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I've been crocheting for over 30 years, and come from a family of yarn and fabric artisans. I learned to sew from my Grandmother who made several quilts a year entirely by hand...one for each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild. Life situations and changes caused me to take a chance and open my first Etsy shop in Feb. 2011. A few successful months later, I opened my second Etsy shop as BeccaTheBaker...and later in 2011 opened my third Etsy shop as BeyondCrochetToo. I'm a single mother of 2 teenagers (a girl and a boy), plus 2 cats. I'm a 5th generation Native Californian (Northern California. And am happy to be back on the West Coast in the Pacific Northwest where I belong.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Listings: Here Kitty, Kitty!

My multi-colored Sitting Pretty Kitty has been getting some good attention, so I've added two more kitties - Black Kitty with Bright Blue Eyes and Raspberry Kitty which supports Breast Cancer Awareness.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ray of Sunshine - Staying Inspired

I made two more sales today. (Yay Me!!) It was from a woman who purchased one of my "tigers" and an owl as new toys for her daughter. She added the following message to her purchase:
"My pink kitty loving daughter is VERY excited about her new kitty and owl friends!! Thank you so much. "

How's that for a message to make you feel good and give you inspiration to keep doing what you're doing??

To know that two of the animals I made with love are going to a little girl that already loves them just by their photos is AMAZING!! :D

I've been feeling really positive about my shop, and know it's a good decision for me. But...it's still nice to have that extra little ray of sunshine that I can pull open and reread whenever things get a little too cloudy (as they sometimes do). :D

Hope you all have been able to find whatever rays of sunshine you need to keep you going as well!

Going to a good home. :D

Wishlist #10 Time To Cook

2 weeks ago we decorated the kitchen. Last week we made it functional. This week it's time to cook!! From mixing bowls to vintage herb choppers...I've found several items that I would love to cook with. Hope you love them too!
And since I love vintage bowls and cookware, this is going to be a longer list than usual. ;)


 

Vintage Dansk Kobenstyle Pot

kibster



Gorgeous!!
OldSchoolTools



Classic and pretty.
peddlersfinds



Fabulous colors! I will definitely be getting one or two of these once I move!
Lesliefreemandesigns



My mom had one similar to this, and it was my favorite bowl for mixing. Unfortunately, she broke it...guess I'll just need to replace it. ;)
DukeCreekStudios



You all know any shade of blue is my favorite, but especially peacock blues!
 ParisandPetals



Several pretty bowls in this great shop, but this one's my favorite.
 mccheeksmayem



LOVE Pyrex!!
 hyggeligtgenbrug



Wonderful handmade French rolling pins.
 WoodElements



very pretty
 MozTreasures



Anyone else thinking about cobbler?
 daydee


A spurtle, or porridge stick, is a Scottish kitchen tool that dates back from at least the fifteenth century.
 TimberLeafStudio


What lady doesn't like roses?
 sewupcycle



So cute!
 beehivekitchenware


Beautiful cutting boards from the West Coast. :)

 RedOnionWoodworks



Stunning!
 woodzealot



I wouldn't use this to cook with, but I had to share it with you!!
 ThePeaceSignFactory



Love it! Love it! Love it!
 goinggreenbananas



So cool!
 muddycreek



Another cool gadget!
 wrightmade



Pretty flowered oil dispenser.
 JanetsCrafts




What a cool juicer!!
LuciRae

Sunday, June 26, 2011

New Listing: Bride and Groom Wedding Turtles Set

Well, it took me a LOT longer than I had intended, but... the first Bride and Groom Wedding Turtles Set is finally complete and listed on Etsy! :D

I've been wanting to get these made for the longest time, but each time I started one, I'd get side-tracked or just plain burned out of making turtles. - Don't get me wrong...I LOVE my turtles and do actually enjoy making them. But with anything you do repetitively, you need to take a breather once in awhile and step away from it - no matter how much you may normally enjoy doing it.

With that said - I'm proud to present my latest (and I think greatest) creations to date! :D

BRIDE AND GROOM WEDDING TURTLES SET

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Listings and Product Line

Seems like everyone who crochets is making dishtowels and scrubbies, so I decided to do them a little different and came up with these sets that can be used as scrubbies or as coasters. (I'm using one right now!)

