Just Be Happy

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rainy Day Activities

Oh my word, what a RAINY day! No, it's not sprinkling, it is really raining hard, it feels like my house is going through the car wash and with two little ones, I'd be soaked wet if I went somewhere by the time I buckled both of them in and to be honest, I really feel like just having a pajama day... LOL

So here are some of the activities we did to keep ourselves entertained:

I drew on our hands and we were laughing each time we made the little guy jump. LOL

I also made a cardboard house and the little man painted it hunted. If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw the picture. I just didn't have a chance (or even think) of taking a picture with my big girl camera.

But the big hit was the stop motion movies we made. I didn't have a tripod, so I improvised a way to keep my iPhone up by taping it to an empty coffee container... LOL

Here you see my little man working to make the movie, he was very focused. It's very simple to create a movie. We made ours using Instagram movies. You make your first scene, hit record, stop it shortly after, change it just a tiny bit, hit record and stop it again and you repeat that process until you are done.

And here is the still motion movie we created:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Painting Leaves

The weather hasn't really being beautiful outside, the kids go to the backyard sometimes, but they get wet and cold and run back inside, so I have been looking for new craft ideas to keep them busy.

So we went to the park after preschool last week, we brought a bag and collected a lot of leaves, different size and shapes and we have bee using them for different art projects, we painted little creatures, here they are:

My fish:

and my porcupine:

Little man's fish:

My little lady's art:

My little bird's:

Little Man's hedgehog:


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crochet Spiderweb {Free Pattern}

Crochet Spiderweb

Skill Level: 

- Crochet Hook US Size I/ 5.5mm
- Scissors
- White Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Impeccable by Loops & Threads)

Ch = Chain
DC = Double Crochet

You will make a ch 3 to begin each round and that counts as the first dc of each round.
Join each round with a slip stitch.

Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: 1 DC, Ch 2 - 6 times, join.
Round 2: 1 DC, Ch 4 - 6 times, join.
Round 3: 1 DC, Ch 6 - 6 times, join.
Round 4: 1 DC, Ch 8 - 6 times, join.
Round 5: 1 DC, Ch 10 - 6 times, join.
Round 6: 1 DC, Ch 13 - 6 times, join.
Round 7: 1 DC, Ch 16 - 6 times, join.
Round 8: 1 DC, Ch 19 - 6 times, join.
Fasten off. 

Your spiderweb might look a little wonky right now, but it will look great once you set it up.

Add a long piece of yarn to each "post" you created and you are ready to decorate!

Cool idea: Make it with glow in the dark yarn for a cool night effect!

Yep, it's definitely Fall

Fall officially started on Sunday and it really feels like it here in the Pacific Northwest, the rain is back,  it is way cooler, but thankfully we still have some sunshine here and there.

With that being said, my four year old was waiting patiently for Sunday to come, for some reason he was looking forward to decorating the house for Fall/Halloween, so yesterday before I picked him up from preschool I stopped at the grocery store and got a couple of bags of mini pumpkins, my husband got the decorations out of the shed and we decorated our house.

This morning though, I decided to try to make a crochet spider web - little man's favorite super hero is spider man and he dresses up like him ALL THE TIME. 

Anyhow, I made a web and installed it in our apple tree in the backyard, then I told him "Hey Buddy, there is a spider web in our backyard, have you seen it yet?"{he was building legos dressed as spiderman and little lady had a fairy costume on, in case you were curious... LOL}

Next thing you know, he is trying to climb the tree.... thank heavens I had my camera!

Here a shot of the web for you to see - it's simple and a quick project to work on. I will def make more soon.

And I thought I'd share a picture of the yummy potato soup I made the other day, Fall is a soup season in my book. If you are looking for new recipes to try, maybe you will want to make this one. Click here.

Happy Fall.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Design Wars 5

I am beyond excited to participate in another round of Design Wars, yes, I am competing again and I feel so proud to be part of such a nice group of ladies.

