Each year I try to do a few craft shows. They are a lot of work and effort, so I don’t usually get the chance to fit in more than a few, but I really enjoy them. It is fun to see people interact with my products, socialize in a festive atmosphere and sell a good chunk of product all at once. I also value the chance to practice learning new skills as I make the products to sell, rather than just using the skills I already have to design.
Two years ago, in 2015, I decided to try my hand at selling handmade crocheted items. I didn’t have a lot of free time as a mom of 3 with a part time job, but it seemed like something I could fit into some of those “extra” moments. Like sitting on a bench watching my three boys at the park or watching t.v. with the hubby at night. And maybe, just maybe, I could make a little money at it. I came up with a name, applied for a business license, set up a website, and signed up for a few local craft shows. I loved it! It was so much fun! After figuring in all my expenses at the end of the year, I did make a profit… but it wasn’t much! I was a little bummed, but I thoroughly enjoyed the satisfaction that came from conquering completely new challenges… and at least I covered the cost of all those yarn shopping trips that were probably more than I really needed (who knew buying yarn could be so addicting?)!
Garlands are such a wonderful way to add a bit of whimsy and charm to any seasonal or themed decor. Here is a fabulous collection of free crochet garland patterns, specifically for fall! I hope you enjoy them! Feel free to add a link to your own favorite pattern in the comments, or visit my Crochet Garland Board on Pinterest for even more garland ideas and inspiration for every season! Continue reading 8 Crochet Garland Patterns for Fall→
This t-shirt wrap bracelet is a simple and comfortable accessory to a summer wardrobe. I personally have several styles made for myself and wear them regularly! So cute! Have fun playing with colors (and don’t feel like you have to stick with t-shirt yarn… see note below) and button styles and even add a charm or two. So many ways to have fun with this pattern! Continue reading T-Shirt Yarn Wrap Bracelet (Tutorial & Free Template)→