Monday, September 15, 2008
Thank goodness that I have my crocheting to calm me. I have made literally tons of new items over the last 3 weeks. I just haven't had any time to post pics or list them in my shop on Etsy yet. I have to "sweet talk" my daughter and her friends to come model everything so that I can get some realistic pictures of all my stuff. I have asked around and most people say that once they started getting "life-like" pictures of their items, their sales went up a good bit than it was with the pictures of the stuff lying flat.
Hopefully, I will get some of them up by this weekend. I am in the process of designing 3 new items for the fall and winter seasons: a cowl & 2 new artistic scarves. I will also be working on some Christmas doilies and ornaments.
Until next time, happy hookin'!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Here are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you
2) Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading)
3) Write 6 random things about yourself (see below)
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them (This is only a game)
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up
Random Things About Me:
1. I was born in Metairie, LA but was raised in Kiln, MS ( home of Brett Farve! I actually went to school with him and yes, we were friends) Since I was 18, I've lived in Bay Saint Louis, MS; where Hurricane Katrina made landfall!
2. I have turned our guest room into a "yarn haven" and it's so stuffed, I think the boys rooms will be next. LOL.
3. I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Myself & my younger sister are my parents only "natural children"; the others we adopted out of the foster care program. My 3 brothers are "natural brothers". My parents started keeping foster children when I was 10 & Julie was 7. They wanted more children but Mom kept miscarrying for an unknown reason. So they chose foster care adoptions. I wouldn't change it for the world. I love them all, even though they came to us when we were half grown!
4. I am the only "crafty" person in my family except my youngest son who draws very well. Everyone else gets me to make everything for them. They usually pay me, even though I don't ask them too. This is great too because I can make them all handmade gifts for Christmas and never have to worry about someone else making the same type of things.
5. I love to do all types of crafts so I may stop crocheting for a bit to try something new, but in the end, crocheting is what I truely love. It really helps me relax and unwind.
6. I went to college for retail management and worked in that field most of my life, but now I work in the family business as a carpenter. I am so much more relaxed and really love building things. I work with my Dad and he thinks I'm crazy... LOL
People I've tagged:
Hippie Dippy Designs!
Valerie's Felted Treasures!
SkaMama's Bone Hook!
This has been lots of fun and a great way to run across wonderful Blogs that I didn't know was out there! I hope you choose to play and enjoy the great blogs along the way!
A friend of mine on Ravelry suggested knittinghelp.com because they offer free videos for each basic step of knitting as well as advanced techniques when your ready. And it is great! I think I'll learn alot from this site!
Here are a few other sites I have also found:
Learntoknit.com is a site full of instructions! It also teaches full crochet instructions as well.
helloknitty.com is a cute site which seems very easy to follow!
With all these wonderful instructional sites, I should be knitting in no time! I have set a personal goal for myself to work on knitting at least 3 hours each week.
If anyone else is learning how to knit as well, please post a comment and lets work together!!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My boys are loving school. My oldest son is starting in beginner band (6th grade) and gets to go buy his saxaphone on Thursday night. He's very excited too! My youngest son will be signing up for his first year in soccer on Saturday afternoon. I know he's starting alot later in life than everyone else but he just decided he wanted to play. Our neighbor plays on the varsity boys team, so they have been practicing all summer and he thinks Will is very good already!
I am so happy that school is getting off to a great start this year. Last year, we moved into our house 3 days before school started so it was really crazy for the first few weeks.
I will post some pics of the kids and their new hobbies as soon as I can snap some!
** Change of plans** My youngest son has decided to do gymnastics instead of soccer! I'm so excited, I took gymnastics when I was young too!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
EASY CROCHET ACCESSORIES 30+ fun and fashioable projects
This book is absolutly amazing! Such a wide variety of projects to crochet in no time! Every project I have tried from this book has worked up really fast and easily. 128 pages, packed full of color photos, great stitch illustrations and easy to follow instructions; it's a book you just have to add to your collection!
