Cupcake Bear is Fresh Outta the Oven

My love of sugar, sweets, and sugar has officially crossed over into my crochet world. I’ve got tons of sketches and doodles of desserts meeting animals! Only downside is I get so hungry and have to go bake a cake or borrow some candy from the giant candy stash my mom thinks I don’t know about (hahaha!) Cupcake Bear is at my Etsy.

Whelp, I’ve been trying to keep busy. The oh-so-lovely “For Sale” sign has been pounded into our lawn and that big clunky gray lock swings on our front door. Since then I’ve been kidnapped a lot by my guy friend, we’ve both been distracting ourselves from our problems. He’s great, somehow no matter how chaotic our lives have gotten over the past 9 years, we still have each other’s support.

By the way, we are 7 days away from the end of the Giveaway! If you haven’t entered, give it a go! 🙂 Hereeeee ❤

Now, to further entertain myself my goal is to complete 6 My Little Pony toys before tomorrow, let the crochet madness…….*whistle blows* BEGIN!

Tea Time with Lisette

“Care for some tea?”

 

In my last post I made a mini-bear for my friend. I fell in love with her, and decided to make more 🙂 That’s when I made Lisette, the pink bear who’s ready for a quiet afternoon of tea and good conversation. She’s my newest Etsy item and I hope she’ll be able to have tea time with someone other than me (hahaha!)

I owe her name and the idea for a tea set to my friend. She loves all things European, and has big dreams of going to Paris (don’t we all??). That gave me the inspiration to give Lisette a French name and try to give her that kind of feel. I don’t know if I really captured it (probably not) but that was the goal!

 

 

Next few projects will be making three different colored bears, all with different sets. I would love to make felt clothing for them so they can go shopping and play dress up. If you like Lisette visit my shop: here!

In other life news, I’m starting to distribute my business cards 🙂 I hope things pick up. And I finally had the courage to tell my over-protective parents that I do have a boyfriend (they pretty much figured it out weeks ago though) so now its planning, planning, and more planning so he can spend time with my family. I’m pretty nervous, never done this before…I want everything to be perfect and fun!

I have a four day sleep over to go to at my bff’s house, and I am trying to resist the urge to pack all my crochet tools with me. I feel weird not having a hook in hand for so many days! Is that what you call an addiction?

Happy Friday, happy weekend, and happy crafting!

Miwa’s Little Sister

Perhaps I should say “Big Sister”? Although Miwa is older, she was designed to be a “baby bear” while her sister is designed to look older….oh well!

This little unnamed sister of Miwa is going to be sent to Oregon in a few days. She is an EXTREMELY late birthday gift for one of my dearest friends. ❤
Blue is her favorite color, and since I’m on a fuzzy amigurumi rampage I finally knew exactly what to make her.

Making this bear was super easy, super quick, and super easy. The hardest part was making the pattern. Unlike Miwa who takes forever and a day to make because of her huge (yet lovable!) head, my crochet time was literally cut in half!

Since I made Unnamed Sister Bear, I’ve been struck with crochet genius! I have the urge to create so many accessories for her and bows since I got my crafty fingers on some ribbon.

By the wayyyy, thank you lovely blog followers, so far I have 80 (woohoo!) I’m thinking once I get 100 I’ll do a give away of some sort, they sound fun. That and I’m considering the possibility of a craft swap, if so would anyone be interested? 🙂

I’m off to crochet away~!

New Etsy Items: Fuzzy bears, rhinos, and aloha girl

I have been a  busy buzzing Millie Bee the past few days!
I’ve been working on new patterns, trying to promote my currently low-traffic online shop, and the never ending quest for craft items. On top of that, I’ve been researching new colleges, housing arrangements, job applications, preparing my room for when the house goes for sale– so much to do, so little time! Okay, been a lil stressed lately.

Now, for the good stuff, crochet has been my destresser, and here are my latest creations that are all on my shop! (whoohoo!)

Izumi

Hitomi

Sachi

Her new ice cream bowl – yummy!

Faye the Dreamer

Rhonda Rhino

In addition I added a “Create Your Own Doll” option. 🙂
Clicky Here to visit my shop!

I’m working on a new pattern that I want to share with the world. Plus I’m still trying to figure out the whole “Uploading PDF files to Ravelry” because I can NOT get it to work to save my life *le sigh*I should have my next DIY project done soon. 😀

Thanks for visiting, have a great day lovelys!

Miwa and Sachi: Fuzzy Wuzzy Bears

So fluffy!!

Actually, more “peach fuzz” than “fluff” but I’m completely happy. I managed to get a hold of a dog slicker brush, the magical item that made this fuzzy possible. I guess I could’ve just bought yarn that already has extra fluff to it, but I wanted to try the brush method instead. I like it already!

When I got the brush I knew exactly what I wanted to try and make — fuzzy bears! I worked on the pattern and in a few short hours I had Miwa. She’s inspired by an old picture I had on computer of the first amigurumi I’d ever seen:

I discovered this was made by Pepika, and she has a website of multiple extremely adorable amigurumi toys. She has the pattern for this bear and 3 additional ones too at her Etsy store.

Miwa and Sachi however were made from a pattern I completely winged.

The hardest part was getting that head size! I restarted about 5 times trying to make it not so big and not so small. I still think their heads are a smidge on the large end, but its growing on me!

I love brushed amigurumi, I look forward to making tons of big-headed-peach-fuzzed critters!

Only 2 Dolls Away from Etsy, yay!

