Best of 2014 Part 3 – Double Fine friends!

I have been posting pictures of my favorite custom orders completed last year and here’s part 3! If you missed my last two, be sure to go see the first (barn bag) and second (dogs) posts in the series.

My husband works for Double Fine Productions and, last year, I got to make this giant Two-Headed Baby (the company’s mascot!) Two-Headed Baby is definitely the largest and one of the most complicated amigurumi I’ve ever made. It was a fun challenge.Double FineTwo-Headed Baby

Last year, my husband got to work on a game prototype called Little Pink Best Buds (for Pendleton Ward’s Amnesia Fortnight game pitch) and I ended up making several of these Buds:DSC_0155DSC_0188-001Little Pink Best Buds

I also got to make this pair of zombies based on the two main characters from Dirt Nap, a web comic by Double Fine designer Gabe Cinquepalmi. The exposed chunk of brain is my favorite little detail… DSC_0056 DSC_0064



Best of 2014 – Part 2

Last week I posted the first in a series of posts sharing some of my favorite custom Happy Handmade orders completed in 2014.

It may have, technically, been the year of the horse last year, but it felt like the year of the dog to me. I made a bunch of custom dog portraits that included six different breeds…and a couple howling wolves.

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Is there a special dog in your life you’d like recreated in a squishy crochet version? Let me know! I’ll turn a picture of your dog into a custom crochet dog portrait!


Best of 2014

The holiday season has come and gone and I have a lot to show for it, but haven’t been able to show any of it here….until now.

So much has happened since my last post way back in mid-September! I worked my fingers off to take part in my second Holiday Patchwork Show in Oakland. I made more ornaments this year and that really paid off. I made many of my old favorites and a few new things that I never got a chance to photograph. I really enjoy this show and am going to try to start building inventory for it earlier in the year so I can do more on Etsy over the holidays. patchwork_show_2014 DSC_0006 DSC_0008

I might try to add a spring show, too, but I’m not going to promise myself.

Homeschooling my six-year-old,DSC_0017

running after my three-year-old,DSC_0077

having fun exploring and photographing the Bay area,DSC_0026DSC_0212DSC_0011

and continuing my current level of crocheting is keeping me plenty busy, though I do try to grow Happy Handmade a little more each year.

Before I figure out the concrete ways in which I plan to expand my little business, I thought I’d celebrate last year’s many fun and challenging custom order requests that I never shared. I just couldn’t keep up with posting, but I’m super proud of some of these. There were so many new creations, I’m going to post them in categories over the next couple weeks.

So here is one of the first (and one of my favorite) custom orders of last year and the beginning of my Best of Happy Handmade, 2014 recap:

1. These five cute barn animals fit right inside this barn bag! (I designed all the animals, but tried to recreate the barn bag for a client based on a picture of one she’d purchased in a store long ago).Barn animals DSC_0166 DSC_0185 DSC_0193

I just realized that Happy Handmade turns five years old in November of this year!  Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement over the past five years. 2014 was such a good year, I’m not sure if I can top it for the five year anniversary.

But I can try.

Happy 2015 from Happy Handmade!