Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Dainty Daisy Television Debut!

This morning started very early for me, but it was well worth it! Fox 17 News did a story on Village Kids, the consignment shop that I have begun selling my hats in. Jessica called me up and asked if I would be willing to speak about my hats! Fox 17 wanted to interview some of the vendors in the shop. Of course I said yes! What a great opportunity to talk about my product and to get my name out! Below is the link to the newscast. Enjoy!
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Three Little Monkeys

I had an order to make two of these for a set of twins. Aren't they cute? I basically made up three so my friend's mom could decide which pairing she liked...both purple with different color flowers, OR two different color hats with flowers that match the other hat. I personally can't decide which I like best! The green and purple makes them a little less matchy-matchy, but when you have twins you almost want them to be major matching, so then both purple hats would be good. Haha, enough rambling on and showing my indecisive! My friend's mom is also ordering a little boy monkey hat for the brother of these twin girls. TOOOO CUTE! Their family will really have three little monkeys!

On a side note, Jessica from Village Kids talked to me yesterday about a very exciting event! On Tuesday Fox 17 News is going to do a story on them and would like some of the vendors with things in their store to be a part of the story! They want to showcase mothers who sell their items at Village Kids and talk a bit about Etsy. Jessica asked if I would like to be a part of everything and of course I said yes! My biggest worry now is figuring out what to wear!

Don't forget about the giveaway at Fingerprints on the Fridge! She picks a winner tomorrow so put in your entry soon!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Giveaway and A New Style

Belle is 9 months old. I have been really good at getting her pictures taken every 3 months. I am actually quite proud of myself, because I am seriously not the type of person to be on top of things like that. I do realize, though, that as more children come I will do a worse and worse job at this. I was the youngest of four and there is barely a picture to be found! My mom was busy raising four kids, so getting my picture taken at every 3 month anniversary of my first year was not a priority. I totally get it. Nonetheless, I am taking advantage of the time I have with only one child to get her pictures taken at each milestone and to make her look as adorable as I know she is.

Obviously, I had to crochet her something :-) Something cute and flowery for her head! Also, every time she has had pictures taken she has worn a tutu. What can I say? I am obsessed. I am obsessed with my baby being naked with nothing but a tutu on and a head accessory. She is so fat and roly poly that I can't help myself. Anyway, this is the hat I made for her pictures. I LOVE IT! I don't mean to brag about my work, but I am so excited about this little piece. I used my basic shell stitch beanie pattern and then followed this pattern for the flowers. Instead of cotton thread and a tiny needle, I opted for an H and I hook and Sugar 'n' Cream yarn. I threw them together on the side of the hat and think they add a lot of character!

This picture is just my quick snapshot of the hat to show you what I made, but I will be getting the pictures of Belle in 2 weeks or so. Kate Krueger took her pictures. I went to high school with her and our husbands were roommates in college. Her work is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. She took my maternity pictures (click here to check them out...seriously, they are so good) and I honestly could not believe the shots she got and how well the pictures turned out.

I know I am chatty tonight, but I also wanted to be sure to tell you about a giveaway I am having at Fingerprints on the Fridge tomorrow! I am giving away one free item from my Etsy shop (anything your little heart desires), AND if you go to my Etsy shop and mention the giveaway in a message to me about which item you want I will give you free shipping! So, head to this great blog and enter the giveaway and then head to my Etsy shop to purchase something adorable for your little one and take advantage of the free shipping!


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bucket Head

I bought this pattern yesterday and LOVE how it turned out. I took pics of Belle modeling the hat for me. I tried to take pics of the boy one I made, but the shape didn't hold well without a head to hold it up, so this is the best I have. Anyway, the pattern was easy to follow and this whipped up in about an hour. I made it with Sugar 'n' Cream yarn. I think the cotton yarn gives the hat a lot of character, but maybe I will try some worsted weight and see how that looks.

