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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥  The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!
Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)
Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)
Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this?  These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)
Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day!  They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all ♥

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d do a round-up of special Valentine crocheted projects that you could make for your loved ones or for yourself to celebrate ♥  The free patterns are available for all of these projects (click through the links to access them)!

Row 1: Valentine Teddy by me (my second ever original design!), Hearts by Little Birdie Secrets (I LOVE using these hearts to embellish cards- see here and here), Valentine Popsicles by Jennygurumi (her first original design!)

Row 2: Lovebirds by Lion Brand (a cute set that you can personalize with your own special colours, a hat, or maybe initials), Amigurumi Hearts by Roxycraft (perfect if you want a 3-D heart instead of the 2-D ones above), Sweetheart Bunny by me (my Valentine project from last year!)

Row 3: Heart Box of Chocolates by Red Heart (How amazing is this?  These chocolates will last forever…and are calorie-free ;D), Valentine Envelopes by Lion Brand (such a cute way to send a special letter or photo), Chocolate Truffle Scarf by Twinkie Chan (super kawaii for chocolate lovers to wear proudly!)

Hope these give you some ideas of how you can add some crocheted touches to your Valentine’s Day!  They’re a fun take on your traditional chocolate, flowers, and stuffies that are typically gifted for the occasion! Much love to you all 

Crochet Corner: Sweetheart Bunny

In this week’s edition of “Crochet Corner”, we will be featuring Sweetheart Bunny.  We made this little bunny for my sister’s silent auction and as this year’s Valentine’s Day amigurumi!  We gave her a pretty pink jumper adorned with a red heart and a sweet little bow as an accent.  Let’s see how everyone else’s Sweetheart Bunnies turned out :) 

Novy was on a long hiatus from crocheting (more than three years), but she took up her hobby again when she saw the pattern for this bunny!  I’m so happy that Novy has rejoined us in the world of crochet!  Her bunny looks very well-made, and I absolutely love the colours she used.  The yellow heart and bow pop so well against the pink and whiteness!  It makes me so happy that this pattern inspired Novy to pick up her crochet hook again.  I hope I’ll be seeing more of your amigurumi work in the future, Novy :)

Susi of Siouxsiexs’s Weblog from Peru made her own polkadot Sweetheart Bunny!  I love how she used the same fabric for the lining of the ears and for her bow (as well as the backdrop for her photo!).  Susi said that she found my pattern very easy-to-follow and that she loves my patterns :)  Thanks so much, Susi!

Stephanie named her Sweetheart Bunny “Melanie” and followed my pattern very closely.  There are so many beautiful fabrics out there, and it’s wonderful being able to use them in crocheted projects for a nice contrast.  The blue and white bow is an unexpected pop against the bunny!  Melanie looks very sweet indeed, almost like she’s blushing :)

Tina used a beautiful lightweight yarn (mercerized cotton I think) to make her bunny, and you can see how dainty and small she turned out when you compare her to a pair of scissors!  Instead of using fabric or yarn, Tina used ribbon for her bow.  Tina wrote that she just needed to pick up some red yarn to make her little heart and finish her up!

Katka of Katkas Creations made this Sweetheart Bunny for her mom for Valentine’s Day.  Then, Katka went on to make THREE more Sweetheart Bunnies: one for her son’s friend, and two for her boys.  Katka has made way more Sweetheart Bunnies than I have!  I’m so happy that you like the pattern so much, Katka…and I’m glad it’s been a hit with your loved ones :)

Catherine used a bright fuscia colour for her Sweetheart Bunny’s jumper and cheeks.  Did you notice the adorable pink shoes that Catherine’s bunny is also wearing?

Catherine included another great addition too: a pom-pom tail!  How cute is that little fluffy tail?  What a great idea!  I’m sure she sits much better now with this tail too!  I love the modifications you made, Catherine!

Amanda of Wisconsin was new to amigurumi and crochet when she stumbled upon my blog.  She fell in love with some of my patterns, and within a week she made the Spring Bunnies, Snuggles, a Knotted Headband, a phone cozy, an Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie and….a Sweetheart Bunny.  Isn’t that amazing?  Amanda said she is really enjoying her new hobby and that my site has really helped with learning new techniques and tips.  I’m so happy to hear this, Amanda, and I think it’s so inspiring how you’ve really taken off with amigurumi and crocheting! 

