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Fall Patchwork Show - LOVE

I've now done a handful of craft shows and I've discovered the key to a great craft booth setup 

Music.

 

Seriously.   The night before setup I charged my iPod (yes, it's old, but it works), I even uploaded some new songs. I also realized that my set-up playlist is almost the same as my workout playlist. *shrug*

Then, the unthinkable happened.

Yup

Custom Orders are Fun!

 

 

I was working on these last night - so purrty!

These are a custom order to a lovely lady in southern California who heard about my shop from a friend who was wearing a pair of my big crochet hoops.

Word of mouth is great!  Plus, I've gotten such a great response on instagram (@thebkloop) that I'll be making  more of these - - in more fun colors. But, what colors??

 

Bowled Over

Do you see my bowl? It's in the second row, on the right :D

I love bowls.

Side note: I haven't done a post on some of the handmade awesomeness I've come across recently, so that'll be coming up later this week.

Craft Fairs, Holiday Prep and Forgotten Scarves

Working hard. 

End of summer is basically holiday prep time (it may sound crazy, but once halloween arrives its getting close to the end of prep time). Even though as a consumer I can't deal with seeing holiday decrations for sale at the same time as back-to-school items - when you make, and sell, carefully handmade items, it pays to be prepared.

Crochet Mandalas

I've been in a new-meets-old kind of mood.  It all started with these great crocheted mandalas and granny circles I made but I wanted to do something different than make placemats or hot pads (does any one REALLY use placemats any more...anyone? really? Just wondering). 

 

Anyhow, I've had 6 or so embroidery hoops sitting around that I picked up at a local thrisft shop.  I'm not entirely sure why I bought them in the first place but I finally found something awesome to do with them.

Memories

I never realized the impact that a bowl could make until I got this in the mail a couple of weeks ago:

Meet "Blankie." Well loved for years, moved around, taken to college and then, one day, showed up in my mail box.  An earlier email from the owner said "Here's blankie... Salvageable?"

Of course!

While I as getting everything ready,  I noticed a faint pattern

Pride

When was the last time you were really proud of yourself?  I mean, really proud - like this proud:

 

Yup, that's my son. He just finished that dinosaur puzzle pretty much by himself.

If you haven't felt that feeling lately, maybe it's time to find something new and challenging. And when you succeed give yourself a thumbs up, and maybe even a glass of chocolate milk.

 

Crochet Bowl Love

Contain yourself!

And anything else you want because the bowls have arrived – and there are, of course, more where they came from. Some greys, a few moody blues and some bright picnic colors will all be arriving in the coming weeks.

 

Where can you use a crocheted bowl? Anywhere!

Butterflies for Birdie

For various reasons, my grandmother no longer travels.  

She is a woman, named Birdie who no longer flies (or takes any other transportation that will carry her outside of her about-town radius from her home).  Well, a little while back I made some butterfly earrings for a friend - if you follow me on instragram (kuumba60) you probably saw this photo:

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