Seems I took an unintentional vacation from blogging for the last month! Sorry about that! Summer has been busy around here, but in a good way. We’ve been having lots of fun camping, visiting family, playing the backyard and the kiddie pool….all the stuff that you are supposed to do in the summer!
I have been making a lot of new items for Lemon Lane Organics, too, but I was getting sort of bored with making the same old patterns over and over. Finally, after hours of browsing patterns and tinkering with different ideas, inspiration struck! Crowns! Baby crowns, toddler crowns, maybe even a crown for the grown ups… I have noticed that people are using these itty bitty crowns for newborn photos, and they look oh-so-darling! But who says the bigger kiddos can’t join in on the fun?! Why, here is my dashing little prince in his royal robe…
I have had such fun coming up with this simple crown design that I will be working up a pattern with sizes from newborn on up to adult in the next week. Then you crocheters out there can make something fancy for the little fairy princess or charming prince in your life! And if you don’t crochet, no worries… Because I am listing finished crowns in my shop right now! See?
Silver for the newborn prince…
And coral for a baby princess…
Have a royally wonderful day, my friends!
UPDATE: The Little Prince (or Princess) crown crochet pattern is now published and available for instant download onEtsyorRavelry!🙂
I’m afraid he does not like wearing it as well as I had hoped, but I think it turned out nicely. The only real problem is that the legs ended up a bit tight for his little thighs. I tried my best to get a stretchy ribbed bind off, but apparently I need lots more practice!
Here is a new little newsboy cap that I have listed in my shop now, this time for a toddler girl! I love how the little tiny flower and leaf embellishment add just the right amount of femininity to this style of hat. I want to make more in girly colors, but I haven’t any more yarn that will fit the bill just now.
I also have a brand new type of handcrafted item available at Lemon Lane now! Organic baby quilts! Ok, so I only have one listed right now, but plans are in the works for more once I have the funds to buy more organic fabric…it isn’t cheap! Here is a peak at this fun, foxy baby quilt. Like it?
So now for some more exciting news! This week I noticed that I now have over 150 Facebook fans! May also happens to be my birth month, and since I always like to do something special for my birthday, I decided now is the perfect time for a giveaway! What will it be, you ask? How about a $25 Gift Certificate to Lemon Lane Organics! This is my biggest giveaway prize ever, so I hope you will enter and enjoy playing along! I am hosting this giveaway via Rafflecopter on my Facebook page, head on over and like my page for a chance to win! The gift certificate will be good toward any in stock, ready to ship item in my shop, but not on custom order items. I am opening this one up to all you lovely people worldwide, not just in the US, so let’s get started, shall we!? 🙂
Last week I made this little pair of baby slippers, and I just keep picturing them with a darling little spring or summer dress. So I decided to have a little fun and out together a lookbook inspired by my coral and light blue baby booties!
Thanks so much to all of you for entering my giveaway! Using the lovely random number generator from Random.org, I have chosen one lucky winner! ….
AnnMarie of NaNa’s Things! Congratulations! You get to choose from the flower face rounds, flower headband or little boy bow tie for your prize!
And for everyone else, I will be listing whichever items she doesn’t choose in my Etsy shop, so if you had your eye on one of the prizes, you just might still be able to get it! Also, for the entire month of March, I am offering 20% off every order at Lemon Lane Organics when you use the coupon code “HAPPYEASTER”!
Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the Etsy team forums, getting to know my fellow sellers and learning more about running a better shop. Some of the teams on Etsy are also great at promoting other members, so I have been trying to participate in some of those teams and activities. One of the greatest teams I have found so far is the Christian Artists Street Team, or CASTteam for short. Not only are the members great at coming up with new ways to promote one another, but there is a wonderful sense of Christian community because everyone is a believer. Team members often come together to pray for each other in the forums, and they are always encouraging and helping one another out! So, in the spirit of helping my fellow teammates this weekend, here are a few goodies you can find in CASTteam shops!
