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I have finally moved and am able to really focus on Nadine Creates now that life has settled down. These last couple of months have allowed me to figure out what I really like doing crochet wise. I find I enjoy making custom items. So now I will be concentrating on giving people a selection of items to chose from and then color and size choices. I had a quick turn around in the past and think it will be even faster in the future since I have a dedicated craft room now! Plus more time since I cut down on my secular work hours so I could be home with my husband more.
I have also decided to limit my sales to Facebook and direct email instead of Etsy. I love Etsy but little shops like mine get lost with the new guidelines Etsy has. I will have an album on my Facebook page so you can see what I have made in the past. I am also always open to suggestions and request. Some of my best sales have come from customers sending me a picture and asking me if I can make it! I hope everyone likes my changes and if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments. I read everyone.
I have put a few pictures of my work below but if someone really wants to see it they could just look at some former posts or go to Jenni Sholter’s Facebook page
This is Read Across America Week. It is also the week that we celebrate Dr. Seuss on our pre-k hall. In honor of that, I mentioned I was going to crochet a Cat In the Hat hat. Another teacher asked that I make her one also.
So off I went in search of the best pattern. After looking at several I decided to modify this free pattern by Red Heart.
I followed the pattern through the first 16 rows with red and then changed to white for 4 rows and alternated the colors like Cat In The Hat’s is. I also changed the brim a little by crocheting in the front of the first row of the brim. This gave the brim definition and stood out better.
So now make a hat and celebrate Dr. Seuss with us!
I wanted to share my mom’s creations with everyone. She is where I get my creative abilities. Actually that is not true. I get it from both of my parents. My dad was a painter and did technical art for NASA back in the 70’s.
Anyway, my mother makes purses, caps and boxes out of things she finds at Goodwill and other places. I believe it is called repurposed art. She specializes in Shabby chic.
So I encourage everyone to check out her work at her Facebook page where you can see some of her work, ask her about custom work and private message her for more information. I will also be carrying some of her work in my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/NadineCreates
If I have been a little quiet lately, maybe showing what has been on my hook will explain why. I have been working with Jenni Sholter owner of Heart 2 Heart Reborn Nursery on some cocoons and Blanki-paci designs for reborn dolls, preemies and newborns. It has been a blast working with someone who has such wonderful ideas. I can’t wait to see what we come up with this week. Check back at her facebook page regularly as that is where the designs are posted first! We are also very interested in what you would like to see offered so either tell me in the comments section or send Jenni a private message through her facebook page. We are taking custom orders now.
Through Yarn Over, Pull Through: The Heart and Soul of Crochet I found a beautiful stitch I thought well that would make a nice scarf. It would. However I did a little more digging in her site and saw the stitch done in a cap. Here is the finished cap. I liked how she used an open stitch to make a way to gather up the top of the hat without making it heavy. I can see so many possibilities with this. Can’t you?
A coworker of mine asked me to make a cupcake cap for a baby gift. We see them regularly on girls as they come in the school. I knew I had a pattern but had just not gotten around to making one.
Here is my first cupcake cap. What do you think? Is it precious or what? I am offering custom versions of it in my shop. I decided to offer 3 flavors of cake-white, chocolate and yellow. Then a person can choose the frosting and pompom colors. There will be 2 different prices based on the size of the hat. I know the season is winding down but I still wanted to offer them.