Friday, April 13, 2012

Custom Butterfly Shawl Finished!

This was a very fun project to work on, and I think it turned out marvelously!

The Butterfly Shawl custom ordered, customer chose the colors, is about 7' wide. Lovingly crocheted in around 20 hours from a grid pattern.

It is warm and cozy, and quite the fashion statement.

I quite like it, and am deciding what colors to make one for myself in.

My son was kind enough to take these photos of me modeling the shawl before shipping it off to the UK.

The customer who ordered this shawl is a super sweet lady, and I hope she enjoys the finished product as much as the photo of it I sent her.

I've already started another butterfly shawl, and have designed up 3 different styles that I am looking forward to testing out and offering in my shop.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Custom Shawl in Progress

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I received an order for a shawl which I had posted as the cover photo on my Facebook page. The shawl was a gift I had made for my cousin which I wasn't actually planning on making more of, but was happy to do it when this customer contacted me. After discussing with her and workout out the logistics, I excitedly ran to Hobby Lobby to pick up the yarn. A lovely variety of black, white, lavender, and hot pink.

I grabbed my pattern and got started. After the first hour, here is how far I got. You can see the bottom tips of the butterfly starting.

 After 2 hours, much more of the lovely butterfly is showing, and more colors are introduced.
After 4 hours, the lower part of the butterfly wings are really starting to take shape.

I'm figuring it will take about 15 hours to complete, and I'm already thinking about what colors I want to do next, and have designed a couple different shawls to try out. I forgot how much fun this type of crochet is!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Walk & Work With Style

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Walk & Work With Style
March 1-18, 2012
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Do we really care if the Rainforest vanishes from the face of the Earth? You bet. And you'd better be proactive NOW. If all of the Rainforest goes away, we will be experiencing one of those cataclizms like in a horrific movie.
We want to continue to live, and to blog. And blog happily.
Let's celebrate our connections with each other and with Nature.
Let's Walk & Work With Style, while always caring about the interconnectidness of this Universe.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Estes Park Vacation Giveaway

Being practically in my backyard, I am excited to participate in this giveaway and bring my readers the opportunity to visit Colorado. Are you ready to take some time away from it all and enjoy the scenic views? I know I am!

Win a two night stay in Estes Park Central

Enjoy a 2 night family vacation in Estes Park, Colorado any time between April 8th – 22nd for a family of up to 6 people (a value over $550) in time for Spring Break!!!

This event was put together by Two Little Cavaliers the prize is being provided thanks to our sponsor Estes Park Central. This event is open Worldwide however you must provide your own transportation.

Estes Park View

Experience luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, cozy fireplaces and the ultimate Premier Vacation Rental. The Home to the Estes Park Premier Vacation Rentals Source was established in 2007. Estes Park Central holds the highest standards in private luxury vacation rental properties and guest services. With our Estes Park Vacation Rentals service and cabin rentals, we offer personalized lavish vacation rental accommodations to meet your individual needs. All our Private Vacation Rental Properties feature top of the line appointments, fully equipped kitchens, TV and DVD, fireplaces, cozy living areas, free wireless Internet, twin/queen/king beds with luxurious bedding and views of the Rocky Mountains. You will truly have an experience to remember with any of our prime Estes Park Vacation Rentals.

Estes Park Central Condo

About the Condo:

This is a newly constructed, luxury, two bed/two bath condo with gorgeous mountain views overlooking Marys Lake and only 3 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Our Estes Park vacation condo rental is fully-equipped with a Jacuzzi bathtub, King-size and Queen-size bed, Queen-size sofa bed in the living room, gas fireplace, washer and dryer, TV with Cable, DVD and a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops. A private hot tub on the deck overlooking the mountains enhances your relaxation. The historic Marys Lake Lodge is located on this unique property. It has been totally restored to its original grandeur.Marys Lake Lodge offers 2 separate dining experiences for your pleasure. Grandmaison’s Chalet Room offers world-class international cuisine with a European flair in an elegant ambiance. The Tavern serves delicious meals in a casual atmosphere with live music every night all summer. The rest of the year the live music continues Wednesday through Sunday evening. The Escape Spa and Salon offers a complete salon experience to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

*While this particular condo is not pet friendly they do offer other condos and vacation homes under their management that that are pet friendly.

Activities and Attractions: Hiking year-round, viewing the incredible sights of Rocky Mountain National Park, bicycling around Lake Estes, the Town of Estes and looping past Mary's Lake Lodge, wildlife-viewing, fabulous Shopping,cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and downhill skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, a 45 minute drive. The town offers fishing, boating, and indoor/outdoor rock climbing, and horse-back riding.

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Luck of the Irish Giveaway - Calling all Bloggers

The Coffee Chic and Africa's Blog, are currently accepting sponsors for the upcoming Luck of the Irish Cash Giveaway. The event will go live on March 10 at 12:01am EST thru March 17th at 11:59pm EST. This is in line with the celebration of St. Patrick's day.


Calling all bloggers to become one of the co-hosts for this exciting giveaway! 
The fee to participate is $3.00 for the Mandatory Facebook link ($2.00 to go into the prize and $1 admin fees for setting it all up.) For each additional link of Twitter and/or Google+, there will be an additional $2 charge each. The maximum cost for each blogger is only $7 for three links. Sponsors will also get back links!

All participation fees will go to the total cash prize. Depending on the number of bloggers participating, we might split the prize into a first and second prize option, giving your readers TWO chances to win. Sign ups will be closed on March 6, 2012.
Click the button above for details and to sign up. Be sure to mention that Captive Embroidery and Crafts sent you!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joining the 2012 Yarn Destash Challenge

Found this challenge over at The Spring Mount 6 Pack. It's a fun way to encourage yourself to work through your yarn stash. The challenge works on a point system, you get points for using up yarn, and you subtract points when you buy yarn.

I'm starting with a skein of green that I started making Shamrock Dog Toys out of, since each one does not use up a full skein, I'm going to make as many as I can get out of one.