July is HOT in Texas! And we had some hot face painting going on! Tropical butterflies, phoenix birds, lightning bolts and dragons among other designs!
Check out my kit, all set up and ready to paint. 🙂
Calling all fairies, gnomes, elves, brownies, and children too! 🙂 Cool new hats and crowns are available from Woo Who! on Etsy!
Personalization and other embellishments available, from toadstools to butterflies.
Don’t forget your coordinating accessories like Happy Birthday banners and additional bunting!!!
Where is my little elf when I need him??? My sewing machine is smokin’ from all the work going on! Check out some of the cool custom orders recently received:
The green dragon is definitely my favorite. The wings are three dimensional, popping off the edge of the crown and up into the air! The fire is also a three dimensional feature, and the dragon is trying to light the candle on a cupcake. This crown can be customized. Replace the cupcake with a castle, a damsel in distress, a mauled animal, I don’t know! Contact me to discuss the possibilities!
Here are a couple of variations on the butterfly crown.
Bring on the bling! Sparkly sequined centered flowers!
And a dinosaur crown for a lucky first birthday!
That’s not all, but the rest is still under wraps! Check back soon!
I had so much fun with my daughter’s birthday this year!
It had been my intention to make Hazel a butterfly crown like I sell in my Etsy shop, but of course she didn’t want to wear it!
All the little girls got butterfly face paint – aren’t they lovely?
And we had a snake and a kitty, too!
It was a beautiful day at the park. Overcast, cool in the shade, breezy, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect afternoon!
A month or so ago I posted about the wonderful petting zoo story time we went to at Book People! Well that was a fortuitous day! I talked with the owner of the petting zoo, Tiny Tails to You, about my Etsy shop and the birthday crowns and other items I make. We decided I would make themed birthday crowns to go with her petting zoo! Enter the hedgehog crown:
And of course one for the little ladies:
Can’t live without a pink version:
And finally, bunny tail party hats!
These crowns are so fun! I’ve made several for her already! And through Etsy I have shipped the bunny crowns as far as Canada!
I am excited to announce Woo Who! is now offering face painting for your party or event! Convo me for details. 🙂
Want to see me in action? Head to the Iron Cactus at the Hill Country Galleria Saturday evenings! 🙂
Check out some of my recent work!
Recently I was contacted through my Etsy shop by a woman wanting a custom designed birthday party package. I make all sorts of party crowns, coordinating guest crowns and hats, birthday banners, and other party items. She was inspired by the red, personalized birthday crown for her daughter:
From this crown she told me she liked red and orange together, and asked if I could make ribbon tie party crowns for the guests with that color scheme? The twist being she was looking for crowns to coordinate with her daughter’s party, but also to be special occasion crowns for her family to wear during holidays and birthdays. She asked that I make them a suitable size for adults, and gussy up the ribbon tie crowns with appliques. I knew she was wanting something for long term use, something that will be pictured for years and will need to be sturdy and beautiful. NO PRESSURE, right?!?! *wipe the sweat from my brow* I took her request of appliques a step further, creating colorful three dimensional pieces adding class and pop that will wow her family and guests for years.
These are just a sampling, she ordered eight. Just think how gorgeous her party is going to be! But wait, there’s a banner.
My camera batteries absolutely refused to squeeze out another photo, so the “birthday” of “happy birthday” didn’t get taken, lol.
This type of crown and banner would work well with any type of party – baby shower, weddings, birthdays, heck even just for happy hour! Convo me to discuss your needs! Please be aware, custom orders require time, so please order well in advance of your event! Custom design or rush order charges may apply.
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Austin is LOVELY in the spring! A wonderful time and place to open the doors and windows blending the hum of the sewing machine with the chirps and whirs and whooshes of nature. Etsy has been keeping me pleasantly busy, and I’ve had some awesome birthday orders!
First up, the birthday bunny set!
Also available in pink!
To accompany the lovely bunny crowns I have made bunny tail birthday hats. Taking some pointers from milliners I stiffened the felt slightly so the hats hold their shape, I’ve topped each birthday hats with a colorful cotton tail!
This set has been a hot seller, shipping all the way to Sunset Blvd! So fancy! 🙂 It can take quite a bit of time to produce, as I stiffen the felt of the party hats they have to set, so I need at least two week advance orders. I use completely non-toxic kid friendly methods of stiffening, btw! No mad hatters here!
