CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!

I was just updating my Zahoomi Shop page with some of my winter inventory and thought, why not do a Christmas in July Sale?!? I am making a shift this year. Normally I do 3-4 craft shows during the winter months and I stock up on inventory for those and inevitably people see a hat that they love but need it in a different size, so I end up doing custom orders and still having a bunch of my inventory left after the fair! Here’s my chance to clear out the inventory bin and your chance to save! I have marked down all my winter items and while I currently only ship in the US, foryouI will open that up to worldwide. Just tell me (via the contact seller button) which item(s) you are interested in and I will run over to the post office and figure out shipping for your zone 🙂

Thanks for looking!

http://joyfulmamadesigns.zahoomi.com/stores/

…in July.

Just Crafting Along…

I have been quite absent from the crafters blogging scene over the past few weeks. I would like to say that it’s because I was on vacation enjoying days on the beach, sipping margaritas (and other tasty summer drinks), but that’s not the case. In fact, I have been quite busy with custom orders and other little projects. This is surprising to me since in the past, my crafty times have mainly been the winter months…but I do rather enjoy this change! Along with the orders, I have spent some time doing some “fun” little crochet projects. Here are a couple of my latest.

THE HEDGEHOG: long story, but the gist of it is that hedgehogs remind me of my wonderful friend/neighbor (and photographer). The other night (after putting the kids to bed) I went trolling on the internet for a crochet hedgehog pattern and stumbled across this simple but wonderful pattern http://onemancrochet.blogspot.com/2012/04/free-crochet-hedgehog-pattern.html This guy is absolutely wonderful and I follow his blog via email, but hadn’t seen this one as it was posted prior to my discovering him. I followed his pattern as best I could. I added slip stitches to the end of each row and a ch.2 at the beginning of the rows. I then added the final touch by cutting about 2″ long strands of a thicker brown yarn that I had in my “this old yarn” stash. I adored the way that it turned out! Thank you Mr. One Man Crochet for the continued inspiration and for the pattern 🙂 This was my first attempt at an amigurumi pattern and I can see many more in my future. So cute!

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“Hedgie” up in his tree 🙂

THE CAST: another fun little project was making a cast for my neighbor’s little boy (don’t worry, it was actually for his bear). It was a surprise for him. His bear had entered my “clinic” with 2 serious injuries. Both required stitching: one on his back; one on his right leg. After stitching up his leg, I thought, wouldn’t it be cute if I crocheted a little “cast” for his leg?!? Here is the end result. Technically, I should be wearing the doctor’s coat, but little E makes a much cuter doctor 😉

THE HAT: this project wasn’t much of a stretch for me because the majority of my business is crocheting hats, but this was a special projects. I have made hats for all of B’s siblings and for some reason he was the only one without one. We went out of town last weekend and B (my neighbor’s oldest son) came and checked on our cat. As his “payment”, I let him pick out the colors that he wanted and the style of hat…about an hour later, here’s what we had. He loved it! And that makes me so happy!!! (on a quick side note, I LOVE this picture, but I have a teeny tiny problem with it…the hat is on backwards 😦  I recognize that they probably didn’t even realize this, but I can see it…and I’m trying very hard not to let it bother me. EEK!!!)

What I realized is that I missed doing these fun little projects. I love having the time to be creative and, well, to crochet! My custom orders during this time of year are mainly dresses. While I enjoy sewing, quite honestly, my passion and my joy is with the crochet projects. I have loved to crochet since I was in elementary school and having time to devote to being creative with this skill is so fulfilling! Hope you all enjoy seeing these little projects as much as I enjoyed making them.

***Once again, thank you to beeskneesphotographync.com for the photos***