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Motivation Monday

Well I survived the craft fair. Two days! The first day (Friday) was miserable. It was freezing and raining all day and we sold almost nothing.

Miserable, miserable, miserable.

Saturday was a gorgeous day and I personally don’t know how well my cohort fared, but I made more than triple the entire booth fee. I call that a successful day!

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Here is an unflattering picture of me nearing the end of the day on Saturday. My table is there on the left. Our items had been pretty thoroughly picked through at this point.

The worst part of craft fairs:

  • Carrying your booth
  • Setting up your booth
  • Nit-picking customers
  • Hagglers (This isn’t a garage sale people!)
  • Price complainers
  • Packing up
  • Carrying your booth

The best part of craft fairs:

  • Making money
  • Meeting fellow crafters
  • Trading with other vendors
  • Compliments
  • Gushers

You can see there are a few more downsides than upsides, but making money — if you make enough — is a big enough PLUS to get over all of the other stuff.

Friday, as I mentioned above, was an awful day. Full of nothing but downsides. I stayed with my in-laws that night and headed to their house feeling very dejected and discouraged (and cold.. very very cold). Had Saturday not been part of the deal, or had it not played out the way it did, I very well may have given up craft shows altogether.

Saturday was a wonderful day full of upsides. I made money! What a bonus! By 11:30 I had made back the booth fee. Once I made more than I paid for parking and food for the two days, I considered it a “profitable” day — we won’t get into materials costs.. I don’t want to dwindle my “profits” too terribly haha! There were a few downsides — some nit-pickers, those are the customers that stand at your table and try to figure out how to make your items, they’re usually fellow crafters and have no intention of actually buying anything. I try to strike up conversation with the nit-pickers. Let them know I’m not “the enemy” so to speak. I’ll just tell them where to buy the pattern for whatever it is they are nit-picking, but typically they are also too cheap to pay for patterns. I had one haggler, seriously.. you’re NOT at a garage sale! In the end, I let him haggle. I couldn’t believe it. I swore I wouldn’t do that, but it was 2 dollars, it was the end of the day, and I could tell he wasn’t going to pay full price. I decided my pride could take the hit in the name of moving merchandise. I also had a few price complainers. These are the people who will just about DIE before they’d make eye contact with you. It’s much easier to complain about your prices loud enough for you to HEAR, but not TO YOU.. They only complain to their shopping companions. Funny enough, my biggest price complainer’s companions both ended up buying from me. So there. Take THAT Complainer!

All in all it was a good experience. I’m going to rebuild my stock (I sold more than half of my merchandise!) and try to get into a show in November. Preferably INDOORS so I don’t have to set up that God-forsaken tent and sit outside in the cold all day. Seriously. Carrying your junk to and from your booth space? Hands down the worst part of doing a craft show. My entire body was sore for 3 days.

I am still not back on track with my running goals. And on that note, I am also going to be changing the format of the Motivation posts. I’ll keep you updated on progress still, but no more pictures. It makes my hubs uncomfortable (I think, he didn’t say that), and I was a little creeped out recently to get a notification that someone had taken one of my pics for some reason (blech!). So, there you have it — from now on, I’ll be focusing on the craft portion of my blog with updates on running/exercise progress, diet (I think we’re going gluten free! Yikes!), but that’ll be about it. I was tired of looking at those stupid pictures anyway.

Happy Monday!


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How-To Tuesday — Criss Cross Chunky Cowl

Lilly has been up all night with an ear infection, so I’m going to try to get this written and posted before the doctor’s office opens. Fortunately, she doesn’t seem as miserable now as she was from midnight to 6 am. There’s something about the middle of the night that makes all illnesses worse, am I right?

Anyway, on to the pattern!

chunky cross stitch cowl lpcrochet

This one is pretty simple, so I didn’t have it tested, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything weird about it,  but I’m *pretty sure* it should be easy to follow.

I’m a fan of any pattern that is:

1. Fast to work up

and

2. Beautiful when finished

This pattern is definitely both of these, so I figured I had a keeper this week!

