Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reminder!

The December blog giveaway is ending Friday! Only two people have entered! Come on people! LOL!

New charity! click the link to the right for all the details!

New challenge! No entries yet with two months to go!

Welcome all new members!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

You Voted and the Results are in!

I want to thank everyone who took time to enter the challenge and for those who voted.

1st place with 26 votes is http://www.etsy.com/shop/LLsCreations83

2nd place with 9 votes is http://www.etsy.com/shop/abbycove


3rd place with 6 votes is http://www.etsy.com/shop/DoilyMania


Congrats to our winners and to all of those who participated in our fall challenge. Be sure to enter new challenge! Remember that everyone is a winner!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vote for your Favorite Fall Challenge Entry




Votes Begins Dec 2nd and Ends Dec 16th! 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive yarn!
Entry Number 1

Entry Number 2

Entry Number 3

Entry Number 4

Entry Number 5

Entry Number 6

Entry Number 7

Entry Number 8

Entry Number 9

Entry Number 10

Entry Number 11

Entry Number 12

Entry Number 13

Entry Number 14

Entry Number 15

Team Challenge Dec. Jan. Feb

NEW TEAM CHALLENGE!


When: December, January, February

Starts: December 1st

Ends February 28th, 2011

Theme: “Warmth in your Heart”

Details: Since the next three months are still cooler months and end around Valentines day your challenge is to create something warm, (should be easy for us lol) and if you like, something that has to deal with Valentine’s day or love in general. It could even be something that is just plain cute! What warms your heart? What comes to mind with you think “Warmth in your heart”? The idea is to be creative in your own way. Interpret the challenge as you will and let your hands start creating!

Note: Item must be new and listed between Dec 1st and Feb 28th.
 
Please send the link to your entry to FreemanCraftsFabrics through convo on Etsy! Thanks!

Courage for Kristi Charity Event Dec, Jan, Feb

Our next Charity event has officially begun! From December, January, and February we will be sponsoring http://www.etsy.com/shop/CourageForKristi  .


The idea is to donate an item to sell in their shop.

The background story is that Kristi was a mom of three young girls. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away few MONTHS later in the summer of 2009. Her three young girls are NOW 18 months, 5 years and 7 years old. If you do the math the baby was less than 6 months old when her mom passed.

Normally her shop is open only for the month of October since it is breast cancer awareness month but she is keeping it opens at least long enough for us to help. Her college friend is the one who runs the shop and is trying to raise money for Kristi’s daughter’s college funds.

In order to donate an item just contact the shop and supply pictures and description of the item.

I hope you find this to be a good cause just as much as I have.

I want to thank AnythingCrochet for finding this shop for us to help.

December Blog Giveaway!

The winner for November http://www.etsy.com/shop/nnsideout  and she will receive a Holiday pattern Book complients of the Etsy Grant! Congrats!



Rules:

1) Pick TWO shops that you have NOT previously chosen from the list found on this blog.
2) Copy the link to the item.

3) Post the link to the item in the comments section of this post
4) Explain why you like that item
5) Post your own shop name so I know who you are!

6) One Entry per person!

Decembers Blog winner will receive Burger, Shake and Fries Stitch Markers! Compliments of the Team Grant!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The end of November is CLOSE!

Project linus squares due to crochetgal.

Deadline for "falling into winter" challenge

New charity and challenge to begin!

November Blog giveaway ends!!!!!
SO much to do and you have till until 12am on November 30th!!!!!!!


Then we get to VOTE and give out PRIZES! YIPPEEE!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Project Linus Reminder!

Don't forget to send Crochetgal your donated 24x24 squares ASAP! This charity event ends November 31st!!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Read Me!

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is settling down well with the new team page and checkout process. (For those of you who trade you have to go through the checkout options and allow "other" to make trade easy)

Reminder!

Project Linus squares are due to crochetgal by the end of the month! It's for the babies! If you have made one I'd like a picture to share with the team!

The "Falling into Winter" challenge end November 31st. If you are entering an items please convo FreemanCraftsFabrics with the Link. Starting December first we will begin voting for this challenge! Yarn is the prize!!!!!!! More details to come!

We are having a Black Friday through CyberMonday event November 26th-29th. Items should be tagged "BlackFriday" for those participating in the sale! It is your choice of what type of sale you will have and which days you will be participating! If you are participating please tell us the type of sale and what days it will run so I can help advertise your shop!

Beginning December first we will start a new charity event and team challenge! Get ready!

Also for those of you who may be interested. Some of our fellow team mates have started their own teams!

BeatriceCLaNore is the captain of Bookworm Monarchs: http://www.etsy.com/teams/5655/bookworm-monarchs

MidnightSunArt is captain of Crochet Originals: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6615/crochet-originals

Feel free to join their teams as well! We are here to have fun not compete for members!

I have updated the list of names on the blog. If your name is missing please let me know!

Thanks!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Invites to the New Team Home Page

Ok so I've sent everyone an invite to the new team page. If you accidentally rejected due to the buttons looking weird you will have to search for our team and then apply. This was Etsy's solution to those who received messed up invites. Some of you it shows me I am still waiting for you to accept the invite I sent. If you are having issues because you do not see an invite please search our team and apply. If that does not work let me know and I'll get Etsy Admin on it to fix.

Bare with me as we get this taken care of.

Melissa (FreemanCraftsFabrics)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The New Team Page!

