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Unicorn Parties are Life

Last month I displayed my macro-amigurumi horse and unicorn that I had made. The horse went to my former boss’ daughter. The unicorn was a 7th birthday gift for my favorite princess. Who, by the way, has the coolest parents ever. They threw her an incredible unicorn party, complete with a real life unicorn named Sparkles!
Momma made fantastic cupcakes with sparkles hidden in the center.
Daddy served unicorn pee to drink (apple juice).
I mean, what more could you want?!

My husband was the only good sport of the men. He wore his unicorn horn very proudly!

And this little princess totally flipped when she stepped outside and Sparkles was waiting for her!

This really great company in Las Vegas, Pony Party Time,Β has a ranch with ponies that can be ridden, unicorns that are just for petting, and donkeys that are the unicorn’s bodyguards. (Their names were Strawberry and Margarita!!)

It was raining a tiny little bit in Vegas that weekend, so Sparkles was making some great faces each time she shook. She also chucked flowers everywhere! But she loved the pets and attention.

Then, the ultimate happened when baby Sparkles got to meet grown-up Sparkles!

I think it is safe to assume that my niece loved her gift, and that giant unicorns are always a hit. πŸ™‚ (Most of the adults also loved baby Sparkles!)

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So Fluffy!!!

​I have been seeing this really incredible, super thick wool roving for the longest time. Arm knitting (and even easier, arm crocheting) have been this huge trend that I was afraid to jump on. However, when Pink Unicorn StudioΒ had a summer sale, I knew it was time. Her shop had great reviews on this roving, and even though it was coming from Poland, it definitely seemed worth it to see what the fuss was about.

So, I ordered 18lbs of this yarn, 4.5lbs in 4 different colors, and set to waiting very impatiently for it to arrive.

Well, it showed up yesterday, and I dropped everything in my entire life to start playing with this incredible, amazing ball of fluffy goodness. And let me tell you, this is the softest, smushiest, heaviest blanket I have ever made. And I am totally in love.

The biggest problem is, it is wool roving…so it is absolutely not machine wash/dry. It also can be picked apart or snagged and torn if you let animal paws on it, or drag it around the house.

Of course, I made the blanket (and the other 3 I have planned) as lap blankets for my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6), so I am sure my sisters will be grateful for their children to have heavy blankets that aren’t easily cleaned and need to stay on the bed. But, hey, they are fun and squishy and soft and wonderful.

I arm-crocheted this using a HDC. It is 8 HDC across, and 11 rows high. This used 2 skeins (2.2lbs each), and is great for younger children as a lap blanket. For reference. I am 5’0″ and 17″ across at the shoulders.

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Already failing

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3 weeks in and I am already failing. Definitely not doing a great job at updating this blog. In my defense, there isn’t much to say. I have been working on the same project since Christmas, the 6 shawls for my friend’s wedding. Once I have them all completed (I have 4.8 of 6 done currently), I can photograph them and blog about it. However, until them, I am out of material.

 

I also do not see myself reaching 350 items sold this year. I am already behind the curve for January, and I have changed my plans for the shop. I am staying on finished items only this year. I am going to focus on new product, new designs, new patterns. Plus, I am getting back into my sewing.

 

My 11 year old and I went and picked out a ton of fabric at JoAnn’s this weekend, as they were having a pretty fantastic sale. So, we spent more money than I had there, and are working on several different skirts, mostly simple designs. We even decided that we needed some extra of one of the fabrics to try and make a couple of dresses. So, I guess that will be a fun chapter to add in here…misadventures in sewing. It has been years and years and years since I did any real sewing. So, we shall see how it all turned out in the end.

On the plus side, the last time I was focused on sewing, YouTube wasn’t a thing yet and I couldn’t spend hours a day watching videos to perfect techniques.

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Santa’s Village – Skypark

On Dec 4th, we decided to take a Disney break and head up to the newly re-opened Santa’s Village. It originally opened in 1955, but was shut down in 1998 due to financial business hardship. The grand re-opening was Dec. 2, 2016. So, we had to take the drive and stroll on up to the snowy wonderland.

We had fantastic weather for it, 50F and sunny. Which was great, since there was still snow on the ground from earlier in the week, and this weekend it is supposed to be 30F and snowing!

Unfortunately, a lot of the attractions were still shut down, such as the zip line and the mountain trails, but what was open was fantastic! The elves were some of the most wonderfully helpful people we have ever met. They truly went out of their way to make sure people felt welcome, accommodated, and family.

The train ride is a fun little adventure, full of lame jokes and fantastic sights. The mini rock wall was a lot of fun. Meeting Santa was hilarious and a blast. The Christmas parade and lighting of the tree is like a dream. The story telling in the Pavilion was exciting and heartwarming. The hot chocolate and coffee was in abundance and a million different flavors. The shops offered SO many unique gifts and designs. And the pizza…SOOOOOO good!

They even had Arrow wondering around, a 3/4 Timberwolf, 1/4 Malamute dog that loves his dear owner, Santa, more than anything.

 

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The Mistletones are the current park entertainment, through the end of the month. They provided us more joy than anyone could possibly imagine…because, much to our surprise, my younger girls’ favorite Disneyland Dapper Dan is the tenor for the group! So, we had an amazing surprise when we were walking up the ramp and BOOM! There he was! So, we spent quite a bit of time with them, following them around like stalkers (or to quote the best pun I heard that day, we Christmas Stocked them…), and chit chatting. They were absolutely incredible! They did some traditional caroling as well as their many, and hilarious, renderings of popular music turned Christmas truths. Seeing them was worth the money alone, the rest of the park was just a bonus.

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Overwhelmed

Sometimes, I feel like I take on entirely too much in my life. I had a project that I really wanted to finish by last weekend, which didn’t happen…so that was cool, I could just finish it this week…but that didn’t happen. So, now it gets pushed until after my craft shows at the end of the month. I really wanted to be able to gift it to a new friend this weekend…but alas, again I suck.

I also have a really big Christmas order that I have been chipping away at over the last month. But, I am started to get a little nervous about the timing for it. Basically, I am booked for Christmas already, and won’t have time to make the gifts I had wanted to. Which is amazing, fantastic, wonderful. I want to be busy and booked and moving forward in the business.

But, I do not handle stress well. I am totally freaked out about where I am with everything. I have nothing ready for this craft show. I have nothing ready to list as Christmas products. I have tons of products that need to be listed and aren’t. I am a little twitchy right now when it comes to my life in general.

 

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Oh Hello World

It has been a while my friends. Things always get a little crazy for me around Halloween.

 

As you look around, you will see some serious changes. I am moving all of my more personal stuff, (modeling, tattoos, fitness, fashion) the more adult oriented stuff, over to a new blog, and deleting it from here. You are welcome to follow me there to catch up on all of that. Or, you can bask in the craftiness that this blog will go back to. Or do both. πŸ™‚