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 ;)


Jewelry for Mermaids





 I'm excited to share my newest sponsor from Etsy. This is Christine from Florida Shell Girl who is a seashell designer! These jewelry pieces are really making me miss summer and the beach already. I actually haven't seen anything like these before

Tiny Owl Amigurumi Crochet Pattern



Crochet a tiny owl amigurumi (or penguin)! It only takes about 2 hours to make.




Materials: 
• Worsted weight yarn in purple, white, and orange. (I used Vanna's Choice Baby and Red Heart Super Savers) 
• Pair of 9mm safety eyes 
• Stuffing 

Tools: 
• B/2.25mm hook 
• Yarn needle 

Size: 
• Approximately 3.5"(9cm) tall. Results will vary depending on your tension and your yarn & hook choice.



Head:

With purple yarn,

R1: 6 sc into magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 sc in st, sc in next st* rep to end. (18 sts)

R4: *2 sc in st, sc in next 2 sts* rep to end. (24 sts)

R5: Sc in 8 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 3 sts. Change to purple yarn, sc in 3 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 3 sts. Change to purple yarn, sc in 7 sts. (24 sts)

R6-7: Sc in 8 sts. Change to white yarn, sc in next 9 sts. Change to purple yarn, sc in 7 sts. (24 sts, 2 rounds)

Put the safety eyes between R7-8, 2 stitches away from the edge with 5 sts in between.

Start stuffing.

R8: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts* x2. Change to white yarn, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. Change to purple yarn, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in st. (18 sts)

R9: *Sc2tog, sc in next st* x2. Change to white yarn, sc2tog, sc in st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. Change to purple yarn and fasten off white yarn, sc2tog, sc in st, sc2tog. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing.

R10: *Sc2tog, sc in next st* around. (8 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a tail. 


Beak:

With orange yarn, stitch on the beak over the center stitch on R8.


Ears (Make 2):

Leave a tail at the beginning for sewing.

With purple yarn,

R1: Ch 4, sk first ch, sc in next 3 ch. Ch 1, turn. (3 sts)

R2: Sc3tog. (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in the end. Using the beginning tail, sew the ears onto R3-4 on the head. 


Body:

With purple yarn,

R1: 6 sc into magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 sc in st, sc in next 2 sts* rep to end. (16 sts)

R4: Sc in each st around. (16 sts)

R5: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts* rep to end. (12 sts)

R6: *Sc2tog, sc in next st* rep to end. (8 sts)

R7: Sc in each st around. (8 sts)

Stuff. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the head onto the body.


Wings (Make 2):

With purple yarn,

R1: 5 sc into magic ring. (5 sts)

R2: Sc in each st around. (5 sts)

R3: *Sc2tog* x2, sc in st. (3 sts)

R4: Sc in each st around. (3 sts)

Don't stuff. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the sides of the body on R7.


Feet (Make 2):

With orange yarn,

R1: 6 sc into magic ring. (6 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the sides of the body on R3-R4.



The pattern is easy to make into a penguin. Here are some things to change:

1. To make the color change on the head to be more of a point, change R6 to this:

Sc 8, change to white yarn, sc in next 8 sts. Change to purple yarn, sc in next st. change to white yarn, sc in next 8 sts. Change to purple yarn, sc in 7 sts. (24 sts)

2. Make a rounder beak such as 6-7 stitches into a magic ring or using a small piece of felt.

3. Omit the ears.

4. Add white to the front of the body by switching to white yarn in the middle of the rounds for about 4-6 stitches (depends on how narrow the body is). As you get to the last rounds, do one less white stitch on each side to taper it.


© Adorably Kawaii. Pattern is for personal use only. Please don't redistribute/resell the pattern in any way or form.



Shop Update: New Designs




I'm overdo in sharing the latest in Minty Fox Designs! I made more time to do common requests like matching Etsy shop sets and business cards. I'll be working on improving the older designs and hopefully making them all responsive. It's 2015, it has got to happen now!

Colourpop Ultra Mattes

Colourpop was on my wishlist for a long time and I just never ordered any. I noticed that they had a coupon going on and that was the sign!!  I only own 3 lip products and none are even "crazy" colors. How boring, right?

These glide on like a gloss but dries extremely matte in a flash. It felt like a desert on my lips. There's no stickiness and it actually stayed on while I was eating. No lipstick transferring off and having to scrub stains off of cups!

Corgi Amigurumi


Awhile back I made a brown corgi as a birthday gift and kind of didn't stop making them.  It gave me an excuse to shove other projects to the side and finally focus on creating an updated dog!  I've had some older designs right here. Improvement, right?!


Starflower Shrug

A few months ago, I test knit this shrug pattern for Elizabeth Felgate.







It's called the Starflower Shrug pattern and features Estonian lace. I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream Big Ball in Off White.


Style: Florals + New Piercing



The last two weeks have passed me by so fast! I got to work on a bunch of fun custom orders from lovely people. I'm most happy designing things. I'll need to make another post to share it all once I gather the images.  It forced me to manage my time better since very soon my main focus will be on classes.


Purple Owls Sweater


I stumbled on some cropped versions of the Owls sweater pattern by Kate Davies and it made me realize I really needed one for my high waisted skirts.

I probably attempted this pattern a bajillion times in the past years with other yarn.. but I kept giving up on it because it's not easy getting the fit right when you're not an average size and your measurements fluctuate too much.



This time, I decided to try a new yarn and got Knit Picks Brava Bulky in Eggplant. I had to knit it one size smaller than I'd normally select. I think because the yarn is so stretchy? You can read all my mods on my Ravelry project page. I almost want to make another in a brighter color but my queue is already full!

This Owls sweater pattern also comes in kids sizes (6 months-10 years) and is called Owlet. And there's a cardigan version called Owligan, which is next on my queue!




Do you like owls?


STYLE: Pastel Florals



This was my first ever dress purchase on Etsy. I've featured this one here a couple of times already.  I can't decide if this should be in my keep pile yet.  My wardrobe is about 1-2 sizes large now and I feel like I'm drowning in my favorite pieces :( I'm clearing out so many things to get money for fall/winter clothes.  I've already altered some but this dress I'm too scared to touch.

My style is definitely evolving around layering pieces. (FINALLY, I'm super late!)  Most of my clothing has gone untouched all year so I want new pieces I'll actually love to wear. If you've followed along for a long time, then you would have seen me basically wear only dresses. Mostly florals. It's time for an upgrade.

Who's ready for that fall fashion? I want everything in black, neutral and berry colors. I'm not going to get super thick winter stuff since California rarely ever gets cold enough for it.

Where do you get your favorite lightweight sweaters?

August Yarn Crush Box



I recently got the August box from Yarn Crush!! I was waiting for the others to get theirs before sharing pictures or details online since I didn't want to ruin the surprise.

I got this beautiful hand-dyed silk merino lace yarn. I'm really loving the color I got. It also came with a backlit row counter, pretty beads, wire and pattern chart to make a shawl.

It's awesome that the pattern is printed on sturdy cards so you can take it with you anywhere. I also got a PDF emailed to me for a written out version of the pattern. I'm not experienced with reading charts so this was super helpful.


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Yarn Crush is also adding crochet patterns to the box soon. How exciting!! I'm going to be designing a little something for it too.

Have you ever crocheted or knitted with beads?