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britishswenglish on Dec 31, 2016
Sent this to a friend for Christmas and she was so excited. Anna even wrapped it for me! I didn't think it would ship on time but it made it across North America in just over a week. Thanks so much!
katherine4092 on Jan 23, 2016
Seller shipped promptly and kept me informed. The stitch markers are very pretty.
John McKay on Dec 2, 2015
Well made and very comfy
John McKay on Dec 2, 2015
Well made and I love the bottle cap HP button. It's adorable
Sharing God's blessings
Fruit of These Hands is the answer to my prayer of what I could do to bring in extra income for our family. Before I tell you my story, there is something I would like for you to know about the prices in my shop.
Like so many crafters of handmade items, I was afraid to charge the true value of my items. "What if people think it is too much?" I worried. After having my shop for a couple of years, I have determined that I owe it to myself and the crafting world to not worry what people think and to do what is right.
What is "right" becomes more apparent when you consider what all goes into a handmade item. First, there is the design. Many of the designs are my own, and it takes hours of trial and error to perfect a design. In the corporate world, this is Research and Development. Or perhaps, I purchased the design. Under the R&D umbrella also fall items like package design, displays and photo props, and supplies research. Making a custom order of yoga socks, for example, can take an hour or two of researching yarns, communicating with the customer my finds, and then purchasing the yarn the customer chooses.
Next comes the purchase of supplies and the actual labor. How much time do you think it takes to do the actual crocheting of a pair of yoga socks? A lace shawl? Double that thought, at least. And that yarn or other supply didn't show up by miracle (I wish!), so let's include time and gas to the store, or maybe shipping fees on an online supply.
Now I put on my next hat---marketer. Some of the roles here include photographer, writer, editor, editor, editor. No, that wasn't a mistake. It's just that an item is always being evaluated and the descriptions and photos updated. I design and print my own business cards and other materials, so that all goes into the cost. Doing it that way is even more cost-effective than paying someone else to do it for me. I could go with one of the generic business cards out there, but face it, you aren't shopping here because I'm generic.
Marketing actually takes more time than the labor on an item. I've learned that buyers aren't going to flock to my doors without it. Promotion doesn't come easy to most crafters because we would rather be crafting. For most of us, it's a downright struggle. I will actually pay for marketing help because I'm no good at it. By it, I mean, media promotion, cold calls, and other forms of advertising.
Ok, my item is designed, made, and in my shop. Look, someone bought it---let's get it to them! I message the buyer, (time) package (time) and ship it (time and money) in bags or boxes (money). And I pay the Etsy shop fees, pay the merchant and/or PayPal fees...Then do I see my income. What's left? I hope you are beginning to see the picture?
And, now my story:
I had worked as a registered nurse until a back injury and fibromyalgia put an end to my ability to work. Like so many, I learned to crochet at the knees of my grandmother and mother. But I put it aside for awhile. Now I found myself with time on my hands, so I picked it back up. I taught myself how to read patterns then began to make my own designs.
I have a page on Ravelry that shows some of the things I have crocheted, many of them my own designs (link is below). Then I started writing patterns so that other people could make my designs.
I didn't know much about yarn when I began crocheting, but I have studied the different varieties of natural and man-made fibers. I find that I enjoy crocheting with the lighter weight yarns which is why I decided to design yoga socks with fingering weight yarn.
One of my favorite things to do is attend local knitting groups. I have made so many friends this way. Some meet during the day and others meet in the evening or Saturday. I recently started a crochet group called Duke City Hookers, just for crocheters. I also sing in the choir at church, which is something I've been doing almost all my life it seems. Music ability runs in my mother's family, from pianist, violinist, vocalist, etc. Even my own children have been taught music. Organizing a Meetup group for fibromyalgia sufferers is another activity I enjoyed. People with fibro often become isolated because the "outside world" can't see the pain and fatigue that they suffer. With a social group, one can feel at ease and understood.
God has blessed me with many abilities. I want to add some beauty and color to the world and to share God's blessings.
Owner, I Wear All The Hats, I Do All The Work
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Col 3:23) My shop is dedicated to my Lord who has blessed me with the ability to create joyful crochet items. I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and a retired RN
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