Catch up!

Two weeks have passed since my last post and I have so much to write in order to catch up that it’s hard to even decide what to write about first! Today’s blog post is going to be a complete mish-mash of thoughts and sights and news because that best illustrates how scattered my brain is right now! Brace yourself for an onslaught of random thoughts, new crochet critters, a couple exciting announcements, and some pretty pictures that will get you all caught up on the last two weeks at Happy Handmade.

Since my last post, I completed an order for two mini dogs to match their larger counterparts, Hank and Sunny.DSC_0043  DSC_0029  Custom Dogscustom_dogThen I moved on to an Aloe Pony…a spa pony from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. I really love how she turned out, but I’m a sucker for anything pink and aqua. DSC_0010 DSC_0015I got the BIG news that the awesome couple who just opened a really special new gallery space, The Grease Diner in Oakland, wanted to sell my little buddies and cards! I set to work on some items to start them with and even made a little potted succulent plant that I somehow completely forgot to photograph before I sent it off. I’ll have to make another one! I now want to make an entire succulent garden because it is really fun. They are also  excited to sell hanging things so I sent them off with a hot air balloon and a hanging bumble bee. But NOW, after seeing these sights at the Berkeley Kite Festival, all I want to make is colorful, flying crocheted mobiles!

DSC_0045 DSC_0029-001 DSC_0083DSC_0052 We, of course, couldn’t resist joining in the kite festivities, so this is the newest member of our family, Willie the Worm Kite.DSC_0058-001A parasailing zoo animals mobile, a mobile of crazy crocheted colorful shapes, a mobile of raindrops and umbrellas…I have so many ideas for mobiles!

In the middle of all that crocheting, Ben and I both had our best friends from Florida visiting the Bay area for the first time. We definitely wanted to see them as much as possible and show them around. Plus, it was a fun excuse to play tourist ourselves. DSC_0094 DSC_0108We took an abridged version of the Scenic 49-Mile drive through San Francisco and saw so many of the beautiful, colorful, iconic sights that make this part of the world so special.DSC_0109DSC_0149DSC_0082DSC_0136 DSC_0119I enjoyed a fabulous girl’s day on my first trip to Napa. I will DEFINITELY be back. It was amazing.DSC_0110 DSC_0097 DSC_0118Then there was a crazy period of adjustment for the whole family when our visitors left and we went back to the regularly scheduled program and I returned to the constant entertainment and interaction with my kids and dog all day, every day. DSC_0042 DSC_0152  DSC_0058This little happy girl is about to turn TWO! I’m desperately trying to get a party together.DSC_0050Many hours of Pinning woodland themed recipes and party decor ideas on Pinterest later and I’m about to just go to Panera and have the whole darn Woodland-themed picnic brunch catered.

My son just started his first week of day camp which is helping me prepare for the all-too-soon start of his first ever five-day-a-week school year (gulp). I just learned he’ll have to have school uniforms  that I have to find and purchase and I’m already nervous about getting used to school schedules and open houses and new teachers.

We found out we’ll probably only be able to renew the lease on this house for another 6 months, so that information is slowly sinking in. Then a neighbor was kind enough to take me down to one of my favorite stores in Oakland where I happened to buy all of my Christmas presents last year to talk to the owner about selling my crocheted items there, too! She said yes! Sooo….as soon as I finish up a frog prince for a 5-year-old with a princess bedroom and a happy aqua narwhal, I’ll have to decide what to make for Marion and Rose’s Workshop! I’m SO excited!

Add in a crazy family camping experience, an even crazier night of tequila school on a much-needed and LOOOONG-overdue date night with Ben, and little things like groceries, laundry, and dishes and…WHEW! I am a little dazed and confused right now. But in a good way! The past two weeks have been really fun and exciting.

Now I’m looking forward to the new relationships I’m about to  forge with Oakland small businesses, the friendships and new experiences my son will soon gain in Kindergarten, the quality, one-on-one time with my soon-to-be two-year-old, and the new creations coming out of Happy Handmade Headquarters in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!







Mini-Mindy: A Custom Horse Project!

I grew up riding  on my “Grandma Pony’s” horse farm in Apopka, Florida and have loved all things equine all my life. I created this amigurumi horse pattern a couple months ago and, I don’t know if it’s because I like making the mane and tail or if it’s because I really like how cute the head and legs look or if I just really like horses a lot, but it’s my favorite thing to crochet. I really enjoy making these.

Recently, someone contacted me on Etsy and asked me to crochet her paint, Mindy. I was nervous about making the markings look realistic, but I think they turned out really well. I tossed around the idea of embroidering the markings (which I usually hate doing), cutting out felt and gluing the pieces on (which is fine, but might look funny from the side) crocheting each piece with a thinner yarn and sewing the pieces on (what I eventually chose to do), or trying to inset the markings into the body while I crocheted (something I really must work on because I know I can do it, I just haven’t really needed to perfect the technique yet).  Crocheting the markings into their shape was a fun challenge and I think, because I used a thinner yarn, they don’t stick out too much from the body so that they look like weird growths, something that has stopped me from putting spots on my giraffe, for example. However, if I want to do that more often, I’ll have to invest in a bunch of sport-weight yarn and I don’t even have room for the yarn I have!

Anyway, Mindy’s owner was kind enough to send me photos of Mindy meeting Mini-Mindy so, without further ado, here’s the result of the Mini-Mindy project, before and after:MindyAmigurumi Custom HorseMindyAmigurumi Custom HorseMindyDSC_0074Horse_Pic Horse_pic2 I took a couple pictures of Mini-Mindy before I added the white so I could show people what an almost all-brown horse would look like.DSC_0006 Custom Amigurumi HorseIn case you missed my original palomino, here’s a picture of Sally:Amigurumi PalominoAre you a horse-lover? Know someone who is? Send me pictures of a horse and I would LOVE to make a mini-amigurumi version.  I could seriously make nothing but horses and be happy.

Happy 4th of July

I’ve been resistent to using Vine, but then I got inspired and gave it a try. Here’s my first Vine attempt. Happy 4th of July from Happy Handmade! Check it out here!