We have already ordered our yarn from Red Heart, this time the yarn chosen is Red Heart Soft - which I am a fan. I have a design in mind and I can't wait for the UPS guy to ring the bell and bring that box full of colorful goodness.

If you would like to get to know the other competitors, I am listing their names with links to their facebook pages so you can check out their beautiful crochet work.

- Katie Hanken of Design by Katie Hanken
- Susan Carlson of Felted Button
- Vicki Brown of Vicki Brown Designs
- Sara Lora of Ball Hank 'n Skein
- Crystal Bulchoz of Crystalized Designs
- Tara Murray of Mamachee Crochet Makes Me Happy!
- Jenny Allbritain of Injenuity Designs
- Lisa Van Klaveren of Holland Designs
- Sascha Blase of A La Sascha
and yours truly, Just Be Happy. :)


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hallway "House"

I had this one in my Pinterest board for a long time and since I had to get the sewing machine out the other day, I thought I'd go ahead and make it. One thing you need to know about me, I have never taken any sewing classes, my husband read the sewing machine manual and taught me how to thread it, I just wing it.

I had this sheet that I purchased at the thrift store laying around, I held it up in the hallway and figured where I had to cut (rip it... to be honest. LOL), then I grabbed some felt, cut the door and cut some strips to make the window, too. I made a flap on top and used one of those spring rods to hold the sheet in place.

My kids keep bringing little kitchen toys and playing behind the door, it's so cute. 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fox Tail: Free Crochet Pattern

Fox Tail

Skill Level:

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Patons Classic Wool, but you can use your favorite WW)
- Crochet Hook US Size F/5 3.75mm
- Polyester Fiber Fill
- Scissors
- Yarn Needle
- Safety Pins

Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Sl St = slip stitch
St = stitch
Rnd(s) = round(s)

Gauge: Not crucial for this project, however I always try to crochet tight when I am making a piece that will be stuffed with fiber fill.

Note: you will be working in a continuous round to achieve a seamless look, do NOT join unless specified.

Make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: sc 6 into the magic ring. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st from previous round. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next - repeat around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: 2 sc in the next sc , sc in the next 2 - repeat around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: 2 sc in the next sc , sc in the next 3 - repeat around.  (30 sc)
Rnd 6: 2 sc in the next sc , sc in the next 4 - repeat around. 36 sc)
Rnd 7: 2 sc in the next sc , sc in the next 5 - repeat around. (42 sc)
Rnd 8: 2 sc in the next sc , sc in the next 6 - repeat around. (48 sc)
Rnd 9: sc around (48 sc)
Rnds 10-12 : repeat round 9. (48 sc)
Switch to orange color.
Rnd 13-15: repeat round 9. (48 sc)
Rnd 16: 2 sc together in the next sc (decrease), sc in the next 6 - repeat around. (42 sc)
Rnd 17: sc around (42 sc)
Rnd 18: 2 sc together (decrease) in the next sc , sc in the next 5 - repeat around.  (36 sc)
Rnds 19-23: sc around. (36 sc)
Rnd 24: 2 sc together (decrease) in the next sc , sc in the next 4 - repeat around. (30 sc)
Stuff your piece lightly with polyester fiber fill.
Rnds 25-45: sc around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn. Sew the top shut with the yarn needle and weave in the ends.
Attach the tail using safety pins.

Now go on a nature walk and explore the "wilderness" with your very own little fox!

Cardboard & Peg Dolls {Homemade Toys}

I swear that almost every morning, soon after he (my little man) pops out of the bed, he asks "can we do a craft?" and I - being a craft lover, almost melt. However, sometimes I am tired, bored of doing the same ole stuff, but I am so thankful for Pinterest and all the amazing craft ideas that are out in the web.

This morning we made cardboard toys and painted peg dolls to go with them.

The shark was the little man's favorite.

I think my favorite is the whale and I particularly like the lady with the white bathing suit and old fashioned cap. 

