… And a Bow Blanket (With Her Name on it)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared about Elliot’s request for a ninja turtle blanket. That was easy compared to the request of his big sister.

Miss Norah also started asking for a blanket in September. She wanted one with bows on it. 3D bows. Thank you Jo Jo Siwa. 🙄

I knew that Red Heart With Love Metallic was the most perfect yarn to use. I ordered the magenta color way for her sparkly pink-loving little seven year old self. 💗

I found this amazing tutorial on making 3D bows as you crochet. 🙌🏻 Win! I was insanely happy I didn’t have to crochet and sew several bows onto the blanket. The bows were actually stitches instead of a appliqués, making it more secure.

Sometime in November or December, Norah-girl added one request: her name. She wanted me to somehow incorporate her name on her blanket.

There were a number of ways I could approach this but I was looking for the way that wouldn’t be too hard and had a minimal amount of ends to weave in. I’d seen a lot of patterns spell words with bobbles and I went to work finding letters and creating a custom graph to meet the specs of her blanket.

When it came time for the panel of her name, I was thinking I might want to change colors. I didn’t know exactly how much pink I’d used to that point and I wanted to make sure I had enough for the top half. I had some teal, white, and charcoal of the same yarn and weighed my options. I chose the charcoal because I had the most of it and because I was concerned about using a significant amount of white for a 7 year old. 😬😉

The bobble section took a lot longer than I expected. And I had to frog it at least once because things weren’t lining up properly.

But it was an incredible feeling to finish it! I did Norah’s name with hearts on either side.

Once the main blanket was complete, I added a teal border. Norah had asked me after I had the yarn about what color I was using and asked if teal could be incorporated. It was her third and final request and I felt like the genie when I gave her the blanket of her dreams.

The kids’ mom, my dear friend, and I sat the kids side by side on the loveseat. I hadn’t wrapped the blankets but brought them in a big recycle bag. The kids covered their eyes and Cara and I held the blankets out in front of them. We told them to open and all you could hear for the first minute was the tv in the background. Their eyes were wide and their jaws hung low. I’d struck them speechless, no easy feat. Then the screams and squeals came. Elliot kept taking them and smoothing them out on the floor so he could see them better. Both kids snuggled up with their blankets for bed that night. I had done it and won babysitter of the year. 😉

These projects challenged me with different skills and creativity to incorporate a variety of themes and elements. I have to say I was incredibly proud of how they came out and it is a great feeling when I watch the kids and they are snuggled up in bed with their blankets. 😊

With Love,



A Ninja Turtle Blanket

Hey guys,

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately but that’s how life tends to go for me these days. 🙄 #ihavethenestofintentions

So back in September, my sweet buddy, Elliot, asked for a blanket for Christmas. But not just any blanket. He wanted one with ninja turtles. Ninja freaking turtles.

So I went to my trusty DIYarn from Lion Brand and order up a bunch of green and some orange, purple, blue, and red. I love DIYarn because of the vibrant colors, softness of the yarn, and the affordability.

I used double crocheted all the way through the project to keep life simple. I used an L (8mm) hook. Clover Amour hooks are my fave! 🙌🏻 I did about 100 dcs per row. The green blocks were 12 rows and the colors were 6. I also did an sc border, changing colors to match the striping.

I thought I had it finished and it was, in my mind. Then I just felt like it needed something. What could I do to really make it look ninja turtle-y, not just striped. I saw some TMNT blankets on Pinterest that had eyes. I played around with some black and white yarn until I got the circles just right. I used a smaller hook, maybe a K. (I forgot to write it down 😱) I did 10 dc in a magic ring. I changed to white and did a dc inc in each. I joined and left a long tail to see he appliqués. I tried to do them kind of randomly so they weren’t all in a perfect line. The eyes really made it come alive and truly made it look like a ninja turtle blanket.

