Sucre Fleuf! A crocheted bakery at Sweet Tooth Hotel

I know that I’ve been a terrible blogger and haven’t written here since December, but I spent Nov 2019 – June 2020 developing and working on my first crochet installation. I also left my job in social media and now work full time helping a company create video content for artists and makers. But let me tell you all about the installation “Sucre Fleuf!” now on exhibition at Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, TX as part of a group fiber art show called Intangible.

This is the first year that the Craft Yarn Council has offered an artist in residency for a handful of amazing female fiber artists to unleash their dreams and creativity in yarn. I’m so honored to be part of this!

As I mentioned, we have all been working on our spaces since late 2019. We then met up in Dallas in March for a week to install our pieces, get to know each other, and check out each other’s works in progress. In the show, you’ll find crocheting, knitting, tufting, weaving, latch-hooking, all manner of art in yarn form! It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

I’ll share photos of the other artists spaces later (check out Sweet Tooth’s Instagram), but for now, I thought I’d let you know what I worked on for 8-9 months. I know you will ask if the patterns will be available, and yes, that is my next project. I want to try self-publishing a little book of crochet patterns filled with bread, cakes, and pastries. Right now my patterns are in a really rough form with not-so-great photography. It’s really re-making the projects and taking photos that makes pattern-writing a whole time-consuming production!

Here’s a little video walk-through I made on my phone when Manda and I visited the show in June. Due to Covid 19, we were very careful, and were only in Dallas for less than 24 hours before coming home. I felt very lucky she was able to travel with me. It made the trip much less scary!

When I was first asked to participate, I kept thinking that I had to work BIG, on a large scale. However, since I live in California and the show is in Dallas, the idea of shipping something very large also seemed daunting. I sketched a few different proposals for the gallery, and ultimately I realized that my creative wheelhouse is in scarves and amigurumi, and then the idea for Sucre Fleuf! was born. “Sucre” means sugar and “Fleuf” is a a word I sort of made-up that sounds French-ish and refers to the fluff of the stuffing I use and the fluff of a delicious cake. It’s also a bit of a riff on “Sacre Bleu!”

It was quite an experience to sketch something out in Photoshop and to see it come to life in reality. Everyone at Sweet Tooth was so helpful. It was their team that actually built out the whole space and painted everything. I just had to come in and arrange all the crocheted pieces. I watched someone put together the pegs on the donut wall and that already seemed like complete magic to me!

This is the patisserie side of the bakery, filled with super cute sweets. Bags of pastel marshmallow bunnies, assorted ice cream cone friends, big heart cakes and birthday cakes, cream puff rosters, star-shaped cakes, and little pastries like tiny bear cakes, swan cream puffs, and raspberry St. Honores. Oh yeah, and two donut walls!

Inside the cabinets you’ll find fancy jellies and baking supplies. I love these squishy bags of flour and sugar! And I need to make more little pats of butter!

The other side of the bakery is the boulangerie, where you’ll find bunny baguettes, sourdough turtles, cat loaves, and teddy bear bread rolls. In the cabinet are sleepy pup croissants, cinnamon snails, and panda popovers.

On the back wall are the big cakes! There is a big wedding-style tiered cake covered in whipped cream blobs, juicy cherries, and topped with a mini version of the bakery itself. I’m not sure how many people will look inside the tiny cake-topper bakery, but I also printed out an image of the patisserie wall inside of it for people who love detail.

The big sheet cakes on the wall are meant to remind everyone that every day can be a day to celebrate.

Sucre Fleuf! represents all of my favorite things. I imagined Wes Anderson opening a cute bakery in Japan. This was also 100% a team effort. Jencey, the owner of Sweet Tooth Hotel was awesome to work with and extremely collaborative. In places I wanted to play conservatively, she encouraged me to go all-out. It was also her idea to put tv screens in the bakery windows and shoot footage of me walking across – so creative!

I spent most of my time designing samples, writing all new patterns, sending yarn to my helpers, and then finishing pieces as they came back to me. For 95% of the projects, I still wanted to work final touches myself. I wanted to sew the ears, or roll the snails, or assemble the ice cream friends or swan cream puffs, and I glued on a gazillion eyeballs with the help of my mom. Manda also helped sew decorations onto the heart cakes and helped me find a way to strengthen the structure of the ice cream cones. My turnaround times were always very tight, and I could NOT have done any of this without my old crochet friends and making some new ones.

