Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I just put my Christmas Tree up on Friday. I dont know why I didnt put anything up with yarn!!! Last year I saw a Christmas Tree and garland displayed in Macy's that was filled only with lights and various colored yarn balls!!! You know I almost flipped my wig. lol!
Just this Saturday I was also in Target and saw ornaments for sale for $5-$6 dollars that were balls of yarn with a snowflake hand embroidered on it. It was pretty cute, but I have too much yarn at my house to purchase something like that. But, it makes you think outside of the box.
A friend of mine placed a large crochet order for gifts for her son's classmates, her co-workers and his teacher. I really appreciate her patronizing my shop. I also appreciate that she thought enough of them to purchase something that was handmade and also made in america!!! Things like that show that you took the time to be thoughtful in your gift giving.
Many times we run to the store to spend lots of money and get caught up in the hustle and bustle instead of being creative! It is when we sit still and think, pray, meditate, relax. . . . that we hone in on that special gift or think of new and genuine ways to express our love and appreciation for family and friends.
Dont get caught up in all of the commericals that urge you to spend money that you do or dont have, dont get caught up in trying to compete with someone else, dont get caught up in trying to be something that you arent! Do you, and if it takes you out of your comfort zone, makes you spend a little more time being thoughtful and creative, it will be well worth it. You'll be exhausted . . . but Happy!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and dont forget that CHRIST is in Christmas!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I participated in the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales with a 35% discount. I posted the sale on my Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/crochetlovepetals) and emailed friends and family to let them know about the discount. It seemed to have worked!!! I have been busier than ever!!! It has sparked a new fire inside of me.
My sister told me to add new items to my site which are geared towards winter and see how things faire. So, I made a few scarves and hats and added them. Voila, I got a few hearts and then folks started purchasing them and I even have a few custom orders for other items. Thanks Michelle for those words of wisdom.
You see, sometimes we get stuck in a rut and continue to do the things we are comfortable with or used to doing. I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted to make, but Im not sure that I had a feel for what the customer was actually looking for. So, because I wasnt in tune with them, I wasnt getting any activity.
Since I am a stay-at-home/work-from-home Mom, I dont get much interaction with others and hear other view points. It prompted me to join a new team on Etsy "Etsy Artist of Color" and they have inspired me to network and try new things. I am excited to see the success of other very gifted and talented artists and to be able to bounce off new ideas and critiques with them. I am sure they are gonna invigorate me to do more!
The scripture says : " I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Moreover, no man know when his hour will come;" Ecclesiastes 3:11-12. So I encourage you and I also encourage myself. . . . stay in the race, be patient, believe and things will eventually work out! But, you cant just sit and wait. .. you have to take action. . . you have to run, walk, work, take action!!! Things will ALWAYS work out for the best! I love you, smooches!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I just read an article on a blog that I saw posted on someone's facebook page. It was titles, "The cost of handmade." http://www.somersherwood.com/?p=126 The article was very true. Most crochet items are one of a kind, uniques, custom and well made. The price may be a little more expensive but you are talking about materials, experience and custom here!!! My quibble is that most people want their item as a "pookie" discount. Honestly, I give away alot of the items I make and mark the prices low because I REALLY want the person to have it. Most times I walk away only making back what I spent. Even on my Etsy site. . . Ive marked items low (which makes my items look cheap or not well made) but I find that if I mention a higher price, the little sales I make will disappear. What can I do???
You wouldnt ask the sales rep at Target, Macy's, Bloomingdales, etc to give you a discount unless it was advertised or marked on the ticket. Why is it that you are so quick to suggest it to a vendor who is out trying to make money off of their hard work and time?
I dare you to take a chance, help the economy and your local crochet artist or any other artist out there honestly trying to make a living. What you get will be unique, original, well made and you will get the satisfaction of supporting someone's business and giving a gift that was thoughtful and made with love. Try it and let me know what happened!
I say to you that Handmade is DEFINATELY worth it! Most items are better than store purchased and you wont see someone else in that same item. Maybe a different color or spin on it but definately not the same. (at least not from my website). But, dont forget to read that article on the blog. It is a good read with lots of good information. It will enlighten you. Have a great day!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Im excited today because I just learned that Etsy, the site where my website is hosted, has a new app for the iphone!!! I just downloaded it!!! This is just another tool that I am using to enhance my website and open me up for opportunities to fine tune my business. I have alot to learn but am very optimistic about my future!
Being sick for those few days gave me the opportunity to reaccess my business, my style, my brand, marketing strategies, etc... However, I did cancel the Pre-Holiday Shopping Boutique & Mixer because of my families illness. But, I am in the process of re-scheduling and re-vamping it! We will come back stronger and better.
I am thankful for my beautiful family, my friends, and the talents that the Lord has given me. Every day that I am alive is another day to continue working, striving, trusting and believing that things will get better. I would like to show my customers, friends, family and followers how Thankful I am . . . I am offering NO SHIPPING on any purchase until December 26th and 10% off to any and all of my recurring customers.
This discount will only apply to purchases made through my website. Delivery options are still available via usps or hand delivery. I will be distributing raffle tickets for each purchase made and will be raffling a secret item on December 20th! Good Luck!
