Pumpkaboo Amigurumi

Pumpkaboo Amigurumi


I made Pumpkaboo way back in October as a Christmas gift. It sucks keeping handmade gifts a secret for too long! I tested out my pattern twice and chose the larger one to wrap.  This was interesting to make. I really liked the method in making this pumpkin bottom even though it was a pain to do.



Pumpkaboo Amigurumi
Pumpkaboo Amigurumi

This is a difference between my tension. I go back and forth between crocheting loose and tight without thinking much about it. It's the same yarn, same pattern and hook size. It's kind of funny but something I'll like to improve soon!Pumpkaboo Amigurumi


I'm hoping to get a camera in a month or two. Something that I can use to shoot indoors to document the process more, make tutorials and maybe videos!

Black Moon B*tches



I sketch on paper for a minute then spend more time on the computer now. I cut my lineart/coloring time in half so that's a huge improvement. Plus this hand actually looks like one? I think hahah

I don't draw much on paper or computer. It seems I could only make time to start one piece each month and making progress that way just won't work. I've finished about 4 pieces recently and suddenly got inspired to make new ones!

Right now I'm just having fun but I'll like to narrow down a style soon. Something that you could just look at and now it's by me.




Inversion Hair Growth Method: Round 2



Time has flown by! It's time for another round of the inversion method. I'll be documenting it a bit better with measuring tape. I really wanted to do a video but I'm waiting to get a camera and wide lens first. My phone quality isn't that great in dim lighting. It will definitely happen one day soon! If you are interested in reading about my first round then here's Inversion Hair Growth Method.

Cute Finds



A thousand wants for this beautiful print.


Seriously want this adorable thing but my bank account screams no for now :'D


Obviously, I'm into Halloween too late.






 

Mermaid Shell Headboard



I've been super into Sailor Moon and Pokemon lately! I want it all. Good thing I'm too broke from gift shopping to be able to buy anything else for myself because I'll just hoard it. :(

What's your favorite?

Launching our new store!



My goal was to make the website for our handmade shop, Tiny Moon! Everything is mostly up. Some pages need some extra information and the rest of the products will be added very soon :D I'm really into the simple layout and yassssss that slider!


Rainbow Blossom Shrug



I started on this a few months ago using 2 different colorways of Red Heart Unforgettable Boutique yarn. This project originally began because I wanted to see how this motif would look like in a rainbow-y yarn and then it just became a shrug. Good for spring when the weather can't make up it's mind.


I got this purple cat brooch from Pony People and wasn't sure how to use it until now. (I need to incorporate crazy cat lady in my designs somehow!)


Since I've been designing more wearables, I'm slowly starting to buy more of the fancy yarns you can get at Michaels (and Knit Picks). It can be hard to justify the cost sometimes but there's been times where I really liked a pattern just because of the fancy yarn. I generally don't splurge on other things (except food because I love you food) so why not yarn every once in a while?



Inversion Hair Growth Method


I've been growing out my hair for a year now. I did a routine to speed up the process and my pictures are 6 weeks apart in the image below. It was noticeably thicker at the ends but I wanted to try something else: THE INVERSION METHOD. I heard about this method from Halima months ago and tried it once but the oil took out most of my color so I stopped :(  It's 7 days so why not now?



Inktober Roundup


I mostly did digital art for Inktober. I was trying to speed up my art process since I go from basic sketch, scan and a more detailed sketch in my program.   It wasn't too bad! Just need more practice and learning time.



Rebranding: Tiny Moon Etsy


I couldn't do much for #inktober this year. I'm still cleaning up some pieces I've made so I'll share that very soon!  I'm venturing into responsive design, Wordpress, WooCommerce and PHP all at once. Like a crazy person. It's eating up most of my time.

Of course the thought of a rebrand came up while I was setting up Wordpress. Tiny Moon will most likely go live first. I'm hoping to add new products, better pictures and soon... art prints!  Part of the rebrand made me evaluate everything and I felt like the visual part no longer fit.  I didn't want to do minimal anymore.  I went out of my comfort zone to use colors and keep it cute with graphics.

Our shop is basically filled up with cute items so why not match it?




Instantly knew I wanted something more cartoon. A soft, round bubble font with at least a small moon and some animal. I was thinking ahead as well:  cute animal logo on future packaging.

One suggestion for the animal was a fox but this is rather funny: both of us already have foxes in our other shops. You can take a look here & here.  That would be too much!  I did some quick sketches then scanned it.








Since I'm more of a visual person, I knew I had to draw some up to use as placeholders. (Added a leaf on the cat's head for funsies.) That bottom logo was my original idea from the sketch but it didn't pop for me.  I also refused to cop out and stick with the usual white space.


These are the final results. I made various sizes for the shop and social media. Plus using a cute cat as a profile image/avatar is fun.

