Friday, November 4, 2011

How to Crochet an Owl Applique


I have been searching and searching for a cute little owl applique. Let me tell you, there are not many out there that are free. So I had my laptop on my lap. Equipped myself with my yarn and needle and began making my own little owl. I hope you all find him cute and useful. All that I ask, is that you do not sell my pattern. Use it to embelish as you wish, but please don’t sell the pattern. I graciously thank you and here we go…

Oh one more thing… This is my first pattern that I have created and then tried to write out. If there are weird errors, please forgive me and let me know so that I can make the necessary changes.

F hook (3.75mm)


I like to use an adjustable ring to start. The directions I used are located at this adjustable ring link. I have never been fond of the whole chain x amount and then slip stitch and then crochet in the loop. This is a breeze to use. If you are not interested in creating an adjustable ring then you can chain 4 and sl st in first chain to create a ring.


6sc in loop join with sl st
chain 1, sc in sl st, 2 sc in next 6 sts, join with sl st
chain 2, 2ds in next 12sts, join with sl s do not finish off
Tighen ring as desired with center tail


starting with sl st from body, all in next st - sc, chain 2, sl st in second from hook and sc (1 ear)
sl st the next 3

all in next st - sc, chain 2, sl st in second from hook and sc (1 ear) then finish off.



with your wing color, sl st next to last ear created (I started on my left side of the owl).

sc in next st, hdc in next st, ds in next st, ds in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, and sl st; finish off.

for the right side start at the bottom and work your way up. start 6 st from end of left wing.

sl st to join in color. sc in in next st, hdc in next st, ds in next st, ds in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st, - finish off. You should end right next to the right ear.



leave a long tail for sewing on a adjustable ring loop.

6sc in loop and join with sl st - finish off.

With black yarn, create pupil how ever it is easiest for you. I came from the back up through the middle, tied a knot and threaded it back down the center again. maybe do it twice depending on how you want your effect to look. Make two of these eyes.


Take your beak color and sew a triangle between the eyed and point it down.
Then voila!!!! A cute little owl!!!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Blog Hop for the weekend... Happy Memorial Day

Hi eveyone!!! I have been super busy with mommy stuff and selling some diaper cakes. Yippee!!! But I wanted to jump in here today and post the "Blog Hop till you Drop" for the weekend.  Hope you can join the hop.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and see you all next week.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Weekend blog hop... Thank you Epic Mom!

This is a new blog hop for the weekend that I just joined. And sadly I have been slacking on this blog, so sorry fellow followers. I have been busy busy with playdates, business promoting, and getting crafty! And my poor blog reaps the neglect! So later today I will post some pictures that I have been busy doing, crafty things and business things.

To all the new blog friends from Mom Blogger Club and to Epic Mom, Happy Friday and Happy Weekend. If you would like to follow, I will certainly follow back.

Enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blanket is FINISHED! And a really good recipe...

I am so excited... I have finished the blanket for my niece! It turned out so cute!

I am eager to make one, a tad smaller, for etsy and make it for some other little baby to enjoy. Although it was a little tedious to put together... I enjoyed making it. And I think it looks gorgeous! 

Last night, my husband found this recipe and I made it. I wanted to share it with you all because it was so tasty and easy to make. It took me approx 30 min to make. And my daughter who is 2 1/2 loved it! Well she loves all pasta but with the spinach, I was a little nervous. But she loved it and it was a success.

  4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
and pepper to taste
  olive oil
  2 cloves garlic
  A pot full of your favorite pasta, cooked
  1 red pepper, julienne cut
  ½ cup white wine
  1 box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  2 cups (16oz) heavy cream
  1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

I found this recipe and my entire family LOVED it!!

Thaw spinach and squeeze dry between paper towels.

Heat olive oil in skillet. Add garlic and chicken. While
chicken cooks, sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian
seasonings. Continue to cook until chicken is cooked and
golden brown. Remove chicken from pan.

