My Etsy Shop

Monday, June 23, 2014

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Meet Jocelyne One of my Etsy Customers who models her new ALEJANDRA and CYNTHIA Crochet Hats

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Jocelyn models the ALEJANDRA Flower Turban Hat in Iris Purple
Jocelyn models crochet ALEJANDRA flower turban hat in iris purple
This Etsy customer appreciation photo belongs to Jocelyn who lives in France. We met on Facebook and had the privilege to exchange messages. Although she does mot speak English, I brushed up on my high school French. She loves her new hats. We enjoyed each other's company as we chatted. Too bad we live far away from each other.

Reviews on Etsy mean a lot. It tells me how I am doing to better serve you.

Jocelyn purchased the ALEJANDRA flower turban hat in iris purple and the CYNTHIA ruffle beanie hat in dark raspberry.
Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Jocelyn models the crochet CYNTHIA crochet beanie hat in dark raspberry
Jocelyn models the crochetCYNTHIA crochet beanie hat in dark raspberry

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Meet Nicole Who Purchased and Wore the OMBRETTA Crochet Hat in Natural Hemp Cord to Church

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Nicole models the OMBRETTA Cloche Hat in Natural Hemp Cord
Nicole models the OMBRETTA cloche hat 
Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Nicole models the OMBRETTA Cloche Hat in Natural Hemp Cord
Nicole looks good in this hat
This Etsy customer appreciation photo goes to Nicole Boyd, an active church member who recommended my shop to the rest of the ladies. Doesn't she look gorgeous? Follow her for the items she loves.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Meet Pamela One of My Etsy Customers Who Paints Portraits of People She Meets

by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy

This Etsy customer appreciation photo goes to Pamela. We exchanged messages back and forth and had a great time. She expressed interest in a crochet pattern. She mentioned that she paints. I asked her to show me some and she did. Each picture has its own story. She explains each story behind the picture in her own words. Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow 


The first painting is the second portrait of a person I ever attempted. This is my son John. I learned the age-related structure of the face with this one, as I lengthened his face vertically and also his jaw line and it made him look older. I'm so glad I captured him. I love photos, but am realizing for me, no photo can compare to expressing someone's image in creative, hand-made art. Seeing himself in paint has actually inspired John's passion for art and interest in creative expression. 


by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
 by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy

The second painting was done for a family who resides in historic Charleston, SC. This is their beloved family pet (thought of as their last child), Mikey. Mikey was remarkable to photograph and paint. He defiantly knew he was dearly loved and understood and shared his charm. His snaggled took is loved by his "mother" and she requested I include it in the painting. I will never forget the remarkable experience of getting to know the spirit of this little sweetheart.
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy

More of her portraits are here

by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy

by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy
by Christlyn McAllister from scarletstomorrow on Etsy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: Do you Have a Quirky Style? Meet Pam Marwede One of My Etsy Customers and an Artist herself - I Admire Her Quirky Sense of Style


Pam Marwede wears Strawberry Couture Hats on her visit to Spain
Pam Marwede wears Strawberry Couture Hats on her visit to Spain
This Etsy customer appreciation photo goes to Pam Marwede one of my Etsy customers and an artist herself. I feel like we have the same taste in
quirkiness: the disarray of contemporary. Have you seen any of her work? You should: Etsy site Pam Designs - Hand painted pottery, fabric, furniture and more or view her pictures below.

Her style reflects her fashion choices as well. Read about her here. Light and quirky with abstract whimsical styles blended together. Find her also on her website Pamdesign.com Do you want to know more about her, find her here in a featured article in the Herald-Tribune from her Sarasota, Florida home.

Pam wears the Sage Green DERBY Hat , Olive Green LAUREN Infinity Scarf,  Sage Green SAMANTHA Turban Hat, Black CAROLYN Hat. Here she visits the wonders of Barcelona, Spain.


Pam Marwede as PamDesigns on Etsy
Pam Marwede as PamDesigns on Etsy



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

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: 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


This Etsy customer appreciation photo goes to Yvonne who 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!  

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: 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)
This Etsy customer appreciation photo goes to Yvonne who 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

Etsy Customer Appreciation Photo: 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 Etsy customer appreciation photo 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.

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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Staycation Ideas for Couples: 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)
Staycation ideas for couples who have the pleasure of existing. Are you looking for a couple's getaway? Weekend? 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. 

One vacation spot is where 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
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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