Retro Babies!

I’m a new gramma! Today my 17th grandbaby girl arrived at 2:31am! At 7lb 8oz she’s beautiful and perfect! To celebrate her upcoming arrival I decided to create some new shoes to begin her new wardrobe for her little tootsies.

Her daddy has a shoe addiction. I thought Amelda Marcos had the corner on shoe collections but my son could give her a run for her money! So, to match his wild tennis shoes collection I created these hot pink and neon yellow tennis shoes to start off her new collection! I loved these so much I kept on creating! I love these little “denim” turn overs and how can you resist these little white cross strap ankle shoes with delicate little roses? I’m just getting started. What’s next? Check them out!!

I have an eye for anything retro especially shoes! I think 50’s Era little girl shoes are just adorable but, I can never find ones I like so I created my own collection of retro baby shoes. My first ones are designed to look like little Mary Jane’s with white socks. The perfect ‘all-in-one’ for skipping little tootsies! I was so inspired by these that I created another little Mary Jane shoe. Pink and black shoes with polka dot ribbons and buttons are made for a dance down at the malt shop in her poodle skirt. Now, every little girl should be dressed in ruffles! These dainty little white shoes with pink satin bows and pink polka dot buttons are just the thing to wear to Sunday school! I’m having too much fun and it never seems to end!

Now, as in my previous post I had my share of struggles. Have you ever been near the end of your project and then realized with great horror that you made a very noticeable mistake in the very beginning? This seems to be a theme for me. Those little tennis shoes gave me nightmares at first! I’d think I was done with one section but then, it wouldn’t match up with the other shoe! How many of you have that problem? I found a simple solution…duh. I wrote down what I was doing, counted all my stitches and then just copied what I did the first time. Seems simple right? Not when you think you have a photographic memory and you’re sure you remember what you did just 15 minutes ago right? NOT!! WRITE IT DOWN! You’ll find your work go easier and faster if you follow your own directions. No compromising just do it right the first time and the second one amazingly comes out the same. I’m stubborn so it took me a few trials and many, many errors.

Second frustration I encountered was designing. I get these ideas in my head and when I try to create it it never comes out the way it looked in my brain. The only way you can figure this out is by trial and error. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Did you do something you liked in a different design? Try doing that same thing in your new design then add more things as you go along. For instance, I do all my soles exactly the same. It doesn’t matter how the rest of the shoe will look I start with the same soles. This way I know at least I’ll have a good foundation to start with and yes the pun was intended.

My third realization is this, I love crocheting. No matter how frustrated I get there is nothing on this planet more relaxing to me than crocheting. I’ve done many, many hobbies in my life. People call me crafty, I just say I get bored easily. Either way find something you love and do it. Do It! When I see my bag of yarn and I pick up my crochet hook I may not have any clue what it is I’m going to do. But, as I start chaining I begin to get ideas that sometimes run by the hundreds of what to create. Create…that’s what we all need to do to be centered in our lives…just create. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do but never, ever sell yourself short. Everyone is creative and they just need to do what they love. Don’t know where to start? Read a book, take a class, look online, try Youtube, and whatever you do don’t give up on yourself. We are all creators, visual characters, doers and seekers. Find your niche and create!

Come join me and we’ll create together! I’ve got so many new projects and ideas and I’ll be sharing them here so come join me and we’ll explore our imaginations together!!

Crochet Makes Me Say AAAHHH!!