Rita – ritabakez – sourdough turtles

Gretchen Wu – kitty loaves, swan cream puffs, parts of the raspberry St. Honore

Lizi Bronzon – lizilovescake – bunny baguettes, teddy bear bread rolls, garden bunnies

Amanda M. – strawberries and leaves

Thread.Winners – marshmallow bunnies

Trisha Vicari– marshmallow bunnies

Sara Tibbs – rands crafts – heart cakes and birthday cakes

Kat “PK” Delurgio – Namaste Stitches – cream puff towers, tiny bear cakes, star cakes, jelly fish, cinnamon snails

Wendy Chavalia – Crochet in the Falls by Wendy – cream puff towers, mice

Erin Manke – EMankeCrochet – ice cream cone friends

Emy Kind – Rosemary’s Baby MEK – candles for bday cakes, pup croissants, donuts, decorations for sheet cakes

Me – all designs (except for the waffle cones, pattern purchased and used with permission from Copacetic Crochet), wedding cake, sheet cake, garden caterpillars

Also thanks so much to the Craft Yarn Council for including me in this amazing project. And to everyone who has visited the show so far and posted photos. I wish everyone could experience it!! I will try to make time to write another blog post about the other amazing installations in this show. Mine was just the beginning hallway!

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Mini Santa Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Bunny was feeling very poorly last week and went into the ER again. I was afraid this would be our last Christmas together, so I made us two tiny Santa hats for a photo. She had been wanting to just be in her bed all day with zero energy. I felt bad even bothering her for this, but it only took a few minutes so I hope she doesn’t hate me forever.

I ended up pinning both of them to my head after letting her go back to sleep. You could attach them to hair clips or a head band, but I think just using bobby pins makes them really versatile. Now I can thread a loop through them and put them on my Christmas tree or a wreath! We have some on our mantel garland right now.

For Bunny, I strung black yarn on each side of the hat and tied a bow under her chin. I picked black to match her fur so the tie would be less visible.

I hope you have fun with your mini Santa hats!

Mini Santa Hat Crochet Pattern

  • You’ll need a small amount of worsted yarn in Red and White, an H hook, scissors, yarn needle, and you can either make a pom pom with yarn or you’ll need a store-bought one to glue on. I think mine were 1/2 inch white Pom Poms.
  • The RS of your work in Red will show on the outside of the hat, and you’ll flip up the White brim so the WS will be showing.

Abbreviations

ch(s): chain(s)
FLO: front loops only
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
(  ): work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch
[  ]: work everything inside the brackets the number of times
indicated

Hat Pattern

With Red and H hook, make magic circle or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into ring. Don’t join rnds. – 6 sts

Rnd 2: sc, 5 hdc. – 6 sts

Rnd 3: [(2 hdc), 2 hdc] 2 times. – 8 sts

Rnd 4: [(2 hdc), 3 hdc] 2 times. – 10 sts

Rnd 5: [(2 hdc), 4 hdc] 2 times. – 12 sts

Rnd 6: [(2 hdc), 5 hdc] 2 times. – 14 sts

Rnd 7: [(2 hdc), 6 hdc] 2 times. – 16 sts

Rnd 8: [(2 hdc), 7 hdc] 2 times. – 18 sts

Rnd 10: [(2 hdc), 8 hdc] 2 times. – 20 sts

Rnd 11: [(2 hdc), 4 hdc] 4 times. – 24 sts

Rnd 12: 23 hdc evenly, sc. – 24 sts

  • Sl st to next st to join. 
  • Break off White. Join White. 

Rnd 13: Work this rnd in FLO. Ch 2, work hdc evenly around. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. – 24 sts

Rnd 14: Work in both loops again. Ch 2, 24 hdc evenly around. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. – 24 sts

  • Break off and weave in all ends.
  • Flip up the White brim of the hat.
  • Make a tiny White pompom to sew on top of the hat or glue your store-bought pompom on.
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Little Santa Ornament – Crochet Pattern

I crocheted myself a Santa ornament and thought you might want to crochet some, too! They would make the cutest gifts, or even gift toppers. We also put a bunch on the garland on our mantel, and I think they would look absolutely amazing on your holiday wreaths! Right now, you can get it FREE for 24 hours before I post it to Etsy. Click here get the pattern from my Etsy shop: Santa Ornament Crochet Pattern

He’s constructed like a pillow, and you can use whatever you like or have around the house for his eyes, nose, and belt buckle. All the Santas look super cute and comfy on my pink Christmas tree from Treetopia, and while I can’t decide between decorating my living room in a pastel theme or with more traditional colors, Cute Santa bridges the gap pretty well!

