Hook a little love

A child can drastically change your world once they enter it. I couldn’t have foreseen it changing the way we celebrated or didn’t celebrate the holidays. Previously, the only holidays I would decorated for were Halloween and Christmas but this kid has me decorating for all of them. I was so surprised at how excited he was when he seen the Halloween decorations this past October. He was just over a year and a half but nothing got past him. He smiled in delight at each pumpkin and ghost that was hung up. He also had to show everyone who came over all the things. His favourite by far were the stick on decals placed festively on the mirrors, oh did he ever love them. As a parent, there isn’t much you wouldn’t do to see that smile and to make your kid happy. So here I am, heart in hand and decorating for Valentine’s Day. I’m not one for Valentine’s Day but my world is different now. I do it all for him and if sticking hearts all over the house makes him giddy with joy then bring it on.

Our heart decals didn’t seem like enough, something was missing. Then it hit me, we needed a little yarn to complete our celebration of love. I thought it best to hook a little love into our Valentine’s decor and remembered a pattern from one of my crochet books.

This is one of the first crochet books I bought and still by far my favourite. The patterns are well written and easy to follow. Plus the finished product almost always turns out identical to the pictures which is an added bonus!

I was on a quest to create the cutest crochet hearts for my little guy, like I said anything to see that smile. I never thought I would be crocheting hearts for Valentine’s Day but after having made this beauty I wish I would have done it sooner. It is so dainty and sweet. You could get away with hanging it up all year round.

The book has patterns for both small and large sized hearts which is perfect for adding some dimension into the garland. I went with pink yarn for the small hearts and red yarn for the large ones.

I measured out the width of the window I was wanting to hang my finished garland from to get an idea about how many hearts I would need to hook, as well as the length of the garland itself. I used white yarn for the base of the garland and did a chain stitch all the way along until I got to the desired length.

I am feeling all the love and it reminds me that we need to show love all year round, not just once a year. Every day can be love day if we all show some kindness.

How can you not feel all the feels when you see this beauty hanging in the window?! Add to that a little finger pointing eagerly with the biggest smile of life and I am in heaven ๐Ÿ™‚


It is the perfect compliment to the heart decals and most importantly it is kid approved. What are you waiting for?! Get out there and hook up some love. Happy Love Day!!


Labour of Love

At the beginning of last year I had made it my goal to become better friends with my sewing machine. As life would have it I never got a chance to blog about the special sewing project I undertook before Christmas, but the good news is that I am slowly convincing my sewing machine we should be friends. I’m not sure my sewing machine is convinced we are best friends but I am for sure in the acquaintance category so that’s a good starting point.

I got the idea for this crafting project as I started to de-clutter my son’s room. I had a pile of clothes and sleepers that no longer fit him. I slowly packed them up and whilst doing so it brought back a flood of emotions. I realised that each of the little newborn sleepers, shirts, and sweaters held so many precious memories. I didn’t want to pack them away in a box or give them away. I decided that I would take the ones that were from his newborn to six month phase and make a quilt out of them. I began to pick our favourites and started to cut out tiny squares to use for the quilt. I was so eager and excited that I would get to hold onto these memories and be able to wrap them around my little guy. Each square would tell a story. Like this one, this was the first morning waking up at home with our little miracle;

Or the first Mother’s Day gift I received, matching shirts because life is rad;

Or the countless naps that made my heart melt;

These are just some of the memories I see whenever I look at the quilt I made, these and so many more. I can’t believe he was ever this tiny, time is a thief! It’s easy to forget, as most days I’m just trying to keep up and survive an ever adventurous toddler.

I have to say that this project was beyond my skill level and you can tell if you look closely at my stitching. I didn’t anticipate that each square would be a slightly different material and would stretch and move around so much. If I had to do it over again I would definitely be more aware of this and try to keep the squares more in line.

Not the best picture but I took this one as I was nearing the end of my labours. I was elated as I could finally see my masterpiece coming together.

