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"Attack on Titan" Toddler Cosplay

When we first heard about a new anime called “Attack on Titan" last year, we were intrigued because everyone was raving about how great it was.  Ryan and I enjoy watching anime together, so we decided to give this series a try!  We were immediately hooked by the premise of the show, the fast-paced action and the suspense and mystery of it.  Some parts were a little gruesome for me, so I admit that I covered my eyes at times (this is also how I watch "The Walking Dead" haha).  

When we were brainstorming cosplay ideas for our very first time attending Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles, we had a good laugh imagining Myla dressing up as a cute chibi Titan (giant humanoids who terrorize the populace), running around and wreaking havoc.  My brother Corey then made the observation that Myla should actually dress up as a soldier and pretend to fight the adults dressed as Titans since the proportion would be correct!  We thought that would be so adorable, so we set off making an “Attack on Titan” costume for our toddler!

If you are unfamiliar with the series, this is how the soldiers dress with a cropped jacket, belt, straps, boots, harness, and 3D maneuver gear attached to their sides and back to help them swing through the air.  We wanted to dress Myla up as “Mikasa” pictured below, a very strong and skilled soldier who also wears a burgundy scarf.

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We began looking for a toddler trench coat and were ecstatic to find this one at a gently used kids’ clothing store for only $8!  This is what the trench looked like from the front and the back before we heavily modified it!

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We also picked up this white t-shirt from H&M and some white leggings from Old Navy.  From a local fabric store, we purchased some brown canvas material, silver buckles, thin brown straps and faux brown leather.

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And now for the modifications!  We severely cropped the trench by cutting along the black line…

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Ta da!  This is quite the cute cropped trench, is it not?

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We also ended up releasing the ruffled/ruched bottom, reattaching it to make it straight, and cutting off and hemming the sleeve cuffs.  In addition, we removed the pockets from the bottom of the jacket so that we could reattach them to the top part, and we replaced all the buttons with gold buttons.  It’s amazing how changing the buttons can give a jacket a completely new look! 

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Here is the cropped jacket with the gold buttons and pockets sewed onto the front.  We also sewed some velcro backing onto the sides of the arm, the front pocket and to the back.  

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These velcro spots were for the Survey Corps emblems!  Ryan found some high resolution pictures of the embroidered emblem, so we simply adjusted the size, printed them off and glued them onto the velcro.  

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Thus, it was extremely simple to attach these emblems to the jacket since we just had to slap them onto the velcro!  Don’t they look great on the jacket?  You may also note that we modified the lapel of the jacket as we found that it overlapped too much when Myla wore it.

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Next we sewed the straps and small pieces of the faux brown leather onto the white shirt.  We wanted to secure as much as we could in place so that this would seem like a normal shirt to Myla, not a fancy costume that had too many intricate and complicated parts that she might end up refusing to wear.

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We also added some of the brown straps to the leggings and also used the faux brown leather to make the 3D maneuver gear harness.  We designed the harness so that it attached onto the leggings with velcro.

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This is what the leggings with the harness looked like from the front and back!  To make the belt, we sewed the brown canvas material around the faux leather harness and threaded it through the silver buckle.  

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We also sewed on velcro pieces to the sides and back of the harness so that we could attach the 3D maneuver gear later on!

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Making Mikasa’s burgundy scarf was simple as we purchased some material, hemmed the edges and cut some fringe along one side!

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To make the sides of the 3D maneuver gear, Ryan looked around for objects that were the perfect shapes and sizes!  We ended up buying some boxes of “Hawaiian Punch” and using some Fragonard perfume atomizers that I had lying around.  He glued them together, spray painted them silver, and then glued some of the faux brown leather around it.

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For the back part of the 3D maneuver gear, Ryan used the top and bottom part of a glow stick container.  I thought it was hilarious how Ryan found these random objects to make the maneuver gear!

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The finished 3D maneuver gear, all spray painted beautifully and ready to be attached onto Myla’s costume!

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During the week leading up to our trip, Ryan and I worked relentlessly on this costume, staying up till the wee hours of the night.  One of our worries was that Myla would refuse to wear it at the Anime Expo and all our hard work would be to no avail!  20-month-olds can be unpredictable, and we weren’t sure how she would handle the crowds or the heat.  Thus, we decided to try and take some pictures at home before we left and to make sure that the costume fit.  We were so incredibly excited when we put all the costume components on her as it looked so good, and she loved wearing it!

