Monday, December 21, 2009

Great Idea from a Customer

One of my customers asked me to do a Hebrew/English name blanket with a train around the edge. And add some color to the cars. It is terrific to get new ideas. Now I am thinking soccer balls, footballs, ballet shoes .....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hanukkah Bread Menorah

Well, here it is Hanukkah season again. Everything is the same except that my daughter is now out on her own in NYC. When she found out she didn't have a menorah, she did what any creative person would do - she improvised with what she had. In this case it was 2 slices of bread and some birthday candles.

Whatever you celebrate this season, have a happy one!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Personalized Scarf in Rare Bird Finds!!

I was honored to have one of my personalized scarves featured in the Rare Bird Finds Blog! Rare Bird Finds gets over 2000 people viewing a day and 70,000 - 100,000 page hits a month.

You can check out more pictures of this type of scarf at my etsy shop Blazingneedles

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Shop!

I decided to do it - open a new Etsy shop! The new shop, ChickadeeChic, has all my knit bags and will have felted bags and crochet jewelry. It has been a chore moving all the bags from BlazingNeedles, but both shops now look better.

As Mae West said - Come up and see me sometime.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Crochet Cactus

I got back into the cacti mood and designed a few new ones. I also learned how to spell "amigurumi" correctly.

The cacti seems to be getting smaller. Now I have a teensy 1" clay pot that is on my work table looking for inspiration. I even have smaller ones that could be earings. Since I just got my ears pierced last year, I think I will try that. Imagine wearing cactus earings in real clay pots!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Greek Baby Name Blanket

I decided to try a Greek personalized blanket to add to my Hebrew and Vietnamese blankets. I found a great font that look terrific on the blanket. If you are wondering how this is done - read on.

I retired as a software engineer where I wrote programs for CAD - computer aided drafting. This background allows me to feel very comfortable with design software. The program I use to put the names in is called DAK. If you are familiar with fonts, you will know that you can download many fonts to your computer - you are not limited to the ones it came with. The Greek font I use came from the web.

Like all graphic programs (including Paint) you can create a text box and insert words. I do that with the Greek font. There is always tweaking to be done to get it to look good, but that is how it starts.

Maybe I will try Arabic next!

Monday, January 5, 2009

More Personalized Scarves

I had requests for several personalized scarves recently. I love getting these because people have such interesting ideas that I can work with.

One request was for a scarf in purple with all the names of a friend's cats. I added some cat graphics for variety. It turned out rather nice. Now I am hoping for some dog scarves!

Another was for a boyfriend. I LOVE the sentiment - "No Skinny Chicks". This one is super soft with a special gray tweedy yarn and a pattern.

If you have some great ideas, contact me. I would love to do a scarf for you.