Candy from Singapore made a little satchel bag for her bunny!  I think it’s so cute when amigurumi have accessories :)  What a fancy border and cute background for this little bunny’s photo too!  What a model ;)

Do you all remember how my Sweetheart Bunny was based on this image on my pencil case?  I thought this bear and bunny were such a cute pair with their adorable facial expressions and cute little hearts.

Well, Višnja posted this photo on my facebook page a couple of days after Valentine’s Day, and Ryan and I were absolutely blown away!  Višnja modified my pattern to make Sweetheart Bunny’s Bear friend!  Isn’t he absolutely adorable?  I love his little blue shirt and rosy cheeks.  The stitching of the nose is so well done, and using buttons for the eyes gives these two an adorable doll-like look.  We were so impressed as it really shows how people can do such amazing things by putting their own creative touches on patterns! 

You too can make your very own Sweetheart Bunny by following my free pattern here and checking out the step-by-step photos here.  Keep sending me your photos through my facebook page, twitter or e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com).  Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to send me their kind words and encouragement and for showing me all your lovely amigurumi!

Oborocharms Bracelet

I had never participated in an art trade before, but I jumped at the opportunity to work with Kim Rountree of Oborocharms when she suggested that we do one (read about how I got to know Kim here).  I had a difficult time choosing what I wanted to ask Kim to make as her shop was full of adorable charms and stuffies.  What stood out to me in particular were her custom charms that were incredibly detailed.  I thought it would be so special to have little custom charms made based on my original amigurumi designs.  I e-mailed Kim, listing some suggestions of custom charms I would love to have, including Chinese New Year Doll, Valentine Teddy, Sweetheart Bunny, and Dragon.  I also told Kim that I completely didn’t mind choosing items that were already in her shop (non-custom) if it was too much trouble.  Kim was so gracious and generous as she immediately replied, saying she wanted to make ALL of them!  I knew it would be a challenge, but there is nothing that Kim can’t handle! 

As I excitedly began to work on Snuggles the Penguin for Kim based on one of her charms, I was treated to “sneak peeks” of my charms through Kim’s facebook page.  Kim periodically posted photos of all her work in progress, and Ryan and I had a blast seeing our charms being made along the way and trying to figure out which ones were for us!  Can you identify any of my amigurumi designs in the photo below?  The next series of photos are all courtesy of Kim from her facebook page!

I thought I’d point them out to you just in case you couldn’t see them all!  From left to right, we have Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny, Valentine Teddy and Chinese New Year Doll.  Haha, I don’t blame you for not being able to identify Chinese New Year Doll since she’s flopped over!  You can see the bun in her hair ;)

Next, Kim posted a photo of her charms drying after she had painted them!  Kim does such fine detailed work, and her painting is impeccable.  Here you can spot Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny, Valentine Teddy and Chinese New Year Doll too!

I was so excited when Kim posted this photo of the Dragon charm, as was everyone else on her page!  Kim had yet to add some more detail, but he was looking super cute already!

Here is the Dragon charm all finished, complete with his scaled body and tiny fang!

Kim drew a sketch of this baby dragon six years ago, and now he’s an amigurumi AND an adorable charm :)  This charm seems to be very popular as Kim has been making so many of them!  I love how you can have them in any colour you want too- check out that blue dragon!  You can order your own Dragon charm by clicking here.

Kim also posted a photo of the finished Valentine Teddy charm!  Look how tiny he is compared to a penny!

When Kim posted this picture of all four of my completed charms, I absolutely could not stop smiling and staring at the screen!  They were all SO CUTE and accurate, and I was so thankful that Kim had made all four for me :)  I asked her if she would attach them onto a bracelet for me as she had recently added a custom charm bracelet option to her shop.  Kim happily obliged and attached them onto the bracelet in the order in which I had designed and created them.  I was so excited when Kim told me that she had officially sent the bracelet off in the mail!

Kim also has a youtube channel here, and in this video she took the time to describe some new charms she had finished.  Kim talks about the charms she made for me between 0:43 - 1:34, and you can see what they look like from all different angles (Sweetheart Bunny and Valentine Teddy both have cute little tails and Dragon has some horns along his back).  I loved being able to see them “in action”, which of course got me even MORE excited for my bracelet to come in the mail!

I excitedly checked the mail everyday and practically squealed with joy when I saw that my package from California had arrived!  I waited for Ryan to come home so we could open it together!  Inside the package was this adorable litttle box that contained my charm bracelet PLUS some cute pinback buttons that Kim had thrown in as an added bonus :)  Her strawberry octofruit, owl and baby narwhal are all popular items in her shop!  Don’t my charms look absolutely adorable all huddled together in their little box?

