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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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Friday, December 31, 2010

Here's to: 2011!

I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year! 2010 was a pretty good year for me. I gave birth to my handsome son, Elliot, in April. He is an amazing little guy. Strangers come up to me in restaurants or at the mall to comment on how mild-mannered he is. He will sit in the stroller or a highchair and not make a peep. He is so content, and so happy. I cannot imagine my life without him! His big sister loves him more than anything in this world. My kids are the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

We lost a few people we cared about this year as well. Today I remember them with nothing but love and respect. I wish they were here to see how great 2011 is going to be. But, I know they are watching over us & we will see them again some day.

This year I started my own little business, Baby Bloom Crochet. I sell my items on Etsy, and post them on Facebook for private orders from family and friends. I never thought I'd be "self-employed" so to speak. I worked two jobs for most of my life, and now I am so lucky to stay at home with my children. I learned a new craft, and even though people made fun of me for it, it really has been a very positive thing for me. :) 


I wish you all a very happy New Year full of love, laughter, and health. From my family to yours!

 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Miscellaneous Crocheted Items

While looking through some pictures on my computer this afternoon, I realized that there are many items I have made that have not made an appearance on my Etsy page, or my blog. Most of them are special requests from customers, and some were things I made just for fun. I thought I would give them their fifteen minutes of fame on my blog. :) 





 

More Sock Monkey Fun

I know I have posted about sock monkeys before, but I didn't add pictures of my Sock Monkey Girl hat. 
 This sock monkey lady is made with the same yarn as the sock monkey boy, called Taupe Mist. She is super cute with her Pink mouth, nostrils, braids, and flower. Sock Monkeys aren't just for boys!! 

I also came up with a new design for my Sock Monkey Slippers, as the Mary Jane version was so hard to make. They were just too small to sew on the mouth and eyes. I came up with my new creation, and they are available for sale in my Etsy Shop. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cutie Patootie Baby Booties


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these little baby boots!! I purchased the pattern from a fellow Etsy seller, Skip To My Loop.I couldn't wait to receive the download and make these little babies. I didn't follow the pattern exactly, because I wanted the front to be open so I could use my cute little ribbon, but I definitely couldn't have made these without that pattern. :) 

I can't wait to make more in different colors and styles! I wish I knew how to crochet when my daughter was a baby! She would wear these little booties all the time and look completely adorable!

These can be purchased from my Etsy shop!

Winter Snowflake hat

What I love about this hat is that it's not just for Christmas, it can be worn all winter! The colors make it great for the holidays, and just for the winter season. I didn't know how the snowflake would turn out. I thought it might just look like a flower at first, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. While I was making it, I kept thinking that it would look great as a Christmas tree ornament! If only I had more time on my hands, I'd make them in all different colors and hang them from the tree.

This hat can be purchased from my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 6, 2010

To-Go Coffee Cup Cozies

I took a little break from the many orders I need to fulfill, and decided to make some coffee cozies. Not only do they keep your hands warm while you're sipping hot coffee, but they're also more environmentally friendly than the paper sleeves you would normally get at Starbucks. :) 


These are so easy to make, and take about a half hour (depending on how quickly you work.) It probably would take me less time if I didn't have two children to entertain. Since it's the season of sharing, I will even give you the pattern I used to make these little puppies.


Using a K hook & worsted yarn ( I used "I Love This Yarn" Acrylic yarn- found only at Hobby Lobby.)

CH 30
Join with a SL in the 1st SC (be careful not to twist it)
SC in each st across, sl st to 1st SC.
Keep following this pattern until desired size.


Super easy! With my Red & Green striped cozy, I added two snowflake scrapbook Brads. The other two obviously just have regular buttons sewn on. :) ENJOY!

If  you would like to purchase these cozies pictured, please visit my Etsy shop.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lions, and Tigers, and.....Sock Monkeys???

Sock monkeys are all the rage right now. Some day, I want to actually learn how to make them out of socks. But, for now, I crochet them! I have a sock monkey hat on my Etsy page.
I was thinking of all the different baby booties and slippers I could make, and thought about which ones would match some of the hats in my shop. I knew that sock monkey slippers would be pretty popular, so I worked them up pretty quickly. Here was the end result:




There are so many cute sock monkeys you can find on the internet. Some of my favorites are:




The Wonder Woman sock monkey was made by bigREDlips, something I just found on a Google search. I'm not sure about MR. T here, but he is super cool! I also saw a TON of sock monkeys while shopping at my local Horrocks store the other day. I guess it's true, vintage toys are coming back!