Show #16 Crochet is My Hobby

Crochet is  the coolest Hobby !

This Show Your Hosts talks about the joy of crochet as a Hobby!  Listen to:

  • Crochet As A Hobby

  • Crochet Swaps

  • Crochet Techniques

  • Crochet Benefits

 I am Modeling a hat set I made from a Magic Yarn Ball Swap in 2009

Featured Stitch  is the Star Stitch                                                          For ideas & inspiration visit #ccpodcast  Pinterest Board Here

Our Fur Baby Is My Peaches!!

                                                                            She is hiding in a pile of laundry.

Contest Time    

Share something great about crochet as a Hobby and what it means to you in the comments section of #ccpodcast

Prizes Sponsored By Yarners.life and Avon

Winner to be announced next month.

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Have A Safe & Blessed Memorial Day!

Until Next Time,                                                                              I’m forever Hooked and  it was a pleasure!

 

Show #15 Black Pearl Creations

I met this fabulous designer in one of my Facebook Groups, a one of a kind  pearl I am so happy to have met. We stayed on this call for almost an hour! I am sure you will enjoy this show as much as I do!

On this Show Joede shares;

  • How she began crocheting
  • The surprise business start-up
  • Running A crochet Business
  • Words of wisdom for fellow crochet biz owners and hobbyist

Find Joede Brown on
Etsy store: Blackpearlcreations.etsy.com
Web Site:  Blackpearlcrochet.com
Face Book: Black Pearl Creations
You tube:   joede1123                                                                                                                        How To Wear Shawls and Kimonos without looking like a Granny

In the Loops:

Thank You to the Contest Winners of the the Healing Series
Ashley, Jackie and Densie prizes from Avon’s beauty Boss Katherine Campbell
and from Yarners.life

You can shop online on the website on Yarners on FaceBook Today

Did you know you can sign up for 20% off your first order at Yarners.life
Buy Adorable & witty Crochet Quoted Tees, Totes, Pouches, Mugs, Mom and Me Tees & Onesies and more. 

The perfect way to share your yarn and crochet loving lifestyle with the world.
Why not sports fans and other hobbyist do it why not YOU!

Visit Yarners.life and use coupon code NewYarner20
Our Feature Stitch is the Basketweave                                                                                 This stitch is ideal for crochet home decor
design beautifully textured pieces like baskets, pillows, dish cloths and such
For more ideas and inspiration  Visit Crocheters Connection Pinterest Board  Here

Our Fur Baby is Joede’s very own Samson!
I have to share this gorgeous Mother’s Day Story about Joede’s Samson and it reads.  Listen to the show for this touching Mom’s Day Story

Visit CC Facebook page see more of his cute Pictures. Click

 

A Mother’s Day Shout OUT

To the Mothers across the world!
and I am praying for a beautiful Mom’s Day for all EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU

To the #1 Mom:  My MOMMY my Awesome Saucy Supportive Best Friend!             I love You Momma!

Final Remarks
I’m immensely grateful to you all for joining! The inspiration is magnificent!
Joede Brown thank you for your presence!
You have to visit her website and see her designs!
I must mention Joede is having a sale on her fab items. Coupon Code “crochetersconnection” 20% off any $35+ purchase. Expires May 31.    At www.blackpearlcrochet.com only.

Alright My Superfly Makers, make your mark in this world!
Until next time! As always it was pleasure and I am forever hooked
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Last Minute Crochet Tips

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I’ve read in many of my Facebook groups about  Creatives ending up in the hospital; by overexerting themselves with crochet projects. Others had self-inflicted injuries as they tried to beat the clock to pump out last-minute gifts.  Sad to say they  were out of commission for a while.

I  agree Christmas is the biggest gift giving season of the year; however, I’d like you to reach the finish line safely. runner-579327_640

I created a strategy exclusively for my Makers: “7 ways to “Keep Calm During Holiday Crochet” :

1. Plan Your Projects to avoid getting overwhelmed. Make a list of your projects and check them off as you complete each one. This method motivates you to  finish your projects faster. Here a simple chart you can download and print. project-list

2 .Take Breaks to stretch your muscles and body parts. We tend to crochet for hours without realizing  the time has flown past. Then our body gets sore and stiff, this can cause other health issues.  Set an hourly  timer on your cell phone or alarm clock. Dance for 10 minutes, walk around, breathe, and/or drink water or soothing tea.

3. Small Projects are great ways to check off that long project list quickly. Small can have a huge impact when packaged or presented nicely. Such as, a crochet mug cozy with tea bags and cookies inserted in a mug. Get creative and have lots of fun with your small projects.

4. Use Creative Packaging as I stated in tip #3! Gifts inside of a gift are great. Try the dollar store. They  have loads of baskets, vases, wrappings, bags, and bows to make your handmade creations WOW  your gifts. Don’t forget your labels! Buy them HERE.

