Review of 2019

2019 is almost over! This year has seen some of the biggest changes of my life, so crochet went on the back burner a little bit, but that’s not to say I didn’t crochet enough to make a finale post! So here it is, my crochet wrap-up of 2019:

I’m going to start off here as I did in my 2018 post, with my favorite creations of the year!

-Favorites of 2019-


My Eeveeloutions (particularly the technique I used to fluff their neck scruff.)


Ballerina Doll (which is my first time trying the long-arm style)


Emma’s Book (a first birthday present for my niece.)


– New Achievements –


I crocheted my largest order yet!


This guy is a five-foot alligator, which is almost as tall as me. It’s an original pattern that I made (but did not write down,) and he’s my biggest order yet! He took me a couple of months to make, but it was definitely worth the end result.

I made my smallest order yet!


Both my largest and smallest orders were done this year! This little mouse was particularly tricky because it was made with very thin yarn and a small hook.

I sent my first order to the UK!


This guy is from Final Fantasy, and is my first order to the UK. The fuzziness of his body was done by brushing out regular yarn a lot. I also expanded my number of orders to Spain and Canada!

I have now shipped to 16 different states.


Eventually I’m going to get a nice map and put a pin in every state I’ve shipped to. Obviously, the goal here is to ship to every state in America. I’ve pictured Tiamat here because it’s still one of my most-ordered items.

I made my first NICU donations!

I donated some jellyfish to the NICU that saved my niece’s life, and then posted a giveaway online for anyone who might need a jellyfish. I heard from another NICU nurse that said her NICU had been jellyfish-free for some time, and they were in need. I was happy to oblige! Altogether, I’ve donated eighteen jellyfish.

I made more replicas!

Not sure if this counts as an achievement really, but they’re fun to compare side-by-side.


-Did I accomplish my 2019 goals? – 

Well, I did start working two jobs this year (at one point, I was working them both full-time!) so I have really slowed my crochet train down, but I had some good momentum at the beginning of the year, so let’s see!

  • I want to write at least ten patterns to add to my shop.

Big flop! I only wrote five patterns for my shop this year, half of my goal. But, of those patterns I made 40 sales, so I’m actually pretty pleased by that. My highest-selling pattern is my Spyro Pattern.

  • Make more items that haven’t already been ordered so that I can list them in my shop and display my craft online.

This I did do! In fact, crocheting things to list online was one of my highest source of orders, since I’d often pick things that were popular at the time. It was a hit and miss, though, so I still have a couple of things hanging around, waiting to be sold.

  • I want to begin making at least one new thing every week.

Hahaha….haha.. ha.

  • I want to form a solid customer base. To put that into more meaningful words, I want to make more customers that come back for at least two more orders after their first.

I have had a couple of repeat customers this year, so that’s nice! I wouldn’t call it a solid customer base, but it’s a start.

Overall, not as bad as I thought it would be! Although most of my goals were accomplished at the beginning of the year, back when I had free time.


– Goals of 2020 –

The business of my life temps me to go easy on myself with my crochet goals this year, but the nature of a new decade makes me want to really go big! So I’m going to go in-between with my goals:

  • Finish my pattern goal from 2019.
  • Ship to five more new states and one more new country.
  • Make my patterns fancier. (More pictures, with a new format.)
  • Make three original designs. (Most of what I do is replica and fan work; so I’d like to make three original concepts, preferably with patterns. They will most likely be holiday-themed.)

– In Conclusion – 


Overall it’s been a pretty great year! Although there wasn’t as much crochet as I would have liked, the amount of crochet considering my circumstances only gives me hope for a more crochet-filled future. I would like very much to be less busy this coming year so I can focus a lot more on my business. But only time will tell. I hope everyone had a great year!

Happy 2020, Everyone!


Quick (and by quick I mean long) Update Post- What’s Going On?


How long has it been since I’ve posted? This is obviously rhetorical because I have that information right here on my dashboard and I can tell you it’s been FOREVER- That’s how long!