Today has begun the migration to the new team page! I have sent invites to everyone on the team to join. That is also were our discussions will take place from now on. If for some reason I missed adding you please let me know! I am human so mistakes are sometimes made!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Newsletter!

I have just sent out November's Newsletter! If you are new and did not receive one but would like to be on the mailing list please convo FreemanCraftsFabrics your e-mail address!

Thanks again!

Don't forget to vote at the polls tomorrow!

Chat Room Get Together

It's time for another get together! The next one will be in the chat rooms on Monday November 9th at Midnight Eastern time!

The meeting is optional to all members. Feel free to stop by if even for a moment and say hi!

I'll post the link to the room on here and on the team forum when the time comes!

November Blog Giveaway!

The winner for October was chosen using http://www.random.org/ and the lucky winner of the pink bunch of stitch markers is http://www.etsy.com/shop/Rockarooz ! Congrats! Please convo FreemanCraftsFabrics your shipping address! Thanks!

Rules:

1) Pick TWO shops that you have NOT previously chosen from the list found on this blog.

2) Copy the link to the item

3) Post the link to the item in the comments section of this post

4) Explain why you like that item

5) Post your own shop name so I know who you are!

6) One Entry per person!

This months winner will recieve a Holiday Pattern Book compliments of the Etsy Team Grant.
 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

REMINDERS!

1) The October Blog Giveaway end TODAY!!! 12am EDT!!!!

2) Project Linus 24x24 squares can be mailed off to Crochetgal now! Last day to send in a square is November 30th! Remember acrylic yarns only and NO black!

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween! If you have pics feel free to share!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blog Giveaway Reminder!

October 31st is Sunday and so far there are only 3 entries for the stitch markers!!!!! Time is running out! To enter the contest click "Monthly Blog Giveaway" on the right under Team Links and it will take you to the instruction and place to enter!!!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Holiday Boot Camp Week 5

Week 5 Boot Camp Instructions:

1) Check out 7 Lessons from Adam Braun: Last week I heard Adam Braun, the founder of Pencils of Promise, speak at The Feast Conference, (watch the full video here http://www.livestream.com/alldaybuffet/video?clipId=pla_d7a3a5f6-623b-4034-9749-80d6abdd4f41  ). I was so inspired by his story and hear his 7 key life lessons, I've printed them out and have them on my desk as a daily reminder. Read them, and print them out if you like! (The subject line of this email will make sense if you do!) http://www.etsy.com/storque/media/bunker/2010/10/7_Lessons.jpg?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Check+out+7+Lessons+from+Adam+Braun&utm_content=etsy_success_102110&utm_campaign=etsy_success_102110

2) Read Etsy's Guide to Photography:  http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsys-guide-to-photography-10979/

3) Shoot Photos of Your New Work: So by now you should know what you're selling for the holidays and how you'll present it, in writing, to your online audience. The next important step is to capture the item with photos. Today I've published a guide to help you find the resources you need to improve your photo skills. Your task is to study up and shoot some new photos for your shop!

4) Check in with your Boot Camp Buddy (on your own)

5) Post in the Boot Camp forum thread: Your last task is to connect in the Etsy forum thread for this week. Let us know how you are doing and check out the progress of another seller. Let's give support for those who need it and share our own insights from the boot camp exercises. http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6660211

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Holiday Boot Camp Week 4

To do list for Week 4:

1) Read this week's Boot Camp article: Etsy buyers expect more when they come to Etsy looking for gifts. You know that feeling of pride when you've found something special for a loved one? How fun it is when you can tell a story about that gift? http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-sell-your-story-with-johnny-b-truant-10899/


2) Etsy Success Keyword Exercise: Create three lists of keywords. The first list will describe your buyer's attributes; if your buyer was the lead character in a play, what keywords would you attribute to that character? The second list should describe your style (have a peek at the Tag-O-Rama Etsy Blog Post for help with this one!). Your last list should describe your values as an artist and as a business owner. Feeling stuck? Have a closer look at the example exercise above.

3) Update Your Profile: I'm not going to butter this task up, it's a tough one. Get into that Etsy Profile and tell your story. You don't have to write a memoir, even a snippet from your daily life can be an interesting read. Make sure to have your Boot Camp buddy give you feedback and check for spelling errors!

http://www.etsy.com/public_profile.phputm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Update+Your+Profile&utm_content=etsy_success_101410&utm_campaign=etsy_success_101410
When you've updated your public profile, let everyone know in this forum thread so we can have a peek!

4) Check in with your Boot Camp Buddy (On your Own)

5) Post in the Boot Camp forum thread: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6653855

6) Extra credit! Tips for Authentic Writing: http://www.copyblogger.com/authentic-writer/

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chat Tonight!

Here's the link: http://www.etsy.com/chat.php?room_id=Crochet_Dreamers

Stop by and say hi!

Holiday Boot Camp Week 3

"This week's Boot Camp is all about offering the right product this holiday season. Take a step back and follow my directions below to set up your shop for success."

