I think I mentioned it before, but my husband and I have a little one on the way! We are super excited to be expanding our family. While we are trying to figure out what we’ll need for the baby, and frantically rearranging … Continue reading
I recently found that some of my original artwork has been stolen and is being sold without my permission. I’m working on getting this frustrating situation resolved. I’ve also included information of the steps I’ve taken so far. Continue reading
What’s black and white & red all over? This Art Deco Owl!
This design features an owl done in the classic art deco style. The black & white owl is comprised of geometric shapes on a red background.
You can find this feathered friend on all sorts of items in my Zazzle store. Every product can be customized by adding text, changing the size/ orientation of the owl, or even removing the red background.
My latest design features cute cartoon monsters of every shape, size & color! It’s great for kids and the kid-at-heart!
Remember the crochet Clutter Eating Monsters I made? The free PDF pattern is decorated with all sorts of little creatures that were just begging for more attention! So I’ve unleashed these monstrosities on tons of fun products in my Zazzle store. Head over and check them out!
Notice anything different about my blog? I decided to finally change up my theme 🙂 I’ve been meaning to do it for quite some time now…ever since I somehow broke the last one. I’m not sure what I did to break the other theme, but I totally destroyed my main page. Everything that was supposed to show up in the sidebar ended up at the bottom of the page under my posts.
After tons of browsing, I finally decided to go with this theme, Forever, by Automattic. I like the simple, clean look it has, and thought the background kind of looked like knit fabric. The only change I made to the theme was the font color – I wanted it purple instead of blue.
What do you think of the new look?!
UPDATE 11/17/2016: It was brought to my attention that there was an error in the pattern on round 12. It should be R12: 17dc, (dc dec, 4dc) x 3, 13dc (45 sts). I have updated the PDF file to reflect the change.
FEEEEEED MEEEE!! This little monster loves to eat plastic bags and other household odds and ends!
After I made my pup her dog wallet, I had to do something about the plastic shopping bags in the kitchen. They were getting out of control, and shoving them all inside another plastic bag just wasn’t cutting it. I knew the bag holder would have to visibly hang in our kitchen, so I wanted to make something cute. I ended up with this charming crochet monstrosity who just happens to have an appetite for bags!
Of course by the time I sat down to write this post there wasn’t a plastic bag in sight for the little guy to munch on. Between keeping the dog wallet stocked and making a conscious effort to remember our reusable grocery bags, the collection had long since been depleted. Plastic shopping bags are terrible for the environment anyway, so this monster has adapted to eating all sorts of miscellaneous household items instead!
He proved to be so useful that I made him a monsterette…
…and baby monster to hang out with!
They love eating everything from hand towels to kitchen clutter – just don’t ask them to eat their vegetables! I personally think a giant monster would make a fabulous clothes hamper 🙂
Have some clutter of your own that needs to be eaten? Make your own Bag Eating Monster with my free PDF pattern. This pattern is for personal use only and may not be sold, reprinted, or copied in any way without my express permission. If you decide to sell something you make from one of my patterns, I ask that you give credit to me as the pattern designer. I also ask that you include a link back to the free pattern, so that others may have the opportunity to make the item themselves.
I’ve added this as a free pattern on Ravelry as well. If you’ve got a camera and a minute, pretty please upload your monster pictures. I’d really love to see the finished projects! Good luck with your own little monster(s)!
Can’t get enough of these cute monsters? Check out my Colorful Cartoon Monsters design – inspired by the creatures lurking around on the Clutter Eating Monsters PDF pattern 🙂
I was recently asked to make a couple more crochet Bath Mitt Buddies, and I’m so glad too because they’re super cute and fun to make! I was really happy with how the hippo turned out before, so I decided to make another one. In case you missed it, you can make the hippo ears by following the How-To instructions from my other post.
This time I gave him some hippo nostrils. I used the same color yarn as I did for the mouth to embroider the nostrils. I was going to try and add a of couple teeth too, but in the end I couldn’t get them to look right.
For his buddy, I wanted to try changing up the pattern and making a monkey. I studied the free Bath Buddies pattern from Sugar ‘n Cream for a few days before I finally figured out how I would modify the pattern. I followed the first part of the instructions as if I was making the whale. When it came time to add the chin extension, I went back and followed the instructions for the frog.After more pattern decoding, I found that if I made the frog mouth it would still line up with the top of the head, even though I had followed the hippo instructions. Yay!
So long story short: body & front of head = whale; chin extension & mouth = frog. Easy 🙂 Too keep my bath mitt from looking like a brown whale with a frog chin, I added a couple of ears. I made a minor change to my hippo ear pattern and ended up with this:
Monkey/ Bear Ear How-To:
(make 2 using same size hook from bath mitt)
Row 1: sc, 4dc, sc into a magic ring; ch1, turn.
Pull almost all the way tight. (6 stitches)
Row 2: sc increase in each stitch; fasten off leaving
a tail long enough to use to sew onto your bath mitt buddy (12 sts)
Pull the magic ring tight, sew one ear to each side of the head just
below where it starts to slope down for a bear buddy.
Sew them right onto the point (a little higher than the bear ears) to make a monkey.
After attaching the ears it was pretty evident that the little guy looked more like a bear than a monkey, hence the post title. I think he would have looked more like a monkey if I had attached the ears a little bit higher, but either way he’s totally cute!
Since today is Halloween I thought I’d share my halloween-inspired designs. They are all avalable on a range of products in my Zazzle shop. While it may be too late to get any spooky gear, it’s never too early to start planning for next year!
You may remember my orange Boo! design (far left) which won a Todays Best Award over at Zazzle. A few days later the Boo! design with orange details (far right) also won a TBA. I simply couldn’t believe it and am still excited!
How cute is this scared little ghost?! I’d probably be afraid too if I had so many bats flying around me 🙂
This design combines my love of yarn with my favorite holiday. If all pumpkins were made out of yarn I’d have to invest in my own pumpkin patch! They’d be pretty hard to carve though…
Since not everyone likes yarn as much as me, I made another version of my Yarn-O-Ween design. Same old cat, just a different pumpkin!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween, so it was a ton of fun coming up with all these designs. I can’t wait until next year to make more!! Happy Halloween!
Out of the thousands of designs created each day, only a handful are selected as the top-picks to be featured on Zazzle’s main page. I’m simply over the moon and still can’t quite believe that my artwork was chosen for an actual award! I even got an official “Artist Award” ribbon:
Check out my Zazzle store to see all the fun new designs I’ve been adding!