5. Pamper Your Hands by soaking them in warm water. Gently stretch and massage them with hand  balm or shea butter. They are the chickas making  all the designs inside of you happen. To my Creatives that have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other issues; please pamper your hands.

6. Easy Projects don’t require too many  stitch transitions and difficult patterns. It makes Christmas Crochet much more productive and stress-less. Add cute embellishments like poms-poms and buttons. Stitches like the moss or basket weave create lovely textures. Play with bright fun colors and try the hounds-tooth stitch.  Trust me your easy projects will look like hard work.

7. A Comfy Corner is imperative! Camaraderie  a corner of your sofa, or a cozy recliner, or a bed rest pillow. Make sure you have a little table to place drinks, snacks, and crochet stuff. Don’t forget proper lighting. A comfy seat helps your entire body relax, including your prosperous hands.

I hope these tips are helpful, and  your Christmas Crochet is Calm and a Success!  Take a Look at this Inspirational Pinterest Board I made just for you.

                                                            Finish  healthy and strong.

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 Forever hooked Priscilla

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Hello There!people-1636304_640

CC Podcast has not added any new shows since May. But, it will resume around Thanksgiving.

In the meantime. I am proud to announce  I learned the crocodile stitch. I have a couple of fall WIP’s for you to try; and some news about CC Podcast.

Although, I am somewhat of a private person;  I feel my awesome audience can get a snippet of my life. To my Blog skimmers;  good news, I am not a big writer lately. So my blog posts will be short and to the point.

I’ve been making moves! packing-40916_640

I moved back to NY from Maryland. But, setting up my studio is a daunting task. Unpacking, sorting, lifting, hurting and reconnecting with my family, is exhausting

 

Currently, I’m taking another hiatus in NJ with my parents. By the way they just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary! Super proud of those two!

So, there you have the jist of it!

 

Now, moving forwardshield-468080_640

A terrible echo in my home will make CC Podcast a hazard to my listeners. It is really bad!face-985965_640

Yesterday, my 4 year old granddaughter  and I were on the phone and she  said “Grandma, have an echo party!”  See what I mean?

 

 

I really do miss CC’s podcast, so I’ve been crocheting and researching (just for you) in the meantime.  The set target date is Thanksgiving for resuming  CC Podcast, as I scout the perfect spot for recording and editing future shows,

tree-1574165_640No worries, in the the meantime, I am staying connected with my Makers via social media. I believe my ideas, news, tips, patterns, and crochet Memes are going to make your days.

 

A few festive posts and goodies are  coming to CC’s Blog, tailored for my sellers & makers .

Before you go,  check out the two fall WIP’S by Bonita’s Patterns

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Crocodile Wrist Warmers Pattern Here

If you’d like to learn the crocodile stitch go here.

 

See you on Social Media!

Yarn Lovers

 

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This is actually Show #11. My apologies for the major error.

Nevertheless, Listen to the Crocheters Of Instagram connect from across the globe about loving yarn.

Your LOL Host, Latrell Leiza and Tammy laugh about the everyday life of crocheters.

Also, get the scoop on special sales still happening on Instagram at Tammy and Latrell’s online crochet biz.

 

Enjoy

Listen to this episode!

 

 

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20 HOT Items To Sell At Craft Shows PT 4

 

well-done-1276509_640You made it to the fourth and final part  of the mini blog series!  I added a bonus item just for you! Maybe I need to rename it 21 Hot items.

Nevertheless,  If you missed parts 1-3? You can catch up,   1 Here  2 Here &  3 Here

 

 

 

 

It was reported by Market Watch that  “bringing up baby”  was a 23 billion industry in 2013.  Moreover, what artisan can resist crocheting beautiful pieces for these little darlings?

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Parents and grandparents will find it hard to resist a booth tailored for babies;
and are always ready to spend money on super cute baby accessories “just because.”

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Cater to the family  and friends by using cute embellishments such as;
 “#1 NephewFavorite Niece,  I’m A Big Brother or  Big Sister”. 

Family members love to boast about the new addition to the family and embellished items has the potential to increase sales.12734062_1051974954825061_1835293757702177052_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drumrolls Please!

 

Here is the list of the last  four of 20 Hot Items to sell and a bonus:

17. Baby Booties & Sandals: These can be made year round from Ugg styles to sandals.

18. Beanies/Bonnets:  Use All cotton yarn for the summer  (order Here) and ribbons for the bonnets (order Here) .

19. Bibs: Soft cotton yarns are  non allergenic, durable, and soft on their skin (order Here)      Add Velcro  to make putting on and taking off easy.  (order HERE)                                             Make pockets for a baby spoon and fork. (order Here)                                                          Baby can never have too many bibs, design collections, such as ;                                                    “days of the week”, “mealtimes”, & wherever your creative mind takes you!

