At any rate, due to our rather overcast day I needed a little color and beauty, with a pinch of cute in my life. Thanks to Nana's Crochet Creations, I have found that very mixture of crochet patterns to share with you!
Nana of Nana's Crochet Creations is Des Maunz. The brains behind classy, fresh designs with a bit of a vintage feel. Nana's Crochet Creations has a completely different approach to sharing patterns than other designers I've covered for this blog before. In fact there was not even a Ravelry page for Nana's Crochet Creations before February of 2018! All her patterns are shared, for free, 100% on Facebook. I really like that concept because Facebook reaches so many people. What amazes me is that she's happy to share her patterns with a huge audience of people, 32, 926 "likes" on her page at the time of writing, for free! You have to see the designs to really get what I am talking about so log in to your facebook and let's get into our Nana's Crochet Creations highlights.
The majority of Des Maunz patterns are blanket/afghan patterns. They are absolutely OUT of this world stunning. There are 21 blanket patterns and you know that means I actually had to pick a few to share! 😉
It is Spring here in very Northern New York but in many places around the world folks are already into very warm temperatures! Crocheters are looking for the perfect carry along project. Blanket squares are a fantastic way to keep hands busy without having to fight the heat. Des Maunz has created some beautiful blanket squares. I like blanket squares because they make for flexibility in sizing of blankets.
Des Maunz has, of course, designed some clothing for little people AND big people. Inspiration comes from many places. I love what Des Maunz has to offer!
If I don't finish this blog up and get moving on my crocheting I won't get a chance to start the Sweet As Can BEE blanket. Thank you all for reading the blog today and thanks to Des Maunz for her beautiful work! If you check out Nana's Crochet Creations please leave a message letting her know you stopped by!
(I LOVE this designer so much that I am reposting this blog from May 25, 2018. I am currently working on her "Nana's Basking Butterflies" blanket!)
One of the biggest names in the collecting/crafting world is My Froggy Stuff. What is My Froggy Stuff, you ask? Well that is a long story!
My Froggy Stuff was started by military wife and mother LaToya Broyles in 2009. LaToya, known online as Big Froggy (her children are known by their handles Lil' Froggy and Froggy Boy only) built her business from the ground up as the wife of an E-5 Air Force member. I don't recall much about how military pay grades work from when my dad was in, but I know an E-5 doesn't make a lot (from experience). In a Military.com interview from 2013, LaToya admits as much, which forced her to think outside the box... and I mean that literally.
Lil' Froggy's avid interest in dolls caused LaToya to think of creative and cheap ways to make doll clothes and accessories that would hold her daughter's interest and even bring about a sense of accomplishment in making it yourself, rather than buying it from a store. Using recycled materials, bits of ribbon, hot glue, and assortment of random junk that many people would throw out, LaToya creates detailed miniatures for dolls of all sizes, from tiny Chelseas to big American Girls. All this was fun for herself and Lil' Froggy, but when LaToya put her craft tutorials on YouTube, along with the highly entertaining "Darbie Show", things really took off.
The My Froggy Stuff YouTube Page and Blog feature hundreds of tutorials for all kinds of great crafts which would put Mattel and the other toy companies to utter shame. I have found these tutorials endlessly useful personally. All my backdrops were made using this tutorial
So much fun, for so little money! I've outfitted my backdrops for five dollars or less! Easy way to make a dollhouse. The tutorials run the gamut from super simple to days long projects, so just bear that in mind.
If you want in on the fun, there are many ways to get in touch with the Froggies.
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