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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!

Hand Made Toys Bookazine

Hello everyone!  I wanted to share about an exciting feature that my amigurumi Dragon has in a beautiful new bookazine called “Hand Made Toys”!

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When Helen, the editor of “Hand Made Toys”, asked if my Dragon could be included in this special edition, I happily said yes.  Helen is an editor at Future Publishing in the UK, and this publishing company is behind “Simply Crochet" and "Mollie Makes”.  As some of you may remember, Dragon was also previously featured in the premier issue of “Simply Crochet" magazine last year!  I was very impressed when I received my own hard copy of this bookazine as all the projects included are incredibly cute and whimsical!

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Hand Made Toys" contains 40 toy designs to crochet, knit and sew.  I loved seeing the different crafts put together in one magazine, and some of the sewing designs really caught my eye…I have already forgotten how to use my sewing machine, but there are some hand-stitched toy patterns that I could possibly try!  The crocheted hedgehogs seen on the cover look absolutely adorable too- I might have to make some :)

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The bookazine is divided into 5 sections: (1) “Once Upon A Time" containing fairytale and rhyme characters including my Dragon; (2) “Busy Bees" containing indoor toys for children; (3) “Special Friends" containing a variety of adorable animals; (4) “Let’s Pretend" containing delicious play food and treats; and (5) “Just For Fun" containing mini toys for big craft and play happiness!

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I am so happy to have my amigurumi Dragon featured in “Hand Made Toys" along with some of my other crochet blogger friends including Mei of “Amigurumei" and Tanya of “Little Things Blogged”!  Thank you for including my work in your bookazine, Helen!  It truly is a delightful magazine with such a wide variety of cute toys!

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If you’re interested in getting your hands on your own copy, you can order “Hand Made Toys" by mail HERE or find copies in WH Smith stores and leading newsagents in the UK and in Barnes & Noble stores in the US.  You can also buy a digital copy of “Hand Made Toys" through the Apple Newsstand (download the free Simply Crochet container app, and the digital version of Hand Made Toys will be available there).  I think it’s so special how people all over the world are continuing to discover my amigurumi Dragon pattern, often through features such as these, and I truly adore seeing all the Dragons who have been crocheted with so much love 

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway, everyone!  I am excited to announce that the winner of the free one year digital subscription to “Inside Crochet" magazine is ANNA (I’ve already e-mailed and tweeted you)!  Congratulations!  Enjoy all the crocheted goodness in this magazine, and once again, thank you everyone for your kind words about my feature!

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway, everyone!  I am excited to announce that the winner of the free one year digital subscription to “Inside Crochet" magazine is ANNA (I’ve already e-mailed and tweeted you)!  Congratulations!  Enjoy all the crocheted goodness in this magazine, and once again, thank you everyone for your kind words about my feature!

Inside Crochet Magazine Feature & Giveaway

I am very excited to share my newest magazine feature with you all!  When Lindsey first e-mailed me about being featured in an upcoming issue of “Inside Crochet”, I was incredibly thrilled and honoured.  They first heard about me because they had featured my friend Sarah of “Repeat Crafter Me" in their Issue #51, and Sarah had listed me as one of her favourite bloggers!  Sarah is a blogger whom I deeply admire as she is a busy mom of three and she consistently creates and blogs about her very creative and beautiful craft and crochet projects.  Thank you for the wonderful shout-out, Sarah!  You can read about her feature in "Inside Crochet" HERE.

I am featured in Issue 52, and I was very excited to pick up a copy at my local Chapters!  If you live in the US, you can find this magazine at Barnes & Noble and select Jo-Ann stores.  This issue contains 25 crochet patterns with many of them having a spring and floral theme, such as the “Summer Garden Throw" pictured on the cover of this issue.  I was impressed by the beautiful lay-out of "Inside Crochet" and all the bright, vibrant pictures displayed page after page.  I enjoyed reading about the other crochet artists featured in the magazine as well as the yarn and book reviews.

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As soon as I got my hands on a hard copy, I excitedly flipped through the pages to find my feature!  I was expecting it to be towards the back, so I kept missing it…my feature was actually near the front on Page 8!  I was delighted they included the pictures of Dragon, Chinese New Year Doll, Pony and my Minnie Mouse Ears Headband.

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Here is a close-up of my feature so you can read it for yourself!  They slotted me under the “Crochet Entrepeneurs" section- although I don’t know if I would classify myself as an entrepeneur since I don’t currently sell anything or have a business, I am just thankful to be featured in this magazine!  

