“Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball” : DIY Squashy Pumpkin Craft

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I’ve been following author/illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson on Instagram for awhile now, and I was extremely excited to hear that her book, Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball, was coming out in the UK.

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Etsy Shop Open for Business: InkAndStitchesArt!

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What better time to reopen my “InkAndStitchesArt” Etsy shop than with the holidays coming up?

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? I can’t!

Since I’ve been toying with the idea of reopening my Etsy shop for awhile now, I thought this would be the best time to do it!

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Three. The Big Day!

Monsters. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

The Big Magic-Filled Day!

Aaron and Jenny’s Baby Shower was going to begin at noon and there was a lot of setting up to do! Jenny’s mom, sisters, and I got to work before the expectant couple arrived.

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Two

Finished Howlers. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

What would a Harry Potter-themed Baby Shower be without decorations?

After I had finished all of the prizes for the “Adopt A Magical Creature” table (See Part One for what Harry Potter creatures I made and where to get the DIY patterns/instructions), it was time to get to work on my portion of the decorations!

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part One

Baby Shower Invite. Image Credit: J.H. Winter

When I found out my brother was going to be a father, and in turn, make me Auntie Julianne, you can imagine how excited I was!

(Due to the fact that this post is packed with cuteness, I wanted to split it into two posts. Part One is what I did behind the scenes for the event creatively. Part Two will be pictures of the outcome of my hard work at the Harry Potter Baby Shower itself!)

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What I am Working On: Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore, Book Two

Getting My Supplies Out and Inspiration as I Color the Cover for Theodore Book Two!

Theodore the Corgi is at it again, and I’m right there to breathe life to his escapades in Book Two of The Enchanted Bookstore series by K. Kibbee!

With Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore: Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers, it’s time for K. Kibbee and I to put our heads together to create Book Two in this adorable series! Book One had the release date pushed back until October 10, 2017, but I can tell you, it’s well worth the wait and I’m only slightly biased.

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When Yarn Turns Against You – A Timothy Doll Update

Adeline is excited to see she won't be alone for much longer. Photo and Art: J.H. Winter

Not all yarns are good…

Perhaps it’s just an issue with certain dye lot numbers, or perhaps just certain colors are the problem, but I have a little story to tell you about what happened when I used the Lily Sugar ‘n Cream brand of cotton yarn in the color black.

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Even More Videos on Ink & Stitches YouTube!

A Better Size for Adeline's Dress - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Four New Videos Now Live on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel!

I finished up editing and posting the last four videos I had filmed to my YouTube Channel. They are ready to help you learn new techniques and stitches that can be used when making your own amigurumi patterns, or if you are working through ones you found online that include these techniques: picot stitch, changing colors in the round (with jogging vs. jogless), crocheting in front loops only (FLO), and crocheting in back loops only (BLO).

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New Ink & Stitches How to Crochet Amigurumi Videos!

Ink & Stitches Channel Shot - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’ve been hard at work since finishing up the illustrations for the Corgi book series (book #1). Since illustrating had taken up all of my free time for the past few months, I thought it time to get back to my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel and get some new videos up for the amigurumi crochet enthusiasts out there!

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Making Amigurumi Patterns (Part Two)

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How to Crochet Amigurumi from the Ground Up

I’ve been creating my own amigurumi patterns for almost seven years now, ever since I realized that amigurumi are made by knowing how to make shapes. Using decreases and increases to your advantage there is almost nothing that can’t be converted into a crocheted character. Deciding when special embroidery stitching would add some nice flare, finishes off each piece making it look professional and as true to life as possible.

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