This Weeks Checklist:

1) Read this week's Boot Camp article: "Every year we notice custom items on Etsy (or items personalized in some way) are a big hit with holiday shoppers! This week, my goal was to publish Etsy's Guide to Custom Work to help you make this work for your own shop. Sell vintage items? This tip's for you, too! Think about offering personalized wrapping or gift tags." http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsys-guide-to-custom-work-10792/


2) Fill in the Blank Exercise: " I'm sure you have something on your Etsy shop to do list that you've been putting off. Perhaps it's a new item you've been meaning to photograph, a new avatar or finally sitting down and analyzing your tags. Let me know what this task is in this Etsy forum thread and let's make sure you get it done!" http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6648103 

3) Six Success Secrets Exercise: "I asked creative life coach Michelle Ward to share six success secrets with us. Ponder these secrets and think about how you can embrace each secret she shares in your creative life. But don't cheat!"  http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/six-success-secrets-with-the-when-i-grow-up-coach-10690/
4) Check in with your Boot Camp Buddy (On your own)

5) Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Stock (On your own)

6) Post in the Boot Camp forum thread: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6648103

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chat Rooms on Friday!

Let's meet Friday  in the chat rooms.


So that'll be:
10pm Eastern

9pm Central

8pm Moutain

7pm Pacific

6pm Alaska

4pm Hawaii

3am UK Time
 
It's just for fun for those who'd like to attend. Hopefully non-team members will pop in and we can meet new friends.
http://www.etsy.com/chat_main.php

Monday, October 4, 2010

Virtual Lab!

Moon Room Tonight

Virtual Labs 6pm Eastern


5pm Central

4pm Moutain

3pm Pacific

2pm Alaska

12pm Hawaii

4am UK Time
 
http://www.etsy.com/virtual_lab.php?room_id=moon

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Blog Giveaway!

Last months winner was Marsha from: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jcurlsthisnthat and she will get to choose a pattern from http://www.etsy.com/shop/speckledfrogcrochet CONGRATS!

Rules:

1) Pick two shops that you have not  previously chosen from the list found on this blog.

2) Copy the link to the item

3) Post the link to the item in the comments section of this post

4) Explain why you like that item

5) Post your own shop name so I know who you are!

6) One Entry per person!

This months winner will recieve a set of stitch markers compliments of the Etsy team grant!

Holiday Boot Camp Week 2

This weeks To-Do List:

1) Read this week's Boot Camp article: http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsy-success-merchandising-for-the-holidays-10652/

2) Make a list of your most popular items:

Make a List, Check It Twice


Make a list of your top items. If you're new to Etsy, include the items in your shop that have the most views and hearts. No items in your shop yet? Make a list of the items your friends and family react to the most. What do these items have in common? Is it the color, price point, style of photography?

Advanced task: Head over to your Web Analytics reports. What items in your shop have the most page views and lowest bounce rates? : http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsy-success-web-analytics-tips-9200/


3) Brainstorm new work you'll offer this season:

Product Brainstorming


I challenge you to ponder your buyer, this season's trends and/or holiday must-haves. Use this information to brainstorm ideas for a new product (or line of products). Or think about what you already create that you can add more of. This new Etsy blog post will help get you : http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsy-success-merchandising-for-the-holidays-10652/
 
4) Find your Boot Camp buddy:


Reach out to another Holiday Boot Camper. Send a convo to a seller whose shop catches your eye and ask them to be your Boot Camp partner. Each week, check in to see how you are doing and how you might push each other along. I have a feeling some of you might put this off, so I encourage you to do it right this second!

Find your boot camp buddy in:

...this week's Holiday Boot Camp forum thread: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6640708

...on Twitter by searching #EtsyHolidayBootCamp: http://twitter.com/search?q=%23EtsyHolidayBootCamp

...on the Facebook Boot Camp Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161809843830424

...in the comments of the Boot Camp Mascot Treasury: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c99138794f06d91dda08dff/etsy-success-holiday-boot-camp-mascots?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Boot+Camp+Mascot+Treasury&utm_content=etsy_success_093010&utm_campaign=etsy_success_093010

...your Etsy Team: RIGHT HERE!


5) Post in the Boot Camp forum thread: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6640708

Monday, September 27, 2010

Team Meeting in the Virtual Labs!

Many have requested to be able to learn or use the Virtual Labs. I have gotten approved for the Moon Room on October 4th at 6pm EST.  Here is a direct link to the Virtual Labs: http://www.etsy.com/virtual_labs.php

The idea is to chat live with other members and for some to learn their way around the Virtual Labs. It should prove to be very exciting and I hope you can all make it.

This is a test run to see about the day and time frame for everyone. Hopefully we'll be able to do chats before long. One step at a time!

*Note* It is not required but voluntary to attend.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Another Team Grant

So I found out today that we were rewarded our last grant for the year (until Jan). I'm very excited about this. Since the last one I was able to get yarn for prizes with this one I want to branch out and get other supplies. I am only going to purchase from other Etsians and this is where I need your help!

No one likes to shop by themselves, especially me! We are a team and so since this is for ya'll I'd like to get your imput. The list below are things I'm looking into but some of you may find something that I may not! Help me shop!

List:

crochet hooks
crochet books
crochet patterns
stitch markers
buttons
beads
etc

Anything you might use or would want to try etc. Post the link to the items so I can buy them!

Thanks for your help!

Melissa

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Holiday Boot Camp

Etsy has put together a "Holiday Boot camp" to help Etsian get prepared for some sales this winter!