I immediately took out the bracelet and examined each charm carefully one-by-one.  I could not believe how tiny and detailed they were!

Here is the order in which we designed and created these little guys: Chinese New Year Doll, Valentine Teddy, Sweetheart Bunny, and Dragon!

I thought I would show you what each charm looks like compared to my amigurumi creation in case you’ve never seen them!  For the Chinese New Year Doll, I was really impressed that Kim even included the tiny chopsticks in the charm’s hair, complete with the yellow and grey decorative balls.  Her little bun, side part, rosy cheeks and winged lashes are all perfect!

Valentine Teddy has his dapper little red bow and the stitching on his feet too!

Kim did such a great job with the Sweetheart Bunny, from her detailed floral bow to her pretty pink jumper and her perfect little heart!

And of course, here are the two Dragons based on Kim’s drawing from 6 years ago!  They both have their little wings, rosy cheeks, scaled bodies and sweet little fangs!

Here are all four of the charms that Kim made for me with their crocheted counterparts!  They’re all so sweet!

After examining each of the charms, I immediately asked Ryan to help me put the bracelet on!  Kim spaced each charm out perfectly so that I had a lot of slack left-over…I don’t like bracelets that are too big since they always feel like they’re going to fall off!

I absolutely love my one-of-a-kind charm bracelet, and it’s neat to think that I’m the only one in the whole wide world who has it!  I wore it out already, and I couldn’t help but smile when looking at it.  This bracelet reminds me of all the hard work we’ve put into our amigurumi creations, how people all over the world have crocheted their own versions, and how much fun my collaboration with the talented Kim of Oborocharms has been.

Even though we sent off our packages on different days, would you believe that Kim and I both ended up receiving each other’s art trade items on the exact same day?  Kim posted this picture of the crocheted Snuggles I made for her with the little charm Snuggles sitting atop his head!  Snuggles looks right at home at Kim’s place, and I’m so happy that he made it there safely! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting an inside look into our art trade!  The whole process has been so much fun, and it’s a little sad that it’s over.  We’ll definitely try and do another one in the future though :)  You can crochet your own Snuggles by following the pattern here or crochet your own Dragon by following the pattern here.  You can also purchase a Snuggles charm here or a Dragon charm here.  If you have any custom charms that you would like made (e.g. your pets, favourite foods, favourite animals, etc.), be sure to contact Kim!  Her custom charms would make very meaningful gifts either for yourself or for your loved ones!  Thank you so much again for my personalized, beautifully-crafted charm bracelet, Kim :D

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Charm bracelet made by Kim of Oborocharms for our art trade, featuring Chinese New Year Doll, Valentine Teddy, Sweetheart Bunny & Dragon!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Charm bracelet made by Kim of Oborocharms for our art trade, featuring Chinese New Year Doll, Valentine Teddy, Sweetheart Bunny & Dragon!

Gather round, everyone!  Check out my most recent amigurumi projects if you haven’t so already!  We’ve got Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny, and the Teddy Ornaments (who would be just as cute as non-ornaments as well :D)!

Gather round, everyone!  Check out my most recent amigurumi projects if you haven’t so already!  We’ve got Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny, and the Teddy Ornaments (who would be just as cute as non-ornaments as well :D)!

Pattern: Sweetheart Bunny

Make this adorable Sweetheart Bunny for your friends and family to show them your love this Valentine’s Day!  Or make one for yourself ^__^  This little sweetie with her dainty heart and pretty bow will warm your heart! 

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Sweetheart Bunny

My sister Ashley came to me almost half a year ago, asking if I could design and make a special amigurumi for a silent auction that she was helping to organize.  The proceeds of this special evening were going to a local children’s hospital, and the theme was the “Queen of Hearts" of Alice in Wonderland.  Of course, I happily obliged and started thinking what crocheted creature I could make to tie in with the theme.  I thought about the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and thought it was the perfect opportunity to make this cutie on my pencil case: 

I found this pencil case at a store along CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood and had been itching to make this sweet bunny ever since.  Thus, we began planning how to turn this two-dimensional cute picture into a three-dimensional amigurumi!

I crocheted a wide, round head and Ryan added the sweet pink cheeks and petite nose/mouth.

