Sock Monkey Lovies

I just delivered these three cuties yesterday! They took me about a month to finish all 3 thanks to job changes and getting sick with the new school new kids germs. πŸ˜‚

But I absolutely love how these turned out! The pattern can be found for free HERE.


Mother’s Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I apologize for the lack of posts here recently, but life has gotten so busy lately! The last month of the school year goes by so quickly. 😁

I thought I would share with you what I made for my mom for her Mother’s Day gift! I got the pattern from Let’s Go Camping by Kate Bruning. For Christmas I had made her a tiny doll. She just loves little toys and fairy gardens. So I had to make her doll her own house! However, I thought the RV was right up her alley.

The furniture set is a Lil’ Woodzies item that I purchased. The size was perfect, and I liked that my mom would be able to move the furniture around versus the stationary crocheted furniture from the book.

Now that this is done, it’s time to get back to orders! Have a great week!


Happy Friday!

Tonight I just finished blocking the washcloths I made. Blocking helps the crochet stitches relax. With crochet, even the most seasoned “hooker” can make 10 squares that are all made with the same yarn and pattern, but they can still end up slightly different sizes! Since blocking relaxes the stitches, it’ll make sure they’re all even. It’s not always necessary, but it does add a nice finished look to most projects.

I can’t wait to take these washcloths off of my blocking mat tomorrow!

PS….the blocking mat is made from a foam pad and wood skewers. πŸ˜‰

Have a great night! 😁

Ceramic Cat Week 2

I just thought I’d share my progress after working on this cat for two ceramics classes. 😁 I’m really happy with it.

Otherwise, tomorrow I’ll share some pictures of a crocheted piece I started for craft show inventory. I can’t wait for this one to be finished! Stay tuned….

Basketweave Washcloth

Hey there, lovelies! My apologies for the late post. After ceramics class I decided to try out another pattern from Moogly. I’ve decided to start making these to add to show inventory, but I’ll also be accepting orders for them as well.

This washcloth is fabulous! It’s made with cotton yarn, so it’s washable. The basket weave is perfect for cleaning too. 😊

Here are a couple of pictures of my sample. Milo was insisting on being involved, so I’m sorry for the cat paw. It’s bedtime, so he’s ready for snuggles. Lol

For those of you that crochet, the free pattern can be found on the Moogly site here! Otherwise, feel free to contact me if you’d like to order one (or some πŸ˜‰).


Friday Freebies!


It’s been a bit of a stressful week, so I’m thankful my good buddy Friday has come back to visit. πŸ˜‰

We had some spring weather this week! Even though we’re about to get thrown right back into winter this weekend, the weather has me dreaming of beautiful airy shawls. I love making shawls and wraps. I never feel like I have enough time to sit down and make one, but they’re a favorite project of mine. I love seeing them build up. The stitches come together to make such pretty motifs and they (generally) don’t take a ton yarn so it’s easier to use a special yarn for one. They’re also a great project to do while working on Netflix! Lots of reasons to love shawls.

Since I have shawls on the brain, I thought I would share some FREE pretty shawl patterns I’ve seen this week! I may have to try a couple of these out.

Amara Shawl – Moogly (uses beads!)

Lost in Time Shawl – Mijo Crochet (the colors are beautiful)

Virus Shawl – Woolpedia (a very popular shawl pattern)

Klaziena Shawl – Kirsten Bishop (very pretty and delicate, but you’ll need a free Ravelry account to access)

Southern Diamonds Shawl – ELK Studio (I’ve made this one before, and it turns out SO beautifully)

So there are 5 free and beautiful shawl patterns for you crocheters out there! I can also make any of these on commission as well. Just fill out one of my order interest forms in the “Contact” page of the site.

Have a great Friday!


I started doing ceramics painting last week. It’s becoming a standing appointment every Tuesday.

Last week I painted a little fluffy cat. This week I started this really cool geometric textured cat.

I was eyeballing it last week, so since it was still there I had to snatch it up. It has this cut in the back of it. My friend thinks it may be so it can sit in the corner of a wall. She helped me pick out a good pastel palette for my kitty. I wanted it to look like a mosaic since it has so much texture. This is about as far as I got today…

This is going to take me a while. πŸ˜‚ The process is really relaxing though. I find that painting (ceramic or following tutorials) really relaxes me and clears my head. Plus, it’s nice to take a break from orders for a few hours.

This cat had an unclaimed twin at the studio, so I reserved that one as well. If I don’t totally hate the detail painting by the time I’m finished, I’ll be painting the other one so it’s the opposite of this pastel kitty. We’ll see! 😁

Baby Booties

I had some orders for baby booties come in, and I’m so in love with these patterns! They’re so sweet and absolutely precious. ❀

Right now I’m completing a few of the Little Dot Mary Janes. For you crocheters out there, the pattern comes from Bethany Dearden of Whistle and Ivy. Her pattern is on Ravelry for $2 and comes in multiple sizes. Quite the bargain! It’s really well written, so it’s very easy to follow along. There is quite a bit of counting with the pattern, so it’s not really one you can work on while watching Netflix. πŸ˜‰

Here’s one of my WIP’s (work in progress):

I’ll make another post with completed booties soon.

Otherwise, I already purchased the pattern for some cute little loafers for baby boys! I’m so excited to try these out! I’m thinking they might look cute in girl colors too. I’ll be making some samples and hopefully stocking up on inventory for a show in the fall or winter.

First Post!

Woo! Here we are! We made it!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet!

My intention with this website and blog is to be able to increase my interaction with my followers. I have so many wonderful friends and family that follow my business page on Facebook, but I tend to keep that page more business-ish? Honestly, I don’t post there very much. I know. Shame on me. 😦

That Facebook page is mostly used for people to commission orders, ask questions, and see some of the pieces I’ve finished. I always get so paranoid about overposting and losing followers, so I end up drastically underposting! It’s terrible! So this blog is here to try to split the difference.

My plans for this space are to share current project progress, future commissions that haven’t been started, finished pieces, random craft projects, paintings I’ve completed, links to patterns (both free and for sale) that I love, and to have a better platform to communicate with you lovely people! While crochet is where I’m passionate, I do love to dabble with different crafts and art forms. I enjoy acrylic painting tutorials (I highly recommendΒ The Art Sherpa), making jewelry, sewing (on a machine because ain’t nobody got time for hand sewing),Β  drawing (I’m terrible at it), and various other crafts. I tend to use them to break up the monotony of a large order. I also LOVE succulents, so they’re all over the craft studio. And if you didn’t already know from my Facebook page, I love my cats. However, the craft studio is one of the places where they are banned.

Anyways, I’d love to hear from you!

Nice to meet you and welcome to Mel’s Crochet Corner!