Monday, February 28, 2011

New Listings and a Little Shamrock

I spent this past weekend listing 4 brand new scarves at The Lavender Lizard. They're all long and cozy and colorful. Here's my very favorite of the bunch (the pink lemonade stripe scarf):

Today I listed a brand-new color set of lip balm holders. The colors are a limited edition, as such I won't be creating very many of these sets.

I also took tons of photos of other new listings that were created with the new yarn I recently purchased. Over the next few days, I hope to edit and post these (as life and time and boys allow.) A sneak peek is definitely called for:

In the midst of all this "new", I made a belt just for me. Love all of the colors so much, plus it coordinates so well with so many colors (turquoise, navy, white, hot pink....)

And I had a little time to create this shamrock embellishment. A friend asked for these so her mother could embellish a quilt. They're so cute that I may just list them at The Lavender Ladybug.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Color Inspirations

I think I've always been drawn to color. I still have my box of crayons from kindergarten. (Notice the colored "tracks" behind what's left of the crayons. Each color had its own space.)

I recently bought some Lily Sugar n Cream cotton yarn in (hard-to-find) spectacular colors!

(^clockwise from top left: Quilt Colors, Oriental Ochre, Weathered Rose, Bronze Blue)
(^Ume Blossom, Leaf, Lotus Blossom)
(^Chrysanthemums, Robin's Egg, Temari Balls)
(^Plum, Snow Blossom, Velvet Orchid)

(^Crown Jewels, Damask Ombre, Emerald Isle -- in huge 12oz. balls!)
Can't wait to share what I'll be making with these new colors. Right now I'm thinking scrubbies, anything cups, market bags, and lip balm holders. Stay tuned...

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Little Black Box

Have you heard of The Little Black Box? If you have a handmade business, samplers like TLBB are terrific ways to advertise your business. Your items are put in the hands of potential customers who are already fans of handmade. It's a win-win!

I have signed up to be the September sponsor for TLBB. Why September?? It'll take me that long to make the samples. :) Actually, I'm exagerrating just a little -- I've already started! Here's what I have so far:

Don't look too closely -- I still have to weave in the ends and sew on the buttons. But at least I've started!

For more information on The Little Black Box or to purchase your own box of goodies, check out their website or Facebook page!

PS I'm on Facebook too! "Like" me here for project updates, discount codes, and other happenings!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Post #101

Today it was so cold here in south Texas -- I spent most of the day working on projects and photographing some new items (it was surprisingly sunny, despite the cold and wind.)

Here's one of the new items I photographed today in 2 different colors:

They are super-soft cuffs or wristlets. They're perfect year 'round because they give a little extra warmth in the winter, and they also look great as bracelets in spring and summer. I used Spa yarn from Caron -- it's a bamboo blend that feels so nice. They'll be listed this week at The Lavender Lizard. (They can be made longer and in other colors, so if you're interested in a custom order, please leave a comment here or click on Request Item at my shop.

Another project I've been working on is FRINGE, which I dread doing and usually put off until the veeeeeerrrrrrry last minute. I fringed these 3 scarves...

...and I still have 2 more to finish. sigh.
Another project is reworking this blanket. That means pulling out all of the stitches and starting over. It's wider now, plus I added the ivory color, which really balances out the bright variegated yarn. I'm much happier with the result:
I just wish I had started over before I had finished 45 rows. For some reason, it photographs better now too! Bonus!