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?).
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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:
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