Elliot was so thrilled. And now he’s asking for a Spider-Man one for his birthday. #isaidno

Hopefully, I’ll write up on some other recent projects soon!

With Love,



Joey’s Christmas Round Up 2017

Hey y’all,

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! My break was in Ocean City, New Jersey and I spent the weekend with family, eating way too much of everything! Finals are coming and so is Christmas. I’ve been working diligently to get a good head start on gifts, but unfortunately, I’m only finished with a few. I do have several started but ran out of the yarn I needed. I did place some Black Friday orders so I will be mostly set with what I need. 🙌🏻 Once I finish my semester (the second week of December) I will be in full swing of constant crochet until Christmas! 🎄

I thought it might be fun to write a round up post of some of the gifts I’m making. All patterns are linked to their original sources. The photos used are property of their owners and are only here to give a visual. No copyright infringement intended.

These beautiful cabled mittens from All About Ami are so beautiful! I decided to double strand them and go up to a 5mm and 4.5 for my hooks. Using 2 strands of yarn made these so thick and cozy! I used Red Heart With Love and Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca. I also did my cables going the opposite way on one mitten to make them mirrored. You can do this by placing the second two tcs behind the first two instead of in front of them. It’s a little trickier but I thought it was worth it.

I am doing all kinds of kimonos and cardigans for my sister and cousins. The Lana Kimono,Cappuccino Cardigan, Everyday Cardigan, and Cozy Cocoon Cardigan by Sewrella are all in the works using the recommended yarns for some and what I had and made work for others. 😉 These patterns are all super easy, mostly just double crocheting and a little seaming. I have one of the cocoon cardigans done and I’m adding it to my list of things I need to make for me at some point! Also, they are super adjustable to size and preference.

Norah and Elliot asked for blankets for Christmas and how could I resist? I have already talked about Elliot’s Ninja Turtle Blanket on my Insta and my last WIP Wed post, but here it is finished in all of its turtle glory!

Norah requested a blanket with lots of bows, influenced by her love of JoJo Siwa. 🎀🎀🎀🎀 I found this tutorial on crocheting a bow stitch from My Picot and it is PERFECT because I don’t have to crochet separate bows and sew them on individually! 🙌🏻 I’m using Red Heart With Love Metallic in Fuchsia and it is a little girl’s dream! Last year, I finger crocheted what my sister lovingly refers to as the “beast blanket.” I have posted about this on Insta too. I don’t plan on doing another one for a long time, if ever, but I did decide to crochet blankets for my brothers this year. For one, I have started the Farmhouse Ripple Throw by Sewrella. I’m making up a pattern for the other one. 😊

I also recently came across these gorgeous pillows by Two Little Birds on Etsy. Seriously, I just can’t handle how amazing they are! I am going to make Brixton Monogram Initial Pillows for two friends, one of whom is getting married so she is getting a new last name soon! I will also be doing the Sutton one for my mom. And I think I need one too, after Christmas!

Are you making anything for the holidays? I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for stopping by! WIP Wednesday is coming soon!

With Love,



WIP Wednesday – November 

Hey y’all,

October was a crazy month. But as per my norm, I had the constant cycle of projects. 

I finally gave some overdue attention to one of the dolls for my niece. She now has a head full of curls. I still need to see them in but they are pinned in the correct arrangement. I think she looks like a little Shirley Temple. 😍 

 I worked on panels for the mustard cappuccino cardigan for a friend for Christmas. The colors are matched up beautifully (so far) and it makes me so happy! 🙌🏻 I’m not sure what I did wrong or if I just crochet tight but my panels are too short compared to the dimensions (by a lot) even using the same yarn and hook. I added a stitch marker to the halfway point and adding the same number of dc rows as the first half and I’ll do he samenumber of ribbed as the pattern says. (Hope that makes sense 😜) But it’s coming along well! This sweater is so cozy! I need to add it to my “me” project list!

