Tag Archives: Mom

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!

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In Honor of National Button Day

17 Nov

We are working on new creations.  What do you think, cute as a button?

 

 

A Long Day

7 Nov

In just a few more hours I will be a mother to a one month old!  I believe she is trying to stay up for this monumental occasion.  So far we have gone 6 hours without sleep.  We finally got to go to a Baby Love class held at our birthing center!  Granted T cried the entire time and peed down my entire shirt- remind me why I didn’t bring a change of clothes knowing I would be massaging my naked baby?  We did a little bit of massage and a little meditation, and got to meet a lot of new mommies and slightly more experienced mommies.  It was wonderful, even with the pee!  She is currently being rocked by her daddy and staring at me in the dim light with big I’m-never-going-to-sleep eyes.  It’s a beautiful sight.

In the words of my mother, you get the baby that you need.

2 Nov

Did everyone have a great Halloween?   We sure did!  Ours was completely opposite of how we normally spend it.  We typically start planning our costumes WAY in advance, and then custom make everything.  This time we just made T a costume, then spent the night eating way to much sugar and making up random things we believe T is saying.  In this one she was playing the role of a commander in an army of mermaids (and mermen):

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We also spent way to much time putting mer in front of words so they could match her costume.  Merfolk, mermen, merarmy, mercandy, we were obviously on a sugar high.  Who knew one could have so much fun just staying in during Halloween?  We did stop in at work  so I could show off T and laugh at the costumes my co-workers were wearing.  It was well worth it, especially since my boss took a picture of us (B really needs to step up his documenting of me and baby, all of her pictures are with him).

I want to hear about your Halloweens! What did you dress up as and what did you do?  You get extra points if it involves crazy costumes and/or haunted houses.

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 ❤

 

Sew Swap with Little Willow Tree

8 Oct

Part of the reason I wanted to do the Sew Swap was to expand my sewing ability.  I have really been wanting to put some sewn items up on BraggAbout Creations, so this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.  My swap buddy was a mom who liked to do a lot of outdoor activities, which I translated to: I have limited time and like to get out of the house often.  I thought about what I would need, and I decided to make a little bag that could keep credit cards, ID, and a little cash separated from the mass of chaos that diaper bags often turn into.  This is what I came up with:

I’m actually going to make myself one because I’m already feeling ridiculous and throwing my much to large purse into the bag that will become the diaper bag.  That makes the trips to the grocery store VERY awkward.  I also think these will make great stocking stuffers, so I’ve posted it on Etsy.

I got a really great bag from my Swap Buddy.  It is absolutely perfect.  It will probably be our emergency diaper kit that stays in the car for those moments when we forget things or when we underestimate the mess that babies can create.  I loved having an experienced mama that can help this new mama out.

Thank you Little Willow Tree for hosting such a fantastic event!  I’m dying for the next one.  Not only did I get to meet 2 great people, I also got to expand my skills and finally dust off the sewing machine.  She has now been used very frequently and I can’t wait to post all of the other exciting things that I have been working on.  Make sure to Like us on our new facebook page for sneak peaks and coupon codes.

One more little update: Baby T is here!  She arrived at about 3 am yesterday after just 15 minutes of pushing.  We had a wonderful all natural birth at a birthing center, and are now at home resting (and knitting).  Birthing story to come.