Smiles and Sunshine

Custom Crochet

Barefoot Sandals Custom Order

These are custom made for a three year old girl here in my home town of Pendleton. You can get some similar for just $10! Just catch me at the Farmer’s Market or order through my facebook or Etsy page. List your child’s age and three colors!

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Entering the Marketplace

Catch us on Main Street at the Farmer's Market Friday afternoons!


And so it begins… I’ve become a member of the Pendleton Farmer’s Market.  So, for now, my custom crochet items and my husband’s custom guitar picks can be purchased in person, on Main Street, on Friday afternoons from 4:00-7:30.  As we get the ball rolling, I expect to restock my Etsy shop as well, allowing friends across the country to purchase our handmade goods online.

Wish us luck!  And if you’ve been down this road before, please share your experiences and advice!  I have a baby in tow each week, so the time spent has to be worth it.

I will start posting items I’m working on and ideas I have for crochet here.  Like or follow my blog, and you will get a sneek peak into items you might want to purchase!

I am also accepting custom orders! So, if you see something you like, but want it in a different size or a different color, just let me know and I’ll whip it up for you!

Smiles and Sunshine,


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Spring Crafts

Here are three more blankets I crocheted this spring. The first one I started during Spring Break when my mom and sister were here to help me set up the nursery. The middle one, labeled April 2012, was crocheted for a friend at church who was due today, June 17th. But she had her baby girl early. I’m glad I got it done early. The bottom one was made after those two. Can you tell I got the bug? The bottom one was for a baby girl named Mayzee. Isn’t that a cute name? She has a western themed nursery. All of these used the granny square pattern.

I also started using knitting looms this year to make hats and scarves. This hat might be too small for my baby. But it fit his little bear just fine!

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Baby Blankets

So, I’m pregnant! I’m due in a week, in fact. And the doctor finally put me on bed rest, so I have time to do a little blogging. I haven’t been too crafty this year, but I did get on a crochet kick. Here are some of the results. I had so much fun making the little blankets for my own little one, that I started making them for other expectant moms as well.


Baby Blanket

It is spring break, so I have a chance to work on a baby blanket for one of my friends who is having a baby.  I’m using double crochet, and looping through the stitch below so it has a bit of  a lacy look to it.  I’m using the Bernat Baby Coordinates in the light blue and the blue.  Hopefully I’ll remember to take a picture when I’m done to post here.

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Rose Pillowcases

Rose Pillowcases for My Grandmother-in-law

Rose Pillowcases for My Grandmother-in-law

I used the colors listed in the package this time.  I think it is DMC 441 and DMC 702.  At first the red seemed too bright, but then when they are all done, I like how it turns out.

I wish I knew how to make lace with a crochet hook for the edges.  But I don’t have a crochet hook that small.  I wonder if you can use embroidery floss to make lace.

I also wish that I had a washer and dryer in my home to wash out the pattern on these pillowcases.  Usually, I give them to my friend who washes them for me.  Or I hand wash them and let them dry.  Unfortunately, the icy roads are preventing me from driving to my friend’s house, and the cold weather would prevent the pillowcases from drying.  Fortunately, I’m going to my mom’s house before to my in-laws, so Christmas Eve, I’ll borrow her washer and dryer to finish this Christmas present.

Ho ho ho!


Update on Wisteria Wedding Quilt

Today I took the time to cut out squares for my brother’s Wisteria Wedding Quilt. I am so grateful for all of my swap-bot online friends that have sent me fabric for the quilt. This is what I have listed on my swap-bot profile, and I thought I would share it here as well in case anyone would care to do a private swap with me to help me with the quilt.

I’m in search of quality 100% cotton fabric for my brother’s wedding quilt. I don’t want more than 10 squares of each fabric, and I need 1200 squares all together. The colors I am using are green, violet, brown, and gold. I am using all shades of colors in his wisteria wedding quilt.

The squares need to be 3-1/2 inches before piecing. (I would love pre-cut squares.) I am looking for 1/8 yard pieces, 1/4 yard pieces, or fat quarters in these colors.

I am willing to do private swaps of other fabrics to make this happen. Ask me for what you want, and I will see if I have it. Many of you have already sent me fabric–thank you so much. It is great knowing that love from all over the world is going into this gift.

As of 5/17/08 this is what I have/need:
Gold Accents I have 18squares/I need 82 squares

Medium Gold 40/60

Dark Gold 30/70

Light Brown/Tan 50/50

Medium Brown 36/64

Dark Brown 30/70

Light Lavender 20/80

Medium Lavender 30/70

Dark Lavender 20/80

Light Green 36/64

Medium Green 24/76

Dark Green 50/50

Thank you for thinking about it.  I am enjoying all of the different fabrics! You can comment here about a swap or email me at


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Wisteria Wedding Quilt

I have started work on my brother’s wedding quilt. Well, it will be his wedding quilt if it turns out how I want to. I am very picky when it comes to making wedding quilts. (Just ask my mother, grandmother, or husband).

The plans for this quilt are to use light, medium, and dark shades of green, lavendar, brown, and gold. The colors are chosen because my brother proposed to his girlfriend under a Wisteria Vine in Spain.

I am using Swap-bot, Freecycle, and friends to collect cotton fabric for the quilt. Because of my goal of only have 10 squares of each print, I only need an 1/8 of a yard or a fat quarter of each fabric. In all, I will need twelve hundred 3.5″ squares.

The fabrics you see in the picture are from JoAnns (so I could start with a selected pallet, and from my friend, F-A. I have yet to cut the fabrics I recieved from Cindy from Freecycle.

As you can see, it will be a lot of work. But my brother and his future wife are worth it.

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Embroidered Rose Pillowcase

Embroidered Rose Pillowcase

Originally uploaded by shaunaaltman

I finally finished this pillowcase. I will be sending it to the UK for a handmade gift swap on

I started the pillowcase excited about the verigated thread. I like it, but I think I like solid colors better than this specific thread. The dark part is almost black.

I would also like to learn the best trim to use on this kind of pillowcases, as I seem to enjoy making them a lot.

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Red Rose Pillowcases

Here are the pillowcases I begun yesterday.  I was really looking forward to using the veregated #115 DMC embroidery floss that I purchased at Heart of the Home, but they are turning out differently than I expected.  Here is the package with the example on it:

Rose Pillowcases Package

Here is how mine are turning out so far.  The variations on the thread go from very dark red to a bright red.  The color reminds me of black cherries.  At first I wasn’t sure if I liked them, but I think they are growing on me.  And they might go very well with a bedroom that is themed in black, white, and red.

Red Rose Pillows using DMC 115


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