Wednesday, February 29, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

Today is normally Work In Progress Wednesday, but I don't actually have any works in progress! They're all done! Oh, wait, not exactly true. My step-sis has been waiting patiently for me to finish up a pair of Mamachee boot slippers, but I don't have a pic of that work in progress. You can click on the link to see what they're SUPPOSED to look like, although I'm not brave enough to do the cables, yet. :o)

I had an awesome vacation with hubby! A week on the Oregon Coast was just what the relaxation fairies ordered! I found these 2 artist blown floats on the beach as part of Lincoln City's Finders Keepers program

I also crocheted my little fingers off! I made the crocodile stitch cowl by Bonita Patterns (one of our 2012 Team Sponsors) seen in the above pic. It was awesome as it doubles as an ear warmer so when the beach would get really windy, I could put it over my ears. It triples as a double chin hider, so I was loving it!!!! I'll definitely be making more of these! Below are some of the other items I finished while on vacation:

                         Chunky Hoodie by Dainty Loops     Adult Tutti Frutti by The Hat & I

                           0-3mo Tutti Frutti by The Hat & I        Train Conductor Hat by Micah Makes

The links provided will take you to the pattern in case you'd like to support these talented designers. As of right now, the Chunky Hoodie is listed in our Etsy shop. I'm actually keeping the adult Tutti Frutti, but will be making more. Look for the 0-3mo Tutti frutti and Train Conductor hat to be listed in the near future. 

I completed quite a few other items in the past couple of weeks while on vacation and visiting with out of town company. More than I thought! LOL 

Hope you enjoyed today's edition even though it was a little off topic. :o) I'll get back into the swing of things shortly!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday's Fun with Raven's Rascals

This week has been a whirlwind of activity! 

My super SIL is in town visiting and playing Nanny while Hubby and I get away for a week on the OR coast. In anticipation of how windy the beach can be, I decided to see if my hair was long enough to donate to Locks of Love. I've been growing it to donate and figured now was the best time. Shorter hair is way easier to clean after swimming in the pool and way less tangled when blowing in the wind. It was a little iffy at first glance if I had enough (which is 10 inches braided), but in the end I had more than enough...a 12 inch braid was cut off and sent to Locks of Love

Here are the before and after pics I know our FB fans have been waiting for.

Needless to say, the back of my neck is always very cold now. :o) And I realized that all the sun-bleached portions of my hair were cut off so it's definitely a darker color right now. But, I love it! I've never been disappointed when giving my hairdresser free reign to do as she likes. 

Now I'm starting the process of growing it out all over again. The next time it gets long enough, I'll be donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Here's a little blurb from their website: 
"Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to volunteers like you, we've donated thousands of free, real-hair wigs to women living with cancer. Created and funded by Pantene, these wigs are distributed through select American Cancer Society wig banks across the country. Your donation is critical because we can only create as many gorgeous real-hair wigs as gifts allow."

The best part about Pantene is that you only need 8 inches of hair to donate! It won't take me as long to grow it out! I highly recommend donating your hair if you can. It grows back, you can sport a new look and you bring hope and happiness to those who need a boost in their self-esteem. GO FOR IT!

On a hair related note, our other news this week was the addition of a new model for our hats! My SIL and I do a lot of thrift store shopping when she's in town and she came across this Manikin in Goodwill. It was a little more than I like to pay for a thrift store item, but having looked for months for one online, I knew it was a bargain. So I went for it and became the envy of the other women in the checkout line. Who knew heads were in such demand?

Meet Nicki Vanessa Wilson

Nicki is a cosmetology manikin and her stylist-in-training did a fantastic job on her cut and highlights! I really am a little jealous of her hair. Before I knew she had a name of her own, I had asked See See what we should call her and she decided Vanessa. When we arrived home, however, I noticed she already had a name tattooed on her neck so Vanessa became the middle name. She thoroughly creeped out every child in the house with her real human hair (good thing I didn't do my original idea of introduction...putting her in someone's bed under the covers! Yes, I can be bad like that!), and I couldn't wait to show her off to Hubby. When he saw her, the joke became I may just adopt her as my best friend and start talking to her all the time to which Hubby said I really should name her Wilson after the ball Tom Hanks conversed with in Castaway. I said it would be a horrible first name for her, but an awesome last name and thus Nicki Vanessa Wilson was named and made a member of the household. The oldest is happy as I will press her less often into being my model (she hates her pictures taken). And all in all everyone is getting used to Nicki's presence. She's currently modeling one of our Homespun Cloche Hats.

That's it from our neck of the woods. Next week I'll have beach pictures to share! Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

Really quick edition of Work In Progress Wednesday as I have company and am getting ready for vacation. Plus I only worked on those hearts this week in the final push to get them all done!

Click on the picture for the pattern.

There you go. The count now stands at 38! Only 12 more to go!

I'm still trying to decide what project(s) I want to take on vacation. So many I want to try! LOL

Have an awesome week! And check back on Friday when my new hair cut is revealed! :o)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

Latest heart count: 22! Almost half way done. Click on the pic for pattern. :o)

Here are a few other projects that were finished this week:
Slouch Boot Slippers
Pattern by Mamachee

T-Shirt yarn beach bag. 
This was an experiment with a pattern that called for cotton yarn. It took 10 XXL men's t-shirts to complete and ended up being huge! It's very cool, but I'll stick to the cotton yarn next time. LOL
Pattern by Micah Makes

Another It's a Hoot Owl hat listed on Etsy. This one is an adult size done in Caron Simply Soft Autumn Red. Click on the pic to go to the listing.
Pattern by The Hook Hound.

This week will be mostly catching up on those hearts! Also cleaning the craft room. And last, but not least, trying to decide what project(s) I want to take with me on my vacation.