Carol Meldrum has done a terrific job in fulfilling the wishes of all crocheters who like to do quick and easy projects! Featuring pillows, belts, shrugs, bags, jewelry, hats and so much more; this book will keep you busy for a long time to come.
33 projects in all; with crochet times ranging from 30 minutes to a few hours; Carol has made my day! With 3 kids and a dear hubby and a full-time job in construction, I am a very busy woman. Projects that are elegant, yet quick to make are perfect for me. I can sit down in the little bit of free time I have and create something wonderful!
My favorite project by far, is the Open Mess Shrug. My 18 year old daughter and her college friends love this. I have made them in a wide range of bright colors including: mango, berry blue, grape, sunshine yellow, black and white. I'm sure they'll request more colors in the near future. It takes me about 4 hours to make one, which is great considering how fashionable they are!
This book would make a great gift for anyone on your list; even the beginner! I highly recommend this to anyone who crochets, or wants to learn to crochet. With the wonderful illustrations of stitches in this book, you could definitly improve your crocheting as a beginner!
WAY TO GO, CAROL MELDRUM!!! We thank you! :)
I picked up the pattern for these adorable baby work boots from
Cape Cod Consignments. She has a wonderful array of products
patterns. She even allows you to sell your finished products!
I've been searching for an easy sock pattern and I found it! This one is
Great! I picked this one up from Shelleden's Shop. She has a very nice
selection of both crochet and knitted items and patterns.
How cute are these??? I can't wait to make these and display them
on my table at the local craft market! Sylver allows you to sell
your finished items, just asks for you to give her credit for the
This is very cute. Who hasn't needed a tooth fairy pillow at one
time or another? This will make cute gifts for Mothers-to-be.
I picked this adorable pattern up at Jaybird's Designs
Will all these new patterns, I'm sure to be busy for a while. I will continue to shop for patterns on Etsy and Ravelry to replace the thousands of patterns I lost during Hurricane Katrina, so if you see something you think I'll like, please post a comment & link here or email me at email@example.com!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- They are the Perfect "take-along" projects!
- They are very inexpensive to make!
- They come in so many shapes and sizes!( just google "crochet dishcloths" to find free patterns)
- They can be made very quickly! (most in 30 minutes)
- They make wonderful gifts! (birthdays, holidays, showers)
- They can be decorative or useful!
- They are great beginners projects!
- They can be made to match any season or holiday! (just use corresponding colors)
- They make great Christmas ornaments! (just add a hook)
- Make them around a plastic pot scrubber for added uses!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
After searching on the internet for a few days and speaking with seasoned spinners, I have found a wonderful website for beginner spinners.
You can learn to make a Drop Spindle to try out handspinning before spending the money on an expensive wheel.
There are instructions and videos to show you how to use your spindle once you finish it.
There is a wonderful online store to purchase what you need to continue your new found hobby.
The Joy of Handspinning is the place for all this and more. They will be soon be offering classes, and they offer a discussion forum for you to chat with other spinners.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It is a pattern that I designed when I was first learning how to crochet. I wanted something quick that I could complete in the little bit of free time I had from work, kids and housework.
This pattern is very simple, easy and so quick! I made about 100 of them for Christmas the year I designed it. I still make these on a regular basis after all this time.
It's also a great pattern for young beginners to learn how to crochet in the round.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Please feel free to post photos of your finished project here! I would love to see it!
CROCHET "SCRUNCII" PONYTAIL HOLDER
By: Kim Luxich "The Colorful Bee"
Size I hook
cotton thread or yarn
elastic ponytail holder
(pony beads) *optional*
**please note** pony beads must be strung onto yarn before starting project if you wish to add them on last round**
Rnd 1: join yarn around band with a SL . do 26 SC around the band. join with a SL to first SC. Do Not Turn
Rnd 2: (CH 5, skip next SC, SC in next SC) around to end. join with SL in same ST as beg CH 5.