I hope you will check out these items as well as all the other wonderful things made by my lovely CAST teammates! You can find many of their goods by simply typing CASTteam in the search bar at http://www.etsy.com! Have a blessed weekend!
Ok, so I will admit right off the bat that I don’t have any pictures of my actual knitting of a real project yet….but I just decided to write this post at 9 pm, so no sun in sight, and my knitting (and the camera) is clear on the other end of the house anyway. So you will just have to trust me when I tell you that after two rather homely attempts at cotton washcloths and several ripped out practice swatches in various patterns, I am indeed knitting something that will, hopefully, end up being really useful. (Yes, I have been watching too much “Thomas and Friends” with a certain toddler boy, as evidenced by the fact that the phrase “really useful” is becoming part of my normal vocabulary!)
Anyway, I decided that the only way I was ever going to learn to knit was to start a project that appeals to me, at least a little bit. But since my yarn buying is still pretty limited to buying things for my Etsy shop, I knew I needed to use something I already had in the house. And I only have just a few sizes of plain old straight, single pointed needles, which further limits the number of enjoyable patterns for a beginning knitter! But I finally found one that I felt was within my abilities and wouldn’t require buying any extra supplies! Hooray!
The Woven Cowl by Monique Gascon met all my qualifications for my first real knit…simple stitches, easily memorized pattern repeats, worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm straight needles! It is also a pretty basket weave design that is simple, but not too boring looking. I apologize to those of you who do not have Ravelry accounts, as you probably won’t be able to see the pattern page…but I did find someone else’s project page that you may be able to view to get the idea! I am making mine in Paton’s Classic Merino Wool in Natural. Usually I like to make scarves and cowls in jewel tones, but this was what I had on hand. Besides, the lighter color will help the stitch pattern show up better than a dark one would.
I am always crocheting little hats and things on the side, of course, and can’t seem to resist buying a new pattern now and then. My latest purchase was the Arabella Cloche by Lisa Van Klaveren of Holland Designs. I simply love the style, the lacy look, and the adorable little girl in the pattern photos! I’ve already made two of these hats, and the first one is up in the shop…although I’m not entirely happy with the first round of photos I took. It is really one of those hats that needs a head in it to look right! 🙂 But rather than wait until I can borrow a baby to model it, I decided to go ahead and list it. You never know if someone will snatch it up in the meantime! (I wouldn’t mind!)
Seems like I’m still getting used to 2012, and now it is just hours from being 2013! Oh well…it has been a year of many ups and downs for me, and I am looking forward to more ups than downs in the coming year!
We had a good Christmas holiday visiting family. Little J was especially thrilled with all the lights and decorations. We had to take down our tree a bit early so that the cats would not destroy it while we were away for Christmas, and he still talks about it every day. I think he misses it! We had a big snowstorm here Christmas night, and our house got about 14 inches! That is a lot for Southern Illinois! A couple of days later we got 6-8 more inches, so we had quite the winter wonderland outside then! Just beautiful…
Little J doesn’t really like the snow so much, though. I think it we hadn’t had quite so much he might have enjoyed playing in it, but since he is so short he can’t walk in it. And his mittens kept falling off so his hands got cold and wet very quickly. So we decided to just come in and enjoy looking at the snow from the comfort of the indoors.
I didn’t spend much time crocheting while we were away, but I did manage to get this darling little set made and listed just a few days ago. It sold so quickly that I didn’t even have time to blog about it! I decided to go ahead and relist it as a made to order item, and I hope to get more orders for these little sets this year! It seems that my boys crochet hats and sets have been quite popular, so I will be focussing on expanding that section of my shop more in 2013.
Well, I wish I had more time and brain power to write, but Little J is calling to my from the other room. I think he wants me to play peek a boo with him while he pops in and out of a big box. :p It’s the little things that make a toddler’s day!