Friday, May 15, 2009

More Crochet and 2 New Organizers!

Fawn Pug Finger Puppet

Black Pug Finger Puppet

While I was travelling, I brought my crochet hooks and yarn and made more of my fawn and black pug finger puppets for my etsy shop.

I love these little guys. They always make me smile!

They are available as individual puppets or you can buy them as a set with my children's book, Emmitt & Olive.

After I finished those, I started crocheting some 6 x 9 rectangles for a new charity that I just learned about. HAP makes beautiful afghans for our veterans. They are an all volunteer organization based in Maryland. Click here to learn all about them.

6 x 9 Crochet Rectangles

Speaking of squares for charity, I think I forgot to post my latest batch of "bobble squares" and "circle in a square" Squares for The Knit A Square Charity in South Africa. I have been making these for the last couple of weeks. I did not do them all in one day. :)

8 x 8 "bobble squares"

I got the new bobble pattern from one of the two new crochet books I just bought. The book is called Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs.

8 x 8 "circle in a square" Squares

The circle in a square pattern is from my favorite book, 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton.

I have not had time to start the flowers yet, but I made these stars for Gilbert and my sister's parrotlet, Dunkin. I love both of the books. They are easy to work from and I will make more stuff to show you soon.
Gilbert loves his star!

I love all of these projects because they are small, fast to create and portable. :)

Speaking of portable, I found this great canvas organizer made by Rubbermaid at Home Depot. It is canvas and collapsable with pockets you can form in whatever configuration you would like. I think it is made to store cleaning supplies, but I use it as a portable caddy to take my crochet projects from room to room. I tried to find it online to give you the link, but was unsuccessful. It was under $10 at my local home depot.

I just LOVE containers and can never get enough of them. The Container Store just opened down the street from us and I am just so excited. Look at this cool basket I got there on the grand opening day!
What fun things do you use to organize your crafts, studio, home or office? I would love to know.

You can never have enough containers!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Sue said...

Hi Melissa and Emmitt,
We've been so busy and just read through your last few posts and got caught up with what you've been up to. Love all the photos. Looks like you had a great and hopefully profitable time! Your booth looks beautiful - love the colors and shapes.
Sue & Roscoe

Manon said...

Hey Melissa..... you busy girl!
Your new things are so much fun! The finger puppets make me smile. I laughed when you said that these projects are quick to make..... they'd take me!
Love, love, the Container Store!

sherry carrigan said...

LOVE the little pug puppets. You are so brilliant! Busy with all those squares, too. Amazing. I organize in cabinets and plastic baskets however, my studio is turned upside down right now after packing for Inspired and now trying to unpack.

Apollo said...

Wow, you are so amazingly crafty. You definately have a gift. The fawn Pug is the cutest, eheh

Laura said...

Containers, baskets, tote bags - you can never have enough cute ones! Love your crocheted goodies - your talent is endless!

Unknown said...

I love the finger puppets. Very nicely done! :)

The WriggleButts said...

Oh, I love your containers. I love sticking stuff in boxes.. But I've got so limited space that in the end it all comes back to minimizing space.. Sigh..


Fannie said...

Hi, melissa. loved your post. thanks for sharing the links to the crochet service projects. i'll have a look.

Nevis said...

LOVE your stuff, Mel. And I love containers, too!!! It's an addiction. I wish we had a container store, here!

Diane said...

Great post, Melissa. Full of good things. Love your crochet work, too! Have a great weekend!
xoxo Diane

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Oh my mom would be dangerous at a khontainer store...

She really should have more stash spots!


GAIL said...

I love your crochet work Melissa. They are so colorful.I can only imagine what a afghan would look like with all these. It would be such a "happy blankie" to snuggle in!

marianne said...

Wow you are always so busy!
For good causes and for your business!
The finger puppets are so cute!!!!

have a nice weelkend!

Liss said...

Oh how I dream of a craft room or scrapbooking area in my home!

Tara's Art Camp said...

You are one busy girl!

Love that Home depot container. I have a thing for containers and boxes!


Hank said...

Melissa, mom uses a drinking glass to organize her pens and markers. Yep, she's a real Martha Stewart.

Molly the Airedale said...

How adorable the crocheted Puggie puppets are! Our mom can only knit - she never learned how to crochet!
Your squares are so beautiful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Unknown said...

You are such a crochet queen!! I am a crochet failure, but I am inspired by you. I got some new yarn, so maybe I can re-ignite the crochet spark. I love the squares with the "bumps". Cool!!!

Organize? Is THAT what I need? Probably.

Leslie Moore said...

You are just too crafty, Melissa. And way too organized, too! I don't even try to contain my chaos!

Mare said...

You know, i LOVE your little pug finger puppets! I got the two i bought from you for Lola, but kept them for myself. I can be so stingy! ;)

Joan Princing Art said...

I absolutely - 100% - LOVE those Bobble Squares!!!! They are GREAT! I simply HAVE to learn how to crochet. I know a little so hopefully that will help!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Joan & Skippy

Ruth Welter said...

Love your finger puppets Melissa...Gilbert looks so cute as well, glad he liked the special gift you made for him.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Melissa
Blogger has been cranky- but finally let me through. I was persistant!
Those finger puglets puppets are too adorable and they may have to come live here!
And I was looking and there you were talking about flowers that you were going to make- and that is what you sent me! They are beautiful and so fun! Everything you do is so nicely done. You are one talented gal! Go Melissa go!

EWian said...

The finger puppets seams like fun to make. I have never seen crochet in a bird cage before...


The Devil Dog said...

Hi Melissa! Mom thinks you are unbelievable, with all your projects! That bag from home Depot is really cool. Mom really loves the crocheted stars. They are very pretty.


Ritobear said...

I just love those little crocheted pugs!!!

Unknown said...

holy moly Melissa!!! you must work around the clock to get all these cool things blow me away!!!

very cool!!!