Lavender Tawashi Scrubbers or Coasters Set



 Pink Tawashi Scrubbers or Coasters Set



 Lavender Variegated Tawashi Scrubbers or Coasters Set



 Summer Yellow Tawashi Scrubbers or Coasters Set



 Summer Orange Tawashi Scrubbers or Coasters Set



 Americana Hand Crocheted Dishcloths Set



 Tuscany Hand Crocheted Dishcloths Set


I'm hoping these will help me out a little during BNRs too. :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wishlist #9 Home is in the Kitchen - Functional

Last week I featured items that were decorative for the kitchen. This week I'm looking at the more functional pieces that still add personality and character to the room I like the most.

A good kitchen needs a good recipe box.

NandJDesigns


A baker's kitchen always needs a good breadbox. 
TheSavvyShopper1


Pretty AND Functional. 

vesselsandwares


This tiny little dish would make a wonderful salt crock next to the stove. :)
vintagebyalexkeller


Beautiful and functional. I grew up in an "old-fashioned" family where I learned to can...seeing jars like this brings back great memories of my Grandmother and Grandfather. :)
oakhillvintage


Love these nesting doll towels! So cute!!
ohlittlerabbit


I go crazy over vintage kitchenware!
JoieDeCleve


A good cook needs a good apron...but I'd be worried about getting the APRON dirty and not my clothes. ;)
loverdoversclothing


Another reason I'm moving back to the West Coast - ARTICHOKES!! My favorite veg looks great on these hand printed tea towels. 
giardino


Gorgeous!!
owlcreekceramics


Fun way to spice up the kitchen.
BreadandBadger



 coffeebagger

Don't Stay Lost Too Long - Repost from The Business of Being Creative

Don’t Stay Lost Too Long

by seanlow on June 17, 2011

Tis the season for most creative businesses.  Late Spring/Early Summer just seems to be the time when most creative businesses find themselves slammed with projects.  Maybe it is the turn of the weather or just the desire for clients to make things happen (or get married).  Trying to manage it all is more than a full-time job and thinking about anything beyond cranking out the work is a non-starter.  And herein lies the issue.
All those plans you were busy making when you and your creative business were slower fall away when you are back in the soup.  Most experts would say that you always have to be thinking about your strategic direction no matter the circumstance.  If you do not know why you are doing something, how can you really have a strategy?
I am not there.  I think you should have your head down at this moment, doing your best work, always dazzling and amazing your clients.  Forget about the big picture, focus on what is right in front of you.  Why?  The time for rehearsal, training and tinkering is over.  As with any performer, at a certain point instinct has to take over and you just have to dance, not with your head, but with your heart.  If you have not embodied your strategy yet, thinking about it while you are barely treading water is not going to help.  In fact, it will distract you from the work you need to be doing.  So go get lost in your art.
However. Make sure you give yourself an order to come back to strategy.  Do not start analyzing your projects with what went wrong.  Instead, focus on what went right.  Think about what your clients really valued about you, your art and your creative business.  And, no, you cannot say it was because you provided great service, were passionate or, heaven forbid, cheap.  If you have employees, please do not evaluate them based on the tasks you assigned them, but rather the enthusiasm and talent for the role you placed them in.  To make sure you come back from busy neverland, set a date on the calendar on which you (yes, you – not your staff) will deliver a written analysis of how your execution matched the strategy you set out for yourself.  For example, if you decided you wanted to be in the high-end market, even if you are doing work for lower-end clients, what is it about THAT work that would interest higher-end clients.  No designer (event, graphic or interior), photographer, florist, etc. started out at the top.  They all honed what they did to make their work attractive to those at the higher end of the market.
The risk of getting lost in busy neverland is that you will start to confuse it with actual strategy.  If your primary focus is to work on improving what went wrong, you will always be looking in the rear-view mirror.  Then your goal will be to get to the next busy season hoping that you will be able to do better once you are there.  In the meantime, you will miss out on the opportunity to figure out how to extend your relationship with your clients (existing and new).  Just because you are a florist, does not mean your clients will not buy your sunglasses.
Artists that do not believe their art transcends its medium are those who refuse to leave busy neverland.  My hope is that these artists will come to realize that busy neverland is a nice place to visit, not so much to live.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Movies To Crochet By #2

The Chosen One

2010 PG-13 100 minutes
When beaten-down car salesman Paul (Rob Schneider) decides that his life is meaningless, fate intervenes to put a new spin on things: A mysterious band of strangers appears at his door to tell him he's got it all wrong. In fact, the entire world has been thrown out of balance, and they're there seeking the Chosen One -- the one soul who can set the universe right. With no better plan, Paul begins keeping an eye out for his moment of destiny.

