Friday, November 26, 2010

Etsy's BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY

Welcome to the time of year of great deals and good steals!  You can find great deals throughout Etsy by searching here

As a seller, I don't want to be left behind, so I've got a 20% off sale on my entire store.  Yay!

Take a look at cute items for baby girls, baby boys (including the popular earflap hats!), teen girls and women!  My store features booties, hats, bags, hair accessories, sweaters, and crochet patterns.  I'm always open to personal requests, so let me know what you have in mind.  The 20%-off-deal even counts on custom orders

Hurry, because this offer continues only through Monday, November 29th, 2010!  Take a look at my shop for current litsings:
AnnaVirginia Fashioneering Shop
Check out my website for ideas from my portfolio:
AnnaVirginia Fashion Official Site
Become a fan on Facebook:
AnnaVirginia Fashion Facebook Page

Monday, November 22, 2010

Baby Flapper-Girl Hat *Pattern*


UPDATE: Do you need to make some cute booties to go with this hat? Check out my free pattern: Baby Booties for Boy or Girl!
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Here is a blog-post version of my baby hat pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute as your own.  Since I sell these hats, please do not make them for personal profit.






Baby Flapper-Girl Hat
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat
If you have questions about this pattern or need help with a particular problem, let me know! I'm happy to answer any questions.  You can leave a comment below or email me at shopannavirginia@gmail.com.                                                 Access FREE PDF here.

Hooks: Newborn hat, (14” or 35.5 cm), use use 4.0 mm (G)
0-3 mos, (16” or 40.5 cm) hat, use 4.0 mm (G)
3-6 mos, (17” or 44.5 cm) hat, use 5.0 mm (H)
6-12 mos, (19” or 48 cm) hat, use 5.5 mm (I)
Gauge: Using a 4.0 mm (G) hook, 16 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) of dc
Yarn:  Peaches & Crème OR Sugar ‘n Cream 4-ply Worsted cotton yarn.
Skeins: One 2.5 oz skein.

*Notes: Beginning Ch 3 does NOT count as a dc.  Begin first st instructions in the same st as the chs.  Numbers in parentheses are the st count at the end of the round.
 
CAP
Rnd 1: Ch 4. 
10 dc in first ch.  Sl st to top of first dc, forming a circle. (10)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat
Rnd 2: Ch 3
2 dc in each st.  Sl st to top of first dc. (20)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat
Rnd 3: Ch 3
2 dc, 1 dc.  Repeat to end of rnd.
 Sl st to top of first dc.  (30)
Rnd 4: Ch 3
           2 dc, 1 dc in next two sts.  Repeat to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.  (40)
Rnd 5 (Skip for Newborn hat): Ch 3
           2 dc, 1 dc in next three sts.  Repeat to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.  (50)
Rnds 6-10 (Skip 10 for Newborn hat):
           Ch 3
           1 dc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.  (50)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat
 

BRIM
Rnd 11: Shell st as follows: Sc in st, Sk 1 st, (dc 5 times) in next st, sk 1 st. 
           Repeat shell st to end of round.  In last 4 sts: make shell, sk 2 sts, sc in last st and sl st to first sc.
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat

Fasten off, weave in loose end.

Weave ribbon as desired (fastest way is by threading ribbon through a yarn needle) in Round 9, tie a bow.
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat

EMBELLISH
Add contrasting color border to lower part of cap, stripes, or add flowers, buttons and/or embroidery.
Done!
AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat
UPDATE 11/9/2012:  A lot of you have asked for a diagram, so here is the little picture I drew up in paint. This is what I have emailed to those who have requested it!  Click on the picture to see it enlarged.

AnnaVirginia Fashion: FREE Crochet Pattern Flapper-Girl Baby Hat


If you used and appreciated this or any other free pattern on my site, please consider donating (link above right) or purchasing via my Ravelry Shop.  Thanks!
  