My finished product, all sewn up and completed. You can’t see it but I am giving myself a pat on the back. It’s not perfect by any means but you can guarantee it was made with a lot of love.


I definitely have a long way to go on becoming besties with my sewing machine but I am so proud of the finished product. I spent countless hours cutting, pinning, and sewing all in the name of love. I hope my little guy loves his blanket as much as I did making it for him. I am so happy I found a way to hold all the memories of the first few months of his life close by, ones that we can laugh at and ones we will cherish forever!

I didn’t follow a pattern for this project but you can find a similar style on my Pinterst board, just click the link here. Happy sewing friends ๐Ÿ™‚




Love and Miss You Always

I would normally start off my blog by saying Happy New Year and going into a long rant about goals vs. resolutions but this time around I can’t bring myself to do so. While most were out celebrating the anticipation of a new year, we were hit with some devastating news about our beloved dog, Charlie. It broke our hearts to have to say goodbye but our Charlie was sick and was only given a few days left to live. We suspected he may have been sick but we could not have foreseen this being the end. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, when I first started my blog Charlie was a big part of it. He was my model, my love, my friend and my inspiration. I only find it fitting to dedicate this post to my Charlie, this one is for you buddy.

Whenever we would take photos for my blog a few things would usually happen. One scenario would be him sneaking into the picture when he wasn’t invited, generally that is when Charlie wanted to be part of the scene. He would slowly make his way in and perk up when he knew he was in the spotlight and give the perfect little pose. It always made us laugh and warmed the heart.

Then there were the other scenarios, Charlie being invited and him choosing to be a willing participant;

And lastly, him being invited but reluctant to participate;

That was the beauty about Charlie, he was full of personality. He was little but he was mighty, along with the biggest heart! Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him loved him and would comment about his unique personality. He loved opening Christmas presents, snuggling under the blankets, would alert you to anything suspicious, loved laying in the sun and could fetch any ball you threw….getting it back from him was another story. He loved kitties, I think he secretly thought he was one and boy did he love to lick. If you had bare feet at our house you could consider them licked! He also loved licking kitty ears, strange but again he thought he was one. He also loved meeting new people, he would greet you at the door prepared to lick and then show you all the things he could do. He would bark at his food dish until you said “okay, get it” and then and only then would he eat. He liked to play a game with anyone who came over and didn’t know his tricks which would entail him staring at you until you got up and followed. He would lead you to the drawer that contained his treats and he would ever so sweetly tilt his head and wait until you gave in to his demands. All of these things and more made Charlie so special. My blog wouldn’t be what it is without this little guy and his big heart. I brought the creativity and he brought all the heart.

Dear Charlie,

Thank you for loving us so fiercely, in good times, in bad and even when we didn’t deserve it. You always greeted us with love and kisses. You taught us how to love unconditionally and to live in the moment. “Stop and stay a while” your little eyes would say as we debated getting out of bed or off the couch, stay and cuddle would always win. Who could resist those eyes? Thank you for reminding us to appreciate the little things such as this and for getting us off the couch when we needed to. I loved the way your little ears would move and your head would tilt when we would ask if you wanted to go for a walk, silly question as we always knew the answer. Yes, of course you wanted to go for a walk. You loved nature, the sun and chasing all things that moved. For a little guy you never let that get in the way, you didn’t show fear as you chased things that were twice as big as you. Thank you for being you. Our hearts are broken and our family will never be the same without you but we are forever grateful for getting to have you in our lives for the time we did. I hope you are laying in the sun and eating all the treats. We will love and miss you always.

Love your family.

Dedicated to Charlie


Knitting Journey

At the beginning of the year I set three goals for myself; learn how to knit, macrame and lastly to become better friends with my sewing machine. Well, I managed to cross one of the three off my list. This summer I macramed a plant holder, which I posted about on my blog, I have also been working on some wall hangings. I am hoping to cross the other two off my list before the passing of another year. I know, nothing like leaving it to the last minute but better late than never! That’s the beauty about setting goals, they hold you accountable and keep you motivated throughout the year. Nothing feels better than achieving a goal and that’s how I’m feeling as of right now. Okay, I haven’t finished my knitting project yet but I count it as a success to have purchased the supplies and given it a try. Let me tell you it’s a lot different than crocheting!

