Baby Shower Gift Order

A friend of mine called me up one Wednesday afternoon, asked if I had any available baby items for her to purchase for a shower that she had forgotten about (she’s pregnant too, so we all understand how that can happen!). Unfortunately I usually just do custom orders on baby gifts, so instead, she dropped off some yarn 🙂 Here’s what I had for her by that Saturday.

Once again, a huge shout out is deserved for the wonderful www.thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com who offered the adorable pattern for the little bunny just in time to use some of the leftover yarn to add a special little friend to the gift 🙂 Since it was a baby gift and I didn’t have any eyes like what she uses in her tutorial, I just sewed on some eyes with some thinner black yarn that I had. I think it turned out ok 🙂 (see my previous post for a link to the pattern).

Since this time, I have made a couple more of these bunnies. I forgot to take a picture of the one that I made and brought into my preschool class. We’re using that one to practice listening during our sharing circle. The kids named him “Taco”…or “Chacco” (sometimes it’s hard to tell with 2 year olds!). I definitely see myself making a lot more of these in the future.

Annnnnnnd…a St. Patty’s day inspiration, I made a 2-tone hat in my favorite design of the season.

Two tone green hat

*Also, once again, thank you to my dear friend at www.beeskneesphotographync.com for the beautiful pictures.

Preparing for the Holidays

I love Christmas. It doesn’t hurt that my birthday is on Christmas either 😉 Truthfully though, there is something to be said for the whole process of picking out a present for someone that you love. Unfortunately, the whole idea of list making kind of takes the joy out of that…at least for me. I don’t enjoy when someone hands me a list and says, this is exactly what I want. I like freedom!!! I guess that’s why creating these hats is so much fun for me. I love when an order comes in with a general, “she/he likes these colors.” and I have the freedom to mix and match and create. Here are a few of the Christmas orders that I have done over the last few weeks.

A Pokemon Party

My son had his 8th birthday party over the weekend. He wanted a Pokemon/Soccer party, so I made the cupcakes (in soccer ball wrappers and decorated them as Poke-balls (at least that’s what I call them…what are those things called?!?)

The little drawstring bags were kind of a last-minute decision and I quickly whipped up the Pokemon themed bags to put their party gifts (a pack of Pokemon cards) in.

I, for one, am all Pokied out, but I think the boys really loved the party so I guess it was worth it 🙂

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 🙂