Archive | December 2016

Crochet Pikachu

One of my students asked if I could sell her a Pikachu so she could give it to her brother for Christmas. I had never made a Pikachu before but I told her I would try. I didn’t have much time since our Christmas break was looming and I only had few days left before then. Add to the mix that I had about another hundred projects I needed to finish but I really wanted to get this done for her. She and her mom are two of the sweetest people I know. I just had to get it done.

I approached the project in my usual way. I spent two days thinking about it. I know! I had no time to waste but it was a necessary step. I looked at cartoon illustrations as well as Continue reading

Craft Fair

Leading up to the annual craft fair at the elementary school where I work is always insane, mainly because I usually decide to participate at the last minute (shame on me). This year I did the same thing. I wasn’t sure I had enough pieces to fill up a table and I certainly didn’t have enough time to make a bunch of new pieces. But a week before, I agreed to do it and then it was a frenzy of trying to create items the students would enjoy. In that week, I managed to make four Pokeballs, two poop emojis, eight doll purses, and two smiley emojis. That was it. Luckily, I still had some dolls and hats lying around that could fill up my half of the table. My lovely, artistic, amazing and super talented daughter had the other half filled with her artwork (bad mommy that I am, I didn’t take any pictures).

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My booth at the craft fair at Promenade Elementary School

I noticed that there was another booth that was selling crocheted toys and they had a really nice setup with some really nice things. I felt too inadequate to actually go over there. I had a tiny table with a mish-mash of items. My daughter went over and checked out the competition and being the good daughter that she is, told me my stuff was more unique. Well, it was definitely that. None-the-less, I did better than I had in previous years. I only had a few pieces but I focused on things I thought the kids would like and I knew my students would come check out my booth no matter how small it was. Almost all the items I specifically made for the fair sold. I wish I had had more time to make more Pokeballs and emojis. Those sold out fast with the kids wanting more. The poop emojis didn’t last long either. But most exciting of all was that I sold the Elsa doll from Frozen and that red-headed doll in the top right of the picture (above).

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Great picture of Elsa taken by a PTO mom.

I always get a little thrill when I sell one of my dolls AND no one tried to talk me down on the prices. One of the hardest parts for me is pricing my items. In previous years, people loved the work but thought they were too expensive. This year, the items just sold! I was so happy.

The making of some of the items on the table were chronicled on previous blog posts. The tooth with the toothbrush (sold), the Pokeballs (sold), the purpliciousdoll in the top row, the Christmas doll with the purple hat, the face emojis, the Elsa (sold) and Anna dolls, and the superman doll.

An added bonus of doing the fair is that I get to see my students, past and present. Lots of hugs were dispensed that day. My favorite part is when they tell me they still have and value something I made that they either got from our prize box or that they purchased from a previous craft fair. How wonderful is that!

Freebie Friday – Crochet Crown Stat!

I was at work minding my own business, preparing our paper crowns for two students who made it to ‘Queen and King’ on our star chart (an incentive program). Queens and kings get all kinds of goodies like choosing the movie we watch, picking the treats we’ll eat that day, prime seating on the couch for said movie AND they get a crown.

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Freebie Friday – Crochet Stocking

December is one of the busiest times of the year for many people and I’m no exception. I have a never ending to-do list that doesn’t seem to get any shorter. I have been trying to put up our Christmas tree since the day after Thanksgiving but I can finally say it’s up!

Getting the tree up is an adventure. I need to go into our closet under the stairs and pull out all the other boxes (Halloween stuff, empty boxes of electronics no one wants to throw away incase we sell it and need the box again, storage boxes of wrapping stuff, you get the idea) and dig my way to the fake Christmas tree and decorations. You can see why I keep putting it off! This takes time and effort and is easily pushed in favor of other pressing needs like finishing crochet items for the craft fair I decided to participate in at the last moment. So I finally liberated the tree, got it up and started decorating it.

This year was not my best work. I pulled out the lights, tested them to see if they worked, wrapped them around the tree, turned them on and…half of them didn’t work. What?! I Continue reading