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Thank you to Lindsey and Adrian and the lovely people of “Inside Crochet" for the wonderful feature!  They have also been very generous as they are offering a free one year digital subscription to a lucky reader!  This means that you will be able to download a digital copy of each month’s issue and therefore be able to access tons of free patterns and high quality content!  It’s a great prize valued at $44.99, and you can read more about their digital subscriptions HERE.  You can enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below, and there are 6 different ways to enter- none of them are mandatory, but of course the more entries you have, the higher chances you have of winning!

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Thank you so much to all my loyal readers who have been so supportive along the way!  It has been a huge blessing and honour sharing in these exciting and special moments with you all :)

Malaysia Home & Decor Magazine Feature

I have some very exciting news to share with you all!  I was featured in the June 2013 issue of Malaysia’s “Home & Décor” Magazine!  This is the beautiful cover…

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Mei of Meimoirs, a fellow amigurumi artist who is extremely talented and creative, first contacted me in March and told me that she was doing a story about the “Global Handmade Movement" for the magazine.  I was so honoured that she wanted to feature me!  Mei did a wonderful job with the story as she talks about the rising popularity of handmade items, Pinterest, DIY tutorials and Etsy, as well as how social media has really helped spread the popularity of crafting.  Handmade items are definitely a breath of fresh air in a world of mass consumerism and big-box stores! 

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The story features five artists from around the world, including Canada (me), France, Australia and Malaysia!  I really enjoyed reading about the other artists and seeing their work :)  It is definitely neat to see and hear about what is going on around the crafting world!

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My feature includes pictures of Snuggles, Dragon, Sweetheart Bunny and my Long Double Crochet Cowl!

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Here is my feature in the magazine!  Give it a read…perhaps you’ll learn something new about me!

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Thank you to Malaysia’s Home & Décor Magazine for the lovely feature, and thank you so very much to Mei for writing up such a great story and including me!  Check out Mei’s amigurumi work on her blog HERE!

[All photos in this blog post courtesy of Mei!]

Simply Crochet Magazine Feature

As some of you know, I was recently featured in a beautiful new crochet magazine called “Simply Crochet”!  I was thrilled when Debora, the editor-in-chief of “Simply Crochet" first contacted me in early November about being involved with a secret new magazine they were launching in the new year.  The magazine sounded very promising and interesting, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of it! 

The first issue of “Simply Crochet" came out in the UK and on Apple Newsstand in January 2013, and we immediately bought a digital copy of it on our iPad.  I was very impressed by the beautiful lay-outs, pretty patterns and picture guides for those who were new to crochet.  I absolutely couldn’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy of it so I could share my magazine feature with you all!

I wasn’t able to find a copy of the first issue of “Simply Crochet" at my local bookstore until last week!  Chapters Indigo was kind enough to call me as soon as they received copies of the magazine.  Since it is from the UK, it took a while for it to come to Canada.  I know the US got it earlier at Barnes & Noble- thank you for your tweets, Facebook and Instagram messages letting me know that you had spotted me in the magazine!  That was very sweet :)  I was so incredibly excited to see the magazine in person!

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It’s surreal picking up a magazine and seeing your work and picture in it!  I never in a million years thought that I would be featured in a magazine.  Haha, part of me wanted to go around the store and say, “Look…that’s me!” (I didn’t end up doing this :P). 

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Here is Simply Crochet’s youngest reader, five and a half month old Myla!  I think she spotted some familiar faces…

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Myla was only 5 weeks old in our family photo in the magazine.  How time flies…

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This is the front cover of the first issue of “Simply Crochet”!  It’s such an honour that my amigurumi Dragon was featured on the cover and in the top right corner!  This makes him very visible when the magazine is stacked behind other magazines. 

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The first issue also came with two crochet hooks: a pink 4 mm crochet hook and a bright yellow 6 mm crochet hook.  This gives the magazine a little more value since it is pricey at $13.99 CAD (£4.99 in the UK). 

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Here you can see a picture of me holding Dragon in the Table of Contents!

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I was very honoured that they listed me as one of the “Contributors” for this issue!

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They included an article entitled, “What is Amigurumi?" to introduce people to the Japanese art of crocheting stuffed animals in case they had never seen it before…

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And on the next page there was a big picture of my Dragon!  Doesn’t he look so sweet?

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It was neat seeing my Dragon pattern typed up nicely in a magazine.  They did a great job with the lay-out as the steps coincided with the pictures along the bottom.  At first when I read the pattern I was a little taken aback as I saw all the double crochets.  I momentarily forgot that single crochets are double crochets in UK crochet terminology! 