I’m not going to reveal what I am attempting to make as of yet but I am going to share with you my successes and failures as I go along. I have received some awesome tips on my instagram account from some amazing knitters, who I admire very much. So far I have been playing around with some stitching and trying to get my hands working right, working with needles instead of a hook has been challenging. They both work in very different ways. The hook acts as a claw and grabs onto the yarn, while the needle doesn’t provide this. Instead they rely on you to move your hands in different motions in order to grab onto the yarn. The most helpful tip I received so far when transitioning from crocheting to knitting is the learn how to continental knit which is basically knitting while using your left hand, the same as you would in crocheting.ย  If any of you hookers out there are looking to try your hand at knitting I have found this style of knitting to be very helpful thus far. You can click on the link above to learn more about this technique.

With this in mind and a video tutorial or two or three….okay a lot…..I have learnt how to cast onto my knitting needles! Woot, woot!! I know it’s a little step in a long journey but it feels so good!!

I have yarn on my needles guys!!

I found a great video tutorial that was slow and patient with me which I am going to share with you here. Bless those who post videos to share their hard work with others, I am ever so thankful for all of you! Without all your time and energy posting these educational tutorials I would have never learnt how to crochet or attempt my hand at knitting, so thank you very much!

With yarn on my needles I am ready for the next steps which I will share on my blog as I go along. I found it fairly simple once I got into the groove of casting the yarn onto the needles but I did and still do struggle with my tension. The more I read on this the more I find that this is common if you are a crocheter. It can be challenging to get the right amount of tension. This is definitely something I am going to have to work on.

It feels so good to be trying something new. I encourage all of you to get out there and try something you have always wanted to. Don’t worry about the cost, time or if you will be good at it, just go do it! The feeling is amazing and it does the soul good. Life is short so why not enjoy the ride doing what makes you happy.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in my knitting journey. Happy crafting!

*My etsy store, BBCraftlandia, is up and stocked with lots of cozy goodies to keep you warm this holiday season. As well as, some festive wreaths/florals*



Give Thanks

I am still in amazement by how quickly this year has flown by. I think I have said it before but I will say it again, having a kid really gives time new meaning. You can see it go by as you watch your child grow, month after month and year after year. There are moments I want to bottle up forever and wish I could halt time so I could stay in the moment even longer. It’s a good reminder to enjoy the little things. I say this as I sit amongst a messy house because I took some extra time to laugh a little longer with my Oliver. These moments are precious and they won’t last forever. There will come a day I won’t be as funny and tickle time will become a thing of the past so the dishes can wait as we laugh and play a little longer today.

Days like today make me so thankful for the life I have and for my family. With Thanksgiving quickly ahead, if you are Canadian that is, tis the season to stop and give extra thanks. The best way to celebrate, in my opinion, is through sharing food with those you love. I am excited for this time of year once again, we can sit around and share stories of our favourite memories, share good food and make new favourite memories. I feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about how much I love the holidays, this one especially. The weather is getting colder which also means more inspiration for making all the cozy things. It was these feelings that got me motivated to make this next crochet creation.

I am in love with my little pumpkin patch, they are so much fun to make. Don’t be fooled, if you can crochet in the round then you got this! Give it a try, you won’t regret it. These beauties are the perfect decor to add to the table centrepiece this Thanksgiving. I found the pattern on Pinterestย and the best part is that they provide a pattern for two different sizes.

I decided to make two pumpkins in two different sizes. I also opted to make a white pumpkin just for something different.

I love how they turned out and have received lots of compliments. These beauties are also perfect to have out during Halloween as well. You could use some felt and make it a Jack o Lantern, so many creative possibilities.