20. Pillows: I use regular store pillows. You get more filling for less money than craft stores and they’re hyper-allergenic.  (order HERE )items.

21. Lacy Summer Blanket and/or stuffed animal blankets are a summer Hit!

Fellow artisans have marvelous creations that will inspire you! So, I created a Pinterest Board Just for You HERE .

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light-bulb-th7 Quick Tips to make your table/booth appealing to customers.

1. Reinvent traditional shades of pink and blues by mixing up colors. hot pink orange, pink, or tealgrey, & green

2. Use gender neutral colors: yellow and grey with white; or model big brand  baby store.

3. Coordinate the 5  items above by using the same theme, colors, or designs. It’s a marvelous way to increase sales via bundling. Read about this tip in my blog post HERE.
4. Embellish baby expressions your crochet pieces.  (Order Here) Apple Orange Gifts has lots to choose from.)
5. Sew wash and care instructions on printed labels.  To save valuable time make your creations look professional,  order iron-on labels  But, If you’re on a tight budget print wash/care symbols on colorful card stock, cut out, and give them out with each purchase, Wunder Label has a free download find them HERE.
6. Play children’s music or lullabies. Create a playlist on YOU Tube and play via your phone or other device.
7. Spray a delicate baby scent (Order HERE )in your booth/table it makes a soothing shopping experience.
8. Offer gift wrapping for a small charge, display a snazzy sign that says you offer this service.  Use satin ribbon bows, tissue paper, and gift bags. (Start Here) They boast a huge & affordable selection, so venture  around the site.
11949845801092038392reminder-hand_benji_park_01.svg.thumbDon’t forget  to include a few packages that say:  It’s a girl, It’s a boy, or Congratulations.

Now that you have your list of “20 Hot items That Sell At Craft Shows” you are ready for the next step!     Getting them  sold-sign-th     Register today for my free webinar

“How to be a success at Selling Your Crochet Creations“ on May 16, 2016 HERE
I ‘ll be sharing tips and strategies to help you get your beautiful handmade pieces sold .

This is may be the the end of this blog mini-series; but, it’s the beginning of your success.     Fire up your hooks and start creating.

See you at the free webinar on May 16. Register HERE

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Show #9 Crochet DREAMZ!

Shenaaz is the fabulous Blogging, Crafting, Sewing, Knitting,  Crocheting,  Designing Mom and Founder of Crochet Dreamz

She was  featured in Simply Crochet, Inside Crochet Magazine, and the designer of the Crochet Braided Cowl that went viral this winter season and still a major hit

I had to have Shenaaz on the CC Podcast, so we can hear the voice behind the designer  of Crochet Braided Cowl that went viral this winter and say thank you,

You will Learn

  1. How she stumbled upon her designing and blogging career
  2. Booties were her first pattern she designed for fun
  3. Her pattern writing technique
  4. Where she gets her ideas for patterns
  5. Advice for finding trustworthy pattern testers
  6. Tips on writing a fool proof pattern
  7. Her design specialty
  8. Tips for planning out your designs for the year
  9. The fame of the Double Layered Braided Cowl Pattern

    Here is my granddaughter modeling my braided cowl.                                                      I  had to secretly steal it back. Gen Braided Cowl

    Click the Links to Visit Crochet Dreamz on the Internet.

BLOG   CRAFTSY STORE    RAVELRY STORE   FACEBOOK 

Listen to this episode

IN THE LOOPS

This week’s tip is for our sellers using a technique called Bundling!

  • Listen to the show in the player Above
  • Read About it  Here
  • See Ideas About Selling on CC’s Pinterest Board HERE

The Featured Stitch is the Shell Stitch

For ideas and inspiration Visit CC Pinterest Board Here

It’s been a pleasure! I’m forever hooked

Priscilla

 

Show #8 Marie Segares: The Underground Crafter

Marie Segares: Proprietress of The Underground Crafter and Creative Yarn Entrepreneur

Hear from the dynamic Writer, Crochet designer, Knitting designer, Teacher, Blogger, Podcaster,

Marie shares a host of her  expertise about the yarn world, and works diligently both in the creative and business side of the yarn industry. You can find her  all over the internet sharing loads of free patterns and other great resources for crocheters.

You will learn:

  • How she helped former guest Angie Doherty of Hooked By Angels
  • Multiple ways to earn money in the Yarn/Crochet business
  • Ideas for running your own business
  • Ways to keep creativity flowing
  • Marie’s  New Podcast that read patterns as you crochet along.
  • The 27 designers she collaborates with to provide and help listeners with free patterns

Marie Segares Links

Website Underground Crafter

Podcast: iTunes    Stitcher   TuneIn  PlayerFM   freecrochetpodcast.com

Website Creative Yarn Entrepreneur

Podcast:  iTunes Stitcher TuneIn

The Blog that keeps Marie Inspired BigFatMumSlim.com

In The Loop

Story time: Listen to the show HERE  to hear this hilariously true story by Rebecca Clarke                                       Rebecca Clarke 2

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Thank you Rebecca Clarke for sharing, you brought lots of laughs to CC Podcast Listeners and Readers.