Rnd 3: SC in next 5 SP, CH 3 (DC, CH 2, 2DC) in same CH 5 SP.
*(2DC, CH2, 2DC) in next CH 5 SP. Repeat from * around to end. join with a SL in top of beg CH 3. Fasten off.
**Note to Rnd 3** Pony beads can be added as an option on this round. Simply work as described above sliding 1 pony bead into each CH 2 space!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Even though it's quite far off here, I've started working on 3 afghans for the winter! ( one for each couch and one for the recliner) They are all pretty easy and listed on the Lion Brand Website for free!!!
The Simply Earthly Squares Afghan is very quick & easy and is so stylish! (almost done)
The Log Cabin Afghan is an old favorite which can be done in modern colors to fit any decor!
The 8 Color Afghan is a new version of the traditional granny square afghans from the past!
Once I am finished with these 3 projects, I will be working on my shop items some more. I will jump start my crafting for the holidays ahead and be working on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items for decorating and gift giving!!!
Monday, July 7, 2008
So with that said, let me introduce you to my 10 Favorite Shops on Etsy!!! (don't be sad if your shop is not on the list; I have about 80 marked as favorites on Etsy)
If you are in the mood for something elegant, stunning, decorative and useful for your home, then check out the first two shops on my list!
Valerie's Gallery Offers wonderfully hand crocheted and felted bowls, vases and trays. She has single items and many items come in sets of 3 or 4. Her nesting bowls are one of my favorite items.
Papaver Vert Offers beautifully hand crocheted and felted bowls, vases, pillows, trays and many others. There you will find single items or sets. The pillows there are "to die for"!
If you are in the mood for some "Yummy" treats to give to that cute little one in your family, look no further! This next shop has just what you need!
Yarn Yums Lollipops, French Fries, Eggs and Bacon... the list goes on and on! These crocheted treats are sure to please your little one.
If you need something elegant to wear for that night on the town, you'll want to visit the next shop on the list! Girls, your going to love this place!!!
Modern Ambition Beautiful capelets, shawls and hats are the hot items in this shop! Elegant enough to wear with your favorite dress, yet casual enough to wear with your favorite blouse and jeans for a night at the club!
Are you looking for a unique gift for the knitter or crochet you love? Want to liven-up your knitting or crocheting experience? Look no further... the next shop on my list is the place to be!!!
Scary Merry Wanna get noticed? Get yourself some of these cool, hip and freaky accessories! Scary Merry offers hand-made polymer clay stitch markers (for both crochet and knit), knitting needles and crochet hooks; as well as the occassional necklace charm. Featuring sets such as: Jack and Zero from the Nightmare Before Christmas, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Summer Popsicle Treats, Day Of The Dead, Hotdogs, Pac Man and the Ghosts, ect... The list goes on and on. Her items are very reasonably priced and are well worth what you spend!
Love gourmet & decorative soaps? Like to display unique soaps in the bathrooms of your home? Wanna give your loved ones that extra touch of love with organic soaps? Then your going to love the next shop on my list!
Shine Your Hiney Soap Co. The soaps here are so seductive and sweet. Cute as a button and all made right from the hands of the shop owner. Only the finest ingredients go into her heavenly items. So get on over there and grab some soap to "Shine Your Hiney" with!!!
Beaded Jewelry is wonderful! But the next shop on my list has taken this art to the extreme!!! Her designs are very intracate, delicate and oh so lifelike!!! Wear one of these babies out on the town and you'll be the "Hot Topic" all night!!!
Pink Pooch Designs Audry Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, the list of celebrities is endless! Staci's recreations of movie scenes on her bracelets are wonderful. Words can't describe the love and effort she has put into these works of art. Have a look for yourself. You'll be in awe!!! If you are looking for something special, convo her and she will hook you up!
Do you have someone in your life who could use a little "Pick me up"? Stop by the next shop on my list and grab yourself something cute, I mean ugly, well Beastly is the best way to describe these awesome creatures!!!
