Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
My husband is baking my yummy cake and my daughter has decided to make me homemade fudge. She is enjoying her sweet adventure. She plans on putting in caramel and marshmallow as well. I just heard her say that she is sooo licking the spoon when she is done. That's a good sign and I look forward to having my fudge.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
So if you have some time, come on by to say Hi and pick up one of my adorable items for yourself or a young friend. I will also be accepting custom orders of my handknits. Have you been searching for a gorgeous scarf for this season, come to me and look no further. This is your chance to see the quality of my handknits in person!
Chic Boutique '09 is being held Sunday, November 1, from 10:00AM till 3:00PM at Temple Beth David, 100 Hauppauge Road, Commack (map).
Of course, if you can't wait, please feel free to pick up some of my things at abigailsknits.com or my Etsy shop at piefairyprincess.com
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I recently finished a pair of fingerless mittens and mailed them out to a friend (similar to the ones pictured at right). She called today to say how thrilled she was to receive them yesterday and how she was so excited to wear them this morning, since it had gotten chilly by her.
She has a cat who apparently has a habit of stealing one or two particular things from her house and showing up with them later as a "present". There's a dishtowel and a fleece sweatshirt that the cat steals and gives back later, unharmed. What these things have in common is that they are both very soft.
Well, apparently my fingerless mittens are just too soft to resist (they're made from a blended silk and bamboo yarn after all). When my friend excitedly went to grab her new prized possessions from next to the laptop where she had left them, one of them was missing. Just one of them. So clearly the cat has found a new favorite soft plaything. My friend had to leave for work, so there wasn't enough time to go looking for the cat or the mitten. Argh! It will have to be one more day before she gets to wear them for the first time...
It's nice to know that my work is appreciated by humans and felines alike.
You can purchase mittens just like these from my Etsy shop at piefairyprincess.com. And, as always, you can contact me directly if there is anything you would like me to custom-make for you.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Woo Hoo!!! I have been IndieSpotted!!! It was such a nice surprise to discover this today. This is my original design and I can custom handknit it for you in solid colors as well as the multicolored yarns. I have been thinking of knitting one in pink with a brown knitted bow or brown with a pink knitted bow.
Here is the page on IndieSpotting.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Well, it's been a week since the fair in Bridgehampton, and even though it's over, I haven't been able to slow down at all. I have a few custom orders to complete, some new designs I want to work out, and more fairs coming up that I have to put together things for.
I want to thank everyone who came by my tent at the fair last Saturday. It was great to meet some new people, learn what type of handknits interest people the most, and be able to sell some of my adorable handknits to you. It was simply precious to see the looks on the faces of the little ones who were given a new toy to love.
Autumn is coming up soon, and the holidays are not long after that. It's never too soon to think about gifts, especially when they are handmade to order and take a little while to put together. So come check out piefairyprincess.com and abigailsknits.com for some fabulous gift ideas. If you don't see what you're looking for, e-mail me, and I'll do my best to design it for you.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
According to this article in 27east.com:
The Fair will take place on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Corwith House on Montauk Highway. This year’s event celebrating Bridgehampton’s rich history will be bigger than ever and include a craft fair, a program on Long Island’s birds of prey by the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center and a puppet show by Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre. Long Island Folk artists will demonstrate their talents under a tent all day, and a vintage baseball doubleheader will pit Smithtown’s Atlantics against the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Orators. Blacksmithing by James DeMartis in the historic Strong Wheelwright Shop will complement a vintage tractor and farm engine display. A large model train exhibition will be run by the Gerry Manders in the society’s Engine Barn. Live music will be provided by Americana band Edna’s Kin under a huge tent. Admission is only $5 for adults, and children under 12 get in for free.
Here is a map of the Corwith House in Bridgehampton at 2368 Montauk Highway (although Google Maps says it’s actually Sag Harbor), with links for driving directions.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
As loyal readers of this blog know, I currently have two sites: my knit-to-order site at abigailsknits.com, and my mostly-ready-made site on Etsy at piefairyprincess.etsy.com. There's often a problem telling people the URL of my Etsy store, because people are mostly used to a website being whatever dot com.
So, in order to get a web address that's easier to remember, as well as to make sure that I'm the only Pie Fairy Princess out there, I just acquired the domain PieFairyPrincess.com. If you go to this URL, it will automatically direct you to my Etsy shop. But now it will be much easier for me to tell people how to get to my site.
It's not a big thing, but I'm still a little excited about it. Stop by and visit if you get a chance!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
When I found this pattern, it was love at first sight. I usually design my own handknits, but for the longest time, I have wanted to knit a monster. So I was thrilled to find this pattern by Danger Crafts available. I decided to grab some cotton yarn and just go for it. Each day I create a new monster, but they’re so cute, are they really monsters? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
My first one was Eek-o, and then of course he had to have a female counterpart, so Eek-ette was number two. My idea was an “eco-friendly” monster, so I stayed very neutral for Eek-o, and added a little pink for Eek-ette.
If hearing about how these were made is the kind of thing that really excites you, these were handknitted by me on two circular bamboo needles, using one hundred percent cotton yarn. Do you have any idea how hard it is to knit cotton on bamboo needles? It’s a very slow-going process. Not so slippery as if they were metal needles, but enjoyable nonetheless. They're also made with safety eyes, and each monster's mouth is hand cut out of felt.
So, sure, these are a work of art, but I think they’re more a work of love. I have loved knitting each and every one of these little monsters, and if you’re interested in having one of your very own little monsters, please contact me. I can customize them to match your home decor, your school colors, your favorite sports team, or whatever you like.
