For Dad…

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Need gift ideas? How about a custom hand painted sign?

Wouldn’t this one just melt grandpa’s heart?

Or how about this one for the superhero Dad? 
I make these custom signs using your favorite photo(s) and can change the wording to fit your specific needs.

At just $35* you can’t go wrong. Email me here or message me via Facebook here.

*plus shipping or local Olathe, Kansas pickup available.

MIY Mother’s Day Sign

Need a last minute gift idea for Mom?  Want it to be extra special and make it yourself (MIY)?  Have no idea where to start?  Look no further.  Here is the perfect gift for any mom, or grandma.  And the saying is so true…

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Thinking yeah, that’s nice but I can’t make that?!  Yes you can!  Join me for a fun filled workshop where I will guide you through the steps to make your very own sign.  You can even choose your own colors, fabric and buttons to make it more your own!  This exciting class is only $22 per sign and includes all the tools and guidance you will need to make this extra special gift for Mom.

mothers-day-sign-workshopTo register click here

Spots are limited so hurry!

If you would prefer to purchase a completed sign they are $35 and will be ready for pick up at my home studio in Olathe by Saturday May 7th.  Please email me at myshanonigans@gmail.com if you’d like to order.

My new love…. WREATHS!

I started making wreaths about 6 months ago and I’m in love!  I can’t get enough.  Every time I go to a craft store… you know, to get just ONE thing, I end up coming home with multiple LARGE bags of beautiful silk flowers.  I love them all; from simple daisies and sunflowers to big bold hydrangeas and chrysanthemums.  They’re just gorgeous!  Seriously, I think I’m addicted.  Then when I get them home and start cutting and arranging them all together adding greenery, bows and hand painted signs I’m in heaven. I have so much fun making them!

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I’m having so much fun in fact, I’ve decided to host a wreath making workshop so others can join in on this floral crafting excitement.  This will be a hands on workshop where you will be given tips and tricks on how to make your very own Spring Wreath for your front door or other home decor needs.  Here is the Spring Wreath we will be making:

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You can choose your main flower color between buttercup, blue, coral, or teal.  All wreath making supplies will be provided and light snacks will be served.  There’s only room for up to 8 participants so be sure to preregister early.

Only $40 per person!

To register please click here!

If you are unable to make it to this event but would like to know about future events please follow Shanonigans on Facebook here or sign up to be on the Shanonigans email list here.

If you would like to purchase this wreath or one like it please email me at myshanonigans@gmail.com  or message me via facebook here

2016 Temperature Blanket

It’s a new year…time for a new project!  This year I’ll be joining several crocheters making a 2016 Temperature Blanket.  If you are a crafter and haven’t heard of this you’ll want to keep reading.  Seriously, this is a fun and easy project that will keep your crafty fingers happy every day of the year! Here’s mine so far…

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With only 4 days in, it may not be too exciting yet but at the end of the year I will have a beautiful, cozy blanket to cuddle in that represents each day of 2016 based on the weather. Here’s how it works…

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First, pick your colors of yarn and decide your temperature range.  Most people go with either a 5 or 10 degree span and only use the temperatures that commonly occur throughout the year based on where they live.  Then you will need to determine which color will coordinate with each temperature range.  I went with a 5 degree span for each color except for the extreme temperatures I went with a larger span because those temperatures will rarely happen if at all.  I’m in Kansas though so you never know! 🙂

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Next, you’ll want to choose a crochet (or knit) pattern to make your blanket. You can go with rows of single crochet or double crochet stitches, linen stitch or any stitch really.  Or you could go with a shape such as granny squares, flowers, hexagons, etc.  The possibilities are really endless, but one thing to keep in mind is that you will be making 366 (it’s a leap year) rows, granny squares or shapes, whatever you decide, so whatever it is keep it small or you’ll end up with a ginormous blanket!  Which of course is totally cool too if you like gigantic blankets!  :)  I prefer a simple stitch of rows so I decided to go with a single crochet. There’s something beautiful about a simple stitch and all the beautiful colors together.

