First Craft Fair of 2017!

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be doing craft shows this year! My first show was last Sunday in a  beautiful Sunday park. I couldn’t have been more scared to be honest, haha. But here was my little set up:

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Lafayette Park in Norfolk was full of colorful tents and vendors from all over the area, each with some AMAZING displays! As I sat down at my table in the early morning I couldn’t believe I finally had the courage to sell out in public again, also among such talented artist! I was one of the few newbies to the season, and probably the most nervous as I kept rearranging and stressing just how to put my display together.

Selling in person is such a unique experience. The best part was seeing the children run to my tent with a giant grin on their faces. They were all so polite and sweet, I just wanted to give them a big hug! I even felt pretty bashful as they’d star at me wide eyed once I told them I made the little dolls they were clutching so tightly. I felt so great seeing their faces light up.

Unfortunately, as with selling anything there were some downsides. Mostly due to my oversensitiveness to be honest (lol). There was a slight feeling of defeat whenever customers would show great interest in products, then complain about the price being “too high” even though I just explained why the item is priced like that. I also got annoyed with people carelessly tossing products back on and off the table. Or not putting them back even in the same general area, that able wasn’t even that big!

After that day I realized I have to have a tougher skin and get better with conversing in general. My shyness dominated a little too much, with my husband really being my hype man. He had a good balance of conversing enough to get interest, yet not making the customer feel pressured to buy something. In general after saying “Hello, how are you doing?” my mind practically went blank. Ahhh, good ol’ social anxieties!

On the bright side, this was my largest vending event ever, and towards the afternoon I generated an amazing audience and made more sales than I expected. My husband was so impressed, he suggested I sign up for larger events, such as Anime or Comic Cons. In that regard, I’m elated and feel relieved the show turned out alright.

Anyone in the Southern Virginia area? The Riverview Village Days is twice a month on Sundays, and I will probably be showing up for more events. I’d love to give a discount to anyone who gives a shout out to my “Millie on her World” blog.

Hope everyone had a great Easter, I spent my day by the beautiful beach with freezing water hahaha. 😀 Bye for now!

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!

Art Trade: Making Little Nila

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I meant to post this last month, but here we go! Probably the most detailed doll I’ve made so far, meet Nila. She’s my second 6 inch “hand held” doll as I can them. She was done for a girl I met on Deviant Art, she goes by her screen name Mirayue.

Mirayu is a very charming and sweet girl from France who’s art style I loved so much I asked for an art trade. She always had cute designs for her OCs and right away wanted me to do her favorite, Nila who looks like this:

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I love the way she colors and styles her characters. I REALLY wanted one, so she made me one:

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My character, Hidama which means “falling star” in Japanese. She’s so adorable and turned out way better than I thought!! I wanted Hidama to come to life for nostalgia’s sake. Reminds me of that time in my life when anime, OCs, and role playing ruled me and my friends lives. Really helped us get thorough tough times with a smile on our faces. Mirayue really incorporated every detail and then and, I was very grateful, and added a few smaller drawings too.

In turn Nila was a pleasure and challenge to make. Specifically her hair and shirt. I used embroidery floss, which was good but underneath that hat it looks super sloppy. The shorts could’ve been sewn neater also. The shirt took forever to shape right but in the end turned out great, I even decorated then with swavorski crystals. An art trade fine well, very proud how things turned out 😀

Ok well I have to get back to work ;_;

Hope everyone has a great Monday!
Millie

Side Projects :)

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Good morning!
After a good week turned rocky but turned completely wonderful all of a sudden, I’m in such a refreshing mood at the moment 🙂 Though I’d share this weeks side projects.

The first (and most fashionable) is my panda belt~

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I adore my panda dress, buuuut I have no idea where the belt that came with it went. So to improvise I decided to make one that was more theme friendly. Fits snuggly and great, I love using crochet to enhance my outfits heehee 😉 Next meet Yuzuki:

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While browsing my Deviant Art page, I stumbled upon a few contests. On the Deviant Art world, there are countless artists who create characters commonly reffered to Original Characters aka OC’s that they use to portray themselves, or people in their stories, ect. There are always contest where they want others to put their unique style to their OC’s. I thought I’d use my crochet skills to recreate some characters. This is for yuzukipon’s OC. The best part is now I have another doll base, and I tried a new hair technique, which I discovered did NOT work out too well. The back of her hair looks good, but it’s pretty fragile. If she were given to a little girl, it would take little time for those strands to get loose. Also from another contest, I’ve made a handheld version of eubasta’s Purple Bunny:

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Yet again, I had fun testing out my sewing abilities. I made her clothes and hair out of felt. While I feel the clothes are wayyy to underwhelming to be put on Mia or Nia, but I think on this tiny doll a simple outfit is passable. I made the sweater too big, but I’m okay with that. Using felt sheets for her hair was fun, better grasp of the anime style of hair. Being barely six inches, I feel like I finally have my “handheld doll” base.