Misfits Jenna's Misfits are totally cool! Their beastly faces are too cute to pass up! These plushies are just what the "mad doctor" ordered! Grab yourself two or three and share them with a friend!
Do you love silver jewelry? I know I do... Thats why this next shop is on my list. Ilene has put lots of love and hard work into her unique designs and boy has it paid off! Take a look at what she has to offer and I'm sure you'll find something you love.
Ilene Hacker's Designs Pendants and necklaces made of silver, coupled with gems are the perfect way to make someone's day! Asymetrical designs, fringed pendants, silver cuff bracelets! WOW! I love it!
Last but certainly not least is the Phunky Shop where you can get just about anything!!! Jeans, hats, shoes, plushies and so much more! If your into funky wearables, visit the last shop on my list!
Phun Wears Phun Wears offers cool, hip and of course "Phunky" wearables for everyone! This shop is the place to be if you have a teen who's hard to shop for. I'm sure there's lots of items there that will please them! Check it out!!!
So, this sums up my 10 Favorite Etsy Shops list! Please visit again to find more great links and lists of great crochet and crafty places to see on the web!!!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
My neighbor would like to learn how to crochet, so, I will be helping her with that this weekend too... Boy is my plate full.
I am totally going shopping for yarn first thing in the AM, as I've found out that you can't felt with synthetic yarns, and thats all I have as of yet. I have ordered some alpaca yarns off the web, but just can't wait until they arrive next week. I'm raring to go now!!! A friend of mine from the EtsyHookers Team has instructed me on how to felt my projects and what types of yarn to use, so I'm ready to go! Please check her SHOP out, as she is my inspiration. Her felted projects are totally awesome!
Have a Safe and Wonderful 4th Of July!!! Please be cautious over the weekend!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
So, I have been searching the web and have found several wonderful shops to purchase natural yarns from. I would like to share them with you.
Lisa Knit (Lisa Souza) features fine yarns, knitwear and wonderful patterns at fairly reasonable prices.
Touch Yarns features fine yarns, patterns and pricing is very reasonable.
Kaeidescope Yarns features fine yarns, needles, supplies, patterns, kits and wearables and are very reasonably priced. They even have a blog!
The Knittery features fine yarns, supplies, needles, patterns, books and magazines and are reasonably priced. They even have groups at flickr and raverly and offer sales!
Yarn Market features over 600 yarns. Offers $6.99 shipping on all orders up to $100.00/ FREE shipping on all orders over $100.00!
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 2008)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.9 inches
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The Strawberry Purses are for sale in my SHOP http://www.thecolorfulbee.etsy.com and are priced at $10.00
Thanks to everyone for entering. I really appreciate the support everyone has given me!
Look for another contest to come in July!CONGRATULATIONS LETITIA!!!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Crochet (IPA: krəʊ'ʃeɪ) is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread. The word is derived from the Middle French word croc or croche, meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops.
Did You Know? that it is believed that the first form of crocheting was actually done with your fingers instead of a hook?
WWII nearly brought this art to a hault due to shortages in materials needed to produce crocheted items.
Victorian hooks were usually handmade out of brass, ivory and various rare woods; not mass-produced such as the ones today.
Crocheting is believed to be such a popular art and hobbie due to it's inexpensive supplies and it's ease of being able to take it with you.
Crochet is used as a sort of "time out" for overactive children and mentally challenged persons in many schools, hospitals and nursing facilities around the world.
Crochet is proven to improve your logic skills, math skills and overall hand-eye co-ordination.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thanks to you and Good Luck everyone!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
We have no craft supply store or yarn store anywhere close to me so I'll have to do the class online.
If anyone knows a site that offers classes, please post it here.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
My hubby graciously drew out the doll pattern for us, then we started tracing, pinning and cutting. We have 10 body forms soaking in a mixure of tea, coke and vanilla as I'm typing this.
