My Etsy Shop

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Does My Hat Shop Do More Than Sell Handmade Crochet Hats? How does it make you feel? The Challenge of Branding. I Need Your Help

SNAKE Crochet Infinity Scarf
SNAKE Crochet Infinity Scarf
Does my hat do more than sell handmade crochet hats? How does it make you feel? Perhaps it the unusual handmade goodness that makes simple complex? Majority of my customers are 50+ women. I seem to have a knack for that market. I get the feeling that I encourage them to get out of their shell and dust off their crochet needles and yarn back into the mode and challenge them with my patterns. What is your opinion. Please feel free to comment blow this post.

Customer Service is my greatest value. I like to answer questions you might have whether you convo, text, and call on the phone. Sometimes solving problems require a phone call. I like to do that. My best solution is to get to the bottom of the problem where you feel at ease. One example is my smartphone. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night or I may not be at my laptop computer. The Etsy app informs me wherever I go whatever time. I like that. Some people need that extra human response. It can make a difference between the customer leaving or staying.

Though people may never heard of my shop, nor my designs, I have lots of new viewers everyday. Sometimes I get the feeling people feel intimidated to try my patterns and/or wonder how to wear my designs. My intentions are far from it!  I feel the world is ready for my hats and scarves because other hats look one-dimensional. I want to explore new dimensions where the cliche says, "Go where no man has gone before".

My biggest challenge is the spring/summer time unlike the boosting and busy winter time. My shop becomes extinct while other crochet hats shops do well with their patterns. I have patterns too. Here is my workshop list.

One example of customer service is when I got to the bottom of a problem: One night at a party, I received an Etsy alert form one my customers. He informed me the crochet patterns he bought for his wife never arrived. I replied that he could download the patterns from his email account once the payment cleared. One week later I received an email from Paypal that he filed a dispute. Instead of getting angry, I got the impression that he was not familiar with downloading a pattern. I convoed in the dispute reply box and Etsy convo what I was doing. I replied, "Sorry for the misunderstanding I had no idea you were still having trouble with downloading the pattern." I sent him my phone number. He called me back and he told me his situation. He sounded like an older gentleman by the sound of his voice. We conversed. As it turned out his antivirus program from his internet service worked too well. It would not allow him to download any documents whatsoever from any outside sources. I grew concerned because if he wanted to make any future purchases, he and his wife would have more problems with this. Instead of printing and physically mailing the pattern through snail mail, I copied and pasted the written instructions and sent it to their email address. I have yet to see how the SNAKE infinity scarf turned out. He closed the Paypal dispute. Therefore if you have a problem, you need to tell me and I will fix it for you in every way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Yvonne Has Done It Again. This Time She Takes It To The Next Level with her Own Spawned Twisted Turtleneck Poncho Inspired from the SAMANTHA Crochet Turban Beanie Hat

Yvonne Has Done It Again. This Time She Takes It To The Next Level with her Own Spawned Twisted Turtleneck Poncho Inspired from the SAMANTHA crochet turban beanie hat pattern. She came up with her own idea with the twist for a poncho. Here is what she said: 

I came up with the idea not to close the top of the hat and just continue to alternate rows of FP-Ex-SC and BP- Ex- SC, with one more row of increases to widen the shoulders section, and follow that increase row with another repetition of FP and BP-Ex-SC rows.

I have not finished it off yet, because I can't decide if I want to make it longer by adding more rows, or if I want to add some crocheted fringes, or if I want to continue to make it longer, perhaps into a poncho. I just don't know. But in the meantime, I wanted you to see my progress so far.

Cowl? Collar? Omg that is worth writing a pattern!!! It looks like a wrap with a twisted turtleneck.

What do you know, I did write the the pattern, more or less, as I went along. So that if I liked it when I was done, I wouldn't have to figure it all out again.

TURTLENECK! That is the idea, because it is all one piece. So whatever I decide to name it, TURTLENECK, will be included in it.

I wear a lot of Turtlenecks myself, because unlike the younger generation, I can't stand to have my chest hanging out, and being cold. Maybe that is what I saw when I first came up with the idea for this, I just didn't realize it at the time!  

