What I am Working On : Dad’s Illustration and Happy Sunflower

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Updated: 5/27/2016 – Scroll to the end of this post for the update!

This week, I have been gearing up for my first giveaway: a crocheted Happy Sunflower (see this post to be entered to win)! Since the giveaway goes from now until 3/14/16, I am working on getting the sunflower made up and ready to ship. To the right is a progress pic thus far. As you can see, I’ve made the stem, back of the head and almost one whole leaf! I know it doesn’t look like much, but just you wait until next week’s progress pic!

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New Video: Adeline Doll Reveal!

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

In order to change her destiny and the barren, colorless world, ten-year-old Adeline will have to unleash the last bit of magic.

Adeline Picot, is the main protagonist from my Middle Grade Fantasy story, Adeline and the Mystic Berries.

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What I am Working On: More YouTube Videos!

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

This week I continued working on editing my book, Adeline and the Mystic Berries (see last week’s What I am Working On post for more on editing this story). I finished the in-line edits and have moved onto reorganizing and deleting chapters, and also writing new scenes as well. This part of the process will definitely be the most time consuming. It is also a lot of fun, to add more scenes in with my favorite characters (like, Aspen, seen above).

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A to Z Challenge: V is for Video (Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel)

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It’s time. If you are here for writing advice but enjoy the posts about amigurumi and just don’t know how to make one, or if you just want to learn crochet anyway, today is the day where class begins!

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A to Z Challenge: M is for Making Amigurumi Patterns

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Once you get comfortable working up other crafter’s patterns, why not try making your own? You will begin to understand how increasing and decreasing stitches can change the shape of your piece while crocheting in the round. I made other crocheter’s patterns for about two to three years before feeling confident enough to make my own.

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A to Z Challenge: I is for Invisible Decrease (Crochet)

Making a Circle - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I had been crocheting for a couple of years before ever hearing of a stitch called: invisible decrease. Decreasing wasn’t a mystery to me. I had learned to decrease (combining two or more stitches into one) at the same time as I’d learned to increase (adding one or more stitches into the same working stitch).

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A to Z Challenge: G is for Gift Giving and GIVEAWAY!!!

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

As a crafter or artist of any kind, your talents will be sought after whenever anyone needs an artist of your skill set. I have been asked many-a-time at work to be involved in projects—or take them over—if they are of an artistic nature, but that is a post for another time.

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A to Z Challenge: F is for FREE PATTERN! Amigurumi Snake

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FREE PATTERN: Sleeping Snake

This amigurumi pattern is for my Sleeping Snake. He loves to curl up on a rock in the sun and can be made in a variety of colors. Though the pattern itself calls for a solid white snake, I have made this pattern before to resemble a King Snake (see picture below and color change pattern at the end of this post, to make this version of the sleeping snake). It could easily be made in solid green to look like a garden snake as well. The sky’s the limit!

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A to Z Challenge: C is for Crochet

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Crocheting has changed so drastically from how it began, back as early as the 1700s (though it’s turned up more noticeably since the early 1800s). It started with uses more practical to the times: creating nets and traps for hunters and fisherman. Later on, it became used for more decorative purposes (See more on crochet history).

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