Little Lion Gift Set| Free pattern

DSC_0037 (6)lion cub

So, remember this?

panda giftI mentioned that I also had a snuggler to go with it.

DSC_0055 (2)This whole panda set is for my sister-in-law, who’s set to have a baby in a week or so.  We are going to visit family (leaving tomorrow) for a couple of weeks.  Hopefully, we’ll get to see and snuggle precious baby Quinn.

Well, I also mentioned that another sister-in-law is due with a baby boy in a couple of months.  I did a similar set, only boy-i-fied. 

DSC_0037 (6)And a snuggler:

DSC_0053 (3)The hat is similar to one of my most popular designs:judelionTaken long before I got a nice camera, so sorry about the blur.  The shoes are my own pattern (Bonus: free pattern at the end!)

DSC_0042 (5)And, of course, I had to make a matching rattle for little Ke-ju!

DSC_0050 (3)I am so excited to meet these sweet babes, and so excited for their parents (both first born)!  Hopefully these little gifts will come in handy. 

Now, raise your hand if you want a free crochet pattern…

DSC_0047 (3)You betcha!  I always love a good free pattern.  This is a nice basic pair of loafers.  I think they’d be just as cute for a girl.  And, you could even thin out the strap to make a cute pair of mary janes.  Anyway, I’d love to see your versions, if you end up using it.  Of course, you may use this pattern as you wish, but please don’t sell it or steal it as your own.  I would appreciate a link back to this post if you use it.

I don’t have a tutorial for this pattern.  If you’d like one, let me know.  I may be able to work something up (after we get back from vacation).

DSC_0046 (3)Little Man Button Loafers >pdf download

Little Man Button Loafers­

By Chelsie Brady of Puddy Pad Designs

Size F hook

Worsted weight yarn


Chain 12

Round 1

Beginning in second stitch from hook, sc 4, hdc 2, dc 4, 7 dc in last stitch

Working along other side of chain, dc 4, hdc 2, sc 3, 3 sc in last stitch (do not join, just continue in first stitch) (29)

Round 2

Sc 10, [2 sc in same stitch]- 7 times, sc 9, [2 sc in same stitch]- 4 times (40)

Round 3

Sc 11, [sc, 2 sc in same stitch]- 5 times, 11 sc, [sc, 2 sc]- 4 times (49)


Round 1

hdc in each stitch around IN BACK LOOPS ONLY (49)

Round 2

hdc in each stitch around (49)

Round 3

Sc 9,

IN BACK LOOPS ONLY: sc2tog, 2 sc, hdc2tog, [dc2tog]- 4times, hdc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog

Sc 8, [sc2tog, sc]- 4 times, sc 3 (37)

Round 4

Sc 2, Sl st 6, sc2tog, hdc2tog, dc2tog, dc, dc2tog, dc, dc2tog, hdc2tog, sc2tog, sl st 6, sc 2, sc2tog, 2 sc, sl st to join last stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends. (29)


 For RIGHT shoe, attach yarn around back post 3 stitches from where you left off. Chain 2 (This counts as your first dc), bpdc 5 (behind the slip stitches from the previous round), fpdc 2 (these two will be around the posts of the sc2tog in yellow)

 For LEFT shoe, attach yarn in the front post of the 2nd dc2tog, in turquoise, from previous round. Chain 2 (this counts as your first dc), fpdc 1, bpdc 6

 Chain 2 and turn

Do three more rows of dc across (7), chain 2 and turn at end of each row.

For last row, dc2tog, ch 2, skip two, dc3tog over last three stitches. Fasten off and weave in ends.

On both shoes, attach button on the outside of shoe, right where you began the back loops of round 3.

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Painting: Landscape with Canoes

20X16 Acrylic on Canvas

After a long painting hiatus, I pulled out my brushes and did a little number.  It started out as just a quick thing to put in a frame in order to fill a space on a wall.  But then I decided to actually paint- like, take the time and try to make something beautiful.


  I will proudly display this in my home… unless someone wants to buy it from me. :)

Crochet: Panda gift set

panda giftI made this set a while ago, intending to get it sent off to my sister-in-law for her baby shower.  That didn’t happen as planned and now we are going home around the time that little miss will arrive, so now I will just take it in person.  (Todd and Lizzie- if you see this, surprise!  Sorry I’m lame and didn’t send it in time.)

I first found some fabric, that I just fell in love with, to make a sweet little snuggler.  That will be in a different post. 

DSC_0034 (2)eI really think every little girl needs a pair of these crocodile stitch booties, especially ones born in the fall or winter.  DSC_0030 (2)e

Then, of course, we need a matching hat. 

DSC_0024e And, let’s not forget a cute toy for the little one to play with and chew on and stuff. 

DSC_0026eI have another sister-in-law who’s having a boy a couple of months after this little girl is set to be born.  Their showers were around the same time, so naturally I didn’t get hers sent in time either.  (Kristen- if you see this, sorry I’m lame!  Your gift post will be coming soon.)

Sewing| Pattern Testing: The LOL Swing Top


IMG_1974IMG_1995Guys, I love this top!  It is called the LOL Swing Top, designed by Jenn at Jennuine Design.

IMG_1975IMG_1996I was lucky enough to help with the pattern testing and, since I happen to have a tiny newborn baby girl, I was able to test the NB size.  Over the next couple of weeks, you can see some more adorable creations from the following sewists.  There are some babies, some toddlers, and some big kids, so be sure to check them all out.

LOL Pattern Tester TourThat’s a great thing about this pattern… it ranges in size from NB to 12!  And, it looks great on literally every one of the testers’ models.  Every. One.  (Even when they pull a silly face)

DSC_0028eIt can be sewn using wovens, knits or a combination of the two- mine are knits, but the purple one has a woven yoke piece.

DSC_0011 (2)editI love the swing.  I love how high the neckline comes up in the front.  I love how wide the straps are.

DSC_0005editI love the little bits of girly gathers in the front and back.  I love love love the racerback.

IMG_1997I love the pattern- the instructions are clear and smart.  I love how quick it is to sew.  (Is it pretty obvious yet that I love everything about this top?)

DSC_0037eLet’s see, if I had to say something that I don’t like about it, I guess I’d say that I don’t like hemming curves, but that really has nothing to do with the pattern. (I STILL haven’t hemmed mine, but since they’re knit, they won’t fray… so I’m just rolling with the un-hemmed look.)

DSC_0032eIt is seriously a super cute, super fun top with so many possibilities. (I plan to lengthen the hem, maybe take out a bit of the fullness, and make a suh-weet little dress.)  Do yourself a favor and pick up this pattern.  It’s in the final stages of testing right now and should be released very soon.  I’ll keep you posted. :)DSC_0008 (2)edit

Sewing: KCW- scrappy color block dress

It’s Kids Clothes Week and I was finally able to spend a bit of time sewing on Wednesday.  I self drafted this little color block raglan sleeve number for my Tessa girl.  DSC_0023 (3)The pattern needs help, so I’m not sure how much wear we’ll get out of this.  Perhaps I’ll take it apart and make the necessary adjustments because it’s kind of cute.  I love the floral print and coral combination. 

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Until I take the time, though, this will remain in its unhemmed, ill-fitting state.  Ah well.  It’s the thought that counts, right? 

I finished a semester of school yesterday and felt like I needed to get behind my sewing machine and create something.  So, this was more a therapeutic project than anything anyway.  Some projects are like that- more for my soul than to actually make something usable.