Saturday, July 30, 2011

Look at this cutie!

This is a cute little guy, Derek, who beat the odds after being born premature.  He is almost a year old and is home with his mom and dad, and bigger brother, JR (who is 7 years old).  I sent this hat to Derek and his mom was sweet enough to take a picture of him wearing  it!  The photo touched my heart so much that I wanted to share it with everyone.   How very cute is he?????

Crochet Baby Boy Hat Any size

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Handmade Purse Set

Handmade Toy Purse SetChristmas is just around the corner, and I have made the perfect gift for that special little girl in your life.  She can be just like mommy (or grandma!) with her handmade purse set, complete with crochet wallet, lipstick, and keyring with two keys.  This purse can be made with button enclosures or with velcro (hook and loop) for added safety for children under 3 when buttons might pose a choking hazard.  The wallet has a top enclosure, with two functional pockets inside.  This is one of the cutest sets I've ever made!  It is made to order, so it can be customized in any color combination.  Also, it is machine washable and dryable!  Your little girl needs this set in her playroom!  It's available in my Etsy shop here:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Doing the victory dance! WOOHOO!!!!!

I finally won a treasury challenge!  Yippee!  The On Fire for Handmade Team treasury challenge!  We won!  Look at all the wonderfully talented Etsy artists featured in my summer leaves treasury.  Without their support and promotion of this treasury, we would not have won.  Please check out the treasury and visit their shops.  Show them some love-they are so very deserving!   I'm just on cloud 9!

You can see the other worthy placers here: 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Marines Treasury

Every once in a while, I come across a treasury on Etsy that really strikes me.  This morning, I found this treasury, which is a tribute to the US Marine Corps.  This treasury reminds me that others appreciate what my son is doing for our country, as a U.S. Marine.  Thank you to IrihanaArts for this!  Click on this link to see the entire treasury:
United States Marines Coasters Set of 4 Handcrafted

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In honor of our Son

Marine Prayer, USMC, Afganistan, 5x7 Digital Photoprint

Here is a beautiful print I found on Etsy, which displays a photo of a US Marine and a beautiful poem about our brave heroes.  Having a son who is training for deployment to Afghanistan, this touched my heart. So I had to share it!  We're so proud of our boy!  Here's the link to this item on Etsy:

I have been featured on someone else's blog!

My friend Janet Long, from Etsy, published a wonderful post about me.  I'm so humbled and so thankful for her kindness and support.  You should really check out her entire blog.  She's such an artist.  It's spectacular!

Here's the link to her post about little old me and the crochet items in my shop:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I am in this beautiful treasury!

Check out my bunny in this awesome treasury, which is full of fiber artists!  I love it!

My Treasury Won 2nd Place!!!!

I entered a treasury challenge yesterday, and thanks to the artists who were featured in my treasury, we won SECOND PLACE!  I hardly ever win anything, so this actually brought tears to my eyes.  Please check out the link.  There are great treasuries featured here, full of beautiful items.  The theme was SUMMER FUN! 
Here's the link and a photo of my treasury:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Handmade Crochet Cotton Washcloths

These handmade crochet cotton washcloths are a new addition to my Etsy shop.  You can find them here:

These extra large cloths are made of 100% cotton green and white yarn.  They are 10" by 12" and are not only absorbent, but are machine washable and dryable, and super long lasting.  The larger size makes them perfect for so many different household tasks and the natural cotton yarn is gentle on sensitive skin.   And, should I mention that they are great colors for Christmas?
Handmade Crochet Washcloths in Green and White

New Crochet Flower Baby Hat

This new crochet flower baby hat is the latest addition to my Etsy shop.  Made in 100% cotton soft yellow and lavender yarn, it is the perfect accessory for any precious little girl, age 3-12 months.