Eek-o and Eek-ette are available for sale on Etsy here and here. Thanks for looking!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Knitting is my job. It's a blessing that I can do something I love for my job. In these times, we all have to do something to contribute to the bottom line in a family, and, aside from being a Mom (which is a full time job in itself), I decided that knitting would be my financial contribution to this family.
Other DIY'ers and hand crafters know what I'm talking about when I say that you can never really get paid for your time. You spend uncountable hours making something, and then it comes time to price it. If you try to give yourself a decent hourly wage, the item will be more expensive than anyone is willing to pay. If you try to give the item a reasonable price, then you're being paid slave wages. And then sometimes if an item doesn't sell, you're tempted to lower the price, and every price cut is painful -- not because you'll be taking ten percent less -- but because it's like you're valuing yourself and your work less.
DIY'ers and hand crafters will also recognize my frustration with people who don't realize how much time and effort goes into this vocation, who think it is just a pastime or a hobby. Nearly every waking minute not spent caring for my home responsibilities is spent on my work, just to make a few dollars. I pour my heart and soul into this. It is a labor of love. To those who understand this and who appreciate my work enough to spend a small amount of money on one of my items, you have my sincere gratitude. You will never really know how much it means to me. Thank you.
Come see my items on Etsy or my own site.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
When they were playing, they heard an announcement. The Puppety Wuppeties heard announcements sometimes, and they were very exciting. "Attention! All Puppety Wuppeties in Puppet Cove!"
Everyone stopped what they were doing and listened to the announcement. "There has been an adoption! A pair of Puppety Wuppeties has been adopted!"
Wow! This was what all the Puppety Wuppeties waited for every day. It was the best thing in the world. Getting adopted meant that some lucky pair of twins would get a new kid to play with and to keep warm.
The announcement continued, "Today, the pair of Puppety Wuppeties that has been adopted is... Blooey and Looey! Congratulations!"
It was Blooey and Looey! Hurray! They were so happy. Blooey and Looey dropped the ball they were playing with and ran off to get their things. They couldn't wait to meet their new owner. They would keep his or her hands warm all winter and they could all play together!
It was the best day of their lives!!!
Adopt your own Puppety Wuppeties here.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
What does this mean? Well it means that... There I am! Right there, top left, best position on the page! Yay me!
It's pretty cool, I think. The woman who runs this treasury has tons of awesome creations to pick from to list in her treasury, and she picked mine as the featured item to show off.
Maybe one of you wonderful readers will agree with the treasury's editor and purchase one of these hats to adorn the head of some deserving youngster...
Monday, March 16, 2009
Last night, I was in a forum where the topic was "Follow". If you follow me, then I will follow you. I thought, "Great, how hard could this be?" I joined the forum, and I was very sleepy and couldn't keep my eyes open, so I left it explaining that I would hopefully get some followers today.
Husband is at work, children are in school. It's quiet, and I saw that I got my first follower. That made my morning. Thank you. So I figured I would just click on a pic and follow. Boy was I mistaken. I've never felt dumber in my life. It got even worse when I finally got a window to pop up and it said follow but it was showing Pie Fairy Princess. Huh? Ok, so maybe it's not going to go to follow me, maybe this is just how it shows up. CLICK! OH NO!!! Pie Fairy Princess now has 2 followers, can you guess who number 2 is? That's right, it's my lucky day. I am freaking out because now I look like a complete idiot. It's official, I am really following myself. Now, how do I go about quickly deleting me following myself? Finally, I found a "delete follower" button, and I was hoping it wasn't going to delete my entire BLOG which my husband had spent time setting up for me. Whooo, big, huge sigh of relief. I am back to one follower, and I no longer follow myself!!!
As you can see, I still haven't figured out how to follow others. Maybe I should just stick to the knitting. I can't believe that I was just sitting staring at the computer and had this horrible feeling of being locked in this screen without the proper buttons to click on. All you professional bloggers out there, have you ever had this experience or any idiotic experience navigating your BLOG? Tell me your Blogging duh moment.
Anyway, never mind about all that. I sell handknits. Buy some already, will ya?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Ok so every time I think of spring, I can't help thinking of this little song from Little Bill from many years ago. But enough about that. Babies love to go for a stroll in their strollers in the beautiful weather. But as sunny as it is, there is still a little chill in the air. And what a better way protect their cute little bald heads than with one of my handknit original girly bow hats?
When you're taking your baby out, maybe, just maybe when the old man sees your baby in her stroller, he'll know she's a girl, because he'll see the big bow on the hat. No guarantees here though! I can only guarantee that she'll look absolutely darling in it. One hundred percent adorable cuteness.
So check out the hat and customize one for your baby, a matching one for your toddler, and all of their friends, and become part of the Bows for Baldies club!
See more about the Baby or Toddler Hat with Girly Handknit Bow here.
They can be worn 2 different ways. One as regular mittens with the thumb in the thumb position or two by putting your hand straight in with your fingers on top for the top of the mouth and your thumb on the bottom for the bottom of the mouth. This would be puppet mode.
They love going for long walks or waiting with you at the bus stop for the schoolbus and of course riding the schoolbus and meeting all of your friends and making new friends. Show and Tell is one of their favorite things to do. Great gifts for shy children and children with vivid imaginations.
An original design by Pie Fairy Princess. They are fun and functional. Beautifully handknit with yarn that's soft and feels great against childrens hands. Real mittens that will keep their hands warm and also provide them with some entertainment (No batteries required!). Great for children who refuse to wear their mittens. Now your children's hands will be warm and they will just think that you let them wear their new toy puppets outside!
I have had such a fun time creating these Puppety Wuppeties and I hope that you will have as much fun wearing and playing with them!
You can order Puppety Wuppeties from Etsy here!
I will be using this blog to talk about my products, my business, and other topics which will hopefully be of interest to people who like handknits or knitting.
Thanks for reading!