Top {Knot}ch Props

I started a facebook page specifically for this blog. I feel that there is a disconnect with my other page with regard to crafting, mostly knotty things.  Please do check it out if you have a moment (@CraftmanicMommy on FB)…most of the stuff that is there is from the last several years as well as my newest stuff.

Completed tonight the set of four pokemon hats for my friend’s daughters’ halloween costumes. I so hope they fit!

i did have to rework the squirtle’s face. It just wasn’t cute enough!

Can you tell?

On the holiday front, I have three orders; two mermaid tails and a unicorn beanie. fun, fun! I hope I get them done in time! these tails are going to be 48″ tall and I have yet to only make a baby size. I will be crocheting like mad! As if I don’t already!

Ooh! I received some pics of my client’s baby in her stuff!

So cute!!!

I am not sure where to go from here about rebranding. Do you like the name Top {Knot}ch Props? Or more personally Crochet RayRay? My coworkers for years have called me Ray Ray and it stuck. I kinda like it🙂 I may have to just design a new logo and go from there.

 I really want to add some cute tags to my stuff. I saw some awesome things on etsy that I just love! Being the crafty person I am though, I want to make them myself! I asked my husband for a CNC engraving machine. He initially said no because they can be pretty pricey but I libbied my case! He said we can consider one after the holidays. Yes! He wanted to know why I wanted it and I said to make my own tags, although I am already dreaming of what else to make!

oh, the crafting wheels are turning!!

T minus 90some days

Til my birthday! I look forward to each year more and more.

I’ve skipped past all other notable days and holidays. So much hype. My little guy has been asking me for a week if it is Halloween yet (aka candy day). And if we can go to the pumpkin patch. I do believe this is his favorite holiday.

Tomorrow is my eldest son’s birthday. 17. I just cannot believe it. I made tandy cake. Not so successfully. I didn’t have peanut butter, just PB2. That was okay. But then I used dark chocolate chips for the icing. It didn’t quite set. The cake is right though! Edible, at least.

His plans are to see the new Tim Burton movie with some friends. I am the designated driver. Although I am not sure what time we are going since that was all left up to him. I suppose it will work out.

Has anyone seen it yet? I do love Tim Burton!

Um, what have I been doing?

Sometimes I think I am such a slacker. I totally can be. Then there are other times I feel so overwhelmed. I can’t seem to discern between them because the reaction is the same. 

Disconnect. Resignation. Disinterest.

Yet, I know I must be doing something since projects do get finished. It’s like being on auto-drive. Just going through the motions. Forging forward with any real awareness. 

There have been several side jobs I have completed. Shirts for a local food truck. My brother in law did the equilment install on their truck. These were fun. I have some bandanas and a few other shirts that will say Real Tacos. Real Taste.

The other fun shirts were for a brother of a regular customer of mine. He has some political aspirations. LOL.

And I am craft show prepping. I have 4 shows so far for the holiday season.

Lots of goat milk for soaping!! Can’t wait.

Speaking of holiday season, I have commissions for Halloween. Pokemon hats! A family we have been been friends with have four daughters and their family makes a fun to-do of dressing up. I love their themes. I love making Pokemon stuff. Squirtle, Pikachu, Snorlax and the one hasn’t decided yet.

And I was also asked to make a full-size mermaid tail blanket for another family friend. I’m excited because I just can’t wait to see the little girl’s face! 

So, it seems like I’m gonna be a busy mama, as if I am not already. I hope everyone else has a fun holiday season to prep for!

Summer Lovin’

Man, I just love summer! So much going on and we have lots of activity!

Last weekend, the whole family went ATV riding on some local trails and camped out. It was a relaxing and exciting day through the mountains. I had never been with my boys and didn’t think I would enjoy much but I did! My little guy just had a blast!

He just loved it.
This week my family has come in to visit. We have a fun trip to NYC planned and today we are shopping at a flea market type place called the Windmill in Oleans, NY. It is a quaint place! And then later we are going out to my grandparents’ lake cottage and have some water fun with the jet skis and swimming. My little guy loves to swim. Yesterday we were at Knoebel’s, a fab fun amusement park in Elysburg, Pa. We go usually once a year and they look forward to it. Derek loves the Sploosh, a waterslide ride on a big boat thing. He gets soaking wet!

he is too cute!
How are your summer plans going?

Piece of Pie! 

Not cake.

We missed strawberry picking this year😦 I even bought a huller for the occasion and now it shall wait til next year. It is not like we are suffereing a strawberry loss. There are 8 half pints of jam yet on the deep freezer.