Place red pepper in skillet. Add wine, spinach and cream;
boil. Cook until sauce starts to slightly thicken. Complete
by stirring in Parmesan Cheese and chicken pieces.


Well I am off to do some much needed blog hopping. 
Enjoy your Tuesday!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Changes and Etsy Help

Ok... sorry... It has been awhile since I posted. There is a change in the what I put on this blog and started a new blog. I love reading. So I decided to create "Jeanna's Bookshelf" at for all my book reads and reviews. And yes, I have a few reviews. One was for "The Chocolate Diaries" (excellent book) and then I also read and reviewed "Between Friends" another EXCELLENT book. So please go check out my other blog and feel free to follow that one too! :)

Ahhh on to Etsy. I have a few few items on ( but sadly they are not selling. :( So off I went to get a little Etsy help with my cousin. We got some great tips and great inspiration from a successful Etsy seller Lana's Little Darlin's ( She has some of the cutest items for baby, toddlers, and kids. The best advise was to keep at it and blog blog blog. Does anyone else have great tips for Etsy? It was suggested that there be a giveaway on my blog. I just might try that. Also sales were good. And heck, who doesn't like a sale!!

I did drop off all my business cards with a deal on them and a raffle item to the Pleasanton Mother's Club for their Mother's day brunch. That goes to 200 people so I am hoping something good comes out of that!! Crossing my fingers. I also am looking into being at the San Ramon Farmers Market. I just need to finalize a few things to get the ball rolling. 

Etsy friends, if you can help out with suggestions I would appreciate it.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am off to finally finish my nieces blanket. I swear I will finish...

Friday, April 15, 2011

"Between Friends"

So as I have posted previously that I found a book blog hop that I am enjoying. So if you are a reader, it is a fun site participate in. The question for the friday blog hop... "Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her?" I am curretnly reading "Between Friends" by Debbe Macomber. It is an exciting read that I find hard to put down, even at 2am! The character I like the most is Lesley, a mother of four kids, going through hard times, with a husband that is a loser, and yet she strives to try to be the best for her kids. I certainly don't compare myself to her. I have only one child, fortunate enough to be able to be a stay at home mom, with a husband who works hard. But I do strive to be the best for my daughter. The book in its self is a great book, taking you through vietnam war, womens movement, and other historical events. It is comprised of nothing but letters and journal entries. I am over half way done and I can't wait to get to the end to see what happens.

Have a great day everyone.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My new bog hop... via

Being such an avid reader along with everything else on my plate, this is such a good find. has a book blog hop. What a fantastic way to meet and see what others are reading. I am always in the hunt for a good book. I was just poking around on the net and googling books and blogging for books, etc., and up popped raves about So I am excited to experience this new blog and hopefully get some good reads out of it. So I am off to do some hopping. IF you are from that blog hop and ventured over to my site, below are some books that I have reviewed and posted that I am currently reading. Sadly I read several books at once. But I do finish them.

Take care.

Currently reading.... Between Friends by Debbie Macomber. So far it is a great book. I am half way through and I started Monday of this week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

When do I get to slow down???

I feel like I am on a fast forward track through the weeks. My weeks are blending together. And who said being a stay at home mom was easier? Ok so far today... to start out... It is 2:13PM in and I am just now sitting down to have a cup of coffee! Re-heated no less. No breakfast and no lunch. And the sad part is I realize I have only one kid. So I commend all you moms out there that have more than one! I am sure there are alot of moms out there that can feel the pain. This is just a "dump of my brain" in hopes to tell myself to slow down a bit! It is becoming clear that I am running out of time in my days. Between being a mom and a wife, I am the secretary for the MOMS Club, playgroup coordinator for a 2's playgroup, and working hard at starting my business (

My days are so jammed packed with things to do that the only way I can get a good book in is to READ while on the Elliptical at the gym! And that is only two days a week that I am on the elliptical. I also do a UJam class and a Zumba class. I think it would be pretty hard to read and dance around. Plus I am a huge reader! love love love reading. And when my daughter naps (thank goodness for that!) I can't seem to rest either. I have 100 things running through my mind about what I need to do during that time that I don't have to work around her and get things done.

