I love crochet flowers, don't get me wrong, but I have absolutely fallen in love with the shabby/vintage style flowers that are so popular. When you combine the two, and add them to a hat, a create a clip for a scarf, shawl, or headband, they are luscious! In my opinion, they take your designs up a notch, add an extra touch of chic, and stand out from the "standard" adornments on handmade yarn items.
Are they appropriate for everything? NO. But they have their place. So here is a little tutorial with a simple free crochet flower pattern, and how to add layers of fabric flowers and rhinestones to finish the look.
Now - I'm not referring to the yucky fake kind of flowers that are trying to hard to look real, mind you, made of vinyl and fake silk looking junk. I'm talking the chiffon, the real satin, and the various prints and textures you just can't do with yarn.
Yes, these are all available in both The Gimpy Hooker for smaller quantities and mixes, and the Shabby Peacock Shack for bulk orders at a discount. The reason I started supplying these is because I love them so much, and my clients do to!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
|Cute "Lyme" pic from Neen Crochet|
A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with both Lyme Disease and Bartonella (another tick born disease). This is after having my first POTS episode 11 years ago, and a slew of chronic syndrome diagnosis and no answers. I wrote about my current health situation and the diagnosis journey in detail on my other blog HERE for anyone that wants more detail.
It's going to be an interesting ride from here on out - and to cope, I'll only be selling things that are ready to ship, no more "made to order" crochet, jewelry, or stitch markers. Everything in my shops is ready to go and already made. I'll be focusing on patterns and creating things for fun while I start this long treatment process. I hope to post lots of pretty pictures of new crochet creations, and fun free (and paid) patterns.
|Next pattern in the Que!|
I urge anyone that has mystery illness stuff going on to get tested! I have been misdiagnosed and left to get progressively worse for over a decade, and I was bitten by my first tick (that we know of) at the age of 12 - so who really knows how long this has been going on?
Cheers and healthy well wishes!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
|Wooden buttons in fun prints!|
Here are some pictures of what just came in:
|Super sparkly pearl rhinestones|
|HUGE polka dot chiffon flowers *swoon*|
|Bold Rosette rhinestones, 8 colors|
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Starts at midnight tonight!
To celebrate the launch of The Gimpy Hooker Shop on Etsy, we are have a BIG giveaway!!! Two winners, two prizes! And since Valentine's Days is fast approaching, it is love themed!
(contest closed, winners announced!)
Monday, January 20, 2014
|Erasable backside, "Accio Hook" on the font!|
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - these are so fun to make!
In our new Gimpy Hooker Shop on Etsy, there will be a line of custom themed and beaded stitch markers for both crochet and (gasp!) knitting. The clasps are big enough, so work for both.
Plus - I developed a line of ERASABLE stitch/project markers that are not on the market anywhere. Using household stuff, you can record hook size, row, pattern name, whatever will fit - and then wipe it clean over and over! Guaranteed to work or money back! SO EXCITED! Did I mention I'm excited???? Here are a few samples of what's coming...
|Winter Is Coming/Game of Thrones Set|
Friday, January 3, 2014
|Overlay sc striping! Made for my Dad. Used Homespun and Caron Simply Soft.|
Everything for the guys ended up blue! Not on purpose, just ended up that way. I "made" (or, rather he played along) my husband model this scarf created for my brother. This is what happened:
Friday, December 27, 2013
These cute tootsies belong to my daughter, sporting her new Cotton Candy Slippers! I accidentally made the first pair too small, so ended up with sizing for toddler girls both 4/5 and 6/7.
Download a PDF to print from Ravelry HERE.
Download a PDF to print from Ravelry HERE.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|Vintage glass and Swarovski Peacock inspired earrings|
Anyhoooooo..........thought I'd share some pretty pics of new designs! If a pattern was used, I link to it. The others are my own, added to the long list of patterns I'm slowly compiling to publish, many of which will be FREE! I also am learning metal stamping, which makes jewelry creation that much cooler. Adding a favorite movie quote, initials, or verse to something is really fun!
|Tutorial by Nastazia, chain Sashay infinity scarf (LOVE).|
Saturday, November 30, 2013
We had a naming contest, and "Fat Amy" just seemed to fit perfectly. In case you were wondering, Fat Amy is a hilarious quirky character from the movie Pitch Perfect. Check her out below (adult language warning). Buy it now or enter the giveaway below for a chance to win THREE great prizes!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Saturday, Nov 30 is Small Business Saturday (SBS)!
Sales are now live! 25% off on Ravelry and Etsy! Runs through Cyber Monday!
Those people include single mom's and dad's, the disabled, hard working people who spend their extra hours outside a normal job creating things, and traditional small business owners who want a larger online presence.
Why else is it extra cool to buy from artisan?