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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013!

This year has been amazing for me, on a personal and professional level. I feel like it went by super fast! Maybe it was because I always had so many things I needed to get done that I felt like I didn't have enough time. I'm definitely happy with all I accomplished this year and hope that next year is even better!

So what happened in 2013? Well the main thing is that I started designing my own patterns. I wasn't really planning to it just happened and now I have 12 patterns available for sale. I also started making tutorial videos to go with my patterns. I am really behind on these but I'm hoping to catch up in the next couple of weeks. Last year I only made 2 sales on Etsy. This year I made 13! I know its not a lot but I'm still happy about it. I have to admit I focused too much on the patterns and didn't really add many new items to the shop.

There were 2 main things that made this year awesome. This year my first niece was born! She is the cutest baby and I love being an aunt. I also got to travel to Paris, France and it was amazing. I'm hoping to do some traveling next year too!

2013 Goals
So which goals from last year did I accomplish? NONE! I'm not surprised really. 
I started with a huge list of goals that were shortened it the following:
Use up stash yarn
I must admit I bought a ton of yarn this year but I also use up a lot of yarn both from my stash and the newly purchased one. I definitely want to continue to use up my stash since I have no more room for yarn. 
Make a total of 120 amigurumi
I only made 89. 
Stay Organized
It happened at times but not always. I really need to get oragnized again so I'll probably do that in January just like I did last January.
Learn 4 new crafts/techniques
I tried out Tunisian Crochet and Broomstick Lace. I learned how to knit nupps and I tried out blocking for the first time. I also learned to read knitting charts!

2013 Projects
Projects started: 160

Projects finished: 115
Here are some pictures of my finished projects this year. This year I'm only sharing a couple instead of all of them.

89 Stuffed Animals,

7 Shawls, 

10 Baby Bibs, 1 washcloth

 2 Scarves, 1 Cowl, 1 Cell phone cozy, 1 Baby Blanket, 1 Baby Toy, 1 Pichu Costume(not pictured), & Crocodile Stitch Boots (not pictured)
UFO's: 45
My main UFO is my army of tiny owls!

Goals for 2014!
I've made a list of goals for the new year:
1. Get Organized
2. Use up stash yarn
3. Make 1 shawl a month.
4. Release 2 new patterns a month
5. Make more items for myself.
6. Add at least 5 new items to the Etsy shop a month.

New Year Pattern Sale!
Get 20% off any 2 or more patterns until January 1st at midnight EST. No coupon needed. Excludes e-book.
And I just released my newest pattern Franklin the Frog

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wip Wednesday: Christmas Countdown!

This year I decided I would actually make Christmas gifts. I say actually because I always plan to but never do and I end up buying everyone a gift instead. This year I am sticking to the idea of making them but with only 6 days to finish it seems pretty impossible.

I'm making my brother and his girlfriend 2 gifts each which I won't share just in case they happen to read my blog today. One of her gifts is finished and the other only needs a couple finishing touches and its done. His 2 gifts I just started on Monday and yesterday so I'm definitely rushing to finish. I'm about half way done with one and the other is going to take longer to finish. 

I already bought my mom 2 gift one is a skein of Candy Skein Yummy Lace. She loved the shawl I made with it and I thought since I wouldn't have time to make her the shawl I could at least gift her the yarn and let her pick the pattern. The gift I am making her are the Crocodile Stitch Boots by Bonita Patterns. I finished one of them and started the second. I still need to add buttons but that won't take long.

I'm also making mini owl ornaments for our Christmas tree. One for each family member so a total of 6. I have heads and bodies for 3 of them. I'm making them all brown and the eye color will be picked by the person its for. 
Pattern: Nel the Tiny Owl by Freshstitches.

One of my goals for the year was to make a total of 120 amigurumi and I've only made 86 so I still have 34 to finish and only 14 days. Meaning I need to finish 2-3 a day. The only way I see this actually happening is if most of them are mini amigurumi like the owls above so I already got started on a couple other animals.

I'm working on a Mini Pig.
Pattern: Cliveton the Tiny Pig by Freshstitches

I started 2 Ladybugs. One red and one pink. 
Pattern: Vera the Ladybug by Freshstitches

I started this moose back in November. I worked on it a little at the beginning of the month but haven't worked on it since. I'm hoping that once I finish all my Christmas gifts I'll finally be able to finish it.
Pattern: Its a free pattern by Lanas y Ovillos

I also have a Monkey I crocheted back in November that only needs to be assembled.
Pattern: Owen the Monkey by Freshstitches

The last animal I have to share this week is one of my very own patterns. I have most of the pieces done.
Pattern: Fabian the Red Fox by Freshstitches

Don't forget to come back for Finished Object Friday!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Erick the Eel

Erick the Eel is now available for purchase on Ravelry!

If you purchase by December 18th its only $4! 
($1 off no coupon needed)

Make him with or without fins!
Or even multicolored!
(Tested by Ruth from Wales)

Friday, December 13, 2013

FO Friday: Super-sized!

Hey everyone!
This FO Friday will be super-sized! I haven't been posting anything in over a month which means I have tons to share today. November was a really busy month for me, with my trip to Paris, Thanksgiving, Black Friday planning and new pattern releases I really didn't have time for much else.

Lets start where I left off in my last post. I finished the pilgrim. 
Pattern: Pilgrims by Freshstitches. There is also a female pilgrim!

I frogged the frog and decided to design my own which will be released December 30th: Franklin the Frog.

I also designed an eel being released December 16th: Erick the Eel

 I released two newest designs now available for purchase on Ravelry:

I got to test another Freshstitches pattern: Gingerbread Man designed by Holly Broadbent. Great pattern especially for this time of year!

I think I may have mentioned my aunt wanted me to make her two animals for Christmas gifts, one of which was the frog that I ended up designing. The second one was a lion with a loop mane. The loops took forever but I really liked how he turned out. Modified using Freshstitches pattern Kepler the Lion.

Now on to the animals I've been working on just for fun and to add more items to the shop:

A cute sheep.
Pattern: Sherman the Sheep by Alyssa Voznak. 

A pink owl. 
Pattern: Nelson the Owl by Freshstitches.

Another wolf to add to the shop since I sold one already.
Pattern: Gabriel the Wolf by Adrialys Designs (Me)

A cute pink star! Its a free pattern too!
Pattern: Sterling the Star by Alyssa Voznak.

And another lion that actually follows the pattern exactly.
Pattern: Kepler the Lion by Freshstitches.

Now just a little bit about my trip to Paris. It was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed it and would love to go back someday. I was only there 5 days. It rained 3 of the days we were there but that didn't stop us. I literally walked all day everyday and was so tired but it was worth it. I visited the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees Avenue, Palace of Versalles, Galeries Lafayette, and the Eiffel Tower twice. 

The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower was pretty cool.

I was lucky they started decorating for Christmas in the Malls. The Christmas tree in Galeries Lafayette was one of my favorite things. 

Well that's it for me this week! Have a great weekend!
If you would like to share your FO's or check out what others finished up this week check out Tami's Blog! 
Remember to come back for WIP Wednesday!
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