Posts Tagged ‘ crochet ’

Saving Money: Product Swap

I haven’t been working since the baby was born, and I have to say: I LOVE IT. But it does require a little finessing of the budget. I’m so thankful that I get to stay home with Amelia that I don’t even mind. Here’s my new favorite way to save money : Product Swapping.

A friend gave me some of these baby products that her sister makes. Wow. I am in love with this Coconut Balm. In. love.

I first used it on Amelia when her little bottom looked irritated. Cleared it right up. Next I put some in her neck folds when it was starting to get red and smell funky in there. Again, cleared it right up. When her cheeks started getting chapped from all drool, all the time guess what cleared it right up. Yup. This stuff. We have one soft skinned coconut smelling baby. And we love it.

So I told my friend how much we love “The Coconut” as we call it, and she said she was glad. Then one day she commented on a hat I had made for Amelia and said that she bet her sister would like one for her baby. And thus the product swap was born. I crocheted her a little hat for her girl, and she gave me another jar of coconut balm and a eucalyptus balm (which I haven’t tried yet, but smells great). Now we’ve got enough of The Coconut to last us another 4 months or so. Bonus.

My other exciting swap is with my friend Sarah. She’s a great photographer and did Amelia’s newborn pics for us. She needed a few crocheted props for her photography business, and I always need some more great photos of my baby. So you guessed it….we swapped. Not to brag on both of us, but doesn’t this sweet little boy look so cute? You can check out more of her work at I can’t wait for Amelia’s next photo shoot with her.

Anyone else out there want to swap? I wonder if Target will accept crocheted items as payment…..

Crochet Food

Food is a favorite here at HuYoung Heaven. We love to cook it, eat it, talk about it, take pictures of it, and….play with it.

Yesterday I discovered the joys of crocheting play food. Food and crochet – together at last!

This lemon and lime combo were my first attempt and I think they turned out pretty well.  Just look at that little lime all cuddled up to the bananas!

There is a plethora of knit and crochet food patterns on the internet. Fruit today, cupcakes tomorrow.

My new handmade toy mania fits in nicely with our philosophy on “baby stuff.” We want to raise our kids without all the “necessities” that are pushed on today’s parents.

  • Baby monitor: don’t need it; we have a small house.
  • Disposable diapers: handy, yes, but 500 years in the landfill. And have you seen how cute cloth diapers are these days?
  • Diaper Pail: We have a 5 gallon bucket

I’m being a little facetious here but you get my drift. If I can make cute, safe toys for my kids and avoid cluttering up my house with brightly colored plastic ones then I’m all for it.

But please don’t come to my house in a few years and count up all the plastic toys we have – I’m sure it will be substantially more than I think  🙂

Things that make me smile

Signs of Spring. I planted a few new bulbs last year, but neglected to jot down in my handy dandy gardening journal (thanks mom!) what they were. I’m pretty excited about my surprise bulbs coming up this year.

This Cereal. How much cereal is it ok to eat in one day? I’m in love with this cereal. I bought it to eat (dry) on our upcoming road trip, but I may need to buy a new box before then.  Oh Little Bites, how I love thee in milk.

Coffee Mug and Coaster. This coffee mug is from my future sister in law, Kayla, and I love it. She brings me a new set of mugs each time she visits, and I must say…she has good taste.  My mom made this coaster, and I love it too.  I move it around from room to room with me. It makes me happy.

New chunky yarn. Look how soft! I can’t wait to come up with a great project for this super chunky and delicious yarn.  Meanwhile, we have a tiny baby hat for my dad to use in his photography studio. Can’t wait to see what adorable ribbon mom will add as an accessory!

Crochet Envy, part II

Remember two weeks ago when I confessed to  loving everything on this blog? I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that I’ve done something about it.

I’ve decided to just go ahead and copy her. In theory. Because I just can’t be as color-brave as she is. Also, all that color makes me a little woozy sometimes.

But here, I’ll show you what I’ve been up to.

Attic 24 Ripple Blanket, meet HuYoung Heaven Ripple Blanket

Yes, Baby HuYoung blanket has some growing up to do, but give it time, give it time.

The Hexagon blanket:

My hexagon blanket.