I’m REALLY excited to be opening an Etsy shop soon. Although, I haven’t even thought of a shop name…or pricing…dolls still have no names…still need to photoshop a banner and create a cute little business card….okay, so I still have a few things to do. Doesn’t mean I can’t be excited, right? It feels good to have something to work towards even though it’s summer.

I originally wanted to open shop when I had 5 dolls, but I’ve my heart can not bare to let go of my first doll, Pink Lolli Dolly. I’ve grown so attached to her! Besides, she’s the only doll without a smile, and I often use her as a reference while creating other dolls, and I like her simplicity compared to the other more colorful dolls I’ve been making.

I need to catch up on more hippos and patterns, but the past few days I’ve actually been having a social life ( shocker!)

Here are my latest dolls:

Bree Blue Wave

Pippy Plum

I’ll be selling more Bun Buddies too

haha, two jellies are still eyeless

Today was also Father’s Day! I hope everyone had a good one with their loving fathers.
*Upcoming blurb on my life*
I always get a little uneasy on Father’s Day. 13 years ago my parent’s  divorced due to my dad choosing his mistress. I’m not even bitter about that, the thing that hurts still is that before my mom even had any idea my dad was being unfaithful, my dad had already been taking me around his mistress for almost a year. I was naive and oblivious to what was really happening, so the day they sat me down to tell me what a “divorce” was, everything clicked and I realized I had been a part of it all along. Knowing my dad was using me as an excuse for why he’d been gone so much really left a scar.

The past four years we’ve finally been able to work on our relationship, and I still love him very much and now sure he too feels the same. Phew, I feel better now, onto more crochet stuff!

For Father’s Day this year, I decided to give him my first crochet  bear, and add a little fatherly spin to it:

He REALLY liked it, which made me feel unbelievably good.
How was your father’s day? Any have advice on keeping a good relationship with your father? 🙂
Hope all is well and thanks for reading.

My Jammin’ Jellyfish (and pattern!)

Jamin Jellyfish

Yay I finally felt confident to create an amigurumi from scratch. And the results were this little purple jellyfish. Thanks to my recent obsession with the manga Kuragehime (aka Princess Jellyfish) I decided to make my own jellyfish. This guy was pretty simple to make, and so here is my pattern if anyone else wants to make him:

I used an E hook (3.50 mm) and purple cotton yarn. I used a light lavender color, but I think jellyfish look cute in any hue! Also you’ll need two 6mm eyes, a yarn needle, black thread, and stuffing.

Body:
Start with a Magic Loop (aka Adjustable Ring)
Rnd 1: 6sc in loop
Rnd 2:  2sc in each sc round (12)
Rnd 3: 1sc, 2 sc in next sc (18)
Rnd 4: 2sc, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Rnd 5: 3sc, 2 sc in next sc (30)
Rnd 6: 4 sc, 2 sc in next (36)
Rnd 7-11: Sc 36
Rnd 12: Working with Front Loops only, 5dc in sc, skip 2 sc, sc, skip 2 sc. Then fasten off

Base:
Start with a Magic Loop
Rnd 1: 6 sc in loop
Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc round (12)
Rnd 3: 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc (18)
Rnd 4: 2sc, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Rnd 5: 3sc, 2 sc in next sc (30)
Rnd 6:4sc, 2 sc in next (36) then fasten off (I left a very long tail so it can be used to attach the base to the body).

Tentacles:
For the tentacles I made 6, but really you can do more or less. I started all the tentacles with chains. Two were Ch20, another two were Ch25, one was Ch30, another Ch23. So between Ch20-Ch30 is a good length for tentacles. After your chains, insert the hook in the second sc from the hook, and 2sc in each sc. When back at the top fasten off.

Assembly:
 After making all the pieces, placing the plastic eyes onto the jellyfish body. Afterward, use needle and thread to sew a smile. Now take the tentacles and sew them on the base of the jelly fish. Partially stuff the body of the jellyfish. Grab the tail of the base, thread it in your yarn needle and get ready to attach the base to the body. The easiest way to do this is to start sewing into the back loops from Rnd 8 of the jellyfish body. When about 3/4 of the base is attached, finish stuffing the jellyfish body. Now you’re done and I hope you’re happy with the results! But please, this is a pattern to be used for fun or gifts, NOT profit, thanks 😉

And here are some other amigurumi I’ve completed over the past few days, as well as links to where I found their free patterns.

 This is Pete the Turtle. I love turtles, and I had to make a turtle amigurumi for my pet turtle I had long ago. I always have a soft spot for them. His pattern is at Stephanie O.’s blog  Rockin4God found here.

Mr. Bigfooted Bear

The bear  is from Sharon O.’s Little Bigfoot amigurumi series. She has six different critters, starting with a cute pink piggy. Her patterns are at her blog the Homemade Obsession found here.

Last is this bunny with a remarkably big head, but face that makes you want to hug him. He is a Spring Bunny created from Stephane L.’s pattern that is here.

My brown & blue Bunny

Crocheting is sure addictive. I’ve already lined up more projects! In my future I will complete a cookie jar with 20 cookies, each with numbers and different colored sprinkles on them. That will be a present for my nephews 3rd birthday. I’m making a graduation bear keychain for my sister who just got her GED, using her school colors. A baby security blanket for a friend’s new baby girl, and my ultimate goal is to start making wearable crochet, I REALLY want a cute headband with flowers! Well I am off to enjoy the beautiful summer day, hope everyone has a good day!