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We hoped that she would be just as happy to wear it in Los Angeles!  

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Thankfully, Myla had fun wearing her costume for a little while at Anime Expo!  I held her hand the entire time, and she enjoyed walking around the lobby- just look at that darling smile :)

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It was amazing seeing her wear the costume that we had spent so much time on, from the jacket and the maneuver gear to the shirt and the leggings.   In case you’re wondering, we purchased these cute little brown boots at the same gently used kids’ clothing store for only $4! 

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We happened to see someone dressed as a Titan walking around the lobby, so we asked if she would take a picture with Myla!  Ryan was actually thinking of dressing up as a Titan, but all the costumes we saw on-line were expensive and I feared that Myla would be traumatized seeing her Dad as a Titan.  Thankfully Myla was not scared of this Titan, and she was a very nice lady :)

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Myla was very popular as everyone who saw her would squeal with excitement when they saw our tiny toddler Mikasa!  You can see some adults wearing the same costume as her in the picture below on the left side.

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Myla got a little hungry so she started munching on a croissant as she happily posed for people…

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After about half an hour, Myla was done wearing her costume as she started taking off her jacket.  She couldn’t sit comfortably in her stroller or be carried by us with her maneuver gear and harness, so we changed her back into a comfy dress and continued to explore the rest of Anime Expo that day!

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If cosplay and anime is new to you, check out this music video that “The Cosplay Scene” made showcasing Anime Expo 2014.  You can see some really intense costumes that people spend the whole year working on, and you can also see our little Myla Mikasa appear in it for two seconds (0:14-0:15)! 

Thanks for all your lovely feedback and excitement about this costume!  Ryan and I had a lot of fun working on it together, and I’m so glad that I could put my sewing machine to use after it was in hibernation for almost two years (it took me a while to learn how to thread and use the machine again!).  The entire costume was inexpensive to make, and we were so proud of our finished accomplishment since we tailor-made each component just for Myla!  We hope you enjoyed seeing the making of this costume and that it inspires you to get crafty and try making some costumes for yourself or for your little ones!  I’ll be blogging about more of our experiences at Anime Expo soon, and you can see who Myla cosplayed as on the other days.  Happy crafting and cosplaying!

Cover of Dragon Feature

Hello my crafty friends!  As you all know, I love amigurumi, and it was my pleasure being featured in a wonderful amigurumi article found in Issue 20 of “Simply Crochet" magazine.  "We Love Amigurumi”, written by Judy Darley of Future Publishing, is about the joys of making amigurumi toys, and I am so honoured and happy that I could be a part of it!

I was interviewed alongside fellow amigurumi artists Maike van den Dries of the Netherlands and Mei Li Lee of Malaysia.  I really enjoyed reading this delightful article, seeing all the beautiful pictures, and hearing what Maike and Mei had to say as well.  In this “We Love Amigurumi" article, we talk about why we think amigurumi stands out from other kinds of toys, advice on getting started, amigurumi challenges, and what we all love about amigurumi!  It makes me so happy to see features such as these that promote amigurumi and introduce this beautiful art to people who may have never heard of it before!  Yay for amigurumi  

I am so honoured that Dragon is the cover photo of this article and that they included pics of my “Knotted Headband”, “Spring Bunnies”, “Cotton the Lamb”, and the “Fluff Bears: Coco & Mochi”!  If you’re interested in reading this article for yourself, you can buy digital copies of Simply Crochet magazine HERE and also find hard copies in Barnes & Nobles and Chapters Indigo stores!  Let me know if you end up picking up this issue and what you think!

[Note: When I first blogged about this feature, I had initially posted the entire article, but I have now taken it down since we don’t have legal permission- sorry about that!]

Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin

During our California Blog Meet Up (read all about it HERE), we had a delightful pin exchange in which we prepared crafty pins ahead of time for each other!  As soon as fellow amigurumi artist Jo suggested that we do a pin exchange, I knew exactly what type of pin I wanted to make!

I love perusing Craftgawker, and there was a particular project that had caught my eye from December of last year.  Francesca of “Fall for DIY" had made some beautiful "DIY Monkey Fist Knot Earrings”, and I absolutely loved how they looked like little yarn balls!  For our pins, I thought it would be so cute to make a little yarn ball with a crochet hook similar to the one pictured in my blog logo!  In Francesca’s blog post on how to make her earrings HERE, she includes step-by-step instructions, and she also filmed an extremely helpful video entitled “How to Tie a Monkey Knot” HERE (I’ll embed the video at the end of this blog post too!).  Rather than reiterate her instructions, we recommend that you visit her blog post and watch the video to see how it’s made!  

