A few weeks ago my mom sent me the link to this beautiful website, called Heidi Bears.  And that’s how I fell in love with a hippo.

You’ll know from my previous post that I’ve recently started crocheting, and my first project is an heirloom blanket.  While the blanket is going really well (I’ll post an update soon), it’s definitely a long term project, so I’m dying to do something that will be satisfyingly quick-ish.  So I’m going to crochet a Happypotamus (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write).

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Isn’t she a beaut?  I don’t really have any particular reason for wanting to crochet a Happypotamus, and at the moment she isn’t intended for anyone in particular.  If you want to crochet your own, firstly, please let me know, and then head over to Ravelry to purchase the pattern.  What got me really excited was the amazing photos of the 310 (and counting) Happypotami (?) who have been made by other people.   Here are some of my favourites:

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My apologies for not crediting all the pictures, but they can all be found on the pattern project page.

Finally, my hippo is going to need a name.  Any suggestions?  Henrietta?  Hailey?  Honey?


Loving…felt booties

I saw this pattern on Pinterest quite a while ago, so when I found out that a friend of mine is having a baby boy, I decided to give it a bash.

These booties were very simple to make, especially with the help of the step-by-step tutorial by the Purl bee.  Here’s what you’ll need to make these cutie-pie felt booties.

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  • Felt (I bought mine from Merrypak)
  • Thread (I used embroidery cotton, similar to DMC)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle & pins
  • Small amount of elastic
  • Ribbon (optional, also from Merrypak)
  • Buttons or other embelishments (optional, star buttons from Merrypak)
  • Printed template from the Purl Bee

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Everything was pretty straight forward, the main fiddly part was sewing on the elastic on the inside so that they don’t slip off.  This pattern makes a pair of booties big enough for a 3-month old, but you could scale up the pattern to make a larger pair.

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I’m also thinking of making a girly white and pink pair, I’ll post pics when they are done.

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Loving…Flower Child

Are you tired to giving the same Woolies baby-gros to your friends and family with newborns?  Make sure you check out the beautiful items offered by Flower Child.  Each item is handmade locally in the Garden Route, and only the best quality organic cotton is used.  Sue is a long-time family friend, and I can honestly say that each and every item is made with care and love.  This is what she says on her page:

“Flower-child creates quaint crocheted baby shoes and beanies for girls in an array of cute styles: Mary-Janes , peep toe sandals and dainty white pearl booties & matching beanie for that special Christening occasion. For baby boys, stylish moccasins, sandals and ankle boots with complementary beanie are available in a rainbow of fun colours. Personalised accessories such as headbands for girls and pin on butterflies and flowers are also available. All Flower-child products are made locally, by hand in 100% organic cotton and with lots of love. Beanie sizes range from new-born to adult and shoes from new born to 1 year. Prices start from R85 to R 120, depending on size and article.”

Sue is happy to take personalised orders (you can choose whatever colours and design that you want).  Contact her via her Facebook page, or by email or phone (Sue Walters:, 082 925 4088, 044 874 4378).  You can also order through her page at From the Heart Emporium.

I’ve added some of my favourite items below, but you can visit her page to see her full range.

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