Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wild Burros: Donkeys Get Adopted in Utah! :)

During the moments when I'm not knitting, I can usually be found in the burro pasture behind our house! 

Today my husband Nicholas and I are so happy to announce that our sweet wild burro, Chocolate Bear, officially belongs to us now! 
Chocolate Bear's Title
 
Hopefully his buddy Barnabas' title will be coming in the mail any day, as well.  :) 

The BLM will only allow wild horse or wild burro adopters to apply for titles after a year, to prove that we will care for them long term.

As with any pets, these two make us laugh with their silly antics, melt our hearts with their affection and create an unbelievable amount of mess for us to clean up, ha ha!

We feel very lucky to share our lives with these two fellas and are grateful that they've decided to trust us and befriend us!

Now they love to meet new people, including kids.  Here they are reaching out to receive a gift of cherry tomatoes from our friend Jess.
Accepting tomatoes from a friend
Would you like to see more of our inseparable pair of formerly wild donkeys?

Most of the videos that I've posted on facebook are of these two:


Crickets' home videos

And here's a link to one of my FAVORITE pics, of Chocolate Bear getting a kiss from Nicholas:

Nose kisses from Chocolate Bear

Thanks for sharing this milestone moment with us!  Burros can live for 35 years or longer and these guys are only three years old, so we will enjoy their companionship for a long time. :)

Sincerely,
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907


Follow:
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ribbon Wrap Newborn Baby Props

How are you today? I'm excited because I just made a new set of seven different colors of new RIBBON wraps, and I'm offering them at a quantity discount! 

Hand knit from a very small run of European ribbon, these are going to go quickly; most likely before I get a chance to put them up on my general site.  So here they are:
ribbon wrap assortment
Coffee, Golden Blend, Solid Burgundy, Ambers, Greens, Terra Cotta Mix and Solid Maize
 
A close up of the Terra Cotta Mix, my personal favorite:
Terra Cotta Mix ribbon wrap
 
And, uh, that reminds me that I still haven't told you about my new, super wow color changing lace wraps in a brushed yarn that's similar to mohair:
Color-changing lace wraps
Green-black and blue-white
 
And even though I have sent off over 50 since their debut (thanks all!), I still have a few in each color of my slightly fuzzy, solid color wraps:
lace wrap in light pink
What's the special price??  Choose ANY five of my lace wraps--ribbon, color shift or slightly fuzzy like at this link--and they're only $25 each (that's almost getting two for free since they're normally $38+ each)!  

Please email or call (my contact info is in my signature below) and we can talk more about what colors you'd like.  Then I'll set up special listings reserved just for you! :)

Would you like to be informed whenever I have a new product or color?  Then please click the link below to sign up for my "New News" email notification list (there's a place to opt out of categories that you're not as interested in, as well):

"New News" Customized Sign Up

Thanks so much!
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907


Follow:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

What's New emails from Crickets: Sign up here! :)

Woo hoooooo!  I have been wanting the perfect, soft, strong, lasting and colorfast grey yarns with which to make throw blankets for ... well, for as long as I've been making throw blankets!

And finally there are not one, but FOUR shades of grey now available!  Of course I had to buy a few of each.  ;)  Here's a sampling:
New grey throw blanket yarns
Starting in upper left and moving clockwise they are: Charcoal Heather, Clay Solid, Medium Grey Heather and Light Grey Heather
 
I am especially looking forward to making a pink and grey throw!  Oh, and a yellow and grey throw!  And teal and grey are so pretty together ... purple and grey is a modern combo .... I'm on fire with ideas! What would YOU like to see?  Maybe ALL greys??

Which leads me to an exciting announcement:  Before whenever I've had a new item or color choice to share, I've maybe posted it on facebook and a few of you might have seen it by chance.

Well, how would you like be GUARANTEED to always be in the know whenever I have a new product or exciting new material, without depending on facebook? Interested?

Then please click the link just below to join my just-created email list :


YES, please let me know what's new with Crickets' Creations!

Thank you for your time and interest ... and here's to your wonderful summer!
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907



Follow:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Custom Wedding Ideas, my Specialty!

 It took me a while to find the love of my life.  Nicholas is my cheerleader, my personal chef and my stand up, in home comic when I need a giggle. He also challenges me to be my best self and did you know that it was with his encouragement that I started Crickets' Creations?

He planned ALL the details of our wedding while I was busy knit-knit-knitting; all I had to do was show up for the second happiest day of my life (the happiest was when he proposed)!  Would you like to see photos and read more from our pink and green 2009 wedding? Please click here!

Our wedding meant so much to us and that is why it touches my heart to be asked to make anything wedding related, such as a custom throw blanket in the bride and groom's wedding or home colors, such as the this surprise gift for Chris' daughter to go with a personalized, engraved bench:
wedding gift throw
Or this stunning beauty (orange is my favorite color!!!):  An extra wide shawl wrap for Sherry to wear during her fall vows (her gown is ivory with bronze "fall leaf" colored trim and she'll be wearing fall jewel toned flowers in her hair)!!!!!!!!  I simply did not use enough exclamation points to fully describe my happiness, lol:
Orange wedding wrap
After Sherry placed her order, I sent her yarn samples in the mail of various "safe" colors along with what I really wanted her to use, which was daring ORANGE with other fall jewel tones such as purple and green! ;) 

I did a happy dance when I received her note:

"Well I was sure I was going to do the typical boring light ivory to match my dress with just a hint of color. So not me at all.