Here is the link on the Storque Page with information about it: http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsy-success-holiday-boot-camp-getting-started-10576/

Each week they will be sending out a bootcamp checklist of things that should be done to help you get ready this season. In order to receive this weekly checklist you need to be signed up to receive emails from "Etsy Success" which you can sign up for here: https://www.etsy.com/mailinglist/

If you misses this weeks send out here's what was involved:

1) Take the Holiday Boot Camp Pledge http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/etsy-success-holiday-boot-camp-getting-started-10576/

2) Vote for the Boot Camp Mascot http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c99138794f06d91dda08dff/etsy-success-holiday-boot-camp-mascots
3) Install Web Analytics http://help.etsy.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/230/kw/analytics
4) Write Your Holiday Mission Statement (This is for you personally)
5) Post in the Boot Camp Forum Thread http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6635225
6) Join the Boot Camp on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161809843830424

I'll be sure to post each weeks on here in case anyone misses the info! Feel free to comment on this topic!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reminder!

Don't forget to enter the blog giveaway! It's ends soon!

Love the entries entered for fall challenge already! Keep them coming!

Also don't forget about the Project Linus Charity event! Help the babies! Send me pictures!

The yarn for prizes have arrived and I'm loving all the cotton and other yarns! I'm sure there is something that everyone will like! Remember to enter the challenge to win a prize!

Just applied for another grant. This one is to be able to purchase only from other Etsians. Specialty hooks, stitch markers, crochet books, buttons, etc. Things that all help us as crocheters!

During the time don't worry about sales. Be sure to stock up your shop for winter! The weather is getting cooler and sales tend to boom for us during the winter months!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Update on Team Page

Just so everyone knows I've been submitting names to Etsy to get everyone added to the team page. For some reason I am getting no response. Even my huband is unable to add names to his team "prayersonawire". I know Etsy is currently going through beta testing for the new team formatting etc.

So for the time being if you do not see your name on the "Official Team Page" do not freak out. What counts is that your name is on the blog until Etsy Admin gets everything straightened out.

Reminder: Don't forget about this months blog giveaway! Plus the new 3 month challenge and the Charity Event for Project Linus hosted by http://www.crochetgal.etsy.com/ 

Thanks a bunch!

Melissa

Monday, September 6, 2010

Monthly Blog Give Away for September

This month is going to be the start of our monthly blog give aways! I'm happy to say that the prize has been generously donated by our own team member http://www.etsy.com/people/speckledfrogcrochet. The winner will get to pick one crochet pattern in her shop as their prize!

How to enter:

In the comment section of this blog post you will need to post the following information. The information you'll be posting will count as your contest entry. While it is intended to be fun, I also wanted to help promote everyone's Etsy shop.

1) Pick two team members off the list provided on this blog.

2) After you have chosen, go to their shops and look around.

3) Pick one item that you really like from each shop.

4) Post the link to each item in the comments section of this blog.

5) Under each link you have chosen tell us why you chose that item and why you like it.

6) One comment post per person.

Members and non-team members may enter. This is meant to be fun and help us promote each other!

The winner will be annouced October 1st when the next giveaway starts!

New Team Challenge for Fall!

You voted and the results are in! Every Three Months!

Challenge Starts: September 1st

Challenge Ends: November 30th

Theme: Falling into Winter!

This theme is meant to give everyone the time and encouragement to crochet an item that best suits you! You can crochet any item that reminds you of fall or winter.

Fall Ideas: Halloween, Harvest, Pumpkins, Leafs, Thanksgiving, the colors Orange, Brown, Red… etc.

Winter Ideas: Snow, Ice, Jack Frost, Christmas or whichever Holiday you celebrate, Ice Skating, the colors White, Blue, Red, Green, Gold, Silver… etc.

The item must be something newly made and listed between Sep 1st and Nov 30th.  Be sure to tag you item “crochetdreamteam” but for this challenge also tag it with “Falldreamteam” This way when we advertise the challenge we can easily search for challenge entries with no issue!

*Note* One entry per person

Please send the link to the item to FreemanCraftsFabrics!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

LLsCreations83 Feature!

I feel this amigurumi represents because he is the culmination of everything I've learned since starting my adventure with amigurumis one year ago. All the techniques i've learned through trial and error have led me here. I'm a huge fan of fantasy/sci-fi/comic movies and books, Doctor Who is just the latest in characters who have caught my eye. This doll was originally a request, and through researching the character and what makes him tick, made him my own.




Friday, September 3, 2010

PlattCrafts Feature!

I've been crocheting since about age 11. Mostly I made afghans and blankets. When I started making hats for my kids and my nieces and nephews, the hats got so many comments while we were out and about I thought I would attempt an online shop.
I think this hat represents me because it it original and fun, and is inspired by family. My daughter (age 5) was going through a "my favorite colors are yellow and brown" phase and she gave me explicit instructions on how to make her hat. This hat was inspired by the one I made for her.
 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

adorkable1 Feature!

My name is Rebecca and I started out crocheting when my grandmother taught me. I was 8 and I crocheted potholders and necklaces. But since then I've learned a lot and I started my shop because of my love for fashion and crocheting. Now I have a baby girl and I have been really into designing things for her. So my item for this challenge is a mash-up of my love for fashion, and my obsession with baby things. It's a baby dress!! It is so modern and chic, and my daughter, Chloe, looks adorable(and adorkable) in it! She has one of her own, of course. I had so much fun designing it, and am completely excited about the finished product. I am even selling the pattern in my shop, as well!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Crochetandmore Feature!