We are also throwing a Easter party for the family at the house this weekend including a egg hunt. My husband has these lovely ideas to have these parties and then zooms off to work leaving me to tell the families, coordinate the food, get the eggs and stuff the eggs to hunt for, clean the house, prepare the backyard, plus keep up the dirty laundry, prepare lunch and dinner every night, and care for our daughter.

Ugh thanks everyone... :-) feeling better now. I hope that this will self help me to slow down a bit. On to other things...

I wanted to give you all a update on the blanket I am making my niece (2mo old). It is in the final stages. I get to give it to her Thursday. This first picture is of the squares themselves.

Then I added a variegated border so that I can sew them all together and crochet around the full size of the blanket.

My grandmother and my mom taught me how to crochet. I must say, it is very soothing to the mind to spend an hour or so.

And last, I wanted to share these backyard friends with all of you. They bring my daughter joy every morning. She sits and watches them feed all the time. And anyone out there ever seen a black squirrel? I must say that one is the cutest. And I think the brown squirrel is a little prego! Yay babies....

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Items and a New Camera

So as I have been saying I was needing to work on a donation gift for one of the moms clubs here in the Tri Valley area. I am so excited. I created a cute little version of the sock rose bouquet I sell on my site (
This is the New mini version

This is the bigger version

I think they are the cutest. I posted it on the etsy store and I will be posting it all over trying to sell the small ones also. I am hoping they will sell. This is all so new to me... Yikes. Am I doing it right??? Will it sell??? Will people like it???

Oh and speaking of crafty projects... I have completed all the squares for the crochet blanket that I am making for my niece. Now I am starting to add a variegated border so that I can sew it all together. I am also anxious to start making a new blanket like the one I made with the moon and stars. But that is a bigger project.

On another wonderful note. I bought a new camera and I am loving it. It takes such great pictures. So crystal clear and clean. It is sad to know that I was using a new camera and that was not doing the job. I ended up taking back my Olympus and buying a Nikon P100. I am in heaven!! Here are some pictures I took today while taking my daughter for a bike ride around the block.

So I am completely excited to start taking more pictures and posting them. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and talk to you all next week.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Gardnening and Other Goodies

Happy Monday everyone!!

Well we have had a busy morning this lovely Monday. Although my daughter woke with what I believe will be a full blown out cold, (sniffle sniffle sneeze sneeze), she was so excited to go dig in the dirt and plant out vegetables and herbs. After a few errands, we came home and got to work. She was so excited to get her dirt on! She dug her little holes and filled pots and watered her plants. We successfully planted four tomato plants, two cilantro plants, one basil plant, two zucchini plants, and two squash plants. We turned the ground and are ready to plant more. But her "happy" mood soon faded and so did her coughing and sniffles and we came in for lunch and a nap. She was so good and had a great time planting. What I love the best is we gave her a little squirt bottle that she goes around and "waters" her plants with. It was a great morning.

So as you know I posted that I was going to read "The Weird Sisters", by Eleanor Brown. I can tell you that I finished it. It was a decent book. It covered breast cancer, pregnancy, stealing, love, relationships, sisterhood, and finding individual ways. It was a good read and I would recommend it. Although for some reason I thought the author started too many "story" lines and then just summed them up in the end. It was a little frustrating to me. But again, I liked the book. I don't want to say too too much for fear that I will spoil it for others.

Now my next book, and i doubt that i will finish as quickly as this last book will be "Memoirs of Cleopatra" by Margaret George. It gets excellent ratings and I am so excited to start it. So look for a review in a few weeks or so.

So I am off to finish some things for the business. I am sponsoring a Mother's Day brunch for the Pleasanton Motherhood Club in hopes of spreading the word about the business and get some cash flow in. And I am anxious to finish up the blanket for my niece and start on a new project for etsy. So off I go. Talk to everyone soon.