I purchased this pattern from Hookaholic.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Back Home

Paul and I just returned home from a fabulous trip to Vegas! It was a much needed getaway and gave us a chance to focus on each other and to have some space from Belle. I missed her like crazy, but it was a great chance to come home refreshed and ready to be a better mom.

Now, don't think that I took a break from crocheting! If anything, it was a great chance for me to do what I love without having the responsibility of household chores hanging over my head or putting the crochet hook down to take care of my baby girl. I sat back, relaxed, and hooked away! The flight to Vegas was 3 hours and I sure took advantage. I made a baby cocoon, made up a new hat pattern, and made some headway on some orders I need to complete. My favorite completed project was this number:

I bought this pattern from Angels Chest. She has the cutest things and her patterns are so easy to follow. I am so happy with how this turned out and can't wait to make more in multiple colors! I finished this on Saturday while laying out at the pool. Seriously, does it get any better? Laying in the sun, having a cool drink, and crocheting like a crazy woman!

On another note, remember the pom pom booties and hat I made? Well, look how they turned out when put on a little one. So cute!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Christmas in July Gift Exchange

I just started to follow the blog Craftaholics Anonymous and I LOVE IT. I am so excited to participate in the Christmas in July Gift Exchange. Everyone who signs up makes something handmade for the person who posts after them. Great idea, huh? Can't wait to see what I get and what I whip up for someone else!

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pom Poms

Who doesn't think pom poms are cute?? I got the Red Heart Pomp-a-Doodle yarn a couple of weeks ago and I was itching to do something with it. Anne Jansen, the gracious photographer who provides me with many of my professional pics of my products, messaged me telling me she was taking pics of a newborn girl tomorrow, so I felt it was time to bust out the Pomp-a-Doodle and figure something out!

I used the basic bootie patten I created (I promise I will write this down soon and get it in my Etsy shop. IT IS SOOOOO QUICK TO MAKE), and added a touch of the yarn to the toe to make a pom pom. I love how it turned out.

Once the booties were done I felt I should quick make a beanie with some of the Pomp-a-Doodle on the bottom to make it a matching set. I am happy with it turned out! Here are my amateur photos I took myself. Hopefully I get better pictures so you can see the texture and the charm this little set has.

This is featured on:

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

And the Giveaway Winner Is...

I must apologize for my really basic manner in which I picked the winner. I have no clue how to do a randomizer to choose a winner, so I put every one's name in a bowl and had my husband choose a name. So, I hope you all trusted that I did it honestly. If not, you can call him :-) Oh, and I put everyone's name in for however many times they entered.

So, the winner of the giveaway is...

CONGRATS! Shoot me an email with your address and I will mail your hat out to you Monday!

Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope to do more giveaways, so for those who didn't win there will still be opportunities in the future. I have also talked with Rachelle from Fingerprints on the Fridge about doing a giveaway on her fabulous blog someday. You definitely want to add this to your list of must-read blogs for so many reasons!

Oh, and by the way. If anyone knows a more technological way to pick a winner next time, please fill me in!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

First Ever Giveaway

I have never done a giveaway before and I felt it was high time I did so! I made this hat a couple of nights ago when I wanted to try to make a cloche for a newborn. I took my Shell Stitch Beanie pattern and changed it up a bit. The pics aren't very good. I will never pretend to be able to take good pictures, so bear with me. Anyway, this hat will fit a newborn size head and I think it would be quite adorable in some newborn pics.

So, here is how to win:
1. Follow my blog. If you already follow, leave a comment saying you already follow. Otherwise, leave a comment letting me know you are new!

2. Become a fan of The Dainty Daisy on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you did this or are already doing this.

3. Go to my Etsy shop and leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is. I know the shop is a bit small, but I am working on adding to it! :-)

4. Post a picture on Facebook of something you have made from one of my patterns, OR you or your child wearing/using something you have bought from The Dainty Daisy. Comment here to tell me you did this.

Okay, so there are a lot of ways to have multiple entries! Now I have to figure out how to do the random generator thing so I am fair :-) The giveaway ends on Friday so get your entries in!

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