Ready to get started?

Materials Needed:

Super Bulky yarn (I used Lion Brand HomeTown USA in Los Angeles Tan) — Just under 2 skeins made the one pictured.

3 Buttons (My oldest found mine at Hobby Lobby)

*Size L hook (sorry, I forgot to put that in this morning! I blame sleep deprivation :P)

Needle for weaving ends

Terms used (US terminology):

ch – chain

st – stitch

dc – double crochet

xst – cross stitch – skip next st, dc into following st, go back and dc into skipped st (see pictures below)

Ch 75

(you can easily adjust the size by adding/subtracting beginning chains)

R1: dc into 3rd ch from hook and all the way down the row

R2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout) *xst over next two sts* repeat to end, finishing the row with a dc into the top of the turning ch of the previous row

R3: Ch 3, dc into the top of each xst (ending in the turning ch) from the previous row

R4-11: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately, ending with a dc row

Finish off and weave in your ends

Attach buttons evenly spaced vertically on one end — you can use any stitch space on the other end as a ‘button-hole’

The end! Super easy, right?

And here are some pictures for reference (and then some of me showing off how much I love this thing haha :P):

I’ve had a question about stitch placements in the row following the xst row — here are some pictures to help clear up any confusion!


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How-To Tuesday — Chevron Slouch Beanie

I seem to have caught the Chevron Mania.

You too?

Well, in honor of the mania, I’ve written up a pattern/tutorial for this awesome Chevron Slouch beanie! I hope you enjoy! I haven’t written many patterns, and have only had this one “tested” by myself. Please don’t hesitate to point out any mistakes, or ask questions if there is anything that doesn’t make sense to you.

I love this pattern because it’s super easy once you get the rhythm down — that is awesome because it allows you to watch TV or carry on a conversation without losing your place. But, if you DO lose your place, it becomes apparent before you get too far, so it’s easy to go back and fix a mistake (maybe ONE row later, rather than when you’re sewing up the seam).

Anyway, on to the pattern!

Materials Needed:

Yarn — (duh) I used a DK Cotton blend (Vickie Howell’s Cotton-ish by Bernat) I used less than half of a skein of each color

I’m going to refer to colors as Color A (brown in my hat) and Color B (cream in my hat)

G Hook

Yarn needle

Stitches/Terms Used (US terminology):

Ch – chain

DC – Double Crochet

dc2tog (double crochet 2 together) – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through remaining (3) loops

DC inc (double crochet increase) – 2 DC in same stitch

HDC – half double crochet

SC -single crochet

BLO – back loops only

With Color A chain 87

Row 1:

DC into 4th chain from hook (3 chains left = 1 DC)

*DC next 3 sts

2 dc2tog over next 4 sts (dc2tog, dc2tog)

DC next 3 sts

DC inc next 2 sts (4 DC over 2 sts)*

Repeat from * ending with ONE DC INC (2 DC) in last st

Row 2:

Turn

Ch 3 (counts as 1 DC here and throughout)

DC into first st

*DC next 3 sts

2 dc2tog over next 4 sts (dc2tog, dc2tog)

DC next 3 sts

DC inc next 2 sts (4 DC over 2 sts)*

Repeat from * ending with ONE DC INC (2 DC) into top of turning ch

I change colors every 2 rows — to change color: At the end of the previous color’s row, finish the last stitch by pulling new color through the final 2 loops of the last DC, ch 3 and you’ve now switched over 🙂

Rows 3 – 23:

Repeat Row 2, changing colors every 2 rows, ending with ONE row of Color B

Edging: 

Change to Color A at the end of Row 23

Turn

Ch 2

HDC into first st

*HDC next 3 sts (stand alone DC sts)

DC next 2 sts (“valley” dc2tog sts from previous row)

HDC next 3 sts (stand alone DC sts)

SC next 4 (“peak” DC inc sts from previous row)*

Repeat from * to the end

Do NOT fasten off

Sewing the side seam:

