This is just for you guys! Please don't judge my pictures, I'm NOT a photographer! I just couldn't wait to share! These are the newest additions to my line of newborn shells! The giraffe and the lady bug. These photos were taken on the dash of my car while my husband was driving me to the post office! :) They're headed off to a fabulous photographer who will do them justice! More photos to come, but until then I couldn't wait to share!
Isn't she cute as a lady bug? :)
Happy Thursday! May the weekend get here before we know it!
Happy Wednesday! <3 As I've mentioned, there is going to be a big comment contest this Friday evening at 9 pm central time with Jessy's Props and Creations on her facebook page. There will be lots of sweet OOAK (one of a kind) items up for grabs including headbands and cheesecloths from her and hats and maybe a cocoon or two from me! To check out the guidelines, click here! We would love to see you there!
Just for my sweet blog followers, here are a few photos of the hats that will be up for grabs Friday night!
Love this colorway!
Can you say totally gender neutral?! Love that! <3
The two on the outside would be perfect for twins!
This one isn't a OOAK and won't be in the contest Friday night, but I'm thinking of putting it in my Etsy shop. It was a custom creation I came up with for an old friend who is having her first baby. It turned out adorable! <3 I also had a request to do the bow on a clip by itself... another potentially permanent item! Love it!
Happy Wednesday fans, thanks so much for your continued love a support. You don't know how happy it makes me when I see the number of views on my blog go up or when facebook notifies me that I have a new fan. I thank each one of you who write on my wall and show me support because it makes me happy to do what I do. I get so excited when I post something on facebook and people "like" it... that totally makes my day! I'm getting all mushy... thanks so much!
I've been busy doing lots of creating and filling orders lately! Hopefully I'll have lots of photos to show for my work soon... they are the greatest reward for the work I do!
I'm also creating lots of OOAK (one of a kind) items for the comment contest on facebook this coming Friday with Jessy's Props and Creations. Here is a link to a note on my facebook page to view the guidelines for the contest: Click here to read it!
This next little sweetie's hat was a custom order! Her mom wanted something that was "for a girl, but not too girly". So I came up with this and isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen?! I just adore this photo by Jen Lavazza Photography:
Here is a blurb I wrote as a note on facebook about the yarn I use. Just some FYI for those of you that were interested! I know a lot of people weren't sure what the difference was between handspun yarn and yarn you buy at Hobby Lobby, so I decided to clear it up a bit! Here is the post and it's also available on my facebook page.
I thought since I get a lot of questions about it, I would write a little blurb on my yarns for those of you that are interested. It's quite a process, but here we go!
First here is a short vocabulary lesson (welcome back to grade school!):
~handspun: refers to the yarn and that it is literally spun by hand
~OOAK: means one of a kind; these hats will never be duplicated exactly
The yarn starts out as wool (usually what I use) or some other fiber. After the animal is sheered, it's packed up and it comes in big blocks. From there, it is divided into rovings by the person who will be dying it (not me, I'm not that talented!). When it is divided up, the person then dyes it. This is quite a process from what I understand! Here's a web site to check out if you're interested in learning more: http://gfwsheep.com/dyeing/dyeing.html . So when that person is all done here's what the dyed rovings look like:
Photo of dyed rovings.
The next step is to spin the wool into yarn which is done with one of these:
I know it looks ancient, but I promise it's what they use... or something close!
After that, you have this:
Handspun yarn when it comes to me.
From there, I make it into this:
Two hats made from handspun yarn.
Note that the two hats above are made from the same ball of yarn, but that they don't look exactly the same. Due to the hand dyed and hand spun nature of the yarns I use for hats like this, they cannot be exactly replicated! That is why they're called OOAK (one of a kind). I have limited amounts of each color, and when it's gone, it's gone!
Several of my items are made from commercially produced yarns which means I can make them over and over again and in lots of different sizes... always a good thing too! Here's an example of some of my items like that:
Here's what I've been working on! This is the first in a new line of mine! I'm super excited about this, they are called newborn shells and they are meant to be placed over the sleeping baby's body for professional newborn portraits. Great and unique photography prop! A super huge thank you, thank you, thank you to Photography by Jessica Rivera for the fabulous photo! More to come!
This is the little turtle and there are going to be more sweet little creatures in the future including a giraffe, lady bug, lion, and more! I'd love feedback or ideas.... please let me know if there's something you'd like to see and I'd love to make it happen!
If this adorableness doesn't make you have spring fever, I don't know what will! Thank you so much to the talented Misty Brogdon Photography for the lovely photo... more to come tomorrow, but I couldn't wait to share this!
I hope everyone has enjoyed what we have seen of spring... I know I have! Both of my boys had birthdays recently and I'm now the proud mama of a 1 year old and a 2 year old! Wow, how time flies!
Okay, forgive me!! I haven't been so faithful to my blog these past few weeks! I have been very busy working and my little boy turned 2! Next week my baby is turning 1 so I've been crazy busy with birthday celebrations! :) Here is some of the proof I've actually been working!