Friday, December 17, 2010

Fan Appreciation Winner

With only 25 entries…the chances were pretty good!  Thanks to everyone who took the time to come over and enter…and a big thanks to those of you that promoted the give-away!!!  I wish I could pick 25 winners…but of course I can’t.  Using we have a winner!  Congrats to Katey Crooks…I will be making a custom scarf for you!Give-Away Dec_edited-1Lucky Number 21!  Keep watching the Menagerie…there are new plans for the new year…and more give-aways to come!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fan Appreciation Game

We reached 500!  Woot!  I put it out there for all the fans to help me decide what to give away!! Sadly, only 9 of 500 gave their input…fortunately their opinions count!!!  It was pretty dead even between wanting an adult item or a baby/child item.  So here is how this will work…

I am going to give the winner [who will be chosen by] their choice. 

Adult Item: a beautiful, soft scarf…my choice!

Baby/Child Item:  girl – hat with flower OR boy – solid color [ your choice] hat.

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I am begging Santa to help me get this out before Christmas.  But please understand that this is a busy time of year as I fulfill current orders…and it is possible that I will need to have some more time.  I will be making the winning item once the winner is announced.

Here’s how to enter:

1. You get 1 entry for leaving a comment on this blog post.  Leave your name, email address, and which item you are hoping to receive.

2. You get a 2nd entry for posting about this give-away on FB…in other words, you get an additional entry for sending people over to The Menagerie by Lindsay fan page on FB.  Make sure they say who sent them when they come over.  When I see the referral, I will add your name to the comments…you don’t have to come back and do anything else.

3. You get a 3rd entry by blogging about it…in other words, you get this additional entry for sending people over to The Menagerie by Lindsay blog.  Remind them the follow.  All you need to do is post the link to your post in the comments!

Deadline to enter is December 17 by 5PM EST…all comments after 5PM will not count.  I will announce the winner right here sometime before 10PM EST!!!  Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I am stippling!  The first attempt was not pretty and I had to rip out all the stitches…took forever.  The DH even helped after he noticed that I was still working on ripping stitches after more than an hour!!!  But attempt #2 went a lot better.  Not perfect…but certainly acceptable!!!  I am stippling ladies and gentlemen…I am stippling.  Not bad for someone who turned on a sewing machine for the first time back in late May.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Turkey Day Outfit for the Princess

A little late…I scrambled to get this outfit finished for the princess in time for Thanksgiving.  I had been so busy with  custom orders that her outfit kept getting put off!  I finished it just in time to pack!

Turkey-Day-OutfitThe skirt is completely patch worked on the front side…and reversible.  The reversible side is one print…here is a photo that shows the reversible side [excuse the awful photo….white balance is off & I just did not feel like fixing it!]. Turkey-Day-Outfit-2bAnd here she is wearing it in the backyard at my parent’s house on Thanksgiving Day!IMG_0301IMG_0305

More Hats

So many hats…not enough time.  And I still have so many design ideas that I don’t even have time to make right now.  But here are a few from the last few weeks.
Caribbean-Lemonade I call this one Caribbean LemonadeWool-stripes-with-shell-ansWool-stripes-with-shell-and  I love this one!  The princess loves it too and wants me to make her one!  This one sold fast…in my hands less than 2 days!Josie-1This was a 24 hour custom order for a local photographer!  I love how it turned out.  Look at this amazing photo she captured using it!!!  Josie 3 Nature-3
This is probably my recent favorite.  I created this one for a design challenge…theme was Nature!  I call it “Pocket Full of Daisies.”

