Tag Archive for ‘Crochet’

About Me

A little about me. I am a SAHM to 3 wonderful kids. They get on my nerves but I still love them to death. Baking and decorating cakes along with crocheting has always been something that I have done on the side. I’ve been a stay at home mom since my little girl was 3 months old and she just turned 8! The time has flown by! I have a lot of side hustles to try and help with expenses. I baby sit 3 kiddos. One I have had since she was 12 weeks old! She is like my own! 

I’ve been baking cakes for about 10 years now. My grandmother used to bake wedding cakes when I was younger and I remember going with her to set them up. They always looked so huge, but what doesn’t look huge to us when we are little! haha. They had fountains, steps from one cake to another with figures of groomsmen and bridesmaids walking down them. So extravagant! 

I started out creating Baby’s Inspiration and creating the cutest little outfits for newborns! I LOVED seeing the crocheted props in professional photos! All the little babies were soo stinking cute. That came to a halt within the past 2 years. Geez it doesn’t seem like that long ago. I developed carpal tunnel and it hurt too much to crochet anymore. So I invited my cousin up who also crochets and she bought all my yarn that I had. 

Good thing I had my cake side hustle going on! I do not know what I would do if I couldn’t make something at least once to 3 times a week. Creating and making things is an outlet. It is my therapy. While I am creating I don’t have time to think about anything else. Which is fantastic cause I have anxiety really bad and I over think everything. My husband hates when I over think but it’s just a part of me now. 

My husband is super supportive of me. He helps make sure that my accounting is on track and perfect. He has given me encouragement when I need it the most. I wouldn’t be where I am right now creating cakes without his encouragement along the way.

This blog/website is the next step for my cake business. My kiddos are grown enough that the oldest can watch the other 2 and they can stay home with out an adult present. That means once my kiddos that I babysit start preschool that this momma is going to have to either start making more money with cake orders, start making money from this blog, or get a real job. 

I’m not excited about going back into the real world of working 9-5. My middle child is really athletic. He plays football (his passion), lacrosse, and basketball. So we are always running him to practices and or games. I love being present at everyone of his games! I think it will mean a lot to him once he is old enough to realize all the things we gave up for him to be able to play sports. Don’t get me wrong I would do it over again 100 times and I love that he is into more than one thing. I couldn’t imagine him not being athletic. 

Then there is my youngest, little, girl, who is into cheerleading. I was swindled into coaching her 3 years ago and fell in love with coaching and helping out the best organization around! I’ve been coaching her squad for 3 seasons now. I am also the spirit wear coordinator for the Union Raiders Football and Cheer organization. I love being involved with my kids sports. 

I’ve recently been asked to help with the lacrosse team! How exciting is that! I haven’t received all the details yet. The season won’t start till the end of January beginning of February. So I still have plenty of time to learn my role! 

I never realized that I would have this much to talk about! Till next time!

Boots, Cowgirl Boots, and Slippers!

I love getting orders for newborn items that I don’t already have in my shop!  It gives me the opportunity to add that item to my ever-growing listings.  Plus I get to try out a new pattern or two!  Here is the latest order that I have had. These boots are by far the cutest Cow girl boots that I have seen!  The are a FREE pattern from Hodgepodge Crochet […]

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Way side…………..

I am going to be honest and say this……I have neglected this page too much.  I need to set a goal to post at least one thing a week, if not more.  Whether it be crochet related or not.  I am a huge crafter of many talents but my main talent lies with crochet and clay work. I would love to get into refinishing furniture to go into my home […]

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Maker Takeover New Pattern Releases

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We’ve got almost THIRTY patterns collected here for you this week! Most of them are BRAND NEW, with a few updated favorites included.

A couple of months ago, several of the Mad Mad Makers decided it would be awesomely fun to all release new patterns on the same day and then see how many spots on the Craftsy Leader board we could take over. We had a blast! Craftsy recently changed the look of their leader board, and you can’t see at a glance who the designer is now, so it might not be as much fun this time around, but we’re going to do it again anyway! AND we are including any platform on which Makers publish their patterns to be sure we get everyone included!

Here’s how YOU can get involved:

  • Follow the links to the patterns listed here,
  • give them a FB like, a comment,
  • Pin the ones you especially like,
  • copy the links to your favorites and post them on your own page
  • or create a little summary post to share with your friends and fans.
  • And be sure to save your favorites to your wish list!

We’ve got quite the collection of wonderful patterns here for you, I do believe there is something for everyone here. Enjoy!

PLEASE VISIT THE MAD MAD MAKERS BLOG POST, which includes all the photos and links to all of these great patterns!

