Maybe someday we will actually get around to opening our etsy shop, but until then, I thought I would just share a couple of images of one of my favorite projects: a crochet mermaid tail. I started crocheting mermaid tails last summer when one of my very best friends was pregnant with sweet baby Aria. I’d just learned how to crochet a scarf that winter and she wasn’t due until August, so I figured if I could make a scarf, surely I could make a mermaid tail! Ha! It probably took me about 40 hours to figure out all of the stitches I needed to make those itty bitty scales, but after I got the hang of it- I went out and bought tail-yarn in bulk. Now, crochet mermaid tail photo props are one of my favorite things to make.
When I got to Okinawa I had a mermaid tail about half finished- just sitting on a shelf waiting for me to get motivated to complete it for our unopened etsy shop. One night on a “camping” trip, my friend Sarah had asked if I would consider crocheting something for her to use for her newborn shots. She wasn’t due for a couple of months and they were waiting to find out the gender of their baby- so as much as she loved the idea of a mermaid tail- it didn’t seem like a great option at the time. Baby “mermen” are more creepy than cute. Instead, we started discussing some gender neutral projects I could start working on.
Now her whole nursery was sea life themed, (remember the Under the Sea cake I made a while back? It was for her shower!) so I had every intention of holding on to that tail until we knew if it was a girl or not, but I still hadn’t started working on it when I got a text less than a week later to tell me that she’d just given birth to a beautiful baby girl. (Six weeks early and perfectly healthy) lucky mama!
All of a sudden I found that motivation I’d been looking for to get that project finished! I even spent my lunch break at school one day crocheting little seashells! Here are some of the adorable photos captured by my friend Kim O’Byrne (whose pregnancy announcement video was another fun project I took on recently!) of sweet Vera smiling in her mermaid tail a few days after she came home from the hospital.
In 2013, I quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. After four months of backpacking I returned to the States and fell in love with a guy whose job sent us straight back to Asia. Nothing has gone according to plan... and it's been absolutely magical.