Crafty Ramblings

Summer beach memories

Whenever we visit a beach in the summer, I try to remember to collect sea shells that have washed up on the shore to save as reminders of our trip. For years I let them collect in the various plastic bags, empty water bottles, and other makeshift holders, since I never remember to bring anything…


Pattern: Sushi

Recently we visited one of my college roommates and her toddler son. Having not been around little ones so much lately (at least, not that little), we were all pretty fascinated watching him play. He enjoyed stirring things (like my shoes!) in a pot with a big spoon. I remembered that Naomi loved play food…


This pattern and blanket combo is our second joint Crafty Reason project that Jason and I collaborated on. My friend from college wanted us to re-create her son’s baby blanket because he would get upset whenever his beloved blanket needed to be washed. She sent us pictures and told us the blanket was roughly shaped…


I wanted to make a small “flat style” stuffed elephant. I saw one and thought it was so cute and different, and the natural squishyness of it seemed like a quality babies would really enjoy snuggling with. I searched everywhere, but the best sort-of pattern I could find was a video tutorial on YouTube. It…


For her birthday, my sister asked for a cell phone cozy like the one I made for my parents, but she wanted hers to have a shoulder strap like a very small purse. So I modified my cell phone cozy pattern to have a more secure flap/button closure, with reinforced top sides and bottom to…


It’s a rainy, chilly spring day in New England–perfect for baking bread! And for sharing my own recipe for making bread in your slow cooker. I have shared this recipe often with friends and family, so I’ve been meaning to write it down in an easy-to-follow format. Below the recipe here, I include PDFs you…


Thank you USPS!

Last month I had a huge shipping scare when I mailed a beautiful triangle shawl across the country from Massachusetts all the way to Arizona. I try to use the US Postal Service unless a customer specifically asks to use UPS or FedEx. My grandfather was a postal worker, and I want to support the…


Welcome Ravelry users!

I’ve been using Ravelry as a first go-to stop whenever I want to look for a new pattern to try, or inspiration for starting my own pattern, or different ways to solve a problem when I’m making my own pattern. I joined the site just a couple of weeks after I learned to crochet, back…


Site makeover

Last year when we set up craftyreason.com, we used a pretty basic web hosting service and template just to get some material up there to see if it generated any new business or traffic. Most of our business still comes from our Facebook page and last year from a partnership with a table at our…


Pattern: Cell Phone Cozy

My parents recently got a new cell phone (finally!), and they asked me to make a case just like the one I made for their Kindle last year. I had followed a really cute pattern for the Kindle, but when I tried to translate it to cell-phone proportions, it just didn’t look as good to me….