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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Getting Ready!!

Christmas always seems to sneak up on me.. and then pounces.. just like one of my cats.. I always seem to run nonstop until New Years.. and guess it wont change this year!!

I still have to wrap our gifts.. and we always spend Christmas Eve decorating the tree and relaxing.. our cats wont let the tree alone.. so it basically goes up for a couple of days until we get sick of redecorating it over and over again.. grin..

I already have a ton of orders for after Christmas.. guess I wont be bored this winter.. smile.. got slipper orders, an afghan and orders for kids items.. smile.. so this winter will be busy too..

This year I will be making some changes to things.. I hope.. cos I do want to cut down on things so I dont feel like I am on a treadwheel.. we will see if things do calm down..

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Knit Look Slippers with Hello Kitty Closures

Just been busy.. trying to find time to get the rest of my orders done, and find time for things like cleaning, Christmas shopping.. and all those fun things you do at this time of the year.. sometimes I feel like I am on a treadmill.. sigh.. every year I swear I wont take as many Christmas orders.. and every year I do..

Anyways.. I wanted to take a minute and put up the ones I just finished.. I need to make 3 of these like this.. got the one done.. and working on the second one.. feeling pressed for time..


Close up of the button..

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cupcake Slippers for Child

I previously showed you the pink ones.. here are the purple ones.. doing some of my pictures today.. If you look closely at the cupcake topper.. you can see the small flecks of purple, pink, yellow, blue, etc.. thought they came out cute..

Monday, December 16, 2013

Infant Knit Look Slipper

Would have liked to have more time to take more pictures.. I will get them done.. but for now. I need to work on my orders..

Here is a quick look at the Infant Knit Look Slippers.. I put a cute multicolored pinwheel buttons on them.. think they go nice.. what do you think??
Close up of the slipper.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time..

Over the last year, I have been thinking on how to save time.. with all the stuff I do, I sometimes feel like I dont have much down time.. even my boyfriend told me I need to slow down.. so I have made a few decisions.. hopefully this will cut back on my stress levels..

One - Old & New Shoppe in Buy Sell Community will be closed.. I will only put my items up on Ebay.. which of course will raise my prices.. but most of my sales are thru Ebay anyways.. the Yahoo Groups have effectively stopped selling for me.. I say less than 10% of my sales are thru the groups.. so why not just list them on Ebay and just show my Ebay link?? They generally will be Buy It Now anyways.. and I will just keep the ads up for 30 days at a time.. this way I cut back on some of the time on the computer..

Two -- leaving me with more time to make things for my Etsy store -- The Cat's Meow Crochet.. I am selling alot of items thru there now.. as well as on Facebook..

My Yahoo Groups -- I will still keep them open.. it is just the links will go directly to Ebay or Etsy.. members of my Old & New Group will still get their 10% discount (they still will need to tell me they are a member).. and you still can get the items directly thru me.. and not on Ebay.. of course, if someone places a bid and/or orders before you actually buy it, they will get it first..

Cat's Meow members dont get a discount.. but they will get special sales at least 4 times per year.. that they and Facebook Members only get.. and if you buy thru Facebook.. you already get a discount..

Last but least.. I now will need a deposit on all orders.. as again.. someone stuck me with an order. unless it is a small order of $5 or less.. it isnt fair to me and to others behind you to leave me in suspense..

Well.. back to computer work and crocheting.. I might have some time to just relax.. soon.. lol..

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Very Busy!!

Sorry I havent been here.. but I am trying to get all my orders done for Christmas.. pictures as soon as I can find a moment..

Monday, December 2, 2013

First Pair of Cupcake Slippers

I used pink pompadour yarn for the back part.. brown sport yarn for the front part.. and baby yarn for the top part.. These are soft, and hopefully sturdy.. 

Finished these yesterday.. been trying to get pictures to show the colorful top.. no luck.. sigh. the tops have flecks of pink, blue, yellow, and purple in them.. comes out white in the pictures.. dont have time to keep trying as I have one more pair in purple to make by the end of this week..

Here are two more pictures of the top and side.. close up..