Copyright © 2010 AnnaVirginia Fashioneering
This pattern is licensed for personal use only. 
No item made using this pattern may be sold.
All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Black Friday Tradition

Welcome to the season of sales!  I love this time of year for other reasons, but as a seller this year, I'm proud to announce that I have items in my shop that will be exclusively on sale for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday time frame!

This is a great time to purchase the items you've been wanting, since my entire shop (including custom orders) will be at 20% off.  What a deal!

The Black Friday sale I'm participating in is sponsored by the EtsyMom Team.  At the blog and via Etsy Search (EtsyMomSale) you will find my items as well as items from other members of the EtsyMom team who are also providing discounts or free shipping on their items.  Find out what the shops are providing for your holiday gift search here.

Here's to hoping you support sellers that create their own items!  Buy Handmade!  And here's a Gift Guide Treasury to showcase some awesome items from the EtsyMom Team!

Check out my shop details:
Shop http://www.shopannavirginia.etsy.com
Blog http://annavirginiafashion.blogspot.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/annavirginia
Website http://www.annavirginia.moonfruit.com
Email: annavirginiafashion@gmail.com

Sunday, November 14, 2010

More Hats!

Earflap Hats for Girls
Swirl Puff Stitch Beanie












Newsie Hat


I'm adding more hats to my shop!  I've got some original designs of my own in there - let me know if there is interest in a pattern and I can direct you where to go or work something up. :)  Or, go to my shop to purchase!

Also, I've been working on a Sweetheart Neckline vest and sweater for my mom and sister, respectively.  The one for my mom is black Caron Simply Soft, and the one for my sister is lavender Bernat Baby Coordinates (called soft mauve). These are going to be really cool!
Slouch Hat

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Baby Boys

Our little family is expecting a new addition to our family in March.  We had the ultrasound this week which revealed that our baby is a BOY!  Because we had a girl first, I mostly have clothing items for girls, so now I'm on the lookout for cute baby boy clothes.  I've seen quite a few handsome items so I want to make a list and share. 

Baby Onesie with Ties - so cute for church and other nice occasions!  I'm so going to get something like this!
bkdboutique
littlecutepea

Also, a tie for the boy when he's gotten a little bigger:
BabyByBrooke
Baby boy hats (some are my own - I'm going to make ones just for our little man soon!):
OopsIKnitItAgain
shopannavirginia
Baby boy shoes:
lcraft
HeathersTreasureBox
abitofstring

Baby boy pants:
dressbabybeautiful
babyalamode
DressesbyKelly
 Baby boy vests:
AvaBellesCloset
shopannavirginia
And a couple of other faves:
lilgigglegirl
individualababy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Holiday Creations

Baby Boy Blue
Forest Green and Cream
A very popular item on the market, especially for babies, are Ear Flap Hats.  Here are my ear flap hats at my shop.
Custom
Neopolitan
Cream, Green and Navy
Black, Red and White
These hats can be made in various color schemes (ask me!), or for any age.  Many hats are ready-made, which means I can send them off as soon as possible!
Navy, Green, Maroon and Cream

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Baby BYU Hat - HOW TO - Phototutorial


A lady asked me several weeks ago to write up a pattern for the baby boy hats that I make.  I did, and I've gotten lots of sales on that pattern!  Thanks for the idea, Carrie! She also wanted to know how I did the "Y" on the hats, so here's a photo tutorial explaining what I did. 

You'll need a hat that's already crocheted (follow links for patterns to my hats), a piece of contrasting yarn, and a yarn needle (they are thick, blunt needles with a big eye).


Here's a close-up look at the hat I did, and a sketch of the stitches.  Also, the BYU logo is there to show you the "Y" that I was trying to copy. You should be able to click on the pictures and get a bigger image.  You can then print off a copy so that you can follow the stitch pattern.


I started at the bottom four stitches, so that I could anchor where the "Y" was going to sit.  You might also try starting at a different position, but that's what worked for me.


Next I proceeded up the trunk of the "Y" and this part was pretty simple.  I'd probably suggest doing the other side of the trunk at this time as well, because it might be easier to match-up the arms of the "Y" later on.
  

