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!!!
I sat down and cut out about a million butterflies one day not long ago, in lots of colors, and as I sat there admiring the beautiful pile of delicate wings and bodies I wondered, “what am I going to do with these?” Cause I have this problem of getting ahead of myself when I’m working. I throw myself into a project and start brainstorming, then my imagination gets cranked up, after a while the creativity high crashes and there I sit in a pile of materials ready to do…. Hmmm. Since I’m on a crown kick of course I leaned towards a party theme.
Using a tiny cross-stitch in the center of each butterfly I stitched them onto a blank crown piece I had lying about from some earlier burst of production madness, and I must say the resulting butterfly crown is LOVELY. It has been very popular on Etsy, featured in many treasuries, “favorited” a hundred times, and sales have been good too! 🙂 But did I stop there? NO. I had too many butterflies!
Next up, matching butterfly party hats!
I stiffen my felt party hats so they retain their shape, then I stitch a thin, soft elastic strap to the base. These hats would look gorgeous adorning the birthday feast table awaiting guests!
What’s a birthday party without a banner?
All of my birthday crowns can be customized. Just because a banner, wand, or coordinated party hat isn’t in my shop doesn’t mean you can’t have it! I love custom orders. Being a mother of three, add to that a mother of a special needs child, sewing time can be difficult to work into my schedule! So while I make what I can my mind is overstocked with ideas and your custom orders give me an opportunity to make some of those ideas come to life!
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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.
Towards the end of the summer I was contacted by a Trista Andersen, a blogger, who wanted to review an item from my shop to promote during the “Made With Love” blogging event. “Made With Love” is an event of 100+ bloggers discussing handmade items from around the internet and the same items that will also be part of a give-away package. My sales were beginning to build momentum and I wasn’t sure I was ready to participate, but I sighed that sigh that always happens before I do something I know I haven’t thought through and I shipped her off a hat. A red gnome hat. Why did it make me nervous? I think a part of me was worried she wouldn’t like it. A part of me was worried about the review. A part of me was worried no one would be interested in my hat. Ya’ know, all the usual self doubt stuff that goes through our heads for no reason that has a basis in reality. And then the email came: her son refused to take the hat off! 🙂 Happy day. And recently her review of Woo Who was published. To enter to win a red gnome hat of your own read her post, comment, and sit back and wait to be notified! I have enjoyed reading people’s comments and have experienced an influx of visitors to Woo Who’s Facebook and Etsy shop. Its the social media highway in action! Andersons Angels is a neat blog concept and I hope you will check her out. And in a few days you should check into my Etsy. I’m working on embellishments for the gnome hats that double as hairclips! Mice and flowers and birds and shrooms, its going to be so adorable. Pictures of my progress will be coming soon!
One of my favorite things about Etsy is accepting custom orders. Customers have the most creative ideas. Check out this family:
Mama Gnome contacted me and asked for a family of hats and beards for all the boys. The baby’s hat has a beautiful red ribbon under-chin tie. The hats turned out super cute and they won first place in their costume competition!!! 😀 I’m so proud to have been a major contributor to their win. Aren’t they adorable?
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This is the first year I’ve sent my kids out in hand-made costumes, and I have to say, I’ll never go back. We had more sincere compliments on their outfits than we’ve ever had!
Finn, the little gnome man in green is a visiting friends’ son. He’s been watching a lot of Kipper and now speaks with an English tilt to his voice! Love it.
And my mito-star, Oliver in purple with his babysitter!!
We had a wonderful time. The kids got a *little* candy. Ya’ know, just a bucket or two, lol.
I resolved to be more than an occasional blogger, and yet its been ages since I’ve posted. Life has gotten busy, and I’ve been spending a LOT of time at my sewing machine working on items for my Etsy shop! Most recently I’ve begun on crowns and wands:
Felt crowns are deceptive. You look at one and think, oooh, that’s easy! Then you try constructing one. And while making felt crowns is not as difficult as sewing with slippery satin fabric, say, it can get relatively complicated depending on the applique and type of crown you want to do as order of construction is very important. You can’t skip any steps! A lot of people make them with ribbon ties in back, which is lovely in theory, but tying bows on the backs of kids heads is a nightmare. Their hair gets tied into the bow, its never tight enough and slips all around, and then you have children spending more time getting their crowns fixed than playing! Which is why I opted for an elastic band in the back for good fit. So anyway, I will climb down from my felt crown soap box and move on to other exciting ventures: The girls’ version of the gnome costume!
This one came about under pressure. I received notification that I had had a sale from my Etsy shop (woot!) for the little boys’ gnome costume. Except the buyer didn’t want what she bought. She detailed in the notes to seller that she essentially wanted a custom order, a gnome costume for her niece, which is great, just not what I was expecting! Fortunately I had made this little gingham skirt to go with my daughter’s Red Riding Hood costume that was in the size she needed and it worked PERFECTLY for a girls’ version of the gnome costume. In the future, however, I’ll make an elastic waist-ed circle skirt instead of this simple A-line. Girls like to twirl! 🙂
And finally, I finished the pirate costume props.
Hmmm…. As a costume I think it needs more, but how to do more and keep it simple? Decorative buttons perhaps. And the hats fit kids ages 2-4 the best.
I know I talk a lot about keeping things simple and I have to say: I’m not lazy, I swear! I have to keep everything I make on a certain level of simplicity or it will become a burden, instead of a joy, to do. And I’m doing this for my pleasure and not to add more pressure to my life! Sometimes I need to remind myself of that, too.
All my costume props are available in large sets for parties and wholesale, and I’m happy to teach you how to sew your own! Contact me to set up a time to take a lesson. 🙂