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finished the Newborn Teddy Bear Slippers

I did plan on putting these up on Friday.. but somehow I never got time.. was busy both Thanksgiving Day and Friday with spending time with friends and alot of running around on Friday.. I thought I better get this done today..
I made these with pompadour baby yarn, which has a sheen to it.. these will last awhile.. as this is a sturdy yarn.. these particular ones are Newborn, up to 6 months.. a bit hard to do the heads.. since they are small.. but they are cute as can be.. smile.. here are close ups of both pairs..


I am now working on two pairs of Toddler cupcake slippers.. almost got the first one done.. pictures soon..  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

First Snowfall of the Year





Well.. we got our first snowfall.. not too bad.. pretty as a picture.. smile.. nice to just sit at home.. drink coffee and do some stuff around here.. We got just enough to make it pretty.. but not enough to make it horrible.. cant complain..

I am working on newborn teddy bear slippers, two pairs of them for an order.. I got them almost done.. have one more head to attach and do the eyes and noses.. and I will be done.. should have pictures by Friday.. then off to 2 pairs of cupcake slippers for toddlers.. Guess this year is a slipper year for me.. lol.

So what are your plans for Thanksgiving?? We are heading to my best friend's house for dinner.. we do that almost every year.. nice to spend time with friends for the holiday.. and she cooks a nice meal too.. grin.. anyways.. time to head off to get my computer work done.. then crochet..


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It is raining slippers at my house..

I have been working on orders.. orders and orders of slippers.. Finished the first pair of Knit Look Slippers (adult size).. and a pair of Football Slippers for Toddlers.. thought you would like to see pictures!!

I am currently working on two pairs of newborn infant teddy bear slippers..pictures coming soon..

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This is the Knit Look slippers.. I had to make my own topper.. as you can see.. it worked out!!

This is the Football Slippers, that I just finished.. I also included pictures of the front and back views.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I am in the Buffalo Rising!!



So excited.. I cant believe they mentioned one of my items in the Buffalo Rising Newspaper!! They had a picture of my froggy slippers for kids and adults.. so excited!! I always love free advertising.. grin.. go and check it out!!

BUFFALO RISING ARTICLE!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Update On Knit Look Slipper

I have had a busy week so far.. just havent had time to come on the computer.. and when I do have some free time, I have been crocheting.. I finally mostly finished the Knit Look Slipper that I talked about in my last blog entry.. I thought you would like to see it so far.. front and side views.. I had a real problem with the top of the slipper.. the pattern called for a slip stitch fabric with a Icord chain in the middle.. after trying this for a couple of days.. I realized that I just wasnt gonna be able to do this.. my hands just wont let me.. so I make up a topper that went well.. I thought. what you all think? I still have 4 more pairs of these to do.. so glad I figured out a way around the problem.. this should make the others go easier.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Knit Look Slippers

I have started my first pair (have at least 5 to do in a row!).. thought you would like to see how they are coming out.. I like this color combo.. nice and colorful.. and it does look knitted.. this is a scan.. not a picture taken by a camera.

You can see the pattern here.. It is by Bonita Patterns.. they have alot of cute slipper patterns..

I will update you again on Friday.. I am sure by that time.. I will either be done with the first pair or almost done..


Monday, November 4, 2013

Poinsettia Towels Are Done!!

These are for an order.. just finished them last night.. I topped them with antique white and gold christmas yarn, edged it in red (with a red glitter) to match the poinsettia.. and added a poinsettia button.. I thought they came nice!! I still can make two more for custom orders.. if anyone is interested.. now working on a pair of knit look slippers.. got the sole finished.. and am working on the sole of the second pair.. I hope to have pictures on Wednesday..

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Flamingo and Hanging Towels are done!!

Took a while as I had trouble with counting stitches and following the pattern while sick.. finally got done with and took the pictures.. smile.. what you think?  It is about 6 1/2 inches sitting and 10 3/4 inches full length.. Pictures include closeup of the head.. with the wiggly eyes..




I also finished off a set of towels for an order.. thought the colors together were cute.. this finishes off two more orders.. now I am working on an order for poinsettia hanging towels and a pair of those knit type slippers.. both are orders.. smile.. getting there..


