Friday, June 29, 2012

When I get to 1000 Likers

... on my Facebook page - then you have the great potential to win something from Hippie's Creations!  

The winning prize is ONE of these fabulous summer hats! 

The winner will be drawn and announced 36 hours after Hippie's Creations Facebook page reaches 1000 likes!


 1.  (REQUIRED) You MUST be a fan of Hippie's Creations Facebook page!  (Click on the link).  Leave a comment below after you have done that.  (Please include your FIRST AND LAST name.  E-mail addresses are not necessary.) 

 2.  (optional) SHARE this giveaway on your business or personal Facebook page by posting the blog link, or updating your status with a tag to Hippie's Creations fan page.  Leave a 2nd comment below after you have done that.  (Don't forget to include your FULL name.)   

 The legalities! 

Entries that don't include your full name will be deleted.  The winner will be announced on this blog - once the winner is announced, you will have 48 hours to contact me to claim your prize. If the prize is not claimed with 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. You MUST be 18 to participate. International players may enter but you may be responsible for the shipping in order to receive your prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, please do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Red White and Blue

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Weird Wednesday

I like the weird - the odd - the "omg what were you thinking?" But even I find myself to have some limits..

I love crochet designs from back in the day - old things become new but I find this a bit much and don't think I would want to revamp this - its like yarn bombing a person?

I like the shirt... but the pants? Perhaps in a simple solid color! 

Every time I see this picture... I giggle a little because I know 30+ years ago - this was totally in.. right?

And then there is this.. I love people and their creativity. I love color and self-expression - but I cannot wrap my mind around this one... I am trying... its not working.. 

And I have certainly crochet some weird things in my 20+ years like this weird ninja turtle hat my son was bugging me for .. yea no pictures :)

this is it for today's Weird Wednesday episode 
now back to your regular program! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Charming Elegance - Featured Artist

ToothFairy Pillow MMiller Zoology

Teri lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. In her bio she describes how sewing and crafts have been a passions as long as she could remember.

Over the years she has spend time with different arts such as enameling, jewelry, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, macrame, drawing, and beading. It is Sewing and tailoring that speak to her the most.Working from a studio in her home, she spends countless hours creating.

You are sure to find a lovely something for yourself, your friends or your family.

Flannel Baby Blanket Zoo Animals Birds 

Halloween Bowl Purple Skulls Black Cats

You can find more of Teri's work in her Artfire Shop : Charming Elegance 

Want to stay up-to-date with her blog? You can do that here: Charming Elegance Gifts

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Agenda

Monday is the day I look at my calendar and see all that I have going on - well actually I look at my calendar   daily but Monday helps me formulate a plan of action. 

I have several client meetings this week.
I have to finish cleaning out the store (this should happen today)
I have plans to crochet and maybe even wood burn (feeling the need to)
I need to write blog posts for this week
I need to find time to perhaps get to the new house - and work inside while the guys work on the outside. 
I have to entertain my 9 year old and keep the 14 year old busy too. 

But none of this will happen if I don't have this: 

I hope everyone has a great week - lots of coffee and lots of chocolate ;) 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Seasonal Notes

It's Summer - officially and its been HOT - and its only June. 

This always gets me thinking what do us crocheters do on those hot Summer days? We crochet! 
Summer things! 

CROCHET PDF Pattern - Summer Fashion Accessories - 

handcrochet headband

Crocheted summer cotton top/blouse

Barefoot Sandals, Summer Star crochet foot jewelry

Crochet Baby Girl Summer Fling Sun

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I think I will host a give away

I am coming up on 1000 likers and I think it is worth celebrating!

Would you like to contribute to the give-away? 

I am looking for shops who want to participate in my achievement of 1000 Likes! 

I am 157 Likers away on my facebook page as of this moment! 

Send me an e-mail to: if you want to participate! 

I am looking for at least 3 prizes (my own creation and two more) 

Participating entries will have to like your shop too in addition to be a fan of my own page! 

 This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dinner Date - Shish Kebab

During the warmer months in can be difficult to find something appealing to eat in the heat. It's summer time - lets roll out the grill (but can be done on the stove too)

Cut 1 pound beef top sirloin, 1 medium onion and 1 green pepper into 1-inch cubes. You can add other vegetables if you like such as red pepper, yellow pepper, zucchini. Not into the beef use prawns or chicken!

Combine 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/3 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a baking dish. Add beef and marinate at least 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium hot. Thread sirloin, peppers and onions onto skewers.
Reserve marinade to baste over kebabs while cooking. This gives veggies extra flavor and keeps meat from becoming dry.

Serve over bed of hot rice.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I will be teaching ...

...starting in August. I signed on as a crochet instructor at our local Jo-Ann's in Charlottesville. So far I have 3 classes scheduled! So if you are in the local area and want to learn to crochet - I would love to teach you!