I crocheted these long, relatively narrow ears and attached them to the head.  Then we added pink felt for the lining!

This body was crocheted differently than my other amigurumi as I wanted to create a flat circular base that would serve as the bottom of her dress.  I expanded outwards into a circle, crocheted in the back loops only to give it a distinct edge, and then decreased my stitches.

Once I reached my desired height for the dress, I fastened off my yarn.  Then I reattached the pink yarn into any stitch, crocheted about 3/4 of the way around, turned, and then crocheted around the raised edge I had just created.  The gap in the dress serves as the neckline for the bunny!

Next, I crocheted a small white panel as the bunny’s neck.  We then glued this panel into the gap, making sure to leave a long end of white yarn to attach this part to the bunny’s head later.  We also inserted a circular piece of cardboard into the base of her dress to give it more structure (see my Crocheted Desserts post to see this cardboard tip).

I then crocheted a dainty red heart using this pattern from Little Birdie Secrets and then some skinny arms and legs…

Ready for assembly!

First I attached the legs onto the base of her dress.  Next, I used the white yarn to attach the white neck to the head, and then the pink yarn to attach the rest of the dress to her head.

I attached her arms around the same level as her neck so it looks like she’s wearing a cute dress or jumper!

We decided to use fabric to make her bow.  Does anyone recognize this fabric?  Once again, it’s the same fabric I used for the Spring Bunnies and as the lining of my cell phone cozy.  That material sure has been well-used!  You could also crochet a bow using your desired yarn colour by following the videos here or here.

And now the finished Sweetheart Bunny with her bow :)

Thus, I actually made this bunny back in September/October, around the same time I made the Minion from Despicable Me and the Scarecrow.  I was so sad to see this little bunny go, as I really felt like she exemplified all that my blog is about: cuteness, sweetness, hearts, bows, pinkness and bunnies!  And so, I decided to quickly whip another one up so I could keep the original and still give Ashley an item for the silent auction!

She’s pretty cute without a face too, hey?

Double the cuteness and sweetness!!!

I was so excited to hear how my Sweetheart Bunny did at the silent auction!  Apparently there were two moms in particular who were outbidding each other, and you’ll never guess how much she went for in the end!  I was STUNNED when Ashley told me: Sweetheart Bunny went for a whopping $200!  I was ecstatic to hear that my little crocheted creation had raised so much money!  Bless their generousity- they knew their money was going to a great cause.  Ashley told me that the little girl presented the money to them and happily walked away with her new crocheted bunny in hand :) 

Even though I made her so long ago, I knew I wanted to save her as my Valentine project on my blog since Valentine Teddy was such a hit last year!  Time certainly flies by, and I can’t believe it’s February already…

I absolutely LOVE this picture!  Doesn’t she look adorable sitting on the edge of our island?  She looks like she’s waiting patiently for someone to give her a hug :)

A sweet bunny and some beautiful flowers…wouldn’t that be the perfect Valentine’s gift?

Here are some close-up’s of the Sweetheart Bunny: her floral bow and pink-lined ears!

Her cute smile and pink cheeks

Red heart and jumper

The bottom of her structured jumper and little legs :)

Her relative size!  How perfect was it that I was sporting pink nails when taking this pic?

White bunnies galore!  It certainly was a challenge getting all these cuties to balance on my arm, but Ryan thought it’d be such a great shot.  Needless to say, I tried to stay as still as possible and not move a muscle.  I was so worried I was going to sneeze or cough, but I managed to hold still long enough to get a couple shots!  From left to right we have Sweetheart Bunny, the girl Spring Bunny, the Bunny from Ana Paula Rimoli's book, and the tiny little bunny that was held by the Chinese New Year Doll last year for the Year of the Rabbit!

As you can tell, I do love my teddies and bunnies!  We had so much fun creating this bunny based on the picture on my pencil case, and I am still beyond thrilled with how much money she raised for the children’s hospital!  It makes me so happy when I can put my love and talent of crocheting to help benefit such a great cause.  I’ve received e-mails from some of you who also use your love and talent of crocheting to raise money for charity, and I love hearing your stories.  I commend you all!  It’s amazing what we can do with our hobbies and passions!  ***The free pattern can be found HERE, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Also be sure to check out my Valentine Teddy from last year too!

Sneak peek of upcoming Valentine amigurumi: Sweetheart Bunny

Sneak peek of upcoming Valentine amigurumi: Sweetheart Bunny

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