She will be the "fashion designer" of the project, as she's already matched up materials for each dolls clothes and has come up with some super ideas on what each will look like. They will be named after the family children and so they shall represent them in character as well.
Making their online debut in July are:
Will the Billygoat
Buddy the mechanic
Jane as Plain Jane
Lillie the little farm girl
Bug the mean girl
Miriah the blonde
Brooke the crook
Beka the hotel wrecka
I will post here when they are added to The Colorful Bee on Etsy! I am so excited! With names like these, I can't wait to see how they turn out!
***Barefoot Babies © 2008 Kim Luxich & Jane Lanclos***
Friday, June 6, 2008
Hats in the round
Scarfs and Belts
Crochet and beaded jewelry
You can find patterns for these types of items in your local craft or yarn stores or even on Etsy! Give them something cute and girly to start learning with and you'll be giving them a hobby to enjoy for a lifetime!
*Note: statistics say that young women and girls ages 25 and under make up about 1/2 the current crochet population! It's the hobby from that past that coming back with a vengence (and tons of hip new patterns too)!
*Crochet is great exercise for people who suffer from arthiritus and carpal tunnel syndrome. My doctor recommened that I start crocheting again after my broken wrist healed to regain range of motion again!!! Who Knew?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I am hoping to post here at least once a day now that I am back online again! I will also be posting my brand new "beginner's crochet patterns" here in the next few days for everyone to share!
This blog will be changing it's look, feel and overall style, so keep on coming back to watch us progress into one hot blogspot!
Thanks to my new friend Chie for the great custom design for my Esty shop, business cards, and blogspot banner and background! Chie, YOU ROCK!!!
Questions, comments and infor sharing is ALWAYS welcomed here at The Colorful Bee! So comment away! Recommend me to all your friends, family and crafting pals; it's the best compliment you can give me!
Thanks! Happy Crocheting to you!
Kimmi, The Colorful Bee owner!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
If any of you designers have any tips or tricks that you are willing to share to help me get them on paper, please feel free to post here or email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org I would be very greatful! :)
I do have a few patterns that I did design, but, I'm not exactly sure how to get started writing them in PDF format. As soon as I get that part down, I'll be able to share them with all of you.
Thanks for visiting,
Saturday, May 3, 2008
If you are interested in joining this, please let me know. Please remember, only family friendly content will be allowed on my blog. I have children and so do millions of others out there!
Swaps that I would consider joining would be:
If any of you know of a good, trustworthy group on the web that I can join, please feel free to post a comment or email me at: email@example.com
Since I am not a very "seasoned" crocheter, I can not design my own patterns, I am very limited to what I can make and sell. Most every pattern that I purchase clearly states that they do not wish you to make and sell items using their patterns. I have found one person who was very willing to allow me to sell the items I make using her patterns, however, I can not sell copies of the patterns themselves. I am very gracious to her for this, so I am including a footnote on the card I attach to them stating who the pattern was designed by.
If we can not sell items we make following patterns that we purchase, how are we to become a productive craft shop? So far, the only way I have found is to contact each seller personally, asking them if they would allow you the rights to sell items made from their patterns if you give them proper credit. Some are willing to allow this under their guidelines, others are not willing to do that at all.
All the items in my shop as of yet are all my personal patterns, passed down from my family members who designed them. When I do upload items I made from another crocheter's patterns, I will make note of it in each items description. That way, they are still getting proper credit in return.
I am currently searching for more designers whom are willing to allow us this option. I would even be interested in maybe giving a portion of each sale to the original designer, if neccessary.
If you are crocheting for profit, please make yourself aware of the copyright laws on handmade crafts at www.creativecommons.org to avoid infringing on someone's original designs. It could save you some heartache later on.
The reviews will be on crochet in general so expect content of reviews to cover topics such as:
Tips and tricks books, pattern books, technique books, pattern designer autobiographies,
seasonal crochet books, crochet magazines and much more.