I LOOOOOVE little babies and their tiny, tiny little tootsies! I remember when my first daughter was born, I was overdue by a month, I was so excited when they brought her to me because I hadn’t been able to hold her after she was born because they whisked her away to check if she was alright. When she was born they laid her on my chest and needless to say we were all very surprised to see her raise up on her arms and look directly into my face as if to say, “Mom, what the heck just happened?” They thought she may be in distress so away she went. She was just fine and when I finally got to hold her I hurriedly unwrapped her to see if she had all her fingers and toes. Those tootsies!! I just sat there giggling as I held her little foot in my hand as I marveled how small her little toes were. How was I going to find something small enough to cover her little feet? Yes, it was shopping time! No, it was impossible! I couldn’t find a single shoe that small so I decided I’d make her some. NOT!!! 33 years ago I didn’t have the knowledge nor the patients to crochet let alone knit a pair of booties. Why? My mom made it look so easy as she’d crochet a million miles an hour and could pop out a pair of booties in an hour or less. She tried to teach me but my attention span was all of 5 seconds and my mind switched to something new like a lizard in the yard. Sheesh!

Eventually, now that my attention span has grown to atleast 20 seconds, I wanted to relearn how to crochet because I wanted to add items to my new shop So, I found my crochet needles I had hidden in my “Memories” box and went about ‘crocheting’. Have you ever just decided to do something only to realize you have no clue what you’re doing? ME!! But I know everything so I naturally know how to do everything, right? WRONG!! Alas, I knew nothing about needle sizes, yarn sizes, stitches and forget reading a crochet chart ‘cuz it’s not happening!

Thankfully there’s an app called Pintrest. Without this glorious ‘know everything and how to do it’ app I’d be clueless looking for my next easy project to appease my short attention span. I found everything I needed to know about crocheting just about anything. So, I set out to find all the cute baby things I could make and add to my shop or give away to my new grandbabies (hint, hint) and friends. But, I just get frustrated. I try to follow a pattern but what the pictures look like and what my work looks like are two totally different worlds!! Theirs look so neat and petite and mine looks like the Blob from the movies. AAAAHHHH!!! What the crud did I do wrong? So, I rip it all out and start over again but alas, the result is the same. How do I remedy this disaster? How do I make my work look like the pictures? This is what I’ve done so far… FAKE IT!!! Seriously, I make it up as I go along. Is this how real crocheters become so good at crocheting? I’ve learned a few terms like decrease and increase to help me make my work smaller or larger. OK, every time I try to follow a baby shoe pattern it always looks teeny in the pictures but according to the directions given the shoe always ends up big enough to fit a 4 year old. No matter how many times I follow the directions, even using smaller hooks and yarn than instructed, it turns out huge! So, I made up my own patterns so they’ll fit the sizes I need. But, then I have to figure out how to adjust the instructions to fit the sole I made. Talk about frustrating!! Eventually, after much trial and error I end up with a facsimile of the original pattern. Please, all the crocheters out there, please tell me if you have the same problems. Am I alone in this? Am I just a spaz?

Ive decided I’m going to be writing about my projects and the problems and the solutions in my posts from time to time. If you have experiences you’d like to share please comment and join me and we’ll figure out the solutions together.

So here’s the question of the day: Do you crocheters have the same problems and if so, how did you solve them?

Please comment below and tell me about your struggles and if you have any solutions to my spastic crocheting. I would love to hear from you.


Yesterday I made these cute little shoes. I made them up as I went along so now I need to write down my pattern to share with you. Next post I promise!!

I enjoy crocheting. They say it’s calming…rrriiiight?…uh huh.

My Latest Invention!

