#WhyIMake

Becoming a maker has transformed my life in so many positive ways. What began as a way to deal with stress turned into my path to prove to myself that I was more than just a mom. Finally the connections I have made within the maker community continue to inspire and challenge me to be a better person. #whyimake

When I read the email from LoveCrafts.com I teared up a little. They are hosting a blogger award and sent out an email to explain how to enter and what the qualifications are. They have asked bloggers to answer the question “Why Do You Make?” #whyimake

First of all, I have no delusions of grandeur going on here. There are so many amazing craft bloggers out there and I don’t think for one itty bitty second that I’ll make the short list. My little blog is a tremendous joy of mine, but it is very much a hobby. However, the question has been on my heart ever since. I knew I needed to write about it. Maybe it will be just for me or maybe you will see a little of yourself in my story.

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Amigurumi Book Recommendation

Sweet Crochet Friends is sure to be a new favorite amigurumi resource. In this amigurumi book recommendation I share the project I crocheted and all the adorable details.

Have you ever been in awe of someone’s talent, like really really impressed? This is exactly how I feel about the wonderfully talented Khuc Cay. I was beyond honored when she asked if I would like to preview her new amigurumi book, Sweet Crochet Friends

I’ve been a big fan of Khuc Cay’s amigurumi designs for quite some time. The first one I ever crocheted was her Kitsu the Fox pattern. His detailed face and unique clothing made him one of my favorite amigurumi projects ever.

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Beginner Amigurumi Tutorial

Are you ready for the easiest amigurumi pattern ever? My beginner amigurumi tutorial will walk you through each step so you can crochet this adorable Candy Corn Family in no time flat.

Mwahahahahah!!!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I love all the scary things! The witches, the chainsaws, the candy corn……wait, what? You don’t find candy corn scary? What about a family of candy corns? No? That’s not scary either?

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Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations

Choose the correct yarn for your next amigurumi project like a boss. Not all yarns work well for toy making. In Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations I guide you through five simple steps that will enable you to choose the right yarn for the right project every time.

Truth bomb coming at you….there is no best yarn for crocheting amigurumi. Now that’s not to say there aren’t yarns that are better suited for crocheting toys, because there certainly are. Think of me as your friendly neighborhood crochet addict who loves sharing my amigurumi yarn recommendations.

Choosing the correct yarn for the project is one of the most important decisions you are going to make. I cannot stress that enough. The right yarn can make or break your project.

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How to Become a Certified Crochet Instructor

Becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor takes time and effort, but it is totally worth it. In this post I share the details of my journey, why you might want to enroll, and the costs involved.

Nothing will impress your friends and family more than becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor. The letters CCI after your name will let everyone know that you are kicking booty and taking names. The sacrifices, the blood, the sweat, and the tears you will shed in order to accomplish this goal are worth it, my friend.

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a teeny tiny bit. Rest assured that this course does require effort, but no blood will need to be shed. There might be a few tears, but that will only come once you see your name in script on your gorgeous certificate from the Craft Yarn Council.

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Crafting Through the Crud

Staying creative during stressful times is important and finding the right project for the situation is essential. I’m sharing my recent experiences, how crafting through the crud helped, and how you can do the same.

Boy howdy, September has been one cruddy month. Just so we are all on the same page here’s the technical and highly refined definition of this slang term…

CRUD

One of the most useful words used for ‘Crap’. Kids use it so the high-strung parents won’t throw a fit.
CRUD! My gerbil just ate my term paper!” 
“What the crud is going on?” 
“This is just crudtacular.”

The Urban Dictionary

Crudtacular is now my favorite word ever.

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Favorite Fall Crochet & Knitting Projects

Fall is the perfect time for crochet and knitting projects. I have been scouring Pinterest in search of adorable autumn patterns and it did not disappoint, from plaid pumpkins to precious pigs and everything in between.

Fall Crochet and Knitting Projects

I am ALL about fall, y’all!! Unfortunately the weather and Starbucks aren’t quite in the same frame of mind. I tried to order a Pumpkin Spice Latte, iced of course, and felt incredibly disappointed when they informed me that they don’t have them yet. What???? Why???? Yes, I know it’s only August and that it’s 90 degrees with 50% humidity. But I’m ready for crisp windy days, colorful cascading leaves, and everything pumpkin spice.

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Makers Weight Gain – Plan of Attack

There’s a little known syndrome in the crafting world that I dubbed MWG- aka – Makers Weight Gain. No one likes to talk about it. (Can’t we just talk about yarn???) It’s an insidious enemy that slowly creeps into its victim’s life. It is stubborn. It takes up residence and settles in for a long stay. Stubborn and tenacious, nothing but a full on assault will cure the problem.

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Christmas in July for Makers

In today’s post we will explore the notion of Christmas in July for Makers and what that means for us all.

Warning

If you continue reading this, you won’t be able to unread it.

You will be in full possession of this knowledge and will therefore have a responsibility to act on it.

There are only 174 days until Christmas. That’s 4,176 hours, or 250,560 minutes, or 15,033,600 seconds.

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7 Biggest Blogging Blunders

June 8th, 2019, marked my first year of blogging. I’ve published sixty posts, written 43,820 words, and shared dozens of original photos. I know what plugins, widgets (ok so I’m a little iffy on that one), and keywords are. Make no mistake, I am still very much a newbie but I’ve made plenty of beginner blogging blunders.

A year ago, starting a blog seemed like a natural progression of my yarny addiction. I loved crocheting blankets, making amigurumi, and photographing my projects. It even served the purpose of another creative outlet so that I didn’t have to talk my family’s ears off about my obsession!

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