Saturday, August 29, 2009

Just a hint of things to come....


I've been busy this week coming up with a fun new mini product line that would make a perfect little gift for that stressed person you know in your life. You can add a few things to it to make a little stress relief gift bag and bring sunshine into your friend's life. It will be available in the store this coming Tuesday if you want to check it out. But if you have any guesses feel free to comment. And if you get tired and stressed from trying to figure it out, check out this post by Carol over at a Second Cup - if you're a parent of teens, well...you'll totally understand. It will certainly send you into fits of giggles and help that stress just melt away.





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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thousand Word Thursday

Okay, I'm breaking the rules...but I'm all about that so here goes...

My friend Amy, over at A See of Green has a cool new alternative to Wordless Wednesday. (We got a little put off by how that site loads for people who we might send there) SO, in honor of Thousand Word Thursday (you know, a picture's worth a thousand words)- here's my entry!











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Monday, August 24, 2009

Crochet Pattern!


While I'm no longer offering children's items in my shop I still love to make them. I decided to share a pattern for one of my favorite items I like to make for a baby gift, blankets! They don't have to be fancy, just cute. And soft. Babies love them, and my children all still have the special one I made for each of them. This one is pretty easy and has an interesting design. It's a versatile pattern that you can make any width you'd like based on what you want it's purpose to be - stroller blanket, crib blanket, or just a snuggle blanket.

Materials:
Baby yarn (weight - 2)
Size D and F crochet hooks

While I'd love to tell you how much yarn, it will vary based on how big you make the blanket. I know, that doesn't help much does it. I used 8 average size skeins of baby yarn from my stash. I hate to admit that I'm not even sure how much that was, they were a trade from a friend for something they wanted me to make and they didn't have the bands on them anymore. The closest thing I can compare it to would be Bernat Baby Yarn. (which comes - 1.75 oz/50g/286 yd/262m ball.) I would guess 8 skeins of Bernat also. What's fantastic about blankets, gauge really isn't all that important.

Use two strands of yarn together. Using the F hook, chain 151. Now you'll need to create a base for the decorative stitch for the blanket, so you need to dc in the 4th chain from hook (those three chains you left un-worked count as your first dc) and in each chain across for a total of 149 dc's. Turn. Now that you've created a base you'll repeat these two rows for however wide you'd like your blanket to be.

Row 1:
Ch3 (this counts as first dc) then (fpdc * in next stitch, dc in next stitch) - repeat the two stitches in parenthesis until you reach the end of the row. Turn.

Row 2:
Ch3 (this counts as first dc) then (dc in next stitch, fpdc* in next stitch) - repeat the two stitches in parenthesis until you reach the last two stitches, dc in last two stitches. Turn.

Repeat these two rows until you have the desired width. Fasten off.

Using the D hook, rejoin yarn in corner where foundation chain is. (3 sc in corner, then single crochet in each foundation chain, 3 sc in corner. Along longer side, 2sc in first row end, then 1 sc in row ends alternating until you reach the next corner. Repeat for remaining two sides. Slip stitch to first sc. Turn. Chain one, sc in each sc - make certain when you reach a corner to 3 sc in corner stitch. Fasten off when you've reached the beginning point. This makes two full rounds around the edge of the blanket.

You'll see that this creates a beautiful boxed stitch pattern. You can make stripes, large or small to vary the look or to match nursery colors.


*Here's the easiest to follow link to show you how to fpdc (front post double crochet) Crochet Spot! Thanks Rachel - awesome site for crocheters, so make sure to check it all out!

The picture here is of one I just finished for my daughter to gift to her co-worker who's expecting a little girl any day. I added a little pink to it from some pink yarn I had left in my stash (about 1/2 skein). I worked 10 rows of the pattern in white, then 2 in pink and repeated until I ran out of white yarn. LOL Come on, you didn't really expect me to be precise about this did you?




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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New items available!

Make sure to check out the store! It's football season already, can you believe it? I bet you're ready for it, almost. Don't forget to stock up on Magic Slippers in your favorite team colors!



NEW Large Pleated Purse design also available, in one of my all time favorite Michael Miller Fabrics!





Happy shopping,


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FAQ answers to your store questions!

I've had email questions about how the store works, so hopefully this will answer what you've been wanting to know. Hopefully I didn't miss something. If I did feel free to let me know!