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We searched for the perfect pink yarn, and we ended up going with Lion Brand Yarn’s “Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Gerbera Daisy”.  Ryan is actually the one who mastered the monkey fist knot, and to keep the yarn balls consistent and similar-sized, he made them all!  It was such a whirlwind leading up to our California trip since we were making our costumes for Anime Expo as well, and I am so thankful that I have such a supportive husband who helped me make these pins!  Here are some step-by-step photos showing how Ryan made our little yarn balls and crochet hooks :)

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We bought some brass jewelry pins from Michaels (came in a set of 10) and hot glued the little crochet balls onto the pins after tying the ends of yarn into a knot.  To make the crochet hooks, we used these ornament hooks that we purchased from Walmart a couple years ago (we have a large stash of these since we use them to hang the baubles from our white Christmas tree every year)!

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Ryan used pliers to shape the ends of the ornament hooks to resemble crochet hooks!  You may recall that we made a similar crochet hook for Mochi our Fluff Bear to hold (read about the making of our amigurumi Fluff Bears HERE)!

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Ryan placed the crochet hook through the yarn ball so that the yarn ball was at the bottom of the hook.  He then added some hot glue to the middle of the crochet hook and then slid the yarn ball upwards into the glue in order to secure the hook in place.  After each pin was complete, we mounted them on cardboard and were so excited to give these out at the meet up!

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To see the making of a monkey knot in action, please see this wonderful video below filmed by Francesca of “Fall For DIY”!  We paused this video many times as we followed along to learn how to make this special knot!

Here are some notes about making your own yarn ball:

- Instead of wrapping the yarn around the hand three times, we did it four times to make a bigger yarn ball (depends on thickness of yarn).

- Towards the end, try and pull each strand of yarn evenly and with consistent tension to make a uniform yarn ball.

- Don’t pull the strands of yarn too tight or else the yarn ball will be squished.

- Ryan made many “failed” monkey knots/yarn balls before getting the hang of it and achieving the right look, so just keep trying and practicing and don’t be discouraged!

These little yarn balls are so cute, and once you’ve mastered how to tie this special knot, they are inexpensive and relatively quick to make!  Wouldn’t yarn ball earrings or a yarn ball necklace pendant be the perfect gift for us yarn lovers?  The addition of the little crochet hook helps us proudly display the love of our craft too!  I hope you enjoyed reading about the making of our “Yarn Ball & Crochet Hook Pin" and I want to extend a big thank you to Francesca for inspiring this idea!  We are giving away one of these pins on my Instagram page (@AllAboutAmi) since we reached 5000 followers recently- if you would like to win one, just follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the picture of the pin to enter!  Happy monkey knot and yarn ball making :)

Homespun Cover Siu Mai Amigurumi Feature

Remember the amigurumi siu mai I crocheted three years ago?  Recently they were featured in the July issue of “Homespun Magazine”, Australia’s leading monthly craft title!  Click on each pic above to get a closer look at each page :)  It’s neat how my little pork dumplings are getting some time to shine in the Land Down Under- have any of my Australian readers checked out “Homespun” before?  If you want to crochet your own expressive siu mai, be sure to visit the step-by-step blog post HERE and the very easy free pattern HERE!

California Blog Meet Up

We are back from our wonderful vacation in California!  We had so much fun attending the Anime Expo, going to Disneyland, and stuffing ourselves with delicious food.  One of the highlights of this trip was the blog meet-up that my fellow amigurumi artist Jo (of “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations”) and I organized to meet other crochet enthusiasts!  

We ended up holding this get-together in the very peaceful and beautiful Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights.  Some people who were interested in coming to the meet-up ended up not being able to make it since it was during the very busy Independence Day long weekend.  Others were attending the last day of Anime Expo or the location was a little too far out of Los Angeles for them.  We ended up with a smaller group, but this made the meet-up more intimate and personal which I really enjoyed!

Jo had the brilliant idea of having a handmade pin exchange so that we crafters could prepare something for the meet-up and come away with a variety of pins!  It was a lot of fun seeing what everybody made, from hand-stitched pins to cute crocheted stars!  Can you guess which one Jo made (it’s very reflective of her company name)?