I did most of a ninja turtle themed blanket for Elliot. That’s what he asked for for Christmas so yeah. There are times I can say no to things when it’s a respect or safety issue but I can’t resist him asking for something crocheted. 😍 Norah also requested a blanket. I’m thinking a c2c with some emojis and maybe her name/initial. I have a lot of scrap yarn that I could use for it but I’m not totally sold on the idea. Back to TMNT. I used green, red, royal blue, orange, and purple LB DIYarn to create wide green stripes with narrower colored ones to represent the turtles. I need to finish the last green stripe, sc around the trim, and sew in my ends. I can’t wait to give it to him!

And I finished some projects as well. The layette for my friend’s baby boy. I still want to do a tie hat when he’s born but I ran out of time. 🙄 She and her husband absolutely loved it! 

I made a puff stitch beanie for my sweet friend’s birthday. I forgot to take a full pic but you can see the puff stitches and the pretty flower I crocheted. I never have done a puff stitch project before or done that kind of flower. I also meshed two Sewrella patterns so lots of learning in a project for a fellow teacher! ❤️

At the beginning of the month, I whipped up some pumpkins for my mama. We saw the pattern by MegMadeWithLove and my mom was just 😍😍😍. They came out very cute! Also I showed a friend and she asked for just a white one. 😊

So much coming over the next few weeks with Christmas at the end of next month and a few birthdays this month! As always, I’ll try to be sharing on insta, especially day to day things in my stories. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I’m working on! I love to hear from you so please leave a comment or email! 😊

With Love,



Night Car Crocheting Solution 

Hey y’all,

So I just got back from a short road trip and I feel quite successful with the amount of crocheting in the car I was able to accomplish. 

Even at night. 

Without the light in the car on. 

We don’t like to have the lights in the car on unless it’s an emergency (because of other drivers on the road) and it’s not great for the battery. 

Rewind two months. I was in the car for a trip and had been crocheting earlier in the day but it got dark and I had to stop. 😑 I sometimes will think to pack a project that I can do by feel but I didn’t that day. 

A few days later, I saw my dad reading with this really nice book light. The arm is super adjustable, unlike any I’d ever seen. 

Then I had an idea. 💡

Book light strapped to my seatbelt in the car for night crocheting. 


This is the light. 

I hooked it to the lap strap of my seatbelt. 
And made sure the light was pointing down (be safe!), especially since I was in the front passenger seat. 

Guys. This was the best idea ever. 

Also, this match up of the colors is so perfect. I can’t say I didn’t try it, but didn’t try hard. I didn’t measure anything out to make the colors line up. I eyeballed it and am super impressed. 😊 Not sure if it will stay this good throughout but I’m glad the starting edge will have some consistency. 

All for tonight. 😘

With Love,



WIP Wednesday – October

Hey all,

This has been a busy month as I’ve transitioned into my school year and continue my jobs in before/after care and babysitting. 

But I’ve been project happy too, as always. 

The baby shower for my best friend’s sister is next weekend and I’m almost ready. The main blanket is fully crocheted and just has some finishing touches, possibly including a fringe. I think it is so beautiful. Is it okay to say that about something for a boy? I have one hat finished and one bootie for the set. I still have to make its mate and would like to do a tie top newborn hat as well. I’m planning to do that in navy and surface crochet his name, once it is officially decided on. 😉

I’ve started another Lana Kimono in the original yarn, LB Shawl in a Ball (lotus flower colorway). Christmas crocheting is in full swing. The way this is working up reminds me of a mermaid fin. 😍

I have the yarn (mint/silver and cream/mustard) to make a few Cappuccino Cardigans as holiday gifts as well. I’m not great at front and back post crocheting so that’s a little intimidating. 😐 But I’m giving myself the time to do these projects right! 🙌🏻

I started and frogged a sweater I found on Ravelry. I’m doing it in the same yarn I did one of the Lana Kimonos in (RH With Love in charcoal). 

