Stewart, that is. I thought I’d start a new blog full of recipes, crafts, and just stuff I’m interested in or have found useful. I’m not the craftiest person. I’m not the best cook. But I do have lots to say and now you all can partake. But let’s face it, I’m no Martha.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


As many of you may remember, I tried crocheting 2 years ago. It was a terrible, horrible experience. I was pregnant with my 3rd baby and I thought I kick it old school by making him a blanket. It turned out to be the size of an square oven mitt. I threw it away (in the outside garbage, that’s how disgusted I was) and bagged up all of my crocheting materials and never looked back. UNTIL NOW!! My husband is constantly telling me to find a hobby which is hard for me since I don’t play sports (stop laughing) and the only things I’m good at are playing piano and making jokes. So I branched out. I enjoy reading. I enjoy baking (not so much cooking… there IS a difference). And now I enjoy CROCHETING!!  I have to admit I raveled and unraveled my yarn about a gazillion times. Christian at one point made the comment, “You look really OLD right now.” And I worked long hours on my projects that my hands and fingers would start cramping and my elbows would get stiff. It baffles me how old ladies can do this for so long when I’m feeling pre-arthritic as we speak. However, I have conquered and accomplished something I’m SUPER proud of.  I started off with hats thinking that was the easiest way to go (especially since the thought of making blankets put a bad taste in my mouth). After feeling confident in that area I moved on to other things. It’s really easy to find free patterns online and if you’re feeling discouraged, always know there is a sweet old lady on YOUTUBE who is more then happy to hold your hand and show you how to create the right stitches. The trick is getting your tension right so your project doesn’t turn into a hat that would only fit a newborn (unless that’s the goal, of course.)

Here is one of the first hats I made. Kalea’s not a fan of the dark grey but I love it. I told her she doesn’t have to be covered head-to-toe in pink. She doesn’t agree. The grey yarn is thick so it was really fast to make. It’s really thick which will keep her noggin warm at the bus stop in the mornings. I thought about making my own similar to this one, but I’m pretty sure the flower will make me look 10 years old which is a deal breaker for me.

Mia’s hat is the exact same pattern just with a thinner yarn. They both look so different, but cute on such cute girls!
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The latest project that I just finished is this baby shower gift that I gave to an awesome chick and her unborn babe. The hat… easy. The booties… easy (once I got the hang of it). The blanket… uh… apparently blankets are my Achilles Heel. The pattern I found online was so cute I wanted to try it. Plus the lady said this blanket was fast to make. She SAID it was a 3 hour project. IT TOOK ME 3 DAYS. 3 days people. But it turned out so adorable and it was well worth the time and practice.

{Similar to Mia’s but much much smaller}


{The booties were confusing at first. I made 2 right booties on accident along with too much pink and not enough white on one of them. But EVENTUALLY mastered it.}


It’s called a Bubbles Baby Blanket. This little bit probably took me 4 hours…



{Here is the finished product. The pattern didn’t have any kind of edging but I wanted to make it look a little more girly.}


Here is the finished product. I was really nervous when she opened my gift. I’d never MADE a baby shower gift before and was kind of out of my element about it. However, I’m really pleased how it turned out.

Here are a few other websites where I’ve found really cute projects for kids and adults.
Ava Hat (toddler size)

Berroco Hat (adult women’s)
Flapper Hat (adult women’s)
Black and White Mary Janes (baby/toddler)
Slouchy Hat (adult women’s)
Ruffled Mary Janes (baby/toddler)


  1. Super cute pics on your blog and even MORE adorable seeing your gifts at the shower last night! Loved chatting with you, too! You are AWESOME!!

  2. That is awesome! You really have a talent with your hands and making things beautiful! You made those beautiful hairbows too...believe me, you have talent. When I tried it, it looked like Hyrum's first efforts at tying his shoes...not pretty. I'd LOVE to learn how to make a hat. It sounded scary reading about the double post back stitch (or something like that). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, I am so impressed by all you have made. Your shower gift is absolutely beautiful, makes me happy that you will be attending my shower in the near future, just joking. :) I'm serious about the hats I want for my girls. We need to set that up very soon. And one more thing, yay for my extremely talented friend!!

  4. You didn't need to worry... I LOVED your gift, and I know my new little one will look adorable in them! I'm thinking you may see her sporting them on her blessing day!

  5. Sweet I'M NO MARTHA!!!It was so good to see you, hug you and spend a few minutes talking!, but I'm not done...also sooo proud of you for your great talent!!. Just know, as I look back when I was your youth leader and I look now, I see in you the same beautiful young women , just growing up to be a wonderful mother of beautiful children, a spouse of devoted husband and a great example to an old lady like me. Oh, how much I love you and admired you. Please always REMEMBER that I'm here for you, just a litle older and maybe a litle wiser, with a few swewing skills that I would love to share with you!!. May the Lord bless you! Remember you can be and do whatever you want in your life! Love you!!Angelica

  6. Kristy, those are awesome! So cute!! I haven't had time to crochet in 10 years, but seeing your creations makes me want to make something cute. I only made blankets back in my crocheting days. I LOVE your hats. Maybe one day I'll find the time again...
    Thanks for sharing. Great idea to use a blog to save all those other great ideas.