No, no, I’m not quitting blogging, I promise. But there has been quite a lot going on lately! I’ve been so busy, I’ve actually read a few books but I haven’t had time to write the reviews! I agreed to work an extra day at my job (I don’t even know WHY I said yes- my least favorite manager asked (and when I say least favorite what I really mean is @$$hole)) that turned into two extra days (how could I say no to a much liked coworker all because I said yes to a much hated manager?) So it’s resulted in what feels like the longest week of my recent life. I’ll admit I freaked out a little, like “I don’t have time for anything!” But I’m ready for life to get back to normal now.


In Danni Mae Blog News:

I’ve read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (And LOVED it!) so you can be expecting a review for that in the next few days. A recent conversation with Cait at Paper Fury made me realize how important the ends of books are for me personally, so I’ll be writing a post on that soonish, too.

I’m currently reading The Winner’s Curse and I’m about halfway through with that, and I also got my first ARC (!!!) in the mail from BEA (which, admittedly, was won in a contest and not anyone requesting I read their book, but there’ll be a first for that too, someday), Warren the 13th, and I’ll have reviews for those up within the monthish. Yes, monthish is a length of time. (It means sometime within the next year or so because I’M BUSY OKAY?)










Also, with help from The Book Dame, I hope to soon get a pretty “reviewed books” add-on to my sidebar just like hers.


In Writer News:

I’m finally getting back into writing! I’ve had a long, frustrating period of writer’s block ever since I realized I wasn’t as in love with my story as I thought I was (despite my post about it which was written in a feel good moment that didn’t last (but the block did)) and I’m thrilled to finally feel the euphoria of inspiration again! And this time, from an unexpected source. When I was told that most authors don’t publish the first book they wrote first, I thought “But I only have one book in me.” I was planning to finish my book and then maybe consider thinking about another, but I doubted I’d have anything else to write about. So I was surprised when I started visiting the “I write” tabs on blogs and finding that so many writers were in the process of writing more than one idea. And you know what? I realized I don’t have only one story in me (does anyone, really?). I’ve been making up stories since I was little, and although I’d think the majority of them wouldn’t fare well in the publishing world, I’ve found a lot of them can be tweaked into books.

But I ramble. I’m writing my very first contemporary. This is unusual for me, since I normally stick with fantasy, dystopia, and sci-fi, but I’m excited nonetheless. The inspiration for this came from the simple writing styles in Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls and Louis Lowry’s The Giver Quartet (I reviewed the latter here) and I thought, if these are the styles that really stick with me, maybe I should try my own adaptation of them. The idea came overnight (literally. I work the night shift) and (Good GOD I have to tone down my parenthesis) I wrote the first two thousand words of Do You Believe Me? today. I’ll be making my own “I write” tab if I ever reach ten thousand words. Yay!


In Personal News:

First and foremost, in early July my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our Five Year Anniversary! Huzzah and Hooray.

I’m going to try to sew a mini-teddy bear for Lola at Lola’s Reviews and her rats. (Did you know she has rats?) Anyways, it’ll probably take a lot of patience; my first attempt at sewing a teddy bear resulted in a pattern ripped to shreds in frustration and pieces of fabric streudled over the floor for days. (So, yes, by patience I do mean just a lot of asking my mother-in-law-to-be what to do.)

Also, google chrome insists that streudled is not in fact a word, but I’m so sure it is that I’m leaving it in this post regardless of the angry red spell check lines. No I did not mean that I was straddling fabric on the floor!

My niece-to-be-when-my-damn-man-decides-to-pop-the-question-so-I-can-stop-tacking-TO-BE-onto-everyone’s-name-titles is due in two months! Her name is Evelyn, and I’m very excited to meet her.

In Blogger News:

A few of my favorite articles in the most recent days:

Cait guessed her reader’s favorite types of book covers

Writing on a Vintage Typewriter (whose personal name I don’t know) discussed Bookworm Problems

Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare made me angry at fandoms.

Josie’s A Court of Thorns and Roses read-a-long will end soon (so twitter up if you’ve read it!)

Loony Literate celebrated her 18th Birthday! Hooray for adulthood!


So- I’ve been out of the loop for far too long. How’s everyone else doing? What’s going on in the blogosphere nowadays? (And does anyone else call it the blogosphere?)