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Scariest Puppet Ever – Product Review

I have some noble intentions for crochet related posts, I just have no time to make them. So, here is another product review to make you smile. πŸ™‚

 

My kid is very much that typical, play with it twice and forget it exists sort of kid. So, imagine my happiness and surprise when she fell in love with this puppet that we got her for Christmas. Stacey, from Puppet Pie, is an amazing puppeteer, an incredible puppet designer, and a super sweet lady. So, she had this terrifying puppet in her studio, nightmare scary. And, I knew it would be perfect for my little weirdo. Needless to say, she opens this vampire bunny puppet for Christmas (and man do I wish I still had a photo of how I wrapped it…when she opened the box, it was staring at her!) and danced around the house with it for hours. She brought it to Disneyland a few days later, where she scared Oswald the Lucky Rabbit with it. 


She has brought it to Costco, the grocery store, the gas station, the mall, all over the place.

This puppet is amazing. Well constructed, lasts through a lot of rough play, and still super soft.

 

So, during a trip to Disneyland recently, she decided that Pinky the Vampitt needed to join her. So, Pinky met some princesses, and scared a few of them.

 

 

Snow White wasn’t sure what to make of Pinky. She said, “I have lots of little rabbit friends, and none of them are vampires. I am not sure they would like a vampire hanging around.”

 

 

This is pretty much my favorite photo ever.

 

 

Jasmine actually gasped a little when she met Pinky. She had no idea what to think.

 

Ariel couldn’t stop laughing. She thought it was the funniest thing she had ever seen.

 

Here is where Jasmine was trying to convince Pinky that she was her favorite princess. Because, you know, she has a pet tiger, which is like a vampire. πŸ™‚

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Candles by Coquette Bath

I am a really big advocate of trying to shop with small businesses, handmade and hand crafted products, especially. Earlier this year, I purchased some handmade soap for my best friend’s birthday. She absolutely loved it. I don’t have any photos of it, but she told me how great it smelled, and that it was a good consistency and was just wonderful.

That thrilled me, because I am always nervous buying handmade bath and body products. There is just so much that could go wrong.

Well, I got on a buying kick recently, purchasing gifts for the wedding party and our parts and such, that I decided my poor husband deserved a gift. He has been putting up with so much crap from me recently.

So, I went back to that same bath and body shop, Coquette Bath, and picked out a couple of candles for him. I know that candles seem like a really feminine gift, but in our house, they are SOOO necessary. There are just so many animals and people and the fact that our town smells like a horse-town…that candles are constantly burning.

I picked out the black coffee candles, as that is my husbands favorite smell in the world. These candles are bloody amazing. They smell exactly like black coffee, which my husband finds amazingΒ (and which means, I actually kind of hate them because I hate the smell of coffee). They burn SOOOO bright, and they burn for a long time. We have them burning for 3 to 4 hours a night, every single night. I purchased these at the end of July. We have had them for about a month now. They are still burning strong. The packaging is elegant and fits in quite well on our mantle.

And, the candles (and shipping)Β are totally reasonably priced. I don’t mind paying more for something handmade, as I understand the blood, sweat, and tears that go into having a craft. But, I still have to be attentive to what I spend, as I am definitely not the latest Powerball winner. So, this place is amazing. It is high quality, affordable, and elegant.

 

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Patchwork Long Beach Spring 2016

This last Sunday, I took part in the annual Patchwork Makers Festival in Long Beach, CA. Since I was new to the event, we opted to go with the less expensive, smaller booth size. Which, unfortunately, meant no tent and no Cutie Pie. But we stilledΒ  managed a pretty cool looking booth (we did end up using a box to prop up the top part of the owl blanket), and drew in a fair share of customers. My newly released ice cream amigurumi did quite well, and my fat cats were once again a huge hit.

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The baby doll ended up being the highlight of the show! We had multiple people come over who thought it was a real baby that I had balanced on the table for display. A little ridiculous, but funny and got people talking to us.

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I learned a handful of lessons at this show. Like, apparently I need to make adult sized bearded hats and octopus hats. And I am also looking into turning some of my products into rattles as well as just plush toys. Everyone thought the ice cream cones and weights were rattles, and seemed interested in that.