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Today was just one of those tricky days. The weather was tricky – cold and yuck. The kids were tricky – crabby for lack of exercise. And I was tricky – grumpy because cold, gray days make me want to hole up behind my sewing machine and stay there watching CSI reruns and stitching. I managed to load us into the car and we hit Central Market for muffins. I told the kids they could get what ever they wanted. Central Market has chocolate everything and I assumed a chocolate something is what the kids would choose – except today was tricky and my assumption was wrong. Hazel went for a glazed cinnamon raisin bun, and Walter came unglued in his excitement at getting a blueberry muffin! Armed with a freshly ground bag of coffee and muffins we returned home to watch Peter Pan and clean the kids’ room. Again my assumption that their room would be a nightmare was proved false. We had so much fun cleaning and organizing!!! Definitely the most surprising highlight of my day. I had accepted that I wasn’t going to get anything new made, when again, life surprised me with a little gift of time and I cranked out what I’m going to call the first of My Sunshine series.
The circle in the center can either feature a large summer flower, or the initial of the light of your life. In my case this crown is going to feature the letter “H” for my darling daughter, and I’ll make her a summer scepter and skirt to match. This crown and scepter will be available in my Etsy shop.
My darling daughter woke up feeling awful! Sweet thing, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t talk, coughing like crazy! It was a unanimous decision to go to the pediatrician instead of school! Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you looked at it, my darling wasn’t sick. No strep. No fever. No nuthin’. At least with bacteria there’s ANTIbiotics! Instead she has ALLERGIES. Texas allergies are starting to catch on to my kids, even tho I give them Zyrtec! Anyway, she was so pitiful at the doctor’s office. Until we got home. Its amazing how perky they get when they realize they don’t have to go to school.
We took pictures of her candles and posted them in her Etsy shop:
We worked on making valentines:
And we had a tea party! Central Market is so lovely. They put all the broken or wilted flowers in a bucket with a piggy bank for the kids to “buy.” My daughter picked out a lively bouquet:
Mid afternoon she was really starting to feel better, and I said, “school tomorrow!” Sadly, after bath and intense studying of spelling words she wilted worse than our flowers. Her eyes turned to glass, her throat dried up, she couldn’t pass air in or out her nose. You can’t fake this stuff. *sigh* Sick days with my darling are pretty wunnerful. I think I’ll keep her home one more day. 😀
They look so great! I used a satin casing for the elastic in the back, and wow, it really makes things pop! Check them out!
Here’s another one with the front and side views:
And oh my stars, look at these!
The red one has sequins in the smaller hearts to add a bit of bling, the purple crown’s small stars have french knots in the center.
These were a lot of fun to make and I have ideas for about twenty more! I love custom orders, so if you’re in the market for a crown and see something that is ALMOST perfect, message me and lets chat!
I have been having so much fun playing with my kids, making candles and working on my daughter’s etsy shop I haven’t been getting much work done with my own business! So today I am going to Mind My OWN Business, and get to work on some super cute felt crowns. Now these haven’t been stitched up yet, but I wanted to give you a sense of my direction.
Of course a lovely Valentine’s themed crown with beautiful red and pink hearts secured with buttons.
A spring time crown with beautiful purple flowers and lime green butterflies.
This one celebrates the power of love! Red and gold together on a cream background – striking!
This crown with the pink and red flowers was intense! I hand tied a faux pearl into the center of each flower. I tied them each individually so in the event one came off they wouldn’t all come off! But this meant hand tying twenty something flowers. Its lovely, truly, but I’m going to have to come up with a more time conserving option for my shop!
Since taking these pictures I’ve managed to sew everything down and stitch the crown itself – each crown has a lovely accent thread around the edge – pink, of course, for the hearts crown, lime green thread for the purple flower spring crown, and gold stitching on the Power of Love crown.
Have any thoughts on my crowns? Think they need a little something? I’d love to hear your opinions!
Soon to follow, coordinating star wands!
Don’t forget to enter to win a heart felt garland made by yours truly!
The best part of starting a new craft is the shopping, the discovery of all the delightful accessories that can help turn your plain, rolled beeswax candle into a work of art. My best idea so far has been Wilton Cake Accessories. 🙂 The darling little cookie cutters used for fondant are perfectly sized for cutting shapes out of wax for applique onto the completed beeswax candle. I have to say, I’m rather proud of us! Hazel and I worked on our candles for the first time since getting into business together. We not only had a lot of fun, but we completed a project worth to be put in our shop!. First we experimented with mini candles. These were considerably more intensive than I’d anticipated! And very difficult for little hands.
First we took our Valentine’s Day mini cookie cutter set and cut out a couple of hearts. The idea was to simply press the two layers together, sandwiching wick and stick, to make a mini candle!
Unfortunately one layer of hearts wasn’t enough. With just two slices of wax the shape was weak, wobbly, and transparent. The wick and stick were clearly visible, and it wasn’t particularly attractive. So we cut two more layers, and the problem was solved. Four layers of beeswax was perfect thickness for a lovely mini candle. You can really see the difference:
We really liked our end result and so got to work on the next mini candle. I handed Hazel the cookie cutter and told her, “ok, we need four pieces!” “MOM!” she shouted! Why do they have to shout when they’re sitting right next to you??? “WHAT?” I said. “Mom, cutting four is a lot of work. Look what we can do instead!” Then she folded the wax in half.
