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Marshmallow Peep Bunnies

Hey y’all,

Hope you are having a safe and blessed spring. Where I live, we had a huge blizzard last week. Praying it was our “onion snow” and we are done for the season!

My school semester keeps me very busy and I will be studying abroad in London this summer so there is quite a bit of preparing for that as well but I’m finding some time for projects and I’d like to share one with you today!

This is a paid pattern from Etsy. The maker is Rebecca Woloch and her shop is JessesMomus. The link to the pattern is here. It was $4.75 and the proceeds go toward work her family does with low income families in order to empower, educate, and give them the opportunity to create through craft classes at the local library. (Info directly from her shop) I love when my crafting can support a cause like this or any small business. ❤️

The pattern is easy to follow and has lots of pictures! I am always grateful for lots of visual aides!

I made three of the bunnies with yarn I had around. I used Stitch Studio by Nicole in pastel green and soft purple and Lion Brand DIYarn in Hot Pink.

I can’t wait to give them to baby Nóra, Norah, and Elliot this week! 🐇💕

Look out for pics of the kids this week on Insta and hopefully some other crochet updates soon! 💕

With Love,

Joey

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… 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,

Joey

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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

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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! 😉 

Love,

Joey

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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!

Love,

Joey

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WIP Wednesday – August 23, 2017

First day of school where I work in before and after care and my first day back to college is Monday! Anyone want to tell me where summer went? 

Crochet has been taking a backseat as I had classroom setup days and beginning of the year trainings. I have to get recertifited in first aid and fire safety annually and CPR/AED biannually. But I do have some WIP updates for you!

✅ Sparkly Lana – I finished crocheting this beauty. I still need to add a fringe but since she won’t be in a crochet bag, she gets a check. I’m planning to do a Lana post soon with completed pics on all the Lana Kimonos I’ve done so far.

No 🐸🐸🐸!!!

Dolls – I did finish the purple dress!


Espadrilles  I did pick up the one I have almost done to try to do one of the last steps, however, something was misaligned and I had to 🐸 it. I guess that I kind of did have a 🐸 but not a whole project or anything. I didn’t have a chance to try again but hopefully soon. 🤞🏻

Ice Cream Coozies – I designed a pineapple appliqué and sewed to to a gray one. Seriously the cutest thing. I just need to get a pint of ice cream to do some nice pics! I really hope they do well at the Block Party. Also, my friend who works in the same school district as I do is partly in charge of getting the teachers gifts at Christmastime and she said she loved the idea of giving ice cream coozies to them so I’ll only do cash and carry if she decides to go another way, butt I’m hopeful!


Baby blanket – Not this week, but that will be a pretty good take along project when I start school to do in the car, at least while it’s not very big. For me, a take along project needs to be smaller and easy enough that I don’t need a pattern. It may require some counting, like this one, but I don’t like to have to refer to a pattern, especially for just my short rides (15-20 minutes) to my school. 

NEW PROJECT (I need to decide on an emoji for new projects, open to suggestions) – Mandala Me Blanket. I few months ago, I bought several cakes of Lion Brand Mandala yarn in the Genie colorway (on eBay) because the mint green to gray is just super me. I made a project with it but still had 4 skeins left. I could make a few smaller projects with it but I decided I really wanted a lightweight crochet blanket with the yarn. I looked at the 4 skeins and figured out the order I would do them in so the colors at the beginning and end were the same or close enough that I could find the matches. It won’t be perfect striping because each one is unique. It says so on the labels but I’ve also noticed that from working with it previously. It will take a lot of time and maybe some more yarn but it’s a good incentive for me to work on projects for others first and then put in a row or two. I’m using a K hook and half double crochet stitch to help it work up a little more quickly but not be too loose. 

That’s it for active projects. I am thinking that over Labor Day Weekend, I’d like to take some time to whip up all of my undone Happy Yarn Mail. I have 3/5 projects that I haven’t done yet and I’ll get another one next week so I’m thinking that it would be fun do over the long weekend. I’ll havre 4 projects then and 4 days to do them. If all goes well, I’ll write a HYM post showing off the 4 projects as well as the 2 I’ve actually been able to squeak out. 

Love,

Joey

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National Granny Square Day – Sunflower Afghan 🌻

This post is a week late. Just my life these days y’all. This was my first granny square project and I’m super proud of it!

For my maternal grandmother’s 80th birthday, I crocheted this “lapghan” for the back of the couch at her little summer cottage which is all decked out in sunflowers.