I may have a couple of these pumpkins at my next craft show on October 14th at W.H. Ford school so if you are in the area come by and say hi! Oh and another thing I am thankful for, you! Thanks for taking a read and following my blog. You all make my heart full of thanks!


A rug for a bug

I can’t tell you how long I have had this yarn laying around. It has sat so patiently in my yarn stash just waiting to be picked. I bought it with good intentions months ago and as life goes I found myself not having enough time. That’s the thing with hooking, you go into a store and find so many wonderful yarns and ideas come flooding in making your soul smile. You cave and decided okay what’s a few more going to hurt? Plus, I don’t have one like this and I need it….. not sure for what but I just do! You excitedly take it home and then it sits, the longer it does the more it looses the twinkle it once had. The inspiration quickly fades.

I have never worked with such chunky yarn before but I was in love. Plus I had purchased a jumbo sized hook months prior and it had been waiting for this size of yarn. I had originally bought this yarn with the intention of making my little Oliver a rug for his room. He likes to sit by his stuffies and look at his books. I thought a rug would be the perfect accent to complete his reading corner.

I found a very helpful pattern on pinterest. The pattern provided some of the basics on how to crochet a rug, as well as different variations depending on what stitch you wanted to use. It also gave some really good pointers such as, did you know if you are hooking away and your rug starts to curl up you just have to add an extra stitch or two to make it lay flat?! I love helpful tips like this! The patternย had this and a few other helpful pointers that will come in handy should you choose to make yourself a rug.

I worked on this rug while my little bug slept, above is my work station. Gone are the days of an organised craft room and here are the days of crafting anywhere you can, while you can. I was quickly interrupted but I didn’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

The great thing about using a jumbo crochet hook is that it makes for a quick project. I was able to complete this rug all in one day, which made me wonder why I didn’t just get it done from the start, sigh oh wells! The important thing is that I was able to put this beautiful yarn to good use.

It’s perfect for little toes and little bums to sit on while they read or snuggle with their favourite stuffy.

A basket full of love, most of them crocheted for my little guy. My heart is a flutter every time he snuggles one of my creations or sits on the squishy rug I made for him. This is a great project for any level and a perfect way to add a little handmade love to your home. Keep crafting ๐Ÿ™‚


Tied in knots

At the beginning of the year I made three crafting goals, one being to learn how to knit, second to macrame all the things and lastly to become friends with my sewing machine. Like most goals you have to work slow and steady to achieve them. I feel like I’m going at a snail’s pace but better late than never, I guess. I finally finished a plant holder that I am excited to show you all. It’s true I can’t yet macrame all the things but I did manage to macrame this beauty.


I started off trying to follow a pattern and quickly became frustrated. I just couldn’t figure out what knots were required to get the pot to sit nicely. I frantically untied knot after knot but kept reminding myself not to give up. After hours of attempting to figure out exactly what the pattern was asking of me I decided I would venture out on my own. I put aside the pattern and untied the knots for the very last time or so I hoped. I sorted out the macrame rope and divided it evenly. I then just let my hands do the work and cleared my mind of all judgements, I just went with what I was feeling. No pattern, no rules, nothing but the simple act of tying knots here and there and all around.


I think that’s the secret with this art. With so many craft projects we are accustomed to following nicely laid out patterns to get to the end piece. For me, macrame is so different and doesn’t follow the same rules. I found it worked best when I freed my mind and let my hands do the work. Sure, in order to know how to make the knots you do need to follow some what of a guide but in order to design and make various wall and plant hangers it’s best to just make it up on the spot. It’s so much fun to see what you can come up with, one knot leads to another.


In the end I am proud of my first macrame hanging plant holder. I came up with my own design and it all came together as it was meant to be. I am so eager to keep working on this craft. I have also seen a lot of other crafters using yarn instead of macrame rope which is so inspiring as I love me some yarn.


Just because it’s not the new year doesn’t mean we should set aside our yearly goals until it’s time to celebrate yet another passing year. We need to keep at it and do what makes our hearts’ happy.