That’s it for this week’s crafts. I’ve got a few blank hats made that I will finally get to decorating. Lately I’m so thankful that I enjoy crochet so much. It really marks a turning point in my life where I gained a lot of confidence to take chances and work hard to get what I want. I have to remember that it isn’t always that easy, but never impossible.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
❤ Millie

 

 

 

My Newest Little (Crochet) Girl

Crochet Mia by Millieonherworld

 

As usual, I have taken forever and a day and then a few more hours to update my blog. Better late than never right…yea…maybe? Okay crafty talk now~

This is Mia 😀
Finally I’ve acquired the courage to make a doll out of crochet thread, and integrate felting into my crochet projects.

 

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Mia’s hair was all needle felted onto her head, and sticks extremely well, you couldn’t pull it off if you tried. She’s got two braided buns. She’s 10 inches tall, has a crochet removable dress and head band, and yup, I’m thrilled! I’ve already started on her sister, Nia:

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Well, Nia still needs a few things, a body, an arm, maybe a pair of legs…but Mia watches over her.

While I adore everything about Mia’s outcome, the biggest thorn in my side is her dress. That simple white and purple dress took COUNTLESS times to make, Originally I wanted a fabric dress- that failure led me to a felt dress – then to a crochet tread dress – finally to this normal size 4  yarn outfit. Not the worst, but….I feel I can do better before I place her in my shop.

I’ve been looking for a doll dress maker, I really want Mia to shine! My goal is to have her as a doll little girls can play with and have different accessories/outfits for her to enjoy. I even tried Barbie doll dresses on Mia but they are too big. If yourself or you know someone who can make a doll dress for a 10 in doll, let me know, I will even do an official business deal with them, anything to make Mia a star! 😀

Lately Mia has been my most recent completed projects. As usual, I’ve got too many going on. Making a surprise gift for my sister (she reads my blog so I can’t even tell what it is here!), scarfs, hooded poncho, various doll prototypes, headbands, there are things everywhere!

Since my last post I’ve also got my hands on a new quirky camera

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The Fisheye 2! This is my first film camera and as the name suggests, all the pictures have the awesome fisheye distortion. Pictures also come out in little circles! The controls are extremely simple, but surprisingly you are able to do a lot of abstract effects to your photos. Have I taken advantage of this? No -_- I’m so cautious with this camera and afraid to “mess up a shot” that I haven’t used it much. And due to me taking it out the box before reading the instructions, the first few pictures on this roll are just of the inside of my purse. My first roll also consists of my friend’s leg, a cat in a dryer, my foot, and my boyfriend’s selfie. I’ll share the decent ones if they aren’t too ridiculous 😛

Life the past few months, what to sayyyyy…

-For a month I worked two jobs. Had a horrible experience with awful management, then I quit. On the plus side, I may have a great opportunity opening up that involve my crochet toys! Wish me luck, lots of shiny sparkly LUCK!

– I have lost 2 people: My Aunt Angela “Ankie” passed away in her sleep last month. She had been struggling with diabetes for the past few years. It was very unreal to hear of her passing, especially since I’d seen her a few weeks before. I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt for taking for granted the time you have with loved ones. When I last saw her, I went to take a picture of her but my camera died. I then told her “I’ll get you next time.” We never know when the last time we see someone will be, and sometimes I forget that. She was my uncle’s ex wife, but she continued to always be around, and would still even enjoy a drink with my uncle from time to time. Due to miscommunications, I wasn’t able to attend her funeral. I regret that also.

-A week later a “friend” passed away due to skin cancer. I say “friend” because he was more than an acquaintance, but I wasn’t as close to him as his other friends.  His name was William “Billy” Coney. He was my best friend’s friend, they grew up together, and I’ve known him as long as I’ve known her (11 yrs). Whenever he was around my friend’s house, we always had laughs, me and him even had some inside jokes that ran through the years. He was only 22. And going to his wake had to be one of the hardest things I’ve done this year. It took me all night to finally go to the casket to see him lying there. With the combination of his passing and my aunts, that whole week I was in a slump, trying to not allow myself to properly morn but eventually one day at work I had a mini break down. This month I’m doing better, trying to remember to tell those I love that I do love them.

– Happier note, I once again will be seeing my parents in Nevada! Since I actually work now I can only see them for a few days, but I am so excited. Just thinking that I will be able to hug my mom again is comforting. Or the fact that I still will crawl in her lap for a super idc-if-I’m-23-I’ll-still-hug-you-with-all-my-might hug. The sight always cracks my stepdad up. Last month my sister and I sent her a cute package that included  the crochet hats I made her and this gorgeous purple purse my sister finally gave up (my mom had wanted it for years!)

– Hair cut! Four inches gone 🙂

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Man I’ve got to stop mixing crafty creative happy posts with my emotional rant posts lol. But then again I don’t blog for anything specific really, guess its just everything me 😛

How have the few months been for all you out there? I know I’m not the only person from the midwest who almost shed a tear seeing snow Tuesday morning, how depressing was that?! This year has certainly been weird, but at this point we might as well just roll with it 🙂 Hope everyone is healthy and happy and doing the best they can in life.

I should be heading to bed, but I think I’m going to finish Forest Gump. My first time watching it as an adult and omg, even more depressing than previous thought!