As you can see, much safer color choices. But I’m happy with it.

And now…..the birds. Oh my sweet heavens, the birds.

I think it would take me longer to make a flock of these birds than it would to crochet a whole ripple blanket. I just really don’t have the patience for so much little fiddly work.

Here’s a peek of the little birdies that have been flying around HuYoung Heaven this weekend- destination unknown.

Awww, look at the little lovebirds – celebrating Valentine’s Day early I guess. Get a room, you two!

A little armchair reading….

….and baby boy’s blanket.

Because you can’t read a good book without a good blanket to keep you warm. Unless it’s summer, or spring, or January and it happens to be 55 degrees outside. In which case, you should probably get out there and wash your dog. Because he smells. Like corn chips. And winter will come back, don’t you worry, and there won’t be another chance to wash the corn chips off him til the real spring shows up.

I’m sorry, I just had to get that off my chest. The dog needs a bath, but I’m procrastinating. I wonder how long I can keep this up? Want to find out? I’m sure you don’t, but if you’ve stayed with me this long then it looks like you’re going to find out anyway.

Ok, enough chit chat. Down to business.

I’ve got some books to read. And when I say books, I do mean books. Not magazines.  Real life chapter books. Non-fiction. Look, I’ll prove it to you.

I think I’ve started 3 of them, but that picture is kind of far away so I can’t be sure. But yeah, I’m making good progress. Because I’ve got nothing if not free time on my hands. Between looking for Dave’s W-2, getting my background checked in 3 states, getting fingerprinted by the FBI, oh and washing the dog, I’m a veritable bank vault of free time over here. As in, the free time is there, I just can’t get to it. It’s locked down, like a vault (name that movie).

In other news, I’ve started a blanket for our little munchkin. It’s given me no end of trouble, so he’d better appreciate it! I think I’ve got in under control now, but I sure did rip out 2 hours worth of work on it.

Definitely a work in progress. But look at the cool ripple pattern…so retro-y….I think.

Well, that’s all the time we have for today folks. Todays show was brought to you by the letter….procrastinate.

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Crochet Envy

Every once in a while, I do a bad thing. I find the coolest knitting or crochet blogs, and spend hours drooling over them. Today I just found one blog, but that was enough.

Oh. my. gosh. This blog. A lady in England, a stay at home mom who crochets. I want to be her. And if I can’t be her, I want to crochet like her. That, at least, I can do. Minus the expensive yarn – that I can’t do.

Look at this! Just a basic granny square afghan. But embellished with a few flowers…and two little munchkins.

Birds! How cute would these be as a mobile in a baby’s room? I think a know a few little baby girls that need these in their room.

Granny’s Flower Patch. So cute. So colorful.

And then there is this. This hexagon blanket. Must. Make. One. Today.

Hexagons! Why didn’t I think of that?

Needless to say, baby boy project that was started yesterday has gone back in the yarn bin, and all the scraps have come out. I didn’t want to make an afghan that was quite this colorful (yes, I’m a chicken, and yes, I need order in my life). I found 4 great colors in my stash, and I am happy to report that I have already made 3 delightful hexagons. 3 down, 100 to go. This is going to be good.

Check out the blog and be inspired.

Berets: My new obsession

Man, this crochet phase has hit me hard. I haven’t picked up my knitting needles since I picked up a crochet hook a few weeks ago. I’ve been busy making baby hats for the etsy store, but two days ago I realized I can make hats for adults too.

Mind boggling, I know. Only two me two weeks to come to that realization.

And berets…..I can’t sing their praises highly enough. Finally, a winter hat that actually looks good on me. And if they look good one me, I’m willing to bet that they’ll flatter anyone. Even Mr. Glass Head looks good in a women’s slouchy beret.

Yep, he knows he’s looking good.  Cheeky.

First Gifts of the Season

I have 2 people crossed off my Christmas list already.  I know you’re jealous.  You wish you could be super organized like me. It’s hard, I know.

And now a picture of a my first crocheted snowflake ornament. All my crochet hooks are too big, thus the large stitches, but I’m not allowed to go back to JoAnn’s til Friday 😦

But at least I know I can do it! Just you wait, Henry Higgins, til I get that small hook.  Snowflakes will abound.