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On the following pages was the feature of our family!  I was very flattered by the title of the article: “An Amigurumi Sensation: Creating adorable amigurumi while caring for an equally cute newborn?  It’s all in a day’s work for crochet devotee Stephanie Lau”.  A colleage of Debora’s named Judy sent me about a dozen interview questions to answer back in November.  Myla was less than a month old and I was very sleep-deprived and recovering from labour.  I slowly chipped away at those questions when I felt like I had a little energy and was somewhat coherent, but it felt like an eternity before I finally finished answering all of their questions to the best of my ability.  I think Judy did a wonderful job writing up the article based on my answers!  Some of you said that you learned some new things about me (e.g. my husband Ryan takes all of the lovely photos for the blog!) and that you enjoyed the feature too :)

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It still astounds me how popular Dragon is!  He is definitely my most popular amigurumi and I’ve really enjoyed seeing your versions and hearing your lovely feedback about the pattern.  Some of you have stated that it’s your favourite amigurumi pattern and that you’ve been inspired to learn how to crochet just to make him! 

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Simply Crochet" introduced some new readers to my blog and I am so thankful to have been a part of the launch of such a beautiful new crochet magazine.  The bright images, aesthetic lay-outs and great project ideas (jewelry, items for the home, fashion) make this a very modern magazine that makes crocheting appealing to all generations…no longer is crocheting just a "grandma’s hobby" anyore!  (Side note: I remember teaching my classmate in Grade 6 how to crochet and a boy laughed at us and called us old ladies when he saw what we were doing!).  “Simply Crochet" also has a very lovely blog that you can keep up with here

Thank you so much to the staff of “Simply Crochet" for featuring me and for letting me be a part of your magazine!  And thank you to all our readers for continuing to support, encourage and help inspire us to keep being creative- Ryan and I cannot thank you enough!  We have more new projects coming up (including a new amigurumi that we will be unveiling next week!), and we can’t wait to share them with you :D

I am super excited to share the cover of a new magazine called “Simply Crochet" that will be launching soon!  "Simply Crochet" is "a celebration of all things crochet, and is packed with inspiring patterns, gorgeous photos and helpful advice for those who love or would love to learn to crochet”.  Do you spot someone familiar on the cover?
The first issue will contain my Dragon pattern as well as a feature of my blog and I!  “Simply Crochet" launches in England on January 10 and will be available in the US and Canada in February.  According to their website, you’ll be able to find “Simply Crochet" at Indigo in Canada and at Jo-Ann’s and Barnes and Noble in the US.   It will also be available for purchase from the Apple Newsstand on January 10 as well! 
I am incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy and see what the first issue of “Simply Crochet" looks like since little Dragon and I are being featured and since I love all things crochet :)  I will blog about it once I do!  In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of the magazine HERE to get an idea of what projects and patterns will be featured, as well as a special offer where you can get the first 3 issues for £5 if you live in the UK and $10 if you live in the US or Canada!  You can also check out the beautiful "Simply Crochet" blog HERE and follow them on facebook and twitter for their updates!  Can’t wait!

I am super excited to share the cover of a new magazine called “Simply Crochet" that will be launching soon!  "Simply Crochet" is "a celebration of all things crochet, and is packed with inspiring patterns, gorgeous photos and helpful advice for those who love or would love to learn to crochet”.  Do you spot someone familiar on the cover?

The first issue will contain my Dragon pattern as well as a feature of my blog and I!  “Simply Crochet" launches in England on January 10 and will be available in the US and Canada in February.  According to their website, you’ll be able to find “Simply Crochet" at Indigo in Canada and at Jo-Ann’s and Barnes and Noble in the US.   It will also be available for purchase from the Apple Newsstand on January 10 as well! 

I am incredibly excited to get my hands on a copy and see what the first issue of “Simply Crochet" looks like since little Dragon and I are being featured and since I love all things crochet :)  I will blog about it once I do!  In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peek of the magazine HERE to get an idea of what projects and patterns will be featured, as well as a special offer where you can get the first 3 issues for £5 if you live in the UK and $10 if you live in the US or Canada!  You can also check out the beautiful "Simply Crochet" blog HERE and follow them on facebook and twitter for their updates!  Can’t wait!

Magazine Features

Hmmm…what are Ryan and I reading?

Some super awesome magazines we’ve been featured in!  I was thrilled when Anna M. Park, the editor-in-chief of Audrey Magazine contacted me, saying that she loved my crochet designs and wanted to include some of them in their upcoming spring issue!  Audrey is the “Asian American Women’s Lifestyle Magazine”, and I was so excited when my hard copies came in the mail.  Growing up, I used to read magazines such as “Cosmo Girl”, “Seventeen" and "Teen Vogue”, and I would get very excited whenever I saw an Asian face on a page, which of course was rare.  Audrey highlights Asian-Americans in entertainment, sports, and pop culture in general, and they also feature Asian-American models in their beauty and fashion sections.  I think it’s exciting where the Asian-American community is headed as the cultural landscape diversifies and more Asian-Americans are visible in the media!