It took awhile to finally settle on colors. I limited it down to this pastel palette. A thick white stroke was added to make the font and moon stand out.  It's definitely still on the simple side but is unlike our previous branding which was mostly white space.


What do you think?

Forever Young - Vintage Vixen Wig Review (HL4-33)

I love wigs and started wearing them about 5 years ago when I shaved my head after my hair turned to poop. It seemed like it was a better idea to start over rather than to salvage the mess. Now my hair is around shoulder length but nearly impossible to style so I still like to wear wigs every once in a while.

It took me a long time to decide on which wig to get because I don't think most sites provide enough photos or even realistic ones. Either the model's wig is heavily styled and/or photoshopped or they only show one model photo and the rest are tiny color swatches. It's also difficult finding customer reviews with photos that aren't taken in a dark room.


This is my second Forever Young Vintage Vixen wig. This one is the color HL4-33, Medium Dark Brown highlighted with Dark Auburn. There is a white house on my right reflecting the sun and making the auburn pop! (Also, check out my Graptoveria Moonglow babies!!)

The first Vintage Vixen wig I got can kinda be seen here in color 2, Dark Brown. For that one, I cut the bangs really short. It's actually still in okay condition years later but I really wanted to get a lighter color and the long bangs again.


This is one of my favorite wigs. It's wavy with long layers, not too thick or thin, not too shiny for synthetic fibers, and it looks natural. Also the colors are so pretty! This is a perfect wig to wear every day.


The photo on this tag is the photo that was originally on the websites for this wig but it seemed it has been replaced by a new one. Just the overall style of this photo was what made me want to get this wig actually. You can style the bangs like shown there but I wouldn't recommend it because it's not comfortable getting stabbed in the eyes!


Do you have any favorite wig brands or shops? I've tried some other Forever Young brand wigs that I might post later. I also bought some $20 cosplay ones from eBay before but the quality isn't as good. They turn into a rat's nest quickly.


Bear Ice Cream Amigurumi

Bear Ice Cream Amigurumi
Bear Ice Cream Amigurumi
I made these cute little guys awhile back just using scrap supplies. It's fun to work with different yarn. I'm known to take other people's scrap yarn and supplies. Not a great thing to continue doing when trying to declutter but these are at least useful things. I'm all for free!

Any small amount of yarn, thread or fabric can be used for something like noses and mouths. I actually have a lot of old thread that I thought about tossing because I had nothing to match it with.  I'm letting those limitations go and just using whatever I have. Being too exact can get boring.

I plan to mix more colors when I have the chance to splurge on tons of new yarn! I feel like I'm the worst at choosing colors on my own especially mixing odd combinations together.  I've seen many pretty granny squares on instagram and never would have paired some colors like that.



These tiny bears inspired me to draw a triple scoop version. I must have shared this already but it's always cool to pop up again. My drawing had panda bears in it! I didn't have any felt to use and stores don't have much options for pastel colors. :(  I kind of want to make an octopus one after seeing this.  Remove the ears and it'll be awesome, right?
 Bear Ice Cream AmigurumiBear Ice Cream Amigurumi

I was given these two colors last year and couldn't figure out what to use it for. I am loving the soft texture. I'm assuming this has to be baby yarn? It's probably overdone but I'm leaning towards making a bear or at least some other furry animal! Furry bear ice cream.. even though anything furry in food sounds pretty gross haha

Forgotten Floral Dress




One of my forgotten outfits from summer. I never really got the chance to wear this dress out before I sold it. I went a little crazy buying floral dresses off of instagram years ago.  I'm down to my last pile for ebay and it's exciting to get rid of everything so I can have money for new things to wear.

Vintage Planters

My little vintage collection started with this pink cat planter:


And then I got her a blue friend:



And after those, I kept buying more. I can't remember how I got into buying them exactly. The idea of having my own little thing... a garden of cute, maybe? I filled some of them with succulents for a while.


Pink lamb with a cart.



Baby elephant with a flower, which inspired this doodle:


And there's more!


Another lamb! I really love the flower design on this one. I actually wanted a blue flower one but couldn't find one at a more affordable price at the time.


Just everything about this is perfect.



And I found a matching kitty! 



Interesting clown-ish bear (?) design haha... I like the embossed details.



This was one of the more simplistic pony designs I found at the time, thought it was unique!





I keep thinking how awesome it'd be if they still made these sort of designs. I can't quite find anything like these in stores, either just regular pots or basic handmade sort of types.

If you want to get some similar looking vintage planters, look up brands Enesco, Napocoware, & Replo on Etsy! Or stalk some instagram vintage shops, usually found under #vintageplanter or #vintagejapan. I can't think of any in particular because I had to unfollow them a long time ago so I'd stop spending so much money ;)