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The Lioness Cowl

12 Jan

The Lioness Cowl

The Lioness Cowl is up on Etsy

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What Goes into a BraggAbout Creation?

9 Dec

I was recently asked about the reason to shop handmade.  I think the best way to answer that question is to understand the process of creating a handmade piece.  I’m going to walk you through the steps of making the latest BraggAbout Creation.

Step 1: Get Inspired

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Regardless if inspiration comes from a skein of yarn, a photo, or a conversation there is always some sort of inspiration behind a great piece.  The latest inspiration was from Pascha from The Posh Blog.  She sent me the above photo and asked if I could create something similar.  Of course my answer was YES!  We then discussed price range, color, fiber choices, and changes that she wanted.

Step 2: Find the Perfect Yarn

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I went to 4 or 5 stores and took an insane amount of photos before we were able to decide on a yarn that would be soft, chunky – yet not to hot, machine washable, and grey.  While this process has become much more difficult now that I have a 2 month old, it is still so much fun.

Step 3: Create Pattern

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All of the pieces I make are ONE of a kind patterns.  Nothing is ever written down, I simply decide on shape and then begin knitting.  What you purchase from me will have a similar feel but it will be customized to its owner.  I am a firm believer that if you are supporting me I will be making sure no one else ever has the same thing as you.  I recently collaborated and purchased a “custom” headband for Tiffany, the owner then made and sold MANY more, and a woman that was in a similar circle of friends with ended up buying one without knowing where I had bought mine.  I was SO disappointed!  That is the reason all of my pieces are different.

Step 4: Reassess Pattern

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This step is made much easier for me because I am engaged to an artist.  We are always discussing lines and continuity of the piece during the production of any of our art.  I redid the bottom of this cowl 6 times before I decided on the “bamboo” stitch.  I wanted something linear with a little curve to it.  This was a new stitch for me, and it has inspired a new cowl that I will be working on after the Holidays.

Step 5: Fill with Baby Snuggles

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This one is really happening during the entire process.  My sweet baby will probably be a master knitter before she starts school.  I like the owner to know how much love was put into what I am making them, and I love taking 500 pictures of my daughter.

Step 6: Take Photos

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Since I primarily sell online I have to convey the essence of my piece, and also make sure that the customer is pleased with what is being sent.  I always take photos to make sure that they are pleased before I mail it off.  In Pascha’s case she didn’t want the neck to be as big as the photo, so I had to confirm that this was fitting her vision.  Thankfully it was!  Currently this cowl is packaged and ready to be shipped off on Monday.

Have you ever had a custom piece created for you?  If so what was it and were you happy with the results?  I love collaborating on different knits.  If you have an idea you want made send an email to the BraggAbout Creation’s Etsy or Facebook page!

Getting the Hang of It

12 Nov

I’m finally getting the hang of handling Tiffany and completing the orders for BraggAbout Creations. I’ve learned that the quickest way to calm my screaming child is to take her outside.  A lot of knitting has taken place at the park and in our front yard this week.

The method is working, and TWO orders will be getting mailed out, and a third is almost complete. Currently there is a women’s slouchy hat on the needles.  I’m experimenting with texture and using both knitting and crochet for this one.  Fingers crossed it turns out well.

Hope everyone is having a great day!  I may be updating soon with a sneak peak from our Christmas photos =)

Giveaway Reminder

29 Oct

There are just a few days left to enter the giveaway we’re sponsoring at Little Willow Tree.   Don’t forget to enter and grab your extra entries by sharing on instagram with #braggaboutawareness by #braggaboutcreations.  There may be a discount code ❤

 

Thankful Thursday

25 Oct

My favorite day of the week!  It’s Thankful Thursday with Mustache Mama.

My list of things I’m thankful for is overflowing.  I’m thankful that Texas is finally getting a cold front so the family can start wearing some of our knits.  It’s much more fun to wear our creations than to just look at them.  I’m thinking tonight I will be wearing the “Forever” Infinity Scarf, I adore it’s chunky texture.I’m SO very thankful that our adventure with gas drops worked and Baby T is both comfortable and sleeping right now.  That makes for one happy mama.  She went from a max sleeping time of 3 hours (but an average of 1 hour) to 6 whole hours last night!  My brain is actually able to process ideas, it’s pretty amazing if you ask me.  (note that my islander baby got tan skin, red hair, and blue eyes.  I’m thinking a future modeling career is in the works)

I’m thankful for such a creative partner.  I love to watch B create and love that we feed on each others creative energy.  I’m  currently knitting some really cute hats from some ideas he had.  I can’t wait to finish them so I can show them off.  B’s dad will be visiting us in just a few hours.  I’m not sure if he is more excited to show off the baby or our compost pile.

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And finally I’m so thankful that BraggAbout Creations is sponsoring our first giveaway!! You still have time to enter over at Little Willow Tree‘s blog.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week and has a huge list of thankfuls!

We’re Sponsoring a Giveaway!

21 Oct

The Crafty Side of Sarcasm recently sent me a gift card to a craft store as part of a Pay it Forward project.  We decided to continue paying it forward by sponsoring a giveaway over at The Little Willow Tree’s blog.

One of our biggest goals at BraggAbout Creations has always been to share our art in order to raise awareness and funds for causes we care about.  We are so excited for the very first cause that we sponsor to be about breastfeeding and breast cancer awareness, especially since we just started our breastfeeding journey with our sweet little one. 

We will be giving away our newest creation “The Breast Hat Ever” as well as donating 25% of the sales from the hat to cancer research.  Purchases can of be customized to various skin colors and sizes.  Head on over to The Little Willow Tree for more details on how to enter for your chance to win a BraggAbout Creation!

Getting Spooky

21 Oct

We’ve finally put the baby down long enough to add the BraggAbout Protection series to our Etsy Shop.  We are having entirely to much fun writing these descriptions.

The All Seeing “Omni”

 

Silent Silas

 

Constant the Protector

We will also be announcing a giveaway VERY soon!