Just finish the sides of the arms of the "Y."  If you did like me, you'll need to still finish the other side of the trunk.  It was a little tricky here for me to see where the left arm of the "Y" needed to end, and I was running low on the yarn I'd cut!


A finished "Y!"  Now, you'll see this lovely "girl-version" of the BYU hat in my shop shortly. :)

Let me know if you have questions!  Hopefully the pictures help - I don't know what else to say with them that makes much of a difference!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Holiday Goodies #6

RIPE Bananas
This gift idea is on my mind because I've got some bananas sitting on my counter that look something like this picture! 

A great way to use soft, browning bananas is in Banana Bread.  Most people seem to love banana bread, so why not make it for gifts?

One way to stretch out the bread is to make Banana Bread Muffins (use your cupcake pan and liners) or bake mini loafs, using small pans like these.  Share what you love and add nuts or chocolate chips to the batter when baking. 

Here's a recipe that you can use (and modify to your taste!) that has been a hit where ever I have shared the bread.  One lady even told me that it made her think of the Banana Bread her grandma used to make!  That's a huge compliment!
BANANA BREAD
3 bananas
1/2 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. milk
SET oven to 350 degrees.
MASH the bananas and set aside.  CREAM together margarine and sugar.  ADD one egg at a time to creamed sugar, beating well after each additional egg.  MIX in the mashed bananas. IN SMALL bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.  ALTERNATE adding milk and dry ingredients to egg mixture, mixing at medium speed just until well mixed.  ADD nuts or chocolate chips if desired.
BAKE for about 40 minutes in two medium loaf pans that have been lightly sprayed (or two batches of 12 muffins with liners, or about 6 mini loafs).
Original recipe from Edna Brinkerhoff.
Banana Bread Gifts


Once the bread has cooled, wrap up the loaves or muffins in saran wrap and tie off with a ribbon. Add a handmade (or store bought) tag to add a personal holiday touch.

Sometimes I like to include a copy of the recipe for the recipient.  A lot of people seem to have allergies to certain foods, so I want to give them the opportunity to know what's in the recipe without having to embarrass them if they had to ask. And, if they loved the bread, they can make it themselves afterward!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Etsy Teams

What are Etsy Teams and what are they good for?

If you're an Etsy seller, it's a great way to connect with veterans of the system, find others who are similar in lifestyle or location to you, and network to hopefully boost your shop's popularity. 

The Winning Team
I'm in a couple of Etsy teams, and this is where you can find out about them:
EtsyMom Street Team
for moms who make handmade things
Handmade in Vegas
for crafters in Las Vegas
LDS Members of Etsy
for members or friends of the LDS Church who make things on Etsy

and I'm part of the charter members of a new group that makes Treasuries:
Selection Perfection

In Etsy words, Teams are:
Teams is a community feature on Etsy where you can connect with other members. With Teams, you can gather at the crossroads of our marketplace and community, meet people with common interests, and collaborate. The Teams feature makes it easy for you to join an existing team or to create, maintain, and promote a new one. It's also a way for shoppers to browse by theme or location and find shops that might interest them.
Read more here.

Etsy is changing the way they manage teams - this is great!  Most groups have had to make independent blogs, forums, social networks, and etc to connect it's members.  Team applications had to go through Etsy Admin, which would only go through once a month.  Now, Etsy has specific team pages that feature groups, with search capabilities and  more independent application process (within the team, rather than going up to the administration). 

Right now, teams are migrating into the new system.  It was opened to Etsy public on Tuesday earlier this week.  You can join or apply to teams that are set up, by looking through the teams that are available.  Soon, you'll be able to make your own teams via this system.

LOVE Nursing Necklace
I think teams are great, because I've found out so much more information in a shorter time than otherwise.  Thanks to my teams, I know about CraftCult, Craftopolis, two of many independent sites that help with keeping track of a shop.  I've also come to find many great shops like these:
Stones of Healing, Lil Princess Bowtique, Claire & Me, Hadlies Headbands, Time Captured, RubyVegas Designs and the list goes on....

So, checkout Etsy Teams today, and find out how they can help you.