As a pattern designer, I usually have a plethora of creations and ideas flowing through my mind. Sometimes, though, I get stuck in a rut. It’s moments like these when I love to surf the web and find beautiful things that take my breath away….like today’s freebie alert crochet pattern! I am not a feet person.
A few months ago, I was moved to commit to doing a “Random Act of Crafty Kindness”. The idea was to make something small but lovely and gift it to a stranger. The results were incredible. The whole project, from start to finish, took longer than I expected it to. It wasn’t about the size
I happened to stumble upon this GORGEOUS knit scarf today, and I simply couldn’t help but share. This scarf kind of makes my heart pitter-patter, and I think it may do the same for you….especially when you see the price tag. The most awesome part, is that it’s a super simple free pattern! Patience would
You may have seen my post on Facebook this week asking for tips on crafting in humidity. This Colorado girl is TOTALLY out of her element here in Hawaii, and just to add to all of the things that feel really weird, it seems my yarn has become a foreign element too. Crafting in Colorado
Every once in a while I stumble across something I just really want to share, and today happens to be one of those days. I know you all appreciate freebies whether I was the one to design them or not, so I’m going to start putting all these fun designs I find into quick little
Last week I was honored to be a guest blogger over on Moogly! I wrote up an adorable design great for any baby or toddler in your life. It’s unisex, easy, and super quick to work up! The best part!? I wrote both a knit and a crochet version so you could do whatever craft
Gosh it feels good to sit down and do something regular after the week I’ve had! To say things in our lives have been crazy over the past week would probably be one of the world’s biggest understatements. This time has been filled with many smiles, a lot of what-ifs, and even a few tears.
I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick today….why is it so popular to advertise that this is “Not Your Grandma’s Crochet” or “Not Your Grandma’s Knitting” lately!? Now I totally understand that yarn crafts tend to carry a stigma with them….It’s the kind of stigma that has all my acquaintances thinking I sit
I am obsessed with baby alpaca yarn. A friend recently told me that knitting with alpaca was like “knitting with clouds” and I agree 100%. I’ve always been totally stumped, though, about how the wiry, strange looking alpaca fur could turn into the soft, wonderful yarn I’m knitting with. I was lucky enough to get
This morning I stumbled upon the most amazing video. To me, it signified creativity, passion, and perseverance at their finest. Being a creative person, it sometimes strikes me just how necessary maintaining an outlet for this energy is. You probably know the feeling. There’s some deep seated need to create….whether it’s a gorgeous knit or
One of the hardest parts about selling hand-made items, is standing out from the crowd. Etsy, Ravelry (if you’re a pattern designer), Facebook, Twitter, etc. all offer amazing platforms to reach potential customers. Thousands of other shops also have the same chance to reach these same customers, though, so finding a way to capture attention
I’m pretty thrilled to say that my family is going on an adventure! A HUGE adventure! In just about 3 weeks, we’ll be embarking on the most terrifying, thrilling, overwhelming and transformative journey we’ve ever been on. We’re giving up everything we own in order to focus on something we love – crafting – to
With this holiday week keeping us super busy, I thought now might be a good time to chat about staying productive. Half the struggle of being a small business owner is maintaining the fortitude it takes to work when everyone else is playing. It’s not easy to sit down and write a blog post while
For the last few days as I’ve scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I’ve seen all sorts of drama unfolding. This isn’t really anything new within the crafting community (or any other community for that matter), I think we just happen to be riding a cresting wave at the moment. Sadly, though, I’ve seen SO many
Think back to all of the places that you love to buy products from the most. Your favorite clothing shops, the home decor stores that you love, and even places that sell things like groceries or tools…..what common marketing theme do you notice right away? They all use professional photos. I recently took a business
After last week’s yarn silliness, I am so excited that a few of you decided to join me in playing with your yarn! Everyone who played along seemed to be having a great time….which was really the exact purpose of this exercise. Sometimes we get caught up in life and forget to let go and
I’ve had a lot of questions recently about working with two colors when knitting or crocheting. So I’ve decided to make a video on the best way to do color-work, along with tips on how to keep your yarn from tangling as you work. Color-work can be really frustrating if you’re dealing with tangled
When I first started my business, I knew nothing about product photography. I had spent some time with a camera in the past, but had never done any research into taking great product photos. I really had no idea that this one element could make the difference in my business. I started out using a
Ever wondered what a true yarn addict might look like? Ponder no more….. I spent a little bit of “quality” time with my yarn this morning as I was prepping for a guest blog over on The Crochet Crowd. The self-timer feature on my camera is dangerous….With nobody looking, it was pretty easy to get
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I’ve been hearing all sorts of chatter about the medical benefits of knitting and crocheting lately…..and now I can’t help but share some myself. One of my wonderful Facebook friends sent me this video (thanks Karen!) and I am just so impressed. Obviously you and I know that knitting and crocheting is good for us,
I’m not going to sugar coat anything today. Getting your own website up and running can be time intensive, frustrating, and overwhelming. However, I feel it is SO important to brace yourself for impact, dig in, and get it done! I’ve seen many, many businesses rely on Facebook sales alone, or solely dedicate themselves to