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Memorial Day Give Away!!!!

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Head on over to my FB page ( www.facebook.com/joyfulmamadesigns ) for a chance to win this cute little hand sanitizer cozy! I will do a random drawing Monday night of the people who have “shared” the photo from my page 🙂
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Maria

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Cupcake With Pin Sprinkles Please!

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Okay, I have to start by saying that I am forever in awe of some of the super creative and wonderful ideas that I find on WordPress. Today, I am especially thankful for one that I found last night on “The Whole Knit & Caboodle” ( here’s the link to the post http://thewholeknitandcaboodle.com/2013/05/22/free-cupcake-pin-cushion-pattern/).

While the pattern was super easy to follow, I must admit that I was watching “Hell’s Kitchen” last night while making this and it’s possible that I miscounted rows 🙂 Therefore, my cupcake seems to have turned out a little larger than it was supposed to, but I think that’s ok. Either way, it does the job and I absolutely love my new pin cushion. No more sticking pins in the ironing board cover or piling them on the desk while sewing 🙂 No excuses!

“Pinspirations”

If any of you are like me, then you have been sucked into the world of Pinterest over the past year or so, pinning more than you will ever have the time to actually attempt. I’m not on there much anymore, but occasionally I will get on to be inspired.
One day earlier this winter, I saw a pin by a person who had seen a hat in Anthropology (a store that I love the style of, but can’t bring myself to justify the price tags). I too loved the hat and liked her take on it, but thought, “I think I’ll try my own version of this.” And I did…and LOVED it. I have made this hat for myself and a couple of friends and have even sold a couple.
Anyway, thought I would share 🙂

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Latest October Creations

What a busy month!!! I just participated in my first “Fall Festival”/craft fair of the season and had such a blast doing some custom orders. I wanted to share some of the things that I have been up to:

First, and probably my favorite of the season so far is the triceratops hat that I made for one of my friends/regular customers. Let me start off by saying that if you crochet (and have been doing it for 30+ years like I recently realized that I have…boy that ages me!), you can pretty much figure out most of the patterns that you see out there. HOWEVER, I am a real believer in giving credit where credit is due and in supporting other crochet creators…sooooo, when I saw this pattern, I just had to purchase it. Micah Makes might be one of my new favorites (ranked with my old go-to’s: Royal Sisters and Holland Designs). If you are a crochet enthusiast, please go check out this pattern–and some other equally amazing ones–at www.micahmakes.com.

Now on to my picture share…

Crochet hat by me…awesome pattern by Micah Makes

girl’s hat and fingerless gloves set…hopefully soon to be posted in my shop

girl/teen earflap hat in my favorite chunky green multi yarn (with pink accents)
Also soon to be in my shop

baby boy earflap hat in navy and tan

boy’s hat in hunter green, orange and grey

Sock monkey hat and mittens

baby mittens I created 🙂

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***

I know I love you because of this toilet paper…

I can’t say that I came from an outragously wealthy family or anything, but growing up, we always had really nice toilet paper. I never realized this until I started dating my husband (well, now he’s my husband, then he was just a guy that used bad TP). Anyway, when people first start dating–I can generalize here because I know everyone does it–we adopt certain things that our partners like. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes clothing…but for some reason, for me, it was toilet paper. It was a gradual adoption. After we moved in together, I resisted. I still bought good paper for the bathrooms that I used and his less reliable brand for him. At some point though, I lost all hope for him. In his head, he had put this thin, falling apart toilet paper on a pedestal (probably one shaped like a golden toilet). It was the best, and no amount of brainwashing would change his mind. I gave in. I’ve now been using that brand for nearly 10 years. I’m not proud of this. And don’t worry, this post is going somewhere crafty. Soooo, as I restocked the paper the other day, I looked on the back of our toilet where there was a stack of magazines piled up. I thought to myself, “I will use this paper, but gosh darnnit, I am going to have a magazine rack!”

A few years ago, I bought this little “ball holder” from Target’s dollar spot (love that part of the store!) and we used it for a long time in my old house. Eventually it made its way out to the back porch, the fabric got moldy, and then when we moved this past fall, it found a permanent home in our new garage…until yesterday.

Before. Just a plain old ball holder.

I cut off the old fabric. Not neatly, but neatly enough to use this as a rough pattern.

I used the old fabric as a “pattern” and cut 2 coordinating pieces of some extra duck cloth that I had from another project.

Next, I covered the table (warning: don’t do this when you’re hungry or you will be craving Hardee’s ice cream sandwiches during the whole rest of the project) and cleaned off the old rack with a clorox wipe.

I used some paint that my neighbor gave to me to try out and painted the old frame a “bluish” white. Thanks Christina!

My little squirrel helpers.

I pinned the 2 pieces of duck cloth together (right sides facing) and sewed about 1/4″ around 3 of the sides leaving one short side open so that I can turn it inside out.

I folded the ends in, ironed them flat, and pinned them. I then sewed that end together.

I, being a crazy smart person who doesn’t fully think out projects ahead of time, sewed one side on to the rack itself then got stuck with the other side. I ended up making 2 button holes and attaching buttons to the other side. Save yourself the trouble. Do buttons on both sides!

AND…THE FINAL PROJECT IN IT’S NEW HOME!!!! It almost makes the toilet paper tolerable 🙂

New rack in the bathroom. It’s also reversible (and yes, I’ve already switched sides so that the buttons show on the outside).