Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baby Newsboy Hat - Now Made to Order

Hi all,

Aren't the newsboy hats just too adorable?? I now have them listed in my store as "Made to Order". The only size right now is 0-3 Months but you choose the color from a range of boy colors.

Take a peek at the store to see!
Update: Now in 3-6 Month size too!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Michele Gaylor-Popham (craftomania)



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Why I closed my eBay Store

The Poochie Baby eBay store was officially closed this past week. Why, you ask? Well, because of the eBay fees. It just wasn't worth the time, effort or money to keep the store going. Small time sellers like myself are finding it harder and harder to make a profit selling on eBay. Other online selling sites work much better for us.

All of my items are currently listed for sale on Etsy and most of them are now being migrated to my brand new store. After much research, I decided to start selling with Wazala. You manage your store in one place and it can be integrated with several different sites. The service produces some "code" that can be added to your blog or website (You'll notice the red "store" button at the top right hand side of the page). You can also embed the store directly into your website or add it to your Facebook fan page. If you run a home business and need an online store, I would recommend Wazala. And no, I am not an affiliate. I just believe in the service. I would even recommend this to people to completely replace eBay. You don't have to sell new or handmade items. Set up your own yard sale online to sell off gently used items.

Another reason I closed my eBay store is because it does not allow selling without actually shipping a product. This is an issue when selling my crochet patterns online as digital files. This means that each time I sell a pattern, I have to actually print it out and mail it to the customer. With Etsy, I simply email the file to the customer. Now, I also sell my patterns on Craftsy and through my new store. When purchased from either of those sites, the customer can download the file right away because it is kept on the store's server for immediate access.

So, now you know my online selling story...... If you see any links on this blog referring you to my eBay store, please disregard them. The store no longer exists!

Handmade accessories for babies

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What To Do With Scrap Yarn

What do you do with your scrap yarn?? This is what I have been doing.

Most projects leave about 1-2 ounces of yarn left on the skein. I have been using the leftover yarn to make small granny squares. The squares are only 3 rows and measure 4x4. Once I have a big enough stash, I will add an additional row (probably black) and join to make a large blanket. The colors will be all mismatched but I think it will make it charming.



Even after making my granny squares, there is usually some yarn left. I can't make myself throw yarn away, so, I make a totally scrap blanket. I usually chain about 200 and just tie the scraps together and crochet. This blanket will be large and is perfect to use as just a cover up around the house. It won't be a very attractive blanket but who cares what it looks like!! Waste not.... want not, right?


Sometimes you may have enough yarn to make simple little booties.... I would recommend that too. Here is a pattern that will only take about 2 ounces of yarn to complete.







I am a self-professed yarn hoarder. I tell myself that I am not going to buy more until I use up at least half of what I currently have. But, apparently I don't listen to myself! There is always a need for more!

Happy Hooking!

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Baby Owl Blanket

Hey all,

I finished this new owl blanket this morning..... I really love the way the colors go together. The owl is pretty cute too!

I used my new Clover Soft Touch hooks. I can't believe I have been crocheting with regular hooks all these years. The new hooks are much easier on my hands! 

Now I am working on this blanket........ It is similar to the girl's blanket above and will also have an owl!

I love making these blankets. The pattern is so easy to follow. This particular blanket is a modified version of this pattern available at Craftsy.




I am making these blankets large enough for toddlers to use. This makes them the perfect gift for new babies, since the blanket can be used for years!

I welcome custom orders for these blankets........ just send me a convo through my Etsy shop.







Monday, July 9, 2012

Poochie Baby's Week in Review

It was a busy week. I managed to make about 6 dresses, along with some custom orders. Although, I spent more time working online than actually crocheting!

A new Twitter account for Poochie Baby was set up... you can now follow me at: https://twitter.com/MyPoochieBaby . I list all new items for sale on Twitter. This includes the items at Etsy and the crochet patterns on Craftsy. I only post a few things on my Facebook page and Pinterest. I also post all new blog posts on Twitter, as well as Facebook.

This weekend I started experimenting with other online stores. I'm not ready to advertise them though because I'm not sure if I will continue to use them. I really prefer using Etsy and managing one online store is work enough! Maybe by next month I will know if I want to keep more than one store open.

This coming week I plan to make more crochet pinafores.... I really love those dresses! I also hope to make more scarves. Need to get ready for the fall craft show!

Have a happy week.............. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Adventures in Making a Crochet Dress

So..... I posted on the Poochie Baby Facebook page yesterday that I finished working on a new pinafore using a pattern. I suppose you could say that I used a pattern, sigh..... After restarting the dress several times and modifications to the pattern, I finally finished this one:

Mind you, the original pattern was supposed to be for a newborn, using an H hook. As you can see, the dress fits my 6 month old granddaughter. This was even after reducing the hook size to a G. If I had used an H hook, I imagine that it would fit a 12 month old!

After more modifications to the pattern, I finally made these:

 I love the colors on this dress. It is a little longer than the original. This dress is now listed in my Etsy shop.
I love the colors on this dress too! Great for summer.

I am still tweaking the pattern and working on smaller and larger sizes but this dress can now be found listed in my Etsy shop. It is sized for a 6-9 month old baby girl.

 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern for Plush Baby Teething Toy



Here's a free pattern for a simple baby teething toy. I make these to look like sunflowers but you can make them in any color!


This pattern takes very little yarn. You will need the following supplies:
G Hook
Approximately 3 oz of yarn
Polyfiberfill

Flower Center:

Make two

CH 4 and form ring

R1 - CH 2 and then stitch 11 HDC in the ring. This will give you a total of 12 HDC in the ring. Join and CH 2.

R2 - 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join and CH 2.

R3 - HDC in first stitch. 2 HDC in the next stitch. HDC in the next two stitches. Continue to increase every third stitch until you reach the starting point. Join and CH 2.

R4 - HDC in first stitch. 2 HDC in the next stitch. HDC in the next two stitches. Continue to increase every third stitch until you reach the starting point. Join and tie off.

Flower Petal:

Join the two flower centers with the back sides together on the inside. You are going to stitch the two parts together.

Join the flower petal yarn at the starting point and then 3 TC in each until the opening is about one inch. At this point, stuff the flower center with polyfiberfill. Then, continue with 3 TC in each stitch until you reach the starting point. Join and tie off.

That's it!! - So Simple.

Poochie Baby has many other patterns available for free and for sale at Ravelry, Craftsy and in the Etsy Shop. There are also versions available in the Kindle store if you prefer to use your ebook reader.

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