Hannah Simone, of Indian and German-Italian-Greek-Cypriot descent and co-star of New Girl is on the cover of the Spring issue!  Previous stars who have graced the cover of Audrey include Jenna Ushkowitz of Glee, Jamie Chung, Freida Pinto, Tia Carrere, Mindy Kaling and Olivia Munn :)

My feature is on the very last page!  They included a large picture of my Dragon as well as a picture of my Spring Bunnies in the corner.  The feature also includes a little bit about me, including my inspiration, my blog name and how I got started in crocheting.  I am so thrilled and honoured to be featured in this great pioneering magazine!

My brother Corey is a big Nintendo fan (I’ve crocheted a Bob-omb and Luigi amiguurmi for him as well as a Pokemon cell phone cozy) and he’s always loved reading Nintendo Power.  I used to flip through his magazines as we played our fair share of Nintendo games together growing up (e.g. Super Mario 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Luigi’s Mansion, etc).  Corey told me about the “Community" section at the back of every issue of the magazine which features fanwork from all around the world.  I thought I would submit the amiugurumi Link I made since I was so proud of how my Hylian shield and accessories turned out!  I was thrilled when I heard back from Nintendo Power as they were very interested in my amigurumi!  Freelance writer and game journalist Nathan Meunier asked me some questions and began writing his article.

I did not know when my Link would be featured, but one day I got an excited message from Corey, telling me that he found Link in the March 2012 issue with Sora of Kingdom Hearts on the cover!

I quickly went out to the store and bought myself a hard copy!  I love the title of our feature: “Lover’s Link" with the description, "This Zelda-inspired amigurumi makes for matrimonial harmony”.  The article highlights how we work as a great husband and wife team and how we wanted to create our own accessories after following Japanese artist Becchin’s original design.  It’s so exciting being featured in a magazine that we used to read growing up! 

Lastly, I was contacted by the wonderful people over at CraftgawkerCraftgawker was being featured in a crafts magazine in the UK called “Crafts Beautiful Magazine" (haha I’ve probably never used the word "crafts" so many times in one sentence before :P).  This magazine wanted to use some images from Craftgawker, so Craftgawker asked if they could have my permission to send them the photo of my amigurumi Dragon!  Of course, I happily obliged and was excited that such an awesome site with so many beautiful images wanted to use one of mine!  Craftgawker has been very instrumental in introducing people to my blog, and I highly recommend you check out their site if you haven’t so already: there are so many gorgeous images of inspiration for free tutorials and wonderful craft ideas.  You can see my Dragon featured on the page that appeared in the magazine!

We are so thankful to be featured in these wonderful magazines, particularly since Nintendo Power and Audrey Magazine are not targeted towards craft or crochet audiences.  They are mainstream magazines that can be bought in stores!  Hopefully some new people will be introduced to the wonderful world of amigurumi and crochet!  Thank you so much for all your continued support, everyone :)

DO.t Magazine Feature

Check out what I just got in the mail!

My own hard copy of DO.t magazine, issue 2Designers of Tumblr is a fantastic site that features the work of designers, ranging from typography, product designs, crafts and more.  I love checking their site to see the creativity and imagination displayed by designers around the world.  I’m thankful to have been able to submit some of my work and have it featured on their blog, exposing my amigurumi to a lot of readers who wouldn’t normally stumble upon my blog.  In their DO.t magazine, they showcase the work of 10 designers, spotlighting the story behind their work, what gives them inspiration, and what hopes they have for the future.

I was thrilled when they first contacted me to be a part of their second issue as this is my first magazine feature!  I’ve been designing amigurumi and running my blog for less than a year (7 months to be exact), so I was honoured to have this recognition so early on.  The DO.t team designed my spread and chose which pictures they wanted to use.  They featured my Link at the beginning!

In total, I had a ten page spread :)  Here we have Valentine Teddy and the Spring Bunnies… 

And next we have my very first original design, Chinese New Year Doll, and the Siu Mai to end off the feature :)

I am so thankful for this opportunity where I got to expand on why I started my blog and some of the inspiration behind my projects.  Check out the issue here and see how you can order a copy for yourself (digital or hard copy).  Thanks again to Elliott and the team over at Designers of Tumblr for this opportunity!

I’m honoured to be 1 of 10 designers featured in the second issue of “DO.t magazine”. Learn more about me and the inspiration behind my blog and crochet projects by following the link and checking out the magazine (I’m on pages 36-45)!  Digital downloads are $1 but sneak peeks of the mag are free (yup, that would be a pic of my siu mai).  THANKS for your support, everyone and thanks for the feature, Designers of Tumblr!

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