With the WS (wrong side) facing you (RS — right side on the inside), line up your chevron stripes and SC the sides together (see pic below)

Cinching the top:

When you finish your SC up the side seam, cut off your yarn, leaving a long tail (I leave about 18 inches, just to be safe)

Whip stitch around the top, inserting your yarn needle about every 4 sts

When you reach the beginning, pull tight to cinch the top together

I like to go through the middle a couple of extra times to make sure it doesn’t come apart

Tie off with a knot

Flip the hat “right side out”

Brim:

Join with Color A at the seam

HDC in BLO around the edging row

Do not join rounds (you can use a stitch marker to keep your place if you want, but I just eyeballed it by where I joined at the seam)

Keep going until your brim is your desired size (mine is about 5 rows) and fasten off and weave in your ends!

This hat took a little longer than my usual to make a hat, because using a smaller weight yarn/smaller hook = more overall stitches. I went ahead and started making another in worsted acrylic to see how one would need to adjust the stitch/row counts.  Here are the measurements/adjustments:

Finished Hat = approx. 9 inches (23 cm for the hat body (not including brim)

With DK weight (marked with a number 3 on package): 2 rows = approx. 3/4 of an inch (2 cm)

23 rows + edging row (with top cinched — takes a little off of the height) = approx. 9 inches (23 cm)

Brim (in DK) = just over 1 inch (approx. 3 cm) at 5 rows of HDC

When I switched to worsted weight (WW) acrylic, I used a size J hook and chained 63 (instead of 87) to reach the same circumference measurement (approx. 20 inches/51 cm)

With WW acrylic  (marked with a number 4 on package): 2 rows = 1 inch (3 cm)

17 rows + edging row (with top cinched) = approx. 9 inches (23 cm)

Brim (in WW) = just over 1 inch (approx. 3 cm) at 3 rows of HDC

As you can see, this pattern is easily adjusted to a variety of material. The WW version worked up VERY quickly.

*This particular pattern makes a slouchy hat that fits MY head. I’ve been told I have a relatively small(ish) head. If it’s not long enough for whoever’s head you’re hoping to accommodate, just add rows as needed until you reach the desired length. I like the look of ending with one row of Color B and edging with the brim color, but get creative!

I would love to see what you all come up with! Please post your pics (or links to them!).

You all know how I feel about putting constraints on what you can and cannot do with a finished product — Go. Do what you will with whatever you make. Give me credit for the pattern (link back if you don’t mind, I love the blog traffic!). Don’t steal my pictures. Don’t pretend that this is YOUR pattern. It’s free, so enjoy! Just don’t be lame and “plagiarism-y“. Please 🙂


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It’s Friday! Hey-O!

Oh, Friday… ::sigh::

I love Fridays. I’m not really sure why considering I stay home with the girls, and the weekends are not necessarily any different than the rest of the week (ha!), but I do. It must be left over attachment from school days? I don’t know.

This week has been.. Meh. Just one of those weeks, I guess. I spent the week in kind of a crochet slump. I’ve got ideas, but follow-through? Not this week.

BUT — I didn’t come here to whine and complain.

Actually, I wanted to show you all what I DID get accomplished this week.

An order for this sock monkey hat:

Sock Monkey

A blue sock monkey order

And this pullover for Lilly:

This pullover is not only my first completed clothing item, but also my first “Granny Square” pattern. Can you believe that I’ve been avidly crocheting for nearly TWO YEARS and have never done a granny square until now?! I’ll definitely be making more granny squares, AND more of these pullovers. In the future, I’ll probably stick to solid colors with accents instead of the self patterning yarn.

I found this pattern on this fantastic blog:

http://pardonmychaos-amanda.blogspot.com/2011/08/granny-square-top-tutorial.html

I actually did not follow the pattern this time, just used the idea. I had to find the granny square instructions, as they are not included, but that was no biggie. I just headed right over to Teresa Richardson (The Crochet Geek) and found a video. To save you time, however, here it is:

http://www.crochetgeek.com/2009/01/crochet-traditional-granny-square.html

Watch the video. I honestly did not find the written instructions to be completely accurate (it doesn’t seem to include the corner instructions in every row), but the video is fantastic, and the chart is spot on and easy to follow.