Ok. Finally decided on my challenge piece. Here it is...


http://www.etsy.com/listing/54944389/flapper-style-strawberry-beanie

I chose this piece because it shows how I try to be different in my crochet offerings (like these -

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54560957 /lego-scarf

http://www.etsy.com/listing/52401049/ the-original-pencil-scarf-small-size)

and the painted on seeds also incorporate a little from my other shop where I custom decorate children's clothes at http://www.roseprintsonline.etsy.com/
Hope ya like it!!
~Margaret

P.S. Thank you for all your work with the team!!!!!
 
 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MegansMenagerie Feature!

I picked this because it represents me and my shop perfectly! I can't stick to just one thing which is why my shop name is MegansMenagerie...lol. This cowl is of many colors and its fun and playful!



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let you all know how excited I am that we have grown and built relationships with one another in a months time. Each one of you have made this team well worth the effort.

Since September is around the corner I wanted to remind those who are new or have not taken the survey to please do so. I want to send out a monthly newsletter for this coming month. If you'd prefer you can send me your e-mail address in a convo. I'll be annoucing the next contest and all the new info in the newsletter so you're not going to want to miss out!

A special thanks to Crochetgal for volunteering to be our coordinator for the Project Linus Charity Event!

If anyone has any thoughts, comments, or suggestion my mail box is always open so feel free to send me a line. I always want to hear what you all would like to see this team become!

Thanks again to everyone!

Melisssa (FreemanCraftsFabrics)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

AnythingCrochet Feature!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54736912/crocheted-childrens-pullover-hoodie
Hi! I'm Jennifer. I am a self-taught crocheter and have been at it now for almost 7 years. I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. That's my full-time job. Crocheting is just a hobby that I hope will help pay a few bills along the way. :) I live in Delaware with my hubby and 4 sons (that's right, I said 4!) and of course, our dog. Our oldest son is 4 years old and our youngest is 2 months old; so needless to say, I have my hands full - and I LOVE (practically) every minute of it. ;) And how DO I find the time to crochet, you ask? Frankly, I'm not sure! LOL! When I was in college, I actually majored in fashion design, and although I usually work from written crochet patterns, I am now discovering the joy of designing my own pieces.

The reason I chose this sweatshirt as my "signature piece" is that it really fits my personality. I love being creative, and I am a little on the crazy side. I hate making decisions, so there is no sweatshirt more perfect for me than one that uses as many colors as I can dig out of my stash! And my favorite color shades are the bright ones - which also describes my bubbly personality to a "T".


Friday, August 27, 2010

Lolagets1980 Feature!


This little turtle just seemed to express exactly how I feel about my crochet work and myself. He's cuddly and fun which is exactly why I love to crochet. Crochet is a creative outlet for me. I work in a high stress job as a Social Worker and love to come home and create something fun that I can share with the world.


I choose to give him the option of changing his shell because it seems that I change when I get to crochet. When I crochet I get to use my imagination and create useful and playful items. I'm also changing my mind on a regular basis and always moving on to the next project.



Thursday, August 26, 2010

MidnightSunArt Feature!

Hi everyone! My name is Davy and my shop is MidnightSunArt. My grandmother tried to teach me to crochet when I was a young boy, but I could never get the hang of it. In my freshman year of college I decided to pick up some yarn and a few hooks and try to remember the basics she had taught me and then teach myself the rest. I did that as a way to pass time at the job I had at the time, sitting behind a desk at the campus Residence Halls late at night and early in the mornings. That was four years ago and I've been in love with crochet ever since! I've now all but graduated college and moved to Alaska to start a new life and career.

This set represents me as a crochet artist pretty well. I tend to lean toward muted colors and earth tones, though I use bright colors on occassion. Mostly I love things that garner a sense of wearability and class. I prefer to work in simple stitches, nothing too complicated. While my stitches are usually simple, I do love to experiment with complex patterns and create my own patterns. I love colors that remind me of the woods, the sky, and natural foods.



Thanks for looking and reading my feature! I look forward to seeing more from the rest of our talented team! :-)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Project Linus Charity Event

Crochetgal has kindly stepped forward and will be our coordinator for our first charity event with Project Linus! Below is the information you may need involving this charity and how we intend to help.

Crochetgal said:

"I do quite a bit of work for Project Linus http://projectlinus.org/  , making blankets for kids in crises. However, with the cost of shipping heavy items it may be difficult $$ wise for individuals to ship to a central point for donation.
So what about if team members who wanted to contribute would donate a blanket to the center nearest them? Of course, if there wasn't a center, I can always take them here as well.
Or instead of doing full blankets each, we could do larger (24" x 24") granny squares and I'll collect and assemble them and get them my local chapter.
I don't want to go with the really tiny squares as they are a nightmare to put together.
My partner (also an Etsian) is a Project Linus Blanketeer here in Phoenix as well. He delivers over 100 blankets each month to various locations.
 
Ok, here's the rundown. We will make Squares (they don't have to be granny squares) but they DO have to be 24" x 24" and they MUST be made from acrylic yarns. NO cottons or wool or wool blend.

I will look after the assembly of the squares and getting them to the local Project Linus chapter.

The squares do NOT have to be any specific colour, but black is NOT recommended. Remember that these are for kids!"

If you do decide to make a blanket to donate locally or a granny square and ask that you take a picture before mailing it off that way we can show our progress on here. This charity event will run from September through the end of November right before the Holidays. This should allow everyone enough time to either get a blanket for square constructed and Crochetgal enough time to assemble.

