I love crocheting. I've been crocheting since I was about 8 years old. I wish I could remember how I started - maybe my mom remembers.
|I call these my "unschooling mama" earrings|
But I don't remember the learning process, I don't remember the person who I first saw doing it, I don't remember falling in love with yarn.
I remember many living history events where I would plant myself next to the woman carding wool, or using a spinning wheel - and just watch and watch and watch. I remember making friendship bracelets for the kids on my swim teams and girl scout troops.
I started selling my handmade crocheted jewelry at a few craft fairs and at royaboya.etsy.com and showyourcolorz.etsy.com - and then ignored it for a little while.
I've recently decided to devote more time to it - and have been really enjoying the process.
I've consulted with a few people who are successful on etsy, and realized that one of the most important things I need to do is to improve the photographs of my items.
I'd been using my smart phone to take all the pictures - I have it on me, it's easy to upload, and didn't really think that the quality of photo was that much different.
Today, though, I got out the Canon PowerShot A480 that I bought my husband a few years ago, and decided to give it a try. I used different layers of curtains to diffuse the light to try to minimize shadow and glare - and I was more or less successful.
I only had time to do a handful of earrings that I made this week - my goal is to get a good photo-taking set up, so that it's easy to stick a pair of earrings in and snap a few photos every day - take advantage of when the light is right, and it's not a huge production every time.
Another thing that I never really thought that much about were fashion trends. I've always been sort of oblivious - at some point I realized owls were in. Then I noticed that people are wearing a ton of neon.
But when you make fashion accessories, it's sort of important that you are aware of these trends at the beginning of their appearance, if not before.
It also never really clicked for me that there are people out there who are making these decisions -and putting them down on paper, in blogs, and magazines. The information is there for the having.