August 17th ~ 9 - 11:30

August 23rd ~ 9-12

August 24th ~ 9-12 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

James River Batteau Festival today in Scottsville, VA

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jewelry in Harmony - Featured Artist

For over 10 years Jewelry in Harmony has creating stunning cameo pieces from her Studio located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The wire wrapping technique is absolutely incredible. Liz has other great stunning gem stone pendant and earring pieces but its the cameo's that completely caught my eye! 

You can find Liz on Facebook: Liz's Designer Jewelry 
Her own little website: Liz's Designer Jewelry 
Her Artfire Shop: Jewelry in Harmony

Monday, June 18, 2012

Treasury :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Blissful Garden Beads - Featured Artist

From Vancouver, WA Heather creates amazing lamp-bead work! Heather has a special relationship with floral and this is evidenced in the beads she creates!

For more of Heather's Work you can go to Blissful garden beads 
Visit Facebook and like her page Blissful Garden Beads

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Free Pattern - Yellow Green Ripple Afghan

Yellow Green Ripple Afghan 

Size: Width 37" x length 38"

Lion Brand Pound of Love Pastel Yellow
Lion Brand Pound of Love Pastel Green

Hook: 8/H (5.00 mm)&

Ch 145

Row 1: DC in 3rd Ch from hook and in each of next 5 chs; *in next ch work shell of (dc, ch2, dc), dc in next 6 chs; sk next 2 chs, dc in next 6 chs; rep from * to last 8 chs; on next c work shell, dc in next 5 chs, dc dec; ch 3, turn.

Row 2: Sk first st, dc in 6 dc; *work shell in next ch-2 sp; dc in 6 dc, sk 2 dc, dc in 6 dc; rep from * to last two stiches, dec as before, ch 3 turn

Repeat Row 2

Color Pattern

Rows 1 - 6 in Pastel Yellow (6)
Row 7 in Pastel Green (1)
Rows 8 - 12 in Pastel Yellow (5)
Rows13-14 in Pastel Green (2)
Rows 15 - 18 in Pastel Yellow (4)
Rows 19 - 21 in pastel Green (3)
Rows 22- 24 in Pastel Yellow (3)
Rows 25 - 28  in Pastel Green (2)
Rows 29-30 in Pastel Yellow (2)
Rows 31-35  in Pastel Green (2)
Row 32 in Pastel Yellow (1)
Rows 33-37  in Pastel Green (2)
Rows 38-39 in Pastel Yellow (2)
Rows 40-43  in Pastel Green (2)
Rows 44 - 46 in Pastel Yellow (3)
Rows 47-49  in Pastel Green (2)
Rows 50-53 in Pastel Yellow (4)
Rows 54-55  in Pastel Green (2)
Rows 56-60 in Pastel Yellow (5)
Row 61  in Pastel Green (1)
Rows 62 - 67 in Pastel Yellow (6)

Monday, June 11, 2012

On being an interior designer ...

The fun part about "The House" is that we can design the color scheme however we would like. There's no worries about the lack of ability to paint.. ha.. and I am hoping to have LOTS of fun with this process.

I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and other search engines looking for inspiration - although the living room has already been decided.. it will have white walls.

Say what?

Yes - I have several painted colored canvas that will hang in the living room - which will give color to the space. Eventually Mr. Handyman will use his artistic skills and create a Metal Tree that kind of resembles this:

My favorite part of the room is going to be the reading room.. and I am investing a lot of thought in that.. I want it to be fun and colorful. I am thinking a blue tone well more like teal or aqua as you can see in the pic with orange accents.. hmmm

The wall in that area is very tall.. tall that we are envisioning books going all the way to the top - you will need a ladder to get to them :) I am thinking about using crates for shelves... but then I saw this:
And this is pretty darn cool too ....hmmm we'll have to give this some thought! 

The Master Bedroom will have the following color scheme:
Blue-Gray walls with blue bedding.. 

Little mans room will have a few comic characters hanging around - or maybe even Star Wars Themed.. or maybe we'll combine the two themes... or maybe we just make it a Lego Themed room 
I hope to be able to combine his favorite things... but I also want to add a Chalk Wall and a Cork Board Wall in a section of his room! I think this will help in hanging his pictures.. and he can be creative :) 

The Kitchen will be in a tone of yellow - and if I can get the cabinets to be white.. then for now I can live with that. Since we will be expanding on the kitchen I am not too concerned with it right now - but I am scoping out future possibilities! 

The loft - adolescent hangout I believe will be in a shade of purple.. but a dark purple. And last but not least an addition to give the other adolescent a space of her own - though the color scheme still hasn't been presented! 

In the mean time the two boys may have to bunk together while adolescent girl is hanging about!

