Hello Kitty

ImageIn the past few weeks, I have been debating on what I need to put on this blog. This is the first time I have ever written a blog and feel as though I have nothing meaningful to say. So today I decided I would share some of my creations.  The first creation that I am going to share is my latest creation. Hello Kitty is a classic Sanrio character.

ImageFor years, I have seen some crazy items that were themed with Hello Kitty and now I actually own some Hello Kitty items too. When I first made Hello Kitty, I started with my basic pattern, however, when she was complete, her head was too much of a round shape and too proportional to the body. I had to completely scrap the head and start over. But in the end, I managed to make her look like I she was supposed to. I was able to send Hello Kitty to Arizona recently and hope that she will be loved.

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Ravens Hollow by Jenny Lee Canham

So, I know that I said forever ago that I would update weekly but things happened that were out of my control and I could not get a blog post. But today, instead of a crafty blog post I decided I would talk about a new book that I just finished reading!

I am on the left holding Captain America

I am on the left holding Captain America

So everyone knows that I am a major geek. I got the awesome chance to go to Dallas Comic Con! I dressed up as Lolita Loki, got to go to a Q&A panel for Ioan Gruffudd (mostly known as Mr. Fantastic from Fantastic 4, I know him as the husband in the series Ringer) and Colin Ferguson (Syfy’s Eureka). They were both pretty awesome. I got a few pictures taken of me, which is fine because I was wearing a long black wig, which was really hot because there were so many people in attendance. So while I was by myself walking the Dealer’s Room, I came across this couple and I randomly stopped. The female complemented me on my lovely outfit and told me about her book that she wrote. The book was called Ravens Hollow and the lovely lady was the author, Jenny Lee Canham. At that time, I did not have any cash and couldn’t buy the book. So I walked away empty-handed but with her card and tips that you can find the book on Amazon (which is what I was going to do).  I left Dallas Comic Con that Saturday with nothing but the fun I had dressing up. I later went out with my parents in full Lolita Loki outfit, which got quite a few looks from people.

The next day, I took cash and also my Captain America. I told a few people that Captain America pissed me off so I turned him into doll!!! So, when I went back to Dallas Comic Con, I decided to go and see if the books were still there and they were!!! I was so excited about it and bought the book! The lovely author signed my book and loved my Captain America, in which I gave her my card. I used the card she gave me later that night to find her on Facebook and Twitter! The rest of the Sunday, I spent walking around, buying a few drawing here and there and I did find an artist that is planning on drawing his idea of the Greek Goddess Athena! The last thing I did that day was seeing Colin Ferguson!

Now that my weekend has been recapped, back to the book. So, the next day I was exhausted but still had to go to work, I decided to take Ravens Hollow with me to read during my breaks and lunches. I have to tell you that I love getting caught in a book. I love to read and have so many books that I can’t fit them all on one bookshelf. Once I started on it, I had such a hard time putting it down. I read it during my 15-minute breaks and my hour lunches, worked hard not to get any food on it.

Below is the bold print on the back of the book:

Two deaths to pay the price

False love’s eternal sacrifice.

For promises kept, the pyres still rise.

One life to end shall end the vice.

The story is about three sisters who move to a small town because a car accident takes the life of their parents and they move in with their Aunt. They go through an adventure that deals with ghosts and deadly secrets and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The book was captivating and I was excited to read it. The story is about three sisters that are unique in their own ways. I really got into the bond between the sisters, Reina, Ember, and Jillian, because the oldest and youngest remind me of my sister and I. Although, in my family there were only the two of us, the dynamics between the sisters were so great and realistic. The characters were well developed and although at the beginning of the book, it was slightly confusing because the point of view changes between the sisters, being able to see all three views made the story a lot more interesting. Now I won’t give away anything from the book, because I expect you guys to go read it! But by giving all the view points of the sisters, it was a bit harder to see which sister was seeing the truth and if any of them were being manipulated.

Ravens Hollow by Jenny Lee Canham

Ravens Hollow by Jenny Lee Canham

I just managed to finish the book during my lunch at work today and was sad that it was over! I know it is probably weird that it hasn’t been a full week and I already finished the book, which is 414 pages long but I am a fast reader and when I get into a book, it is hard for me to put it down and go to sleep. This is definitely a book I would recommend to friends and great for a first time author. I do hope to be able to read more of Jenny Lee Canham’s books as she publishes them!

Go see 144 Creations Publishing on Facebook (www.facebook.com/144Creations) and follow the lovely Jenny Lee Canham (Twitter: @JennyLeeCanham). Here it is on amazon! (http://www.amazon.com/Ravens-Hollow-Jenny-Lee-Canham/dp/061580358X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369362992&sr=8-1&keywords=Ravens+Hollow)

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The Creation of Athena’s Muse and Chibi Iron Man/Tony Stark!

Initial version of Athena's Muse logo, hand drawn.

Initial version of Athena’s Muse logo, hand drawn.

So recently I ended up with a group of friends that are all major nerds and geeks. This was rare because growing up I never had that type of friendship that would share the love that I had for some of the fandoms that I had become obsessed with. Among those friends were also those that enjoyed crafts and appreciated the crochet and craft items that I had. It was an appreciation that I only saw with family growing up and they were open to the idea that crochet could be something so much more than what their grandmothers or an older generation would do. I didn’t get the shocked “I didn’t expect someone so young to be a crocheter!” These are the friends who inspired me to create my Chibis or Dolls.

Going back in time, I started my Etsy shop around 2006 with encouragement from a friend of mine in California, but never really put anything up because at the time I couldn’t figure out what kind of pieces I wanted to sell. I also didn’t know how to market something as specific as crochet items or myself in general; this is still an ongoing process. I also could not judge how to price something that took a lot of patience, hard work, and time to create. I would, on occasion, make items to sell for friends who requested it, gave my items as gifts, or for swaps on a craft site.
I spent years buying crochet books and collecting patterns from online and from random people. My Great Aunt came to Texas a few years ago, she was the one who originally taught me my first granny square when I was a kid, and when she saw the things I would crochet, and that I was still into it after so long, she was very proud of me. She was also shocked that I managed to learn everything I needed to know on my own with little to no help from actual people. This was about 10 years after I learned how to crochet for the first time. This was also the time I started learning how to make Stuffies/Amigurumi (stuffed animals/people).

Hippoplatypus (My first crochet animal)

Hippoplatypus (My first crochet animal)

My first stuffie was a hippo and I didn’t know about Fiberfil quite yet so I stuffed it with extra yarn. I used him for a Photoshop class project about my habitat and my father named him Hippoplatypus because he thought it was a platypus, he was very adamant about it being a platypus. I continued making stuffies until I started making them without needing a pattern.
Fast-forward to about 6 months ago and I gained the friends that I first talked about. My friends and I had an Avengers marathon, where we watched Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America. We decided to schedule a White Elephant gift exchange and I wanted to make an Iron Man for it. I was obsessed with Loki, and still am, so I found a pattern for him and made it and fell in love with it, but gave him away to a friend for another White Elephant. So, this inspired me to drastically change the original pattern and add extra pieces and made Chibi Tony Stark/Iron Man. I even had the idea to make a removable helmet because lets face it; Tony Stark is an awesome character. While I was making him, I decided to scribble down the pattern changes and the patterns for the other pieces so that I could recreate him for me. That was when my friends and family encouraged me to start selling them.

"I don't like being handed things." ~Tony Stark

“I don’t like being handed things.” ~Tony Stark

I decided to update my Etsy and started taking some business classes locally with a friend to understand how to make a small business work. During that time, I was able to start putting up my Chibis and getting a few sales on Etsy and more from friends. The same friend started getting into Photography and we decided to help each other out. She would help me take pictures of my items to put up on my Etsy and I would help promote her Photography business while also helping her practice her photography. So far I have not used her photographs because I have been slow to update due to my laziness. But in the next few weeks more of her photos will grace my Etsy and this blog.
I lost my full time job in January, the sales from my Chibis and my parents help I was able to survive the month and a half I was unemployed. I just recently started a new job and have found a new apartment. Even though I got this new job, I refuse to give up my Etsy and have every intention of up keeping it and creating new Chibis for a wide range of fandoms! I will continue creating new exciting items for my Etsy shop because I think that everyone should own at least one crochet item that was made with love and care!

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