Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Just Be Happy - Design Wars Heads Up!

Many of you already know me, but just in case you don't, I am going to tell you a little bit about myself. :)

I am Alessandra Hayden, the crochet addict behind "Just Be Happy Crochet". I am a mom of two adorable and full of energy kids, a boy (5 years old) and a sassy girl (almost 3 years old). I was born and raised in Brazil, but after college I came to the US in an exchange program and met the man of my dreams. I never thought I'd end up living abroad, but that man was persistent and after several trips to Brazil, we ended up getting married. We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with our kids and 12 year old dog.

I learned to crochet from my grandma when I was 8 years old using a very tiny crochet hook and silk thread, I abandoned in middle school, but picked it back up in high school when I started making garments for myself. 

In 2008 after delivering my stillborn baby boy, Alex, I started crocheting frantically to keep my fingers and mind busy, which led me to open my shop. People liked my designs and started asking for my patterns, so I started writing them! 

In 2010 I self published a pattern book called "Just Be Happy - Crochet Hats for Babies and Toddlers" and since then I fortunately have had my patterns in several publications, if you are interested, you can read more about that by clicking here.

I am so thrilled to be part of the "Heads Up!" round of Design Wars Challenge! This is my 6th round and I must say that I still feel the same excitement and anxiety. The designing team competing is very strong, these ladies are brilliant! Here is the list of designers competing in this round, in case you want to check out their work:

- Susan Carlson -  Felted Button
- Jennifer Pionk - A Crocheted Simplicity
- Pam Dajczak -  Sincerely Pam
- Viktoria Gogolak -  CrocheTrend
- Carolina Guzman - One and Two Company
- Crystal Bulcholz - Crystalized Designs
- Salena Baca - Baca Creations
and yours truly, Alessandra Hayden - Just Be Happy Patterns

As you can see, I have chosen a very colorful color scheme for my design. Heads Up is bright, it's soft and a lot of fun to work with! I have used up every single inch of the yarn I received from Red Heart Yarns, seriously, I don't even half one skein left or half skein for that matter... lol

If you are not family with Design Wars, visit www.designwarschallenge.com and you will be happy you did! There are lots of free crochet patterns, interviews with crochet super stars and much more!
Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crochet Doll

The other day while I was at the library picking books with the kids, I saw a crochet book that looked adorable, so I brought it home and this weekend I decided to give it a try, so I made a little doll for my sweet pea. My favorite part of the doll is the hair, I tried to match my sweet pea's hair color.

I must say, there was a big lack of instructions in the book, so I had to "wing it" several times, but besides the bumps I had along the way, I am happy with the way the little doll turned out and my little girl, as you can see, loves it, too!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Everyday Slouch Hat Pattern

So a new pattern has been created! I noticed the need for more adult patterns in my shop and started thinking of new designs and this "everyday slouch" was created. I am so pleased, I think it is simple, casual and perfect for everyday use - ha! yep, that's why I named it the "everyday slouch hat". 

Do you know what else is great? It works up quickly, it is an easy pattern to follow, so you can whip up lots of hats for yourself, to give as gifts or to sell!

You can find the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/everyday-slouch-hat

Happy Crocheting!

Pictures by the amazing Kamieo Photography.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Summer highlights

Afternoon with friends at the beautiful Penrose Point State Park:

Bowling on a rainy day:

My birthday present that makes me smile everyday:

Date night with a view:

Flower picking with my sweet pea:

Family walks:

Road trips to awesome places like Fort Stevens:

Roasting marshmallows and camping:

Beautiful weather:

Unexpected gifts:

New beginnings:

Northwest Trek:

it was an amazing Summer, even with some bumps on the road, like the little man's broken foot, we feel really blessed, now we look forward to all the adventures Fall will bring!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This and that

Summer is almost officially over, it went too fast. I feel like a lot got done and at the same time I feel like we didn't do half of the things we wanted to do. Weird, huh? My little man started kindergarten and my sweet pea started preschool (2's class), they are both loving school, what a relief for this always worried momma. Here are some of the things I made recently:

Two fruit cozies for my little man to bring in his lunchbox:

Lots of apple cozies that were given to the neighborhood kids on our back to school neighborhood party:

 Little man asked me to teach to crochet and he was actually grasping the idea of holding the hook and yarn this time!

Beach trips and rock stacking, I just love that. 

Hand dyed yarn with food coloring...

Clay sculptures that the kids and I made and made necklaces with them.

 And I didn't make this, but I did buy this beautiful yarn bowl and crochet hook, I am in love with both!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sheep Pull Toy

These sheep pull toys were a lot of fun to make, they are pretty simple to assemble and my kids love them!

Pattern is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sheep-pull-toy

Friday, September 12, 2014

Clara Slouch

Here are some pictures I received of the Clara Slouch. Aren't they lovely?

Pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clara-slouch

Designed by Jackie's Design Studio