Oh and one of the things I have not mentioned? We have two full size bathrooms right next to each other. One belonging to the Master Bathroom. My vision however is to take those two bathrooms and make it one gigantic bathroom with garden tub, standing shower - double sinks.. ahh yea definitely a future project! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The house from the inside

This is the view from the front door... yea yea I know not much.. but we have a vision.. haha.. we are finishing off the beam... white walls ..and at some point a fake metal tree will be on the wall to the right!
Paintings will hang from the top... the woodstove chimney will go away!!

To the left of the living room... ahh yes wood stove.. not quite a fire place.. but definitely one heck of a way to keep your house warm.. and so pretty too!!!

The loft - which will be the adolescent hangout for my 14 year old son. He's envisioning a purple theme.. I just have to find something that matches the library theme!

The library - as you can see my 8 year old is showing off.. he helped clean out all the carpets and trash.. he did an amazing job!!

This is the space we are envisioning books up to the ceiling.. and yep the ceiling's pretty high up!

Color? Perhaps a blue tone... of sort

My itty bitty office area right under the stairs.. leaving the wood natural if I can help it.. but for sure it will be a cute space to work from!
One of the bedrooms.. this is actually the Master Bedroom but we are handing it off to the little guy just because its at the back of the house.. and not in the front :)
Note: Makes sure windows are secure.. :)
And here's where the Marvel Comic folks will take shape.. seeing Spiderman and his friends "hanging out" with a dark blue background!

The other bedroom for the grown ups!
Another purple theme... maybe.
I love purple favorite color ever.. but I am staying open minded in the color scheme of things :)

I purposely left out the kitchen... its still a horrific mess that I refuse to go into. But once its cleared out before the paint etc I will take a picture for ya.. so you get the feel of before and after!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Our new project

This is "The House" 
 It doesn't look like much.. it needs some work!

The great thing?

Mostly cosmetic minus a rotten board here and there.
 The not so great thing?

We literally have to clean it out before we can do anything with it. The previous tenant had all of his belongings - while trashed - still in there...

So today was spend throwing it out, burning what we could... this was at the beginning... the pile got bigger!

The stairs that will be replaced... this home is getting a wrap around deck... ahh yes.. deck parties ya'll!!! Eventually we are envisioning a pool especially since my youngest for health reason can't enjoy lakes, rivers and oceans!

The back of the house... where we will add an addition to have 2 more rooms and extend the tiny tiny kitchen that's there now.. porch will be gone.. and the doors..we don't know yet!

This is where my new deck will go... but much prettier.. the guys already ripped it up today checking out the boards and such!

This is the great thing about having a handyman in your life!

The deck will be one of the first things that us being added... I need steps to get into the house :)

Tomorrow stay tuned for pictures from the inside... and follow the transition from this.. to what we envision it to be!

Our own little homestead!

Friday, June 8, 2012

White Owl Designs - Featured Artist

I strongly believe in the innate power and romance of objecthood. Everything I create has love and intention painted into it. 

Is that not the best way to describe and Artists love and passion for their craft?
Reading the Bio of White Owl Designs who began painting at the young age of 14 it helped define her own style - and what an amazing support system she must have had to help her flourish within her craft.

White Owl Designs specializes in "handmade beads, jewelry, and original art" and when you go visit her shop on Artfire you will truly find OOAK's and so much more. I am thoroughly impressed with the quill painting and enlightened to learn about this technique - though not my style I LOVE what she does.

Because it is exceptionally unique! 

Long BRAIDED AMETHYST Unique Handmade, Hand Painted, Medicine Wheel Necklace and Earring Set


Don't these pictures just speak volume about the craftsman ship and the person behind them? I thought so too! So please take a looksy at her Artfire Shop because I think you too will fall in love with the work.. I am  already creating a shopping list for future designs :) 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Poison and Wine - The Civil Wars

You only know what I want you to
I know everything you don't want me to Oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine
Oh you think your dreams are the same as mine
Oh I don't love you but I always will
~The Civil Wars~

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pyrography - where it started

Years ago when I first stared Hippie's Creations I ventured into the art of Macrame. I haven't created macrame in some time but do have plans in the future to do so.. anyway... when I was cranking out one choker after the other I wanted to design my own beads.. wood beads to be exact and bought my first wood burner from Michaels, I think.

I was never able to draw well but I became fascinated with this new thing that I had never heard about before.. and I started to create wood burning pieces.. one of my first creations was this eagle

Considering that I didn't have much knowledge or practice.. I sold 3 that year.. then I did a portrait.. not my best work.. but it motivated me to improve .. and I think I succeeded 

I received a few commissions over the years such as these


But one of my most favorite pieces I have ever done is this Falcon from a picture I took 
I donated it to the Wildlife Center some time ago... 

I am excited to work on a commission piece - I won't quite reveal quite yet what it is but it certainly has me inspired to "burn" more in the future.. 

To see more of my work you can go to my collection set on Flickr: