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!

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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

In Need of Pattern Testers!

Three baby bears

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Hello fellow bloggers!

As usual, life keeps me busy. For the last three weeks I’ve been getting cozy in my new South Carolina home 🙂 For sure has been an adjustment, moving out of state for the first time, with only my husband, but I am loving it ❤

So lately I’m making our house a real home, and continue to pour all my efforts into my Etsy shop. Which leads me to this post~ I’ve made a new pattern, and would love to have a few testers 🙂

I would like one tester to do the pattern in spiral rounds, and the other to use the joined round method. Also I will give the pattern free to anyone who can come up with a name for these three! I can’t think of something cute and “Baby Bear Pattern” just sounds waaay to bland to me X_X

I’m looking for in-dept feedback from testers, specifically if certain parts are confusing/unclear. If you are interested, please email me at: mmorgan_01@live.com
FIrst come first serve, thank you in advance! 🙂

Stormy Sweater: DIY Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been getting back into thrift/resale/bargain shopping. Not only do I get to save money and get great clothes, I don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a sweater that I just want to use for a tutorial anyway. I saw this plain sequent-sleeve sweater and wanted to add my own spin. Heavily inspired by tutorials I’ve seen from Hapy Shoppe Friend’s blog, I wanted to try my own!

Trying to stray away from my cupcake themed obsession, I decided to take note of other objects that I have a fascination with- not sure why or how these came about but I love clouds, umbrellas, and little rain showers. I love clothing with umbrellas, and I think summer rain showers are so soothing. This tutorial took no time at all, and I think is super kawaii~

Materials: Plain sweater,  any colored felt or fabric, embroidery floss/thread, needle, scissors, hot glue gun (optional) and the Sweater_Template.

Step 1. After printing the Sweater Template, cut out all the pieces (easy peasy right?) Cut out as many hearts as you’d like (I did 8). The blush marks are optional and not on the template so if you want them don’t forget.
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Step 2. Set the scene! Position the cloud, umbrella, and hearts. (I originally wanted the umbrella to be slanted and the cloud off center, but my sweater was too small…)
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Step 3. Let’s start on the faces. There are two ways to go about this. First is to obviously sew the eyes and smile on the cloud and umbrella, with matching thread/embroidery floss. A felt stitch would look best. The second (quicker) option is to use a hot glue gun. The only downside to using hot glue is when you wash your sweater, do it by hand or wash on cold. DO NOT wash it in hot, or your faces will be lost in the wash! When their faces are on, pin them to the sweater.
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Step 4. Felt stitch (or hot glue) all the pieces together to make your rain storm come to life. When doing the umbrella, make sure to sew the handle under the umbrella top. What do you know, you’re already done!

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I feel proud even though the process was fairly simple. Also I managed not to make something cupcake related again!!-not that I won’t ever return to those sweet desserts but a break is nice 🙂 I must say, it feels SO GOOD to be crafting again lately! Over the past week I’ve had my notebook full of sketches, project notes, poem blurbs, oh how wonderful to be creatively alive 😀 *hurrah*

I’ve finished this sweater yesterday and I’m already rummaging through my clothes for the next project 🙂
I’ve been looking for a new job lately, which means filling out boring applications and going store to store which really stresses me out, but crafting everyday tends to lift my spirits. 😀

I’ve really taken a liking in upcycling sweater/clothing projects lately, does anyone else feel the same? Any suggested blogs or websites I should check out? I’d love some input. Other than that, thanks for stopping by~ I hope 2014 has been treating everyone well.

Onto the next project!
❤ 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

Lonely Little Dragonite: My First Embroidery Hoop

dragonite embroidery hoop by millieonherworld

The little Dragonite fluttered through the wispy clouds, content that he had found a delicious, plump, afternoon snack to munch on.

Crafting addiction? Hah, I have no such thing. Rushing to the closest craft store at 9 in the morning to impulsively pick up supplies to instantly start a new craft that you have a vague idea on how to start does not constitute as evidence of my previous statement either. Perhaps a little…

What did I rush to try this time? Embroidery Hoops ofcourse. Where I got the idea? From a wonderful WordPress post! I woke up Wednesday morning to see a blog post by Crafty Xtine. She made a totally awesome hoop featuring everyone’s favorite wild Muppet, Animal. Her hoop was so awesome, go see, she did an amazing job for her first try and turned out rockin’.

I admire her for being creative enough to come up with her design on her own. I on the other hand, was in the store standing before the felt aisle realizing I had no idea what I wanted to make. I pulled out my iPod for inspiration, and found it:

So cute!!!

Dragonite by Pluffers on DA

I will always be a Poke’mon fan (of the original 151 atleast) and this adorable Dragonite picture is by Pluffers  on Deviant Art. I thought this would be a good starting point since it required few colors. Since I’m not a good drawer, I decided to trace the picture and make a template.

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What did I think with this experience?

Uhhhhhm, things were interesting. I had no problem cutting out the felt pieces, although the claws, feet, belly, and green of his wing were smaller than I anticipated. I am extremely unhappy with the background. I went to three different craft stores and couldn’t find a blue pattern that went well with the picture, so I went with plain blue. I would’ve died for polka-dots or stars, clouds, swirls—anything but there wasn’t anything that fit. I tried to add little clouds but eh, they are alright. His mouth was the hardest part (still not saticfied with it). I like the quickness of this, within two days of on and off work I finished. I bought a smaller hoop and plan to make it with Fluttershy sleeping, but afterwords I’m not sure if I will make more right away. I ADORE my hoop and the imperfections, but I have nothing to do with it! My slanted walls in my room prevent me from hanging things up, and its time consuming comparing felt colors to embroidery floss to fabric patterns. I probably will make more for embroidery practice.

Anyone else embroider? Got advice?
I would like to think with this mini project I have improved and learned a few good techniques, maybe I can apply this to my amigurumi? Speaking of which, I have to create a Hello Kitty pattern for my little cousin. And a purse for my other cousin. And my friend wants two dolls. And I have to babysit tomorrow morning arghhhhasdfljljkldhs I’m such a whiner.

Time for Miss Grump-a-Lump Millie to get some shut eye.

Goodnight ❤