Thursday, January 26, 2012

Too Long

Now that I can't blog from work it seems I can't find the time...  Grrrr.  Doesn't mean I haven't been busy.  I have been trying very hard to promote my Etsy shop and sales are just not there.  It's very frustrating, but I know most of it is my anxiety and impatience with retail.  I'm just not cut out for it.  So I need to take a chill pill and just keep on doing what I love - which is crochet.  I'm not going to worry too much about sales. 

I finally tapped into my stash of chenille and I'm really glad I did.  I've done two lovely scarves that I have been tempted to keep for myself, but I already have about 50.  LOL  So they are posted on the shop and have gotten some attention and such, so I know the right buyer will come along.  Several of the chenilles I have are actually from Turkey.  I have been hesitant about using them, but then decided what was I waiting for?  This first pic is a pretty multicolored number using Lion brand chenille in black, royal and claret. 

The other one I made I used the Turkish chenille.  It's the very light blue, and two darker shades of blue.  I call it Bluegrass because that's what I think of when I see it.  The chenille is wonderfully soft.  I also used vintage yarn in this one.  The olive color is from 1975, if you can believe it. 

It looks so great with jeans, doesn't it? 

I did recieve the most wonderful gift in the mail from Debi over at Dly's Hooks and Yarns.  Not only did she send the most charming granny square, but she also sent me lip gloss from Mary Kay!!  Thank you so much!!!  The lip gloss is a wonderful shade - perfect with my complexion!  I must say after receiving her square I was a tad bit embarrassed to send mine.  Her stitch is so perfect and beautiful!!  My square looked like it was done by a 1st grader. 

Lastly I had to share this pic of Hooters. For some reason she has taken a liking to my trash can and hops in all the time and just sits there.  Every time I see her I laugh. 

I have put down my hook for a few days waiting for some creative juices to flow my way.  Until then the DH and I are doing taxes, visiting horses and enjoying the rain.  We're getting it in buckets.  If it were only colder I'd be writing this snowed in for certain! 

SONG OF THE BLOG:  "More Like Her" by Miranda Lambert


  1. Your scarves are lovely. You just need to be patient. If you are on Ravelry you can metion your store on there, I think there's threads devoted to that. Or you can list your store on here and then mention your blog on Ravelry and then people will come to your blog and see your store. I know what you mean about the rain, I wish it would snow here!

    1. Thanks FoFo! I am on Ravelry and I will need to check out their threads for promoting shops. I'm also on Twitter and was really trying to promote my items and shop. I was thrilled when one Tweeter was retweeting my items and then really stoked when another web promoter picked it up as he had 34,000 followers. But neither one brought in a sale. Oh well!!

  2. Hi Red. Your scarves look very pretty. Your kitty cracked me up when I looked at the picture - so funny. Your square you sent me looks very nice - don't sell yourself short - it will be lovely in my blanket. Good luck with your shop. :)

  3. The chenille yarn is really beautiful. I love the picture of the cat in the bucket. I was at a theater workshop this weekend and ironically, one of the actors ended up in the garbage can. (This is what happens when you get too creative! But it certainly was really funny.)

    As for hints with promoting on etsy, I wish I had a better idea myself. There is a lot of good work on there and it is challenging to find a niche. I suppose keeping a positive outlook and an eye open for alternative routes is my plan for right now.

    1. I love working with the chenille. It really adds depth to the scarves and to me makes them so cuddly. Etsy can be challenging... And you are right - there are some amazing artists/sellers on there.

  4. good luck with your ETSY shop Red. I love ETSY, it's such a cool place to set up shop.
    Your projects are lovely!
    lol...Hooters is too funny.