I just made it as big as I thought it needed to be (11 rounds – the pattern says 9 rounds, but my girl is bigger than hers), and followed her design (kind of) for the sleeves and neck.

It was super easy! A great beginner project and first clothing item. I’ll be scouring her blog for more patterns in the very near future!

Other than that, I didn’t get a ton done around here. I managed to get most of the chairs sanded, so they’re almost ready to paint.  Hopefully, I’ll get that post up soon. I’m ready to get those FINISHED and off of my queue of unfinished projects. I’ve been feeling that end of summer panic — you know, the “OHMYGOSHITSALMOSTTHEENDOFSUMMER!” feeling that drives you to pack your days and weeks full of all of the summer activities you intended to do at the beginning of summer, but haven’t actually done yet? Yeah, that one.

So, weather permitting, we’ll be at the pool later. Maybe the Denver Zoo next week, and then my oldest goes to camp for two weeks. Once she gets back, it will be a mad dash to get everything ready for the school year. BOTH girls are starting new schools — Kacie – HIGH SCHOOL ::shudder:: and Lilly – Preschool. I can’t believe it!

Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend! What are your plans?

 


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Happy Tuesday!

I’m afraid I don’t have anything of great importance to report today. I’ve got several projects going, but photographing along the way can make a short project not-so-short.

I couldn’t quite get my How-To Tuesday put together in time for this week, but next Tuesday — be on the lookout. It’s something I’ve never done before, so it’s an experiment for me, and I will post the results however they may turn out!

I’ve also got two DIY projects going at the moment, and will be sharing those with you as well! The first is that set of lovely outdoor rocking chairs I’m refinishing. My husband and I are not in total agreement on what color they should be, so it’s been on hold for a few days. The second is a fun DIY sign for craft booths or whatever you may need signage for. Sadly, it is NOT my original idea. I’d love to take credit for it, but cannot. I’ll link to my friend’s shop/blog/page when I get to that post.

I’m currently working on some post topics that were suggested by fellow crocheters. One was curious how I go about choosing colors for various projects (next post). Another asked where she could find a pattern for a sweater that LOOKS difficult, but is not actually difficult.  I believe I’ve found the PERFECT pattern for her, and as soon as I get it finished I will be sharing it with you. *I would be finished by now, but ran out of yarn ::gasp!:: and when I went to buy more, they… were… OUT!*

Sad Owl

No more Dark Heather Cotton-ish? Oh.. Ok..

So, I bought enough to make a whole new one in another color, and have started from the beginning. Frustrating, but I have a feeling I will be needing multiples and various colors.

On an exciting/cute note, I enrolled my youngest in a summer Pre-K fun camp for the next 2 weeks (a total of 4 days). It is held at the Pre-K she will attend next month, so I figured it was a good introduction. She was SO excited. She woke up at 6 am today sing-song-ing about her “first day of school today!!“. I told her she didn’t have school until after lunch, and she said, “Well.. Let’s eat lunch then!” 😛 I love her. I will have to remind her of this morning when she’s a teenager and I have to physically drag her out of bed to get her to school on time. After all that buildup and excitement, I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to her expectations, but she loved it. She was still talking about it at bedtime (right before she proved to me that she could, in fact, count to 100, because I told her there was no way she was able to do that).

Oh, yeah, she’s feeling much better from the ear infection.

Happy Tuesday!

I’m still here. Just pluggin’ away — one project  one jumbled, messy desk of projects at a time!


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Selling on Etsy — The Pros and Cons (according to me)

I have a shop on Etsy. As do 800,000 other active members (according to an article by an Etsy admin in August of 2012, who knows how many there are now!?). My relationship with my Etsy shop has been of the love/hate variety. I’ve been struggling to figure out what my deal is with it, and I’ve come up with a pretty extensive list of pros and cons *purely based on my personal opinions, mind you* that I’ve decided to share with you. My business dream is to become a self-fulfilling, mostly online business. Most of the time I think I’d like to remove myself from Etsy altogether, but then I come back to “the pros” side of the list and think I’ll likely live there at least part-time forever.

