Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A few new items have shown up in my shop lately! www.thecraftytortoise.com
One is my new One Of A Kind (OOAK) Baby Bonnets! These are perfect for Photo Shoots and will still keep your baby warm after the shoot! I just LOVED the first one I made (pictured above) and NKS Photography was sweet enough to buy and photograph it! There is another available in my shop www.thecraftytortoise.com called ORCHID. I am working on many more too... so stay tuned!

I have found another great item to grace the shelves of The Crafty Tortoise: Baby. My Loopy Flower Headbands are a must for those newborn photographs. They are a steal at 12 dollars a piece and will keep fitting all the way up to Child size (4-10)! What an awesome way to show growth than with the same headband on your newborn and then again on her 1st birthday... and for many, many years to come!
These are made of a handspun art yarn so each one is a little unique!

I just love creating and love seeing my items in action!

Friday, January 27, 2012

I learned to KNIT

So I took up knitting recently again... for the 7th or 8th time. I bought larger needles (11/8mm) and decided to give it a try. I was very worried as before I had not been able to make anything more than a skinny scarf... and even then it took me about 5 years to complete it! Well... I gave it my all... and just kept telling myself "If I can crochet... I can Knit". And LOOK! It worked! I finally got my act together and created a few hats! I started with a pixie bonnet... I wanted to do something basic and pixie bonnets are pretty easy to make. After I completed that (imagine me Jumping up and down on my couch) I took a jab at another style that I had been idolizing and created this Short Elf Hat! 

I have found knitting to be a new passion for me! It has been a new challenge that apparently I needed! I think I have told you before that I am about sick of animal hats. They are wonderful, cute and adorable, but I needed something more creative. I wanted to work more with my mind and experiment more with handspun yarns and textures. This has been a great journey for me and I really have been enjoying it. 

I encourage everyone who crochets to pick up some needles and vice versa. It is a great challenge and if you are up for it you can figure it out! (it may just take a few tries)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Check out some of the cool items that are being given away on my Facebook:

A WONDERFUL valentines headband from Spoiled N Sweet Bowtique!
You even get to choose the size!

Crochet RePlay is offering a 15.00 dollar gift certificate! Her hats are adorable! So many flower hats to choose from!

Itty Bitty Designs has offered the Newborn size Itty Bitty Band below!
This is just too cute!

Rebecca Welch has offered this AWESOME pampered chef gift cert for 15.00 dollars 
(can upgrade to 30 dollars, ask rep for details)

Sweet Crochet Creations has made this GREAT "I LOVE MOM" hat for one lucky winner! Made in size 6-12 months.

Check out my Facebook Page to enter to win these great items!