Sunday, November 24, 2013

Five days...maybe?

Yes, it has been several days since I posted to begin a countdown to an event unseen for a few years.

I had hoped to spark interest in the event, and continue to post with comments to build up to the final day, but due to lack of interest, the event may not happen at all, or may happen, but on a smaller scale....or, *I* may be surprised too, and there could be several 'last minute' participants.
Either way, event or not, I will post later this week.

Many of our members offer wonderful gift ideas for everyone on your list, not to mention yarn, hooks and patterns to keep any crocheter busy on cold, snowy days.  Over the next few weeks, I'll post some ideas here for different recipients, so check back every few days for new ideas.

Shopping this time of year can be especially tense, even online.  To help keep frustration levels low, when shopping be sure to check where the item ships from and decide before ordering whether there is time for the item to get to you.  Yes, overseas shipping *can* be quick, but often depending on the country, it can easily take 4 weeks, and sometimes 6.  Surface mail can take even longer:  I once had a postal employee tell me that a package sent surface could take 3 months to get to Australia from Canada.
Also, this is important, know before purchasing your country's duties for importing goods from outside your own country.  This is a tax/fee imposed by the country's government, so this is something buyers are liable for, not the sellers.  Sellers have no idea of knowing every country's rates, and cannot collect the money from you to pay on your behalf.  A seller cannot lie on the customs form and fill in a lower $ value to save the buyer money, this is highly illegal and could result in huge fines for the seller. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It's coming....

It's coming...back!  An event forgotten by all but a few:  we're blowing the dust off and setting things up, watch here for more info....

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Calling all hookers!

I was contacted on Etsy about an opportunity for crocheters, as well as those who knit, sew and weave.
I will quote the information sent in the conversation.  Please note, this is open only to US residents, so if you're like me, and get all excited reading about opportunities like this only to find out you can't enter, I apologize.  And of course, give you the heads-up so you can choose not to read  :)

Winter Accessory Design Challenge
-Grand Prize: $500 and an UncommonGoods Vendor Contract

-Knitted, crocheted, sewn, or woven designs (all sorts of materials are welcome as long as they are safe and animal-friendly)

-Guest Judges: One Sheepish Girl, Meredith Crawford, longtime UncommonGoods vendor and the owner of Green 3, Jim Martin, and UncommonGoods Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer, Sharon Hitchcock

-Submission Deadline: July 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET

-Questions? Email

-Submission page: (use “click here”, “UncommonGoods”, or a bare link when including this link in post)

- Judges will provide runners-up with a critique of their work, tips for marketing and growing your business.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Happy Embrace Your Geek Day!! A few days late...

...and several dollars short, if I may misquote a well-known saying.

Embrace your Geekness Day has come and gone (July 13th) without even a whisper here. 
I am sure this little guy celebrated in style, with plenty of WD-40 and microchips and cookies for all.
The crochet pattern to create your own robot (or one of several other amigurumi  creatures) is available from HerterCrochetDesigns

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Celebrating Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

Okay, so Teddy Bear Picnic Day was actually yesterday, but today (here anyway) was a much better day for a picnic.  :)
This cute teddy bear by Debbie from Wigglysee Crocheted Toys looks like he enjoys a good picnic with lots of fuzzy friends.
(Pssttt....I think I see a couple of his friends from the picnic in Debbie's shop as well as other sweet toys!)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy Canada Day/Fourth of July!

To all Canadians, a Happy Canada Day (sorry, missed it July 1st!) and to my American friends, I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

We did have a few entries for our June challenge, and these entries will be posted close to the special day.
Our first is something for Independence Day, in traditional red, white and blue from MeandMyHook:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May's Creative Challenge...

Again, I chose to leave the challenge open to any of the odd holidays.

In honour of Brothers and Sisters Day (May 3), from Ida Herter of  HerterCrochetDesigns  a crochet pattern for a set of amigurumi matryoshka dolls:
 The pattern is available as an instant download, which means once you've submitted payment, you will see a link to download your pattern in your purchases.  (Click on picture to see the listing)

And from a snail who went into hiding not long before May 24 (National Escargot Day), a picture emailed from an undisclosed location:
Sadly, this snail has not been heard from since this picture was emailed, so one can't help but wonder if his location was discovered.  (Clicking on picture will take you to the designer's shop, snail is not listed for sale)

June's challenge will be a bit different, thanks to a suggestion from a team member.  Instead of crocheting something for *that* month, the challenge will be to crochet something for the following month, so items can be posted here on that 'special' day.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

April Showers bring...challenge entries!!

Or is it May flowers?

Last month with our challenge, I chose to post a link to the odd holidays in April and have everyone select their own favourite to create something for.
First, the link to the special days:

Rather than post a long string of the entries, with descriptions, today I'll post the treasury that was created to feature them, and will post a few here and there over the next week as time permits. 

One entry is not an Etsy listing, so I'll paste that one here so everyone's included.  From BerthasBizarreBazaar:

Clicking on a picture will take you to that particular listing.

'EHTeam's April Challenge Entries' by Smudgekitty

Each month, Etsyhookers Team has a creative challenge: create something based on an 'odd holiday' that falls in that month. Thanks to all who met the challenge, and here's to more fun in May!

Pdf Crochet Pattern: Amiguru...

Instant Download PDF Crochet...

PDF Crochet Pattern: Amiguru...

Red Heart Pin Crochet Puff H...

Crochet Amigurumi Penguin -...

Amigurumi Pattern Safety Con...

Flower Crochet Coasters, Spr...

Crochet Mug Cozy with Lavend...

Sunflower Crochet Coasters, ...

Instant Download PDF Crochet...

Crochet Doll, Polychrome Dau...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April is off to a lovely start, a little cool around here, but it definitely could be worse so I am not complaining.  And I do know that the lovely spring flowers are just around the corner...

Etsyhookers Team had 3 members rise to the challenge last month (Alien Abduction Day, Anything on a Stick Day) and it was fun to see what they came up with!

From BerthasBizarreBazaar  
this cool alien abduction hat with a spaceship 'beaming up' an unsuspecting human.

And from one of our newer members, HerterCrochetDesigns, this adorable star wand for 'Anything on a Stick Day'.  This is a pattern, so if you crochet, you can make your own--they'd be great at a kids' birthday party!  Just click on the picture to see the Etsy listing.
And lastly, my own alien doll, which will be available as a free pattern once I get it typed up and ready to go.  The doll itself is available in my shop, click on the picture and the listing will open in a new window.

And now, to check out April's special days to see what this month's challenge themes will be!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Return of the Creative Challenge!

We did hold off our creative challenge over the holidays, but have just started it back up in February.
The themes for February:  Love Your Pet Day (20th) and Public Sleeping Day (28th)

Three members rose to the challenge, all choosing the Love Your Pet Day. 

First, a giraffe hat from BerthasBizarreBazaar .  I'm sure there are many who would love an exotic animal as a 'pet'!  The giraffe hat is not available in her shop, but Lianne does have other fun hats, and you can contact her to 'Request a Custom Item' by clicking the link on the left of BBB's shop page.
 Next, a pattern for adorable bunnies from quietnova, available in her shop.  You can click on the picture to see the listing.


Lastly, just a bit of fun I whipped up for my cats, although Cairo (shown) seems to like these more than our other cat Stormy does! They are not available in my shop (yet!) but I certainly will take orders for them.

There are some strange special days in March too!  I'll be choosing a couple for this months challenge and will post them within a couple of days.  Feel free to follow along and challenge your own creativity, even if you are not an Etsyhooker team member!