 

Stitch of the Week: Solomon’s Knot.  Visit CC Podcast Pinterest Board for ideas and inspiration

Pet Shout Outs: No Pet Shout Outs This Week. However; I am working on something  fun on Pinterest so we don’t miss out on sharing our fur babies and crochet buddies with the world.

 

Thank You Marie Segares for the wealth of advice you Shared Hope to have you back again.

 

Until Next Time:  it’s  been a pleasure.

Forever Hooked

Priscilla Prince

Made With Love

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I remember when my granddaughter was in the pediatric hospital during Christmas. My daughter was really sad, having a sick baby in the hospital during Christmas is enough to break anyone’s spirit.

On Christmas Day while my daughter stayed by her baby girl’s side, a band of sweet older women were making their rounds on that floor spreading Christmas joy! They came to the  room and presented my daughter with a handmade ripple stitch blanket in shades of pink. 

She was thrilled and her entire countenance changed.

Later, when I picked her up,  she held up the blanket and exclaimed “Mommy look at this beautiful blanket and look at the Label!”  Printed on the label was “Made with Love by Susan ?” I can’t remember the last name but I recall how happy my daughter was about the blanket and the message on the label.

Imagine labeling all of your precious handcrafted gifts. Decades later that label will speak volumes about you and your work.

Labels are not only for sellers but for the crochet hobbyist too.

Believe me after that exchange with my daughter and the generous crochet stranger, I  wanted every keepsake blanket I made my grandchildren to have labels. Unfortunately  I tried, and it was hard,  so I just stopped. 

However,  today the process is much easier and fun!

 I am ordering mine from Wunder Label with these words “Grandma Made It” and add one of their cute heart symbols & “I love You”  on them.   These labels are going on my grandchildrens’  blankets old and new.  

How about you join me. Put them on any one of your handmade creations. 

 

If you already use personalized labels for your crochet creations I’d love to hear about it.

Kindly Comment below

 

Show # 7 Mary Maxim

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Hey there my Creatives! I so  hope you enjoy this show as  much as I did.  Heather Mango Social Media Coordinator, shares interesting and marvelous, stories, enterprise, and facts about the historically rich Yarn & Craft giant MARY MAXIM

 

You’re going to learn:

  • The historical journey and their secret to how Mary Maxim’s success among contemporaries, .
  • The Naming of Mary Maxim and staying true to their name.
  • Looms, Patterns, and the challenges faced by pattern writers and designers.
  • A 4th Generation Family Owned Business that has a one stop shop Command Center.
  • The dedicated employees that provide exemplary customer support.
  • The use of local designers in the pattern and design process.
  • The Massive Pattern Archives on Ravelry.
  • Huge amount of catalogs mailed each year throughout the US and Canada
  • Engage customers Young & Old via traditional & modern forms of communication.
  • Varieties of yarns, kits, and You Tube tutorials to help their customers.

                                                                   Mary Maxim Events                                                                                                                   Call : 1-800-962-9504 or visit their website for details:                                                                                  Annual Tent Sales   │ Pattern Submissions │ Historic Building Tours │May Crochet Contests

Find Mary Maxim on the WEB as *Mary Maxim Official*

Website/Blog Instagram Twitter Ravelry YouTube Pinterest │Facebook

Courtesy Of Mary Maxim to CC Podcast Listeners , receive a  special discount.  

IN THE LOOPS 

Trivia instead Tips: What is the Movie I am trying name during this show?                                                      The 1st caller with the correct answer  is the winner. Winner gets a free Monster Headband or Beanie pattern from JaCo Creations!    Click the green banner on the right to leave a message.  Winner to be announced on Show #8

Stitch of the Week: The PICOT Stitch *Visit CC Podcast On Pinterest for  Ideas and Inspiration*

Pet Shout outs:

Christine Seidita’s Kitties, ” Nico & Athena checking out my ribbons”
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                    Alexandrias Cat Mufassa

                                                              Alexandria Paradise Mufassa shared, “my crochet “helper” lol “                              

 *Visit CC Podcast  on FaceBook  to post pics & comments of your fur baby to get a SHOUT Out on CC Podcast!*

 Thank you Heather Mango, Mary Maxim’s dynamic Social Media Coordinator, for sharing the rich History of Mary Maxim and the strides your team i making to enrich the  world of crocheters!

Listeners, be sure to take advantage of Mary Maxim’s specials and resources.

Please comment and share. As always it was pleasure.

Forever Hooked
Priscilla