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For our pin, Ryan and I ended up making this little yarn ball and crochet hook that resembles my logo!  I’ll do a full step-by-step blog post on the making of this pin so that you can make one for yourself if you’re interested!

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It was great meeting in the park because Myla could run around and be free!  She also really enjoyed looking at all the handmade pins and examining each of them!

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Being naturally introverted, I was both nervous and excited for the meet-up.  I enjoy talking with people one-on-one and was unsure how the larger group setting would be like.  Jo actually brought some board games and yarn, but we ended up just chatting for most of the time!  It felt very casual and relaxed as we talked about when we all started to crochet, how we got started, and traveling in general. Ryan is very extroverted so he really enjoyed the large group setting and getting to know everyone!

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It’s rare that we get to really sit down and talk with people when we travel (besides just chatting with people in passing), so it was wonderful being able to get to know some new people as well as meeting on-line friends in real life!  Despite our geographical differences, I thought it was so neat how our love of crochet and crafting united us all together.  We all came from different occupations, backgrounds and experiences, but our passion for crochet was such a unifying factor that helped lead us into other topics of conversation easily.  We had a good laugh about how there is no need for chunky cowls, hats and scarves in California since it’s always so sunny and beautiful there (as opposed to the frigid Canadian winters we experience).  

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Here are all the people who took time out of their busy schedules to meet up with Jo and I!  Love all the big smiles :)  We want to thank each and every person who came!  You made our trip to California very memorable, and it was so surreal meeting people who read my blog!  I know there were some of you who really wanted to come but were unable to for various reasons- we apologize that the timing couldn’t work out, but we hope we can meet you in the future!

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Besides Jo and I, there were two other crafters who have blogs!  Check out Amanda's “Crystal Panda" HERE (and photo credit to her for the last two photos of the collage below) and Peng's “Yarn Treasures" HERE!  I also want to give a shout-out to my brother Corey who came along with us on this trip (he’s a big Anime fan) and helped us take care of Myla so much, including at this meet up!

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Jo is such a talented artist who is also very passionate about her education and teaching!  She is very inspiring, and I am so happy that I could finally meet her in person after connecting with her for the past few years.  Thank you for helping me organize this meet-up, Jo!

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I am excited to share more about our trip to California, especially the Anime Expo!  We took a lot of photos of our cosplaying, and I can’t wait to show you what our experience was like!  Thanks again to those who came to the meet-up, and I really hope I can meet more of you in the future!

We’re heading off to California!  We are so excited to attend the Anime Expo, and we’ve had a lot of fun making a costume for Myla….here’s a sneak peek of it!  Do you know what she’s dressed up as?  I won’t be blogging for the next while, but when we come back, I can’t wait to show you the behind the scenes of the making of this costume as well as lots of photos from the Anime Expo and the Meet-up!  You can keep up with our adventures on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi)!  Be back soon ❤

We’re heading off to California!  We are so excited to attend the Anime Expo, and we’ve had a lot of fun making a costume for Myla….here’s a sneak peek of it!  Do you know what she’s dressed up as?  I won’t be blogging for the next while, but when we come back, I can’t wait to show you the behind the scenes of the making of this costume as well as lots of photos from the Anime Expo and the Meet-up!  You can keep up with our adventures on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi)!  Be back soon 

Today I am being featured over on “Little Things Blogged”, a wonderful crochet blog by Tanya from Greece!  Tanya’s blog is full of beautiful photos and free patterns, and she has regular posts such as “The Yarn Over List”, in which she shares links to lovely crochet projects that she’s found.  I love perusing her blog for inspiration!  I am featured in her series called “Untangling Yarn with…”, in which she gets to know fellow yarn crafters!  Head on over to her blog to read my feature HERE and learn a little bit more about me!  Thanks, Tanya!

Today I am being featured over on “Little Things Blogged”, a wonderful crochet blog by Tanya from Greece!  Tanya’s blog is full of beautiful photos and free patterns, and she has regular posts such as “The Yarn Over List”, in which she shares links to lovely crochet projects that she’s found.  I love perusing her blog for inspiration!  I am featured in her series called “Untangling Yarn with…”, in which she gets to know fellow yarn crafters!  Head on over to her blog to read my feature HERE and learn a little bit more about me!  Thanks, Tanya!