Let’s start with the Pros, shall we?

There are plenty of them and most of them are huge.

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Global Reach

  • International Presence – If you are willing to ship internationally, your items will show up in the search results of anyone who types in one of your keywords worldwide. That is a pretty incredible pro for small businesses trying to reach a wide market! Of course, there are complicated rules governing what you can and cannot ship internationally, customs forms, increased shipping costs, etc. But, it’s still a pretty major pro!
  • Minimal Fees – Etsy’s listing fees are minimal and long lasting. For one listing that lasts four months, you pay twenty cents. Twenty cents, and you can list one available or twenty available — still twenty cents. When and if you sell something, the percentage taken by Etsy is smaller than anywhere I’ve found (granted, I haven’t looked that hard). I believe it is currently 3.5%, and they don’t include the shipping charges, which is nice. So, for example, let’s say I list a hat in my shop for $20. I would pay the twenty cents for listing the item, and when I sold the hat, I would pay an additional seventy cents (3.5% of the $20 item price). Now, if you list multiple available in one listing, there are additional fees if one of them sells. Basically, if I list 10 of those hats for sale for $20, I initially pay twenty cents for the listing. If I sell one of those hats, I will pay the seventy cents for the percentage and then I will pay another twenty cents to keep the remaining nine hats listed (and another twenty cents respectively as the remaining hats sell).. Now that I’ve typed it all out, it seems very complicated lol, but it’s really not. At any rate, I count the minimal, if complicated, fees as a pro.
  • Free Publicity – If you get busy on Etsy, the possibilities of massive amounts of publicity (for free!) are boundless. Teams that focus on treasury making are great tools for publicity, not to mention increasing your chances of making the front page. It’s all about exposure. The more people that treasure/favorite your items, the more people see your items, the more likely you are to actually SELL the items. You can buy ads, but from what I understand, they don’t really do much to increase views or sales. I’ve personally never invested in them, but that’s what I’ve heard from sellers who have. So, yeah, free publicity — that’s definitely a pro.
  • Enormous Network of Colleagues – Etsy is HUGE. 800,000 active sellers about a year ago. And most of them are more than willing to give you advice and want to help you succeed. You can join as many teams as you want (teams are groups that focus on a certain thing — shop type, area, publicity, treasuries, etc.), and as long as you are a productive member of that team *not a list-and-leave-er*, they’re incredibly useful. I’d suggest you only join teams you are willing and able to keep up with, though. There are few things more annoying on Etsy than to be part of a worthless team, or to be a productive member of a team chock full of unproductive members. If the team requirement is 5 treasuries a month, make it happen, or leave the team. Simple enough. There are also seemingly infinite forums to scour through for just about anything you could be looking for help with. The support system on Etsy has made me a better business person — not that I’m great, I’ve got a LOT of work to do still — and it is one of the most significant pros on the list.

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    Eureka!

  • Inspiration Abundance – Feeling stuck? Unsure of the direction you should be going with your goals? Go through the endless list of treasuries. Do a little research on top trending themes. There is inspiration at your fingertips if you just spend a little time looking around. I enjoy just letting my mouse clicks guide me through the fabulousness that is the handmade community.

Now.. Let’s examine some of the Cons (Dunh-dunh-duuuunh).

There are a few of these too, I’ll let you decide for yourself how huge they are.

  • High School “Clique” Mentality – It can be intimidating to join Etsy. You’re basically throwing yourself out there for everyone to judge. A lot of sellers are creating things they are passionate about. Sometimes it can feel like you are the geeky bookworm and you’ve just unknowingly sat down at the “cool table” in the cafeteria. *Nothing against geeky bookworms — I totally AM one* I’ve been part of teams in the past where it didn’t matter how many treasuries I made featuring members of the team, there was a CORE group of members, and they ONLY treasured each other. Buh-bye worthless team! I graduated from high school 14 years ago. I didn’t like the cliquey-ness then, and I don’t like it now. Major Con.

