Hello, Autumn | Makers Blog Hop

Hello, Autumn | Makers Blog Hop

 

 

What do crisp leaves, hoodies, scarves, and gorgeous boots have in common? Autumn. They all come out when the weather starts to change. Fall has always been my favorite season maybe because I’m a September baby or because I’m originally from the Midwest and it’s such a beautiful time of year. No matter how you feel about cooler weather you have to admit that fall fashion is beautiful.

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If you’re a fashionista or a crafter, you want to follow along with the Mad Makers as we showcase the newest trends for Fall. From September 25th to October 30th, two Makers will feature their Fabulous Fall Products. You can make sure you’re following everyone here Facebook, Twitter or G+, or check the bottom of this post to see who’s scheduled when and their links.

If you haven’t been over to Hook Smart recently, here are some of my new items and a few old favorites for fall.

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Use code MAKERSHOP to save 15% off all purchases now through October 30th.

Want to see more Fabulous Fall Products??? Check out the following businesses and the fabulous products they have to offer.


9-25-15 Smalltown Dreamz & Divine Debris

10-2-15 Gramma Beans & Hook Smart 

10-9-15 Pink Snail Boutique & Sisters’ Craft Corner

10-16-15 Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts & Crystalized Designs

10-23-15 Sincerely Pam Blackstone Designs

10-30-15 Piedmont Purls & AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts 

What Designs Should I Add Next?

Anybody out there? I know it’s been a while since I posted, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still creating. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’m in spring/summer creation mode, but still keeping my eyes focuses on fall/winter fashion as well.

I’m sure I speak for most fiber artists when I say that sometimes we can be pattern hoarders. I have a ridiculous number of crochet patterns in my Ravelry library right now and I’m working on deciding what I should work on next to add to the shop. Since I suck at picking my next project, I thought I’d ask you all what you think.

What designs should I add next?

The Butterfly Poncho by Sincerely Pam or The Slammer Sweater by Sans Limites Crochet

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The Robot Ragdoll by A la Sascha or Kepler the Lion by Fresh Stitches

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Rayna’s Wrap by Cuddlepie Crochet  or The Philomena Shawlette by Fiber Flux

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Let me know in the comments which three you’d like to see in the shop in the next few months…

 

June Item of the Month: Lace Crochet Kindle Cases

Lace Crochet Kindle Case in Blue Mint and Heather Gray

I’ve decided to start doing items of the month for the remainder of the year. This month’s item of the month is a relatively new item to the shop, Lace Crochet Kindle/Nook cases.

Lace Crochet Kindle Case in Strawberry and Lemon Meringue

I resisted the electronic reader movement initially, but when I finished my Master’s Degree in 2010 my parents bought me a kindle as my graduation present. My mom knew I had been considering it, but felt like hey real books are better. Her argument was I would finally have more room in my suitcase when I came to visit if I didn’t have to pack so many books to read with me. Here we are four years later and I’m still in love with it. So many of my nerdy friends have switched to electronic books for travel purposes and one of the first things people asked me about making was cases for them. I’ve been really into lace lately, so I chose a pattern that featured lace in it for this case. Don’t worry I’ll have a more simplistic version in the near future.

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Here are the details on the case:

Let your e-reader stand out from the crowd with this hand crocheted case that includes a detailed lace covering. Each case features two layers that allows you to not only mix colors, but it also gives your reader some extra stability. You will choose two colors for your case, the first being the inside layer and the second your lace overlay color. It is crocheted with a soft 100% acrylic yarn and comes in a variety of options. The inside features a pocket to keep your reader snug and you shut it with the included tie for extra security.

The case will fit a standard e-reader measuring 6.5 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

Cases normally retail for $25, but you can get it this month for $22.50 (a 10% savings).

If you crochet and you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it here: Lace Crochet E-Reader pattern

Hoot! Hoot! Amigurumi Owls: In the Shop

I was on spring break last week and decided that I wanted to make an amigurumi owl for my son.  I mentioned on Facebook that I wanted to try and use Fresh Stitches Nelson the Owl pattern since it was so popular. Oh and I’m a little obsessed with owls at the moment.

Materials used:

Yarn: Red Heart with Love in Pewter, Navy, and Cornsilk. Caron One Pound in Off White and Sage. Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red.

Eyes: 12 mm craft eyes

Stuffing: Mountain Mist Fiberloft Polyester Stuffing

The first one turned out “okay,” especially considering this was my first time trying amigurumi. I knew I could do better though, especially in the sewing and assembly department. Part of the problem was I was so determined to finish it that I didn’t start assembling until 3 am and missed some steps. Oh and I had forgotten to give him ears initially.  Sesame (nickname for my son) didn’t care he loved it and was super excited.

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He loved it so much and dragged it all through the house with him, so I decided to make a smaller one that could go in his backpack when we’re out and about. I made it to coordinate with his new Thomas the Train backpack.

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At this point, I knew I wanted to redo his larger owl, so I spent a little time on Sunday getting started and then finished it up on Monday during and after nap time. He loves it and I finally felt comfortable enough to add it as a custom listing in the shop.

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Now I just have to make one for my office to match my other owl things and probably one for each of my nephews as well.

If you crochet, you can find the pattern for Nelson and Nel (tiny) at Fresh Stitches. I highly recommend purchasing the pattern from her shop. It was really easy to follow and their are lots of pictures, plus links to tutorials to help along the way.

If you don’t crochet, head over to my Etsy shop to order one in the colors of your choice.

Wine Totes and Chain Scarves: In the Shop

Now that things are calming down I’ve finally had some time to start working on my Etsy shop again. This afternoon I added chain scarves and wine totes as new custom options.

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Wine totes come in your choice of off white, yellow, red, and sage. They are made from 100% cotton yarn, which makes them very sturdy and able to withstand cool liquids. If you’re going to a vineyard or want to give a hostess gift, these tote bags are perfect. Plus, they’re only $17 (plus shipping) and you can’t beat that price.

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I am all about accessories and scarves are one of my favorite accessories. I always miss them once the cold weather breaks and the sun peeks out. These lightweight chain scarves are perfect for spring and early summer, and will look great with pair of jeans and t-shirt. If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your outfit, a chain scarf is perfect. They come in a variety of colors, so be sure to check out the listing for more information.