So remember. . . . be safe and thankful! Things might be bad but they could always be worse! I love you and have a great day!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
By the middle of the week I began feeling sluggish. I tried to ignore it but it got the best of me by Friday. I have been bed ridden since then!!! I have no voice, I am coughing, feverish, hardly eating or drinking. And, worst of all . . . I HAVE NO DESIRE TO CROCHET!!
Anyone who knows me knows that I crochet morning, noon and night! I always take a bag of yarn and crochet needles with me almost wherever I go and I sit in bed at night crocheting until I can hardly see. However, this is not so this weekend.
I feel horrible, I have been in bed for two days and it doesnt look like things are gonna be any better tomorrow. I am a sickly person. But I dont remember feeling this horrible in a while. Also my middle daughter has been feeling ill and now she is losing her voice also. I have sprayed the house with Lysol and am waiting to see if it will make a difference.
I guess I should be taking a flu shot or whooping cough shot when I get better. I dont want to give the cooties to my grandchildren and I definately dont want to go there again. But, as I lay here thinking of this I guess I am giving my creative side a break for a couple of day. If I wasnt sick I would be crocheting, which I do without a break, and now I have the time to lay and think and visualize something new, beautiful and creative.
The other thing is I wanted to try to learn to knit this year! I learned but I am not as good at it as I want to be. I love how knitted items have a different look and texture than crochet. I want to be as good with knitting as I am with crocheting. Ill keep you posted on my efforts. I know it wont happen before next year, but it will happen!
Well, Im feeling a lil drowsy and I think its time to drink tea or theraflu and go to sleep. Thanks for stopping by. Take some Vitamin C, stay wrapped up and get plenty of rest. I definately dont want you to go through what I am feeling right now! Smooches!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I am excited to see the Thanksgiving is fast approaching. I am sooo Thankful and although we should be thankful every day, we especially take the time on that day to give thanks to God for his many blessings.
I am also excited to see Christmas! It is (hands down) my favorite holiday! Not because of the gifts but because of the beauty! The lights, trees, and my fav. . . snowmen! I just posted a treasury on Etsy of some beautiful Christmas Items that some of the talented Etsians have in their various shops. I hope you take the time to check them out and while you are at it. . . check out my shop too! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjA1MjE2NXwxMDEwMDUxNTM5/ready-for-christmas
I am preparing to be a vendor for a ladies Business Luncheon. This is only my second time vending. I am excited and nervous. I hope and pray that I make good connections and also reach a few customers at the same time. I pray that it is an inspiring time and marks the beginning of a busy but fun holiday season.
I will post pics and insights about the Ladies Luncheon at the beginning of next week. Smooches!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
I am sooo excited! Today was my first Lovepetals Crochet Giveaway! The winner was Tamiko Jackson. She has been given the choice of three (3) different bags/purses to choose from. She hasnt decided but when she does I will post the decision and maybe a picture of her holding the bag!
I have been reading alot of blogs and sites on Etsy regarding boosting sales and getting more traffic to your website. I am very interested in doing that but I would like to also have fun along the way! I love to crochet and I dont want to lose that love getting caught up in sales and the lack thereof. I believe that when the time is right I will get the sales/recognition that I deserve (or at least believe that I deserve)!
This has been a week of change, discovery, surrender and cheer! I have implemented some changes in my lifestyle, thinking and daily practices. They have freed me, brought me happiness, made me realize that change is good and holding on to anger, self doubt, bitterness and things do not bring you happiness or success. So, my suggestion to those who may read my blog is to open your heart, forgive, give to others, make a needed change, surrender to God and see things change for the better.
"But see first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" Matthew 6:33
Thanks for stopping by and if you dont have anything to give . . . share a smile! Love ya.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
This is my last year with a child in High School. My son graduates in June 2012! But, I see all of the parents bustling around purchasing school supplies and preparing their children for the new school year. My oldest daughter and my grandson attended a meet and greet with his new 1st grade teacher. The torch will be passed to her and she will now be purchasing supplies in bulk and helping with homework, going to open house, etc. I will definately miss those days as the P.T.F. President and attending my daughter's trach meets, but we are all now moving on to a new phase in our lives.
Change is good but it definately takes some getting used to. I kinda miss my school days. One day in particular that I remember was in kindergarten on rainy days. I loved being able to stay in class and play games most of the day. I remember feeling really loved and cozy for some reason. The colors and lights reminded me of a warm fireplace. I know that is silly, but it did. :)
As a tribute to school days past and present I have created a treasury on Etsy. Treasuries are groups of beautiful items made by the creative people that have pages on Etsy. There are so many and they are sooo creative. This treasury is an ode to Back to school. Hope you enjoy it and check out some of the pages included. Share the love!
Have a great day and dont spend too much money on new school clothes and back to school items! Oh, and good luck on the raffle and please tell a friend. You have less than 24 hours! Smooches!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I will be down to one child, my son Myles, who will be graduating next school year. I have waited 18 years (anxiously I may add) for them to leave the nest. Im not so sure if Im ready. It seems it happened overnight. My job title as "Mom" will be demoted. I will no longer see them daily or be able to share physically in their day to day activities, joys or sorrows. I am in transition and I thought I was ready. I am realizing Im not!
I was prom shopping this past weekend and actually saw a crocheted dress in a very high end retail store. It was very costly. It motivated me to create and branch out with my items. I am now striving to have my items placed in boutiques and rent booths at craft fairs and trade shows.