June Scripture Writing


AAC11181-2900-48A1-8880-9F2D719CC502June 2018

Now that I have been working an actual job for a few months, I have realized that I just can’t continue crocheting (or blogging) like I used to. My passion for all things yarn has been replaced with a passion for growing minds and young children. However, I am also a “completionist”, and am determined to finish at least 1 year’s worth of scripture-writing challenges for the crafty entrepreneur. I was smart, and made things easy for myself by coming up with all of the monthly themes in advance. So, all I have to do now is find the appropriate scriptures, type them up all pretty-like, screen shot it, export it, download it, insert it into these blogs, and pin it to Pinterest…whew! So, while we are out for the summer break, I am planning on working ahead and getting the rest of those done so it won’t continue to sit on my shoulders.

Coming up in just a few short days is the lovely month of June, and I am excited to tell you guys, that next month’s themes is about money! Saving it, spending it wisely, dealing with debt, giving it in a charitable format, and using it. After all, God has given you a talent for crafting…whatever your craft may be…it’s your job to use it for His glory. That includes the profit made from said craft. So, feel free to download and print the June 2018 Maker’s Verses, and most importantly read or write them EVERY day. Also, you can share them with your friends and clients! These are free resources, and I hope you enjoy them.

June 2018

Keep your eyes open for a master list of all 12 months coming sooner rather than later 😊 And I’m definitely open to further ideas of topics and themes if there is an area of making that you struggle with. Let me know what you glean from such a bible study by commenting below.

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May Scripture-Writing Challenge


May 2018

Even though I am continuing to struggle with finding my new sense of normal and balance right now, I certainly did NOT want to miss May’s scripture-writing Challenge Verses. We’ve been trekking on through this year for five months already! The New Year’s enthusiasm has long since worn off — are you still on track with your business-specific resolutions? Those of us in America are reaching the chaos of “end of the school year” and related stress from too many events crammed into too little time. If y’all are anything like me, usually by this time of the year, I’m growing weary and feeling frustrated…especially if I haven’t been seeing traceable progress with my numbers and stats. My time for creating is limited, my multi-tasking abilities are waning thin, I’m probably battling the stress acne and lack of appetite. And usually, I seriously consider giving up altogether.

It was only natural in my little head to declare this month’s theme to be “perseverence”. Only by continuing to persevere will any of us be able to overcome these “middle of the year blues” as I’ve officially dubbed it. As I’ve discussed before, putting God first and keeping Him in the focus will help everything else to fall in place. Hopefully, these verses will help you to persevere in the faith, and in relation, your business as well. Take a deep breath, and remember that God is in control. Now, enjoy these bible verses that I’ve found for you to keep your focus on keeping on and perseverence…everything will be ok  and don’t forget to download your free PDF of May’s #MakersVerses

May 2018

April Scripture-Writing


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April 2018

These past couple of weeks have been absolutely insane for me. I found out about a job opportunity in my kids’ school, and in a flurry of paperwork, I have found myself starting my third week as a kindergarten assistant. It is absolutely perfect for me! I’m still planning on creating, as I am able to, but obviously, my available time has been dramatically reduced.

Happy Easter fellow friends! I hope your day has been filled with as much laughter and color as mine has been. We spent the weekend shopping, perusing our favorite store (Barnes and Noble), watching “A Wrinkle In Time”, soaking up some sunshine, and not catching up on sleep. We ate too much good food, threw confetti eggs at each other, showed off our bright new Easter outfits, worshipped our Creator with fellow brothers and sisters, and are now enjoying another viewing of “The Last Jedi”! I call it a successful weekend for sure.

Happy April Fool’s Day as well! How insane has it been celebrating two larger holidays on the same day!? My kids have been playing pranks on each other all weekend and it’s been full of laughter. As far as April Fool’s pranks are concerned, I only have two rules: 1. No one gets hurt, they must be harmless pranks, and 2. No lies, you cannot say something false just to get a reaction and retort “April Fool’s” at the end of it. Good guidelines, I think.

Anyways, April is known as tax season. As a craft entrepreneur, I am all too familiar with how stressful taxes can be. So, this month’s scripture-writing focus, logically, had to be about stress and anxiety. Take a deep breath, and remember that God is in control. Now, enjoy these bible verses that I’ve found for you to keep your focus on peace (oooh, that should be next year’s April challenge topic!), and God’s providence…everything will be ok 🙂 and don’t forget to download your free PDF of #MakersVersesApril

April 2018

March Scripture-Writing Challenge for the Crafty Entrepreneur


March 2018March 2018 scripture writing challenge

As a faithful servant of God, I spent many years trying to figure out how I could use my talents to serve Him better. We’ve all read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m kind of terrified of ending up like “the 1-talent servant” (verse 30). Crafting is a talent that God has given me. More specifically, He has given me an incredible crocheting skill. I’m good. Now, I’m still learning how to photograph, market, and sell my craft (that’s definitely an ongoing work in progress), but as for actually crocheting…I’m good, take my word for it.

