Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Red Challenge starring Fruits and Veggies

It's time for another challenge on the BBArtisans Etsy team and this time it was Edi of Memories for Life who gave us our prompt for this month. She says that February is about hearts, love, roses.... and challenged us to create any project we'd like using the color red.

I decided to make a bunch of red fruits and veggies for my shop -- after filling a large custom order before Christmas and then having the flu for the first half of January (or so it seemed!), I was tired of looking at crocheted food! But now I needed to get some made and listed, and the challenge was just the right thing to get me going again!

I thought of the various reds I could make -- apples, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, radish. Maybe a slice of cherry pie? Well, I got some of those made. No cherry pie -- maybe later!  I tried the watermelon but I couldn't get it to come out right and attaching the rind was making me yell and scream so.... no watermelon.



I have some strawberries in my shop but they are made of acrylic yarn and I have decided to make all my foodies with cotton yarn -- I think that it will hold up better as a toy and I like the smoothness of cotton too. These are also larger so as to be a safer toy for the little guys.



Red Delicious apple!



Then I went crazy and made a Granny Smith and a Golden Delicious (my personal favorite). I plan to offer them as a set of three and also individually using Etsy's new listing variations tool -- that way the customer can choose which flavor of apple they would like.



A cute tomato for your pretend sandwich or salad....

How do you fix a broken tomato?
Tomato paste!!

couldn't resist  :)




A radish for that salad! 


After I hassled around with that watermelon I decided I needed to turn away from the food and do something else. I decided to make a cute mushroom pot holder -- OK OK, I realize that it's food too, but not, you know, play food that your kid would pretend to eat.... Anyway, I had this pattern from Lion Brand and thought it would be a fun change.



Isn't this just the cutest?!! 

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♥  See the other red challenge projects from the BBArtisans team here on the team blog


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12 comments:

Memories for Life said...

I love all your apples! And that pot holder is so cute :)

Courtney Dydek said...

How cute! Love the apples!

BeadedTail said...

I find it so amazing that you can crochet fruit! They all look great and I love that pot holder too!

storybeader said...

wow - you got a lot of food there! I think my favorites are the apples! Everything is so lifelike! {:-D

Erika said...

The apple is precious! Love it. I agree with Beaded that it is incredible that you can crochet fruit.

Trina (Trina's Clay Creations) said...

Great job using red! LOVE the apples, and that mushroom is darling!

Natasha Hoover said...

Too cute! I think the radish is my favorite because I've never seen anyone recreate the simple vegetable before. It's really cool, original idea!

RNSANE said...

You are so talented. I just love the strawberries. When I had a home, my entire, large bedroom is decorated in strawberries all kinds - paintings, needlework, all sorts of collectibles. Now, everything's in storage as I spent the last nine months in India and will return. Since my retirement from nursing, it is too expensive to live in the San Francisco area.

My Rednesday post is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2013/02/this-is-my-first-time-to-participate-in.html

Janet Bocciardi said...

oh my gosh - the apples are wonderful! I'm partial to the radish though. Something about the spice of it!

Nancy said...

How adorable! Love them!

Rose said...

I love your red food! The strawberries are still my favorite. There is something very whimsical about them.

Splendid Little Stars said...

oooo....I love that radish!

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