My facebook page Maitri Designs almost has 100 likes! Yes! But I need your help! Could you be a lovely person and go “like” my page? I’ll do a giveaway! Of what, I do not know! Maybe anything in my Etsy shop? Or anything custom designed?

What’s a good giveaway item?

Be sure to tell me what your link or page is and I’ll reciprocate the love!

Oh Deer!

Oh Deer!

I’ve been mad busy crocheting as fast as ever because I have so many projects to get through in the next week. I almost forgot it was Halloween this week and this reindeer hat needed done for Owlie’s big sister. I finished this up at 1 a.m. this morning. My favorite part was definitely the antlers! I’m not a pattern reader but I did look over several patterns and lots of pictures to complete the set. My biggest inspiration was Simply 2 Irresistable‘s Elk Hat. She has great stuff! My friend sent me a pic of a girl deer hat that I tried close to match. I can’t find the link at the moment, but man, I love PINTEREST!

In any case, my WIP list to finish is another Whooty Whoo hat, a Dr. Who scarf, a Goomba hat, 2 Jack Skellington hats, a Noni Bubble Guppy, a turkey hat and a non-yarn project of personalized onesies. I’m hoping to be done within the next week with these lol. I’m a bit ambitious, ya?

Side Door Soaps presents a How to make Soap demo!

Side Door Soaps presents a How to make Soap demo!

I’ve been busy the last couple days trying to get stuff around for our first ever soap demonstration at our friends’ shop, Lazy Meadow Alpacas. They have been so supportive of us being the first store to host our stuff when they opened up shop a couple years ago and this weekend is their October Fiber Fest. OH YES! Did I ever mention that they mill their own yarn!! And others as well. I love going to their shop just to go gaga over the yarn.

In any case, I was delighted when Mike asked me to think about showing how to make soap. Now, I was concerned that the growing trend of hand made soap is crowding the area but I suppose everyone needs some healthy competition. We’re working on our marketing at the moment.  I’m not saying we’re gonna be the next Burt’s Bees but who knows? I know that I love to make soap and I’d love for it to sustain my family other than in my personal shower.

I’ve got lots of hat making and what not going on with my orders and hopefully, I’ll be getting some freebie printables and the video of the soap tutorial up next week! I’m feeling so productive 😀

I keep my promises — it’s giveaway time!

not your average crochet

what the winner will receive

A beautiful yarn bowl handmade by my lovely and very talented friend Lauren:

yarn bowlA full skein of KnitPicks Billow (100% Pima cotton) in the shade Ice Lily:

billow bulky pima cotton in ice lilyA full skein of KnitPicks Brava Worsted (100% acrylic) in the shade Mint:

brava worsted acrylic in mintAnd finally a thread/yarn cutter keychain (I have one and have put it on a necklace chain):

thread cutter keychainI have tried both kinds of yarn previously and enjoy working with them very much, particularly with a yarn bowl made by my friend!

giveaway info

The giveaway is open from right now until November 25, 2013, when I will randomly draw the winner.  It is open to anyone, regardless of where in the world you are located.

giveaway rules

To enter in this giveaway, you must do ALL of the following:

  1. Follow this blog (can be via WordPress, e-mail, or Bloglovin’)
  2. Share this post by reblogging it

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The Eyes Have IT!

The Eyes Have IT!

It took me forever to finally get the eyes the way I wanted them to look. After scouring google images for suitable eyes, I finally found a set I could live with.

After all the hat making I’ve been doing lately, I’m going to invest in making some sew-in tags. I’ve already made up some adorable hang tags that I use but I think my “brand” needs to go on these babies! I’m curious to see what other fiber artists use. I’ll be googling that later!

Whooty Whooo Hat

Whooty Whooo Hat

And she is finished! I fell asleep last night with the baby only to wake up at midnight to finish this cutie up. I loved feeling this plush yarn as this was the first time using something so fluffy! The white was Pipsqueak, I think made by Bernat. I just LOOOOVE it. I may get more for other things! They grey is two strands together of one acrylic and a fun fur. And the the rest is just some acrylic I have around. I’m not one to usually think about the details of what yarn I use for what since I just have piles of acrylic that I rummage through for random things. I hoard my special stuff like the alpaca, boucle and wools for what I don’t know; I think for the right inspiration to make something with them instead of continuing to hoard. I don’t feel so bad because I’ve heard of some ladies having a stash for years before using it if ever. This was just a fun little project and next I think the mama of this little girl is going to have me make a deer hat with antlers for another daughter. I just love this adorable girl hats since my baby boy hates to wear any thing I make him.


I’m on a spending lock down. *sigh* It’s my own fault. I bought something with my credit card, the credit card that I was supposed to be paying off and told my hubs that I was almost done doing so. Then I ran it up again. Now, let me just say, that when I run it up, by no means am I talking like oodles of money. Just a couple hundred. Although, some times a couple hundred is oodles. My intentions were to buy this machine as an investment and upgrade of the machine I had. In my mind, I am going to make all the money back with all my crafting and freelancing. I have made almost enough to pay off my card, Yay me!

However, now I can’t buy other things! Things I “need”. Like yarn. I do need yarn! How can I complete orders without getting more yarn for things that people want?! And then the hubs says don’t take orders for things I don’t have supplies on hand for. Which I partially agree with however, some things are just specialized that I don’t carry certain yarns. Such as this absolutely adorables owl hat I’m currently working on.


I don’t keep fluffy yarn around but after this little cutie is finished, I might have to! I had bought one skein and it was just a little too fluffy to work with so I bought something just a little less fluffy. And it is SOOO fluffy still! I feel like laying my head on this little cloud of a dream hat. Anyway, more about this little hat later! She’ll be done tomorrow!

Back to the craft supply embargo.

I have tons of supplies. I know this. I need to move some of this inventory but I’m a craft hoarder, I’m sure many of you understand this. When I started my crafting as a kid, never did I think I would have an entire bedroom devoted to my crafting whims, let alone have a husband who would understand such things. He does and yet he doesn’t. He sees that sometimes I spend with wonton abandon. I’m supposed to be making money. His solution is for me to stop spending every nickel that comes in and divide the proceeds. Some of it goes to the household purse and some (the smallest some) goes back into the crafting and my business. I like to think that I’m just reinvesting everything now for a bigger payoff later. Makes sense, right? Right!

So now, I need to justify all my spending and do it minimally. That means less visits to A.C. Moore’s, Michael’s and Joann’s. And less visiting ebay, amazon and other discount places. It doesn’t matter if I get things at a bargain. Sadness. It’s such a hard thing to do. I must resist the temptations! Have you ever fallen into this? How does one cope! And the holidays are coming up so I want to buy some awesome holiday things!  

ohhhh! I hate when I get myself in these jams.


We Mustache!

We Mustache!

I’ve been busy working on things in my Etsy shop and revamping previous listings. My goal is to have some instant download things, but they take awhile to prep! This is my newest design for a mustache theme baby shower. Sooo adorables!

Go confidently …

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

My friend just said this the other day and I’ve been thinking much about it. I want to live the life I imagine. The other day I watched something on netflix talking about the regrets people have on their deathbed and one of the regrets was not living the life they wanted. I’m still figuring out the details but I can assure you that I’m closer now than I have ever been. 

I think a leap might be in order…