Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Colour Inspiration: Maple Trees in Bloom

I am loving the change in season. You may have noticed from my previous colour inspiration posts, Growing Up in the 80's and Summer Blueberries  that I have been all about color this spring. I've even rearranged my Etsy shop by colour. Must be the sunshine and longer days.

 Last month during a morning walk,  I took this gorgeous picture of a blooming maple tree. Ever since I realized that decidous trees bloom, I have  loved looking at tree flowers. They arrive quickly in Spring, much sooner than the tulips and daffodiles. And I am definitely a plant person. You may not know this about me, but I completed my Master of Science (M.Sc) in botany. I have always been a nature lover and my surroundings inspire my crochet art.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fifty Rattles for Fiddleheads!

I love the group pictures - they look all snuggly!

My largest wholesale order ever and it should be arriving soon at Fiddleheads for KidsI have mentioned this store in other blog posts, but it bears repeating. If you are visiting the Halifax, Nova Scotia area, I highly recommend popping in. They are located at 300 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth, NS.  The store is described as a lifestyle store for kids aged 0-4 years.

What went in the box: 4 lobsters, 1 seagull, 8 monkeys, 3 bright yellow ducks, 8 carrots, 2 dragonflies, 6 giraffes, 2 elephants, 4 turtles, 6 mermaids, and 6 teddy bears. The teddy bear rattles are brand new for Fiddleheads and it is the first time they have been available in store. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Sometimes when I am working on many multiples of the same toy, I make specific parts all at the same time. That way I can memorize part of the pattern and work more quickly. Since all my prices are based on the time spent making them, it is a win-win situation :) Recently I made7 giraffes, 6 for Fiddleheads, and the seventh is currently hanging out on Etsy while waiting to find his new family.  

Work-in-progress giraffes - I love their cute faces!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Color Inspiration: Growing Up in the 80's

Born in 1982, I turned 30 in January. The colors of my early childhood are bright, contrasting, and neon. They are the inspiration for this palette.

The three yarn colors from Red Heart yarn are deep purple Amethyst (#0356), Bright Yellow (#0324), and Pretty 'N Pink (#0722). I wonder if this shade of pink is named for the 1986 movie, Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald?

These colors are great for infant vision development when bright, contrasting colors are highly recommended. Be sure to click over to my Etsy shop, to check out these and more brightly colored toys!