Crafts


I’ve had to postpone the launch of behave brand apparel to local shops until Monday, July 9th.  I’m still recovering from wrist surgery.  I thought Monday, July 9th would be a great launch date – it’s my birthday!!  I’m finishing up my custom order and affixing the behave labels to my working samples.  I’ll post pictures of all the tanks and a close up of the labels on Thursday.  They are so cute! 

After much deliberation they will be going on the back of the shirts, at the bottom by the fringe.  The labels were custom made from a fellow etsyer. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July.

I thought I might point out a few of my favorite indie websites.  The links are all listed on the right.  Check them out, I continually add more.  But first…..What is indie?

“According to the dictionary, ‘indie’ is an informal version of the word independent.  Although this definition is accurate, the word has come to mean more.  It has come to symbolize originality and forward-thinking, especially in music and design.  By our definition, indie is any business or designer that is not associated with a large company.  Indie can also define the indie shopper, who chooses to support small business rather than big-box stores.”  Craft Revolution

Hope you enjoy all the creativity. 

Remember big dreams start small.  M.

Here is another one of my behave sample shirts, this one with a fabric heart.  Some of the American Apparel shirts have arrived and are almost ready to be sold.  I’m now waiting on the behave garment labels to be completed.  I’ve set my official launch date for Monday July 2nd, 2007.  I’m very excited.  They are so much fun to make.  I’ll post pictures of the American Apparel tanks once they are completed.

 

Here is a preview of the behave tank tops.  Each tank top is unique.  Tank tops will be available in a variety of colors, with different coordinating fabric shapes and various fancy yarn.  I’ll be using sweat-shop free American Apparel.  Their premium quality products are made in California.  Children’s sizes are available in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and they do run a bit small.  Other shirt styles are being designed, so check back soon.

How behave was started…….

My daughter E was given an adorable “Alphabet brand” blue tank top from Grandma’s trip to Italy.  It was baby blue with all sorts of beads sewn across the very top.  Well, after much washing and wearing the beads came undone.  E was not too upset, because she had outgrown the tank.  My daughter A, who had been coveting this top, was very sad.  So to cheer her up, I decided to make A her own fancy little shirt.  This is it.  The white tank is a size 2T/3T, and just perfect for my little girl A.  I used some yarn  around the neck and waist and crocheted the flower for the middle.  The flower uses 2 different yarns, 1 for the center, and a fancy yarn for the petals.  A loves to wear it with shorts or a skirt.

This tank top has received many wonderful comments.  E decided she wanted her own embellished shirts.  Many girls at school commented on E’s beautiful shirts.  I started to make them as birthday gifts, and now my company behave is about to launch.

 p.s.  Another embellished hanger by M.

I learned to knit in October of 2005.  Of course my first project was a scarf, although I quickly moved on to other projects.  My sister-in-law was pregnant with the first boy of the family, and knowing other family members were making baby blankets, I decided on a sweater.  I just love Debbie Bliss patterns for children.  I selected the cute Hooded Sweater from Debbie Bliss’s book Special Knits using her Cashmerino Aran in 502.  It was such a hit, I’ve since made 2 others for friends kids.  I knit the second one with modifications.  I changed the yarn to Berroco’s Cotton Twist  in color 8357 (a cotton/rayon blend) and added a seed stitch border to the bottom and sleeves. I also purled a square  in the middle to which I  attached a crochet flower.  Just perfect for a little girl.  This last one also had modifications to the yarn and pattern. 

I used Cascade’s Pima Tencel in color 1693, for a little boy of course.  I added a simple purl border to the bottom and sleeves.  This time I hand stitched the outline of a sailboat across the chest (it matches the hand painted clothes hanger).  By the way, I embellished the wood hanger as part of the baby shower gift.

The pattern is very easy to knit, and such a sweet gift.  I had fun with all the modifications which kept each project fresh.  I tend to get bored doing the same thing over and over.  I’ll upload pictures of the other two sweaters soon.

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m a little shy – why?  I’m not sure.  So, here goes…..I’m always looking at crafty websites and blogs and thinking I should do that.  So I am.  I’ve been very crafty ever since I started staying home as a mom.  I have 2 beautiful daughters, E & A, who are my daily inspiration, and the inspiration for behave.  I’ve attached some photos of my early crafting….crochet baby booties.  I hope you like them.  I modified the pattern from the Martha Stewart Baby Winter 2001 so the strap and sole are now one piece, and embellished!

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They were very cute baby gifts, and so much fun to make!