I also found out it is a friend’s birthday tomorrow and I will see her on Friday. I’m making her a puff stitch bun beanie by Sewrella. Instead of doing a chained circle though, I’m working over a hair tie to make the opening elastic. I’m using RH Soft in off white. 

Final bit of crochet fun, I glazed a yarn bowl on my birthday a few weeks ago and just got it today. 😃 I’m so pleased with how it came out. The base color is coral and there are lacy flowers in white, dark coral, and mint around the outside. 😍 I’ve never used a yarn bowl so I’ll let you know my thoughts once I’ve used it a while. 

All for today, hope you enjoyed! 

With Love,



Throwback Thursday: Pink Lemonade, Sunshine, and Kisses

Over the summer, I went to a birthday party for two young girls I know and I decided that for their birthdays, I’d make them the Pink Lemonade Clutch that came in my Happy Yarn Mail box back in the spring. I ordered more of the yarn included in the box to make two matching purses but I knew I’d embellish them somehow to keep them unique so the girls would know which bag was theirs. I decided to surface crochet their names on the back. I went to Target and hit up the dollar spot and filled the girls’ purses with goodies like a little notebook, lip gloss, and gum. I think the purses came out super cute and the girls loved them!

So after I had done these, I realized I didn’t actually need to order extra of the DIYarn that came in my HYM box. I still had plenty of leftover in the skeins I had. But better to be safe than sorry! I thought and thought about what I could do as a little project and then it hit me. I could C2C a little stroller blanket for baby Nóra! And so I did. I called it her “sunshine and kisses” blanket because she’s my little sunshine and I just kiss those cheeks all day long! I’ve decided that this pattern will be my first official pattern that I write up for this blog and I’ll create it in a printer friendly PDF that will be available for purchase! I have one other pattern that I completely designed myself, but I’m going to wait and release it in the springtime as it’s a very summery pattern. 

Anyway, here is baby girl and her blanket! 

It’s a super easy C2C pattern with a single crochet and scalloped border. The best part: this project would cost about $12, with leftovers! The yarn used is Lion Brand DIYarn and is very inexpensive. I’d like to just make the blanket one more time with new skeins so I know for sure how many skeins are needed as I was working with some partially used skeins. But I think it came out so so so beautifully! My friend, Marion, LOVED it and was super surprised by this gift for her sweet little girl. Made me so happy when I saw her face. That’s the best part of crocheting for others. Or at least one of the best parts! 😉 




Happy Yarn Mail and Labor Day Weekend

This lovely Labor Day weekend, my parents decided to go away to visit my sister and have one last summer getaway.

That left me with a house to myself, some homework and housework, and crochet projects!

Y’all know I have a lot of ongoing projects. I wanted to knock off a few things from my current and upcoming list, including my Happy Yarn Mail.  

I LOVE Happy Yarn Mail day, if you didn’t already know that. Last week, I did a live unboxing of my HYM for August which was really fun! I never did any kind of unboxing video before so maybe I’ll make it a habit? I dk!

 So I’ve been getting HYM since it started in March of this year. March’s pattern was this ADORABLE chocolate bunny pillow. I took my HYM to Virginia over Easter break when I had my annual visit to Busch Gardens. My grandparents take me in the spring because I love roller coasters. I knew I’d have a lot of car time to work on projects and that was one of the ones I had along. We put the little bunny on the chair in the kitchen for Easter Sunday and my family thought she was adorable.

Well then it was the end of the semester at school and I had all those birthday projects happening (some still in progress) so even though I was so excited to get a new project with everything I needed inside, I just was so busy that I didn’t get to do that months. The pretty sprinkled boxes stacked up (although the water bottle, tumbler, notions bag, and sunglasses were used quite frequently) and it made me sad that I hadn’t finished so many of the projects. 
Then the other week I decided, I have four days off so I’m going to do four projects among all of the other things I want to accomplish. I only got 3 done, but I still feel pretty accomplished. Here they are.

