves. I felt really uneasy, already knowing that this wasn’t really my main demographic, but I still smiled and tried to make the most of it. The environment wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, there weren’t very many people, everyone was in their early 20’s to early 30’s, and the “carnival” aspect was severely lacking. I felt like it was more of a night out, party setting. Even so, I was happy that I had had time to place out a few new products:

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Business Cards, Cheeseburger Pouch, Crocodile Ombre, Strawberry Shortcake Pouch, Whale Purse, Crocodile Fall Stitch Bag. The event made me the little sign

I did take some times to talk the vendors around me. This wonderful woman named Pam of Love Rudraksha Jewelry was very nice, she makes beautiful products made from Indian textiles. Sara Britton does amazing crayon art that would put my little crayon art project to shame! Rea Kary Designs I’d actually seen her work on Etsy before, which was nice to notice how much more vibrant her cute bottle cap magnets were. Or how complicated, I have a lot of respect after she gave me a brief run down. They each gave me a bit of insight on there experiences, so thank you ladies. 

I can’t say I really “enjoyed” the night. I had some curious customers, but only a single sale. The way the event played out, it wasn’t really designed for sellers. The music was REALLY loud so communication with potential customers I feel was a hassle. Mainly I saw people drinking and dancing than checking out the stands. The singers, DNK. were very good to jam too. 

What I did take away was the experience. I am happy I gave it my best efforts, and I’m proud of that aspect. I know now I probably won’t do “vendor events” verses a “craft fair.” I do know that I did have all the essentials, like my display, cards, gift bags, and payment options. I have a good stocked inventory now too. Which can help when I do go to local shops which I can now focus back on the project. In addition I have everything I need for next time. I’ll probably spend the rest of the day dramatically sighing at my lack of profit, but I’ll get over it and I perhaps can look for upcoming fairs for the future. I can also get to making something I think are SO adorable, baby elf hats:

SAM_0465This first one was made for my co-workers nephew, they are so cute I (ALMOST) wish I had a baby of my own to model it on!! So I plan on pumping out a few more of these, along with a few new purses. I didn’t get to finish my circle bags, but here’s what the next two look like: 

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(awful camera of mine, sorry!) Ofcourse a Cupcake and an Owl purse

After these two the other two will just be the simple flower design. 

That’s all I’ve got for today. I hope to get some more job searching done and clean my room. There is so much destruction from preparing for the venue, crafting supplies are EVERYWHERE! Has anyone done a venue/craft fair before? Any advice? I’d love to hear it.

Hope everyone is doing well and having success in any new venture they pursue. Always give it your all!

❤ Millie

This Mother’s Strength Is Amazing

I was up doing some late night reading when I saw this on my feed. It is a heartfelt and heartbreaking post about a mother’s struggles with her child’s deteriorating health.

Words cannot express how much respect I have for her right now and my prayers are with her and her family.

Also check out the links she posts to learn more about Sanfilippo Syndrom.

http://fergusonwendy.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/my-greatest-sorrow-is-my-greatest-joy/