100’s of Patterns and Photos Stolen by DIYPatterns.com

Check Out This Scam! DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM DIYPatterns.com!

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In the world of patterns, DIYPatterns.com has been accused of stealing patterns and photographs from websites such as ETSY and are selling them on their website. This action removes the authors and designers from being compensated for their work and completely benefiting DIYPatterns.com.

Though I have just received notice of this fraudulent act this morning, numerous complaints from many ETSY users have surfaced in The Crochet Crowd Inbox over night. Great people like Lianka Azulay, owner of BonitaPatterns.com has been directly affected as her designs and photographs were stolen. They are selling her patterns putting the money in their own pockets.

In several reports, the website was pulled offline yesterday but resurfaced by a new host today. This company is definitely in this for the cash bypassing any morals to play fair. This is the ugly face of fraud. In one complaint given to me, they are not delivering the…

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We’re Still Here!

It was not so graciously brought to my attention by one of my readers that it’s been “FOREVER” since I’ve posted to the blog. So I’m back with an update. While it hasn’t been “FOREVER” it HAS been close to a month since the last post. I apologize for that, quite a bit has been going on that needed to get taken care of.

Baby Dog finds the exaggeration silly.

Baby Dog finds the exaggeration silly.

So here is the low down:

Stud Muffin and I have called off the wedding (including our back up plan to the previous cancellation of the big wedding). We are still getting married but it is going to be a small, private ceremony, officiated by my sister, held at our favorite restaurant during Thanksgiving break. I think there will be a total of 13 people there, possibly 14. It’s not exactly what we want. Honestly it’s not even close to what I want but what I am getting in return makes cancelling worth it (see the next paragraph).

In giving up the wedding plans we’ve decided to have a baby. Either one of our own or if we are unable to conceive we plan to adopt (which is entirely possible given our ages and personal medical issues). We’ve also decided to buy our own home. None of this will happen before Pretty One graduates in 2016 but it is something to plan and save for. By plan I am not joking when I say I am already planning out nursery ideas (remember how much I love stars) and we spend a couple hours a week discussing baby names. My personal favorites at the moment are Dominic Alexander and Katie Mae.

Baby Dog approves of getting his own little human as a pet.

Baby Dog approves of getting his own little human as a pet.

Part of the decision to cancel is because the IRS still owes us over $5,000.00. With the government shut down it is looking like we aren’t going to see it any time soon. Because of the money we are owed Bathe Happy is also in a holding pattern. I can’t start home parties until I have the money to do so and that money is in that $5k we are owed. The same goes for craft shows. We’ve had to cancel next week’s appearance because we can’t afford the booth fees and we haven’t yet been able to pay for the next Girl’s Day Out (coming up in Dec.) either.

Sales are slowly picking up, which has been great, but there haven’t been any sizeable purchases. Hoping to see more coming up in the next several weeks.

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Pretty One modeling her Wristers before “Maroon and White Day” during the week-long Homecoming celebrations.

Lots and lots of crocheting going on as the weather cools. I’ve been making wristers (cute fingerless gloves) for the current challenge for The Crochet Crowd. I started a blanket for Pretty One in her school colors. I’ve also been working on donations for the Crochet-arium charity.  I made a freeform mermaid doll that I am super proud of. I’ve also been getting back into cross stitch. It’s something I had a massive interest in when I was younger and now I am getting back into it.

The Mermaid Doll I Made for there Crochet-arium.

The Mermaid Doll I Made for there Crochet-arium.

So that’s where we are now. I’m still working through the disappointment with not having the wedding but the smaller ceremony will still be nice. In the coming days and weeks I will lay out the details and will be getting back into daily blogs. Things here have really been rough but hopefully as the year ends it will start looking up.

Thanks for all your support and remember:

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Baby Amelia’s Blanket is Done!

Yay! Its Done! Its Done! Its Done!

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I am so excited to share with you my completed work for The Crochet Crowd’s Summer Challenge:

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Its nearly 5 ft x 5 ft. I absolutely love how it came out.

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Even Baby Dog approves:

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All that’s left to do now is to wash it and ship it. Hopefully she will have it by the middle of next week!

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That’s it for today! Tomorrow we’ll talk about upcoming projects and new ventures!

 

Baby Amelia Is Here!

Introducing Miss Amelia Grace:

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Born August 15, 2013 at 6:12 p.m. EST 7.03 pounds and 21 inches. Isn’t she PERFECT! I am one happy ‘Auntie’. I can’t wait to meet her!

Since the beautiful Miss Amelia has made her entrance into the world I thought it was a good time to update y’all on blanket progress for The Crochet Crowd’s summer challenge. Work stalled on it for a while when my sister was here but I am back at it and cranking out as many rows a day as I can.

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It’s big enough now that today’s update required laying it in the middle of my living room floor to get a good photo.

It’s right at about 5’ x 3’ so it’s plenty big enough for a baby blanket but a little small for a ‘grow up blanket’ as I’ve been calling it. The size it is now would likely work for her until she was in 3rd grade or so.  After that it would become more of a lap size blanket or a wrap. Here is a photo with my iPad on it so you can gauge size:

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I am sincerely sorry about the late post, I haven’t been near my PC for much of the day and just got back from dropping Pretty One off at her Mom’s new house in the city. Also YAY for Pretty One making the Sophomore Volleyball team at school as a starter! So proud!

That’s it for today folks! Today was an awesome day for blog post number 50! Can’t believe we’ve been going that long already! Don’t forget the sale ends Sunday!

Calling All Hookers! (I’m Talking About Crocheters, Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter!)

Happy Hump Day!

My goodness this week is flying right by. I apologize for the lack of a post yesterday. It was a very busy day and then all of a sudden I looked at the clock and it was 10 pm! It was one of those ‘ooooops’ moments when I realized I’d forgotten all about the blog!

We’ve had LOTS going on with the sale it’s been awesome! For those of you who don’t know for this week only everything in Our Shop is 25% off when you use the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY at check out! No minimum purchase required. The sale ends Sunday so be sure to stock up!

Today I actually want to draw your attention to an awesome fundraiser being hosted by The Crochet Crowd. The proceeds go to Crafting For A Cure, a nonprofit helping children get through hospital stays by providing crafting activities and beautiful spaces.

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Here is how us Happy Hookers can help! From now through October 20th, 2013 the Crochet Crowd is compiling under-the-sea themed items for their Crochet-arium! They are designing a 20×30 foot space to be filled to the brim with items. All of the proceeds got to Crafting For A Cure. For each person that submits 5 items or more you are entered in a drawing to receive an awesome prize but the prize is secondary to all the children you’d be helping.

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This is a great way to use up some scrap yarn and get creative!

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A Few Ideas I’ve Come Up With:

  • Jellyfish
  • Finding Nemo Characters
  • Stingrays
  • Sharks
  • Corals
  • Submarines
  • Crabs
  • Shrimp
  • Eels
  • Scuba Divers
  • Colorful Fish
  • Whales
  • Seahorses

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Please keep in mind that these need to be items you would be proud to gift to someone. Many of these will likely go to children so keep that in mind as well.

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You can check out all the details HERE and HERE.

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Happy Hooking all! I can’t wait to get started on mine once Miss Amelia’s blanket is done. (Update on that this Friday, which is also her due date.)

Be back tomorrow with some fun happenings and upcoming appearances.

Have a great day!

***PLEASE NOTE: The images in this post are not mine. They were found via Google Images under searches for “fish amigurumi” and “ocean amigurumi”.  The Images are meant for inspiration only and I do not take any credit for the work. They are just fun and beautiful images.***