SO, you've wondered about what Candejo's Creations has to offer. You've clicked the shop link and looked through the pages and found something you would love to purchase but don't know how, so here's the FAQ's. It's quick, easy and painless - really. I promise.



See that little register button? Just click there. You'll be taken to a main details page. There you'll be asked to fill pick an account type, business or personal. You can decide if you want to register your business or if you'd rather have a personal account - isn't it great YOU can decide! Then you'll be asked the following information:

Full Name
Address
City, State ZIPCODE
Phone #
Date of Birth
Email Address

This information is for a seller (me), obviously to ship items and for communication on payments, special orders etc. When you purchase something you'll then be able to see that same information on the seller (me). No one else has access to that information except the site admin, so no need to worry about getting spammed or your information going anywhere other than the selling site. I personally know the admin, Belinda, and she's a friend on my FB fanpage so you can check her out there! Safe and easy.

Then you'll be asked to make a user name and password. Then read and accept the terms on the bottom box and hit the button. You'll be able to log in immediately using the user name and password you set up, and shop! You'll also be sent an email to the address you registered with that will contain your user name and password - you know, if you're like me and forget you'll have this to reference each time you want to shop. If you don't receive this email in a few minutes, check your spam folder. Some ISP's filter it there, don't know why but they do. You can set up the sending address of this email in your address book as "okay" and you won't have that problem anymore.

When you decide on the item(s) you wish to purchase, just click the little blue and red words BUY OUT, right under the small picture on the upper right.



There you'll be reminded of the price and any pertinent details such as shipping price, shipping method, and payment forms accepted. Click proceed to purchase and you'll receive an email about your purchase.

Then, just wait a bit(24-48 hours) and you'll receive an invoice from paypal for your purchase(s). You can check my store for other store policies and shipping information.

See - quick, easy and painless. And SO MUCH FUN, I promise!

Nothing can beat love.

It makes the world go round, at least mine. Not only did I have the best husband in the world, and four super children - I have THE most awesome granddaughter in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. She joined our family at just the time we all needed her the most. My husband had died recently from cancer, and she has no idea how much her Grandma, Aunts and Uncles needed her. She came into this world almost 6 years ago via my oldest daughter, and we've all known pure joy since then. She makes all of us giggle uncontrollably with her antics and she is just SO SMART and SO FUNNY. I wonder if she realizes just how many adults she has totally wrapped around her finger.

She is an inspiration for quite a few of my original designs. (which I can no longer offer for sale, thank you very much CPSIA) And she's also the main reason I scour the internet looking for patterns available for sale from other mother/grandmother fabric artists.

SO, the reason for this post...are you tired of reading yet? My little Emmalou (as only her grandma calls her) is starting school today. I can NOT believe it! Between that and losing her first tooth..oh my. Of course grandma wants her to be in high fashion for kindergarten so the notepad comes out to design her a lunchbag and bookbag that will of course be ONE OF A KIND, you know..just like my granddaughter. Well, the lunch bag I can design. I mean, all I have to do is look at a paperbag and go from there right? And look around at stores for how to do the handles and closures. Okay, done. Isn't it just the cutest thing you've ever seen? You know, for the cutest granddaughter in the WHOLE WORLD!



But the backpack, well I gave up and so the hunt began for a pattern. Keeping in my mind I usually HATE patterns, but I've had pretty much 95% success with purchasing patterns from individuals. SO I did some homework and came upon this fabulous seamstress/pattern maker Rae from Made By Rae who has a super cute backpack pattern. (She offers her patterns for download right on her site and even a cottage license if you'd like to offer them for sale!) So I purchased the pattern and then panicked. What if I couldn't make sense of it when Miss Emmalou was depending upon her Grandma? Oh wow, pressure. But, no worries. Rae writes the most awesome pattern - so easy to follow with clear simple instructions, and pictures too! She even included ideas on how to alter it for size. So, don't you wish I'd just post the pictures and shut up now? LOL Okay, here you go...





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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New items listed in the store!


Picture of generic football, GFDL, that Future...Image via Wikipedia

Some fun new items listed in the store, hand knit beaded Magic Slippers! Ladybugs and Four Leaf Clovers for now - more fun beaded slippers coming next week. You'll need to get ready, sure it's warm NOW - but cooler fall and winter weather is just around the corner! LOL

And wait until you can check out the...shhhhhh, don't tell - FOOTBALL team colored ones that will be listed soon!