Then...I saw the color samples in those beautiful rich colors. I can't help myself I have to go with the rustic fall wow. This means (no pressure) that your creation will be the focal draw of my big day outfit. I am very excited with the colors and your skills and... IT'S ORANGE!

I can't stop smiling. I know this shawl is going to be amazing and absolutely reflect my inner self. YEAH!!!"

To me, that's what it's all about; creating something that will be special, unique and reflect the personality and preferences of the bride and groom.  A huge sigh of gratitude from me to all who have entrusted me to help bring to life a once-in-a-lifetime wedding gift or accessory.
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907


Follow:
 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm not giving up! :)

Lately I've felt a little discouraged due to some email delivery challenges that are happening. 

For example, the last email that I sent was rejected by AOL, which means that my VIPs with AOL accounts never saw my message.  And gmail is now filing a lot of emails away into folders automatically, where people might not think to check.

So I've been quiet and reluctant to send email updates. It's not as fun if I know a bunch of you are going to be left out!  But, you know what?

I've decided that being a quitter is no way to be!  There are still plenty of folks with Yahoo! or other email addresses.  And I am going to honor my commitment to stay in touch, obstacles or no obstacles!

So this time it's just a simple hello, and a sweet little photo collage showing a beautiful, expecting mother (hi, Bri!) posing with my purple Belly 2 Baby™ wrap (also available in beige, raspberry red and light pink) ... and later, the same wrap used to swaddle her new baby girl during first week portraits! It makes a nice connector between the two portraits, would you agree? :)
Belly 2 Babywrap in purple
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907



Follow:
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Last Minute Graduation Gifts from Crickets

Yesterday, at CricketsHome I received a last minute throw blanket order for a graduation gift (thank you, Marilyn!).  It was Monday and Marilyn needed it by Friday. 

My customers are often in a hurry when they order from me: "Help!  The baby was born yesterday!  We need photography blankets by the end of the week!" 

That's why I keep as much inventory as possible made up in advance and on hand, ready to ship.  Even for custom orders, I often knit up popular components ahead of time, so just a little bit of custom assembly or fringe choices can be quickly implemented.

So when Marilyn ordered Monday morning, I was able to use a brown blanket that I'd already made.  I added custom fringe and it was ready to go that afternoon!  Now with any postal luck, she'll have it in New York in plenty of time.

If you're under a time crunch, please just let me know your deadline and I'll do what I can do send your goodies out post haste! :)

Oh and would you like to see that blanket (I love how it turned out)?

Please click here to see the brown afghan graduation present! :)

Thank you, "see" you soon!
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907



Follow:
 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mix and Match Multiples - Best Baby Wraps from Crickets

Six weeks ago, I wrote explaining how I am closing BabyBirdz, one of my too-many online shops to make more time for YOU and creating!

Click this sentence to read the past message and moving sale offer.

I offered a set discount on my baby prop lacy wraps and thanks to enthusiastic response cleared out 55 listings; we're getting there! :)

Now I'm upping the ante with mix-and-match sets of any five or more wraps and/or EnCircle™ baby loops!  I'll explain the deal in a moment...

First, here are a few new photos with the wraps, generously shared by pioneering photography customers Amy Odom and Lindsey Marie:
"I use those wraps in every newborn shoot!!"
"I love your wraps!  Thank you for making beautiful things."
Taupe lace wrap 12" x 36
Cream lace wrap over baby
 
And here is a collage of those irresistible little loops which I've named EnCircles™ (to read their debut announcement please CLICK HERE):
EnCircle loop props
 
Now for the discount details!  The deal was:
  • Wraps would be only $25 each when ordered as a set of 5 or more
  • EnCircles would be only $20 each when ordered as a set of 5 or more
The new deal:
  • Mix and match any five wraps and/or EnCircle baby loops to make your custom set.  
For example, choose 3 wraps for $25 ea and 2 EnCircles for $20 ea to make a set of 5 total. Or get 5 wraps. Or 5 EnCircles™. Or any other combination. It's YOUR choice! :D

Photographer Shelley Deneau writes about her mixed set of four EnCircles and three wraps: "I got my stuff today! Omg. I love, love it all!  So soft and fuzzy and beautiful and gorgeous and....
"

So how do you get your mix-and-match set? Please either email me or call me at 435-689-0907 and then I'll reserve special listings for you! :) 

Oh and did I mention $5 flat rate shipping to anywhere in the world?  Oh yeah! ;) 

Thank you so much; I'm nothing without your support!
Celeste (Crickets)
Founder and President of Crickets' Creations, LLC (BabyBirdz, CricketsHome & CricketsKnits)
Receive email updates
Visit Crickets online
435-689-0907



Follow: