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Custom Striped Elephant Hat for Baby :: Or, The Blog Post which Took Months to Publish

I know some of you blogging whiz kids craft your posts weeks in advance and neatly schedule them so *poof!* a shiny new post magically appears every morning.

And then some of you scribble your post ideas on a piece of paper, write a grocery list on the other side of the paper and then accidentally toss the whole thing after shopping. (Right? Please tell me I’m not the only one?) Well, the idea for this particular post was lost on the back of that grocery list. It’s truly, truly, embarrassing.

So long ago that he’s probably outgrown it, I made a custom elephant hat for a sweet friend’s son. My design drew heavily from this painting which is on his bedroom wall.

Elephant painting in boy's nursery

Elephant Hat - Striped Boys Hat

The little man’s momma sent me the sweetest handwritten thank you card, and some adorable (ahem, handsome) photos of her son modeling the hat.
Elephant Hat Modeled by Little Boy
Elephant Hat Modeled by Little Boy I’m fairly confident the incredible squeezable-ness of his cheeks makes up for how long it took me to post this. ;-)

Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Corners of our Home at the Start of 2012: Instagram Snapshots

I’ve been busy this month cleaning, sorting, and de-cluttering — a really great start to 2012! Here are a handful of snapshots from around the house, snagged from my Instagram feed.

View from our bedroom, looking out into the living room. Taken the first night back in Florida after Christmas vacation

This is the cozy view through our bedroom door, looking into the living room. I took this the first night we were back in Florida after Christmas break.

I really want to leave these lights up forever. It's always so sad when they're taken down after Christmas.

I think I’d like to keep these lights up forever. It always seems so sad and dark in January when the lights are packed away.

Top of my dresser with London grid art via TexturedINK on Etsy. I need to pick up some frames so I can hang these prints!

The top of my dresser –the amazing London grid art is from TexturedINK on Etsy (and I won it via a giveaway on the Happy Interior Blog!) I really need to pick up some frames. I’ll have to post some additional photos once I get the art hung properly.

Seriously, is there anything better than salsa?

I mean, really, is there anything better than salsa? I’ve been eating it with every meal lately.

Working on the first Japanese-inspired creature of 2012. This will be in the shop later this year. The first one is for Aveline's first birthday!

I worked on this little Japanese-inspired creature over the weekend. Aveline will get this particular one for her first birthday (which is on the 19th. THIS MONTH. Ahhhhh!), and I’ll list subsequent ones in the Oaxacaborn shop. (Did you see the kawaii plush I made her for Christmas?)

A rare cool fog which makes me miss the California coast like crazy.

This morning’s rare and heart-breakingly beautiful fog made me miss the California coast something awful. Someday, someday.

Just got these three strands of beads in the mail from Nakate Project. LOVE this cause!

And oh yes, last by not least, my new Nakate Project beads. I love that purchasing these beautiful necklaces helps women in Uganda eat properly, put a roof over their heads, send their children to school, and start small businesses. (P.S. Right now the ENTIRE Nakate store is 50% off when you use the code NEWYEARSALE.)

Full disclosure: Yes, I am the Systems Administrator for Nakate, but I’m not being compensated in any way for my posts about them. I talk about Nakate often because it’s important to me, not because I have to. :)

Handmade

HANDMADE :: Bold Modern Granny Stripe Baby Blanket – And New Items in the Shop for 2012

Bold Striped Baby Blanket 1 - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

It’s been a while since I shared any crochet project here other than my owl hats. But, I’ve been working on this blanket for a while now, and finally finished it up and mailed it off last week. It’s worked in granny stripes, but I think the mixed textures and varying stripe width  gives it a more modern look than you’d expect.

I’m tossing around the idea of selling similar baby blankets in 2012. I haven’t really done any market research yet to determine what would be most likely to sell, though, and I would still have to work out a price point.

I’ve got another striped wool blanket in progress — this time in bold solid colors — but we’ll see if it ends up in Aveline’s room or in the shop. ;-)

In 2012, the shop will also see the addition of plush / stuffed creatures! Super exciting, right? I’ve been so inspired by these plush/softies. I’m making a crochet and felt monster for Aveline, so I’ll post photos of that in the near future as well (although probably not until after Christmas, unless someone puts magical elf sprinkles in my coffee before then).

What do you guys think? Is there is something specific you’d like to see in the shop in 2012?

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Handmade

“Factory Second” Baby Owl Hat // Size 3mo // $10pp

Owl Ear Flap Hat - 3 months - Oaxacaborn - FOR SALE $12 postage paid

This little handmade earflap hat won’t be listed in the Etsy shop, since Aveline wore it twice back when it still fit her. It’s made from two strands of orange and green cotton with a cream bouclé strand woven in. Due to the bulky stitch, it has a couple of slight imperfections (you can see a few gaps between the stitches in the photo above). The owl is fashioned from recycled felt and is securely handstiched with vintage silk thread.

The hat will fit size 3 months as the hat circumference is just over 15 1/2″ unstretched. I’m selling it for $10 postage paid — first come, first serve!

Inspiration, Little Style

products i love: etsy shop ‘strawberry poppins’

how cute is this little handmade dress from the darling etsy shop strawberry poppins? the only thing better than these amazing clothes is the reason why marie has started this shop. (the excerpt below is directly from her etsy bio) —

In January 2012, my family and i will be moving to Moldova, Eastern Europe. Moldova is the poorest European country and our desire is to serve the people there. 90% of sales will go towards our moving costs, flights, living expenses, etc. Additionally, 10% of sales will go to another cause very dear to our hearts – – orphan care and awareness. Please visit www.hopetakesroot.com if you are interested in learning more about this cause. [read more]

Pillowcase Dress for little girls - Strawberry Poppins on Etsy(image via strawberry poppins on etsy)