Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hello Kitty Party

My sweet pea is turning 3 this week, so we had a party to celebrate her birthday yesterday. She asked for a Hello Kitty party, so here are some pictures:

She wanted a white and blue cake, so I just ordered a 6" cake from the store, the whipped cream frosting was divine!

This is the table set up, the party was from 2:00PM to 4:00PM so I had some hors d'oeuvres for the guests:

For the kids I made cake in the can, it was a huge success!

As far as activities go, they built sculptures with gum drops and toothpicks:

Pinned the Hello Kitty bow:

 Hello Kitty came to visit the party, too!

We also had a piƱata:

The kids also bobbed for donuts and colored hello kitty coloring pages. It was so fun and everyone seemed to have had a great time!
Happy Birthday sweet pea!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Crochet Highlights

You know I love crochet, so I thought I'd share with you some of my highlights.

I designed a pair of boot cuffs that are used at Michael's crochet classes!

Designed this shawl for Red Heart Yarns:

My finger puppets were published on Happily Hooked Magazine:
 Ordered a custom leather cuff for myself that says "Crochet Addict":

Painted this beautiful yarn bowl using a lace technique at a yarn bowl painting party organized by the local yarn shop:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Dream Catcher

This os the Dream Catcher, my newest crochet pattern! I created the dream catcher for this round of Design Wars Challenge using Heads Up yarn from Red Heart Yarns.

The pattern has instructions for you to make the ottoman and the blanket, but you could easily make a mandala or an actual dream catcher using an embroidery hoop!

The pattern is available in my ravelry store:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

I was nominated for the Worldwide Artist Blog Hop by Danyel Pink from Danyel Pink Designs (thank you!) and I am excited to answer the 4 questions and to nominate two talented crafters to do the same thing!

Why do I do what I do?

Because I love to crochet! I am a serious addict, I have a craving for crochet, it relaxes me and makes me happy!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, when an idea strikes, I make sure to do a research to make sure I can't find the same thing I have in mind on the internet. I look through pages and pages and by doing that I end up having unique designs and I love it!

How does my creative process work?

When I am feeling inspired, I pick up my notebook and my pen and I draw the ideas I have, then I go through my yarn stash and select type of yarn and the colors that I think will work best with my design. I always crochet a sample to see how it will come out before I decide to write the pattern.

What am I working now?

I just finished my new pattern for this round of Design Wars and now I am working on a couple of hat patterns for Red Heart Yarns and on a Christmas inspired apron for Skip to my lou blog, so stay tuned, new patterns are coming soon!

Here are my nominations...

I am nominating two very talented designers that I am proud to call friends, one is Liz from Playin' Hooky Designs and the second is Sarah Lora from Ball Hank n' Skein. I hope you enjoyed my post and I am looking forward to reading their answers!

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 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:

Happy Crocheting!

Pictures by the amazing Kamieo Photography.
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