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

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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

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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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Show #12 Jackie Edwards

SHOW NOTES

Although Show #12 was recorded last year it was an  honor to revisit this episode! Hearing about the phenomenal work Jackie Edwards is doing in Delaware for the homeless population is  magnificent!

Some of the Topics Discussed:

  1. How and why Jackie began crocheting
  2. The beginnings of Healing Yarns and its operations
  3. Code Purple and the magnanimous outreach to homeless population
  4. The people being serviced.
  5. The benefits of crochet and healing
  6. Recognized by the media for her awesome work in Delaware

Ways to connect with Jackie Edwards and help with her cause:

      Healing Yarns

                                                                            Code Purple Kent County

Special Announcement  from Jackie shared on March 24, 2017: Please  visit The Healing Garden 102 South Main Street Camden, DE 19934 to get Yarn to help with causes!

Special Shout Outs

Denise Larlee Joudrey from Canada was concerned about the pause in CC Podcast. I assured her I was working diligently to get the show back on track. We had a lovely time on Facebook chatting about patterns and such. For that I surprised Denise on the show with a cute mug from https://yarners.life

CC Podcast Fur Buddy: Jango

 Denise Larlee Joudrey’s and Dear Hubby’s

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier 2 years old

Stitch of the Week is  The Beane Stitch

Visit CC Podcast Pinterest Board for ideas and inspiration. Here

Contest

By  https://yarners.life  One Yarner will win a prize package (of a tote bag, mug, hand therapy cremes and nail gel).Share how  you started or joined a cause on CC Podcast Facebook Page under the comments  section. Enter to win Now HERE

Special thanks to CC Podcast Sponsor: Katherine Campbell  @ BEAUTY BOSS  Nail Gels  for pretty nails and Hand Therapy cremes for Yarners’.

All it takes is yarn and a hook to heal someone one in need! Start today.

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Until next time it’s been a  pleasure

 

 

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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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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!

 

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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 That Sell At Craft Shows Part 3

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You made it Part 3 of “20 Hot Items That Sell At Craft Fairs.”

 

 

 

                                                                                                              If you missed the first two no worries, I got you covered, Part 1 is Here and Part 2 is Here.

Now, let’s dive into projects 11 to 16!

 

Did you know, children (under 12) and teens influence parental purchases totaling over $130-670 billion a year? (Global Statistics)                                                                                                                                                Since, craft shows/fairs are frequented by parents accompanied with their children, why not have a Kids zone?

YES!    Dedicate the whole or a part of your table for children and teens.

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11. Headbands

12. Purses

13. Wristbands/Bracelets

 

*Adding a cute array of girly motifs or famous characters, like Hello-Kitty or Elsa, will woo any princess* Order HERE and Buttons HERE

 

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Boys

14. Sweat Bands

15. Media bags or Mini Backpacks

16. Sport Bands                                                                                                                                                                *Sew super heroes, sports ( Soccer Teams) and boyish themed appliques to delight lads of all ages.*  Order HERE

Suggested Supplies

  • All cotton yarn is ideal for these projects. order Here.
  • Velcro is great to make head, sweat, and wrist bands adjustable. order HERE.
  • Use Buttons for closures on the different bags. Order Here
  • Make your own characters, and motifs; or buy appliques HERE to sew on head & sports bands, and bags

 

TABLE DISPLAY  (read more ideas I shared HERE.)

► Step-up your crochet skills by making amigurumi. They’ll charm everyone, from toddlers to adults!

► Nicely placed  name tags with stickers (order Here) and/or price tags with stickers (order HERE) that      match your crochet creations has the power to make your table catch any youngster’s eyes.

► Stage your products, more about it in this post   HERE

►BUNDLE, BUNDLE, BUNDLE, to increase sales, read this post for  tips HERE

 

 

1044731_1065310636824826_3308849524186900666_n                                        Still  unsure about selling children items?                                                                 Enlist the help of other children and/or teens for feedback. From experience they’re extremely honest and give valuable input!

Finally, Visit CC Podcast Pinterest Boards HERE for ideas & Inspirations.

 

_Empty_Box_Thinking.svg.medRemember children are customers too, and have a huge impact on parents’ purchases.  I’m certain parents will be pleased with your products as well.

Moreover, youngsters loose excitement looking at grown- up stuff all day. Imagine their excitement when they see your booth made just for them!

All in all, catering for the little consumers has huge potential. I have faith you’ll be a success!

 

See you at the 4th and final part!

Forever Hooked, Priscilla

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Happy Easter

Jana Cooper founder of JaCo Creations is partnering  

With CC Podcast for a  Special  Easter Gift, Just For You!

