It might seem early to be prepping for fall craft sales, but that's exactly what I've been doing...and honestly I fear that there isn't enough time! That big pile up there...I made that over the past weekend...plus a few more things that I made after I took the picture. I'm having a lot of fun doing it, and its all I can think about when I'm not doing it...so that's good so far! To amuse myself, and because I was watching Pretty In Pink for the 600th time, I have renamed my color lines. The neons are now Voids and the pastels are Richies.
I've been spending a bit of time working on coming up with a new ear warmer headband pattern. I've just been a bit tired of the ones I've been using and wanted to come up with something that was my own. I came up with this great ridged chevron pattern, but ultimately it was just too time consuming to really do in bulk. It also felt a little harsh, almost bony to me...which wasn't quite the feeling I was going for. Instead I've opted for a fan/ shell pattern that I've not yet taken a photo of. You can kind of see it in the foreground of the the photo at the top of the post. Speaking of photos, that's a skill I'm very much lacking. It is my goal this year to have good looking, uniform photos for all of my things on Etsy (and this poor little blog as well). I've read a million "how to get good photos" tutorials, and it likely comes down to: I need a better camera. If anyone wants to lend some advice in any way shape or form to the cause I would welcome it with open ears! Or if you have skills and want to trade shots for scarves...lets talk!
Finally, it occurred to me last year that once people take the price tags off of my work, they no longer really remember where they got it, or who they got it from, and I've been working out ways to tag my items. I've been holding onto some printable iron on transfer paper for awhile and thought if I could make my logo small enough I could iron it on to some twill tape and Eureka! Tags! I also bought a 1"x1" logo stamp and some ink made for use on fabrics so I may try that as an option, but I like how the iron ons turned out. What do you think?
Its going to be a fiddly extra step on every item, but I think in the end it will be worth it if people can look at the tag and send other customers my way, or even buy from me again!
I missed posting again last week! This time around I didn't forget, it was just such a busy week I couldn't swing it! I need to get some more posts banked for such occasions! It feels like I have so many things to tell you about! I'll try to limit though! First and foremost, I figured out that some of the things I was doing to try to alleviate my arm pain, were actually making it worse! I went back to the basics and things seem to be fine now! I have laid off the blanket with that big bulky yarn, when I pick that back up I suppose I could learn otherwise!
Last time we spoke I mentioned that I had had a blast of creativity that was taking me in a whole new direction with some things. I've decided to go ahead and move forward with that! I had considered saving it for next year, but I really wasn't so far in that I couldn't make a change, so I have done so! You guys, I have fallen so far down an 80s rabbit hole I can't even tell you! It just feels right though, and I'm going to go with it! I've revamped my color palettes using the inspiration you see here!
My neons are staying the same. I have always loved neon, I will always love neon. It comes in and out of style, but it never leaves my wardrobe and I always get excited to see it. It just flat makes me happy! It's time we just accept the fact, for me, neon is the new black! We must also accept the fact that I do not know how to photograph neon properly, so take my word for it...these are neon!
For what I sort of consider my "other line" I've stayed with the 80s but leaned into the pastels. Now, by other line, I don't mean anything other than "other set of colors," the items will be the same on both sides of the spectrum. To the pastels I've added just those 3 slightly bolder hues in to break it up, and I may keep Key Lime from my previous color set. I'll also have things in basic black, grey, and white...still deciding on brown and ivory. I will be changing out all of my tags and packaging to coordinate with the new direction, and am working on display ideas currently! The logo will stay the same, but the brown craft paper look is going bye bye. I'm very excited about all of this!
Finally, you may be looking at these clothespins wrapped in yarn thinking "what a clever and helpful idea!" So I'll tell you, its not my idea, it comes from the blogger who writes Attic 24. She calls them yarn pegs and uses them to plan all of her super colorful blankets! They were super easy to make and are already making my life a lot easier as far as visualizing and keeping track of what I'm working with!
I'm working with the pastel side of things now, so hopefully by next week I'll have some delightfully sherbet-y things to show you!
Le sigh! You guys...I am back on the shelf! I got way too excited about that big box of yarn I showed you last week. Its a bit bulky and thick to work with and I should have taken more breaks...and anyway I hurt my arm pretty bad again. What I really should do is talk to my doctor about it, but I feel like when I bring up negative side effects from non essential activities I always just get told "stop doing that" and I don't want to! I know some avid crocheters have switched to using their mouse with their left hand to ease strain, I may give that a try...it seems weird! I'm hoping with enough time I can still continue to do my usual type of projects and going forward maybe I just can't with heavy bulky yarn. We shall see.
In the meantime I've been doing a lot of thinking about marketing and branding. I've been inspired by people who create an idea, a brand, an image and don't waver from it, which ultimately makes their business stronger. I was reading an article about Prince and how he would get a vision in his head and he would not stop until he made it a reality. He didn't care if others couldn't see it. I'm no Prince...who is?! But I think there are take aways from that. I tend to get caught up in trying to do a mix of what I want with what I think other people will want...and I'm shown time and time again that I have no idea what people will want. I don't anticipate that I will ever take this from hobby to full time job, so I wonder, why do I bother worrying about what might have mass appeal? I have a job, I do this for fun, why not make what I want and see if I can find a way to get it in front of other people like me who might also want it. Its got me making a lot of mental changes to the direction I thought I would go with my fall items, and its still early enough to do that.
I've also considered trying to put together a craft show that is more for the "weirdos." Around here, and maybe in most cities, it seems people who go to craft fairs just want to buy things that say KC on them, or have our sports teams, or have other random and generic sayings on them. I'm not bitter about those things, but I see so many people who make really cool things that don't fall into those categories struggling at craft fairs! I'm wondering: How can we get our things in front of people who would be interested in them, but might not think to go to a regular craft fair or art show.
Now, to keep this post from being all tell and no show...here's something I made a couple of weeks ago!
Because I get migraines I had the fluorescent lights over my desk disabled, but I also don't like to sit in the dark. I found this super cute lamp, but knew I could make it even cuter! I had all of this yarn on hand that sort of matched the color on the base, so I worked up this granny square style shade cover! I found that switching to a regular lamp and having the cozy on there really warms up my whole space. It doesn't feel so much like a boring old cube anymore!
I make a lot of stuff...I pretty much never stop making! Every Thursday I will post here about things I've made. It will be mostly crochet, but not entirely, and where I can I will include tutorials or links to how I figured out how to do things!