Ah! Fantastic. She’s already working on problem solving. “This way,” she explained, “we can cut out two at a time!” This was a nice trick, but made it slightly more difficult at the same time. It takes a gentle hand to mash the two pieces together, otherwise the shape is obliterated.
In order to make the two pieces meld better, we use a heating tool. Many people simply use their hairdryer, but I find this cumbersome. Hairdryers are super loud and even small ones are an awkward shape and take up space. We use a heating tool used for embossing:
It only takes a few seconds! Beeswax is very sensitive and is easy to melt accidentally! Not that we had any problems with melting our shapes, lol.
Hazel was able to do both of the heart shapes for our Valentine’s set, but the X and the O proved to be too difficult. The cookie cutters are quite tiny and the X and O were delicate, so I finished those pieces.
Rather lovely, don’t you think? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about our adventures in business! Keep coming back as we’ll continue posting about our products and processes, and coming in March we’ll be starting a candle give away! Don’t forget to check out Woo Who! on Etsy while you’re at it! We’re growing imaginations!
I hate to wait. When I want something I want it and I want it now. My instant gratification setting is on high and has been my whole life. So WHY did I check email to see if the shop set my daughter picked out had been sent??? If I hadn’t checked I wouldn’t know. BUT ITS HERE!!! The adorable shop set we chose from Simply Graphic Design has arrived. I totally want to upload the graphics and set up shop. However I am supposed to be doing this WITH my daughter, and she’s at school till mid afternoon. DRAT. I’m seriously considering picking her up early, lol.
In the meantime, while I wait for the end-of-school bell to ring, I’m excited to share we’ve decided on a name: Hazel’s Honey Wax! Deciding on a name was far easier than I’d anticipated. We ran through a few options and this was the one she liked the most, and it was my favorite, too. We don’t normally come together on decisions this easily! After choosing our name and registering it on Etsy, we perused the thousands of pre-made Etsy shop sets in search of the perfect bee themed outfit for her shop front. Simply Graphic Design had the winning option and we bought it a couple of days ago. Its arrived, as I said, and I can’t wait to put it to work. She did an amazing job, was prompt and very helpful. I would strongly recommend her to anyone in search of a shop set! Of course a shop set is only as good as its product, so we need to get cracking. We made some attempts at cutting out shapes in the wax by hand. Its a LOT harder than you might think! Between Ebay, Amazon and Google we found our solution: fondant cookie cutters. They’re small shapes, perfectly sized for candles, and make a perfect cut every time. Ebay had a small set of stars and butterflies that was very reasonably priced, and we’re anxiously awaiting delivery. Today I also found a woman cleaning out her fondant cutter collection on Craigslist. 🙂 I should be meeting her later this week.
Until next time!
For Christmas my daughter received a candle making kit from the Magic Cabin and she LOVES it. She’s six and rolling bees wax candles is a task that her happy little hands can handle.
Watching her ponder the color selection and carefully consider the shapes to apply to the outside of the candle it occurred to me that this might be a great way to introduce her to a crafty business. Its not an expensive craft. It doesn’t require a great deal of precision. It doesn’t require a great deal of time. Before mentioning anything to her I looked into the rules for Etsy and minors, and Etsy had this to say:
- You must be at least 18 years of age to hold an account on Etsy.
- If you are under 18, you must have the permission and supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age; that adult is responsible for the account.
- If you are under the age of 18, you may not utilize the community features on Etsy (for example: Forums, Teams, Treasury, the blog, and multimedia Online Labs events), unless otherwise specified by Etsy. When using Etsy, those under 18 must, at all times, have the permission and supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age.
Perfect! She definitely has my permission, and I’m happy to take complete responsibility of the account and product. Besides, we’ll be making everything together, and she won’t be looking at anything on Etsy I haven’t researched first. Once I was sure this was something we could do, I asked her if she’d be interested? She loves watching me work and look at my Etsy shop, so I wasn’t surprised when she began to glow. I knew we’d hit on something. This is going to be a lot of fun for me, too, because its a no-pressure shop. When working on my shop and making decisions regarding my shop and product everything I do impacts sales. Starting a shop from the ground up with my kiddo is going to be a lot of fun for both of us as most everything children do is more about the process than the end result. 🙂 Stay tuned as we decide on a name, select our shop setup, and begin making our product! I’m eager to hear her opinions on everything, and I know she will give them to me, lol.
I’ve recently entered the felt flower craze! Felt flowers are GORGEOUS if done correctly. So far I am LOVING my daffodils.