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emailThe First 50 People has a choice of any free pattern!                                                                         Then the other Awesome Crocheters get the BOGO Sale!   Buy 1 Pattern get 1 Free !

 

                        Here’s How

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  2. Wait for your discount code in your email & Link to JaCo Creations Shop
  3. Check All your email folders (SPAM, UPDATES, etc.) for the confirm email.
  4. Add info@crochetersconnection.com to your contacts to insure you get monthly updates,

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20 Hot Items That Sell At Craft Shows! Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of a 4 part Blog mini-series.  No worries if you missed part 1 visit HERE.   
                                                 

Giving bite size pieces helps make goals attainable, in addition learning to design craft tables that pop and bring in sales!

We are continuing our journey of products and techniques to increase sales, and please our customer. The links are suggested products you can easily order for your projects if you do not have them on hand.  

MSRP is a price locator that you can change. BTW, please tell me what you think about MSRP.             “Too high or  Too low”

Let’s hop to the next 5- 10 products that sell like hot cakes. These projects are on CC Podcast Pinterest HERE.

Dish Cloths in bright spring pastel colors crochet with durable cotton yarn, (order HERE) are perfect. Cotton really stands up to the abuse placed on them, from kitchen, to washer, dryer and back.                             

Utilize crochet stitches to form strong textures, (waffle, linen, seed FPDC, FBDC,  stitch)                                  Work color contrasts into the design for checkerboards, stripes, circles, and whatever’s in your artistic mind.                                                                

An array of holiday, and seasonal configurations are a fraction of designs found on the internet.                 Affording you the potential to design a huge collection and the making of repeat customers.                       Set of 4:  MSRP $8 for plain designs, $12 for themed designs

Coasters should be in endless supply.  Customize them as follows:                                                                 Sophisticated dining and tea time (picots, laces and shell stitches) try #3 Crochet Thread                       (Order Here)                                                                                                                                                            Game night- football, basketball baseball, soccer shapes, and team colors. Acrylic Yarn                                 Children and teens (characters, symbols, and shapes) Use a variety  of Iron Appliques (Order Here)            SET of 4 MSRP $8 for plain designs, $10 for themed

Placemats are ideal for the table all times of the year. Giving the dining table a lovely setting and décor. They complement the coasters and are designed to match them.                                                                        Ovals, squares, and lacy shapes sets the mood of the dining experience.                                                    SET of 4 MSRP $20, themed $25

Napkin rings completes the dining table ensemble magnificently. Especially with beautiful reusable napkins (Order Here.)  These are a basic stater set.                                                                                                  Crocheting around a plastic  bone rings (Order Here) enables them to last for ages.                                              SET of 4 MSRP  $5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Butterfly Refrigerator Magnets adds to the collection magnets or be a start of one. Use Pipe cleaners to fashion colorful antennas (ORDER HERE), place adhesive magnet strips on the back (ORDER HHere). The color variations are endless.   Set of 4 MSRP $8

Don’t forget about the Bundling Tip in from Part 1 Here. Let’s see what’s your earning potential.  

Sell 10 Bundles (@lowest price point) @$45, Daily $450, 5 Days Drumroll…. Grand total is $2250

 

Selling strategy 2. Staging Your Table/Booth

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  1. Group your items as follows Function: such as a set clothing:  Hat, scarf, mittens   or Dress, Headband, Booties. Color:  For products that you have in an array of colors. Like, butterfly magnets, or dish cloths.   This makes you table look appealing to the eye.
  2. Use containers to hold extra items; such as clear jars and baskets. Your table will not look busy or cluttered, confuse the shoppers and cause you to lose them.
  3. Signage is way to make your name brand stand out at any show. Every handmade product should be personalized with price tags, labels, wraps, and signs with your logo.                                                 Signage is a technique that is actually your brand’s signature, message, and makes it unforgettable.
  4. Usage of colors, logo, name, message, and products all over your table and booth draws shoppers in. Be prepared to share a story about each of your products as your customers visit.                          Presenting yourself in a friendly and inviting manner to each and every person says quality and care about your business.
  5. Staging your products, give shoppers ideas on how to use your handmade items.                            Use lifestyle photos of products being worn or used in little frames.

Here is an example for staging your crochet creations #5- #10.

We’re going to set up dining for two!

Pick up disposable plates, that match the theme; clear wine glasses, and silverware from your local $1 Store.  

Grab 2 of each from your pile of  coasters, place mats, and napkin rings, then place your disposable eatery on your them.   (I hoping  you will have a huge inventory after reading this)                                                              Here’s a thought! Add little crochet, plastic or real fruits to the plate

Cork boards are essential for the home and office, and is going to be a huge statement for this staging. If you don’t have one (Order Here).

