Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Captain Jack Sparrow Newborn Set!!

At the beginning of January I answered an ISO post (In Search Of) in one of the group pages I hang out in on Facebook.  The OP (original poster) was looking for someone to make a Captain Jack Sparrow inspired set.  She's expecting a baby boy in March and LOVES the hilarious Captain Jack Sparrow.  I did some searching for patterns, but didn't find any that were what we were looking for.  There are lots of pirate patterns out there, but none for the coat he wears.  I searched and searched.  I found patterns for the boots and the hat.  Then I finally found a sweater pattern that I could modify to make the coat. 

The first go-round with the boots was not good.  They were too big for a newborn, but the second try was perfect.  The first pair is up for purchase in my Etsy shop now. 

The pattern for these is available on Ravelry, or you can purchase a pair from me through my Etsy shop.

The hat gave me no trouble at all.  I followed the advice of other people who have made it and went down a hook size or two to get the right size.  However, I wasn't sure I was happy with it.  I ended up making two versions of the hat and letting the Momma decide which one she liked better.  Then I put the extra up in my Etsy shop.  This is the hat with the bandana attached.  They're really hard to get good pictures of because of the shape of the hat.

The hat pattern is available on Ravelry or you can purchase a hat from me through my Etsy shop.  I can make them in baby-toddler sizes and child-adult sizes.

The jacket.  Ahhh, the jacket.  The pattern I modified for this was very well written and I would like to make a version of the sweater exactly as the pattern is written.  I will not be giving away the information on what I did to modify the pattern though.  That's my secret.  
I'm so in love with the way it turned out.  I might, at some point try to make one using felt for the "buttons" and "buttonholes" instead of crocheting them, but I like it this way.  I'll be adding a listing for the jacket to my Etsy shop once Momma gets her photos.

Because we were worried about it being too short to cover baby's diaper, I also made a quick little diaper cover.

After everything was finished I spent nearly an hour trying to get a decent shot of the entire set together.  Then I gave up and made this silly little collage instead.

So, I can't WAIT to ship this adorable set out tomorrow and I'm even MORE excited to see pictures when the baby boy arrives!!!  What do you think?  Did I do alright??

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Falling Leaves Festival

In September I had the amazing opportunity to be a vendor for the Falling Leaves Festival at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, NY.  Guys, this place is literally minutes away from where I grew up.  That meant I got to stay with my parents!!  The Festival was an interactive Native American Pow Wow and it was amazing.  There was music, dancing, and storytelling.  The turnout was really wonderful, and everyone was in good spirits for the whole weekend.  My spot was right next to the main gathering area, so I was able to spend the two days super close to all of the action.  

Miss R enjoyed the festivities for a little while each day, but then went to Grammy & Bunka's house to have some family time.  (We're really lucky to have wonderful family & friends.  Support systems man, they make all the difference in the world!  Thank you to all of you, you know who you are!)

These are the only photos I got the entire time we were there because I didn't bring my camera!!  I will NOT make that mistake this year.  I want good pictures of all the performers this time.

While I didn't get many photos, there WAS a drone with a camera flying around and it's owners put together this video.  If you watch, you'll see my husband and I in our booth around the 1:37 mark.  (We're the white tent with the rag rugs on the ground. There is a blue tent right next to us.)  You'll also hear some beautiful flute music and see some of the dancing.

I'm already looking forward to the festival this year.  I can't remember the dates off the top of my head, but it's at the end of September.  You'll hear more about it as we get closer.  Maybe we'll see you all there!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I QUIT!!! No, Seriously, I Did!!!!

In October I quit my full-time job.  There were a lot of reasons, but the main one was that it was slowly killing me.  I'm not even exaggerating!  The last week of August I got really sick and just couldn't shake it.  Working all night and then coming home to be a Mommy all day 3 days a week was utterly exhausting.  I finally recovered from that somewhere around the end of October and have been feeling awesome ever since!! 

That means I have time to devote to my business. DandoisLion DeLights is definitely growing thanks to all of my newfound energy.  Miss R is awesome and my husband was even able to get a new job!  

This will mean I'll be blogging more and hopefully trying to spotlight some other blogs that I love.  

In the meantime, I'll share some things I've finished lately!!

This awesome Fancy Nancy Inspired Crown Headband was made for a little girl's 7th birthday. She is having a Fancy Nancy birthday party.  I'm hoping that Miss R will want birthday parties like that when she gets a bit bigger.  The fancier the better. Tutus, crowns, fancy dresses, and jewels are all so fun!!

My kitty Roland LOVES to model my crazy creations. She looks mad here, but she was actually very relaxed and comfortable.  Sometimes when she models I need my husband to help hold her still, but this one she laid right where she was, letting me take tons of pictures.  