Back in 2016, I set a New Year’s resolution to write down scriptures, and at first I researched and found some scripture-writing challenges that other people had come up with (there are TONS of them on Pinterest). That was all great and fine, and they certainly benefited me in their own way. But, as life got complicated, as life is apt to do from time to time, I wanted something more geared toward what I was specifically going through. So, I researched my own verses to go with my specific struggles.

Recently, I got the idea to develop a scripture-writing challenge that was geared to the crafty entrepreneur (not just for the crochet artist, but for everyone who is trying to sell their craft). It all goes back to learning how to increase my talent, bearing fruit, and working hard for God. Which brings me to March’s scripture-writing challenge! So, I have done the research, looked-up the Bible verses, and found those that are perfect! And the good news, is that I am willing to share these scriptures with you. So, you can download a printable version of these 31 bible verses, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get future months as they are ready for you. I hope you guys enjoy writing these as much as I have, and feel free to comment below with how much it helps you to focus on Working Hard for God during the month of March 🙂 Just click the link below!

March 2018

if you want to join us, I’m sure we would love to see some of your handiwork. Just use #MakersVersesMarch and we can support each other and share the love! Whether you are illustrating, copying, writing, highlighting, or just reading, come join the fun and let’s develop a community of makers who all rely on God first!

Blog Post Ideas for the Crochet Artist


Crochet Blog Post IdeasIt is a constant struggle to try to find new blog posts. Especially for a blog such as this one that is very niched. I design crochet patterns. So, what can I write about that will bring fellow crochet-artists to my blog (hopefully, artists who will buy my patterns)? Sure, there are lists upon lists on top of more lists of generic blogging topics and ideas of what to write about. Everyone always seems to say the same thing: make lists, include numbers, top 5 mistakes I made, create tutorials, design Printables. These are all great, but I want something specific to write about. I don’t want to have to further wrack my brain about which of my mistakes I want to write about this time. So, I thought yet another list was in order. I actually researched the top 5 crochet blogs from 2017, and went back through their blog posts and have the following titles listed below! I hope you guys will find this as useful as I continue to use it myself 🙂

Beatrice Ryan Designs

  • CAL – Crochet-a-long (free ongoing pattern)
  • Free Patterns
  • Crocheting for Charity or for a cause

Crea8tion Crochet

  • Pattern collections (colors, holidays, stitches, textures, shapes, yarn type, seasonal, designer, etc.)
  • Write about your own patterns (be sure to include links of where to find it)
  • Free crochet pattern review (use someone else’s free pattern)
  • Crochet book review (with giveaway)

Crochet Dreamz

  • Crochet tips and tricks (changing colors, new stitches, different techniques)
  • Free Crochet patterns
  • New Crochet patterns
  • Pattern round-ups (yours and others)

Daisy Cottage Designs

  • Crochet patterns (reviews, free, new)
  • Pattern collections (similar, complimentary)
  • Printable’s (organizers, wall-art)
  • Round-up of all of your own patterns
  • Skill-specific (beginner, intermediate, expert)

Fiber Flux

  • Crochet-specific unboxing (monthly subscription boxes)
  • Challenges (CAL, de-stashing)
  • Book review and giveaway
  • Free crochet pattern

Crochet Tiny Ninja Pattern


Tiny Ninja Crochet PatternDid you know that December 5 is International Ninja Day? That’s right! I just could not resist creating these tiny Crocheted Ninjas to celebrate, and they are so quick and easy to crochet your own. As I was making these, I kept thinking how perfect they would be for a toddler boy…I mean, you can use them to teach colors, with color sorting and stacking and rainbows, primary colors, secondary colors, etc. If my little ones were still little I would definitely be using these on a regular educational basis!

Anyways, all you need to know to crochet your own tiny ninja is worsted weight yarn (red heart super saver is just PERFECT for these), a crochet hook (I’m really enjoying the F/5-3.75MM size right now), and some stuffing. And then the skills necessary to complete this crochet pattern are minimal and very beginner-friendly: Ch (Chain), ss (slip stitch), sc (single crochet), inc (increase, working two sc in the same stitch), sc2tog (single crochet 2 together), and that’s it!

Tiny ninjas are so quick and easy to crochet up, I managed to make all seven of these in a couple of hours. So much potential. If you need a last minute birthday gift for a 2-yo boy, I can imagine a bunch of these would be so great! Just go to my etsy shop and get the pattern, use up some of your scrap yarn, and have some fun 😀 And check out the CUUUUTE stop motion video I made with the ones that I crocheted…it was a lot of fun to make as well.

Emoji Explosions!


I was doing some research back in December trying to find inspiration for some new patterns. I’m trying to move away from the copyrighted “character” franchise of Disney, Marvel, Nintendo, and all of those big names. I mean, if one of these giant corporations noticed me and weren’t happy that I was using their success to power my own, they could easily shut down Family Bugs, and completely ruin my life. Plus, it’s just not an honest way to earn my income. So, what is a designer suppose to do?