Nana LOVED her beautiful gift! 


Love,

Joey

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WIP Wednesday – August 16, 2017

Not the most productive week, but things are moving along. 😉

✅ Rainbow Lana Kimono – It came out bigger than anticipated (like my last one) but I think it will be cozy for my friend to wear. She works at a bank so I have a feeling it will keep her cozy in the coming chily months.

✅ Elphaba – She can’t come and go by bubble (like Galinda) but she’s headed to my aunt to be included in a pre-college care package. 😊

Espadrilles – Nill. Again. Poor baby is going to grow out of them before they are done! 🙄

Dolls – Again, no time to work on them. Things are crazytown over here!

Sparkly Lana – Progress! I take her to church with me and crochet during worship. I find that my brain allows me to focus so much better when my hands are busy.


Baby Blanket. So I 🐸ed and started over. I figured out why you’re supposed to do it in BLO. It makes the color change less obvious and I really hated how it looked on one side. Also because it had 7 ridges, when you folded it in quarters, it got all wonky. I started over and added another ridge so it’s wider.I am alos working in HDC instead of SC and the ripples are much looser and less sharp. it was like a 90 degree angle before and now it’s like a 110 maybe? I’d have to use a protractor! 😜


Ice Cream Coozies – I have a couple crocheted without their embellishments. I designed this 3D pineapple. not sure if I love it but all the other pineapples I keep finding are coming out too big, or they curl too much when I use a bigger hook. I am going to test out doing embellishments with Lion Brand 24/7 cotton so it’s still in the cotton/polyester family, but I’m not sure hoe they will look and if they’ll attach properly. Thoughts and ideas welcome!

I think that’s it. I wanted to squeak this in before mindight! 😘

Love,

Joey

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Throwback Thursday: A Headband for Nóra

In my last post, I mentioned that I have every color of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn. It’s become a favorite of mine and I use it for a number of things. 

I’m gradually telling the stories of past projects and I’m trying hard not to tell them all at once so just for now, this is one reason I bought a lot of colors (in addition to the fact that they were Add On items on Amazon aka super cheap!)

I am a student at Millersville University and I had a teacher and class that changed my life forever. The professor of the class is now my dear friend. By the end of the semester, I was regularly having lunch with her and her baby daughter one or two days a week. Sometimes just us and sometimes with one or two people from our class. I am enjoying summer but ya’ll just writing this story is making me ready to see her and her girl again. 💕

Anyway, I came across this DARLING pattern by Jess at Make and Do Crew. She’s the real deal, so fabulous guys. I loved this sweet headband pattern and I was trying to think of who I could make it for.

Then WHAM it hit me. I whipped it up in no time at all (less than 24 hours from when I started). I did decide to leave off a few flowers to keep it really minimal and simple. When we were out to lunch, I snuck it on the baby’s head when her mama slipped away to the ladies’ room. Nóra kept it on the whole lunchtime and it just looked so pretty. Marion, her mama, was so suprised and thought it was completely perfect. 😍

Not the best pictures but that little face completely melts me every time.

I’d love to start making and selling these on Etsy, but for now I’m too limited on time so it’s an eventual dream right now…. 😉

Love,

Joey

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I Scream You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream! 🍦

A few weeks ago, Ashleigh at Sewrella created a super cute quick and easy ice cream coozie using on of my FAVORITE yarns, Lion Brand Fast Track.

I made some market totes with the yarn earlier this year and have been looking for something to do with the scraps.

I took her pattern of a solid ice cream coozie and made it my own by changing colors to create stripes and adding a rose to make it pretty. And this is how she came out. 😍


My aunt fell in LOVE with my coozie too and said I should make some for the Ocean City, NJ Block Party this fall. She always has a space where she sells little pretties she’s made. I’ve brought different things over the years for her to sell there and usually have made a few dollars. She thinks they will sell big and if I have extra I can list them on Etsy or sell them at craft shows myself. I usuallly participate in one or two around the holidays. I also sell handmade items in the faculty room at the school where I work. Teachers LOVE cash and carry.

My aunt said all of them should have some kind of embellishment. I want to try out some different ones with this yarn and possibly Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (I have gradually bought that in every color) if the FT ones are just too bulky/heavy. I’m going to toy with an emoji, since those are so popular, as well as flowers, hearts,and any other appliqués I can make with the colors available. I ordered FT in all 12 colors from JoAnn’s since they were on sale. 🙈 


Ideas for color combos and appliqués are more than welcome!

Love,

Joey