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Hi! I’m Jen, designer and artist at happy smile crochet. As a daughter of a US diplomat, I grew up all around the world and, when I finally arrived in Japan and discovered the concept of “kawaii,” I knew I had found a lasting source of delight. I hope my kawaii amigurumi patterns will fill you with that same joy. It’s contagious, pass it on!

I live with my husband, composer John Moeller, and two daughters in Texas, USA. My professional background before crochet was singing and acting. I taught private voice lessons for almost 20 years. While I was based in NYC, I met John, and that wonderful town became the romantic ideal from the movies!

My love affair with crochet began one summer about 10 years ago when my daughters asked me to teach them out of some books they had checked out from the library. They quickly moved on, but I was just beginning! The basic shapes and wearables quickly graduated to experimentation in contemporary crochet sculpture. But once I found amigurumi, I knew I’d found my favorite thing to make and have enjoyed creating and selling many, many plushies at our local art fair.

I love my family. We love to read together and spend time in nature. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and love to talk about him. If you want to learn more about Jesus Christ and his restored church, comeuntochrist.org is an excellent place to start!

Life is amazing and challenging at the same time. I create to relax and uplift. I hope that we can enjoy great conversations and have a lot of fun creating together!

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