    Colorado flag crochet beanie hat

    A conforming picture of one of my shop listings

  • Politics of Pictures – Making it into treasuries is a big deal. And there is definitely a theme among the treasuries that make the front page. This can make the freedom to photograph creatively a near impossibility. It’s pretty common knowledge on Etsy that you will not make it onto the front page if your pictures do not conform to the typical front page look (blinding white background). There are exceptions for sure, but they’re usually limited to the sellers that are “in” with all of the cliques. To be fair, the pictures that make it onto the front page treasuries are always GORGEOUS. However, it is nice to have a little creative freedom, and not all items photograph well on a solid white background. This is more of an irritant to me than a real con.

 

  • Plagiarism Abundance – Remember when I listed “inspiration” as a pro? Well, let’s not confuse inspiration with plagiarism. There are so many listings on Etsy. If you are in a certain industry, crochet for example, it is very easy to click on someone’s top selling items and make a copy of your very own to list. It’s just something to take into consideration. If you have a product that is very unique, chances are once you list it, it won’t be unique for long. I don’t believe there is much that can be done about it. Really, there are only so many ways to do any one thing, and with nearly a million active sellers on Etsy, you’re most likely not the only person with your product (unless you’re selling something very specific and off the wall — vinyl dog bibs, perhaps?). You’ve got to develop a thick skin and try to find the positive in people latching on to your ideas. A small con, but one to consider.
  • Demanding Etsy Presence – This one gets to me. I feel like Etsy goes to lengths (maybe not “great” ones, but lengths nonetheless) to make sure you are only truly successful if you are spending a good chunk of your time on the site. Listing items takes FOR-EV-ER. Creating treasuries USED to be pretty easy with the aid of the Shmetsy tool, but has since changed to where they don’t allow you to “one-click add” items from your favorites to your treasury. Annoying. And I haven’t been able to muster up the motivation to create any treasuries since, because once you go Shmetsy, you will never want to go back to pre-Shmetsy! Also, only shops with more than 50 items really get any attention in the search results, or any recognition as a “serious” seller. FIFTY items. Each one taking, as I said, FOR-EV-ER to list. There is no such thing as, “Oh, hang on, I’ve got to list this item in my shop real fast.” Nope. Be prepared to spend some time. At least initially. I’ve had this ongoing goal to create basic listing templates in Word that I can just copy/paste into my listings, but I have yet to find the time to do that. There are people who work full time jobs and run (successful) Etsy businesses on the side. To these people I say, “How the HELL are you doing that?!”. Seriously, I want to know 😛
  • Negative Feedback-ers – There are some people that just plain refuse to be happy. With anything. Ever. They are usually the same people that get joy out of making others unhappy, or attempting to ruin someone’s day/life. We all know people like this.  Etsy has a “feedback” system. If you are able to make all of your customers happy, you can keep your positive feedback percentage right around that 100. But! There are always those people. Those people who get their item late because there was a hurricane that delayed the postal service, so they take it out on your feedback score. Those people who ordered a custom, made to order, item two days before they needed it and are pissed because YOU didn’t complete it in time — negative feedback for you (“Take THAT!”). These perpetual negative-feedback-ers can have a real negative impact on your sales numbers in the future, because people look at that number. They rarely, however, take the time to scroll through the pages of positive feedback to find the reason for the negative. They’ll just see your non-stellar percentage next to a shop who has managed a stellar percentage and move right past you. I don’t know what can be done about this either, but I know it’s a pain to get Etsy to remove an undeserved negative (not from personal experience, but from a friend’s personal experience). Maybe Etsy should make it a little more difficult to leave negative feedback — only allow certain reasons as acceptable, for example. I don’t know how that would work, but it’s currently not very seller-friendly in that respect.
  • “Handmade” and “Vintage” varying definitions –  These terms can have vastly different definitions depending on the person. “Handmade” to me, and in my shop, means “made by my hands”. There are shops who sell items, that while technically “handmade”, are not made by the shop owner. In some cases the hands that are doing the making are attached to children across the world making ten cents per hour (or day, or whatever). Not exactly the vision people have when they’re shopping from the “small businesses” on Etsy. Even if you type “Made in the USA” (or your country) in the search bar, you have no way of knowing if a) that is a true statement, or b) they are purchasing their materials from aforementioned child-labor shops. You just never know, and the definitions and terms of use on Etsy in this regard should be a lot more strict (in my opinion). Shops should be required to specify who is doing the making.  “Vintage”… I have seen plenty of blatant misuse of this term. In what world does shopping at the thrift store make you a connoisseur of all things vintage? It doesn’t. It makes you a thrift store shopper. And while thrift stores can have some amazing deals (I am a total thrifter!), the fact that you bought it second-hand, does not make it vintage. So stop trying to re-sell thrift store reject items at a 500% markup. If you’re not schooled in actual vintage items, stop pretending you know what you are talking about! These two are the biggest cons in my opinion because they tarnish all things related to Etsy.

