Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Katiedid Labels

Anyone wanting to start their own home business needs to put a lot of thought into branding. You want people to recognize you and your work. When you do any type of crafting business whether it is sewing or knitting or crocheting you want something that will identify you and that piece. So, labels become a necessity.

There are a ton of tutorials out there with different kinds of labels you can make and usually they are complicated or extremely time consuming. Me, I prefer something cheap and easy that I can get done in a timely manner.

Here's how I got these done...

I bought printable sheets of fabric from Joann Fabrics. The ones I got actually have a fusible side so you could iron them on if you wanted to do so. However, for knit products you probably want to avoid doing that.

Once I got home, I hopped onto Microsoft word. Here's where it got a little tricky. I simply typed out my name in a font. The one I used is the same one that is actually in my logo, but you can use whatever font you would like. Then I made four columns and copy and pasted my logo in enough times to fill the page. Make sure you double space these, as to have enough room to cut around your labels.

I then printed a test sheet, this is important as you don't want to waste your fabric sheets. After you know its how you want them to look, go ahead and print them out.

I personally like how the edges kind of fray a little. If you look closely at mine, you can see what I am talking about. If you don't like that, I would simply make the space around each logo larger and then stitch or even carefully burn the edges to seam them closed. I however skipped this step and simply took matching yarn and stitched the label right onto the hat.

This overall cost me less than $4!! Which is fantastic for anyone on a budget!

The final thing I would like to add though is I haven't tried to wash these. So beware before attaching them to something that will get frequently laundered.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Purple Bow Hat

There are hats like these all over the internet, especially Pinterest. This is just my version. I love the way this purple seems to pop! There will be a pattern for this coming soon. I just need to finish drafting everything up and getting it rolling.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Reveling in Ravelry

Well seems like since Pinterest has been all the craze lately, I haven't really shown anything from my Ravelry queue. Well, here is a look inside.

Snuggly Wuggly Booties: I love these. But I would make a few minor adjustments and turn these into some loafers.

Butterfly Hat Pattern: I am absolutely loving this pattern. It isn't your run of the mill beanie. I am definitely going to be trying this at some point!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Newborn Viking Hat

I have made a Viking hat before, but this one is just so incredibly tiny! This was made for a friend who recently had a baby boy. Still I love the design behind this hat. I think it's so cute for a little man.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Peruse My Pinterest

Brown Boots: I love these little boots. They look like something I would want as an adult! 

Cream Bobble Hat: I love this hat!!! I have really been into the hats that are knit vertically lately. Maybe I just find them fascinating. Either way, I think this hat could be for either gender depending on what color in which you decide to knit. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monkey Hat with Diaper Cover

I love and adore baby photo props. I think they are so much fun because you can be as creative as possible! My newest piece is this monkey suit. 

I used an absolutely fantastic yarn that gave it the dimension in color as well as the fuzzy look it has to it. I really think it looks fantastic in pictures!

But my favorite part about this is the diaper cover. Who doesn't just love that cute little tail? Unfortunately it also was the most irritating about crocheting up this piece. Still I think the turnout was fantastic.

Hopefully, I will see some pictures of this piece on a baby soon!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Peruse My Pinterest- Hunger Games

Just one very special pin this week. I am, like most of the country, obsessed with the Hunger Games trilogy. With the movie opening this past week, I thought I would pay tribute to one of the best book series I have ever read. 

You can find the chart for this on Ravelry and use any hat pattern. I also think it would look great as a flap on a messenger bag.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baby Sandals

These great little sandals were all the crazy on Pinterest for awhile. At first, I was on the fence about whether or not I liked these. Mostly because I wasn't sure how practical they were. Although, I suppose at the end of the day, babies don't walk so they don't exactly need to have the bottom of their feet covered. 

However, after making them I definitely see their charm. They are completely adorable and look great on babies. These would make a great gift for someone who is having a baby girl. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fedora Hat

I had previously posted about different Fedora patterns here. I finally got around to making one.

 This one sadly, wasn't for me. It was made for a newborn. This was a very easy pattern and a fairly quick project. You can find the pattern I used on Etsy. I would recommend checking out the shop. There are some pretty cool patterns there.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crocodile Stitch Booties

I instantly fell in love with these Crocodile Baby Booties when I first saw them.

My pictures aren't nearly as cute as hers or as professional but in person they actually look very similar. The pattern was really easy to follow and was a quick project.

