updates

Due for an Update

imageIts has surely been a long winter for me. Now that spring is emerging and warmer weather is frequent, I have been very busy. I know it’s been a long while since I last posted! So I am very very VERY excited to let you in one what I have been up to these days. Before I begin, I would like to apologize for the lengthy time I have been away. Between kids, husband, family, household duties, work, crochet, spinning wool… well you get the gist of what I am trying to explain. It’s a lot! We all go through it.

List of all my updates!

1. I have created my very own logo for my business. As you can see, it’s in the left hand corner of this post. I am very excited to have my own design that can be watermarked onto my photos. I made on in bunch of colors to fit moods, holidays and seasons. It’s very exciting. I feel official!!!

2. I have been working VERY hard getting patterns designed, written, tested, edited and released. It’s slow going but it’s coming along. After I have released 35 original patterns of mine, I will be holding a pretty awesome pattern sale. Be sure to stay tuned for an update on the sale.

3. I have acquired Angora Bunnies! They are fuzzy, sweet and ooooh so amazing. This is the start to my new endeavors in spinning fibers into yarn. I have my spinning wheel and grooming tools out now! My new buns are producing excellent fibers. I also have one more on the way from Kentucky. I’m so happy I could do a little jig! Be sure to stayed tuned for an adorable and fuzzy post all about my buns. You know, the woodland creatures. 😉

4. Sheep and wool festival is this weekend. It’s going to take up a lot of the weekend so no pattern progress obviously. I will be learning more about animal husbandry, sheering wool, sheep, rabbits and alpaca. Really, it’s a weekend treat and I’m looking forward to spending this time with my husband and kids. We are really planning on making fiber arts a big part of my life and possible a real career for me.

5. The following weekend I will be at a close by fiber arts school learning how to spin wool even more! It’s an intermediate class and I have been practicing for a while now. I should probably work a little harder at it this week so I can feel confident in showing my instructor the skills I have developed.

6. Stay tuned for updates on my newest patterns! I will be releasing posts about each pattern with links on where to find them! They are pretty amazing. I will also be updating the SHOP portion of my website with new links to Raverly and Etsy so you can get all those cute patterns and create awesome things.

That Wraps it Up!

Well, this is all I really have to say today. I will be adding new posts nearly daily when I get the chance to show you the bunnies, sheep and wool festival, spinning wool class, and my patterns. Thanks for the time and I appreciate all my followers. You are the best!

 

 

 

Inspiration

Top Hat Boys!

Introducing some very fancily dressed boys! My top hat Tea Party boys! Inspired by the wacky tea parties from Alice in Wonderland, these boys were created with a fun design in mind. A fun top hat, Loopy hair and a removable blazer. There are a lot of possibilities for creation and design with this pattern. You can find the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.

Ravelry – Top Hat Tea Party Boy

Etsy – Top Hat Tea Party Boy

Just like the Top Hat Tea Party Girls, this Pattern has been tested for accuracy, clarity and broken links. This is a fun, easy and quick pattern! You will be making enough dolls to sit around the tea party table for sure.

You can also find the girl version in my Etsy and Ravelry Shops as well.

I hope you enjoy these patterns as much as I do! As always,

Happy Stitching

Inspiration, updates

Top Hat Girls Coming Soon!

Just in time for Spring Craft events, these Top Hat girls would be wonderful to add to your craft table. The pattern is in testing as I write this! I’m very excited to get this pattern published.

These Top Hat girls are really simple and are actually very quick to work up. As with all my patterns, I want Amigurumi to be fun and easy.

I often hear From others about how Amigurumi is hard or some people feel like their skills aren’t good enough but I’m here to say, YOU CAN DO IT TOO! My patterns are geared towards beginners or even if you have never made many Amigurumi dolls, the patterns are very clear and to the point.

The best part about this pattern is the million ways you can color coordinate! I’m having so much fun making them. Soon, another edition will be added to the Top Hat collection.

Stay tuned for the pattern release announcement and the newest pattern on the work bench.

As always, Happy Stitching!

Inspiration, updates

New Pattern Release

Pattern Sale Introducing my two newest patterns! I have officially launched my “It’s Spring My Deer” patterns on my Etsy shop. You can purchase them individually or in a bundle package! I promise, you will LOVE these patterns. Testers absolutely loved working them and their dolls came out AMAZING! If you want to grab your very own pattern, visit my shop now!