Owl Keychain

We know a little girl who absolutely ADORES owls: her bedroom is full of owl pillows, owl decals and owl stuffies, and she even wears owl hats as well!  I knew I wanted to crochet her an owl (I love it when little kids have such an absolute favourite animal), and I had the perfect pattern that I had always wanted to try out!

Josephine of “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations" designed a super cute FREE "Baby Owl Ornaments" pattern a year and a half ago.  I downloaded the free pattern on Ravelry (find it HERE) and was amazed by just how quick and easy this pattern is.  I love how pinching and closing up the top gives the curved look of the owl- so clever and simple!  Instead of making this owl an ornament, we attached it to a keychain so that the little girl could take it wherever she wanted by hanging it on her backpack or little purse!

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The details are so incredibly cute with the big white eyes and cute dainty yellow beak.  The placement of the eyes and beak is key to giving this owl its kawaii look, and I tried to make mine look as similar to Jo’s as possible- she provides great, detailed instructions!

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I think this owl keychain is so sweet, but you could be a super keener and start working on your Christmas ornaments too…December is half a year away!

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Just as Josephine says, once you’ve made one, it’s tempting to make more since they’re so cute and easy!  These are the baby owls that Josephine made in a rainbow of colours:

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Jo also offers a pattern for a bigger, palm-sized “Travel Owl Plush" that you can find for free HERE!

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I was so pleased with this owl keychain and how quickly we could whip it up, and I hope that the little girl will like it too!  Check out Jo’s Etsy store HERE to see more of her amazing designs.  ***ALSO, if you live in the Los Angeles area, Jo and I will be hosting a meet-up with other amigurumi and crochet enthusiasts in early July!  Read all about it HERE and RSVP using the Google form in that blog post.  Happy owl making!

Etsy Affiliate & Round-up

I recently received an e-mail from the Etsy team, inviting me to become an Etsy Canada affiliate!  I am excited to partner with Etsy because I adore browsing all the beautiful handmade items from around the world.  Basically how it works is that I link to Etsy products or shops that I love in my blog posts (which I already have done many times in the past), and if a reader makes a purchase based on that referral, then I will make a small commission.  I wanted to inform you all of this so that you know that all Etsy links found on my site will be affiliate links.  You can find so many creative, artistic people on Etsy who design and sell items that cannot be found in stores.  I thought I would do a round-up of all the Etsy shops that I have previously blogged about in case you haven’t heard of them!

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is where I purchase my safety eyes for amigurumi.  When I first started crocheting my own stuffies, I excitedly went to my local Michaels to try and look for safety eyes.  I walked away disappointed and had to use beads in place of safety eyes for my first few projects.  I was delighted to find “6060" on Etsy as Clara, the shop owner, specializes in selling safety eyes and noses for amigurumi.  My safety eyes shipped extremely quickly, and I was very pleased with their quality.  I always try and keep 6, 9 and 12 mm safety eyes on hand so that they are ready to be used for any sized amigurumi I crochet.  Shipping to Canada has unfortunately gone up over the past while, but is very reasonable if you live within the US.  Clara has safety eyes in a wide variety of colours and sizes- check out her store HERE!

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I featured Sami and Marissa of “Momomints" in my first ever "Craft Chat" and was so excited to share their polymer clay and amigurumi work with you all!  Their Etsy shop is full of adorable items, including their Meowchi’s pictured above.  They also recently added this “DIY Amigurumi Crochet Sheep Kit" that includes almost all the material you need to make their very popular "Fluffie", including the yarn, safety eyes, stuffing, bell, and pattern (crochet hook and yarn hook not included).    We all know how hard it is to find the exact yarn that the designer used, and sometimes you don’t know what to do with the left-over yarn!  I think this convenient kit would make a really great gift for crafters!  Check out the Momomints store HERE and my Craft Chat with them HERE!

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I discovered Kris and Lorin’s “Two Girls Patterns" shop last fall when I was browsing for crocheted boots.  I was in awe of all their beautiful crocheted footwear designs that could be made for babies, toddlers and adults.  I was very impressed with their detailed, thorough instructions that included many helpful photos, and Kris and Lorin were always available for support through e-mail.  I crocheted these white "Furrylicious/Little Diva" boots for Myla (see step-by-step blog post HERE) and they served her well throughout the winter.  I crocheted the purple ones for Myla’s friend and sprayed them with Plasti Dip to give them more grip (read more about this HERE).  You can check out the Two Girls Patterns shop HERE and see all their great designs for yourself!

