It’s a Must Have Item for your baby!

Every baby shower I’ve ever been invited to, my gift is typically the same. Items I know that were my favorites when I had my children, or if the Mom is asking specifically for a handmade item from me, or is in need of diapers I’ll do that for her. But the ONE item I do always provide and it’s rare I see it gifted by others is this…


The Fresh Food Feeder from Munchkin

The Fresh Food Feeder from Munchkin is one of my all time favorite things for my children when they were just starting solid foods. They loved being able to eat the same foods as Mommy and Daddy, but not at the risk of choking. It’s all about the independence.

So easy to use, just simply add in some chopped up vegetables, fruit or even meat and snap shut. The handle is thick and easy to grip. Perfect for those little hands.


Easy to use. Easy to Clean! Just use soapy hot water. There is no way you’ll only own one. Toss one in the car for on the go trips, or the diaper bag for those trips to the Grandparents house. They also come in three different colors!

Have a fussy baby? Or are they teething? Try tossing in some frozen bananas or even use formula or breast-milk to make milk pops. A real treat for sure!

Some Ideas for the Fresh Food Feeder: bananas, frozen grapes, ice chips (or make milk pops!), avocado, frozen melon, frozen yogurt, carrots, squash, turkey, chicken and more.

You can find these at most stores like Target or Walmart, online at their websiteΒ Munchkin, or even on Amazon!

For sure this is a MUST HAVE baby item.

The Must Have Baby Item



Welcome 2019!

Welcome 2019! πŸŽ‰ With the New Year upon us, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself!


❇ Hello! πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ My name is Mandey and I’m the owner of Ollie Loops. My business name started from a personal nickname, Olive Oyl (thin & tall with long hair always up in a bun). Mostly I was called Ollie and it stuck with me when it came time to decide a name for my shop.

❇ I’ve been married to my best friend for over 13 years. We met right before my 16th birthday. It was love from the start. I can’t imagine my life without him. πŸ’

❇ I’m a proud Mom of two kiddos. A daughter and son. Both are so smart and such funny kids. I see so much of myself in my daughter, and she looks exactly like me. My son in truly like his Momma. He has such a big heart and such a wit about him. πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

❇ Coffee is my drink of choice. Even if it’s 95+ degrees outside. β˜•

❇ My neighbor gave me some houseplants a couple of years ago and I was able to keep them alive so I figured I’d add a few more to my collection. 🌱 I now have over 50 houseplants. Just a slight addiction I know.

❇ I have two American Bulldogs, Brinx and Snoopy. A cat named Lola. And 3 fish-tanks filled with all varieties of fish. Yes, THREE. 🐢🐢 🐱 🐟🐟🐟

❇ I’ve lived in Maine my whole life. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else The seasons in Maine are gorgeous and make living here (despite the winter) worth it. I love my home. 🏑

❇ I do however, hate the cold. HATE. It’s a strong word I know and I’m not using it lightly. ❄

What about you? Anything we have in common? Feel free to introduce yourself or just say hi! πŸ–



Top 6 Free Crochet Hat Patterns!

Top 6 Free Crochet Hat Patterns!

Living in the Northeast we sure get a lot of cold weather! Wearing a hat is a must during that season, and having something unique and handmade is perfect! Each of these hats are adult size and a couple can be made in sizes smaller to fit.

Check out my Top 6 FREE hat patterns right now!

1. Sewrella has some amazing free patterns and I’m really loving her Faux Knit Fair Isle Toque and Cowl! Isn’t it gorgeous!?

Get the pattern here —-> Faux Knit Fair Isle Crochet Toque and Cowl

2. Next up is Whistle & Ivy! I’ve created a few of her patterns. A cover for my tablet, cute shoes for my baby niece and also a pair of mittens with this same stitch as the hat!

I’m really in love with the little hearts this stitch creates! Get the pattern here —> Snowfall Slouchy Hat

3. Loving this awesome zigzag hat I found on Raverly. The designer, Si Nanay Madel created something really cute using the ‘ V’ Stitch! 

Get the pattern here —> Easy V-Stitch Hat

4. This super cute hat comes in a few sizes so matching Mommy & Me hats would be great! Really loving the pom-poms, especially the one on top! See the star!?! LOVE!! Creater Maria Bittner did amazing with this one!

Click here for the pattern —> Little Miss Pompom Hat

5. This hat is another Raverly find. I love how quick this hat can be made. And the extra length folded up for the brim is perfect. Wear as a beanie or slouch! Check out KMT CREATIONS for more free hat patterns.

Get the pattern for this hat here —> Simple and Sleek Slouch Hat

6. Lastly, is a hat I’m excited to make next. Using the same stitch as hat pattern #2 ….The look creates a look of falling hearts! And for those messy bun hat lovers, be sure to check out Made by Wilma’s other version of this hat! 

Get the pattern for this hat here —> Lovely Heart Hat

Well, that’s the line up for this post! Hope you enjoy these FREE patterns as much as I do! It’s great to have designers like this out there! Support fiber arts! πŸ’—

Be sure to check out my Facebook page Ollie Loops or follow me on Instagram at Ollie Loops!!

Ollie Loops πŸ’—

Valentine’s Day Decorating!

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and I always love to decorate my home in pretty things. Especially if they’re homemade! Being a very crafty person, I enjoy keeping my hands moving. Should I have my fingers twisted in yarn or my hands on a glue gun…I like to stay busy!

I found this awesome free pattern for a table runner that’s in the traditional Valentine’s colors, red white and pink. 4 large hearts ran down the center and the runner was complete with a pretty edging. 

I completed mine in three days time with having to frog 20 rows after spying a mistake! I couldn’t let it go..But wasn’t too bad to fix. I really enjoy these C2C patterns but some times can be tricky! 

Thanks for another amazing design Repeat Crafter Me! You never cease to amaze me!

Oh, and the small stuffed hearts shown in the photo are also a pattern from Repeat Crafter Me!! I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice to make up these three mini ones! I’m thinking of glueing them to a hair clip for all the little girlies I have around here! Wouldn’t that be pretty!! 

Check out my Facebook page Ollie Loops and also follow me on Instagram @ollieloops