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Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Craft Fair

          This will be my second time as a vendor at my niece and nephew’s school Holiday Boutique, sponsored by their school PTA. If you’re in Los Angeles, come find my little creatures and me at Juan de Anza Elementary School in Hawthorne. We’ll be there from 2:30-7:30pm. Just look for my new Comfort Creatures sign.

I can’t believe it’s only been a year since I started Comfort Creatures. I remember coming up with "Comfort Creatures" because I needed a company name in order to sell my Amigurumis at this fair. I feel like I’ve come such a long way. I’ve learned so much and I’m happy to still crochet everyday!

Hope you can make it to the Holiday Boutique!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Little Witch

          Happy Halloween!

          I got a request to make a baby shower gift for a baby expected around Halloween. Lots of ideas were discussed: a Hello Kitty ghost, a pumpkin head doll, and others. In the end I suggested a little witch doll since the baby was a girl.

          I made her wearing a black dress, shoes and a pointy witch’s hat all trimmed in purple. Her hair is bright orange and separated into 2 braids. I think I want to same hair for Halloween too!

          Sorry I didn’t get a chance to take more detailed pictures. My friend was in such a hurry to give this to the mom-to-be that I forgot to take more picture before giving it to him. I think this is a doll I will definitely make again, because she’s so cute! I think a holiday themed collection would be adorable. What do you think?

          I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween! Enjoy the candy and remember to share! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fight on! USC Turtle

I’ve received many requests from my friends and family for special Amigurumis they’d like me to make for them, but this one has a special place in my heart. Mel, a friend, asked me to make an animal in USC colors. She wanted the turtle because the mother-to-be is a USC alumni and it will match the nursery. I was so excited to be able to honor the Cardinal and Gold because I'm an USC alumni too!

Luckily, the craft store had the exact colors I was looking for in the bulky weight yarn because the turtle had to be a nice size for a baby shower gift. Mel wanted an Amigurumi that wasn’t the giant size I made, but not too small either. I had to re-write my pattern and change the numbers so that the turtle will come out medium sized.

          I started making the turtle by crocheting the shell. This way, I can preview how big the turtle will be before I finish. The first shell I made came out a little big. Instead of unwinding the entire thing, I started with a second shell, this time a little smaller. This one was the perfect size for Mel. After I finished the first turtle, I had enough yarn to go back and finish the second turtle!

          Mel loved the USC turtle! She was so excited to give it to her friend. I still have the second USC turtle at my house. I plan to sell it at my nephew’s school craft fair or it’ll be my first item to sell on etsy.com. Unless anyone else would like it!

          Mel also made another unique request, but I'll save that for next week. Thanks for joining me again! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Audrey the Pink Bunny

          Last year, the most requested colors were green and yellow, but this year pink is in. Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot more requests for pink Amigurumis. There are more baby girls being born this year. Don’t think that I’m complaining. I happen to love the color pink; the brighter, the better.

          My sister-in-law, Christie, asked me to make a gift for a baby shower she was attending. She didn’t really know what she wanted me to make and the new mother wasn’t so picky, so we had a hard time coming up with just the right toy. Since the expectant mother was Chinese, we decided on a rabbit in celebration of the Chinese Zodiac. The bunny would be pink because the baby was a girl.

When I got the go ahead to make a rabbit, I immediately thought of using the patterns I bought from Sarsel’s page on Etsy.com. I love her wonderfully creative patterns and already made all the ones I bought (see my previous blog entry), but I was excited at the opportunity to make more. I combined Sarsel’s patterns for Pennythe Rabbit (dress), Sheldon the Rabbit (head and ears), and Tara the Cat (body, arms, and legs) in order to adapt a pattern for Audrey the Pink Bunny (named after the baby).

          I added some special touches to Audrey the Bunny to make her more fashionable and unique. Every girl loves a cute outfit, but the accessories make it special.

          She has a dark pink belt trim.

          And matching dark pink stitches on her ballet flats.

          Of course, I had to give her a flower on her head. 

          This seems to be my new calling card. If I could, I would put a flower on top of all my Amigurumis, even the ones for boy! I might have to think a little bit more about that one.       

          Thanks for joining me this week! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fruit Basket

          Amigurumi fruit will always have a special place in my heart. The first amigurumi I ever made was an apple from “Amigurumi World” by Ana Paula Rimoli. It took me a long time to learn how to crochet, but I when I finally did finish my first Amigurumi, I was hook (literally and figuratively)! It’s been 3 years and I’ve moved on to much more complicated projects, but I still make a fruit from time to time, just to gauge how far I’ve come in my crochet skills. It’s also really fun to see how cute I can make the fruit!

          I’ve posted about this Amigurumi apple before when I gushed over the Martha Stewart's crochet dog toys. I made it last April and it was the first fruit Amigurumi that I attempted to cuti-fy. It definitely looks different from my first apple.

My first Amigurumis, an apple and a pear.
My apple
Martha Stewart's apple vs. my apple
          Then I thought it would be fun to update other fruit Amigurumis. The second Amigurumi I ever made was a pear. I tried to make it so that each different fruit had some of the same features to that they look like they belong to the same series. They all have shiny big eyes, pink cheeks, and a smile.

My pear
          Then came the orange.

My orange
          Then, inspired by Martha Steward again, I made the watermelon wedge. This one was harder to make because it’s not the usual crocheting in the round. After a lot of trial and error, I finally make a version of the Amigurumi watermelon I was satisfied with. I was trying so hard to avoid taking apart Martha’s watermelon slice to reverse engineer the toy. I was afraid I wouldn’t able to put it back together again. It’s still not an exact match, but I think it’s pretty close.

My watermelon slice
Martha Stewart's watermelon vs. my watermelon
          And of course, there’s the pineapple I recently made for Katie. You can read about it at my previous blog entry: Aloha Pineapple.

          I still have a few more Amigurumi fruit I’d like to make. This is definitely an ongoing project. As my sister said, "You'll end up with a complete fruit basket!"

          Thanks for joining me this week! 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

New look!

          How do you like our new look?

          I’d been meaning to come up with a logo and business card since I first started this crocheting adventure, but I’ve just never had the time. Then one day, while I was shopping at a craft store, the lady behind me in the check-out line asked what I was going to do with all the yarn in my basket. I told her I made crochet toys. She said she would love to see them. Then I realized it would have been the perfect time to give her my business card. Too bad I hadn’t ordered any yet. I think it was the universe giving me a sign.

          I came home and immediately started designed a card. I liked it so much, I’ve also made it my new logo. You’ll see it on my blog and also Facebook. Eventually, it will be the banner for Comfort Creature’s etsy page (coming soon). Please take a look and let me know what you think!

Front side of business card

Back side of business card
New banner for Etsy page
          I'm so excited! With my new logo and business card, Comfort Creatures has finally taken the next step to becoming a business. The possibilities are endless!