Just Be Happy

Sunday, February 7, 2016


(Help my tomy hrts = Help, my tummy hurts)

 It has been rough week for the Just Be Happy household. The kids both got a stomach bug and it has been brutal. Little man got sick on Thursday night and was up until 4 AM puking his guts out, my sweet pea got the bug the next night. What a sad sight for me, when my kids get sick, I always wish I could take away their pain, it just breaks my heart. If you're a parent, I am sure you get what I am talking about.

In the midst of all of that, I noticed love though and compassion. My sweet pea drew a card for her brother and even used her favorite band-aid, she also brought toys and put them on the couch to comfort her brother, it was really the most adorable thing.

Today we are just hanging out at home, staying away from everyone and hoping tomorrow is a brand new day. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Life's Little Moments

So I was thinking the other day about the things I used to do with my boy and noticed that I haven't been taking the time to explore with my girl. Well, I decided to change that. :-)
On Sunday we had some friends over to watch the football game, after they left we went on a short little hike, it was just so fun. It felt so great to breath in the fresh cool air and to pay attention to the Winter foliage, the mushrooms, etc.
The on Monday, we enjoyed the day off (MLK Day) and went to the beach. It was relatively warm, the sun was out, it was simply beautiful! The kids were looking for shells, clay babies and interesting rocks. I was happy just watching them, soaking up these precious moments. 
When we got home we made a little tic-tac-toe kit using the rocks we collected, it has been fun playing with it. Life is good, I need to remind myself to appreciate more and complain less.
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Fair Isle Slippers

This is my first pattern of 2016 and I am pretty proud of it. These fair isle slippers are so fun to make and they look good on the feet. My kids and I are crazy for them!

I used cotton yarn (Lion Brand 24/7 for the adult slippers and Sheepjes Caton for the kids' sizes). 

You can find the pattern in my ravelry store, craftsy, etsy shop and website. Happy Crocheting!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Anne Bonnet {Free Pattern in English and Portuguese}

Anne Bonnet

Size: Toddler
Tamanho: 2 a 4 anos

Difficulty: Easy
Dificuldade: Fácil

Gauge: 12 sc and 12 rows = 2"
Amostra: 12 pontos baixos e 12 carreiras = 5 cm

Hook: 2.00mm
Agulha: 2.00mm

Yarn: Fingering Weight, Anne (I used color 9976, you can find it here)
Linha: Anne (Linhas Círculo)

Row 1: Ch 41, sc in 2nd st from hook and in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn. (40 sc)
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn. (40 sc)
Repeat row 2 until your piece measures 15 inches. Fasten off.
Fold your piece in half and with single crochet one of the long sides shut.
Crochet around your bonnet and when you get to the corner ch 61, sc in 2nd stitch from hook and in each stitch across - that will form a tie, repeat the same process when you get to the other side.
Fasten off, weave in any loose ends.

Carreira 1: Inicie com uma correntinha de 41 pontos, faça pontos baixos a partir da segunda correntinha. (40 pontos baixos)
Carreira 2: 1 correntinha para começar a carreira e um ponto baixo em cada ponto baixo da carreira anterior. (40 pontos baixos)
Repita a carreira 2 até o seu trabalho chegue a 38cm. Dobre seu trabalho ao meio e feche o lado maior com pontos baixos.
Faça pontos baixos ao redor de todo o trabalho e nos dois cantos faça uma correntinha de 61 pontos, vire e faça pontos baixos para formar as tiras que serão utilizadas para fechar o gorro.

Copyright 2016, Alessandra Hayden. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

'Tis the season!

I am kinda sad that Christmas is over already, as busy as late November and the month of December were, they were filled with fun and joy. We went to Seattle to see the gingerbread village at the Sheraton hotel, which was actually Star Wars themed and super cool.
We baked lots of cookies and hosted the annual neighborhood cookie decorating party, we spent time with friends, played games as a family.
Yesterday as the kids played with their new toys, I was able to sit down and crochet just for fun and it was wonderful.
How was your holiday season??

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gift Tags {Free Printables}

I am so excited to have these tags available for you! 
On the front you put your name and the recipient's name and on the back, if you choose to make it double sided, you can add the info about your crocheted piece (size, fiber and care instructions).

 If you want something different, you can download the black and white tags, they are super trendy!

Click here to download the tags.

P.S: I would like to thank my friend Kamieo, of Kamieo Photography for designing this for me and allowing me to share them with you.

Monday, December 14, 2015

A simple gift

So the other day I dropped my little girl off at preschool, despite all the deadlines and chores I had to do at home, I decided to go to Target to find her a Christmas present. I was overwhelmed by the amount of toys, but couldn't believe that nothing there seemed to be meaningful. I came home empty handed and quite disappointed, to tell you the truth.

Later that day, a friend mentioned that she was collecting Bratz dolls to give them a "make under" and I felt like a light was just lit in my head! Right away I put a call out to my friends and asked them to keep their eyes peeled for Bratz dolls at second hand stores and sure enough, a friend sent me a text saying she had a little suitcase with 10 of them that I could have. 

The next day I got the dolls and started to work, you can see what they looked like before:

This is the before of the doll that is wearing the blue sweater and purple bonnet in the first picture. 

This is the before of the doll in the yellow dress.

I forgot to take a before picture of this one, so I just put a regular Bratz so you can do some comparing. 

I am so pleased with the way the dolls are turning out, I still want to make some more, it's quite fun to see the transformation happening. I hope my little girl loves them, I will let you know how it goes later!

By the way, I wanted to mention that the inspiration for making these came from the Tree Change Dolls and that the dolls are I am making are just not for sale, they are just for my sweet pea. 
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