Thursday, September 16, 2010

My creative space.

Its so quiet in my creative space today. The big girls are back at school for the first time in weeks and Miss Pepper and I are pottering around, doing a bit of this and a bit of that.

First off was some hair for the dolly Amanda made her a while back. I've never sewn dolly hair before and just threaded strands of cotton through her head. Does anyone know how I can secure them now so they don't pull through?

I suppose she'll need some clothes now too.


Not content to just sit and watch me, Pepper decided she wanted to sew too, so we set her up with a hoop and off she went.

Then there were cupcakes to be baked.

And a few rows of The Rainbow Speckled Olearia to knit.

Its funny, I got so used to knitting with hot sweaty hands while we were away, that now I can't seem to get a grip on the wool and the whole experience is quite slippery.

My crochet ric-rac tutorial has been featured on the Craft Online magazine and on One Pretty Thing and I've started a Ravelry pattern page for it here. Wow and yay and oh my goodness!

Also sitting in my space today is an application to a gorgeous looking December market. But now I can't decide. Market or online shop?

So what's going on in your space today?
I'm off to Kirsty's to check it out and maybe then I'll unpack.
Have a happy Thursday. X

30 comments:

  1. It may be quiet in your space, but it certainly is busy! I love peper's stitching, clever little thing! And congratulations on your ric rac features, that's really exciting! I hope you are all adjusting ok to the cold after all that gorgeous warmth...

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  2. Do the market, then if you have anything left it can be the start of your online store. With the doll hair, handstitch it in place down the part - use double thread and stitch from the bottom to the top and back down again. Yay for the ric-rac features too.

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  3. Congratulations Kate on your ricrac feature! I would do a market and then see how it sells and try an online shop! Congrats to Miss Pepper too for trying out her creative side with sewing, how wonderful! The Olearia looks beautiful, gorgeous yarn!

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  4. market or online store? do both, then those that look but don't buy at the market (which is lots of people) have somewhere to go when they come to their senses :)

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  5. I love that photo of Pepper enjoying licking the beaters, seriously one of the best parts about cooking!:) And yeah for getting your ric rac tutorial featured, it is beautiful and lots of fun. Enjoy your day. xo

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  6. you are so so brave with the WIP olearia ! I know exactly what would happen in my house!!

    Well done on the ricrac - looks lovely...

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  7. :) My first thoughts for your doll with the long hair was Lady Godiva! Congratulations on your crochet ric rac features.

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  8. good for you Kate, you are so clever & so is your gorgeous ric rac.

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  9. Kate, I would just knot the strands and give her a bit of a bobbly part, otherwise you could actually stitch each strand down with thread...
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  10. I'm imagining a whole lot of ric-rac being generated around the world!

    I would do the market to see how people respond (& if you are like me it gives you a deadline to work towards.....which I really need). Start the online shop even if you have nothing listed, so you have somewhere to direct folk to (they always ask). And as Michelle said you then have some stock to list if it doesn't sell. Good luck, I do so hope you will be selling some ric-rac (for those crochet-illiterate types like me)

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  11. always a lot of fun things going on in your space. sounds like you had a fun holiday {jealous of the warmth!!}.
    xx

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  12. Clothes? A face would be nice, she says.

    You're always super busy but you stay relaxed and cheery. I love that about you. x

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  13. hi ya Kate

    you should see the amount of ricrac Ive made LOL-talk about OBSESSED
    I will shoot you an email when i take a photo.
    as to market or online- we have done both with the spoons, and both have worked well......the online shop is with Made it, and Ive found it easy to use. welcome back too
    cheers
    jane

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  14. Hello! Thanks for calling at Planet Penny! I've been looking at all the lovely things you've been making. The ric-rac tutorial is great. The last doll I made I put the hair in with a felting needle so that it meshed with the stuffing. It wouldn't stand up to too much tugging tho' if it's for a little one. Happy making!
    Penny x

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  15. Well done on the ricrac features. Love your new olearia - gorgeous yarn. And I say Market. I find markets so much easier than online store 'cos you don't have to take photos of everything and then describe everything or spend too much time on the computer. And you can meet your customers at the market too. I just love the atmosphere of markets. Which market are you thinking of doing?

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  16. Oh yeah and for the hair, can you thread it into the head and then tie it on???

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  17. market for the dresses? Hmmmmm I guess the thing with a market is you need lots of stock to make it look good, whereas with a little online shop you can just have a few things and add to it gradually. xx
    PS and glad you had a lovely holiday

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  18. Kate, I know that you have already threaded the hair though but ... check out this tutorial - makes great hair!
    http://starrysheep.com/crafty/?p=103

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  19. quiet, it sounds like it is all happening! glad to hear you had a lovely relaxing family holiday too!

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  20. Hi Kate. Michelle's idea on the doll hair is perfect if you can't bear to pull it out. If you can, then line up all the strands under your sewing machine and then stitch through them to create a middle parting and then hand stitch that to the head. I would recommend giving her pigtails or a plait to secure it in place above the ears. I've just started an Olearia too but have had to pull it back and start again because I messed up. Ho hum. I'll get there in the end! Congrats on the ric rac feature!

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  21. Welcome home. I hope youre not too upset to come back to the cold? Love the fabric under that dolly! Is that the one you made your smock from?
    Thanks for stopping by!
    x

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  22. I'm impressed you shared the beater with Pep :o)
    xx

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  23. hey kate, Send me your address and i'll send you some doll clothes patterns if you like, you can just embiggen or emshrinken to suit if you like !!

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  24. Do both! One will feed into the other.

    Your creative space looks so happy and busy, even if you do reckon it's quiet!

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  25. NO! Don't unpack - it means the holidays are over !
    Well done on your tutorial sucess - no surprises that it has taken so well :)it is a splendid idea.
    Off to the snow to play tomorrow - enjoy your day ad the next load of adventures you all get into .

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  26. grrr unpacking! love your ric rac. i say market. i think people like to look,see and feel and the personal approach is fun

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  27. I started to make a doll when I was small - about 8, I think. My mum gave me something that looked like a latch hook for the hair. I can't remember how it worked though...

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  28. Looks like you have been busy on your return (LOL at him not wanted to be an organic cane farmer - that would have been pretty cool and tell him there is money in canefarming) Love all of your little projects - I agree - dont unpack (I still have not unpacked from our last camp trip - opps!)

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  29. ....and you're suprised YOU miss things... look at all that I have missed! Loving that ricrac, cute!

    As for market vs online - I say both! I think your stuff & your attitude are PERFECT for a lovely handmade market, but I also want to be able to buy your stuff online teehee. I think, and since I have no experience in either, this is, obviously, my expert opinion, the best plan would be to make stock for your market date, to market to market, then list anything left over online after....

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