Introducing my latest invention for the baby who needs everything; The “Burpybib”! Ok, I’ll come up with a better name someday. This amazing invention emerged when I was looking for a baby gift for my daughter when she was expecting. Well, actually, ALL my daughters were expecting at the same time!! Yes, there is something in the water because all 4 daughters were due within 3 months of each other (Yeah, me!!) Now I have 3 beautiful grandaughters and one handsome grandson all just turning 3. How time flies! Oh, I digress. Back to my invention. As I was saying, I was looking for a baby gift or two, three and four, and I couldn’t imagine the costs people go thru in planning for a baby. Prices are through the roof and so I wondered what would happen if you could combine them? Aha!! The first invention! I know, “Burpybib” sounds weird but it describes exactly what it is. A burp cloth and a bib all in one! Ta da!! It starts out as a reversible burp cloth with contouring to fit not just perfect on your shoulder but, to fit around your neck curves, too. The neck curve has a flexible band that fits right up against your neck so if your baby should urp up or spit up it doesn’t end up down your shirt as I have discovered is most unpleasant! Blech! Next, as baby grows the “Burpybib” becomes a bib that’s not just a bib. This bib wraps 360° around the baby’s front, arms and back. Now most bibs are made to cover the front of a baby. Now, mom’s and dad’s, how many of you have fed a baby? Did the food really just hit the front of them? Are you kidding? The food flies everywhere! Down the front, up and down the arms, over the back and in their hair! Now, I’m sorry I couldn’t invent a massive rain coat that covered everything from head to toe and extended over the high chair and then draped the feeder 360°, too. Not practical. So, I did the next best thing and covered your baby. The “Burpybib” is designed to wrap around your baby, snap in the back for easy on and off and has curves built in to ease around their little arms and give them freedom to wave their arms, too. Your baby is covered and their clothes are kept clean (sorry, but I can’t cover you, too you’re on your own there). To sum it all up the “Burpybib” is really all you need to cover the bases in feeding your baby without getting messy. A burp cloth and a bib all in one. I have any color combination you can think of or I can make some special order at no extra cost! Allow me to answer your next question: How do I get some “Burpybibs”? At my new Etsy shop These are the best invention to get for your baby or to give as a gift. Can I ask a favor? Could you leave a comment below and give me your opinion of my invention? Better yet, go check out all the varieties in my store to choose from. Who knows, you might discover there’s other super inventions and designs for your baby!! Have a great day and spread the word: The “Burpybib” is here!!

Note: (The "Burpybib" pattern is not for sale and is patented)

Come See My New Etsy Shop!!

Just want to introduce you to my new Etsy shop called Nona’s Nursery at I’ve been open for 1 month now and I’m stocking daily with handmade, original designs for babies and children ages newborn to 24 months. This is a totally new experience for me as I usually am promoting my jewelry bit I’ve decided there a huge demand for qualuty, unique baby items for your baby or for a gift for someone specials baby. Please visit me and check out my shop and follow me as I’ll be posting daily new items for those little cutie pies in your life! Check these out! Etsy.Mini(11548403,’gallery’,4,5,0,’’);

Hugs and squishes,


Amazing Banana Zucchini Chocolate Orange Bread

Do you have brown bananas, frozen grated zucchini in your freezer, an extra orange left in the bowl on your counter? So do I so I decided to use up my leftover fruit and make it into the most delicious, moist bread with the addition of 2 kinds of chocolate to send it over the flavor edge I've been craving.
Do you have brown bananas, frozen grated zucchini in your freezer, an extra orange left in the bowl on your counter? So do I so I decided to use up my leftover fruit and make it into the most delicious, moist bread with the addition of 2 kinds of chocolate to send it over the flavor edge I’ve been craving.

Banana Zucchini Chocolate Orange Bread

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl sift these ingredients together:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder

In another large bowl mix together:
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 mashed very ripe bananas
1 cup Grated zucchini dried with a towel
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbl. Grated orange peel

After combining and mixing wet ingredients well, add 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients at a time carefully folding the dry mix into the wet mix. If you stir it too much the bread will be tough so carefully fold them together. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips into the batter. Spray 2 loaf pans evenly with cooking spray or coat with shortening. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 loaf pans. Tap the pans on the counter a few times to remove air bubbles. Place in 350° oven for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack. The flavor will intensify once the bread is cooled completely. Store at room temp. for up to 5 days or in fridge for up to 10 days.

For muffins:
Fill 24 muffin tins lined or unlined and greased 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350° 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from tins and cool on wire racks.

Try with some favorite toppings like:
Cream Cheese
Honey Butter
Cinnamon and Sugar
Orange Marmalade

Enjoy and let me know how your bread recipe turned out!! What kind of cravings do you have and how do you squelch them? (Please keep it “G” rated!)