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OOPS! Correction

Last week on my post The Baby Craze Continues I stated the pattern for the baby dress in the book Crochet Baby Boutique II came from Leisure Arts… It ACTUALLY came from Annie’s. I am so sorry for any confusion I may have caused. I guess my brain just stalled for a bit.

I did edit the post and I have included the links here. Again I apologize.

 

❤  Tracee

Let The Holli-Daze Begin!

I can’t believe how fast November just flew by! I am glad to say that I survived the craft fairs and had plenty of inventory. While the actual sales was a little less than I was hoping for, I met a lot of cool people, got my name and information for my Etsy shop out there and picked up a few custom orders.

Here’s a picture of my booth at one of the events held last week.

My booth

My booth

Now I just have to go through all of my items and start listing them on my Etsy shop. I am hoping I can start doing that tonight or tomorrow morning.

I am now working on the custom orders I got this last weekend and today is the perfect day for that. So far we have about 4 inches of snow and it’s still falling. Tonight the winds are supposed to pick up and we are in a winter storm warning. That sounds like “hooking weather” to me 🙂 I also need to get started planning for Christmas. I need to finish decorating and pick a date that will work for the majority of the family to be here. It seems that with all the activities I can’t get everyone here at the same time, but I try. I also need to start my Christmas shopping in between my Christmas gift making.

So now it’s time to start the holiday hustle and Christmas crazies. I hope I can keep reminding myself of the true meaning of the holiday and remember that stressing out about it, not only doesn’t help the situation, but misses the point of this celebration altogether.

❤ Tracee

Busy, But Not Forgotten

Hello my wonderful followers and fellow bloggers. I want you to know I have not forgotten you, I have just been super busy with craft fairs and custom orders. A nice problem to have for sure, but I miss you guys!

First craft fair down and 3 to go. Maybe 4 as I have been invited to have a booth at another one in December, I want to do it, but I don’t want to run myself ragged trying to get enough inventory made for another day at the fair. I better make up my mind by tomorrow though.

Here’s just a few of the things I have been busy doing. I have more, but didn’t have time to get pics of it all 🙂

Father Son hat set / custom order

Father Son hat set / custom order

Newborn hats / custom order

Newborn hats / custom order

Tutu diaper set / craft fair item

Tutu diaper set / craft fair item

Camo diaper set / craft fair item

Camo diaper set / craft fair item

More to come soon!!

❤ Tracee

The Work At Home Chaos Factor

I didn’t mean to go AWOL on this blog… it just sorta happened. I am living in what seems like chaos all around me these days and I feel the frustration starting to creep in.

I don’t think anyone knows the true meaning of “work from home” except those of us who actually do. Most people think that means they can interrupt you endlessly, because let’s face it, if your at home you’re not really working. UGH!! Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, family and neighbors and I love to spend time with them. But people – you have to know the definition of work at home.

I run a home based business (actually two) which means THIS is my place of work. Keeping work and personal time is a bigger challenge for work at home people anyway, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a little respect when it comes to my needing to set aside specific work hours. I don’t come to your office and waste an hour of your time or tell you that you have to leave your office to deal with personal things just because now is more convenient for me. And I can assure you that Grandma is not sitting at home, twiddling her thumbs just waiting for a grandbaby to show up so she has something to do. I am a busy and hard working person with schedules to keep and deadlines to meet, just like any working person. I have to schedule in my personal time just like anyone else, but it’s a little hard to set up a work schedule and personal schedule when pretty much no one even asks what that may be and really doesn’t seem to hear me when I tell them what the schedule is.

All I’m asking is that when you deal with people who work at home, ask when is a good time to stop in or call or get together for coffee. Don’t assume that we don’t have “office hours” just because our office is in our home. Thank you.

OK I think I’m done venting for now. Time to push the frustration aside and get some projects and tasks done – provided there are no interruptions, that is…

❤ Tracee

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog! My goal is for everyone to have a good time, learn some new things but most of all be a support for one another in our love of the fiber arts. Whether you are a crafter yourself or just like to admire others and their handiwork. This is all pretty new to me so be patient and stop back often as I learn and improve.

I taught myself to crochet and knit over 27 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I really wanted one of those beautiful crocheted baby blankets and I didn’t know ANYONE who could make me one. None of my friends or family had a clue. So I bought a few books, my first crochet hook and some yarn and set out for what would become a lifelong love of crochet. I made that first blanket and it looked pretty good, but I had a friend who was pregnant at the same time as me, so I gave it to her as a gift and started another one. As life would have it, it seemed that I was entering a time when all of my friends and a few family members were getting married and starting families and so I kept making blankets and giving them as baby gifts.

Baby Sweater I knitted.

Baby Sweater I knitted.

When my oldest child was about 7 and my third and youngest child was about 2 I finally got to keep one for me! I had made close to 25 baby blankets and had taught myself to knit a couple of baby sweaters as well in that time.

Over the years I learned as many new techniques and stitches as I could. I made gifts for people and a few items for myself. Some were awesome and some were not so awesome (haha) In 2003 I lost my younger brother to cancer and in 2012 my mom died from cancer.

One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.

One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.

While Mom was going through radiation and chemo treatments her hair fell out and the skin of her head was very sensitive. The only material she could wear on her head was cotton… other fibers were irritating to her. So I stocked up on cotton yarn in every color and started crocheting her a complete wardrobe of hats and caps. A lot of people loved them and told me I should start selling them, that’s when I decided to open my own Etsy shop called Fromm Me To You. I have a section in my shop just for my 100% cotton caps and hats and $3 from the sale of each one goes to The American Cancer Society in memory of both my brother and my mom.

So that is a short (okay, so maybe not so short) version of my lifelong love of yarn.

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