While I am taking my six week hiatus, I am working on Christmas gifts for the fam. I will be posting them as I complete them - which is totally exciting for me, since I am glad to be back to crocheting. Right now I'm working on a baby blanket for little Emilia. I am normally a totally frugal person, but this go round (and being that she is our last little one), I really wanted to make her something nice. The yarn I'm using is Baby Bamboo by Sirdar - LOVE it! Almost as much as the Maizy yarn I bought recently (which is made of CORN fiber!). You can check out the yarn for Emilia's blanket here. So check back for some photos later on in the week.
Also, if you are following this blog from the Great Marketing Exchange, and haven't seen your website featured here yet, rest assured you will be on here soon. I removed myself from the GME due to the birth of our new baby, however, I will be doing my best to get up the rest of the sites as soon as possible.
Off to make a bottle and care for my sick little babies!
I am so thankful that Emilia is here. She completes our family in so many ways. And after four straight years of pregnancies that were physically debilitating, it is such a wonderful thing for me to be up on my feet doing things again - things that I had to rely on others' help with for most of the past few years. So praise to God for His grace, and for mercy in giving me the physical strength that I have desired for what seemed like an eternity.
So we are all adjusting to a new life now. I have a renewed passion for keeping my home and serving my family. Not to mention trying to get the rest that I need in order to do these things. So that being said, I will not be taking on any more custom orders through Christmas. I may post a few items to my Etsy store, and will continue in the free gift wrap promotion, but I will leave it there. My family needs me right now - and I need them too! - so I will gladly turn my attention to them for the next 6 weeks or so.
Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!
If words could attempt to capture what my heart is dwelling on right now, those would do them the most justice.
Little Emilia was born on Tuesday, weighing a miniscule 6 lbs, 11 oz. She is such a sweet, sweet baby! Our first night home was last night, and she only ate at 11:30 and 6 am! I am loving this all over again. Believe me, it's the 4th time around and hasn't gotten old yet!
I took a break from my daily site promotion while I was in the hospital, lovin' on my sweetie. But today, check out MaryZoom . I love her stuff, but especially that art smock!
Found out last night that I will be featured on Neato Stuff's website as Site of the Day on Saturday!! So excited! Of course, this is all part of the Great Marketing Exchange plan - a brilliant idea crafted to help promote some of my fellow Etsians. So check out the work on the sites listed daily here on the blog. There are some great finds, and it will be well worth the time spent. So for today: Paintings by Jude Maceren - unique paintings by a very talented painter! Have a great one!
I seriously love Baby Makes Three ! Maybe it's because I have two little girls (and another one in the cooker). But seriously, their tutus are ADORABLE! I can just see Charity and Lottie dancing around in them!
So I'm thinking maybe for Christmas.....?? We'll see! But check them out - especially if you have a little girl!
I FINALLY finished a newborn sweater I was working on - and man, do I want to keep it for my little one!!! I absolutely adore little, tiny baby things, so naturally I would gravitate towards this. Anyway, I hope to get it up and listed sometime this afternoon.
Apart from that, I've been working on custom orders this week. It's been a lot of fun, and I love the process of thinking up what I want to happen, then finding a way to make it reality. Maybe I'll post a pic of that one this afternoon as well? We'll see.
Well, in keeping with the Great Marketing Exchange I'm participating in, I'll be featuring different online shops in my blog over the next few weeks. It will be the same shop as featured on Neato Stuff's Site of the Day. And of course, I'll be posting when it's my turn to be up there :)
So today, why don't you check out go go kioko!. They have a rockin' assortment of resin jewelry - and I just love her design and the colors used!
Now it's time to get the ball rollin' for the day. Sad day here for us - it's the day that naptime dies for the older two. Yes, it's true. And my heart is mourning. But a new phase in their lives, and I'm excited about it!
I'm just going to call it what it is, and accept the fact that I will not be posting any items for a few days. I'm 36 weeks along now, and have been having contractions allllll day long. Fairly consistent, too. Tomorrow I'll be off to UVA to see the rheumatologist for some other problems I've been having - which right, it's important for me to see him before I have this baby! So suffice it to say, I will be crocheting my fingers off - but I will get to posting as soon as I get the chance.
Also, I'm devising a plan for my new-baby hiatus. I will probably not post exclusively on Saturdays, but as I complete my projects. Once the baby gets here, I won't add anything, but I'll still be open to orders (custom and not). It's always nice to have something to keep me busy during the day so I'm not falling asleep while caring for the other children!!