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I’m storing my yarn in a cardboard box with slits in the top to hold each color of yarn with its specified temp range written next to it.

Which brings me to my final step.  Now you will need to determine if you will be creating your blanket using the high temperature for the day or the low temperature.  Or maybe the average.  Or maybe all three!  I decided I want to try to incorporate as many colors as possible so I’m doing ALL the temperatures throughout each day!  Each row will represent 24 hours.  Basically, I visually divide my blanket into fourths and add each color of each temperature that was reached throughout each 6 hour window.  I get my temperature information from http://www.timeanddate.com  Here is an example of the 24 hour temps from Jan 3rd and how I represented them in my blanket.

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That’s it!  How fun is this going to be?!  If you haven’t started yet don’t worry there’s still time.  There are many websites and apps that can give you past days temperatures so you can get caught up.  Be sure to check back and see how my blanket turns out…or better yet follow me here on Facebook so you can see it progress over the months.

Sincerely, Shanon🙂

 

UPDATE: this project is on hold as I work on some other crafts!  I’ve decided I’m a “seasonal” crocheter and tend to only crochet during the cold fall and winter months. 🙂

 

Royals win the World Series!

Okay, yes, I know I’m a little late with that announcement.  Everyone knows that the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series. But it’s still very exciting news and Royals fans all over are still on cloud 9 after the excitement of winning.

But here is a new announcement, especially exciting for my fellow crocheters who are Royals fans as well….

The “Royals Crowned” stocking cap crochet pattern is FINALLY ready!

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I created this “Royals Crowned” hat within hours after the Royals won the World Series!  It was such an exciting moment that I felt I had to make something to celebrate this awesome victory.  Little did I know that there would be so many people interested in this hat.  I’ve had several Royals fans asking to purchase this hat, and almost just as many crocheters wanting to make it as well.  So I decided to share the love.  You can now download your very own copy of the Royals Crowned pattern on Ravelry here. And if you are a fellow Royals Fan looking to purchase this hat, please email me here and/or visit me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/myshanonigans to order.

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Let’s see how many of these hats we can have proudly worn by Royals fans on opening day at the “K” 2016!

Go Royals!!!

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

“You have 15 months to live.” Imagine hearing those words. Then imagine knowing that the reason you have such a short amount of time left on this earth is because of a cancer that should be easily avoided, yet the leading cause of it could be in your home, at your place of work, or in your child’s school.

This is exactly what happened to a young woman who had just given birth to her first child and was planning on spending the rest of her long life with her husband and their newborn daughter, but instead she was trying to comprehend the idea of having a deadly cancer that will most likely going to shatter that dream.

Mesothelioma cancer is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen and the primary cause and risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is classified as a KNOWN human carcinogen, yet it’s still a widely used material.  The substance can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.  Is it in your home, workplace or even worse…your child’s school?

Every year around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and on average, they are given 10 months to live. Want to know the kicker? Asbestos is STILL NOT banned in the US.  Roughly, on average, 30 million pounds of asbestos are still being used in the United State per year!  The EPA estimates that there are asbestos containing material in most of the nations approximately 107,000 primary and secondary schools and 733,000 public and commercial buildings.  That means basically any one of us are at risk.

So what do we do?  Be aware!  Today I am being the voice to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the deadly effects asbestos has. Please share this information with others. If everyone shares this simple message we can save lives.

Heather and her family

Heather and her family

I am extremely happy to report that the woman in the scenario that I wrote about above is alive and healthy now 8 years after her deadly prognosis. I can’t imagine what was going through Heather’s mind when doctor’s gave her a diagnosis with only 15 months left to live, but thankfully after a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, she is thriving more than ever. Heather and her husband Cameron are raising their daughter Lily and are now on a mission to spread awareness of mesothelioma, a PREVENTABLE disease that takes so many innocent lives.  Please take a moment to read more about Heather and her story on her blog here: Dying to be Heard

Today, September 26th is the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Please take a moment to share some eye opening facts and statistics you didn’t know about mesothelioma before now.  Share it on your Facebook and twitter accounts.  Please join me in spreading hope and be a voice for the victims.