Crochet Texas Flag Pillow PatternShortly after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, I harvested the idea of State-shaped, Flag-colored decorative throw pillows. And I’m pretty sure that I’ve hit gold with this idea. I’ve written a few blog posts about these that are linked at the end of this post, as is a link to each of the pillow patterns that I’ve published thus far. My Texas pillow actually managed to raise a nice chunk of pocket change to help victims of that hurricane. And I am continuing to work on designing all of the American States. But, it takes me about a month to create even one of these patterns…they are huge! And such a long-term project pushes my endurance and attention span past its limits (for the same reason why I don’t crochet blankets). So, what better than to add in some smaller, quick little patterns to break up the monotony of these larger crochet projects? But, seriously, what could I create that is original and unique to the FamilyBugs name?

During my perusings, I came across a “National Day Celebrations” calendar. A what, now? So, every single day of the year has some absurd holiday that can be celebrated. I’m sure you know the more popular ones like “national donut day”, “national talk like a pirate day”, and “Star Wars day” (may the fourth be with you?). But, there is also “national pickle day”, “national Handwriting day”, and “national croissant day”. And I thought that these would make wonderful inspirations for me! Probably not on a daily basis, because I’m not that good, but surely I can figure out two a week to create tiny crochet patterns from. The best part of this idea, is that it is open to my interpretation!

I include detailed step-by-step instructions in each pattern so that you can not only crochet a quick, tiny project, but add a personalized Kawaii-style emoji face. There are several mouth and eye styles that you can combine to form a variety of different facial expressions. There is my claim to fame – emoji all the crochet things! Haha! But really, these tiny crochet toys can make excellent toys, gifts, party favors, decorations, buntings, Appliqués, bookmarks, or anything else you can think of. I just love them!

Crochet pencils and paper patternFor example, National Handwriting Day was an invitation for me to create these adorable crochet pencils and paper. I actually got two super simple patterns out of that one. And three Etsy listings once I’ve posted them separately and together. If I have the discipline and focus, I can almost write up one of these smaller patterns in one day (but I usually take two or more just to get it right). And as I keep making them, I can also offer up bundles to help my customers save even more money, while encouraging them to support my business. It’s really a win-win situation for all of us.

So far, I’ve taken advantage of National Pickle Day, National Sandwhich Day, National Donut Day, National Handwriting Day, and National Get To Know Your Customers Day. Not quite two patterns a week, but I get faster with each pattern!

*FREE* Disney Crochet Patterns


Copyright infringement is a tricky and precarious path to trek. As I work on growing my crochet pattern database, I am wanting to move away from these Disney, Marvel, and DC crochet patterns. I loved making them while I did, and I certainly did love the income that I was able to bring in from them. But, if Disney decides to target me, there is no way that I could even try to “hold my own” and it would be so easy for these huge corporations to shut me down. That is a risk that I am not willing to take. So, lucky for you, these patterns will now all be available for FREE. That’s right, they are all listed on my Ravelry store front for absolutely no cost at all.

These are the only patterns of mine that I ask you to not sell. You can make them for personal use, or to donate to charities, or fundraisers. As with all of my patterns, please do not copy or redistribute the crochet pattern itself in any way. Thank you very much, and I hope you enjoy making these patterns as much as I have enjoyed designing them.

Princess Leia 0-6 Months

Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) 0-6 Months

Little Princess Crochet Dress Pattern
FREE Disney’s Cinderella Dress Crochet Pattern

Cinderella

Rapunzel

Crochet Halloween Costume
Able to leap buildings in a single bound! Crochet cape and hat.

Superman

Batman

 

Kentucky Flag Pillow


Crochet Kentucky PillowThose of you who have been following the blog know that I’ve slowly been working on creating these flag-colored State-shaped crochet patterns for decorative throw pillows. Unfortunately, each state takes about a month from concept to publication, so I’m looking at a three-year long project to get every single American state completed. Of course, I had to start with all of the states that I’ve lived in, the last of which is The Bluegrass state of Kentucky. I only lived in Kentucky for a couple of months shortly after getting married while Mr. Lovely finished up an internship, but it definitely counts!

To date, this is the largest state I have made, but I think the size definitely adds to the novelty of it! Also, one of the most challenging Flag-patterns out of the states I’ve completed so far. I also think that I get a little bit better every time I complete one of these crochet patterns, and I know I’m going to feel the need to go back and redo Florida and Tennessee, and probably some other states as well as I continue to gain experience in this project.

So, now I have completed Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky. I’ve had a request for Pennsylvania, and because of where I live, I think Oklahoma should also be done soon as well. But I will definitely take further requests as to which states to complete next. I really am enjoying how these are turning out, and I’m anxious to get every state finished.

MATERIALS NEEDED

• Hook size F/5-3.75MM

• Worsted weight yarn in desired colors (I like using Red Heart Super Saver or Caron Simply Soft, but any brand should work just fine)

• Tapestry needle is optional for sewing in ends

• Stuffing

STITCHES YOU NEED TO KNOW

– Ch – Chain – YO, pull through

– Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc – Single Crochet – Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – Insert hook into first stitch, YO, pull through, insert hook into second stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook

– Inc – Increase – Work 2 sc stitches both into the next stitch