If you have a favorite that you wish me to review and blog about, please email me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org and include "book review suggestion" in your subject line.
My daughter, who is now 18, never had an interest in crafts at all. My boys, ages 11 and 9, like to do crafts, but not "sissy ones" as they call it. So learning to crochet is not one of their priorities and it breaks my heart. My nieces are kind of interested but get really frusterated when they can not do it right away. They have no patience, they get that from their mom! :) (I can say that honestly, she's my little sister)
So, how do you suppose I can get them to sit down and become interested in learning? I will be on a quest for the answers to this question and will post my findings here in a later post.
Anyone having suggestions or comments can comment on this post. Please keep in mind that this is a family friendly blog, so no profanity or adult content of any kind is allowed!
- Monster Crochet- www.monstercrochet.com This site has some of the most unique and "out of the box" crochet items and patterns that I have ever seen. I love this site and will definitly be stopping by often. She also has a wonderful blog to accompany the site.
- Flickr- www.flickr.com A great way to show off your crochet talents and meet people just like you who love to crochet as much as you do. I love this place!
- Etsy- www.etsy.com This is the place to be if you are into selling your handmade items of any kind. It's the home of my store The Colorful Bee Gifts! Join! Thats the only thing I can say!!!
- Crochet Kim- www.crochetkim.com This is a wonderful site that offers free patterns and also has patterns for sale. They are all her own works.
- Crochet Memories- www.crochetmemories.com This is a lovely site full of crochet stuff, patterns, news and more! Love it, Love it, Love it!!!
- Crochet Guild of America- www.crochet.org The best place ever for those who love to crochet! Everyone should join if they can. It's a great deal for a small price!
When I was about 8 years old, my favorite Uncle found the love of his life. She was an exciting, beautiful young woman from Canada, with the biggest heart I've ever known. They married very quickly at the age of only 22 and were living a fairytale life, not having alot of money, so to speak, but in the sense that nothing could come between their love. Shortly after, she became very ill with heart trouble. She struggled through everyday life, but never let me see just how sick she was. She was just life my best friend. I adored and idolized her! On my 13th birthday, she gave me a crochet hook and lots of scrap yarn and tons of her original patterns as a gift and began to teach me to crochet. I learned the chain stitch, then the single and double crochet; I practiced every day. I had not yet learn how to put them together, because I wanted to have the stitches down pat before trying to make anything.
One afternoon, I was wisked up out of bed by my Dad and Mom whom only told me they had to run out for a bit and that I had to go to the neighbors. Immediatly I could "feel" in my soul that my Aunt, My Best Friend, had passed away. Yet, they assured me that she was just sick. I KNEW better. I just KNEW. And I was right. My best friend, whom I loved so dearly, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 27! Imagine how disstraught I was. I felt so alone, so hurt and most of all, really mad at her for not telling me how sick she was and for not telling me goodbye.
I know now that those feelings were selfish, but then, I knew no better.
I immediatly threw my crochet items into a box and put them away. I no longer wanted to learn. I had no need to, my crochet partner was gone.
Move now to age 20. I met the man of my dreams, my husband and children's father. His Mother crocheted all day, everyday. When she asked if I knew how or wanted to learn how I told her about my situation and feelings. She calmly told me that maybe relearning to crochet and making some items would ease the pain and help me let go of the hurt I had all those years. And she also said it would make my Aunt so proud! So I began to learn again. I crocheted alot for a few years, then every now and then and then it just fizzled out, as most things do.
My Mother-in-law passed away almost 3 years ago and now that I've picked the crochet hook up again, I feel at peace, as if she's right there telling me "oops, you missed a stitch". And I love it. I feel so close to both of them when I crochet and it warms my heart.
So, every item in my shop is dedicated to my inspirations from above!!!
I love you gals, my angels on my crochet hook!
Please check back often to see how it's coming along!
Thank you very much,
Please stop by my Etsy store