Those who follow me on Instagram probably remember my mini crocheted turtle. At that time, I was pretty skeptical (as in, he didn’t look like anything that would be liked by anyone) of him in terms of fitting into the Croochet world. He was subsequently casted as a “failed project” and placed in a forbidden box…never to see daylight again. I eventually forgot about him until I tidied up my room recently and took a curious look to see what else is in that box. Upon opening the lid, mini turtle looked at me with tiny glistening eyes. I picked him up, glared at him for a good minute and thought: “hmmmm….you kindddaaaa look cuter than I remembered you to be!”.
Continue reading FREE PATTERN: Easy Peasy Amigurumi Mini Turtles
Woohoo! I’m so happy that my newly revamped Bulby Blushing Cactus Pattern is now listed on Etsy! Unlike most cactus patterns, mine one is a little different and some parts can be tricky. I’d like to thank my testers for helping me ensure my instruction was easy to understand and suitable even for beginners. However, I strongly advise you to learn the very basics of crochet (i.e. sc, increase, decrease) prior to starting. I’ve included many detailed and close-up photos to guide you through the entire process — its amazing how something that is relatively simple can be quite hard to explain! With a total of 8 sheets (16 pages) of full-colored instructions and an estimated completion time of 2-3 hrs, this pattern is really perfect for those wanting to spend an afternoon crafting alone or with friends!
Continue reading Bulby Blushing Cactus: A Newly Revamped Pattern
A while back, I made some mini sushi charms and posted it on my Instagram stories. Apparently a lot of my followers liked them because I kept getting messages and e-mails for a pattern!
Luckily, these are not difficult to make and should be easy to do for beginners. Lets get started! Continue reading FREE PATTERN: Mini Crocheted Sushi Charms!
Vancouverites who are actively involved in the handmade community must have heard of Got Craft? at least one point in their lives. Organised by Andrea and Robert, Got Craft? happens bi-annually at the Maritime Labour Centre and has been connecting handmade artists to the public since 2007 (wow – talk about experience!)!
My first GotGraft? Market (as an attendee) was last winter. I had such a great time (and haul) back then that I was quite looking forward to this year’s spring market! Continue reading Got Craft? Market
One of the best thing about attending handmade markets is that you really never know the gems you’ll find. Imagine, a seemingly “easy” skill can transform ordinary objects into exquisitely intricate pieces. (I.e. a skein of yarn can be engineered into a plush or a luxurious throw depending on the way you work with it!)
After hanging out at enough of said markets, I’ve grown to really appreciate the time, effort, and passion that each individual maker invest into their products. Without a doubt, this has to do with the fact that I am a small shop owner myself and am regularly pour in countless hours on creating amigurumi plushes for my own customers. That being said though, owning an Etsy shop versus doing a handmade market show is a completely different story.
Continue reading Handmade Market: My Point of View as a Shopper!