However, my eagle-eye husband saw that there was blueberry picking up the road. Apparently, there has always been blueberry picking and I have not noticed. Um, we’ve lived on this road for 8.5 years, I don’t know how I missed such a thing! He says it is because I am on my phone yabbing and not paying attention. Maybe there is a kernal of truth there…

In any case, we set off for berry picking!

My boys diligently picking away.

Someone went for the green ones…thankfully only a bit, so not too much paid for unripe berries. Total, there was about 18.5 pounds.

My plans were jam and pie filling. I made a dozen half pints of jam and one pie. The rest I froze. My dear husband reminded me that I needed to bring something to the family picnic. So, I set off for pie making.

I had never made a pie before. Other than taking one out of the box and defrosting. I don’t own a rolling pin because I am realy not much of a baker. I even had to buy pie pans. I used a water bottle tumbler for rolling.

I messed up once with rolling each crust. I just couldn’t figure out how to really get it off the cutting board. Then I saw a photo of the crust on the rolling pin and rolling the crust off! I need one I see now if I keep up on this pie making.

mmm…pie filling! I sorely underestimated the amount of sugar that blueberry proccessing took. That is why I ended up freezing so many. I also was nervous with how sweet the pie was going to be. I used two different recipes and kinda morphed them together. I googled blueberry pie recipes and chose the Betty Crocker version and Perfect Blueberry Pie filling on I didnt have lemon rind and so just used lemon juice and I only used cinnamon, no nutmeg. And I did an egg wash on the crust. I had a small split in my tpo crust but that was okay since I had to cut slits. I also fluted the crust. I had to look that up as well. Not sure if my “flute” really was formed right lol I tried!

I bought those pie crust protectors because I hate burnt crust and my pie was not going to have such things happen to it. Isn’t she a beaut!!

My family said it was the best blueberry pie. My job is done. I just love how tangy sweet it is and oh so fresh! I feel Betty Crocker in my spirit!

I did also make some muffins…I wasn’t really impressed by the flavor. I wish they had been a little sweeter and I attempted brown sugar in the second batch, they were a bit better. My husband had wished I had those big sugar crystals and so do I. Three dozen muffins. I baked for 8 hours. My feet and back were so sore.

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend for those in the States. Independence day is one of my favorite holidays. I truly remember how free I feel. We had a rainy night but it didn’t deter us. My little guy just loves the fireworks!

We did have one other damper on our day. Someone called the police on my teen for driving in the creek. The boys have blazed some trails along the creek enbankment and often drive in the water. We were told there had been several calls. The police didn’t have any care about how they were driving in the neighborhood just as long as they don’t get hit by a car; the problem was with the Department of Conservation. FYI, in Pa it is illegalto drive around in the creeks. You must forge the most direct path across because there is damage to the substrate environment. That was a $200 lesson. Now we know they can drive on the roads; just not in the water!

Festival Weekend

I hope everyone enjoyed their Father’s Day celebrating the fave males in your life…Each year my husband looks forward to the annual bluegrass festival that is near us ao he can relax and do nothing but listen to music.

This year was extra exciting because we had a swimming adventure that had an unfortunate event; our friend’s vehicle had the radiator bust! Thankfully my husand and his brother was able to fix it.

While we were sitting aroubf listening to the music, I was also able to work on my little peacock baby prop. And i just finished it! This pic is upside down.

this is the photo my friend took when she found some peacock feathers.

love love. I now have at least one more to make and several interesteds. There is some tweaking I am going to do with how the feathers lay so they are more fluid next time but all in all, I am pleased.

Next up, mermaid tails!

Perfect Purple

The search is over for the perfect shade of purple!! If you are interested, I bought it on Amazon : Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Violet. 

So, I have had cobalt, magenta, orchid, purple in several different brands. None every quite being the purple I love.

The only other thing I need to know is how many washes this lasts. Every other one comes out in 4-5 washes. 

I definitely have to bleach my hair to get color to show. Note how black my top is…I did put color all the way to my crown to see if my silvery grays would be colored. Yes! The other colors didn’t cover them.

I am gonna rock purple hair all summer!!!!! 

whooo’s gonna be cute?

I just finished this newborn cocoon and am waiting on yarn for a mermaid one.

I also finished a military themed set. too adorable! And some Tshirts. i am making another one of these for my little guy.

Put in our garden over the holiday weekend. Plants are sprouting! This was taken before I planted the peppers and tomatoes. Probably could have put more in but last year i felt crowded and i decided to try to trellis the cucumbers. we will see how this works. 

Overall, I have had a busy spring. I just kept putting off posting. Now it is almost summer so those adventures are soon to come!

Hope everyone has been enjoying the weather here in the States. I am a summer lover and thrive in the warmth. I think it is my tropical genes lol