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

Welcome to the Mega Prize Giveaway
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.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Vacation Giveaway for Bloggers Facebook Event

Win a two night stay in Estes Park Central

Free event for bloggers! Just post about the event sign up & the event itself in your blog. Our friends at Two Little Cavaliers are giving away a 2 night stay in Estes Park, Colorado. Good for a family of up to 6 people between April 8th & April 22nd.

Each blog that participates will receive 1 Facebook link on the Rafflecopter for the event.

"This prize is being provided by our sponsor Estes Park Central Experience luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, cozy fireplaces and the ultimate Premier Vacation Rentall. 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."

Head on over for more info and to sign up. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Giveaways & Auctions

Our friends at Flawless Fashions & Gifts are hosing a bunch of giveaways and auctions in celebration of a fan milestone. Stop by, bid on an auction if you'd like, and enter to win the products up for giveaway. I have 4 products listed in their celebration.

American Flag Mouse Pad

Straight Grip Sniper Rifle Marshmallow Gun

I Love My Dog Pillow customized with your choice of breed.

Embroidered "Grill King" black grilling apron

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Crafting of a Fireplace

My husband and I purchased this cute electric fireplace. It's nothing special, but it works great as a heater in the family room. When it's turned on it has a light and a rotating thingamagig in the back that looks kind of like fire moving. But we decided we wanted to make it a little more us.

We started with an old bookcase. My husband cut on some plywood to create a false front, and nailed them together. I used laminate flooring tiles and cut them to different, random sizes and shapes and covered the front. Using a dark gray caulking, I did a faux grouting, leaving a texture to give it the rustic shape we like.

Then in went the fireplace, if you look really close on the left you can just barely make out the hole where the plug to the electric fireplace goes out the back to be plugged in.

Next, my husband built a base for the bottom, out of wood scraps we had lying around. 

A 1.5" board across the top and some corner pieces for the sides went on next.

A bit more corner pieces around the inside...

Some of the remaining tile covers the base piece, giving the impression of a granite slab. Finish of the edges with the cornering pieces again.

Final touch, since the "mantle" color didn't match the other wood, we took more of the leftover tiles and did a little checkerboard like pattern across the top to tie it all together. Now we have a great fireplace in the family room that looks more like a full size fireplace than the little one we started with. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fiber Arts Guild

As you may (or may not) know, I have a shop on Artfire. One of the things ArtFire does for it's sellers, is to have guilds, which are set up and maintained by the various artisans on ArtFire. I have recently been made an officer in the Fiber Arts Guild. There are just over 100 artisans in this guild right now, and we are working to build it up and help each other.

Our guild is made up of people who work in some way with fiber arts. In my case, that would include the crochet work (like my crocheted animal purses), and sewing work (like my personalized stockings, baby blankets, or new line of pillows).

The Fiber Arts Guild has recently started a Facebook Page, a Blog and  Twitter account, where you can see all the fun stuff the artisans are creating, and learn about the artisans themselves. Here are a few of my fellow Fiber Arts Guild members:

The Dreadhead Monster Family - cuddly plush knitted toys

Meet Pirate Pixie Crew:
My name is Lynne, I'm from the UK and I became a yarn-a-holic when I was trapped in bed for about 6 months due to an acute relapse of myalgic encephalomyelitis. I got a bit stir crazy, and to help pass the time I started knitting and taught myself to crochet. I've never really recovered and I haven't stopped creating knitted and crochet items since. My next goal is to learn to spin, so that I can finally say that the whole of the item is handmade by me, apart from the bit the sheep does in growing the wool fibres.

The Pirate Pixie Crew grew from when all my friends started having babies and as gifts to the baby, to welcome them into the world, I made them each a hat. Most of the hats were a bit funky and alternative, because that the kind of friends I have. Lots of them looked like pirate hats and others like pixie hats. People started asking my friends where the hats came from and I got commission orders for more, so the Pirate Pixie Crew was born. Since then I have expanded the range of goods in my shop to include adult hats, hand warmers, leg warmers, bunting, bags, shawls, blankets and monsters. Along side the woollen goods there is the story of the Pirate Pixie Crew, so whenever you buy a hat and put it on your head you become a member of the Pirate Pixie Crew, and you can read all about the crews adventures. I hope to soon have a whole website of stories and pictures for the crew members to enjoy.