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Few New Hats

I have been making hats…lots of hats…you would think I have a hat factory in my living room if you saw it.  And, I have about 7 more to make.  But here are a few new ones…

Bunny-Hat---Finished Ninja-Turtle-1 Mary's-#2-Hat Mary's-#3-Hat BCG-Snowman BCG-Snowman-2 Pink-&-Black-Michelle  Puppy-Dog-Hat

See!  I have been busy!!!  Remember, you can click on the individual photos to see them larger!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Adult Hat & Scarf Sets

Yep…occasionally I make cute stuff for big kids adults too!!!  Here are two sets that I finished this weekend for custom orders.  I really need to find a new model and a better way to get pics.  Standing in the bathroom…trying to balance the camera with one hand…while snapping a photo of myself just really isn’t working.  But until I find a better solution, you have to look at me modeling these items…blurry or not!  LOL!Janet's-Set Red-Hat-Scarf-Set If you need something in time for Christmas, you need to order no later than Thanksgiving for guaranteed on-time delivery!   Rushes might be possible…just depends on how my time-management goes with a three-year-old in the house!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Some Recent Projects

I have been busy with lots of projects!!!  I had my first Etsy sale…a custom order that I am currently working on and trying to finish later tonight!  And I have had several other custom orders through the FB page!  Here’s a peek:

A fire truck hat for a special little 4-yr-old!  The mom was awesome and let me just figure it out!  Love it!Fire-Truck-hatFire-Truck-hat-4 Doesn’t my model just look thrilled to be photographed in yet another hat!!!!

This one is for a friend I used to work with in Tampa.  Again, lots of design freedom!Lacey-Hole-Hat-3 Lacey-Hole-Hat-FlowerBow is completely detachable and on an alligator clip.  This allows the hat to be used and coordinated with for more color choices.  Large bows and flowers can be clipped right onto it!

I needed a birthday party present for this past weekend for a little girl that has been part our life since shortly after my daughter was born.  My DD and this little girl get along fabulously and love playing together….this is what I came up with the night before the party!  Now my DD wants one too!Dominique's-Set I have also worked on a few adult designs…Cable-Hat-3Cable-HatRed-Flower Red-Flower-3Need to find a new adult model…taking pics of myself in the mirror does not result in the best images!

There is a lot more coming once I catch up!!!

Thick-n-Thin Handspun Yarn Color Options

Yep…they are yummy!  And they make the cutest chunky beanies [can be made in any size].  They are also fabulous for cocoon/beanie sets and prop blankets for photographers.Thick n Thin Solids ShadesShades 2_edited-1Shades 3_edited-1BoldsJewels_edited-1

Here is just one example of what can be made with this type of yarn.  It’s quite delicious!IMG_0174-3GL Super yummy yarns…soft and bulky with the thick-n-thin texture!  All yarns are available but must be ordered…I just can’t stock this much yarn at one time.  If you are interested in anything made with these, please message me so that we can set up a custom invoice…and please allow 2-3 weeks for your order to be in your hands.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Little Pumpkin Dress

FINALLY!  I finished one…and my machine is giving so many problem…will be borrowing a machine from a friend late today!  This is adorable and it is listed in my Etsy shop…grab it before Halloween.Pumpkin-DressPumpkin-Dress-2

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Newborn Square Hat with Pom-Poms

Whipped this one up while the little princess was sick yesterday.  The sewing machine was too loud for her…even though I have dress in a large stack  to be finished…so I got the crochet needles out and this yummy yarn.  It’s alpaca, merino, and silk…SO SOFT!Newborn-Double-PomsNewborn-Double-Poms-3It’s listed in my Etsy shop if you are interested!! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

And the WINNER is….

Using it is comment #9…Bunnyz Bows and Clippeez 2 Envy. Congrats!!!  I will be in touch through email to get your name and a shipping address.  Let’s see if we can 500 fans so we can do another give-away!  Keep referring your friends and THANK YOU for all of your support!
Hat # Winner

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Football Hat

The Boutique Challenge Group…mentioned them earlier this week…hosted a football themed challenge two weeks ago.  FYI: The challenge themes are posted, anyone interested in creating something for the theme has a specific time period to create their item/s and post pics and description/s to a private board.  Then, the photos go live on the main board for about a week of voting.  The winners of the voting round get a little free publicity through shout outs from the lovely ladies that maintain the BCG.  Then, the items go up for auction for about a week.  So each theme lasts about two-ish weeks…all the while the next them is being worked on.  Make sense…clear as mud??
Anyway, the Football Challenge was the first one I entered.  There were so many entries that the items were divided into 4 categories.  Tooting my own horn here…I WON for my category.  So I got lots of “Shout Outs” and publicity throughout the week.  The auction ended tonight and the hat took a very respectable bid [lots of back and forth bidding and outbidding] of $16.00!  Woot Woot!
Here is the hat I designed for the challenge…and my darling husband being such a good sport to model it for me!
Football hatI have since had three more orders for this hat.  Even one order to make it orange & blue for the Florida Gators.  I very gladly obliged that request!  Go Gators!

