There's a lot going on... first, I designed my "Young Frankenstein" baby hat just in time for trick-or-treating and Fall photo shoots. I was thinking that a little black "suit" or some sweats would make an easy baby Halloween costume.
Second, I've learned to use a spinning wheel! That's right, I can now make yarn. And, as much as I might want to keep it all to myself, there just aren't enough hours in a day, so I'm starting to sell it in my Etsy shop, too! Here's a screen shot from when I was editing photos earlier:
Since 2008, my pals in the Handmade Movement have been swooping in on new/undiscovered Etsy shops, buying, promoting, and giving morale boosts like you wouldn't believe! This type of selflessness is rare, and it's certainly a big deal each time... but this Thursday (May 24) will be an even bigger deal, when we Sneak up on our 1,000th lucky "victim!"
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, come by today's Sneak Attack so you can get a feel for things. Consider it practice for Thursday - you're going to want to get your hearting and carting skills warmed up! This week would be a great time to commit a random act of kindness!
It's a good thing! My Handmade Movement pals are promoting very new Etsy shops that don't meet the usual Sneak Attack criteria. Maybe they only have a few items, or they are out of the usual price range (under $10), etc. So, anyway, I'm hosting for an hour today from 2-3, which means I got to find shops to feature! Here are my picks, which both feature beautiful art:
The whole goal is to get these new shops new hearts, facebook fans, twitter followers, pins, +1s, stumbles... in general lots of exposure for their lovely shops! Here is today's Heart Attack thread - but even if you can't join us there, please at least give the two shops I picked a look!
I heard about him from my pal LaRue (you know LaRue; she makes all my favorite earrings, keychains, etc.). Here's what she shared on facebook the other day:
"This is Jorden, my cousin's son. I have asked for prayers for him previously, as he has many health issues. Convaid is giving away a new wheelchair to the child with the most 'likes' [in their Facebook contest]. Jorden is outgrowing his current chair, and the new chair would allow him access to areas that he can not get to conveniently now. Please click on the 'like' button associated with Jorden's photo. A comment would also be helpful."
It just takes two clicks to help! One click here and then one to "like" the pic of Jorden. If for some reason the link above is not working for you, you can also access it through my Facebook page. Thank you kindly. You rock!
Told you. Are these not the sweetest little slippers you've ever seen? Hopefully they turn out to be "somewhere between a 6 and a 7" which is what size Ellie's mom says she wears. I googled shoe size measurements and made them as long as the results said. I got the handmade fleece flowers from hksupermom during a Sneak Attack (See? Undiscovered Etsy shops can have the most amazing things!); the genius-y slipper pattern was designed by Little Red Mitten - and she provides instructions for making them in all sizes from baby to grown-up! Regarding the yarn, you know I can be kind of a yarn snob, right? But slippers for a kid must be soft and machine-washable. This is what I used; was super-soft and pleasant on a knitter's hands! Since the pattern calls for two strands held together, I grabbed the center-pull and the outside of the skein - which means my yarn-ball holder came in quite handy. There - now you can go make slippers for your adorable cousins!