A Touch of Crafters ADD

So I have what I like to affectionately call “Crafters ADD”. I’m pretty sure it’s either genetic or highly contagious, because my mom suffers from it too…maybe worse.  What’s interesting about this condition is that it shows up selectively. For example, in the winter months when I am busy with custom orders, my symptoms are dormant. I have actually had people tell me that they didn’t expect to get their orders so quickly! But when I have a custom order, whether it be crochet or sewing, I am fast. Crazy fast. Off season is a whole different story. On any given day, I am actively working on 2-3 different projects. Usually I do my sewing in the morning while the kids are at school and I wait to do my crochet projects at night after the kids are in bed. Currently I am working on 2 crochet projects and have finally just finished up one sewing project (actually 2 since I made 2 dresses). Want to take a peek? Here they are:

These dresses didn’t actually take too long. I got them both done in 2 mornings while the kids were in school. This project falls under my ADD category because I never intended to make them. I have had this fabric for almost a year (in one of my bins) and while looking for a different fabric for a project that I was finishing up, I stumbled upon this one and thought, “hmmm, that’s pretty (which is obviously why I bought it in the first place!). Maybe I should make a couple of dresses out of that.” Not planned, not necessary, but quite honestly, I love the way they turned out and I’m glad that I finally tried out adding the crochet trim to a dress–something my mom has been telling me to do for quite some time. It really puts a nice touch to an otherwise very simple style dress.


Let me just say that I know this isn’t a good photo. I can hear my neighbor, Christina, of www.beeskneesphotographync.com say, “it’s out of focus!” but I promise that when it’s completed, I will get a better picture done by her, not me.  This is a project that I just offered to do on Friday. My husband’s friend is having their 3rd baby…today actually…and I thought, why don’t I make them a blanket? That was Friday. By Friday afternoon, I had picked out the yarns that I wanted to use and I started the blanket Saturday. This shouldn’t take long since it’s more than halfway done, but really? I’m giving myself a weekend to get a blanket done? That’s just silly. Especially since I rarely can get any projects done on weekends!

Grandma Violet #4

This little beauty is the one project that keeps getting put aside. Poor thing. I actually feel sorry for it because it really is one of my absolute favorite patterns to make! I said in my previous post that I rarely use patterns and when I do I always give credit where credit is due. This is one of those. This is an original design by Michelle of RoyalSisters http://www.etsy.com/shop/royalsisters The thing I love most about it is that every time you choose a new combination of yarns, it’s like creating a totally different project. I’m not sure if that makes much sense when I say it, so let me just show you. I have made this pattern almost (because I still need to put these 2 pieces together) 4 times. The first one sold AS I WAS MAKING IT! Yup, that’s how nice it was. In fact, that one was actually meant for me, but who am I to deny someone else the pleasure of having one of these in their home? The second I made for my daughter. Love that one too, but since it’s in her room, I don’t get to enjoy it as much as I would like. The third was a trade for some furniture (along with a couple of other things that I made). That one was a fun one since they gave me a swatch of fabric that was from their room and let me pick the colors for the pillow. So let me show you…
Grandma Violet Pillow #1

Grandma Violet #1

Grandma Violet #2- I love the way this looks with the bedspread that my grandmother made for me when I was little 🙂

Grandma Violet #3

Soooo, that’s the end of my confessional blog. Hopefully I will have this problem under control by the time I am ready to start my next project…which I promise won’t be until I finish these last 2 🙂


What’s in a Name

To blog or not to blog? I have read a bunch of different blogs over the years and several times thought about starting my own to share my experiences, crafts, DIY ideas, and all sorts of other “stuff”, but I guess I always went back to “who would want to read that?” After a bit of prodding from my friendly neighbor, I have decided to go ahead and start one. But where to start??? How about the name of my very small, somewhat seasonally succesful little in-home business, Joyful Mama Designs? Let’s face it, most moms out there are happy to be moms and may or may not be joyful at any given moment of any given day. That is the nature of being a mom and I’m totally and completely with you on that. I guess when I picked the name, I wasn’t necessarily thinking of it as the name as a whole, but rather the parts.

Joyful- yup, most days I can pretty much consider myself that. I am happy to be alive. I am happily married. I am happy to be a mother. I am happy to have supportive and fun family and friends to “hang” with. But most of all, I am happy to have my health. I am happy to be able to do the creative things with my hands–sewing, crocheting, drawing, writing–that I wasn’t always sure that I would be able to do.

When I was 3, I was diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have been in and out of remission all my life (at least all of it that I can remember) and the primary joints that were affected were my hands, wrists, and knees. Here is a picture of me (and our beautiful velvet couch) from when I was almost 5. If you look carefully at my hands, you can see the large lump in my wrist and the swelling in my knuckles.


As you can imagine, hands and wrists are very used in crocheting and even in sewing, so I am constantly grateful for my health. That I found natural remedies–homeopathic and energy–in my mid-20’s and have since been symptom free (now going on 12 years) makes me extremely “joyful”.  So that’s where the “Joyful” part came from.

Mama-well, I’m the mother of 2 children. Jacob, 7, and Sophia, 5. They are the center of my world and most of what I do (if not all) has something to do with them. If it weren’t for them, I would probably still be teaching and would have never had the time or thought to start making hats and dresses and whatever else I have made/sold over the past few years.

Designs- hmmm, honestly, “joyful mama” was taken 🙂 But I rarely use a pattern unless I have found a really awesome pattern, and then you will always see me credit that person for their really awesome pattern. I’m sure I will post some in the future for your enjoyment. So basically, I design and create most of my own items.

So that’s it. That’s me in a nutshell. There are other parts of me, but let’s face it, this first blog of mine is already too long. So welcome to my blog. Happy reading. And I hope that you stop by on a regular basis. I promise from now on, it will be less about me, more about the things that I make and do 🙂