Sterling Silver Beaded Earrings Blue and Purple Earrings Knit Wire
Meet BooJay Knits:

BooJay Knits specializes in knitted wire jewelry. Silver and copper bracelets, cuffs, and earrings with freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystlas, and glass beads. Have a specific color in mind? Please contact us so we can design your perfect item. Textured ribbon knits also available.

felt headband, pearls, felt flowers, wet felting

Meet Purple Berry:

In my studio you find handmade felt accessories . Each item is unique wearable art, created by hand using natural fibers, sterling silver, semi precious stones wich i constantly bringing from exotic bazzars throuout the globe. every single item in my collections is reminder of roads and passes walked in this world.While i calling my home now Rutland , England i lived all over the globe on East and West Coast of North Amerika, European Alps and Medditeranean coast, Central and South Americas, when i'm not global trotting you can find me hicking in beatiful land of England. Different culteres, moods and rhythms, new friends -all this you will see in my works. I hope that my creations bring joy to you .

Fingering Weight Yarn Hand Dyed Merino Flamingo Orange

Meet Lil Bit of Heaven Fibers:
My artfire store is Lil Bit of Heaven Fibers. On my site I sell hand dyed yarn in various weights and fiber. I have been working with fiber for almost 20 years. Spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and sewing are how I spend my days. Hand dying is still a new adventure that I really enjoy doing. I am always finding new ways to dye my yarns and rovings. My artfire store I have had for a little over a year, selling all my hand dyed yarns.

To me coming up with a one of a kind yarn, that people will love, is a big adventure. You can never go wrong. If you don't like what you dyed, just get a new color and try again.

Junior Hand Dyed LS T-shirt Item 1392 Size M

Meet tiedyejudy:
My name is Judy, and I have been an artist and crafter most of my life. I started a tie-dye business in 1998, and fell in love with fabric dyeing and the concept of wearable art! I also create art and landscape quilts mostly using my hand dyed fabrics. My shop is at I have a large inventory of clothing, accessories and other fiber art, so I hope you will visit my shop soon!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Collection of Hats from the Fiber Arts Guild

Well we're getting some cold weather here, and some fun snow to play in. OK, so maybe not enough to build a snowman or sled in the backyard, but enough to make me smile.

So I pulled together a collection of Hats on ArtFire from the members of the Fiber Arts Guild. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Heart Warming Project

I was approached at a fair a couple months ago, but a very nice lady named Donna. She saw the crochet work I was selling (along with my other crafty projects), and had a special request. Many years ago, her grandmother had started a crocheted blanket. It was a bunch of daisies that she made, then intended to crochet together to make the blanket. Alas, she passed before she was able to complete the blanket. 

Donna's mother had it lovingly stored for a number of years, then Donna herself had it. No one was able to complete the blanket. When Donna met me, she said she was impressed by the quality of my work and wished to hire me to complete the blanket. Suffice it to say, I was honored that she would entrust me with something so precious. 

I took home the pieces, 147 little daisies and the part of the blanket that her grandmother had completed. I stared, counted, researched online, tested and finally figured out how her grandmother was attaching the daisies. It didn't seem quite like any of the instructions I could find, so I had to figure it out and write it down for myself. It was an interesting challenge. 

After about 10 hours of work, I got all the daisies connected, and trimmed the whole thing out with a simple shell border. I was elated to be able to call Donna and let her know that her blanket was ready. When she arrived at my house to pick it up, she was so excited to see it. I could see it in her face, and read it in her body language. I was suddenly very worried about what she would think of the job I did. There on the table by the front door was the plastic zippered blanket bag that held this irreplaceable piece of her family. And when she opened it, she was so happy with it. She seemed to get a little choked up, and thanked me profusely for doing such a wonderful job. 

By the time she left, with a teary hug, I was fighting back tears. 

There have been many projects I have done over the years, for many people, and various reasons. But I will never forget Donna and her grandmother's blanket. It was an honor to have my little part in something with such a history.