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!






Sunday, August 21, 2011

Aloha Pineapple


          Before my friend, Katie’s baby shower, I asked her what she’d like me to make for your baby’s nursery. Since Katie and her husband decided to not find out about the baby’s gender before the birth, she was more limited in her choices. Katie told me that the baby’s nursery will have an Aloha/Hawaiian theme, so she wanted a pineapple to match.


          Katie’s baby shower was held at another friend’s backyard on a beautiful day. I was very excited to see her reaction when she opened up my present. When she took away the tissue paper and saw the pineapple, Katie started laughing! She said she was expecting a small, hand-held sized pineapple, like the one she saw on my blog, but I surprised her with something better. It was a giant pineapple! She kept saying she was so surprised! She loved it!



          The head/body of the pineapple was the same pattern as the smaller size pineapple. I used my “giant-ization” (don’t think that’s a real word, but it describes my process very well) method of crocheting with super bulky yarn with a large size crochet hook. I changed the leaves a bit. I wanted the leaves to look more like a real pineapple. The leaves on the last pineapple were just regular leaves that were randomly sewn on the top of the pineapple. This time, I made the leaves different sizes, from large in the center to small on the outside. They are bundled together and curl down, almost like a crown. What do you think? Is it close?


          This was one of my favorite projects so far. Then again, I say that about everything I make. I can honestly say that I love learning new things every time I make an Amigurumi.

          Thanks again for joining me this week! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Elephant for Ruben Agustin's 1st Birthday

          I can’t believe my friend’s son, Ruben Agustin, turned 1-year-old! Remember baby Ruben with the jungle friends? He’s starting to walk now. Last weekend, Ruben Agustin had a birthday party at the park to celebrate.


          To match the animals his dad painted on his nursery walls, I wanted to make each animal amigurumi to match. So far, I made Ruben Agustin a lion and a monkey. For his birthday present, I made an adorable Amigurumi elephant.

          I used the “Boy Elephant” pattern from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli. I’ve always thought this pattern was so cute and wanted to make it. It was the perfect size to match the elephant and monkey!





   
          Here’s baby Ruben Agustin with his new friend! Ruben and Jessica tell me that he loves it!


          This is the mural that my friend Ruben painted for his son’s nursery. It’s the cutest painting ever! The next two animals I have to make are a giraffe and a zebra!



          Thanks for joining me again. See you next week!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Giveaway from Macaraoni Kid - Upland, Claremont, La Verne

If you'd like a chance to win a turtle Amigurumi from Comfort Creatures, check out the giveaway going on right now from Macaraoni Kid - Upland, Claremont, La Verne. You'll need to become a member and leave a comment under the post. A winner will be announced on August 3! Good luck!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sarsel-gurumi (Part 2)

          I wasn't able to fit all of the creations I made from Sarsel's patterns in the last blog, Sarsel-gurmi (Part 1). Here are the rest of them, including some with my own twists!


Francis the Piglet was so fun to make. Making him taught me how important the shape of the head can be to show what kind of animal the Amigurumi is supposed to be. Without the cute pink snout, Francis can be a cat or a bear, but his snout gives him away as a pig. Of course, Francis’s cute curly tail and perky ears also helps.

 


  
Sheldon the Rabbit is an Amigurumi for the winter season. His green beanie, vest, and matching scarf are perfect for the bunny slopes. I bet Sheldon’s large ears would be very aerodynamic. When I was making the beanie for Sheldon, I learned how to make holes in the clothes for bunny ears. This will come in handy for tails too!

 


Kari the Panda is cute and cuddly just like her real life counterparts. She looks unique from the other patterns by Sarsel but her basic shapes at the same. Just by adding a few more stitches here and another round of stitches there, you get an Amigurumi with a completely different shape.

 


Stella the Mouse is such a sweet little Amigurumi. She’s much smaller in size than all the other of Sarsel’s patterns, but she’s definitely not lacking in personality. With her cute round ears and inquisitive nose, you can almost image her asking for a cookie. Her little shawl keeps her nice and warm. 

 


One part I added to Stella was a tail. I thought she was missing something without it.


Remember in one of my last blogs when I said that Felicity the Fox looked naked compared to all the other animals? Well, I made her some overalls. Now, I might call him Fabian the Fox instead. He looks more like a little boy fox. The technique I learned from making Sheldon’s beanie helped in making the tail home for Fabian’s overalls. Now he can fit his tail through his new pants.

 

For my last project, I wanted to make Sarsel’s pattern for Huey the Cat. Since I already made Tara the Cat, I wanted to change Huey to another animal to add to my growing collection. I change Huey into a dog! He still has the same elements as Sarsel’s Amigurumi cat, but how he has brown ears and a spot. Huey is sporting some boots, a puffy vest, and a cool blue beanie. He’s ready to hit the slopes!

 


          I learned so much from Sarsel’s patterns! I’m so excited to use some of the new techniques for my patterns in the future. If you like the Amigurumis I made and would like to make some for yourself, check our Sarsel’s Etsy page.

Thanks for joining me again. See you next week!