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Building an empire is not a linear affair

December 8, 2017

Quick post here, because: I’m committed to writing. I’m trying to overcome my perfectionism (so I won’t be agonizing over this one). I’ve got other things to do. With Christmas approaching, I have plenty of personal crocheting to do. I always make handmade gifts for my kids—and this year, that’s… Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2017

I’m thankful for crochet. I am thankful that all my fingers work well (and that I have them all), that I have no trouble holding yard or hooks, and that I never have pain. I am thankful for the creative community, the inspiration, and the sharing. I am thankful for… Read more

The Craft Fair Aftermath

November 16, 2017

The Craft Fair is over. I sold eight hats. There are a number of ways I can look at this: The Optimist I sold eight hats! That’s almost three times as many hats as I sold last spring! Look at my happy customer (above)! My display looked great! The Pessimist… Read more

Off to a craft fair, jiggety jig

November 10, 2017

Craft fair tomorrow! I have been busy preparing for six months. Ok, I have been registered for six months, and I’ve been busy preparing for a week! This is only my second craft fair. I only sold three hats on my previous fair adventure. So why am I trying again?… Read more

Does God want me to have a crochet business?

November 1, 2017

As a woman of faith, I want to walk in response to God’s leading in my life. I believe he has good plans for me. I just wish he’d tell me what they are, right now! Whose voice is that? When the idea of a crochet empire popped into my head,… Read more

I have an accountability partner!

October 24, 2017

It has been a long search. I’ve been picky. But it’s been worth it—I’ve had an accountability partner for less than a week, and my focus and productivity have skyrocketed! Why I didn’t need an accountability partner. I listen to podcasts, read blogs, and watch videos—I’ve already learned enough to… Read more

The benevolent crochet empress

August 20, 2017

I took some time off from empire-building to participate in a local theater production of “Steel Magnolias.” (I got to play Ouiser Boudreaux—one of the highlights of my life! But I digress.) I decided my character did not like to sit still. She liked to crochet! So with the director’s… Read more

Book Review: Make Money Teaching Crochet

July 24, 2017

A great way to grow as a business owner and crocheter is to read good books. I had the opportunity to read Make Money Teaching Crochet: Launch Your Business, Increase Your Side Income, Reach More Students by Marie Segares. I first met Marie through her podcast, Creative Yarn Entrepreneur. She… Read more

Why I resist what I want to do

July 20, 2017

A blog post a week—that’s reasonable, right? Indeed it was. For four weeks. Then I hit a wall. Here are some of my excuses for not writing my weekly blog post and some questions to challenge myself: I have more urgent things to do. This is a common excuse in… Read more

What’s in a name? A business by any other name…

July 1, 2017

Naming my business was an important step in creating my empire. A name would legitimize my status. Things with names are more real than ideas. Though I was in a hurry to build my empire, I allowed myself a couple of weeks to brainstorm, research, and ponder this important decision.… Read more

diagram of crochet business options

Riches in the niches (fingers crossed!)

June 24, 2017

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you build a crochet empire? One step at a time. When I decided to start my crochet business, I just wanted to grab a hook and buy some yarn (especially buy some yarn!) and start creating. I… Read more

girl in crochet hat with butterflies

Five reasons you should start your crochet business as a side hustle

June 13, 2017

I am inspired, motivated, and energized to grow my crochet empire. I’ve listened to podcasts, read blogs, and googled the hours away to plan and prepare. I’m ready to go. But I’ve decided to start small and begin this business as a side hustle rather than a main source of… Read more

Respect the empress

June 5, 2017

“Crochet crap has taken over the house!” my son exclaimed. Display tables filled the living room in preparation for a craft show. Works in progress cluttered every horizontal surface in the house. “Someday,” I replied, “you’ll wish you’d been more respectful to the future crochet empress.” That was the first… Read more