Crocheters, Knitters, Sewers: Let’s Send 1,000 Hearts!

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This is from my buddy Kristen from Schmancy:

Call to Crocheters, Knitters and Sewers!

My friend Gretchen is currently in the works to build the very first children’s museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is not only the first children’s museum in S. Africa but the first in Africa. The museum is to open on June 16th, 2016, 40 years after numerous children were brutally killed after protesting against the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974. It’s an absolutely amazing project and I am so proud of her. Not long ago she was filmed in my apartment for a documentary about this undertaking. So much of her conversation was so inspiring, while also heartbreaking and sad. She described one woman having a hard time balancing life as a single mother saying she “just wanted more time for love”.

Seeing as South Africa prides itself on being a Rainbow Nation, an idea came to me while she was talking. I thought how amazing would it be if I could get people from around the globe to mail her hearts. 3″- 4″ hearts, in all the colors of the rainbow, that could be hung from the ceiling of the museum in garlands. After the installation they could be sold in the gift store to help raise money for the museum OR be given to the children that visit.

My goal is to get at least one thousand hearts made and sent to them from around the globe and I am asking YOU to help! It’s an amazing cause and could be a beautiful, inspiring result. If you would be willing to send one to 25 hearts please send at any time between now and May 15th 2016 to the address below:

Play Africa Planning Office, Metropolitan Building B, 1st Floor, 8 Hillside Road, Parktown 2193, Johannesburg, South Africa

PLEASE include a note as we will be cataloging the results as we go.  This is a surprise for my friend however I have been in communication with her assistant so she knows what to do :)

And if you need a pattern or inspiration look no further:

Adorable knitted hearts from pattern on Mochimochiland!

A nice round up of a bunch of crochet heart patterns!

Sewn hearts tutorial on Design Sponge




You can crochet the hearts from the garland pictured above with my free pattern here , and I also have a pattern for a more 3D heart here.

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That one time we went hiking in the redwoods and saw tons of animals!

RW01Two weekends ago, Hairy, Manda, Renee and I drove north to the redwoods to go hiking. The neat thing about hiking on the California coast is that you can see big tall redwood trees and also go to the ocean.

I uploaded a video/vlog to my YouTube channel, which you can check out here:


Most of Saturday was spent driving up there, so we ended up just checking out the ocean before dinner.

I saw this log on the beach and had to Costanza on it.

RW06Then I insisted that Renee and Manda pose saucily on the same log.

RW07RW08You will not ever be catching Hairy posing on any log, but we did ask him to take photos of the 3 of us, just being… us.


Anyway, after wandering around the beach and watching the waves and the tide come in, we started to drive back to 0ur hotel, and found some neat wildlife on the way! We pulled over to check out this herd of elk chillin’ in a meadow.

RW03RW04We would also later have a very close encounter with a big ol’ daddy elk near the beach, and he was just munchin’ away on some grass and didn’t seem to mind us very much at all. RW19

We decided to drive away from the elk meadow when we discovered we were under heavy banana slug attack (you have to watch the YouTube video if you want to see the banana slug tshirt that Renee made me buy).

RW05The next day, we had a big ol’ breakfast and then went on a short hike and then a long hike.

RW02RW11RW12RW13In one of the groves, we saw an old “save the trees” photo with a bunch of serious people holding hands around a tree, so we attempted to re-create this ourselves.

RW14RW15RW16RW17Pretty much what you’re learning here is that the trees need to be saved FROM US.

Our second hike involved a waterfall, and I don’t think I got very many photos of it, just video, but here are Manda and Hairy looking very adventurous.

RW18After this hike, we drove to a different beach, where we saw two sea lions pretty close to the shore, ducking in and out of the water. It was really cute! I unfortunately could never time my video correctly to catch one for you guys!

RW20RW21There are some other hiking stories that I talk about in my video that I didn’t get photos of to post here, like the other animal encounter we had, and why we eat kipper snacks on long hikes!

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All is well!

Photo on 8-24-14 at 12.03 PMHi guys! Some of you have been writing to me and asking if everthing is ok after last night’s earthquake, and one of you suggested that I maybe just write a quick blog entry :).

All is good! Nothing even fell over. It wasn’t the strongest earthquake I’ve ever experienced, but it was definitely longer than the average rumble. This one was a 6.0 (I think? I didn’t check again today) out of Napa, which is a little bit north of us here in San Francisco.

The dogs were a bit scared apparently, but everything is 100% a-ok!

Love you guys!

I’ve been working on a fun re-cap of our trip to the Redwoods last weekend, and I’m also going to launch a new giveaway this week (hopefully) for a handful of crocheted baby Groots, because I don’t intend to sell finished ones, and a lot of you keep asking if I will be, but I do not have permission or a license to do so. Stay tuned!

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Cheeseburger Vendor Apron by A Little Geeky!

Apron1Cindy, from A Little Geeky, who is one of my blog sponsors this month, sent me this really cute cheeseburger apron to show you guys!

She designed the yummy burger print and sewed up this lil half apron nice and sturdy. It has 3 big pockets, and as you can see, I can fit my iPad Mini in it to run my credit cards at craft fairs!

Apron3I can also stick pens in there, or, you know, a real corn dog for when I get snacky.

apron4These are really handy for craft fair of flea market vendors, cuz table-space can be limited and get squishy, and you don’t have a lot of room to spread out all your doodads and gizmos! Now you can just have everything on you, and it’s super convenient!

It ties in the back with grosgrain ribbon. I snapped a photo of that, but it turned out super blurry! Sorry!!

apron5We are currently offering a matryoshka apron in our August blog sponsor giveaway, but the apron also comes in lots of different prints, so you should check out her shop, too!

(p.s. this sweatshirt is by Lazy Oaf from a few years ago. I don’t wear it because it makes me too hot, and it also fits me really weird ((why did I buy a small?!!??))  but I just can’t let go of it yet! It would be a pretty simple hoodie DIY tho, so, I should get on that…)
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August Blog Sponsor Giveaway! Check out all the goodies!

Giveaway August 14Hi! It’s the 16th of the month, so it’s time to launch a new blog sponsor giveaway! I know I usually launch these on the 15th, but let’s blame my friend Renee who is staying with me, and we ended up going to lunch and hanging out in Japantown and then running other errands all day/night!

Thanks so much to my generous sponsors for offering us these wonderful goodies! One lucky winner will receive:

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