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This weekend, I am celebrating my newest patterns by taking 50% off all of my patterns! What a deal? Stock up now and stay busy this cold cold winter. I’m very excited as you can tell. It’s been a long adventure of designing, writing, editing and lots of little changes here and there to perfect the pattern and to make it easily understandable to even the beginners of crochet/amigurumi. I hope you pick one up and start creating away!

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I won’t make this post too long but please share and enjoy this awesome sale!

As Always,

Happy Stitching!

 

updates

Thicket the Deer is here!

Thicket is making his debut!

Well, the pattern for my second “It’s Spring My Deer” pattern has finally be written and has went through it’s first round of editing. Soon enough, I will have it go through testing and revise the final draft. Creating Thicket has been a blast and I’m very happy to see my lady Deer have a Boyfriend. Thinking about giving her a name.

What should I name my Female Deer?

Hopefully I can come up with some ideas.

Don’t they look so cute together? The patterns will be released sometime in February. Just in time for Spring! Hopefully these dolls will make their way into an Easter Basket somewhere.

Please stay tuned for the pattern release. I am going to be having a huge pattern sale to celebrate their arrival! 50% off all patterns in the shop!!! You can’t beat that.

Until then, Happy Stitching!

Inspiration

Inspiration

Life Doesn’t Wait

I have an inspirational calendar and each month I plan to take action with what each month says. This gem is January. My special month because not only does it mean a fresh New Year, but also it’s the month of when I was born. New Year, New Age and Fresh Goals.

Sometimes in life, we try to do things on a schedule or life calendar. We try to plan when and where events will take place, when we will finally square away all those little things we’ve been meaning to do. However, as that beautiful song by Green Day says “Life grabs you by the wrist and directs you where to go”. Those words couldn’t be any more true. We can try to plan out our life as best as we can but life will ultimately rule when it happens.

There is no time like the present to start doing what you want to do. Wishing for something is fine but that’s just the starting point. That wish should quickly be turned into “I will”. As we work towards our goals and aspirations, we can accomplish so much. Don’t wait or wish! As another famous saying goes, “Just Do It”!

To make this short, the subject of this post:

Be a Verb in a would of Nouns.

This is what I plan to be. I’m finally taking an action to gear up my business, gain more sales and reputation. It’s just the start, but it’s no long just a wish.

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Should have gone to bed early.

I need my coffee to be my first line of defense from my two adorable and high energy toddlers. Both of which woke up at 6 am. I know that’s not so bad but when you don’t fall asleep until 1 am? It’s rough. It’s all my fault though. I couldn’t stop crocheting!!! Now I know all you moms/dads understand that sense of freedom you feel once those darling angels are sleeping soundly in bed. Those uninterrupted hours are such a joy that sleep just gets put to off to the wayside.

Below are pictures of my wonderful babies. They are full of energy and chock full of imagination!!!! Right now they are ripping through the house and it’s not even 8 am yet!!! Positive note, they will be ready for an afternoon nap which then leaves me to my next question…..

What should I do in my spare time?

Crochet?

Or…

Housework?

Laundry has been long overdue and those dishes are looking at me funny! The children’s toys need to be straightened up as well.

However, my brain calls me to my hook and yarn! I need to be strong and just get those chores done. Then it will be another long night of freedom to crochet?

Sounds good. For now, I’m going to jump into the fun games my kids are playing because those two are the most precious and time sensitive little beings in my life.

For now….

Stayed tuned for my next update! I’m going to let you know where you can find my really awesome new pattern for my Treasure Charm Mermaids. Then I’ll be uploading my new little piggies pattern to the site! I hope you will enjoy those patterns.

Until next time!

Free Patterns

Free Patterns Featured!!!

Part of my blogging adventure is to offer really cool free crochet patterns (with options to purchase an easy to read printable PDF). You can find them on my website! Just scroll through the Free Patterns menu link and viola! You can start crafting some cool stuff! I hope you can check them out sometime soon!

I love your talents! Tag me #softstringsyarndesigns in your creations so I can see the totally awesome things make!

On another note, I will be introducing some basic beginning tutorials and tips into my website. Stay tuned for the newest menu link!

As always, Happy Stitching!