Little Halter-Tie Dress

I haven’t gotten around to making any of these for the Etsy shop yet…but just thought I’d share this adorable little model wearing the dress I sent her!  I made 3 of these…all matching for the cousins!  If I could get them all together in the same place to take a photo it would be priceless.  Alas, that will not be possible!  But I love the way it turned out and it looks darn right precious on her!

Leni 1Leni 2Cute…huh!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My First Give-Away

We reached 200 fans over at The Menagerie by Lindsay fan page on facebook…and I promised a give-away/contest! 

In celebration of FALL…my favorite season…I know, how does a girl in South Florida even know what fall is?  But it’s true, I love fall and have dreams of someday being somewhere where I can embrace it each and every year.

Anyway, in celebration of fall, I will choose one fan randomly to receive one of my pumpkin hats ABSOLUTELY FREE!Lil-Pumpkin-3This adorable little pumpkin can be made for a boy or a girl.  The hat will be custom made so that it fits perfectly!

Here is how to enter:

1. Follow this blog and leave a comment on this blog letting me know you are following.  Also let me know if you want your hat made for a boy or girl, and what age your little pumpkin is.  Please also leave your e-mail in the comment so that I can get in touch with you easier should you be the winner!

2. Fan the facebook page [link above] and leave a comment letting me know you are a fan.  If you are already a fan, let me know in your comment.

3. For an extra 2 entries, blog about this give-away and link back to my blog.

All entries must be made by Sunday, September 12 by 5pm EST.  I will close the contest at that time and announce the winner by 9pm EST on the facebook fan page.  Good luck!  And thanks to my awesome fans for making this possible!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

All the king’s horses

and all the king’s men,

couldn’t put Humpty together again!

Humpty-BCG-2 I have joined this awesome group, Boutique Challenge Group, on facebook that does design challenges twice a month!  This week’s challenge is Mother Goose or Grimm’s Fairytales.  I created Humpty Dumpty for this challenge…and super happy about how he turned out.  He was A LOT MORE WORK than I initially anticipated…but the end result was worth it!  I was the winner of the Football Challenge in the accessories category last week.  Hoping Humpty can pull off another win!  I have one more potential entry for this challenge if I can pull it off in time….we’ll have to wait and see how the week pans out for me and whether I get enough time to do it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Give-Away

I'm sharing this with all of you...but I'll be honest...I am hoping I win! LOL!

Check out My Life Through Pink Colored Glasses....she has the cutest school spirit outfits and I need one for the princess! It's football season and time to wear some orange & blue. Or any other colors you might want to wear! Although orange & blue is the BEST!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Featured Item

on Etsy…how amazing is that!  My “So Tweet” hat is one of the 16 featured items on the main page.

Here’s the screen shot…would post the link, but it won’t work forever and the pic will last!


See the little bird…bottom row…second from the left…That’s mine!  And here’s the link to the listing:



Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Dresses

My sewing machine is on fire…might need to give it a rest after I finish this next set of dresses…

Here is the coordinating dress for my niece to go with the one I made for Amelia [that is already posted].Green Dress 3Color is way off…gotta love mobile uploads! But you can see that it coordinates with being an identical match!

And her is a close-up of the green ball edging! Love it!Green Dress 4

And finally, the Pink Butterfly halter…I am making 3 of these…and this is the tiniest one!Butterfly Dress

Two more of these and I may actually give the machine rest and try my hand at catching up on my various scrapbooks!