The hydrangea hoop (I added some lighter blue as well to get a fuller bouquet)

The popsicle pillow, doesn’t this thing remind you of a Shopkin?

The prismatic scarf, I love this thing!

Now if you follow HYM, you know I skipped a project (other than the patriotic bear). But that’s a really good story so I’ll save it for another day. 

I also made a slouchy beanie to put away for a birthday gift in December. Gotta start tackling the holidays and birthdays from November through February. I have about a dozen birthdays in that span in addition to Christmas. Some will be crocheted and some will not, for my own sanity.

Also, I did decide I’d rather do monthly WIP Wednesday post. I’ll include photos and updates on current and upcoming projects. However, make sure you follow my Insta to stay in tune to what I’m up to because I will do brief updates there through the month!




Flashback Friday: Gifts for Elliot

One of my favorite humans is the brother to the recipient of yesterday’s post: a 5 year old boy. His name is Elliot except due to the way he talks, it sounds like he’s saying “Eddiot.” 😜 I’ll be sad when he grows out of it. He also says his “l” like a “y” so he says that he “yoves” me. I “yove” him too. 😍

Elliot is a really caring boy, very sensitive to others’ feelings and needs. He is goofy and so so so sweet. For his birthday, I followed the pattern and made him a pillow and a friend as well. 

Elliot L O V E S the How to Train Your Dragon series. I attempted Toothless the Dragon by tiny alchemy. Her patttern is available on Etsy. I would say that it is ok. I need a little more visual, especially for a complicated amigurumi project. It didn’t look as good as the original but the boy was happy with it so that’s enough for me.

For his pillow, I decided to try out my hand at corner to corner crochet. I’d seen a lot of graphgans on Pinterest and I was ready to try my hand at it. The first side was his favorite superhero, Spider-Man! I used a graph pattern I found on Pinterest. Then, I used graph paper to design the back. I used the same number of columns and rows to create a striped pattern with his name in the middle. I did it in red and blue to keep with the Spidey motif. 😉

I love this little buddy and I’m glad I could make his birthday special!




Throwback Thursday: Gifts for Norah

Sorry it’s late! Putting both this one and the one for today out now! 🙈

Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten to know a young lady name Norah (mind you this is not Nóra, the baby I watch) and her family as I had her in kindergarten SACC and then became one of the main babysitters for their family. Because of some commitments the kids’ parents were involved with this past spring, I was basically a part-time nanny for their family and I loved the opporturnitity to really bond with both Norah and her little brother. 

Norah is a force of nature and so sassy. Oh so sassy! But she’s also thoughtful and caring and a friend to everyone. I actually haven’t seen her in about a month and am really looking forward to watching her tonight!

On Norah’s 7th birthday this year, she received some special gifts from me. I spoiled her. The only thing I don’t have a picture of is a little crocheted pouch I made to give her a locket. It was pink with a scalloped edge and used a button enclosure. I stitched a small “N” in the corner because I love anything with my initials on it. I have a locket with a photo of my nephew from the day he was born and Norah loves to open it and told me once that she wanted a locket. I found a silver one with pink roses printed on it from Claire’s. I put the pouch into a big fluffy purple heart pillow with a white pocket. The pattern was by Ashleigh at Sewrella, but I tweaked it just a little. I used two strands of Bernat Blanket Yarn and I might have used a 12 mm hook, but I don’t remember. Norah has a purple beanbag chair with white polka dots so I tried to make it match tha

I also tried my first amigurumi pattern. It was by the Friendly Red Fox, the tiny bear ballerina. For my first ami, I think she turned out SO lovely. Norah named her Lily.

Norah was SO excited with all of her birthday gifts. Her mom, my super sweet friend I made the sparkly Lana kimono for, told me she kept saying “I can’t believe she MADE me my presents!’ Best motivation ever.