Seeing the difference in the pictures made me realize I either need a new camera, or some photography lessons. Probably the latter. 

Either way, I would SO recommend this pattern.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bunny "FUFU' Outfit

Here is another photo prop I did for a friend. This is such a great pattern, unfortunately I don't readily have access to a baby to snap photos of in these. 

This is actaully a Snassy Crafter pattern. You can click on the link to go to the pattern on Etsy. 

This was a fairly easy pattern to follow and I must say my favorite part was the pink bunny poof tail. It just adds a little pop of color and cuteness something like this needs.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Peruse My Pinterest

Well, I am still on a baby kick. It seems as though I am hitting an age where many of my friends are having babies. Last week I basically showed you all things for a little girl. I should probably shake things up and do a few cute boy ideas.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Green Pea Pod Cocoon

I absolutely love the photo props that are so commonly used now. It basically gives you a reason to be a little wild and outlandish and everyone thinks it's awesome. Such as the case with something like this pea pod.

The unfortunate part is I really didn't take note of exactly how I did this. For the cocoon I know I basically used a pattern from Busy Mom. This was something I did during a TV night with my mom and sister, which means I wasn't very good at writing down my patterns. I may go back and do another one of these so I can share!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Peruse My Pinterest

Well one of my best friends just announced she was pregnant. So naturally I went nuts looking at baby knits. Somehow I ended up mostly looking at baby booties. Well Pinterest didn't let me down... Take a look.

These are just a few of the great knits that I saw while perusing on Pinterest. Go ahead and follow my Knit/Crochet board to see everything I have found. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Newborn Bow Hat

Newborn Bow Hat 

Hook: Sz K

Yarn: At least 4 colors worsted weight yarn

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in chain

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around to end of round (12 sts) place marker

Round 3: 1 sc in next sc, 2  sc in next sc, till marker (18 sts)

Round 4: 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next sc, till marker (24 sts)

Round 5: 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next sc, till marker (30 sts)

Round 6: 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next sc, till marker (36 sts)

Round 7: 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next sc, till marker (42 sts)

Round 8-14: SC to end of round

Round 15: Change color to show scalloped edge. SC in first st, skip one, 3 DC in next st, skip one repeat till end of the round. Tie off

To make the bow you can find the directions here. Quick Bows.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hershey's Kiss Hat

Here is another one of my silent auction hats. This is my favorite out of all the hats I made for the auction. It was also very easy and quick to make. 

Hershey's Kiss Hat

Hook: Sz M
Yarn: Bulky weight doubled
Other Items: white ribbon, fabric pen or puff paint

Round 1: Ch 3, 4 DC into 3rd ch from hook, SS to join
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 DC into each DC, SS to join (8 total)
Round 3: Ch 2, 1 DC in 1 DC, 2 DC in next DC, continue to end, SS to join (12 total)
Round 4: Ch 2, 1 DC in each of the next 1 DC, 2 Dc in next DC, continue to end, SS to join (18 total)
Round 5: Ch 2, 1 DC in each of the next 2 DC, 2 Dc in next DC, continue to end, SS to join (24 total)
Round 6: Ch 2, 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC, 2 Dc in next DC, continue to end, SS to join (30 total)
Round 7-8: DC in each DC to end. Tie off.

Sew white ribbon with Kisses or Hershey's written on the ribbon in black.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Peruse My Pinterest

As many of you know, I have done a series called Reveling in Ravelry. I posted cute things that I found on Ravelry just to spread the wealth of the things that I have found. Now all the craze is Pinterest. I have seen so many cute things that have inspired my projects and have found their way onto my pin boards. So here is the first edition of a sister series, Peruse my Pinterest.

These are three things I am definitely going to be making! I am so inspired by all the creativity on this site!!!! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Easy Flower Beanie

This is another hat that I did for the silent auction donations. I used the pattern for the Curly Q hat, didn't add the scallop edging and added a flower to the side. (click on the word flower to get the link to the flower instructions) 

The best part about making simple hats, is that it allows for you to be creative with what you add to them. It really makes the additions stand out! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Reveling in Ravelry- Photo Props

Seems like knit photo props have been all the craze lately. Every one wants them and obviously people will knit to meet demand. After looking around on Ravelry, here are some of my picks. 


There are plenty of amazing things are out there to help inspire you. If you just want to replicate these, the patterns are available online.