Buddy Walk Bidding

Well, here's my little man in his jammies and matching hat!

So if you missed my post earlier today, we're raising money for Down Syndrome Indiana's Buddy Walk by auctioning off this hat. If you bid and win this hat, I will make one for you in a custom size and will never make this hat again, so only you and Bear will ever have a hat like this.

Here's how it works:
1. Minimum bid is $15.
2. Place a bid by leaving a comment with your bid.
3. Bidding closes July 5, 2010 at 10:00 P.M. EST.
4. Winner will receive this hat in a custom size.

Spread the word...send this link to everyone you know. Post it on Facebook, your blogs, your sites. And remember, if you don't win this hat but want a pom pom beanie of your own, all sales from my pom pom beanies from now until October will sponsor Bear's team for the Buddy Walk and will benefit Down Syndrome Indiana. Thank so much for your support!

Me and My Buddy Walk

Many of you know me. Many of you do not. You know that I like to crochet, am a stay at home mom, and have two kids. But did you know that I have the most amazing kids in the world? I'm really not kidding at all. Seriously. My kids are the best babies ever, so loving, so full of joy.

Well what you may not know is that my first born, Bear, was born with Down syndrome. He is the most awesome kid I know. He truly brings light and joy wherever he goes. I love that with him, no one is excluded from his love. What a lesson for us all.

This year our family is participating in the Buddy Walk, a national event that is put on locally by state and local organizations, ours being Down Syndrome Indiana (DSI). DSI is the organization that advocates for children and individuals with Down syndrome, so we feel it's important to support them to ensure that Bear has a bright future in school and the workplace.

The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals:

* To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
* To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs.
* To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.

To raise money for our team, the Care Bears, I'm doing a couple of things. First, I'm auctioning this hat. This is "Bear's Jammies Hat" as it was inspired by his favorite pair of pajamas. I will not recreate this hat for anyone but the winner of the bidding, meaning that only the winner and Bear will own a hat like this (I will custom make one for you in your choice of size). I will create a post specifically for bidding on this hat.

The other way I'm raising money is that all sales from my pom pom beanies from now until October 22 will go directly to the Care Bears and Down Syndrome Indiana. So if you've had your eye on one, please place an order. I'm willing to make custom creations of all kinds. So far I've had 4 sales totaling $60, so we're off to a great start.

If you want to give to the Care Bears and Down Syndrome Indiana but don't necessarily want a pom pom beanie, you can go directly to our First Givings Team Page to donate. Thank you all so much...I can't wait to see what happens!!

Pom Poms!! (and I don't mean cheerleaders)

This is by far my new favorite hat. It is so stinking cute that I can hardly stand it. I wish I had unlimited time to make every variation I have brainstormed. These are GORGEOUS photography props for every age, and lets face it, they're just adorable on little ones. Who can resist this double-chinned babe in a hat like this? Coming to my shop soon!

Thanks to Kristi at RAKJ Patterns for this great pattern!

Sloucy Beanies/Berets/Tams

These hats are awesome! They fit loosely so you don't end up looking like a drowned matted cat by the time you take your hat off. However, if your hair looks like that prior to putting on this hat, it's the perfect lightweight hat to cover it up! As a stay-at-home mom, I'm lucky to get into the shower before crawling into bed at night let alone sometime during the day. But I have errands to run, doctor's appointments to get to. And heck, I have to answer the door when I look like that drowned cat, so this hat is the perfect one to have hanging in my foyer to throw on when the doorbell rings, that prescription needs picked up, or the mail calls to me from the mailbox.

On Sale Now

What a beautiful gift for the expecting mother. Cocoon/beanie sets make beautiful photography props for those newborn photo shoots. Just look at these gorgeous shots provided courtesy of Ryan Cook Photography, Twice Shy Design, and Erin Photography. Need a baby shower gift? Know a photographer? Take advantage of my Etsy shop sale now. Limited quantities available, so get yours now!!

Striking Gold

As an Etsy artisan and seller, I am, of course, obssessed with other "Etsians" and their shops. I love seeing the talent, creativity, and ingenuity of people and am always blown away when I spend time perusing. Of course, I usually come away poorer from the experience because I can't help but shop a little, too.

My favorite shops to visit are none other than crochet shops. I came across "CinnamonYarn" the other day and was struck by the beauty and intricacy of her creations. I mean, lets be honest. My stuff is a dime a dozen. There are hundreds of shops doing the same stuff I'm doing. In fact, right now as I search "crocheted hat" on Etsy, 51,743 items meet those search requirements. Now, are they all of the same quality as what I make? Probably not. Are they as cute or lovely? Some of them yes. But every now and then you come across something and know you've struck gold. Nani (the name behind CinnamonYarn) has done just that. Her items are unique and fabulous.

Not only are her crocheted creations to die for, but Nani runs several other shops on Etsy, one being BlossomsCottage (Handmade Fabric Bags and Purse Organizer Inserts). Her items there are also orginal and very reasonably priced. I've got my eye on a few of them!

So the next time you're wanting to do a little Etsy browsing, I highly recommend checking out Nani's stores. You won't be disappointed.

Flowers Galore

So excited to offer these beautiful flowers to embellish your hats, headbands, bags, and more. These pictures display the majority of the colors I have available.

June Giveaway

Like these headbands? I LOVE making them! They're super cute and fit all sizes from about 12 months up. (Of course, they can be made smaller to fit babies, too). Well, the color combinations are endless, which is why I can't stop making them, discounting them, and giving them away. Soooooooo......

The June giveaway is two headbands in your choice of colors. The ones pictured here are only a few of the color possibilities, so in order to enter this giveaway, you must do the following (anyone who doesn't follow directions will be disqualified):

Comment on this post by
1. Leaving your name, an email address and/or website where I can contact you
2. Leaving your 2 color choices for the headbands

Your comment should look something like this:
Morgan Zoller
black and hot pink

The winner will be selected by random.org on July 1. Happy commenting!!

Twysted Tuesday Discounted Item

First comment wins this beautiful flapper beanie in a newborn size for $10. Regularly $15.

Good on June 8 only. Buyer must purchase from My Etsy Shop within 24 hours or the prize will be revoked. Buyer agrees to pay shipping. Item will be listed as a "Custom Item for Buyer".

Twysted Tuesday Rules--Read Before Playing

"Twysted Tuesday" is a time that combines some of my favorite things: friends, crocheted goodies, and competition. Here's how it works: I post a picture of an item and list its price as well as rules on how to win it. I will make every effort to begin on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 EST; however, being a mom and wife, there may be occasional times that we get started later due to a family need. I appreciate your understanding.

Here are the rules:
Please comment that you agree before playing the game.

1. First comment wins (unless otherwise specified in wall post by seller). You may only comment once per round. There may possibly be a tie. If so, both people win.

2. You can only win one item per week.

3. Items must be purchased through My Etsy shop within 24 hours or the prize will be revoked.

4. Buyer agrees to pay shipping.

5. Items will be shipped within 7 days of the game but not until payment is received.

Overall, this is a night that I get to show my fans some appreciation and have fun doing it.