 

I also found out that you shouldn’t buy things off of Amazon when you are tired. I purchased the green umbrella while I was on vacation in Hawaii. Sunnydaze Steel 5 Foot Sage Green Beach Umbrella with Tilt Function. I had read the reviews, or so I thought, and notice a coupel bad ones, but they mostly talked about the colors, and the rest were positive. Now, looking back, I do see 3 bad reviews (one is ours) since I purchased, but I am only seeing 6 reviews in total…and I could have sworn I had read 15 or 20 when I purchased. Either way, the umbrella is a piece of crap. It is nearly sheer, and it provides exactly zero protection from the sun. I got a horrible, awful, painful, terrible sunburn. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I will go back to only getting spaces where I can set up my whole canopy.

 

 

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CraftyMom75

I absolutely adore Etsy. I love to shop there. I love knowing that I am supporting small businesses. I love establishing relationships with other sellers and with my customers. I love knowing, and seeing, the difference that I can make in the life of a stay at home mom, a disable veteran, or a child learning about business.

When I really started focusing on the business, around August 2014, I joined a team on Etsy. I want to share a little bit about each member of that team, and the wonderful items they have. I have purchased from several members, and it is really exciting to be able to share our personal photos of the items we just had to have.

I decided last year to do as much Christmas shopping as I could on Etsy. I started ordering stuff months in advance, and everything turned out absolutely amazing. Angie, from CraftyMom75, just made our Christmas perfect though!

We started talking about skirts, and agreed that fleece was not the way to go. Instead, she was able to find some comfortable, lightweight material that included Sven and Kristoff!

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She creates these awesome fleece tie blankets, and when I saw she had some Olaf fabric, I knew my younger daughter would need this in her life.

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Out of the left over fabric from the blanket, she made a stocking for my younger daughter. And, she designed a stocking for my older daughter, using a Stitch patch. And this was after spending about 3 weeks looking for Stitch fabric for me!

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I bought this apron without even telling her, I surprised her with this order. This apron is a craft fair vendor’s dream. It has a ton of pockets, and it is super sturdy, and actually stays around your waist. It saved me at Funky Finds. However, I did not get a photograph of me wearing it.

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Angie is a stay at home mom to two boys. She started sewing when she was very young, about 4, and just like most kids, gave up for a long time. After her boys were no longer in the infant stage, she started to sew again. She started up this store to help supplement her income, to be able to provide all sorts of extras and fun times for her boys. Her family is also a bunch of avid Disney lovers, and try to make it to Disney World at least every other year. She is one of the kindest souls I have met on Etsy, always willing to give advice and help out wherever is necessary. And, best of all, she makes the cutest stuff!

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Zombeiz

A few weeks ago, while browsing my front page on Etsy, which had actually never done anything right by me, I found an amazing find. I happened to find a friendly, soft, adorable little baby doll. Only, it was a zombie. I am dead serious. A zombie baby. I know what you are thinking, how on earth could a zombie baby be adorable. But it is. I had to get one for my daughter. (And really, I just want one for myself!)

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So, I went through the amazing simple task of ordering a custom zombeiz baby. Melli, the woman who designs and crafts these dolls, was amazing to work with. She wrote back immediately with clarification questions, ideas, suggestions to make the doll really stand out. She advised me that it would be about a week before my baby was completed, but it would be well worth it.

Well, she got this doll out in a couple days, 3 I believe, and it showed up at my house in all of it’s adorableness. I opened up the box and was astounded as to how large this doll was! It was the size of a real baby! 24in head to toe, and the girth was about accurate for a real baby too. The baby came with aΒ  certificate of adoption, listing her name (Kooky Kate) and all sorts of specifics about her. Additionally, there was a care doctrine, explaining the best way to clean her, her favorite foods, and the proper way to hold her to prevent brain damage. πŸ™‚ There could be no better baby doll for my girly-girly-tomboy. The stitching was so well done, the quality was amazing. I felt like I had cheater the seller because this doll could not be this amazing.

When Haley got home from her mom’s house on Friday, Chris and I surprised her with this doll. She instantly fell in love. The tutu was perfect, the pacifier was so cute, the diaper was adorable. Haley freaked out because there was an awesome stitch on her butt, and on her hand. She begged us to bring Kooky Kate with us to Home Depot and dinner. Kooky Kate actually spent the entire weekend with us. She went shopping, went out to eat, had her own seat in the car, went to Costco, helped us garden. She has been tossed up and down and hugged and kissed, and even licked by a couple dogs. She makes for a fantastic pillow, and a great conversation starter in the waiting room.

I am not sure I could have possibly made a better purchase for my daughter. I am so thankful to have found Zombeiz, and I do plan on buying Kooky Kate a friend when money is a little more readily available, though the price is AMAZING for what you are getting in this doll.

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