Just keep swimming,
❤ Millie

The Warrior and the Superhero: Happy Mother’s Day!

A fearsome Viking and the Man of Steel, Superman

A fearsome Viking and the Man of Steel, Superman

As I scroll along posts of WordPress, I notice the large amount of posts about Mother’s day, and pictures of very pink, floral, and heart-shaped crafts that were made as tributes to the wonderful ladies who they appreciate on this day. So I know a picture of a shaggy viking and a chibi Superman are going to seem a tad out of place. Nor are these gifts even for my mom, honestly this is just my way of combining two posts into one, the ultimate lazy >.<

What’s with the Random Characters?:
I wanted to share with you my first attempt at making characters with the same pattern I used to make my ponies. I never thought of it before, and probably would’ve. It wasn’t until I got a custom order that I had to approach this idea. I told the customer no problem, I could handle this. Eeek, as tiny as these two are, I had a challenge making them–especially that viking! Working with a small body trying to add all the details (that you can’t really see because of the angle…) like the tunic, belt, cape, hair, and that beard drove me mad! In the end I had to sew the beard on which took several attempts but finally got it to look somewhat normal. Superman’s body was pretty simple, but again his hair was troublesome. I solved that with a hot glue gun which gave his hair a slicked back look, just like his character. I wish the iconic “S” symbol would’ve come out a little cleaner, my embroidery skills are about Level Zero, and it was too small to cut out with felt. I like the end result, but I secretly hope no one else wants me to make characters this small again!

Happy Mommy’s day!:
Because of my parent’s religious practices, they actually don’t celebrate Mother’s Day, so I didn’t make anything for my mommy. Even though SHE doesn’t celebrate it, I feel like today I can at least mention it on my blog. I got wondering could a viking and Superman really be a bad gift if I was going to make her something? Probably. Well, maybe Superman could work, she’s like Superman. My mom has always be a strong woman. She has overcome so many obstacles in her life, and even in the harshest of conditions and struggles she has always been able to work through it with a strong and loving determination. I owe my mother so much, especially when it was just me and her trying to make ends meet all those years. As much as I miss her, I know she has been blessed to have a new loving husband, and to be in a place that truly makes her happy. The 28th of this month I get to see her for two weeks, I couldn’t be more excited. Thanks mom for doing all that you do, and you know, giving me life and stuff! 🙂

The Thank You to my Readers ❤ :
My last post was about my sister being in the hospital, and I was incredibly touched by the large amount of positive feedback! They were honestly very comforting, and helped a lot during the whole process, I was with her in the hospital for 3 days until her release. Following up on her condition, the biopsy came back negative for lymphoma, but they are concerned why she had all the symptoms. They are sending it off for second opinions and going to be checking on her monthly. For now we are all feeling somewhat relieved, and she is doing much better, almost back to normal other than minor aches from her surgical scar on her neck. I’m glad for Mandy!

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As promised, I’ve been critiquing the pattern of the pink-hooded-yellow-balloon-holding Bunny. I decided I’m going to make a panda and one more animal to be added to the tutorial. Maybe make a fuzzy hooded animal? Hmm the possibilities~

Shameless Promotion:
I started up a Facebook Fanpage for Millie’s Crochet House! You should totally Like Me! 
Or not, I’m just pointing out that its there heeeheee ^-^

Signing Off:
About time I get moving and preparing for today! Its almost noon and I’m still in bed partially crocheting, watching TV, and blogging. I’ll be spending this evening with my bf and his family enjoying some great food, yummmm.
Again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mother’s out there!

Thinking of my awesome Mommy,
Millie.

 

 

For Mandy with Love

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All I can think about is worse case senario as I sit here in the empty hospital room. My big sis, Mandy (even though no one calls her that loyally but me) was admitted last night for painful lumps appearing in her neck. I got here this afternoon, failing to arrive before her biopsy (however you spell it) and now I’m just in this room waiting for her to come back.

While waiting I took the oppurtunity to finish her gift, this lil hooded Feel Better Bunny with a balloon. It actually gave me great comfort to be crocheting in this situation. Hospitals scare me, this whole not knowing what exactly is wrong with my sister scares me, not to mention my mom calling and telling me that once before this has happened; a cousin had the same symptoms, but didnt seek immediate care or treatment and passed away. Geez, thanks for the optomism mom! Right now I’m worried that it is cancer, but staying positive because if it is there are treatments and it is very early. I will probably feel calmer once I actually see her.

I am releived about this hooded bunny though. I started last night but was so stressed I coildn’t even crochrt right! It took me about 8 attempts to get to this final outcome. I love the result, my only complaint is I forgot a few small details and left some yarn colors at home. I forgot a tail, drawstrings for the hood, and the polka-dot fabric I had for the ears. The ballloon turned out FANTASTIC! Thanks to some black wire I had purchsed a few weeks ago.

I said I’d make a pattern right? Well after some fine tuning I will share the bunny pattern 🙂 I’ll be sure to add lots of pics, and maybe do a pdf? Working on it, well my sis just rolled in.

By for now, staying positive!
Millie