Simplifying My life

It has been a while since I have written. It is actually for that reason that I am writing again. For years, I have compartmentalized my life by separating it into neat little categories: crochet, art, teacher, family, energy work, etc. What I have realized (after giving this advice to many others) is that I couldn’t give 100% to each of the categories that I had created for myself.

For this reason, I have decided to merge all of my sites to one that encompasses all of me (or at least all of me that I share with the world).

Please head over to my new site atΒ Here you will be able to find posts on my hand-crafted business and designs, my art, as well as on energy and meditation.

I do have tabs at the top of the page so that you can easily find what you are interested in. The only difference is that instead of trying to manage 4 different pages, I will only be posting to 1.

Thank you for your understanding and for taking the time to check out my new site. Please remember to follow me on my new page!

With love and gratitude,




Oh My Messy Bun Hats!Β 

Every crocheter out there will be able to relate (I think πŸ€”). Many of my friends and acquaintances know that I crochet, so naturally, when they see a crochet (and sometimes knit) project that they like, they post it to my personal Facebook page. I don’t mind. I think it’s sweet that they think of me. So recently, someone posted one of those messy bunhats to my page. Then another person posted. Then another. And another… Within a couple of days,it became clear to me that I should go ahead and make one. So I made a little one for a coworker’s 2 year old granddaughter. They posted a thank you picture and the floodgates opened! I’ve been making bunhats for a month straight! I couldn’t make them fast enough!

The purple sparkle was my first. Here are some of the others I’ve made. 

As you can see, I had a lot of requests to use the Redheart “unforgettable yarn in Stained Glass.  I was craving variety after a while, but I was in factory mode. 

Finally, after over 20 hats like this, I was able to get caught up on orders. It was a relief. The next 3 orders, I was able to get a little more creative. My customers gave  me color requests, and I came up with these. 

And then a simple request from my daughter πŸ˜‰ 

We should all be seeing a lot of bunhats this winter! Almost every crocheter that I know has had requests for them. 

How about you? Have you been busy with the messy bun hats? 

Red Heart “Scrubby” Yarn


Has anyone else tried out this yarn yet? I have been making face and dish scrubs for a long time. Normally I just use leftover scrap yarn –cotton for face and acrylic for dish–but this scrubby yarn caught my eye as I was minding my own business strolling through the yarn aisle today. It’s 100% polyester and while not super soft, not super abrasive either.
I just took the last 10 minutes or so to whip up a little circular scrub (really simple 2 ply by dc 10 in a circle, build out 2 rows, and then use decrease stitches to build back in), and I think I rather like it! Not sure if I will use it as a face scrub in the shower or a dish scrub.  There’s plenty of yarn left in the skein to make several more, so maybe I’ll test it out for both! I’ll let you know what I think after πŸ™‚


Keepsake Baby Afghan




One of those projects that I started (about a year ago!), ran out of yarn, tucked away and forgot about, recently found, purchased more yarn, and FINALLY FINISHED!

Yarn: I Love This Yarn – turquoise
Hook: 5.00mm
Pattern : “Sweet Memento” Keepsake Baby Afghan by Leisure Arts
**adjusted slightly as I only did 59 of the 77 rows that were in the pattern.
Finished size: approximately 39″x39″

Graph to Greek Key!

So you know how we want for our children to intrinsically value themselves and be excited about learning? Well, I am so excited about my learning and can’t wait to share it with you!
I have forever been looking up Greek key patterns for crochet on Pinterest, but have consistently put them on the back burner because I am not a fan of all the color change that would be necessary (sidebar: this is also the only reason I haven’t attempted a “grafghan” yet).
Then I found a picture on Pinterest of a tunic that was made up of strips of Greek key connected. The best part was that there was no color change, just “blank” and “solid” spaces! This I could do! Bad news. No pattern. The link had been blocked as spam 😦 I started looking up Greek key crochet graphs and found a link to this little gem.

Despite being in a different language, I was able to do this :


From there, I began to draw the key “pattern” on graph paper in multiples


I applied what I learned in the video about the stitches used for “blanks” and “spaces” and began crocheting using my drawn pattern. As I finished a row by using the visual graph, I wrote down what I did (in a very rough/not suitable for sharing “pattern” that at least I was hoping to be able to understand for the next strip).
Here is my first finished panel!


I am so excited and hope to finish a couple more panels this weekend!
Stay tuned… I may be able to create something resembling a tunic eventually πŸ˜‰ Wish me luck!

Altering a Pattern

Does anyone else do this? I bought that “Wrapped in Warmth” pattern from ELK Studio and I absolutely love it! In the short time since I’ve purchased the pattern, I have made 2 shawls with it.
I decided (kind of last minute) to make a shawl for a friend that was having surgery tomorrow and decided to use the pattern again. As I was making it, I thought that it might be quicker and use less yarn if I omitted the repeating 3 solid dc rows. It was! I also omitted the last 3 rows of edging, but still love the finished look. What do you think?
I used a 5.5mm hook and 2 1/2 skeins of “I Love This Yarn – COLORS” in Morningstar. I bet if I had used a solid color, I probably could have finished the shawl with only 2 skeins as they seem to be bigger, but I really liked this yarn…or rather I loved it!
What do you all think about my changes?