You are not required to participate but do remember it is for the children.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

BeatriceCLaNore Feature!

Meet BeatriceCLaNore! Leave some love people!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54145372/crochet-embellished-monarch-butterfly

I chose to make a monarch butterfly b/c in third grade my class collected monarch caterpillars and kept watch until they hatched. I've, ever since, collected monarch caterpillars each year. I have a butterfly garden in my yard and butterfly boxes. I love how they grow and change into something beautiful. I think that this process is something we all go through in our own ways and that crocheting has been a very important part of my journey. I'm glad that I've brought my crocheting ability from childhood into my adult life as it has been a great discovery for me. I love to create things with seed beads and I'm addicted to vintage buttons so I used those things to embellish my crochet butterfly. All in all this item describes who I am and defines my shop in that the butterfly signifies my personal growth. Starting as a caterpillar and developing into a butterfly. :-)

~B
 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yarrow1 Feature!

Meet Yarrow1! Leave some love!


The roses represent my three grown children that I had the delight to raise.


The oldest one is military man with a few thorns.

The next one, a daughter, is an award winning graphic artist, in full bloom.

Another daughter is a florist in LA, working on all the flowers for the Emmy awards. She has yet to reach her full bloom but is on her way. She is also on etsy.

I have reached my full bloom and have a few petals missing( quite a few).
I have done crochet since being down with Rheumatic Fever at seven. I didn't do much other than chain stitch necklaces for my friends. I was able to get really even stitches because of then.
I love doing many different types of art creations. I mix my art with my love for animals and gardening.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Motherofthree7515 Feature!

Motherofthree7515 Feature! Leave some love people!


I think these hand warmers represent who I am as a person and in my personal style. I enjoyed every moment I spent creating these and will be making a pair for myself to wear in the winter. I love living outside the box and try to express myself through my work in all mediums. I started crocheting about 10 years ago and have just now started to make my own patterns and designs. I love sharing my creations with my three beautiful children and my friends and family.



Becky
 

Friday, August 20, 2010

AAlexandra Feature!

Meet AAlexandra  and her red tote! Leave some love!


I made this last week and I believe this best represents me because I've never made a tote bag like this and just saw pictures and thought to myself.. "hey, I can do that" So I did it. That is definitely my philosophy when it comes to making all the items that I make. I can do anything or at least try.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Milliebelle Feature!

Welcome to the team! Leave some love!


Hello, My name is Sandy and I am Millie's Grammy. I have been actively crocheting for about 5 years making simple single crochet afghans out of Red Heart Light and Lofty for friends and neighbors. My grandaughter Amelia (aka Millie) is the namesake in Millie Moon's Menagerie. In July 2009 when I first found out I was going to be a Grandma I started making crocheted animals for Millie as her nursery was going to be primary colors and animals. I remember my first animal was a bunny and the instructions indicated it should be 7 inches and it ended up 2 feet long. Hey, I gave it my best shot as I had never read a pattern before and only knew single crochet! After that I just kept trying more and more animals with different stitches. They also served as great shower decorations for her baby shower! After she was born I began to try more and more new items such as hats and booties, and then I tried my hand at sweaters. Next thing you knew I became Millie's grandma who makes the sweaters! I've made her many sweater and hat sets with various appliques, strawberries, lollipops, watermelons, and most recently her mommy requested a cupcake which was the inspiration for this sweater and beret combo. I get a couple requests a month for sweaters, but I still love making animals the best and they still end up bigger than the instructions say, but at least now I have learned why!
Thanks for visiting my etsy store!




Monday, August 16, 2010

2CrochetHooks Feature!

Help me in welcoming another mother/daughter team! Leave some love!


We are a mother and daugther team from USA. We both crochet and work on the business together. This venture has helped us grow as crocheters and as a family. We have gotten closer and learned to better work together.
The item we have chosen is a Blue Poison Dart preemie hat. We have chosen this item because it best represents our more wild and daring side. This is the first project I have ever really done without a pattern in front of me and it was due to Mother's awesome inspiration. She likes frogs and thought it would be neat to do a poison dart frog hat instead of the typical hat. I chose preemie because it is a cause I care about. I feel terrible for the poor little babies and think they deserve something fun and exciting in their life. I filled the hat with love and prayers for healthfullness as I do with all the preemie hats we make.





Sunday, August 15, 2010

Updates & Charity Event

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to let you all know what a wonderful job you are all doing! Our team is slowly but surely expanding a little everyday!

Keep sending in your August "Meet & Greet" item and convo to me with something about yourself and why you chose that item! So far we have gotten many entries and it has been great getting to know each and everyone of you!

From the surveys it is quite clear that everyone would like a newsletter! If you haven't taken the survey yet just click on the link to the right. If anyone would like to have patterns, techniques etc published in the monthly newsletter please feel free to convo me!

Also from the surveys taken many would be interested in doing a team charity event! This is one thing that I am very excited about! Most would like to be involved in a charity event that item made go to children or babies. I've been doing some research and there are SOOO many charities to choose from which is why I have come to you all. I would like to do something that will be a big help to others in the winter months and during the holidays. If possible, it would be nice to choose a charity that accepts all types of crocheted items: hats, blankets, mittens, dolls, etc. This way everyone in the team has a chance to participate and help in their own way by making something that is them.