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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Home and inspired!

IKEA, Schaumburg, Chicago, Illinois, USA.Image via Wikipedia

Can you believe this IKEA? While getting to enjoy our sister overnight, we decided to help my sister decorate her new place. And WOW, talk about IKEA heaven - THREE FLOORS of so many items. You could get LOST in that place. No wonder they have several cafes there. Of course my favorite thing of all - the fabrics, colors, and textures! I've got so many ideas in my notebook, now to GET TO WORK on them. WE had such a blast I think I need a few days to recover first. LOL



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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sisters


What fun - Sister sleepover! My sisters are two of my biggest supporters, both personally and in business. We get to spend 24 hours together uninterrupted, something we haven't gotten to do for quite some time. Food, drink and good conversation - I can't wait. They tell me they'll have new ideas for me for the coming Holiday season - so I'd better bring my ideas notebook.



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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Okay, I cheated..

gorgeous green throwawayImage by [ r ♥ c e y t ♥ y ] {I br♥ke for bokeh} via Flickr

Yes, I broke my rule of the summer months. Darn it. Besides the fabric I was forced to purchase for the Mommy and Me bag for my sister I also went out and purchased some beautiful new 100% organic cotton fabric I've been watching for awhile now. And in my favorite green color. I just couldn't help myself - it was on sale AND was the perfect fabric for a special request order of the new purse design. BUT, I didn't purchase even one inch over what I needed and made myself leave before I could even LOOK at anything else. Aren't you proud of me? LOL




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Monday, August 3, 2009

Remember that new design I was working on?

Well, guess what?! It's done! It combines the three things I love the most - knit, crochet and sewing all in one finished project. I'm really proud of this new purse design and hopefully everyone else will like it too! I've had this crocheted piece for almost a year now, I was practicing doing cables in crochet and just loved how it looked. I took it out of the stash cabinet about a month ago so I could look at it every now and then. And then...well, it came to me - the perfect project for it!

This first picture is with the drawstring closed.



This second picture is with the drawstring open, the purse can be used whichever way YOU prefer.




This purse is sewn in 100% linen fabric in taupe, double stitched seams and triple stitched handles for added strength and durability. The drawstring is a hand knitted I-cord with fabric slider holders. Drawstring ends can be left outside to attach cell phone holders etc. to, or can be tucked inside. Then I added a hand crocheted cover hand sewn on with blind stitching to the outside of the purse. It also has a tabbed closure with a heavy duty magnetic snap closure and one inside pocket. It's fully lined and stabilized with fusible fleece interfacing. It's 11" tall, 12" wide, with a 4" gusset and a 24" handle (12" drop). Not too big, not too small - just great for every day!

I am enjoying using the sample for this project, but it's WHITE and won't be offered in my store in white. LOL But I am listing the one pictured here and one in black in my store!




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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fabric shopping

Wow, it's been awhile since I've tried to look for baby fabric in the store. Two big box and one quilt store later I finally found some fabric for my sister's requested project. She has a shower to go to for a past co-worker and wanted one of my Mommy and Me Bags to give her. Since it's for my sister, I'll make it, CPSIA regulations or not. The problem with trying to find a fabric, well, she wanted a more traditional pink girly one - and I was finding that almost impossible to find. Yes, I know the thing right now is NON-traditional fabrics for baby bags. I found a ton of cute fabrics, but it took me forever to find something even close to traditional. And what I ended up settling on, a Debbie Mumm baby fabric in three coordinating cottons. Pinks, yellow and a light brown were the color of the day choices. Not quite what I had in mind, but I think by the time I'm done with adding a little girly foofoo to it - it will be cute cute cute!

Here's the fabrics I purchased, at JoAnns Fabrics (NOT my favorite fabric store, but hey they at least had some baby fabric!)
Fabric
Fabric
Fabric
Luckily I could actually see it in person, these pictures don't do it justice. And with some extra special touches I think she'll LOVE IT!

I wish I'd had time to order online, one of my favorite Etsy stores had just what I needed but it just wouldn't get here in time. Darn. I think that could be why I had such a hard time finding something, you know how it is when you get something stuck in your mind. LOL



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