Monday, December 29, 2014

Emergency Sock Monkey

I just had to share this story.  I responded to a post in an Etsy group on Facebook, someone in my area was looking for someone to do a sock monkey newborn photo prop.  They needed it in less than 2 days.  A friend was supposed to have made one, but mailed it too late to arrive in time for photos.  Now it's the Friday before Christmas, I'm booked plus I have gifts I'm trying to get made.  What's a person to do?
 

Well you guessed it I dropped everything else and went into sock monkey mode lol.  How can you not it's for new born pictures.  The outfit was made, and we met for the delivery and I got to see the most adorable little baby boy.  I am so glad I dropped everything and made this outfit for her.  I don't usually get to see people when they receive these photo props.  It was gratifying to see the excitement on her and her husband's face when they saw the outfit.  I can only hope that everyone looks like that when they receive one of my outfits.

This outfit was fun to make, thinking of several more variations!  This one can be purchased at www.babblinghook.com

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Hysteria

Been too long since I have posted, the time seems to be flying by.  Orders for Christmas gifts, new babies and just cause have been great.  Have done a few shows.  My son has been helping me with the shows this year and we have had a blast.  Last night we were at a Wine and Art Show.  We had quiet a few sales and a great time talking to people, singing carols and seeing what the other vendors had there!

Today we were at a show to benefit a youth soccer league.  Was a wonderful show and the kids and their parents were a lot of fun.  Hope everyone else is having a busy and happy holiday season!  Will be posting a lot of new items in the store on Monday and thinking about having a sale.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY SALE 25% OFF

We are having a Black Friday Sale!  Starting today enter the code BLACKFRIDAY14 to receive 25% off of your purchase!

We have all kinds of gifts available.  Hats, scarfs, shawls, capes, toys, ornaments, spiderman web blanket.

If you want something truly unique for that special someone ask us about a custom order!  So join us at Babbling Hook Creations

Or visit our sister store for your natural soap needs at Rhino's Emporium

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Here a Hat, There a Hat, Everywhere a Hat!

Variegated Beanie
Creme with Sequins
As the weather cools down hats become popular again.  Have been working on lots of hats!

Mint Green
The black and white is a simple beanie in variegated yarn, love this.  The creme colored hat is a thick yarn with sequins and is very chic.  The mint green hat is just gorgeous.  I made this on Friday and sold the first one on Saturday.  The button on the flower is a vintage button.  I love the vintage buttons!

Black Sun Hat
And as a nod to those still in warmer climates I made a black version of a sun hat.  I absolutely love this hat pattern.  I rarely use other people's patterns for hats, but I found this one and loved it.  The pattern can be found at http://www.freewebs.com/capscrochet/apps/blog/show/3615272-shell-brimmed-cloche .  The hat is made out of 100% cotton.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Custom Baseball Outfit for 1st Birthday

Baseball Outfit
We were fortunate enough to be asked to make a 1st Birthday outfit for a little boy.  My customer sent me several pictures and had some wonderful ideas for the outfit.  It is always so rewarding to be able to make someone's vision come to life, especially when it involves their children.  As a parent I remember all those special days!

I loved the baseball hat that looks like a baseball.  The little shoes have small cleats on the bottom.  The pants have belt loops, a fake fly and I also made a belt to match.  The shirt is customized with 'Birthday Boy' on the front and his last name on the back and of course the #1 since it's for that all important 1st birthday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Flowers by Marie!

Cascading Bouquet
Marie has a wonderful eye for floral design.  She works at a florist and also makes and sells her wonderful silk creations online.  I'm fortunate that she has chosen my shop to sell her beautiful floral designs in.  Some of her latest creations are designed for the bride to help her have that perfect day.

Daisy Bouquet
Her cascading bouquet is absolutely gorgeous, can you picture this being carried down the aisle by the stylish bride.   And if the super sophisticated is not quiet your cup of tea look at this gorgeous bouquet with daisies for the bride who wants to keep things a little more simple.

Rose Bouquet
And she has thought of the bride who wants to be eloquent and keep it simple with this gorgeous Rose bouquet.
Wrist Corsage

Silk Boutonniere
And not to worry she has thought of the rest of the bridal party too.  There are boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen and wrist corsages for the mother of the bride and groom.

And if you don't see anything that quiet matches your dreams for that special day just send her a note.  She loves to do custom designs to make that special day even more special.





Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall is About Hunting

The place I grew up and most of the places I've lived the fall meant time to get ready for hunting.  So as fall is approaching naturally my mind turns towards hunting.   Some of these hunting items I already had in my collection, some are new.  Over the next few weeks I plan on adding more items, 2 more versions of the deer hat and thinking of a duck hat or two.

What do you think of when you think of fall?  Halloween, pumpkins, bats, hats?  All of these things can be found in our store Babbling Hook Creations  We also have a Facebook Store with Rhino's Emporium and Mad Frills.  The hunting outfit and the pink camo boots were special requests.  I love custom orders, they allow me to create something just for you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tis the Season for Snowmen (Well Almost)!

Goofty Snowman
Goofy Snowman
Getting into the spirit of the season.  Made these adorable little snowmen hats, now I need to find time to make some snowwomen hats.  May a snowdog, snowcat, snowmouse, snowhippo, oh wait, scratch the hippo (have you seen a hippo sneeze?). 
Snowman Hat for Babies




Thursday, September 25, 2014

More Details on Our Joint Venture with Rhino's Emporium

Rhino's Soaps
Rhino's Emporium (www.rhinosemporium.com) sells a little bit of everything.  They have pattern books and soaps and it's my understanding they will be expanding into all kinds of craft supplies soon.  They have started making soaps and beauty bars and they are wonderful.  Their latest bar is a Lemongrass and Ginger with Poppy Seeds, this soap is great for you skin and smells yummy.