Bowtykes – Fox Jar Cozy
Smalltowndreamz – Holiday Tree Double Pattern Pack
Ella Bella Bows – Turtle Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial
Bowtykes- Hippo Lovey
A Crocheted Simplicity- Knotted Threads Cowl
A Crocheted Simplicity- Knotted Threads Head Wrap
Sincerely Pam – Shannon Scarf/Cowl
One and Two Company – Kitty Lovey Security Blanket
One and Two Company – Snowman Security Blanket
Crystalized Designs – Twisted Colors Earflap Beanie
The Perfect Knot – Summer View 6 Inch Square
The Perfect Knot- The Birthday Bomb Amigurumi Set
Pattern Paradise – Cape Cod Shawl
One and Two Company- Baseball Set Applique
Yarn Baby – Honey Bunches Scarf
The Perfect Knot- Brynlee’s Carousel Beanie
Heritage Heartcraft – Ray of Hope Star Ornament
Bowtykes- Pumpkin Patch Prop Set
ZaneyMay – Macrame Soleless Sandal
ZaneyMay – Eyes of Autumn Bracelet
Pattern Paradise – Loop-d-Loop Bootie
Glamour4You – Chevron Lattice Wristlets
Glamour4You – Candy Corn Bag
Glamour4You – Candy Twist Bag
Kountry Girl Kreations – Charlie the Horse Beanie
Illumikniti Designs – Cordelia Owl Hat
The Crafty Geekette – Whimsy Hat
CraftyBunker – Moebius Cowl

Lately…..

I never imagined that baking cakes for others would become anything more than something that happened every once and a great while.  I have been quite busy with cake orders, crocheting, and clay!  I by no means want you to take this as complaining because I am not.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I love that I am able to help out my family’s financial needs while staying home with the 2 little ones and doing something that I love.

So far this month I have only made 2 cakes and they were both for this past weekend.  I will be starting on my daughter’s 2nd birthday cake tomorrow.   We have decide to purchase the castle cake set from Wilton.  It is going to be epic!  Can’t wait to share pictures of the finished product!

I have made many new crocheted items that I have/will add to my Etsy shop.  In the Makers network that I am in we have begun to trade items between shops for the holidays.  I have gained many new patterns that I can not wait to try out!  I have even bought some yummy yarns for certain projects!  I have also gained 8 new stitch markers that I LOVE!  I will have to show them off to you soon.  The sister-in-law borrowed my camera to go to the pumpkin patch today.  So not for a couple of days, but hey, that will keep you coming back right?

Well….without further ado.  Here is what I do have pictures of that I am willing to share with you! 😉

I’m Back……………

I have been so super busy!  I have been trying to get my 3 year old ready for preschool, my 6 year old ready for 2nd grade, and apparently this month is the hot month for me to make cakes!  I am just now starting to get back into the groove with sales starting up for the winter months!  I am always super busy during the colder months.  I have a lot of new things that I have been trying to spread out and keep everyone interacting with my Facebook page as possible!  As a Mad Mad Maker one of the biggest things for me to keep up on is having my present year round.  With 3 kids it is really hard when all they want to do it play outside.  I have had to get creative this year so that I could keep crocheting while they played.    I have been debating with myself whether or not to enter into the local craft shows.  I found a website that allowed me to have the contact info for the 3 biggest ones around Northern Kentucky area.  I am scared to go ahead and enter myself into these craft shows one is because shoppers like instant gratification.  I don’t feel that I have enough merchandise ready to be shipped and out the door for 5000 + shoppers for that fair.  I think that I will be ready for sure next year.  But I have also been looking at the smaller craft shows that are not so local.  I am just so torn on what to do.  If all else fails there is always next year right?!

Anyways here is a few pictures of what I have been up to lately.  Enjoy!

Flower Power Bag by The Perfect Knot

  I just have to say that this bag is the most beautiful thing ever!  The colors are the best color combo that I have seen in a while!  This pattern works up fast and you can customize the colors any way that you want.  There are also different variations for a flap and the handles to be stuffed or you can crochet around a cord! I loved this bag […]

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Fun Filled Day.

Hello everyone!  It’s been a long day!  Went to a birthday party at a bowling alley for a 3-year-old.  It was definitely different.  I personally would never have my children’s birthday party there unless they were much older and actually knew what bowling was and enjoyed it!  Then when I came home my long-lost cousin who also loves to craft as much as I do came over and we played […]

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Clay covered crochet hooks!

I have recently fallen in love with clay!  I have even made some small charms for necklaces that I thought I would never do because of the tedious small detail work that goes into them.  But I fell in love with everything that I have tried lately that deals with clay!  Here is what I have been up…..   I don’t know what it is about it but I can’t get […]

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