Crochet Mandalas — A Crochet Craft Book Review

Crochet Mandalas


I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Crochet Mandalas by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt. The opportunity brought me both joy and sadness…  Marinke was the mastermind behind “A Creative Being,” a wonderful craft blog and Etsy store of the same name.  Unfortunately, she left this world too soon when she was unable to win her battle with depression.  She is fondly remembered, mourned, and missed in our community.

But on the topic of the book…

This is a beautiful book with pictures that bring the creations to life and truly capture the spirit of each design. I love that the designs are so widely varied and include standard mandalas, mandala rugs, sandals, blankets, bags and clothing. The patterns are easy to follow. Even though they have different difficulty levels, the fact that each includes a beautiful picture and a chart, in addition to the written instructions, makes them accessible to most everyone with the determination to complete a project.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

2015 Spring NICU Challenge…

For the first time ever, there will be a SPRING NICU CHALLENGE! How cool is that?!? Participants will receive 10 FREE patterns just for committing to make 10 hats for donation to a NICU/birthing hospital.  Who doesn’t LOVE FREE and who doesn’t want to help out a worthwhile cause?!?!  This is my third year of participating in the NICU challenge, and I promise you it will make your heart feel AMAZING just to give back.

The challenge is brought to you by Sunset Crochet/Sunset Family Living…  Bonnie is awesome!  Visit the page, sign up for her newsletter, and tell her I sent you!  The link to sign up for the challenge is HERE!

Another Pay It Forward Project…

There are tons of great groups out there that organize and plan donations to worthwhile causes.  I just participated in the most recent Pay It Forward Project for Crochet Lounge.  This particular project benefits Weed Elementary K-8 School.  In the middle of September 2014, the city of Weed, CA endured the Boles Fire that wiped out 154 homes.  This left the community scrambling to rebuild everything headed into the winter season.  This area experiences winter a lot like we do in Southwestern PA.  The evenings are pretty cold.

So a concept was born to make a hat for every student and teacher attending and working at the school, which means about 330 hats needed (and some still needed) to be handcrafted.  The hats and beanies will all be made in school colors (green, yellow, and white) with the goal of showing that community and school spirit is alive and well.


The patterns I used in support of this project were all free patterns by Crochet Zombie, Moogly, Playin’ Hooky, and MNE Crafts.

If you are already participating, let me know.  If you want information on participating, please let me know that, too.  None of the hats will be distributed until everyone can receive one.


Crochet for a cause…

So, be prepared to see these once in a while…  Crochet is absolutely one of my very favorite hobbies.  I love that it can help me put a little bit of handcrafted love and goodness out into the world.  It may even touch a heart or two.  I certainly hope it does.  It is sort of a “if you have the means and the way” share for me.  I can afford the yarn, and I have the skill, so why not doing something to give back?

A recent challenge I participated in was the NICU Challenge hosted by Sunset Family Living.  If you aren’t already a fan of the blog or Facebook page, you should really check it out.

NICU Challenge Hats

The patterns I crafted for this challenge were designed by Crochet by Jennifer, Cre8tion Crochet, Ashley Designs Corner, Two Brothers Blankets, Little Monkeys Crochet, Hatch-ed With Love, and Moogly.

What is your gift and how can you share it with the world today?