Please leave a comment on this blog or send me a convo with what you would suggest. As part of being on this team I really would like to see this be a great team effort!

Thanks a bunch!

Melissa (FreemanCraftsFabrics)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Jilliegbeanz Feature!

Help me in welcoming to our team jilliegbeanz! Leave some love!


I decided to go with the coffee wall art as my featured item. It best describes me because I love both fabric and yarn and this was a good combination for me. Why coffee? I'm a very busy mom of three boys who are very busy right now with sports! So it's either coffee or diet coke....lol...I had two grandmothers at a very young age....oh maybe around 7 or 8...teach me how to crochet. Over the past two years I have really gotten back into crocheting a lot! I absolutely love doing it. I tend to have about three projects going at once. I love doing a project and putting all different colors together. I love bright colors!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Amiamigos Feature!


Welcome Amiamigos to our team! Leave some Love!

He is playful, heart-warming, huggable and soft. He would make people smile and happy. I picked this guy because that's how I always want to be. I would like to make things that make people "awwwww"! Also, I'm always carrying a messenger bag like the one this bear is carrying except mine is full of baby diapers, wipes and stuff! lol




Thank you!



Kyoko


Thursday, August 12, 2010

LetaTn Feature!

Our next feature is from LetaTn! Leave some love!


I chose the acorn treasure pots because I love to crochet small and diverse projects. I am currently a stay at home housewife because the job market is not so good where I live. I started crochet as a way to pass the time and then quickly became obsessed with it! I make sweaters and afgans but my favorites are tiny amigurumis and other small items. I started an etsy shop so I could continue to create without being overrun with projects around the house. And to make a little yarn money!!



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DoilyMania Feature!

Two for one deal! Welcome our mother/daughter shop DoilyMania!
Show some love people!


We are mother/daughter team,we live in Boise Idaho.I am Gloria and mom's name is Zagorks. Our homeland is Croatia , I came here 10 years ago. I am only child and once my father past away I decide to take care of my Mom.She came to USA 2 years ago..she don't speak any English so I opened this shop and I am doing all sales related stuff..emails...facebook.... Mom is artist, she does crocheting and knitting last 40 years, she is amazing to me. She is always up for trying new ideas...new patterns that I find and sometimes she will come up with her own things. Table runner I send you..few weeks ago on Facebook lady from Egypt posted a pattern for it but nobody made doily at self so Mom decided that she is going to make it. After few days of work came out beautiful and I am very proud of it ...of course if you ask mom artist she will tell you could of be better...:P

That is our story ...:)
I am not much of artist ...I can cook but don't ask me to make you doily...:P

P.S. Sorry for any misused or misspelled words ...English is still work in progress. :)



Monday, August 9, 2010

AirportSushi Feature!

Let's all welcome AirportSushi to the team! Here is her challenge item!
Be sure to leave some love!


Okay, I started crocheting for fun about a year ago. I'm from Florida and used to work at a certain large theme park with my husband. When I finally became pregnant, we moved to Alabama and I've been on semi-bedrest the whole time because of my heart defect. So I started crocheting like mad to pass the time. When I'm not crocheting, I'm either out on the lake or farm, or hanging out playing video games. I opened my shop last month and my main inspiration is my baby girl.


Salutationscrochet Feature!

Today we are proud to feature salutationscrochet! Be sure to leave some love!

Hello! I'm Charlotte. I live in Northern Utah with my husband and our little girl.
I've been crocheting since I was about ten years old, which is when my mother taught me how. Years earlier, my mother learned the same set of skills from her mother. The funny thing is, when my grandmother was around 80 or so, she had me sit down with her and re-teach her. So, we came full circle.
Crocheting is one of my most enjoyable hobbies. I like the feel of the yarn between my fingers, and I love the way a hand-made blanket, scarf, hat, hairband, or whatever else has a different feel to it than something that is made with more automation. There's a feel of love in handmade articles. I'm grateful for that.
I chose to make this headband for my challenge piece because I absolutely love the color yellow. I love the look of it, I love the feel of it. For me, yellow symbolizes cheer, warmth, sunshine, and joy, all wrapped up into one bright happy color. It's been my favorite for years and years now, and I don't see that happening anytime soon.
I've been selling on etsy since the summer of 2009, and have had just a marvelous experience here. I have two shops, one at salutationscrochet.etsy.com and another at charlottelaughs.etsy.com I also have a blog, where I write the adventures and occurrences that happen to me and my little family. That can be found at charlottelaughs.blogspot.com


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pipistrellecrochet Feature!

To kick off our August Challenge Features is pipistrellecrochet with a Broomstick crocheted scarf! She has written a blog with more details about her challenge piece which you can read here: http://pipistrellecrochetdesign.blogspot.com/2010/08/broomstick-crochet.html
Be sure to leave some love people!




Team Survey!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Team Vote

I applied for a team grants and also need imput as far as prizes.






This months challenge is under way and I can't wait to see what everyone makes! Now I would like some imput on future challenges. Please vote in the poll how often you would like to have a new challenge.




Friday, July 30, 2010

Team Challenge and New Treasury

OK so we're going to try this and see how it goes. We're going to do a team challenge! You can choose to participate if you want. It's meant to be fun for those who are itching for something more to do. So the challenge starts today and ends August 31st. One whole month!

