Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rawr! (says the Monster Hat)

Update: Monster Hats and Dragon Hats are back in the shop after the summer hiatus! Find them here.

The Monster Hat has finally made it’s debut on Etsy. It took me for-freaking-ever to get these guys made, photographed, and listed in the shop, but I’m using the fact that I had a ton of custom orders to get through as my excuse for that. I still have some custom hats to make, but I am really trying to get more done for the shop whenever I have a free minute.

I have to say that I love the Monster Hat. I really had no idea how well they would go over when I started making them. I really just designed it because I knew that Sir would love to have a hat that looked like a monster and oddly, I couldn’t find a pattern for what I had in mind. I made three, one of which came out horribly and has been tossed into a box never to be heard from again, before I came up with THE design. I have since had to tweak the design to make various sizes (including adult sizes!). Now that I have the patterns down, I can whip them out fairly quickly, but they are still a bit labor intensive mostly due to the detail work involved.

I have to admit, I was getting a little bored of making the same hat over and over. That is how the Dragon Hat came to be. The Dragon Hat is fun and ferocious and uses the same basic design of the Monster Hat. I currently have one Dragon Hat available in the shop, with more on the way soon.

I am also working on a few other variations that I am very excited about. I just hope I can get them designed and made before winter is over!

I can do either hat in pretty much any color combination and size that one might need. I actually love doing custom hats, so if you know anyone who might want one (or ten), don’t hesitate to let me know!

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Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

Seriously, you tell me (if there’s even anyone out there reading this, that is). I am ashamed at how long I have been absent from this blog. I don’t really have any good excuse (except maybe that I was doing a lot of work on custom orders), but I do have a collection of fairly lame ones – recurring illness, family visits, birthday party hecticness (yes, I made that word up), and general slackassery (another made up word), just to name a few.

For anyone who may be wondering, my 365 project hasn’t fallen by the wayside entirely. I have still been taking photos daily (excluding those days when I was too weak to hold up my camera). I just haven’t had time or energy to post them. I plan to start working on catching up with posting ASAP. For the days that I have missed, I will fill in with photos from ‘the archives’. I cannot begin to express how disappointed I am in myself for missing days. I was looking forward to ending this project by saying, ‘I took a photo every single day for a whole year.’ Now, I can’t say that and, in my mind, that is the ultimate failure.

I also have some major catching up to do on my Etsy shop. I have been mass producing (in as much as one person can mass produce anything) Monster Hats and now Dragon Hats. They are standing by patiently awaiting the day when I have time to photograph them properly and put them in the shop. I had several custom orders that kept me very busy last month and I’m ordering a bunch of new colors this week, as my yarn stock is (amazingly) beginning to dwindle.

In the coming weeks, I hope to be able to catch up on recipes that I have been meaning to post as well. I am also working on a project that I hope to share with some of my fellow parents out there – more on that later.

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