Thursday, 31 May 2012

Design ideas

Now I've got my range of booties made up and in my shop I'm keen to get started on a few more different items. My long term plan is to stock a range of crochet items for babies & children so as well as my booties I'm hoping to sell some pretty crochet garlands and a range of crochet accessories like hairslides & brooches.

This rainbow butterfly garland is a quick prototype (made using the free butterfly pattern by Lilyheart designs) that I made up for my recent Butterfly Tea Party (you can read about the party on my other craft blog Jess gets crafty). This one is pretty long (roughly 4m) - I'm hoping to do shorter garlands to decorate children's rooms.

As I'm in a butterfly haze at the moment I also want to design some pretty butterfly hairslides. I've made up a few in crochet thread using the lovely pattern by Chrissy (available as a free Ravelry download here) as gifts already.

So now I'm off to have a go at designing my own crochet butterfly pattern and hopefully I'll have some more butterflies to show you all soon.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Blog mention

Due to hosting my recent giveaway I wasn't able to post about the mention Sarah from the wonderful paper-and-string blog did about my new Etsy shop...

Sarah's lovely shop paper-and-string is the supplier of the pretty hand dyed buttons that feature on my new line of crochet booties. The buttons are beautiful - such pretty colours, but she also sells a number of other lovely craft supplies including some delicious felt rainbows, some brilliant felt kits and a large number of her own hand crafted felt creations.

The blog mention can be found here
paper-and-string Etsy shop is here

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Giveaway winner!

Good morning all!

It's another beautiful morning here and so a great time to be spreading a little sunshine to one of the entries to my little Sew Mama Sew giveaway.

Drum roll please...

The winner is number 38!

That would be thehappycrochetchic who wrote: "I love the blue fair isle effect booties they are soo perfect for boys!". So this pair of booties will be making their way over to the United States soon, I hope you like them Julia!

Thank you all so much for taking part - it's been lovely reading all your comments and really great to have an idea of which colours you like the best.

The top rated booties from your comments is the 'Hot pink bootie' made with Cashmerino yarn - this is a wonderfully soft little baby bootie and so bright it always makes me smile. Coming in a very close second are the 'White booties' which are a great neutral pair and would work brilliantly for a christening or new baby gift.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Sew mama sew giveaway

- Giveaway now closed -

Hello and welcome to any new readers who have come visiting from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway!

This is my first time taking part in this huge international giveaway, however as I've loved entering so many of the other great giveaways each year I'm really happy to be finally on the giving end :-)

The prize I'm offering is a pair of my cute handmade crochet baby booties which I've just started selling in my new Etsy shop. These are made with quality yarns and finished with a hand dyed button and are sized to fit a 3-6 month old baby. They come gift wrapped and would make a lovely present for any new/expecting mum.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a pair then you have two ways to enter:

1) Pop over to my Etsy shop and let me know what your favourite pair of booties are
2) Become a follower and leave me a separate comment to let me know

Be sure to leave me a way to contact you, either a link to your blog or an email address would be great. I am happy to post this prize out to anywhere in the world so don't be shy and join in!

- This giveaway closes on May 25th -

Friday, 18 May 2012

Etsy treasury collections

I've been having a good look through some of the other lovely baby items to be found on Etsy and thought I would have a go at making my first 'Treasury' collection. An Etsy Treasury is a chance to showcase some of the other great crafty talent to be found on Etsy and I decided to theme mine on pretty baby things for girls that weren't pink.

There was so much to choose from and now I have a hankering for some of these beautiful goodies...

'Pretty but not pink' by loopyjess

This treasury is for all those mums out there who want a bit of a break from all things pink...

Baby Headband- newborn ...

Wool felt hair clip -Vi...

Adorable Set of 4 Felt ...

Spring. Baby Girl Shoes...

Hair Bow Clip - Set of ...

Deer Words Baby Blouse ...

2T to 4T Bunny Hat Chi...

baby girl, cloth shoes,...

Garden Fresh Granny Squ...

Up-cycled bunting banne...

Cuddly Koala organic co...

Butterfly bunting Blue ...

Baby girl purple heart ...

Denim-look Baby Shoes

baby shower album guest...

Grab Bag Cotton Play Ba...

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Finally open for business!

It has been almost a year since I decided to try and sell a few of my crochet items and today I've finally managed to do it.

My little Etsy shop is stocked up with a range of my booties in different yarns and colours - 12 different bootie types in all. Some of these have flower embellishments, and a few of those embellishments are optional for no added cost.

These first 12 booties are hopefully the first of many - I'll see how these sell and depending on what feedback I receive I'll tailor my range to suit my customers.

I'm really pleased with the small stock I have added to my store today - they are all made with love and care and I'm proud of each and every bootie :-)

Monday, 14 May 2012

Business cards

Coming up with a simple little flower & button logo has been one of the hardest parts of starting this little business... I've had a clear idea of what I want it to look like in my head, but when it comes to drawing it out it all goes horribly wrong.

After many hours trying to hand draw/fight GIMP2/play with calligraphy pens I've finally ended up with the little flower you see on my lovely new business cards. I'm really happy with how simple it is but still want to tweak it a little, whether I ever get the time to is another matter!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Making boxes

I've been busy cutting and folding up these little pillow boxes. I just love the beautiful patterns on these and think that they make lovely gift boxes.

These pillow boxes are the perfect size for one pair of booties wrapped in tissue paper - once I get my Etsy shop up and running I'll be offering a free gift wrapping service using these lovelies :-)

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Etsy shop progress

With a lot of help from my husband (armed with an SLR camera) there is now a lovely new banner image adorning the top of my Etsy shop.

Still got to photograph all the various booties I have made up and get them listed, but hopefully once that's done I'll be able to announce the opening of my shop!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Colour changing booties

I adore this yarn.

Sirdar Snuggly Crofter - baby fair isle effect

I've choosen to make up these booties in three of the colours from this range 'boonie' (pink), keltie (lilac) and scottie (blue).

The yarn is beautifully soft and is a nylon/acrylic mix - so great for any babies allergic to wool and animal fibres.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Stocking up

Plenty of booties being made up here at the moment - these little lovelies are mostly made up with Sirdar Calico (60% cotton 40% acrylic - machine washable at 40 degrees) and have a lovely soft feel to them. Each matched up with a co-ordinating hand dyed button (again from paperandstring)

So many pretty colours of yarn and so little time!