Sources:
http://www.mesothelioma.com/treatment/ – You can read about the treatment Heather went through.
http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/ – about mesothelioma
http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness – Heather’s awareness page

New Website!

I’m so excited to announce that the Feel Better Friends project has a new website!

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Please visit www.FBFdolls.org to find out more about the project and see what’s new!

All the best,

Shanon ~ founder of the Feel Better Friends project

And the winner is…

A big thanks to all the kids who entered the Shanonigans Toy Design contest! What a treat it was to see all the creative drawings and artwork that came in.  You all have some very talented kiddos out there!  So talented I had a VERY tough decision to make. Who would win?! I wanted the new toy to be colorful, fun and unique.  After days of thinking about it I FINALLY chose.

So without further delay I present to you the winner of the first Shanonigans Kids Toy Design contest winner….

Marley!!!

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collaborative piece by Marley and Shanonigans Marley’s drawing on the left and my crocheted interpretation on the right

Congratulations to Marley!!!

Marley lives in Colorado and she was just 6 years old (now 7) when she drew this fun colorful character wearing a pink skirt.  Isn’t it cute!

Thanks Marley for collaborating with me on this project and thanks to all the kids out there who entered! I think I might have to do this again in the near future.  Maybe a Halloween themed contest?!  But I think I’ll have to have all my facebook followers vote on the winner…that was the tough part! 🙂

Design Contest!

Recently we made it to over 1,000 ‘likes’ on facebook, woo-hoo!  Time to celebrate!  How about a contest?!

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Know a creative, imaginative kid who would like to receive their very own crocheted creature they designed?

All you have to do is send in a high quality photo or scanned image of your child’s drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. along with their name and age, as well as your name and email address.  All entries should be sent via  private message on facebook here, or email here.

This contest is open to any child, 12 and under living in the continental US.  All entries must be received by midnight cst Tuesday July 22, 2014. The lucky winner will be announced early August 2014 (date to be announced). Up to 3 entries accepted per child. All acceptable entries will be posted on the Shanonigans facebook page along with the child’s first name and age. Winner will receive their very own creature crocheted to the likeness of their artwork.  Art should be created by the child using their own imagination.  It can be an animal, a doll, a monster, a robot, a silly creature….anything they want! To see samples and for inspiration check out Shanonigans before and after album here. Encourage the child to be creative and have fun!

FBF Doll Pattern and Request

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Yay! The Feel Better Friends crochet doll pattern is now available!

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For those of you who don’t know, Feel Better Friends are handmade dolls stuffed with love and well wishes. The idea started as a gift for a little girl battling cancer.  Due to chemo she had lost her hair and often times wore a wig. I thought it would be great if she could have a doll she could relate to.  One that looked just like her, bald and beautiful and with her own wig!  FBF dolls are for children (or adults) battling cancer and other illnesses who would like a doll for comfort and love.

This pattern is free for anyone who would like to help spread the love with a Feel Better Friends doll.  All I ask is that you link your pictures and comments about Feel Better Friends dolls to Shanonigans either through facebook, instagram or here at the blog.  You can download the pattern from my ravelry store or by simply clicking here: feel better friends DOLL.

One more request! If you would like to make a doll but aren’t sure how to make the clothes and accessories I am taking donated dolls and dressing them up for children in need. Once your donated doll has been dressed up and given to a chile I will post it along with a link to you and or your facebook page on my Shanonigans page as a thank you.  Please email me here if you would like to donate a doll!

Finally, I would like to invite you to my volunteer Feel Better Friends Doll Makers group on facebook where you can share your doll photos and find out how to donate your FBF doll to a child in need.
Have fun and happy hooking!

To learn more about Feel Better Friends Dolls please visit our question and answer section here.

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