The hat is 16" around, and 6.5" from top to bottom, and is made of 100% cotton yarn.  It has an open stitch, which allows it to stretch and is machine washable and dryable.  The double layered yellow and lavender flower is securely sewn to the hat.  This hat can be customized in any size/color combination. You can find this hat in my Etsy shop at this link:
Crochet Flower Baby Hat

How COOL is this!!!!!

I love looking around Etsy for inspiration, and every time I come across this chair with its knit cover, I stop dead in my tracks and HAVE to drool over it!  The amount of work that goes into this is just unbelievable, and I am just in awe of this artist's talent and ideas.  You MUST check out this shop:

hand knitted cream aran armchair slip cover

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

This is so incredible!

SALE - Brown Sweater Tunic Mini Dress Tweed Effect Long Sleeves Wool

I stumbled across this knit tunic dress on etsy, and I thought it was SO INCREDIBLE that I couldn't NOT share it!  The amount of time and work that goes into something like this is huge, and yet their shop if full of incredible items like this.  I can barely knit a washcloth! I just HAD to share.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Our Home Town Parade, with a touch of Semper Fi!

Let me start this post by pointing out that we live in a small farming town.  Having spent most of my childhood in South Florida, and my husband having grown up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we wouldn't trade this laid back, country lifestyle for anything in the world.  It is so wonderful to raise our children in this community, where everyone knows everyone (so they can't get away with anything--hahaha!) 

Every year, in our town, there is a parade where all the bands of our area high school and those in the surrounding areas, the dance studios, the hair salons, the farming equipment companies, the boy and girl scouts, the local politicians, lots of local churches, etc. march past our house (which is prime real estate on parade day!)  in a two and a half hour parade.  This is our first year of watching the parade without our son, who left less than a year ago, for boot camp for the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was here visiting this weekend, but had to return very early this morning, so he wasn't here for the parade.  However, he was of course in our hearts and on our minds, and this tractor went by (Oh!  I forgot to mention this......a BUNCH of old antique, and some new, tractors are also a main attraction in these parades.)  Anyway, this tractor drove by, and seeing us sitting in our front yard with our two flags posted on either side of our porch, one being the American flag, and the other a U.S. Marine Corps flag, he waved to us.  I snapped this picture and sent it to my son.  I wanted to share it with everyone on the internet, I'm that appreciative of this tribute to the United States Marine Corps. So here it is! I'm SO PROUD to be an AMERICAN!!!!!

My Banana Won

Safe Toys Pretend BananaFor the first time ever, I entered some of my items in the handmade top 10 contest, and after several grueling days of tracking votes, my banana made it into the top 10 in the yellow category!  It's number 8, but I'm SO EXCITED!  YAY! 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Thank you, Shelly 6262!

My Etsy friend, Shelly 6262 featured me in a beautiful treasury today, a tribute to the 4th of July.  Please take the time to visit her shop here:

Happy Fourth of July!

This is a beautiful painting that I've found on Etsy, which depicts the brotherhood that our military heroes develop, especially when deployed. My son is in the US Marine Corps, and is training now for his upcoming deployment. The brotherhood he has developed with his fellow Marines is one like I've never seen before. These men train together, have fun together, live together, and soon will fight together. Their bond is unbreakable. This gorgeous work of art depicts this brotherhood perfectly. It was created by a military wife, named Kristine. Please check out her shop, A Painted Mind, to purchase this painting, or one of her other beautiful creations!

Here is the link to the paintings in her shop:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I love this pic--adorable military baby

I found this picture on etsy.  It's one of the cutest I've seen, and so perfect for this time of year.  It is an advertisement for the beautiful red white and blue hair bow.  Below the pic is a link to the shop.  You should check it out!
July  Large Starlit - A Posh Twist on Hair Accessories

Friday, July 1, 2011

My crochet dog sweater is in this awesome treasury

I crocheted a patriotic dog sweater, and it's featured here.  Please check out this treasury and the etsy shop Naturalpetproducts, whose owner created it!

Custom Crochet Dog Sweater for 4th of July  My doggy, Dalton, is such a star!  :0)