My favorite comment from my daughter... "mommy where we going??" my reply - "we are going somewhere." her reply "mommy we go crazy??? Yay!!!!" Oops apparantly I tell her I'm going crazy too often. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Busy times and nice weather!

It has been a busy few days. I have been scrabbling around putting things into order. Trying to boost the business. But at the same time trying to balance time with Mallory and with out moms club. But it is a process whether it be slow or not... I did have dinner last night with some very good friends of mine who were great motivators. They encouraged me to keep going, that it is not an overnight success, and more ideas for me to look into. Ahhh the opportunities that are there... just where to start.

As far as blogging... I have joined Mom Bloggers Club.( where it has been great exposure to tons of friendly people trying to accomplish the same thing as me. Meeting new mom bloggers and maybe promoting our businesses at the same time. So a quick shout out to those who have started following me from MBC!

The crochet blanket is still not finished. I have seemed to have lost some time in my day... thank you blogging and blog hopping. :/ But I am anxiously wanting to finish. I wanted to post a picture of a blanket I did for my cousin's daughter. I loved doing this blanket and I am thinking of maybe making a similar one and seeing about posting it on etsy? It is just hard to find the time. Eh who needs sleep anyway, right?

Love ya Hot Potato!!!

Oh and like I have any more time on my hands... I am a avid reader. I love reading. I can read while walking on the treadmill or watching TV. It is very relaxing to me also. I started reading a new book for my book club... "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown. So far it is really good. Ill let ya know how it turns out.

The Weird Sisters

Well I hope everyone has a great weekend. Love the blogging so far... :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Woohoo Post Number Two~

Afternoon blog...

I have been excited to post today. I had to update my profiles, update my layout, jazz up my blog, etc... So much to do and think about. Thank you to my cousin Cheri ( who recommended another blog that recommended tips and ideas for sprucing up blogs. It was overwhelming yet helpful. This will certainly be a work in progress.

Speaking of a work in progress... so I wanted to post a picture of a project I am working on for my niece who is a month old. They are crocheted hearts that I will patch together and make a little blanket. So far I have made 4 of each and I will begin to sew them together. Thoughts anyone??? Cute?? Maybe even something to sell on etsy???

I will post a picture when I am done with the blanket. I love crocheting... It is so relaxing to do at the end of the day to unwind.

I spent lots of yesterday and today searching and following a few blogspots. Ideas for marketing my business, speaking of... , and how to get the word out. I joined alot of facebook groups and joined a few mommy blogs. But I will wait to post their link till i am part of their group. Several have an approval pending. But I wait patiently in hopes that the final outcome will be a wonderful experience.

I didn't update much on my etsy account. I need to post some more pictures. But I am looking forward to posting and seeing if all this work pays off.

I would like to also make a little shout out to Bloggers Heaven... on etsy teams. Thank you for having your team where it inspires me to post to my blog. It keeps me on track for the mean time. :)

Blog again soon...

Monday, March 28, 2011

My first blog... oh boy

Well here we go. I am going to start this blogging business. Maybe a little book reviewing (cus I can't stop reading :)). Maybe a little creative outlet... who knows. Who knows if anyone will follow :) But I want to be committed to it. So welcome everyone.

I have just started my new business. It has been a work in progress for several months. And in the last few months... I have been encouraged to get it up and running. I have sold a few items and now have listings on etsy and facebook marketplace. Am i nervous... yes. I have had the taste of selling and I like to make people happy with it. You know the movie "Bed of Roses" with Christian Slater?? There was a scene that was there that has stuck with me for years. The scene where he explains that he loves delivering flowers because of the smiles on the faces of the people that recieves the flowers. Whether it is cuz of sadness, happiness, even the occasions mad turned to happiness. It brought him joy to deliver. That is what I am going to remember when making sales with my business.

So I look forward to making and creating new ideas for my future buyers.  I welcome all comments, ideas, tips, what have you.

Wow who knew this blogging would be easy :)