Most of you who have followed me throughout the years know that Halloween is kinda like my Olympics! Costume making is my favourite. Check out some of my creations from years past and stay tuned for Princess Belle for Lane and Ash from Pokemon for Logan coming soon. Woo boy! I always have my work cut out for me don’t I? Bring it!
I was just looking over these costumes and realized that with the exception of 2 (Tinkerbell in 2013 and Mermaid from 2012) I have designed and made all of these costumes from scratch without a pattern. And today, making Belle – I have altered the pattern beyond recognition to satisfy my own design aesthetic and Lane’s specifications. To heck with patterns! They just slow me down and hinder my creativity anyway!
Earlier this month – I think it was September long weekend actually, we decided to make one last trip to the beach before the season changes.
We discovered Crescent beach at Westhawk Lake recently and decided that was our destination.
It takes about an hour and a bit to drive out there. Perfect time for a crochet project!
Hence the photo of my new yoga sock on the dashboard of our car.
Pretty aren’t they?
Oh!? You thought I meant my new yoga socks? No!
I meant my feet of course!
(I used this pattern to make my new yoga socks. And here is the link to my project on Ravelry).
Logan’s class didn’t include a pencil case this year. I thought it kinda strange, but didn’t bother with getting him one if he didn’t need it. Some teachers take all the supplies and pt them in a “classroom” container and students draw from it when they need to replenish supplies.
Turns out that the teacher made a mistake and forgot to put a pencil case on the list of supplies. Logan had all of his pencils, pens, etc in a Ziplock bag in his desk since the beginning of the school year.
I got right on making a pencil case for him. I took some boring green canvas and made a zipper pouch. It would do I guess, but it wasn’t very special.
So I decided to dig out all of my felt and make something a little better for my little guy.
Here’s what I came up with:
Hehehe. I looked through Logan’s Pokemon book and decided that Snorlax was easy, recognizable and big enough to fit over the entire pencil case.
I think he turned out pretty cute (although I do admit that those feet kinda look like boobies to me – and a few others I’m sure. ACK! Boobies with claws! NOOOOOOO!)
Anyhoo… Logan took it to school and Snorlax has been busy munching on pencils, pens, markers, erasers, etc. I think it’s a good relationship. Snorlax can eat all he wants and Logan has a place to store all his school crap. Yay!
Logan is still obsessed with Pokemon.
In fact, the project list that he has for me to crochet for him is at least 95% Pokemon characters.
So I set to work and made Squirtle.
I think the likeness is there. And he’s oh so cute.
I used this pattern that I found on Ravelry.
It took about 2 evenings to make. Logan has been driving Squirtle around on his toy dump truck for days now. I think he likes his new Water Pokemon friend.
A link to my Squirtle project on Ravelry.
I was at the thrift store checking everything out and found a ton of yarn called Baby Clouds in all different colours. It was super chunky and I got a super awesome price for it. Only problem: I haven’t ever crocheted with it and didn’t quite know what I would make.
Then a bunch of my friends had babies.
And special handmade gifts were needed – STAT!
Our neighbours had a baby and I needed a gift that would work for either boy or girl as we weren’t sure what gender baby they had. We’re not that close – but they are still our neighbours and we always try to be … nice?… neighbourly? … Tolerable?
So I got together my super awesome cheap baby clouds yarn and made this hexagonal baby blanket.
I used this easy pattern that I found on Ravelry.
And here is the link to my project on Ravelry with all the spicy details of what kind of yarn I used (even though I just told you… like right there… right there… ya… right there) and other such details like the link to the pattern (even though I also told you that just above… yeah… like right there.) Hehehehe.
Remember awhile back when Terry chose Finn as his crocheted creation? Well, Logan decided that since Terry had Finn, he needed to have Jake.
I got to work on Jake just before we went on holidays. Crocheting at the wading pool while the kids were playing ended up being a fun time. The kids at the wading pool were very excited to see Jake come together. While I was there, Jake’s face and body were already done. I was working on his arms and legs. The kids went cuckoo bananas to see Jake sitting next to me patiently awaiting his appendages.
And there he is! He turned out fantastic!
I used this lovely pattern – she also made the Finn pattern and you can purchase the two together! woo!
Logan loves him and Terry loves him and all the kids at the wading pool love him. He was getting lots of attention that’s for sure.
(The link to my project on Ravelry)
Logan requested that I make him a sewn, stuffed Pikachu. He insisted that Pikachu needed to be as big as Lane’s Stuart. I think he was going for a real size Pikachu – well… as real as a made-up character can be.
I thought and thought and thought about how I was going to make this thing.
There were no patterns for a stuffed Pikachu that I could find. So I was on my own with designing one for this project.
I used Logan’s Pokemon Index book for a reference as to how Pikachu was structured and then got to work making a pattern. Doesn’t that bottom pattern piece look strange? It actually worked! Although I admit I had to size it down quite a bit. Pikachu’s face came out looking a little Jay Leno (big chin). Ooops!
You can see from this picture that the bottom might have been a little big for Pikachu’s face if I hadn’t corrected it.
He’s looking OK here with the excess fabric folded underneath. Once I got the head and face done though, it was smooth sailing for making the pattern for the body. Phew!
I think I got Pikachu close to the cartoon. Stripes on the back, a lightening rod tail, cute red electric cheeks.
What do you think? This Pikachu took me just over 6 hours to make from start of making the pattern to finished product. And now I have a pattern to make another if I want – or more like if Logan’s friends need one for their birthday presents. It should only take me about 2 hours to make now. Designing the pattern is always the most difficult and time consuming part of the process.
The great thing about Pikachu – other than he’s about the size next to Logan of the cartoon character – is that his tail is stuffed so full that it acts as a balance.
Pikachu can stand on his own!
It’s really too much. All day yesterday Pikachu was standing behind my computer desk staring at me. Too much fun posing this little guy everywhere in our house!
My family is enjoying a nice little holiday at the ball park today. Have a fantastic Canada Day and an awesome summer!
I have two new little buddies keeping me company before they go to my son’s school. They are going to be auctioned off at the Parents Association BBQ on May 27th. Happy to support a great school!
Dave and Stuart Minion
This is probably the biggest announcement that Tawny Bee will ever make.
I’ve been struggling with this decision for several months now, but now is the time.
Tawny Bee will be closing up shop before September 2014.
With my daughter Lane starting Kindergarten in the fall, it’s time for me to go back to work. So it seems like the right time to close the virtual doors. I’m not finding any joy in it anymore and would rather focus my sewing talents on projects that I especially want to make instead of those that I feel I have to make to keep the shop afloat.
I have sewn the last item for my Etsy and Zibbet shops this week and will leave all listings up until they expire. I’ve reduced shipping on all items to “free” within Canada and the United States and have reduced shipping to destinations worldwide. I have also removed any custom-make items. Whatever is left is what is for sale.
Of course for those of you locally who know my products and would like me to make things for you, I’m still going to be doing that. No worries – you will get your minions, potty trainers, mama cloth etc. I just won’t be making any other items to place in the online shops and won’t be keeping any stock.
More details on this announcement to come in future posts.
It’s going to be a big adjustment for me but I believe it’s the right one to make for my future.
Thank you to all my fans and customers throughout these almost 6 years. I have appreciated your business and support more than you will ever know.