Thursday, May 28, 2015

May Art Walk 2015


This was probably our slowest Art Walk yet - which surprised us!

But then again, this was our first time doing the first Art Walk in May.  There was also a baseball game the same night so we think there were a lot of people there and not walking the blocks.  This is also the first year it has started at 5:30 instead of 6pm.


EJ took a late nap so we didn't get there until 5:20 to set up.  Luckily hubby arrived about 2 minutes after me.  Niki, from Thistle and Bees, was also there by 4:30 with her mom to stake out our usual claim.  Apparently her mom had to inform another participant that she was encroaching... :-P  Which, to me, was a good sign that we had such a great vendor turn out we would have a great customer turn out.  But it was definitely slow to start.


My first two sales were back to back at 6:20pm for a pair of headbands (1 shell-stitch, 1 double-stranded) + another double-stranded headband.

My best seller all week!

Then it was 1 rose shell hat an hour later, more headbands, 1 pair of hot mitts from a repeat customer at 8:40pm and another pair of headbands (8:54p) before we closed up for the night.

We ended up staying the whole time, leaving by 9:15pm instead of 8/:30 like I was originally planning in order to get EJ home for a late bedtime.  Poor girl was finally in bed by 9:45pm (instead of 8pm).  

I'm excited to see what next month brings.  So many people were already talking about coming to next month's since they couldn't make it this time.  Let's hope so!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your support!  Thank you for visiting, shopping, sharing + collaborating with me to make this a reality.  I always close up shop on Cloud 9.  :-)

Next, I'll be posting about the Naturally Crafty Trunk Show I had only TWO DAYS later!  It's definitely a different niche + I loved meeting so many new friends!  What's your favorite part of selling or shopping at a physical art/craft show?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free Pattern for "Scrap" Bracelets

It's become a signature of mine: chain crocheting bracelets + hair ribbons out of long yarn scraps leftover from a project.  There's just something in me that can't see scraps go to waste.


Perhaps it stems from the same anxiety as running out of yarn in the middle of a project that makes me hate to waste any "generosity" of leftover yarn.

I even sent a handful to my cousin who posted them on Instagram:

Scrappy braceletes sent to Kelsey | Knittedhome.etsy.com

So if you're looking for something to do with your scraps, try on a bracelet or two... or four... depending on how much leftover (or bins of) yarn you have ;)

Crochet Bracelet from yarn scraps - free pattern | knittedhome.etsy.com

Crochet Bracelet from yarn scraps - free pattern | knittedhome.etsy.com

Crochet Bracelet from yarn scraps - free pattern | knittedhome.etsy.com

Crochet Bracelet from yarn scraps - free pattern | knittedhome.etsy.com


Crochet Bracelet from yarn scraps - free pattern | knittedhome.etsy.com


Ch. 30.   Join ends together with a single crochet.  

1 Single crochet + 1 slip stitch + fasten off.



How do you use up your scraps?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Weekend = Gardening Weekend

This weekend the Downtown Farmer's Market hosts a 3-day long sale at the Market.  It is primarily focused on selling flowers, thus promoting it as Flower Weekend at the Market.  But I have also found that Memorial Weekend has become our "Plant the front yard" weekend.

Saturday

was the Naturally Crafty Trunk Show so no gardening happened.

Sunday

I shopped the Farmer's Market this year instead of the greenhouse down the street from us.  I feel like the pocketbook definitely thanked us (though we did skip the mulch this year) and the window boxes turned out better than last year, in my opinion.


I dragged my mother-in-law to the Market with me while Hubby + Father-in-Law worked on the addition while EJ napped.  It was absolutely wonderful to get down to the Market after so many months away!

I even had the chance to plant the flat of snapdragons along the walk before EJ woke up from her (2h!) nap.  Hubby + Father-in-Law went on a materials run as soon as we got back from the Market, and my Mother-in-Law went back out for compost for the garden while I planted.


She ironically arrived with the compost just as EJ was waking up.  So she got EJ ready to come outside while I finished the walk + they played while I planted the window boxes.

It has been such a dream of a weekend to have so many people working so smoothly on all our different projects!


Monday

After the parade, I got the compost moved + and planted the tomato + bell pepper seedlings from my dad!






I had hoped to also seed the beets, kohlrabi + green beans but I ran out of time.  Hopefully I'll be posting about their planting next Monday :)

Hubby + my father-in-law got most of the porch roof shingled!  Hubby is planning to finish the remaining few rows + flashing tonight.



What an exhaustive but highly productive weekend!  I'm happy to say that I spent the last 2 hours of the evening crocheting on my Fan Shell lap blanket (class coming soon!) while watching the latest Game of Thrones episode with Hubby.


