It's no secret that in college and for several years later, I was the proud mom of a turtle named Noodle. As he grew, he became one of the cornerstones of my home and was always a welcome sight for visitors.
As I got more into painting, I knew I wanted to depict him in some way, and this was one of his favorite perches when he was tiny.
As I enjoy painting underwater scenes, I used this opportunity to experiment with depth underwater and the reflective qualities of sunlight on the surface of the water. I loved the experiment of working more with glazes and different layers to really create a dynamic image.
I used a lot of different techniques to create this painting ranging from gradient color change to glazes. I also did some color mixing directly on the canvas to really emphasize texture. I'm glad I got the chance to really bring out a scene that ranges from the bottom of the water through the surface.
As many people know, I am an adamant coffee drinker. I've made several different coffee cozies over the years (check some out in the yarnwork section), and when I discovered a new type of stitch, I knew I needed to start experimenting.
After a lot of consideration, trial, and plenty of error, we've moved our purchasing power from here to the protected and unique environment on Etsy. The added exposure and constant sharing within the community there is sure to help in many ways. I'm, of coarse, always available for questions and custom work, but this merger will help in expanding who I can service too.
The custom listing settings on Etsy still allow me to create custom pieces, but now I can use that with added purchasing services and more easy access to using credit cards and inventory management systems. I'm excited to make this smooth transition, and I can't wait to see how the new direction helps keep my creative juices flowing!
One of my newest completions is this aviator hat for a newborn boy. Unlike many of my hats, it is a crochet instead of a knit pattern, but this works particularly well with newborn sizing. This character hat works well because of the variety in the colors and stitches used to add some unique variety.
Starting at the top, the star at the top of the hat gives it a seamless finish, and it makes the circular pattern easy to maintain throughout the hat. The other touches in the cream trimmings and two-toned "goggles" were through a combination of single and double crochet. This helps to make this the perfect hat for photos and even for some chilly days out and about.
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