Use push pins (Order Here) to pin your butterfly magnets around the cork board,                                   Drape 2 dishcloth on either sides at the top the cork board,                                                                               Pin a printed message in the center of the board                                                                                               Add a couple candles you can buy at your local $1 store.    

Voila!  A mini dining experience staged for your shoppers, who are ready to buy and eat!

Add a fun twist to this setting for children too.  

Fun, Festive, Elegant, and Simple dining! You have the creative ability to say to your customers                                 “Hey, you need these for your home ”  

I put together a Pinterest Board, HERE, just for YOU!   Pins with selling, labeling, and booth ideas.

 

Please share your selling ideas and if any of the tips helped boost your sales.  I’d love to hear from you.

20 Hot Items To Sell At Craft Shows Part 1

 

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Are you ready? Spring is here and it’s time to get pumped up and pump out creations  accessories for the Spring and Summer festivities.

Mother’s Day Father’s Day,  4th of July,  Graduations and Summer Fun.

Companies large and small are advertising it all over the web,  radio and on television. It’s time to jump on the bandwagon, you have to the creativity to do so!

Join me as we explore  5 of the 20 ideal crochet projects with links to seamlessly order your necessary  accessories  to make your  crafts standout and sell starting today. MSRP is the suggested price you should sell your creations; but flexible. After all you are the manufacturer.

The summer and spring seasons call for accessories that are small, either made out cotton or fingering weight yarns and threads. Here’s Why :

#1  Works Up Quick

#2 Light Weight

#3. Lower Priced

#4 Bundle them easily

Imagine your craft table showcasing vibrant handmade products, with the spring and summer colors, textures, and appliques all strategically arranged.   Looks heavenly; don’t you agree?

Guess what? I designed a Pinterest Board just for you. It has over 100 ideas and patterns for craft items to crochet for fairs and shows.

Head over there after you reading the sure fire projects that sell, and let the work begin. They are presented in bite size chunks in order to keep you from being overwhelmed.

Here’s a list of 5 of the 20 projects that are best sellers at Craft and Street Fairs:

  1. Water bottle /thermal Cozies are toted around by thousands of people toting cold drinks and and frozen water bottles. Making  cozies for them are essential for the summer; especially when using themes and colors that speaks  to the consumer. A Message, Team Colors, Pretty flowers, butterflies, and action heroes,                                                                                                                  Dream big Creatives!  Embellish your work with appliques, you can order Here.                           MSRP is $3 and up depending upon your use embellishments or not and their price.
  1. Flip Flops decorated with beautifully elegant stitches; crochet ankle straps, for all ages. There are no limits to the design potential. Use sizes s -xl for girls and women. Buy quality and comfortable flip flops when they are on sale at places like Old Navy.   MSRP is $8                                                                       
  2. Coin Purses are super cute, it requires small amounts of yarn, small pieces of fabric, coin purse frame (order HERE), and Huge Imaginations.  MSRP   $7 and higher.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4. Wraps/Shawls are sure to a be hit! Use fingering weight yarn, there is a vast selection of colors, textures to choose from, I get lost online in the yarn stores. (Back to the task at hand!)  Dress it up with a large pretty button makes it more stylish! Order buttons Here.                                                      Sometimes, I add shimmer to my buttons with glittery acrylic craft sliver or gold paint , order paint Here.                                                                                                                                                             I adore beach wraps, they do just that, wrap around the waist, the shoulders, over the head, across the torso or bust.   MSRP  $15 and up!
  1. Totes without linings  are perfect for the beach and picnics. Crochet them in various shapes (circle, rectangle, triangle. ,or square) Crochet straps are good; however, sewed on straps gives your totes character, and adds value! (Order Here) MSRP i$15 and up.

Remember reason #4 BUNDLE Them Easily?  Well, use your own creations (1-4 ) to stuff and stage your handmade totes, and offer it as a package bundle!  Your shawl , decorated flip flops,  water bottle cozy,  coin purse, and a pair of shades can have the same colors palettes, themes and stitches. Making it  a consumer’s dream shopping experience, and  guaranteed to sell at MSRP of $45.

Sell 10 bundles, Each  Day, 5 Days A week, for a  grand total of $2250 at the MSRP.

BTW make sure you add your personalized labels to make your crochet designs look appealing, memorable, and gain recognition.  Order Here. Also read why I choose them Here.

Look out for the next post where we’ll explore selling strategies,

In the meantime take a look at the Pinterest board, gather your yarn to begin one of the 5 listed projects, (I suggest the coin purses)  watch a movie and  propel your inventory into success!

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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.

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