So we'll see where we are by this weekend, and of course, I'll keep the blog updated for sure. Can't wait to meet this little girl!
I hate to do it, but I need to. I will be posting my new item on Sunday or Monday, instead of tonight at 10.
We have been going crazy here, prepping for the new little one's arrival. We figure, it's been long enough and we need to get our act together! So today Shawn's been painting, and I have been getting the bedding and all that together.
And I almost forgot to mention - I received TWO custom orders and one inquiry in two days! How exciting!
That's right - we are stocked for the week! And early to boot! I also shot some additional photos for the existing products, and overall I think I like the look now. Much thanks to my awesome sister, Emily, for being my fabulous hand model. You rocked!
I'm really excited about next week - I have some great, yummy yarn that I expect to arrive by mail on Monday. I can't WAIT to get my hands on it!
Shipping prices have changed, but for the better. I'm still learning the Etsy ropes, but hopefully it makes more sense now. Shipping is $5.00 for one item, and $2.50 if purchased along with something else.
Now I think I'll get back to those mittens I was planning on making for the children, and chillin' out with the hubby (my FAVORITE part of the day!). Happy weekend!
My goods are DONE before Saturday - can you believe it?!?! I sure can't! I suppose that's what being on bed rest will do for you :) So no pics, but the heads up is for two Girly Scarf/Hat sets (Charity LOVES them! She has them on her Christmas list!), and a couple pairs of wrist warmers.
Things have started getting pretty chilly around here, and I'm so very in the mood for working up some nice, warm, snugly items. In fact, this weekend, I think I'll be working up some quick toddler mittens for our three little ones - I worry about their cold little hands outside this week. It will make great use of all of my balls of scrap yarn! A good pattern I found is here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-mittens.html . Since their little hands are so small, I expect them to work up quickly!
Okay, I need to go to bed now. And don't forget - stocking by 10pm Saturday night!
The Girly Scarf now has a matching hat! I'm so thrilled that what I had in my head actually came out into the finished product. I haven't decided whether or not the hats will be sold as a set with the scarves, or separately. Shoot me an opinion, I'd sure like to hear it! The Yarn Shoppe was closed yesterday, so I'll probably send someone out to pick up yarn tomorrow or Friday, as my doc has now restricted what I do to, well, almost nothing! Nothing except sitting, laying down, and more of the same. So needless to say, I will have lots of time for reading and crocheting on my hands!
Looking forward to getting some other hats made up for Saturday's stocking. And check out the store while you're at it, http://threadedgoodness.etsy.com . Back to work!
I'm looking for inspiration everywhere these days, and the Girly Scarves keep coming back to me. Today, my mom suggested selling matching hats with the scarves. I think she's on to something! I can't really find a pattern I like, even one to alter and make my own, so I'm just going to create my own pattern to match the scarves. I started working on another scarf tonight, in an awesome heather blue wool. But tomorrow I'll be hitting the Yarn Shoppe here in town to stock up on some extra yarn, so that I have enough to make the hats to match the scarves. Charity already has requested a hat and scarf for Christmas!
So, off to bed now. Regretfully, though... I do wish sometimes that I could just keep these creative juices flowing through to the complete product - without stopping or resting!
Yep, that's right. Saturday evening was our last partial stocking, and this week it was snowflake appliques and a set of four doilies. Already planning for next Saturday, so stay tuned to find out what we'll be carrying. Blessings!
After numerous, yet inevitable, hiccups in the process, we have now stocked four new items! This week are girly scarves (3 available), and one pair of toddler mittens. Hope to get more mittens added before the weekend's over, God willing. I'm a little bummed, not being able to use my D40 for the pics this week. My memory card is MIA, so we were stuck with our old Nikon Coolpix. Definately not the quality I'm used to, so as soon as that card is located, I will be replacing those pics!
Off to bed now - Shawn's already zonked out and I won't be far behind!
I have been crocheting my hands off in preperation for Saturday's upcoming stocking at 10 pm (that's EST)! This week is gearing up for the colder weather, and would make fabulous Christmas gifts for some little people you might know!
There will be several girly scarves, made with Lamb's Pride. I just love Lamb's Pride - it is a very soft wool, made of 85% wool and 15% mohair. Yummy! Anyway, the girly scarves are pictured above, and are great for younger girls (3-6 years old). They will be available in three different colors.
In addition to the girly scarves, there will also be toddler mittens! Super cute and super warm, they are also made with Lamb's Pride, and I can't wait to get them posted!