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Yvonne Crochets and Compares the SAMANTHA and CAROLYN Hats

The CAROLYN Crochet Beanie Hat (left) The SAMANTHA Turban Hat (right)
The CAROLYN Hat(left) The SAMANTHA Hat(right)

Yvonne contacted me a few days ago with her latest progress about the CAROLYN hat. She compared it with the SAMANTHA hat. Both look identical but one starts with more chain rows than the other. The CAROLYN hat has more chain rows allowing more ease for the hat to slouch more than the SAMANTHA with a difference of 17 starting chains. Here is what she had to say

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Angie Saunders Continues To Create and Showcase More of Her Spawned Hats from the LAUREN Crochet Cloche Hat Pattern

More of Angie Saunders' Crochet Wrap Twist Turbans
More of Angie's Crochet Wrap Twist Turbans
This post continues from Angie Saunders' previous one about her accidental creation - Click here. Find her on Etsy here. Look at the various array of colors: deep orange, bright yellow, mixed black red and orange, green camo, and rose pink. She originally attempted the LAUREN crochet cloche hat pattern, but came up with this one instead. Lovely. That is the beauty of the mobius twist inspired from the mobius strip.

Angie Saunders' First Crochet Wrap Twist Turban
Angie's First Wrap Crochet Wrap Twist Turban

This post continues from Angie Saunders' previous one about her accidental creation - Click here. Find her on Etsy here. Look at the various array of colors: deep orange, bright yellow, mixed black red and orange, green camo, and rose pink. She originally attempted the LAUREN crochet cloche hat pattern, but came up with this one instead. Lovely. That is the beauty of the mobius twist inspired from the mobius strip.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Introducing One Of My Happy Customers

Autumn Red Asymmetrical Crochet Cloche Hat
Autumn Red Asymmetrical Crochet Cloche Hat (Photo credit: strawberrycouture)
This is one of my dearest best and satisfied customers. I just had to show you. I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the rose swirl hat I made for Anne. I live in Texas and she lives in Pennsylvania. At the time when she requested me to make the hat and after i finished it, i had never seen her before. One day after waking up from a nap, i received a conversation message from Etsy. Enclosed were 3 pictures. I couldn't believe it. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! I finally saw the finished product and the face that matched the hat.

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The Pleasure of Existing - With Some of Us in Hard Times, It's Hard to Imagine Financing a Vacation or Fun Trip. What Can You Do About It?

Abbey Road LP Cover
Abbey Road LP Cover (Photo credit: Pineapples101)
The pleasure of existing. With some of us in hard times, it's hard to imagine financing a vacation or fun trip. Instead use your imagination and have a staycation. Browse the internet and "travel". I use earthcam. You virtually travel in realtime. Observing the time difference is half the fun. 

It's 4:00pm in broad daylight our time but in Dublin Ireland it's 6 hours ahead and the sky is pitch black. An organized crowd of people surrounds a corner pub with a shiny red exterior called The Temple Bar. They "cover" the narrow cobblestone road. See/hear for yourself on Earthcam

My next "stop" is the famous abbey road where the Beatles crossed. Everyday people walk and cross there. Cars drive on the opposite side of the road. I have to imagine keeping to the left side of the road as opposed to the right. "Visit" Abbey Road here on EarthCam and see/hear for yourself. 

abbey_road_01 (Photo credit: mcmrbt)
One day(night my time) people reenacted the Beatles crossing. Passing cars avoided them. The NHS and dialing 999 for emergency is common as opposed to 911. You will have to excuse me I read a lot if Daily mail online. Although it is a British website, it tells the American news without much censorship. They tell news that has not yet broadcast on TV. Outrageous title headings speak out. Watching the webcam completes the "experience". 

My next stop is Sydney Australia on the cam. The famous harbor bridge next to the opera house appears. Cars once again drive on the opposite side of the road. Their time difference is 15 hours ahead. Nature moves backwards in the southern hemisphere. A live view compares to watching a television show. If someone reads this article and tells me to get a life, I'll tell them to go make one! 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Does your Etsy Item Resemble a Style Movement? Let's Observe

Steampunk (Photo credit: __andrew)

Does your Etsy Item Resemble a Style Movement? Let's Observe. Google+ has lots of great people from many venues. I feel grateful to meet them. There have been many styles in the past only to come back 20 years later as a remake. Throughout my research, Dinah Donovan, one of my loyal readers, introduced me to dieselpunk. I will explain it later in this article.

I wrote an article "Should I Lean Toward Steampunk Culture?" Wikipedia writes: First of all what is steampunk? It is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes. 