There were more painted peg dolls, but they were in the hands of a certain little man, he was excited to play with the ones he painted.... so they weren't photographed, but that's fine with me, all I care is that my kids have fun.

I don't think the sweet pea had a favorite, I think she loves them all.

If you are interested in making your own cardboard and peg doll toys, head over to Mr. Printables, that is where I got all the templates from. Mr. Printables is a wonderful resource for kids crafts, I am in love.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ready for Halloween

I know Halloween is over a month away, but I figured I would get things ready while I had time, you never know how things will go, so it is always better to be safe than sorry, wouldn't you agree?

This year will be the first Halloween that we will be actually doing the real trick or treating around the neighborhood. Up until now we just went to the YMCA, but now that my boy is 4 and a half, he knows what the deal is and is looking forward to it, so I decided that I should dress up, too. However I didn't want to wear anything fancy and I was trying to think of something I could make myself or at least part of it, by chance my little lady brought the "Where is Waldo?" book to the living room, the idea sparkled!

Picture of me taken by my very excited little boy.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Paint, Nail & Yarn Art

It's Sunday and it is raining, I am starting to think that Fall has already arrived. I love Summer, but Fall is my second favorite season, so I'm happy.

My kids don't really care that it's the weekend, for them it's all the same as far as getting up early, with that in mind I got a few wooden pieces yesterday at Joann's for $0.79 each for us to get crafty.

First we painted. My sweet pea painted the pink one, the little man the one in the middle and I painted the lamb. I re-touched theirs, in case you were wondering. ;)

After the paint was completely dry, which didn't take super long, I asked my husband for a hammer and some nails. He wanted to help, because he wanted to teach our little man the proper way of using a hammer. I was happy to have him involved, it turned out to be a project for our whole family.

Once the boys were doing adding the nails (sweet pea is too little for that), I grabbed some yarn, made a knot to secure it in place and we wrapped around the nails. Little man needed help with this, keeping the yarn tension was hard for him, but he still tried and tried and sat by me watching me work on it.

And here they are, our 3 little finished art pieces:


Thursday, September 12, 2013


I know I talk about being busy all the time, but lately it has been insane, to a point I thought I was going to have a meltdown of my own or an anxiety attack, for real, it was that bad.

The problem is that I do that to myself, I pack my days way too full and I expect to get everything done as soon as possible, so I stay up late, I run inside of my own house doing stuff and I look like a pile of poo, because when it's time to go somewhere I am just in too much of a hurry to straighten my hair to be able to wear it down.

So... I started to think about what could I do to gain more time, my options: get a cleaning lady, get a nanny, get a driver, get a cook or make freezer meals. Guess what option won? LOL

Yep, I made freezer meals! LOL

I feel much better not having to think about what I have to cook for dinner every night or lunch or breakfast for that matter. I feel like I gained a lot of time, so I even bought a new book, because now I allow myself to read at least one chapter a day.

And laugh all you want, but this is the book I bought:


Wednesday, September 4, 2013


I don't know if happy even describe how I feel, because I am pretty stocked that the picture of my stool covers is in the September issue of "Inside Crochet" magazine. Take a look!

I really work so hard to get my crochet work published that when it happens it feels like my dreams are coming through, so if you have a dream, just work hard for it because things can happen!

On a different note, I have been in the mood to crochet for my kids, I made this capelet for my sweet pea with Fall in mind, totally candy corn inspired. Adorable, isn't it? Pattern by CrazySocks Designs.

And I also made this little cardigan, that I am much in love with and can't wait to find some time to make one for my little man.... things have gotten very busy here with a new pattern on the works and a ton of orders.

I just love my labels... had to get a picture.

by the way, all the pictures you see here were taken pretty much before bed time.... that golden hour is just magical and I am not loving the idea of Summer being over, I just enjoy it so much. Don't get me wrong, I also love Fall, but that means that after Fall is time for Winter and I am not a super big fan of it.... blah! LOL

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