The theme for this challenge is "Who are you?". The idea is to make something that tells each member what you're all about. What is your "thing" that makes crocheting fun. Make an item that represents you and your shop. This is meant to be a way to get to know each other better and see the different talents amongst our group. This is meant to be easy since everyone is constantly making items for there shop.

The item needs to be a new item that has been listed between today's date and August 31st. Once you have made and picked the item you think best represent "Who you are" then please post the link in the forum for everyone to see or convo me the link. Please use the team tag for this entries.

Each person who enters an item will be featured on the blog. One person will be posted per day if we have multiple entries. As the items are submitted they will be posted. For those who do participate have a little something written up about why you make what you do and what inspires you. This is kind of a show and tell. LOL! The challenge starts NOW!

On another note please check out this awesome treasury made of team items created by pipistrellecrochet: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c52840bb52b8eef9f7d3e3f/crochet-dreamers

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's Official!

I just got word that we are now officially an Etsy Team! Here is the link on the team page!

http://team.etsy.com/viewteam.php?id=892

If you do not see your name on there don't worry I'll get it added!

Another important bit of info that I've been told is that our tag needs to have the word "Team" in it in order for Etsy to help promote us. So with a suggestions from yvonnebabyboutiques the new tag to use is "crochetdreamteam" (one Word)

SO EXCITING! Who's ready to PARTY!

Who is Excited?!

We are now at 33 members and growing fast! I know I'm excited!

I posted the facebook and forum (chit chat) links on the right side under "Team Links" for easy access.

I'm still waiting to hear from Morgan about being "official" and having our own Team Page. When I find out I'll let you all know!

Feel free to refer friends to join and make team treasuries! If some items are tagged "crochetdreamers" it will be easier to find team items to show off.

For those of you who want to start some fun I would like to get ideas as to what you want to do. Feel free to comment here, the forum, or convo me personally with ideas! Let the fun begin! Once we get some ideas I'll post a poll here for people to vote on what they would like to do first. We have a very creative bunch on this team and that is easy justified by the items in their shops. Look forward to hearing (or seeing) some of your ideas!

Thanks,

Melissa

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This is Great!

We are constantly getting new members which is super exciting! The list of team members on the right just keeps getting longer. Invite your friends to join! The more the merrier!

Forum: This is a team thread for us to chit chat and get to know one another. We've actually been discovered and received new members this way! LOL!  Stop by and introduce yourself! http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?page=1&thread_id=6585887

FaceBook: Thanks to Mistee we now have a fan facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=106437386078448&ref=ts Become a fan and invite friends! It's open to everyone! Maybe even those who are fans of our work!

Tags: If you want your items to be found under the team name use the tag "crochetdreamers" (one word) while tagging your items

Announcement: Also if you choose you can mention the team in your shop announcements to better advertise us and let people know we are going to be the best team ever!

Welcome Everyone to the team!

If you have any questions or ideas as to what you would like to see done amongst the team just as challenges, charity events etc. please let me know. I'm open to ideas!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We're on our way!

I've submitted the application and team info to Morgan ( Etsy Admin) for approval. As soon as we are a finalized team I'll be sure to let you all know. We have over 10 members already! How exciting is that?! I had our banner custom made and I feel that is describes us perfectly. What do you think? I'm working to get a team avatar so we can post the image of our team where ever we want so show how proud we are! I've listed the team members on the right hand side. Let me know if I missed anyone! I changed the color selection on the blog to match our banner. Is everyone cool with it? I like to get feedback!

I've listed both of our team avatars on the right. You can use them in a picture on your listings or post the avatar on your blog so people know you're apart of this team! If you need the image e-mailed to you let me know.

Thank you to everyone who has joined! I want to make this the best crochet team ever! Once we get approved let the games begin! LOL!

While we wait I made an Etsy Forum http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6585887 so everyone can meet up and get to know one another!

What we are all about as a Team

The idea behind this crochet team is to belong to a community of fellow crocheters and have no worries as to meeting certain guidelines. I want everyone to feel welcome here. You can be as active as you wish. I do realize that people have lives outside of Etsy and this group is here to accommodate for that purpose. Some of you may be more active and for those we will have fun events planned throughout the year. Others can pop in from time to time as they wish with no fears of being booted. The only reason for anyone to get booted from the team is for breaking Etsy's rules which include etiquette. I am hoping to plan contests/challenges for people to participate. If Etsy allows us a team grant I intend to have prizes! More than likely those prizes will consist of what we crocheters love best: yarn. LOL! If you like the sound of this then Welcome to Crochet Dreamers! Contact FreemanCraftsFabrics.etsy.com to join our wonderful team!

NutshellFarms- said "Later on it might be nice to do some features of members items. That way people can see what everyone is working on. Maybe even a spot for tutorials or patterns that people can share with one another. This is all in the future of course once everything is up and running."

I totally agree! This may help give those interested a idea of what we are planning.  Thanks!

Also if you choose, you can tag your items "crochetdreamers" and find team items.

Welcome!

This is so exciting! We are currently gathering members and ideas so get this team official through etsy. This will be the official team blog site. Any updates or news will be posted here.

With everyone's input we were able to come up with "Crochet Dreamers" as our team name. Now the tag line is a different story. I've sent everyone a message to put it to a vote.

1) Creating Handmade Dreams
2) Our Dreams Handmade





 
 
I'm currently in the process of getting a team banner and avatar made. I'd love to take ideas about backgrounds, themes, color skeme? Let me know!