This movie is listed as a comedy, but I'd call it a light-hearted drama. And Rob Schneider was great in it! Written and directed by Rob Schneider as well. I think it's unfortunate that there are only a handful of us fans that remember that Rob Schneider was funny on his own before he teamed up with Adam Sandler...and this movie shows that he can still hold his own ground. This is a very sweet movie, with a great storyline. :)

Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock: Series 1

2010 TV-14 3 episodes
This modern-day refresh of Sherlock Holmes has Arthur Conan Doyle's deductive genius (Benedict Cumberbatch) moving through London as a Web-adept consultant to Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) as an Afghan War vet who shares his Baker Street digs. Shedding the Victorian trappings but retaining the dark humor and clever wordplay, the opening season plunges Holmes into "A Study in Pink" and two other cases.

 I was pleasantly surprised at this one as well. I've always been a Sherlock Holmes fan, so I watched the first episode waiting to be disappointed...but, thankfully I was not!! Excellent show and highly recommend!



After.Life

(After Life; Afterlife)
2009 R 103 minutes
As the life of young Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) hangs precariously in the balance, funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson), who has a mysterious ability to help the dead transition to the afterlife, has complete control over her fate. Though it's possible she isn't dead after all, it's equally possible that she's already in hell. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo directs and co-writes this macabre thriller; Justin Long co-stars.

If you're in the mood for something creepy that keeps you guessing til the end - this one's for you. Liam Neeson is excellent in roles like this.


The Dead Zone

(Stephen King's Dead Zone)
2002-2007 TV-PG Seasons 1-6
In this sci-fi TV series inspired by Stephen King's novel, former teen star Anthony Michael Hall reemerges as Johnny Smith, a seemingly ordinary man who awakens from a six-year coma to find he has the ability to see into other people's futures. At first, the local sheriff (Chris Bruno) -- who's now married to Johnny's onetime fiancée (Nicole de Boer) -- sees Johnny's gift as a liability. But his powers ultimately prove to be invaluable.



Psych

2006-2010 TV-PG Seasons 1-5
Having honed his powers of deduction by observing his police officer dad, Shawn Spencer (James Roday) appears to possess a nearly supernatural gift for crime-solving -- so much so that the police begin employing his services as a psychic. After opening up a detective agency with his best friend (Dulé Hill), Spencer finds that his sleuthing skills, though advanced, don't exactly keep him out of trouble in this comedic mystery series.

You might be used to seeing Dule' Hill in dramatic roles, but he can do comedy too. One of the cleverest plot ideas and funniest shows.


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

2002 PG-13 116 minutes
Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner and Maggie Smith star in this Southern-fried comedy, based on Rebecca Wells's best-selling novels, which follows a group of lifelong friends over decades of ups and downs. Forced to resort to intervention to help their friend's daughter, Siddalee (Bullock), cope and forgive her eccentric mother (Burstyn) for inflicting years of pain and embarrassment, the Ya-Yas don't hold anything back.

An oldie, but still goodie. ;)




Goya's Ghosts

2006 R 113 minutes
Although he's initially favored by royalty, Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) is targeted by the Spanish Inquisition when he paints young Inés (Natalie Portman), whom the church views as a heretic, in this epic true story from Oscar-winning director Milos Forman. Years later, Inés is released from the dungeon and requests Goya's help in finding the daughter she bore while imprisoned. Javier Bardem and Randy Quaid co-star.


Beautifully done. From the horrors and injustice of the Spanish Inquisition to the French Revolution and finally the liberation of Spain...this true story of how 3 lives were effected by it all is a must watch. I was also very intrigued by the scenes depicting how Goya set his sketches to print.