Archive | February, 2011

Winter Wonderland

19 Feb

Living at 3000 ft. elevation in Northern California definitely has some advantages.  We have property, we don’t have neighbors right next door peering in on our every move, we have that small town feel, and best of all, occasionally, we get to wake up to mornings like this.

We only get snow a couple of times each year so it is pretty exciting to wake up and see the back deck looking as it did this morning.  Although we haven’t had much snow at our house, we are only 45 minutes away from the local ski resorts.  That being said, last weekend we took Keegan up to try out skiing for his first time.  We didn’t have many expectations seeing as he is barely 2 (25.5 months to be exact).  We stopped to get some boots for him before heading to the slopes.  He was NOT a fan of the boots!  He cried inconsolably as we buckled his feet into them.  We pressed on, determined to at least make it to the resort, but figuring we would set foot on the snow just to turn around and take our unhappy toddler back home and back into normal shoes.  Upon arriving at the ski resort, we were pleasantly surprised, the crying had given way to actual excitement.  The first thing Keegan said as the ski lift came into view was, “I want to play up there”.  Hope was renewed.

He changed from a crying toddler to an eager kid that really wanted to ski.  We took him up to the bunny hill to start.  We didn’t bring any ski equipment or clothing for ourselves as we figured our day at the slopes wouldn’t be a long one.

I snapped a few quick pictures of Keegan with the skis on, since I wasn’t sure how long he would tolerate them.  This one has my husband Phil and Keegan together.  Phil and I took turns riding up the ‘magic carpet’ with Keegan as he ‘skied’ down.  HE LOVED IT!  He did not cry once during the entire 2 hours of skiing.  He saved the crying for when we had to stop to eat some lunch and for when we told him it was time to leave.   

Here he is in action.  He wasn’t moving very fast, and the hill wasn’t that steep, but he is 2 and he was skiing and he loved it.  You have to keep things in perspective here.

All in all, the day was a complete success!  I can’t wait to take him back and actually ride the lift with him.  It will be a whole different ball game when he can pick up some real speed.  Phil is going to have to take one for the team and ski Keegan between his legs since I haven’t actually skied in years and I don’t know how it would work with me on a snowboard and Keegan on skis.  It will be an adventure for sure!

After the sun reappeared today, we went out and played in the 4 inches of wonderful white stuff that had accumulated on the deck.  This was the fruit of our labor.

Frosty is modeling one of my newest designs.  A wrap over style that has 3 vintage buttons on one side.

I think I got a little carried away, but I really like using Frosty as a model this afternoon.

 

 

 

Tragedy Averted

4 Feb

Good News!  Yesterday I located Keegan’s previously ‘lost’ kap!  It went with his dirty clothes through the washer and dryer before making a reappearance.  Good News is that it survived the trip without incident and is now softer than ever.  Here is Keegan showing off the freshly laundered garment.

 

I seriously LOVE this hat, almost as much as the little guy wearing it.  Okay, not really, but I do think this kap is great and I sorta want to make an adult sized version in my size. 

Whew!

2 Feb

The boutique was a lot of work, but I was really pleased with how it went.  I sold about 1/2 of the hats that I prepared, but more importantly, I got a lot of positive feedback.  I had my first special order.  A hat for a 9 yr. old with a matching hat for her American Girl doll.  It was fun to make something so specific.  I delievered the completed hats today, so I’m excited to hear how they liked them. 

Tonight I spent some time with what I think might be my new best friend: Etsy.  I got my Etsy shop up and running with 7 listed hats.  At this point I am only listing hats I actually have, not hats I can make.   I looked at several other shops selling similar items and I noticed they just list a generic photo of their products and then make them to order.  I think that is a good idea, but I’m not there yet.  At this point I am only comfortable listing things I already have made.  We will see how the 7 items do.

Here is a link to my Etsy shop page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/keeganskaps

Check it out if you get a chance.

I made a super awesome hat for Keegan this past weekend!  As he continues to grow, I find I need to keep updating his kaps.  He wore it to the Home and Garden Expo we went to on Sunday.  We had a really great time looking at all the awesome stuff you can do with your landscaping……however we made one vital error.  We forgot the stroller, forgot the backpack, forgot a leash (j/k I don’t condone the use of dog supplies on your children) we somehow forgot any sort of restraint system.  Which, as I’m sure you can imagine led to a very LONG day.  Keegan didn’t want to hold hands while walking, he wanted to run around like a banshee.  He wanted to run circles around us, which makes trying to get through a crowded exhibition hall a little difficult to say the least.  He didn’t want to be held. (read – wiggly, jiggly, octopus) The only consolation we could find was the dum-dum lollipops several of the vendors had out.  Those very well may have been our saving grace.  With lollipop in mouth, Keegan would happily sit on Phil or my shoulders indefinitely.  Today I attempted to locate the kap I mentioned at the start of this story…. It is no where to be found.  I’m pretty sure we lost it in all the chaos of our adventure on Sunday.  I’m pretty bummed, but I know I can just make another.  The part that makes me the most sad is not that we lost it.  I’m actually pretty excited at the prospect of someone else finding the hat and loving it.  I’m most sad that I don’t have any sort of tag or label on there to refer them back here.  So, that being said,  my next big buisness purchase will be some sort of sew-in labels for all my kaps.  I’m reaserching ideas now, but I’m not 100% sold on anything I’ve found.

And now for a quick photo. 

This little hat was a special request from a co-worker.  I really love how it turned out and will definitely be making some more just like it.  I plan on making more for the boutique show I’m a vendor at in March.  Yes, you read that right.  I was asked to do another boutique show!  It is in March, so I have a little time to prepare myself.