Steampunk The word "steampunk" was invented in 1987 as a jocular reference to some of the novels of Tim PowersJames P. Blaylock, and K. W. Jeter. When Gibson and Sterling entered the subgenre with their collaborative novel The Difference Engine the term was being used earnestly as well.[7] Alan Moore's and Kevin O'Neill's 1999 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen historical fantasy comic book series (and the subsequent 2003 film adaption) popularized the steampunk genre and helped propel it into mainstream fiction.

The most immediate form of steampunk subculture is the community of fans surrounding the genre. Others move beyond this, attempting to adopt a "steampunk" aesthetic through fashion, home decor and even music. This movement may also be (perhaps more accurately) described as "Neo-Victorianism," which is the amalgamation of Victorian aesthetic principles with modern sensibilities and technologies. This characteristic is particularly evident in steampunk fashion which tends to synthesize punk, goth and rivet styles as filtered through the Victorian era. As an object style, however, steampunk adopts more distinct characteristics with various craftspersons modding modern-day devices into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style.[9] The goal of such redesigns is to employ appropriate materials (such as polished brass, iron, and wood) with design elements and craftsmanship consistent with the Victorian era.

Johnathan Stickland of How Stuff Works writes, "The use of steampunk materials like metal and wood make objects appear more permanent than technology made out of plastic and other modern materials. Find Etsy steampunk items here.

Steampunk spawns other genres: 

Medieval Steampunk: Speculative fiction set during the Middle Ages

Victorian Steampunk: A modern Science Fiction work (post-1930s) that is set in the early parts of the industrial revolution.

Western Steampunk: Science fiction set in the American Old West.

Industrial/Modern Steampunk: Science fiction taking place in the late industrial age, early modern age; i.e. World War 1, World War 2
Examples of steampunk:
Wild Wild West
Final Fantasy 7
Van Helsing
The Time Machine
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Other types of punk exist First of all the punk subculture, which centers on punk rock music, includes a diverse array of ideologiesfashions and forms of expression, including visual art, dance, literature and film. The subculture is largely characterized by anti-establishment views and the promotion of individual freedom. An example of punk is "A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?'. So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!'. So he kicks over the garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy!

Diesel Punk Kind of like steam punk, but with internal combustion. Streamlined and chrome.


Dieselpunk is an art style based on the aesthetics popular between World War I and the end of World War II. The style combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazinesserial filmsfilm noirart deco, and wartime pin-ups) with postmodern[clarification needed] technology and sensibilities. First coined in 2001 as a marketing term by game designer Lewis Pollak to describe his role-playing game Children of the Sun,[11][12]dieselpunk has grown to describe a distinct style of visual art, music, motion pictures, fiction, and engineering. Examples include RocketeerThe Legend of KorraCrimson SkiesSky Captain and the World of TomorrowDark CityGreed CorpGatling GearsIron SkyK-20: Legend of the Maskand Skullgirls.[13]
I love the imagery in the first Burton Batman movie, its so diesel punk.

Decopunk is a recent subset of Dieselpunk, centered around the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne art styles, and based around the period between the 1920s and 1950s. In an interview[14] at CoyoteCon, steampunk author Sara M. Harvey made the distinctions "...shinier than DieselPunk, more like DecoPunk." and "DieselPunk is a gritty version of Steampunk set in the 1920s-1950s. The big war eras, specifically. DecoPunk is the sleek, shiny very Art Deco version; same time period, but everything is chrome!" Its fandom arose around 2008.

cyberpunk is a literary genre that has nothing to do with the Matrix, being cool, or anime. it's a subgenre of sci-fi in which there is strong sense of helplessness, misery, dystopic ideals and loss of morality and/or humanity. corporations control the lives of their workers and reside in microcosms dictated by the status quo
blade runner, dark city and (to some extent) judge dredd & johnny mneumonic are examples of the genre.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The LAUREN Cloche Hat - Meet Angie Saunders One of my Eager Etsy Customers/Students who Participated in my Google Hangout Accidentally Makes Her Own Creation

Angie Saunders Crochets Her Own Creation of the LAUREN Cloche Hat
Her Own Creation
Meet Angie Saunders one of my eager Etsy customers/students who participated in my google hangout a few weeks ago. She learns how to crochet the famous LAUREN hat.

She showed me her progress. Her first attempt was very twisty. Her many attempts led to a unique creation that surprised me. I actually liked it. She accidentally created her own twisty asymmetrical unique turban. Will she remember how to make this piece? Who knows? Let's find out.

Angie Saunders work in progress
Her Progress in Work
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