bennettlm1965 on Sep 24, 2016
The crosswords/menus created by Lauren were absolutely perfect! Lauren was a dream to work with, and is incredibly creative and talented. I could not have asked for a better experience. So very impressed with Lauren's work ethic!
lisa12lewis on Sep 20, 2016
This was an extra special touch to my sons rehearsal dinner! Everyone loved it!
laurenallenscott on Aug 24, 2016
My Save The Date Crossword puzzle turned out great! Lauren was easy to work with and very prompt.
Crochet & Crosswords: A Love Story
Boutique Rubiazul had it's humble beginnings in the winter of 2005. Facing down my final quarter in college without a clue what I was going to do with my history-and-psychology-double-major-with-a-minor-in-fretting, I decided I needed a project to keep my hands and mind busy. Enter "You can crochet, too!," a ridiculously outdated 10-page how-to book on learning to crochet I found in the $1 bin. Yet, it did the trick.
After mastering a few simple baby blankets and basic scarves I delved headfirst into the design and execution of full-scale intricate afghans. After giving many away as gifts my friends and family cajoled me into trying my hand at selling my blankets and accessories-- it worked. Launching my shop in August 2011, I dipped my toe into the etsy stratosphere. Slowly but surely (and with the dedicated patronage of several friends, sorority sisters and family members) my pieces started to sell. On a whim, I created a "Personalized Crossword" listing to my site. Having gotten married two years previous, and having conceptualized and created a crossword all about my husband and me that we used at our wedding reception, I thought, "hey, maybe someone else might want me to make them a crossword?". Thankfully, they have.
My wedding crossword has since become my most popular item in my shop, and I've done anniversary, Save the Date, bridal and baby shower versions as an offshoot. I truly love getting to know my clients through the crossword-creation process, and I get such a kick knowing that my product is being enjoyed by hundreds of people every week.
At the same time, I always come back to crochet. Its my true passion, and I get antsy when I'm sitting around the house without a hook in my hand. When deciding on a new project, I choose designs and colors that are modern, fresh and current. When I first began looking at patterns, I turned page after page of nerdy, old-fashioned and outdated designs. I did search after search for "modern" and "unique" projects but was faced with same late 80s, low-quality pieces. And yet I'd be browsing popular stores and would find stylish machine-made crocheted items at 10 times the price. "I could make that!" I thought. As such I've made it my goal to craft beautiful, functional pieces that you can proudly display in your home and in your closet.
Finally, a word about my shop name: "rubia" is Spanish for blonde, and "azul" is Spanish for blue (a nod to my father, who has always loved my eyes). Smush the two words together, and you've got a little part of me. Plus, it's fun and beautiful to say. Try it! "rubiazuuuul...". Rolls right off the tongue.
I hope you help me by bringing gorgeous crocheted pieces into fashion, and creating a crossword for your own special occasion!
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I hope you enjoy browsing through my store as much as I enjoy making handmade items. All items are made in a smoke and pet-free environment.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Please make your payment within 24 hours of purchase.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me within 21 days of delivery. Considering there is no damage to the item, I will refund your money less shipping.
If you are unhappy with your crossword, please contact me and we will fix it and I will send a revised PDF with the corrections. I am committed to making your crossword perfect!
Order for crosswords without a returned questionnaire within 4 months of purchase will not be refunded.