Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inaugural Newsletter

I'm super excited to cross another milestone off my list:  I sent my first newsletter via MailChimp this morning!

It's been in the works for over a year, tweaking, redesigning, reworking + trying to come up with what to say + how to say it.  Last night I finally felt ready to pull the trigger!

(this little graphic sure helped - do you like it?)...

If you'd like to be apart of my exclusive email list + be apart of it from the beginning, you can sign up here. 

Sorry for another short post but I promise it'll all be worth it with the new look I have been working on for all these weeks!  Feel free to weigh in on what you think could use improvement in the comments below (notice anything new there?...)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First e-Pattern

I've been writing my own patterns nearly as long as I've been knitting + crocheting.  However, it was only when I started teaching + using my simple, beginner patterns that I started to seriously write them out for others to use. 

Luckily my students have been very forgiving as well as constructive critiques to help me get the pattern written correctly for beginners to follow easily.  

You can check out the new pattern here. 

Does anyone else write + sell their own patterns?  What words of advice would you offer?  I'd love to check out your work; please leave a link to your listing in the comments!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Retrospective Business Lesson from High School

I will forever wish I had had the wisdom to accept payment upfront in high school for the "fad" that my crocheted purses created in my freshman year.

It started with one that I crocheted for myself to hold my planner, calculator, reading novel, + writing utensils.  Someone liked it and asked me to make them one which I did.  Within a week, I was taking names + color designs down faster than I could crochet.  I had a list of over 80 names by the end of the second week + a class president candidate mentioned me in her speech.  (I blushed).  However, if I had just been smart enough to listen to the customer when they all offered to pay me upfront, I would have had much more (Etsy) start-up capital + many more purses with happy customers.  Not to mention maybe more exposure via word-of-mouth outside of school.

(Look at that adorable, hand-embroidered + hand-sewn early label!  WAY too time-consuming for multiple orders... )

My initial fear was that they would pay for the item + I would have no way of getting their product to them (solution: take down their name & locker number upon ordering & leave the finished product in their unlocked locker) or that they would be unsatisfied + want to return it.  (Which still haunts me today.  How do you handle returns or unsatisfied customers?)

Sometimes this little taste of "fame" haunts me.  What if this was my peak?  Am I a one-hit wonder?

Or do I need to realize that maybe a large part of my market is the teenager + I'm just not marketing properly?  Do any of you consciously market?  Care to share some tips?

Friday, March 20, 2015

How to Organize Shipping Supplies

As I'm going through the 14 Week Challenge by A Bowl Full of Lemons I find myself googling "How to organize shipping supplies."  I can't say I've found much inspiration so far, but I did find this helpful round up of stores to help you get organized & this blog sharing her recently organized spaces.

So far I'm thinking a couple wall-mounted magazine racks or "pockets" to hold shipping envelopes, a table top to package on and also hold the printer (or store it below the tabletop) to print shipping labels.

& then based on what inspiration I did find, I'm thinking...

Shallow drawers for the tools & small supplies (labeler, stamps, extra ink cartridges, packaging tape, scale etc) with clear drawer organizers.

Source: iHeart Organizing

Teal file folders for inside my newly-painted filing cabinet...

The more I daydream, the more I'm really loving the white on white palette.  I also thought the Martha Stewart teal + white is pretty swoon-worthy too.  (Does anyone else think she's a bit overpriced?)

What does your shipping or mail center look like?  Please inspire me with your ideas! ;)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lots of Winners

This post may be a day late but it bears a lot of GOOD NEWS!  Due to a low number of entries, I'm happy to announce that everyone will be receiving at least one pair of needles!

Cathy S - the bamboo size 10 straight needles

Chickie717 - size 8 straight needles

Craftsonthego - the metal size 10 straight needles + the circular (size 10.5) needles.

Kim - the long Size 1 + size 10 straight needles.

Meghan S - Size 5 (red) straight needles.  It's time you had a pair of needles to get you started on your first scarf! :)

Ladies - please leave your emails in the comments of this post so I can get your mailing address or send it directly to my email address: knittedhome[at]gmail[dot]com.  Your needles will be in the post by Friday if not before!

I hope you'll consider posting about your projects with these new-to-you needles when they arrive!  I love the comradery that knitting brings.

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Space of One's Own

Remember that home addition we started back in June?  Well after the mad dash to get it enclosed for the winter, progress has all but stalled.  We gave ourselves permission to take a break for December and now it's been a push to get the motivation going again.

I think with it being the new year & EJ's first birthday coming up in a month(!??) , we have plenty of reasons to light the fire and get going.  I've been feeling especially motivated with Home Organization 101 filling my newsfeed with real-life inspirational images of newly de-cluttered & decorated homes right out of Pinterest.  I'm ready for my own little sanctuary!

Looking through the old bathroom door

New backdoor, bathroom on the right.

I could (and have - whoops!) spend an entire day on Pinterest devouring beautiful work spaces.  But thanks to the Home Organization group, I'm starting to realize the beauty of paring down to the necessities.  A mommy friend also suggested keeping a simple color palette for the whole HOUSE to keep it feeling cohesive.  With these two empowering motivators, I've started envisioning what this space will actually look like if I stick to what entices me the most on Pinterest: white on white.

So far I've found baskets & memory boxes from Michael's that I've already started filling & labeling for their new home.  This only gets me more excited for the day when I can finally put them on the shelf! :)

 Next: I want to paint our dull black metal filing cabinet (tiffany blue or peach pink?) white and bring it up from the basement to make filing a lot easier.  I'm thinking one drawer for personal/family stuff & the other for Etsy.

Keeping with the paring-down theme, I'm giveaway a collection of knitting needles on March 16.  Find out how you can enter here.

What are you dreaming about?  

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Stumbling upon my own Invention

Do you ever have moments where you feel like you are ahead of your time or where you "invented" something and then find out later (maybe a day; maybe YEARS later) that it was "already invented"?

I stumbled upon this email from Crochet Me and it was like being taken back to a younger self, wide-eyed & experimental...

I like that I "invented" this without ever knowing it was an actual *thing* to do.  I think I was in high school the first time I ever tried "embroidering" with crochet .... :]

How about you?  I'd LOVE to hear any and all experiences.  I'm sure I'm not the only one with moments like these.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shutter Love

Shutterlove Photography

A quick note to announce that Shutter Love, a local photography studio & baby boutique is now carrying Knittedhome baby mittens & the Granny Chevron baby blanket (made to order).

I need to get some pictures taken and framed to illustrate different colors options for blankets.  Do you have any other ideas to add to this little set up?

If you're in the local area, I highly recommend checking them out in Perrysburg - located on the cutest main street, Louisiana Avenue.  It is the same strip that the huge Farmer's Market sets up on in the warmer months.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Knitting Needles Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

Today I'm hosting a giveaway for knitting needles!  These were handed down to me from another friend who was cleaning out his mother's home in hopes that I could get some use out of them.

Since I already have quite a collection of my own, I thought it was time to share the wealth with other friends who are still building up their collection.

Sizes up for grabs: Circular US 10 1/2, 29" long  /  Straight Needles: 1, 5, 8 & 10 (x3)

To enter, comment below with the sizes you are either lacking or already own along with a current pattern you are working on.  For additional entries (one per share), share this post via Tweet/ blog/ facebook/ Instagram/ Google+  and comment with your link(s).

I'll close entries by Sunday evening, March 15, and announce a winner Monday morning (16th).

So, what size knitting needles are lacking in your collection?