And my pansies.
In addition to flowers, I’ve been working on the sweetest, most delicate little butterflies! I use two different colored butterflies one on top of the other. I stitch them together down their center to create their tiny bodies and use a wee spot of glue to secure them onto the bobby pin. When in the hair they appear to have landed there as if by magic. My favorite is an olive and mustard colored butterfly. Although, these red and white Valentine’s butterflies come in a close second!
Guess what?!?! I received a lightbox for Christmas! Hello awesome product photos!!! 😀
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, candy, flowers, and the idea that love is in the air is nice, but truly I love the color palette of Valentine’s. I love chocolate brown and red, pink, cream, and turquoise color combinations, and for me anything I make for Valentine’s can be used year round.
Recently I started working on a Heart Felt Garland. Unlike the felt circle Christmas tree we made using free hand cut circles, I prefer to use a die to cut out my hearts. The dies make the cutting out go faster, it ensures uniformity in size and shape, and its fun to do with kids. I punched out 100+ hearts with my four year old son. He’s super into mechanical things, and he thought turning the handle of the big shot and plucking the hearts off of the cutting mat was the coolest thing in the world! Whether you are cutting by hand or using a punch, cutting out a hundred hearts is time consuming, but we used it as a way to merge our adult and child worlds and spend time together.
Once I had my pile of hearts, I lined them up in the pattern I wanted to stitch them in. This is far faster than picking through the pile for the right size when its time to stitch on a new heart. (By the way, I’m using premium red felt. Premium felt is thicker than the regular eco felt, and the red is richer and deeper. The thickness of the felt gives the shapes structure. If I was using eco felt for this project I might do two-ply hearts. Doubling up on the hearts would give it depth as well as structure.)
Stitching the garland is easy! Make sure you have a good tail of thread at the beginning, and back stitch on the first heart as you would any sewing project. *Note – don’t leave too much space between the hearts as you sew! Regular sewing machines are not made to create thread chains as sergers are, and leaving too large a space between the hearts can cause your bobbin thread to jump and the machine to bog down. As you can see as my hearts run out the back of the machine, the tip of the first heart fits right into the cleavage of the next heart.
By the time I was through I had a heart felt garland length of 9.25 feet! 🙂 I’m going hang it from hooks around the ceiling of my children’s room. Like I said, I love chocolate brown, turquoise, red and cream. Up next is painting their walls turqoise, the bed chocolate brown, and the windowsills/door frames cream! 🙂
Would you like a heart felt garland? Of course they’re available for purchase in my Etsy shop, however after I finished my lengthy garland, I made a mini garland of large and small hearts measuring approximately 26 inches. It would be perfect to hang in a window or off a doorknob, and I’m giving it away!!! Please visit Woo Who! on Facebook and click our “LIKE” button! Then return to this post and leave a comment telling me you did. If you’ve already been to our FB and joined us, check out my Etsy shop and comment on an item in the shop that you like and why! I love feedback. This give away will end on February 14th. 🙂
Happy New Year’s! I wanted to start the new year out with something new. Something I’ve never done before. So I decided to start with a giveaway. 🙂
I work with a lot of felt – it really is a great medium – and the 2011 Winter issue of Stitch magazine is full of fun felt projects. IF you would like your own FREE COPY of STITCH MAGAZINE please like me on Facebook then check out my shop, Woo Who! Then come back and comment on this post to let me know you liked me on FB and maybe tell me what you might be interested in purchasing from my shop! I love feedback. Beware: Don’t comment anonymously! I’ll need to be able to contact you! 🙂
This giveaway will end January 31st.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Ding! Ding! Ding! Come and get it! If your imagination is hungry, come and see what I’m cookin’ up for you! On the table today are dragon wings! Dragons come in all colors, and I have certainly embraced a rainbow with these wings! Bright felt wings have decorative stitching in a bright contrasting color. These wings are individual wings with velcro arm straps. They are a one size fits all imaginations! I use a stiff interfacing in the wings in place of wire, so you never have to worry about the wire ends poking through. This also ensures they will not bend out of shape! If you get a wrinkle in your wing simply iron (use a hot setting AND a pressing cloth! If you place your hot iron directly onto felt it may melt and potentially ruin your iron and your wings!) Wings and flying are great and all, but what are dragons famous for? Oh right, BREATHING FIRE. These fabulous wings come with three FIRE BALLS for your fire breathing pleasure. Made of soft yarn, these puffs are handmade with love and are mostly safe for throwing in the house! Even a yarn ball can knock stuff down, but it won’t put out any eyes or break t.v.’s, lol.
I love opinions! Do you like my design? Would your kids like to wear these? Are you interested in larger size options? I can make them for adults, too! Check out my listings on Etsy!