And finally, a picture of Miss R because, well, because!!  Everyone needs a little Miss R in their lives.

She has gotten so BIG!!!  Well, I'm off now to get to work on orders!  I'll be back soon!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vintage Doll Cradle to Awesome Photography Prop

Last summer I found an awesome vintage doll cradle at a yard sale for only $5, so I, of course, had to have it.  It was falling apart when I bought it.  The bottom piece was no longer attached to the cradle and the whole thing was extremely unsafe.  I brought it home with every intention of fixing it up straight away.  Can you guess where I'm going with this?  Yep, I figured you could.  I'm kind of predictable like that.  Anyway, it sat.  For an entire year, until this weekend when I decided to get it done.  I don't have a before picture because I forgot.  I do, however, have a picture of it after I started sanding it and got it all put back together.

While I was sanding, I made a decision.  I was going to paint this cradle with chalk paint.  To make the chalk paint I used 1 cup of paint, 3.5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris, and 1.5 Tablespoons of water.  Here's my paint when I was finished.

Painting took FOREVER.  There are so many surfaces on the cradle, that I painted for hours to get it to look the way I wanted it to.  Then I sanded it.  I know, kind of annoying that you have to do all that painting just to take paint off, but I love the way it looks distressed.  

After I finished THAT step, I spent a couple of hours waxing it.  Yeah, that part was the most tedious part of the whole project, but I'm glad that I did it.  It was very rewarding because when it was all done, I got to take some pictures of the finished product.

When Miss R saw it, she immediately wanted to climb in, so I let her.  She just happened to be wearing a tutu dress that I made, so it made for some AWESOME pictures.

I'm definitely not a photographer, so I can't WAIT to see what someone with skills can do with this piece.  You can see that the blue shows up differently in every picture depending on the lighting.  I'd say that in reality it's closest to the indoor picture.  What do you think?  Is it an improvement?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pretty, Pretty Poncho--The Butterfly Breeze Poncho

This weekend I finally got a chance to make this awesome poncho.  The pattern is from Sincerely Pam and is called the Butterfly Breeze Poncho.  

Originally I was going to have 3 different blues, but I couldn't make it work.  The darker blue yarn was a gift from one of my awesome friends.  I'm so glad that I finally got a chance to use it!!

Isn't it pretty?  I love the way it turned out.  I debated about putting the fringe on, but eventually did it because, well, I wanted to.  

Ya know, for taking these pictures myself, of myself, I didn't do too badly!!!  What do you all think?  This poncho will probably be in my Etsy shop by the end of the week.  I might even make the matching hat if I get a chance!!!  

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Told ya, I love Chroma yarn!! Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat!

Right around her birthday in February, my littlest sister sent me a picture of this hat that she thought was cool.  Well, it turned out that the woman who wrote the pattern for it is in one of the crochet groups I'm part of on Facebook, so I'd seen the hat a few times already.  I couldn't make one for her right then because I was pretty swamped with orders at the time, but things have calmed down a bit now.  I even had the perfect yarn for the project!  Chroma really has THE best color changes outside of hand-dyed yarn.  This colorway is Rollerskate or Lollipop, I can't remember.  Anyway, last week, I finally made her a Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat!!!  

My husband was at work when I finished it up, and I didn't want to wait for him to get pictures.  So I pulled out my trusty cellphone and took a few pictures myself.  Isn't it awesome?  The yarn is Chroma in worsted weight.  I LOVE the way the color changes look.

When I was crocheting it, I was a bit worried that it would be too big for my sister, but it's perfect!!!  She's in love with it already, even though she hasn't gotten her hands on it yet.  Soon Shellie, soon!!  I love it so much that I might make one for myself.  Although, I'll probably never wear it.  I have a very nice hat collection, but I never wear them.  It drives my husband crazy.  What about you guys?  Do you wear hats?  

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Craft Room is Organized!!!!!

For months now I have dreaded, DREADED, going into my craft room.  The mess was out of control.  My yarn stash was overflowing, there were unfinished projects everywhere, and every surface was cluttered beyond belief.  But for Mother's Day, Jeff and Miss R bought me organizers for my yarn!!!!  That led to a serious re-organization effort on my part.  I didn't take before pictures because, well, I was embarrassed, but I took lots of after pictures!!!

Isn't it awesome?  See that latch hook rug?  I made that ages ago and still haven't gotten the edging on it.  Ah well, one of these days.

Even my tables are organized now!  My supplies are all in their proper places and within easy reach of my work space.

Another of my organizers.  This side is still a little messy, but hey, what are ya gonna do?

Some beautiful yarns that my Mom bought me, just waiting to be run through the winder!!  So what does everyone think?  Pretty fantastic, right?  The room I mean.  Well, the yarn too I suppose.  I've already been working on a bunch of projects today, and I guess it's time to get back to work now!

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