What do your Memorial Weekend Traditions consist of?  Do you plant flowers or have a tradition to beautify your front yard every spring?  Did you do everything you had planned for your holiday weekend?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Another Art Walk Season!


I'm feeling a little nervous but more giddy + excited that this summer's Art Shows are finally starting!  Physical shows are my favorite parts of summer (minus the veggie garden, the evening fires, stroller walks,… ok, I guess I like a lot about the warmer months) because they allow me to get to know my customers + see what they are drawn to.  It also allows them to provide effortless feedback in what they would like to see me improve upon or create next.  I love constructive feedback!  

Freebie 


This year I will continue offering a free scrappy bracelet (free pattern coming next Wednesday!) to all who stop by my table as this has been my greatest success in drawing customers in.  Who can resist a fun freebie?!  I've already got a fun new idea made up for the winter holidays….

Packaging


I've spent all day Wednesday + Thursday last week trying to get a new aspect of my take-away packaging designed + laid out for print.  Why do label alignments have to be such a pain to tweak?!

I'd also love to have white + blush tissue paper at the ready in a portable "packing station" with these stickered bags, but I don't see that happening for this Art Walk.  Perhaps in June or July…

Marketing

The Facebook event has been responded to + sent out to all my local friends; and posts on my Facebook Page have been drafted + scheduled to remind the heck out of all my said local friends ;-)

You might even see a few Tweets + Instagram posts!

Teaching


I'll also be working the teaching angle more -- so many people come by and say (or think; I can read it on many faces), "I/my grandmother could make that" and I always want to interject, "Yeah, but will you/she?"  I admit I used to be one of these browsers at many craft fairs -- but then after having been behind the table, I've realized I won't make "that;" I don't have the time!  And this has always stuck with me since.  Not only are you purchasing from someone who has already made the item (it's sitting right there!), they have already experienced the trial-and-error to make the best version of this craft AND they saved you the time invested!  Not to mention you are SUPPORTING them + their chosen craft.  What could be a better reason!?

I hope this year more customers + browsers will remember this nugget of wisdom when they attend their art festivals + fairs + shows this year:  Sure, you could make it; but will you?


What are you preparing for this summer?  If you are cultivating a customer-producer relationship, what do you wish your customer knew?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fewer Posts + Longer Articles?

I heard it on a podcast + then read it again in another blog post how Google SEO favors longer content + regularity.

Bloggers are posting less frequently.  And it is most likely due to the amount of time it takes to compose such incredibly long + worthwhile content.  This is because Google has changed their search algorithm to favor long-form content.  But in order to keep up a blog's posting frequency, bloggers are dropping their updates to once a week.

I can't say this is my preferred format.  

I have been reading blogs for many years + before I became so busy with adult + family life, I loved checking my favorite blogs for a new post.  Even if it was just a quick picture + a short caption to check in and say hello.  You know, before there was Instagram + Facebook.

So even though I struggle with posting regularly three times a week (and a lot of Monday posts get deferred to Tuesdays), I have no intention of dropping down to one massively huge article a week.  Especially for SEO purposes.  Sure, it is nice to increase your reach to new audiences, but if you start to "optimize" too much, then you lose your purpose + your original focus.  And mine has always been to connect with like-minded friends.  Specifically, this blog's purpose is to connect with like-minded friends who are also interested in the workings of Knittedhome.

I do enjoy exploring + sharing what goes into making this blog tick for all my blogging friends who have asked for this content, but otherwise I don't feel I am a Master Blogger by any means.  Perhaps this is why I enjoy short posts that allow the reader a peak into someone else's life.

What are your thoughts on bloggers becoming more like authors of long articles?  Do you feel long-form blogs are becoming your favorite reads?  If you're a blogger, which do you prefer to write?  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Free Printable "I'll Like You Forever..."

This is one of my mom's + my favorite quotes from the famous book she used to read to us at bedtime.  Though looking back on it, I don't know how much I would enjoy nearly crying every time I put my daughter to bed.  

However, it truly is an inspirational reminder to love your children + love your parents while you have them.

I'll like you forever, I'll love you for always Quote  |  knittedhome.etsy.com

This year I decided to make + frame this quote for my mother this Mother's day.  And since I didn't see the type of quote layout that I was looking for when I searched Etsy, I decided to make a downloadable one available to my blog readers for free.

You can download it HERE.

If you'd like to support me, you can purchase it and/or send friends over to my Etsy shop to purchase the digital download.

What did you give your mother for Mother's Day?  Have you experienced this book yet?

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