Sunday, June 29, 2014

Maids Make Everything Cleaner!

Sometimes, when I look around our apartment I have two thoughts. I need a minion and I wish I had a maid. Now I'm lucky because there is only me and my DH here at the house but I gotta tell ya cleaning gets overwhelming, boring and exhausting. Who wants to clean when you could be crocheting awesome hats and binge-watching American Horror Story on TV. Sounds like a great idea to me! 

Buuuuuuuuuuut, yarn scraps land on the carpet, dishes will pile up, and lets not mention the laundry. How can two people wear so many clothes? Oh well, time to put the crochet hook down and get to cleaning. 

And boy do I need to clean. Last 2 weeks or so I hurt my arm and have been wandering around in a sling. Makes it hard to crochet but it really makes it hard to scrub dishes, haul laundry baskets, and vacuum. My DH works all day but he has been trying to help me by hauling things around and doing the heavy lifting. Through a regimen of rest and ice I've gotten it back under control and ready to work. 

Now I still wish for those house fairies but then I had a brilliant idea. How about a house minion! Or better yet,  a minion maid. So last night I finished up one of my favorite minion hats yet! A minion maid hat! Now in my cool dank basement I can keep my noggin warm and the hair out of my eyes as I vacuum to BANANA on my mp3 player! 

Need a little Minion Help around your house?? 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bee-Doo! Bee-Doo! Bee-Doo!

In Despicable Me 2, this little minion grabbed our attention and our love. 

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He has one job and by gum he is going to do it right! I love this little guy and Bee-Doo is probably my favorite new siren sound! 

Well of course for myself I had to have him for my minion hat! Out came my trusty Minion Hat Crochet Pattern .

I knew I wanted to make these sirens in red with silver rings. Unfortunately I'm still not electronically crafty enough to make them spin or glow but I used red and gray yarn and stuffed them with Polyfil so they'd hold their shape. 

Each little fellow has the happiest grin as you can imagine him calling out Bee-Doo! Bee-Doo! 

Now when I run around outside, I can do it in Bee-Doo Minion Style! 

Do you need a Bee-Doo Minion in your life? 

Girl Minions: Do They Exist?

Well after making some Blue Minions (insert Url to previous blog post). I thought and thought about whether there are any girl minions running around Gru's laboratory. All the ones we've seen were the males in drag. But in Despicable Me, Gru asks Phil how the kids are. If there are kids are there wives? 

So I thought about what a female minion would look like! They can't be all that different right? How about a little more hair and maybe pink or purple overalls instead of blue. Can they have blue eyes? Why not! 

So here is my take on a girl minion! 

I used the same Minion Pattern by Crochet Patterns by Jennifer for the basics of the hat and added similar adjustments. Each one has its own personality and brand of sass! Just like I imagine a girl minion would! 

Photos Copyrighted by Brie Wilkins © 2014
Photos Copyrighted by Brie Wilkins © 2014
Photos Copyrighted by Brie Wilkins © 2014

Do you want your own Minion Lady? 

The Minion Basics - Blue Minions

So I found this gigantic ball of yellow yarn around November 2013 and I knew I wanted to do something Minion like with it. It just screamed Minion to me. I grabbed it but I was still stymied about what to do with it beyond that. 

Thinking .... 

Thinking ...

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And then I had it. What's a better gift to keep you warm in winter then a Minion Hat? But now I had to find how to do it. I searched and searched and there are plenty of options out there. Now I'm a beanie sort of person. I have nothing against ear flap hats at all. I just seem to really love a beanie, especially since most store bought beanies don't fit my head because of all of my lovely naturally curly hair! 

I came across a pattern in Ravelry  that had excellent Minion Hat choices with hats in all sizes! What fantastic news! Now I have never made a hat before this and it is quite a simple pattern that leaves you open to making many different choices. 

The pattern is available here: Minion Hat Pattern by Crochet Patterns by Jennifer  If you'd like to make your own minion hat. 

This was the idea behind the Blue Minions I've made! Each one is special and different, just like the real minions. 
Photos Copyright Brie Wilkins © 2014 
Photos Copyright Brie Wilkins © 2014
Photos Copyright Brie Wilkins © 2014

Do you like these Minions? Want one of your own? 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Welcome to the Happy Hatbox!

Hiya! I'm Brie, the creator of the Happy Hat Box. This all started as a christmas gift idea. I wanted something fun to give the neighbor girls and minions are just about the most fun things around. Who doesn't love a minion?

So I started giving them away selling them and it was the inspiration for Happy Hat box. Because everyone who puts one on can't help but smile. And once they smile it spreads out from there!

On here I want to not only focus on my personally made hats but also the designers who helped to inspire me and made some great hats themselves! Eventually they won't all be minions but for now, we will spread the banana-loving, heart of gold Minions to others and put a smile on people everywhere.

Welcome to the Happy Hat Box!