My mom came for a visit and wanted to steal all of them, so beware: Everyone will want one!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Little Pink Ghost Pillow

My friend Truck from 100% Soft designed this really cute Ghost Friends Dress with happy ghost foods flying all over it! I decided to make a matching happy ghost pillow, and I love how he turned out!

If you’d like to make a friend of your own, click on the link for the free PDF: Little Ghost Pillow

I’ll be honest: I worked this up really quickly, and I haven’t had much time to proofread it before posting. If you find any errors or confusing spots, just leave a comment and let me know!

I hope you have a lot of fun with your new buddy!


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Treetopia’s Scary Rooms Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

Alien Autopsy Halloween decor with crocheted alien and pink Halloween tree covered in UFOs

Pink Halloween Tree – Alien Autopsy Style!

Quote from my mom: “It’s funny. AND YUCKY.”

It’s that time of the year again when Treetopia celebrates its biggest scare-fest! They partnered with 12 influencers – including me! – to join their brand ambassador, Jennifer Perkins, in a very unique influencer- hop. Everyone is decorating a room in their homes with a haunted house theme featuring colored trees and foliage from Treetopia, and you have a few ways to win your very own tree! Scroll to the bottom of this post enter. #TreetopiaScaryRooms

While looking at tons of images of haunted houses, I for some reason got really inspired by a particular Alien Autopsy room and completely ran with that theme.

I had so much fun decorating my 5 foot pink tree with pink lights courtesy of Treetopia. I used little green aliens, medium-sized glow in the dark aliens, assorted green tree ornaments, and I made my own UFOs with pie tins, treat container toppers, flat back rhinestones, and really awesome stretchy mesh tubing! I love the contrast of all the green decorations with the pink tree.

A Closer Look At Our Lab

While I focused on crocheting the guest star of my Scary Room – George, the crocheted, autopsied alien – Manda helped me create the crazy laboratory around him. She started by draping everything with plastic painter’s sheeting to create that “secret pop-up laboratory” look.

Initially, my goal was to crochet a bunch of organs to suspend in jars filled with colored water, but I was really pressed for time, so Manda improvised and started digging around in the kitchen for anything and EVERYTHING to put in our jars.

Me: What’s in the blue jar?!

Manda: KALE. AND A ROCK.

We surrounded our laboratory shelf with a 10 ft. pre-lit white Christmas garland which Manda also decorated with aliens, green tree ornaments, and plastic aliens to coordinate with our tree, because who says labs can’t be festive, too?

The “I.V.” bags are actually something you can water your plants with as you set how much it “drips,” and we just hung them on a silver lamp that I almost gave away because I don’t really use it.

Other things in our jars: jumbo bubble wrap, eggs that Manda drew veins on with Sharpie, Polyfil stuffing, udon noodles, FROZEN CHICKEN BREASTS, a dried up air plant, and 1 actual crocheted organ.

We just bought a new cabinet for our living room to hide our vacuum cleaner in, but it made its debut as our mad scientist storage area including anatomical research photos and other intimidating looking tools we happen to have in our garage at the moment.

George, The Crocheted Alien Who Was Tragically Autopsied But Feels Relatively Okay About It

So, I spent a million hours crocheting this alien autopsy, but I didn’t get great photos of him because he was on my dining room table, and I couldn’t get high enough to get his whole body in the frame.

Win Your Own Halloween Tree!

Giveaway #1: Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only. Treetopia is hosting a treasure hunt! Find the Treetopia logo hidden in my photo above, screenshot it, and use your screenshot to enter to win at this link: http://bit.ly/TreetopiaScavengerHunt You can also take screenshots from the other bloggers in the Treetopia Scary Rooms blog-hop! It started on September 23rd and ends on October 10. There will be three winners! You can see the types of trees you might win in their terms & conditions.

Giveaway #2: Open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only. I am also hosting my own giveaway right here on my blog. You can enter to win the same 5 foot pink tree that I used for my alien tree. It’s the perfect shade of pink and pre-lit with pink lights. I must admit, it casts a pretty eery glow at night. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. I will choose 1 winner on October 5th, and your tree will be coming from Treetopia! Good luck!! I can’t wait to see your Halloween Trees!

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Quote from Manda in our 20s: “Why don’t we ever take photos of the SMART things that we do!?” Does this count…?


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