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Finally got here..

I been trying to do too much.. esp with this sinus headache I have had.. I really suspect I have an infection.. so heading to the Dr. on Monday. ugh.. I hate going to the Dr's.. dont you??

Anyways.. I got done with 2 sets of Thanksgiving Hanging Towels.. one for an order and one to put up for sale on Etsy.. I am still working on the Flamingo.. it is hard working on this with a nasty headache.. so I am moving slow.. got the body and head done.. I will take pictures of this over the week.. probably on Tuesday.. hope to have them done then..

Anyways.. the towels are similar.. but not the same.. the first is a hanging towel with a turkey saying Gobble, Gobble.. I found these cute towels.. and had to top them... I topped it in off white worsted weight yarn matching the off white in the towel.. and edged it in a cranberry brown color.. matching the word "Gobble".. the button matches that also.. plastic with a wood tone look to it.. I MIGHT be able to get more.. am not sure.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167155100/thanksgiving-turkey-hanging-towel?

This one was for an order.. and made in her choice of colors.. I matched the cranberry to the turkey.. and the brown to the turkey.. and topped with a cream color button..

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Busy day yesterday.. New hanging towel listed.

Well.. it is Sunday again.. my day for clearing out the week of computer stuff.. I need a day a week to do this.. as I get too busy with other things..  Advertising takes up as much time as crocheting.. didnt you kinow that.. smile..

Didnt have alot of time to crochet.. but did finish a set of Thanksgiving Towels.. I try to make an item every other day to put up for sale both on my pages and in my store.. got to do this to keep people interested.. I will find time today to work on the flamingo head.. anyways.. here are the two towels I did.. I love these.. came out great.. I topped it with a complimentary gold to go with the pattern, and edged in in fall variegated yarn.. then found these really nice brown buttons.. I know you cant see in the photo.. but these have a wood look to them.. not solid.. and they are plastic.. I have two available.. and can make two more (just dont have the same buttons)..




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Another project finished.. and update on the flamingo

I had an order via Listia for an infant headband in Christmas colors so I got that done yesterday to take a quick break from the Flamingo.  Here is how it came out.. this is a Shell Wheel Headband that I got online by Teresa Richardson. I used some Christmas variegated yarn that has some silver strands in it.. pretty for a newborn infant.


Now on the flamingo.. I got the body done and stuffed and now am working on the head.  It is a time consuming project, but at the same time easy to do.. I suspect it will take me into next week with breaks in between to work on small projects to get them out the way.. I hope to have some pictures by tomorrow.. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Projects Completed!!

Happy to say I am on a roll with my crochet orders.. I finished the adult cupcake slippers (see previous blog entry for pictures).  This will be going up for sale first on my yahoo group.. then Facebook.. I cant take orders for this now.. but if you are willing to wait.. I can put you on the list. I got a ton of orders to fill.. Tomorrow I will update you on what I am doing now..

I also finished off an order for dishclothes from Etsy.. Pictures are below.. people really like these.. I have gotten orders for these before.. and they must like them. cos they come back for more.. smile..

These are made of Simply Soft yarn.. which has the texture of cotton.. but none of the bad parts of it.. these dry fast, don't shrink or fade and last just as long as the cotton ones.. best part they cost less.. These make a nice gift to give someone along with hanging towels and/or my scrubbies.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Completed one of the Cupcake Slippers

Had to do alot of frogging to get the top to fit.. but I figured it out.. These are 8 inches long.. so will fit a foot up to 8 1/2 inches.. this pair will be sizes 4 - 5 maybe 5 1/2.. guess this will be my demo model..


 I am not putting these up on Etsy for a while.. as I dont want to take on any more orders until I get the ones I have now done..

For more info on the pattern.. GO HERE..

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Started the Flamingo.. and the latest movie we are watching..

I decided to start the flamingo.. instead of finishing off the cupcake slippers.. I will work on those tonight.. lol.. I should finish them off with no problem..

This isnt my picture.. just wanted you to see the actual finished item as listed on the pattern. have to say this is adorable.. smile..

One of the best things about having a Roku is we can watch what we want to.. when we want to.. at a really low cost.. smile.. last night we watched first.. Shark Tank.. great shows.. love the ideas that flow from people... one of our favorite shows.. then we started a mini series.. called Delete.. you can see the info here on Netflix.. we watched the first part last night.. will finish tonight.. smile. I get most my crocheting done to my TV shows.. update probably tomorrow.. depending on how things go..

Happily.. I just sold a bunch of stuff on Etsy.. smile.. really makes me happy.. as well as auction a bunch of stuff on Listia.. Ebay is off my list to focus on.. as they got my account frozen.. and I can only list 40 at a time.. that is ok.. gives me more time with my other accounts..


Friday, October 11, 2013

Cupcake Slippers For Adults..

Am working on a pair of trial cupcake slippers for adults.. using two different patterns and making into one..

First.. I am using the bottoms of the Crocodile Loafers (same ones I just used on my latest pair of Rainbow Slippers).. and of course using the Cupcake Slipper Pattern that I used in the Toddler version. just making  it larger..

So far I got the bottoms done.. I used a thinner yarn than usual ( I suspect this yarn was actually a DK and not regular worsted weight).. and also a G hook.. and the slippers came out smaller than they should have.. not to worry.. my next pair I just will use a H hook to counteract the gauge problem.. so my first pair will be a size 1 - 2 (which is a larger child size).. those will eventually hit my Etsy store. I wasnt focusing on my gauge.. but more on the pattern.. in order to combine both patterns, I had to make several changes.. and hence.. how it ended up too small..  Pictures coming soon.. I didnt think of taking pictures last night.. since while I was doing that.. we were also watching a movie called Assult on Wallstreet.. you can watch the trailer HERE.. This was a great movie.. dont want to let you in on too much.. but you really had to feel for the poor guy..

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just finished up an order..

She wanted a Halloween towel which I had just put up.. and a scrubby.. finished the scrubby last night.. Made it with Simply Soft.. people seem to like my kitchen items made with that.. since it drys so much faster and dont fade.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

More Towels.. More Towels.

I just put up 3 new hanging towels up on Etsy.. and before I could get here.. one of them sold already.. lol..

This is the one that sold right after I put it up!! How cute.. I even found a Witch hat button for it.. (of course on Listia).. wish I had more of those buttons..

This one is still available.. I have two left.. perfect gift for a teacher.. or a mom.. not scary one at all..

https://www.etsy.com/listing/165160609/trick-or-treat-clown-kid-hanging-towel?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Just finished a Pair of Rainbow Slippers

These were for an order.. made them slightly different than last time.. I wanted to try this style as I will need it for the next pair of slippers - Adult Cupcake Slippers. Hope to start these soon..

I finished these before the end of the night last night.. so worked on more Halloween towels.. they will be up tomorrow..

PREVIOUS STYLE                                      NEW STYLE -


CLOSE UPS OF THE SIDES AND TOP.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Slippers Update

Just finished a pair of toddler bunny slippers for an order.. so cute.. I just love making kids slippers.. lol.. Anyways.. I got this pattern from a booklet and used a bunny head I found online.. I dont have the booklets with me.. so I will send tomorrow..

I am now working on a pair of Rainbow Slippers.. in dark blue.. hope to send you pictures by the weekend..








Saturday, September 28, 2013

Added More Towels to Etsy..

Trying very hard to get my stuff up on Etsy.. and get sold.. before the Halloween season is over.. want to help me.. well.. you can like my items on Facebook, like my store and/or items on Etsy, follow my blog here.. and of course forward any of the above to friends.. even send on Twitter.. you can even follow me on Twitter now..

Halloween Words (2 available)
GET READY FOR HALLOWEEN!! Here is a nice Halloween towel for your kitchen or bathroom.. A terrycloth towel with a orange topper edged in black with a bat button.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/164060915/halloween-words-hanging-towel?

Smiling Jack O Lantern (2 available)
Here are a couple of cute hanging towels.. Jack O Lantern with a witch hat, surrounded by spider webs.. This terrycloth towel is topped with a white topper edged in orange and a Jack O Lantern button.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/164051870/smiling-jack-o-lantern-hanging-towels?