Cupcakes – Never Say Never!

I know I said I was finished knitting cupcakes . . .

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I am . . . This one is crocheted. 😉

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What can I say, I saw this pattern and wanted to see if crocheting a cupcake would be easier/cuter than knitting one.

This was definitely quicker to make and I think it looks more like a cupcake than the one I knitted (found here).

This one is much smaller – more of a “mini” cupcake.

Would I make another crocheted cupcake? I think I would!

(Oh, oh! She’s going to make fake food, after all!)

I’m thinking one of these would be an adorable gift. It could be presented in a little (handmade) bakery box with a gift card that reads: “Thanks for being so sweet!!”

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Food for Thought – Knit Cupcake

cupcakecherryHave you noticed that the world has gone crazy for cupcakes? There are cupcake stickers, cupcake note cards, rubber stamps, fabric, wall art, and even cupcake jewelry! Of course real cupcakes have always been a favorite with just about everyone, but lately they are very much the “in” thing to serve at parties of all kinds.

And, suddenly, it seems everyone is knitting cupcakes! If you told me six months ago that I would knit a cupcake, I would have asked you if that was really coffee you had there in your coffee cup! 😉 For a long time, I just didn’t “get it”. Why would anyone want to knit “pretend” food? Sweaters, potholders, placemats, even handbags – yes! But a cupcake? What would you do with it afterwards? Have a plate of inedible cupcakes on display to tease your guests? Seems a little mean!

cupcakecandleI guess they would be cute for kids to use for teddy bear tea parties – that is if the kids are old enough to play with beaded items. But toy stores have lots of very realistic play food for reasonable prices. There’s no need to spend hours knitting cupcakes!

You’ll probably laugh when I tell you that I finally gave in, though. Was it peer pressure as in – “Everyone is making them!”? Or maybe it was more “If you can’t beat ‘em; join ‘em”. LOL I’m really not sure, but I came across a cupcake pattern (click here) offered by the fabulous Julie and decided to see what all the fuss was about.

So far so good:

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Hmmm . . . knit, sewn together, and stuffed – but it doesn’t look too much like a cupcake.

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Maybe if I decorate it with a “frosting” flower and add some beads for sprinkles:

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Better yet – on a little china plate:

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Well, there you have it. I knit a cupcake. It’s kind of cute.

Would I make another one or a whole plate of them? No, I don’t think so.

But I have decided that this one will make a pretty little pincushion! 🙂

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Knitted Bunny Rabbit – Friday Favorites

Just in time for Friday Favorites, I’ve finished the “mystery” knitting that I hinted about earlier this week (see it here)

Please meet: Sir Hops Alot 🙂

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He’s a tiny little fella at less than 8″ tall – and that includes his ears! I enjoyed making him but I would describe this as “fussy knitting” because of all the small pieces. You’ll find the pattern here.

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Wishing a very Happy Easter to those who celebrate it, and Happy Spring to everyone!

See you Monday with a new giveaway and new questions!

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Can ya guess?

I’ve been working on this project for a couple of weeks now. The finished item is fairly small – so I didn’t anticipate the number of hours it would take to complete!

Can you guess what it will be when I’m done? 😉

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eggs Click on the picture if you’d like to make it larger. I’d be giving you a couple of hints if I were to say… “There’s less than a week to finish it so I’d better get hopping!”

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Studio on Wheels

As a beader, I love to design near the sunniest window, but that means working at our kitchen table – not the best place to leave mounds of beads, especially if we’re hoping to have a relaxing dinner!

Sometimes just the thought of dragging everything out for a project and then having to clean up afterwards is enough to stifle even the most creative impulse. But we can’t let that happen. Creating nourishes our spirits!

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Whether you sew, knit, crochet, scrapbook, or bead – it’s nice to be able to work on a project wherever you want to!

Even if you have a separate room for your art, there are times when you might want to “play” elsewhere. Maybe you’d like to be able to chat with the family as you craft, or there’s a good movie on TV and you want to be making something while you watch.

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I‘ve found that a sturdy plastic rolling cart with four or five drawers is ideal for this purpose! Pull it right up beside you, and have access to everything you need. You can store tools in one drawer; and supplies, patterns, and current projects can be neatly arranged in the other drawers. When you’re finished crafting for the day, you can just wheel your “mini studio” out of the way in no time.

The rolling cart is truly a win/win! You’ll have flexibility of location and your projects will need less preparation and clean-up. 🙂

After all, finding time to craft is hard enough; we don’t need to waste precious minutes gathering and then putting away the supplies!

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