Dead Man's Soap
Looking for the perfect gag for your Halloween party, their Dead Man's Soap is perfect.  It looks like it was made from skin and the smell is awful, just perfect for those guests wanting to clean their hands :D.  (It does clean, but phew.)
Luna's Lucious Dog Soap



They even make a dog and a cat soap is soon to be in the store (both of these products have been used on his own dogs and cats with wonderful results).  The dog soap not only keeps your dog's coat clean and shiny, the natural oils repeal fleas and tics.  It has a minty fresh fragrance too.  

What To Do With Those Old Cards

Who doesn't have tons of old cards sitting around.  I thought this was such a good idea to make good use of them.  Christmas is coming up and what a great thing to use for those small gifts.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Joint Venture with Rhino's Emporium and Soap Savers

Rhino's Emporium (www.rhinosemporium.com) makes these wonderful soaps.  We decided that maybe those wonderful soaps could use some soap savers.  So we're going to make the soap savers and you can purchase them both on our site at www.babblinghook.com or when you purchase soaps at www.rhinosemporium.com you can purchase the soap savers there.

They have a special dead man's soap available for halloween, haven't figured out which is the appropriate soap saver for that one yet.   They also have an really good dog bar soap with natural flea repellents and a good cat soap.  They even have a pumpkin pie soap - I wouldn't suggest nibbling on it though. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Custom Orders - Creativity Unleashed

I love doing custom orders when someone says for instance "I want a hunting outfit".  That gives me the freedom to be creative, to start to design a pattern based on the wish list they gave me.  I have found that some customers have such creative minds and can think of things for me to crochet that I would have never thought of.  One of my most popular items came about from this process.  It is a hunting outfit with a deerstalker hat.  I love it and I love making them. 

The hat was the first billed hat I had done so it took a few tries to get it the way I wanted it to be.  I didn't want to have to use stiff material to make it stand out, and finally I figured out how to crochet it so it would stand out on it's own without having to put plastic or cardboard in it.  The side flaps were fun to make and then I added 2 snaps to hold them on top.

 The boots were a little more trying.  I went looking for patterns for these.  I found several patterns that I liked portions of and started to combine them for the perfect look.  These boot booties are very roomy and look awesome on little feet, they give you that clunky look that hunting/hiking boots usually have.

 The diaper cover I wanted to make adjustable, because all little bellies are different.  I accomplished this by adding a row of double crochet (triple crochet on larger sizes) this allows for the cover to be buttoned at any position around.

A special shout out to Janel Dick of Crafty Vine.  She was the one who originally requested this item.  She is such a creative person and was a joy to work with her on this and several other outfits.  This one is still my favorite though.  This item can be purchased at www.babblinghook.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Horseshoe Nail Jewelry by Rhino

https://www.etsy.com/listing/203366652/gold-wire-wrapped-horseshoe-nail-heart?
For Sale Here
For Sale Here
I absolutely love this horseshoe nail jewelry, it's rustic, but elegant all at the same time.  It's not the run of the mill every day crosses and hearts, but a step on the unique side.  Rhino hand makes each item with talent and care.  No two are exactly alike, which is exactly what you want in a handmade item.  When you think about the importance of a horseshoe nail you realize how creative these really are.  Reminds me of the children's rhyme:
Purchase Here

Purchase Here
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
 And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cooler Weather Sale

Finally the weather is cooling down.  Not so important for the creators in Milwaukee, but wonderful for me down in Florida.  So I've decided to share the joy with our customers and have a sale.  So today 9/15 through Friday 9/19 we are going to have a 20% off everything sale (excluding postage).  Visit our store at www.babblinghook.com and use the code COOL20 when you check out. 



Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet Stitch

There is a popular trend in crochet that is making the rounds. It is called Corner to Corner Crochet. It will allow you to complete larger projects in a lot less time. It produces an eye pleasing texture and allows you to do diagonal stripes without constantly changing your yarn.

Here is a very good tutorial by the Crochet Crowd.


 Here is another good tutorial by Red Heart Yarn

There is a popular trend in crochet that is making the rounds. It is called Corner to Corner Crochet. It will allow you to complete larger projects in a lot less time. It produces an eye pleasing texture and allows you to do diagonal stripes without constantly changing your yarn. And here is an example of C2C by Babbling Hook Creations

https://www.etsy.com/listing/161926014/team-spirit-corner-to-corner-scarf?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Upcoming Fund Raiser for Washington County Humane Society

We have been asked to be one of the vendors at the Washington County Humane Society's Walk for the Animals next weekend.  The event is at Jackson Park on Saturday, September 13th at 9 am.  We're excited to be participating and have all been busy working on items for our furry friends. Here are a few examples of what we are working on:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BabblingHook?section_id=14358531&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8 

All of these items will also be for sale in our shop at the pet section of our shop.   We would love to see you there!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Introducing the Babbling Hook Players

There are really 3 players Barbara, Rhino and Marie.  We all have extremely different talents, the one thing that we do have in common is the love of art and crafts.  Here is just a very small sample of our work.  More of our items can be seen at www.babblinghook.com

Some Samples of Marie's Work
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BabblingHook?section_id=14358196&ref=shopsection_leftnav_6
A Few Samples of Rhino's Work                                                          
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BabblingHook?section_id=14394795&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9  
And Some Samples of Barbara's Work                                               
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BabblingHook?section_id=14328242&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5