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I am a 30 year old stay-at-home mother of two from Michigan. I like to crochet, it relaxes me. I love to make new and different things!
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Sleepy Owl

Much like the Little Owl  hat, my latest creation is the Sleepy Owl Hat. I thought it would look cute to embroider long eyelashes on the eyes to make it look very sleepy. I can just picture this hat on infants who are fast asleep, without a care in the world. I always make hats using the Double Crochet stitch, but this hat was made with the Half Double Crochet stitch. It turned out a little smaller than I had hoped, but I was still happy with the result. It's easier to embroider on the little details with a smaller stitch. 

I just received a shipment of my first business cards! I thought it would be fun to insert the cards in orders I receive on Etsy, so people can easily find all my information and order more items in the future! I love making these for people. Crocheting is very calming and actually fun. I know, I'm a dork! :) This is the second year of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, where artists from all over enter their art pieces in a contest. There is art all over the city, everywhere you turn, and people are coming from all over just to see it! I think if I take my kids to look at art, I'll have them wear some of my hats and see if anyone asks about them. My business cards may come in handy!



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Black Cat




Today's creation was the Black Cat Hat. I wanted to make something fun for my daughter to wear when it starts to get cold out. Obviously in Michigan we experience many cold days! I'm kind of excited about the fact that with my new skill, I never have to buy winter hats for my kids again! This hat took a few hours to make, mostly because the ears, eyeballs, and pupils were made separately and sewn on, and the nose was made with Pink embroidery thread. I added the ear-flaps for extra warmth, and the braids for extra cuteness! :)

My daughter is going to be Jessie from Toy Story for Halloween. If I can't find a cowgirl hat for her at the store, I guess I might have to make one! Oh boy!!

Don't forget, all the items featured on this blog can be found in my Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pink Bunny Slippers

My latest creation: Pink Bunny Slippers. My daughter was watching a show called 'Maggie and the Ferocious Beast' and they had an episode about the beast not having bunny slippers like everyone else at the sleepover. I am always trying to find inspiration for something new I can make, and that is when I decided that making these slippers would be fun. I am going to try them on my son as soon as he wakes up from his nap. Poor guy! :) He is always my test model. I didn't have a pattern for these slippers, I just made it up as I went. As always, these little slippers are for sale in my Etsy shop.

Owls

Owls are very popular right now, and so cute! There are so many different owl products out there. I have two owl hats, one with a baby owl on it. I found a pattern for an owl fridgie, and decided to attach it to a beanie hat. It turned out really cute, but took a long time to make. The owl was made in different parts and sewn together. I then decided to make a hat where the wearer would look like an owl. I just made eyes, ears, and used embroidery string for the beak. Not as time consuming, but still very cute! The pattern for the baby owl can be found here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ruby Slippers

My favorite creation so far would be my Ruby Slippers. I mostly make beanie hats,  but I wanted to make something else that was easy and fun. I found a pattern I liked and created some baby Mary Janes. They looked like little Pink ballerina shoes. I loved these, and quickly made a few more in different colors. I kept thinking about what little shoes I would want if I were still a little girl, and then it came to me. When I was young, I had a major passion for The Wizard Of Oz. I probably watched that movie five times a day. I was terrified of the Wicked Witch and the flying monkeys, but I loved Dorothy and the Tinman the most. I knew that I wanted to make some ruby slippers. I went to Hobby Lobby and found some sparkly red yarn. They turned out very cute!

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I am a stay-at-home mother of two. I have always been into Arts & Crafts, but wanted to do something different and fun to pass the time while my kids played and napped. I walked around Hobby Lobby looking for some sort of inspiration. A lot of ideas popped into my head, but I ended up buying a book about Crochet and a crochet hook. I went home and was determined to teach myself this new craft. At first, I couldn't even get the hang of the slip knot. Eventually, I turned to YouTube. I watched so many videos of basic stitches and patterns, and quickly got the hang of it. I also had help from a friend of the family, since my first Granny Square was more like a circle! :)

I sometimes laugh at myself for this new hobby of mine. I never imagined myself sitting in a rocking chair, pushing up my glasses, and crocheting little hats and booties at the age of 28! But, this new hobby of mine is actually very relaxing and fun....and no, I do not sit in a rocking chair. Yet.

My first crochet project was a baby blanket I made for the little boy swimming around in my belly who would soon make his appearance into the world. I guess I could have started smaller, but that wasn't for me. The blanket is cute and soft, but it ended up looking more like a long table runner than a square blanket. I definitely learned some helpful tips along the way! Most of the patterns I use were found on the internet. Some can be found here.

Thanks for stumbling upon my blog! You can find my work at my Etsy shop.