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I have been a fan of “Mikaylove" jewelry ever since my good friend Kay started her store a year and a half ago!  Since then, Kay has amassed a large following as people love her stylish, beautiful pieces.  Some of my favourite pieces are my "Cross Weave with Chain" bracelets and my "Braided Bracelet in Pink and Mint Green”.  For every purchase made, a portion is donated to charities that feed hungry children around the world.  Kay is such a devoted mother to her adorable daughter Mikayla (who inspired her to create her jewelry line), and I think it’s amazing how she has been able to channel her artistic skills and eye for design into her jewelry line!  Check out the Mikaylove store HERE and read my full Mikaylove blog post from November 2012 HERE!

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Lastly, I wanted to highlight “Yellow Heart Art" on Etsy, a store full of unique and quirky graphic art prints and cute sillhouette pillows for the home.  Leonora, the graphic designer behind “Yellow Heart Art" is the one who helped me design my logo, header and buttons for my blog redesign, and I’ve always loved her work since she opened her shop in January 2011 (the exact same time I started my blog!).  I love my "I Make Pretty Things All Day" print that I proudly display near my yarn shelf.  Leonora updated this print with a more modern feel in black and gold (check it out HERE).  Her prints are all so unique, humorous and full of beautiful typography and designs.  Check out Yellow Heart Art HERE to add some fun additions to your homes :)

I always enjoy learning about new handmade artisans and their work, so I hope you enjoyed this post too!  I look forward to featuring more Etsy artists in the future and spreading the word about handcrafted goods!

With summer approaching, we are excited to be vacationing in sunny California in a couple of weeks (Los Angeles and Anaheim to be exact)!  We wanted to take the opportunity to attend the “Anime Expo”, the largest anime, manga and Japanese culture convention in North America!  Of course, as big Disney fans, we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Disneyland while we’re there too!
I’ve loved connecting with other crochet and amigurumi enthusiasts since starting my blog, and one person whom I greatly admire and have loved getting to know is Josephine of “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations”!  She lives in the Los Angeles area, and I thought it would be neat to finally meet her in person!  We thought it would be a great opportunity to host a meet up while we’re both in Los Angeles in case others would be interested in joining us too :)
And so, if you live in the Los Angeles area or will be visiting Los Angeles on Sunday, July 6th, we would love to meet you!  Please fill out the google form HERE so we can gauge how many people are interested.  Once we know our numbers, we will pick an exact time and location and e-mail the details to the people who have filled out the form.  Since we’re all crafters, we were thinking of making pins that we could exchange with one another at the event- sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
If you have any suggestions of places to visit and eat I would greatly appreciate it too (you can leave a comment below or e-mail me at all_about_ami@hotmail.com)!  I’ve been so busy with the blog redesign that I really need to sit down and research what to do and where to go on our California vacation :)
I hope to be able to meet some of you in person next month!  We are really looking forward to it!

With summer approaching, we are excited to be vacationing in sunny California in a couple of weeks (Los Angeles and Anaheim to be exact)!  We wanted to take the opportunity to attend the “Anime Expo”, the largest anime, manga and Japanese culture convention in North America!  Of course, as big Disney fans, we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Disneyland while we’re there too!

I’ve loved connecting with other crochet and amigurumi enthusiasts since starting my blog, and one person whom I greatly admire and have loved getting to know is Josephine of “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations”!  She lives in the Los Angeles area, and I thought it would be neat to finally meet her in person!  We thought it would be a great opportunity to host a meet up while we’re both in Los Angeles in case others would be interested in joining us too :)

And so, if you live in the Los Angeles area or will be visiting Los Angeles on Sunday, July 6th, we would love to meet you!  Please fill out the google form HERE so we can gauge how many people are interested.  Once we know our numbers, we will pick an exact time and location and e-mail the details to the people who have filled out the form.  Since we’re all crafters, we were thinking of making pins that we could exchange with one another at the event- sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

If you have any suggestions of places to visit and eat I would greatly appreciate it too (you can leave a comment below or e-mail me at all_about_ami@hotmail.com)!  I’ve been so busy with the blog redesign that I really need to sit down and research what to do and where to go on our California vacation :)

I hope to be able to meet some of you in person next month!  We are really looking forward to it!

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