Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you have something green to wear on March 17?  It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I crocheted a collection of shamrocks to share with friends and family.

I used random green yarn that I had on hand, some cotton, some acrylic, some wool. I used two yarns together on one of them.Then, after weaving in the ends I stitched on a pin back.

If you want to make one here are instructions for an easy one.  There are several ways to make these, some start with a few chains for the stem, others start with a three or four chain ring, and my favorite is an adjustable ring which is not quite the same as a Magic Ring. Both techniques close up the center hole that’s left when you start with the ring you make from a little chain.

I’ve always made a point to wear at least a bit of green because it’s fun and I don’t want to get pinched! Ireland has fascinated me since I was assigned to do a report on it in junior high school, and after some genealogical research and a DNA test I found I’m 18% Irish. No wonder I’m drawn to all things green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Here’s an Irish blessing from me to you.

May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!

Crocheted Critters

I’ve been crocheting lately and here are some of the things I’ve come up with. Most are from patterns, I adapted a few of the designs, and the little caterpillar is all my doing.


My Little Fox


A couple of little whales.


A pink elephant.


A big fat lion.


A dusty pink hippo.


A seal with a blue beret.


A peppy little penquin.


A bright red ladybug.


“Here chick, chick, chick.”


A wiggly green caterpillar.

Anyone else crocheting anything fun?

Scrappy Little Piggy

This little piggy  hasn’t been to market yet, but she’s ready whenever you are.

Little Piggy by Jan on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Little Piggy made by Jan 

Little Piggy on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Scrappy Little Piggy

One way I put my scraps to good use. Do you save your scraps? What do you do with them?


30 Percent Off Cyber Monday

Promo Code 30offCyberMonday2013 will get you 30 percent off everything in my Etsy shop—The Little Blue Trunk—today only.


If you want something that isn’t listed. Contact me and I can create a listing and provide a discount.Happy Shopping!


Thanksgiving 2013 Promo Code 10% Off

I set up a Promo Code for everything in my Etsy Shop ~ The Little Blue Trunk ~  good until Nov. 29. Enter Thanksgiving2013 at checkout and a 10% discount will be automatically applied.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments on The Little Blue Trunk

The listing is for denim ornaments, but I can mix and match. Click on the image to see what I mean.


I hope this promo brings in something because I have to pay my internet service bill by Nov 30 or I’ll be offline on Dec. 1. If I pull this off I’ll set up a new code for December.

Contact me if you want to make an offer to mix and match or for different quantities.

My shop continues to get more likes and favorites, but my last sale was the first week of November and that’s not enough to pay the bills.

If you’ll take a minute to share this on facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc., I’ll love you forever.

Giving thanks to all of you!



Oklahoma Handmade on Facebook with Discounts!

There’s a new facebook page in town.

It’s called Oklahoma Handmade and is a collection of Oklahoma based etsy shops.

Christmas Ornaments on The Little Blue Trunk

The page launched this weekend and will be filled with discount codes and promotions from Oklahoma Etsy shops.

My discount code gives 10% off any sales until Dec. 15. You have to go to the facebook page to get the discount code.

I listed my handmade Christmas ornaments.

I’m open to custom orders and requests if you want more quantities or want to mix and match.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to like my Jan Made It page on facebook.



Holiday Hearts and Stars

I know there’s probably a more productive way to spend my time, but with fabric, thread and buttons piled around I’ve been cutting and stitching these little ornaments the last few days.


They’re about three or four inches tall.


The hearts are hand cut to fit the scraps I had so they’re different sizes and shapes.


Because I’m using scraps quantities are limited to what I have on hand.


I used a template for the stars. To many points and angles to cut them freehand.


I’ve listed this set of three stars in my Etsy shop.


I have about 25 stitched up so far, so it’s time to stop stitching and get more listed.

If you want a custom order or a big batch of them contact me and we’ll work something out.


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