Ultimately, I love Etsy as a platform to get started and making a name for yourself. I don’t have the hours needed in the day to focus on the SEO, picture editing, description writing, treasury making, and team participating that are necessary in succeeding as a shop. One day, I will funnel a good chunk of time into making my shop all it can be. Maybe. Maybe I’ll just funnel all of my time into making a name for my own website, my own brand, and my own values.


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Weekend Re-cap and Upcoming Plans

I’ve been quiet since last week, as I was prepping for a market over the weekend. I am still here, though, and making plans for some exciting things to share with you in the upcoming weeks!

One thing I am looking forward to sharing with you is a new format! I’m in the process of making some changes here, a major one being the addition of a shopping tab, where I’ll have the ability to process sales directly. More like an actual website, while still keeping a mostly blog format. I enjoy the blog vibe and sharing fun ideas and tutorials with you all.

I’m working out the details of a fun tutorial, and if all goes as planned, I’ll roll that one out next week  for a fun, and unique How-To Tuesday. I’m just itching to tell you what it is, but I’m going to keep it under my hat and hope you find anticipation exciting 😛 . I will say one thing about it — be prepared to get messy. Messy crochet?! You betcha!

Also, I asked some fellow crocheters what they’d like to see here, and got the following responses:

  • How to work with varying weights/thickness in yarn
  • How to take care of tails when working with nylon thread
  • How to pick color combos for projects
  • Sweaters — one crocheter is looking for a specific kind
  • Plus sized items

I’m looking into all of these requests and will find the best possible answer for them. If you know of any good resources I could share, feel free to leave links in the comments!

So, there you go! There are a few things you can look forward to this month!

Oh, what’s that? You want to know how the market went? Well.. It hovered just under 100 degrees here on Saturday, which apparently, does NOT make crocheted beanies, hats, scarves, and accessories very appealing to John Q. Public. I ended up doing just OK considering the very little expense I put into participating. I’ll probably not do another farmer’s market, or summer show period — unless I start making stuffies or other “off the body” crochet goods 🙂 Here is a peek at my table from Saturday. Thankfully, I had very little expectation from this market, so was not terribly disappointed. Also, I didn’t put a ton of effort in (which probably didn’t help lol).

craft fair booth

My Table

Sunday, however, I scored the best Craigslist find! I found these chairs that I cannot wait to get started on! I’ve already started a little sanding.  I’m taking pictures along the way so I can throw in a non-crochet related project in the near future.

rocking chair craigslist find

My next DIY project – aren’t they awesome?!

I’m pretty new to the blogosphere, and I’d like to take a minute to thank you all for reading, and for clicking that follow button 🙂 I love the crochet community and look forward to helping you all in any way I am able! I really love hearing from everyone, so please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Whether you have a request for an upcoming post topic, or would just like to say hello — I enjoy getting to “know” everybody!