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FLASH SALE: Olivewood Crochet Hooks

We love Olivewood! Swirls of rich caramel and frothy cream, Olivewood is a delectable partner in your crocheting endeavors. The unique wood grain pattern of every hook makes an Olivewood crochet hook even more meaningful, in that the crocheter truly holds a one-of-a-kind piece. Until 1/21 at midnight, take $10 OFF your next Olivewood hook! Yay! Just use coupon code LOVEOLIVE at checkout to get your discount. My favorite wood has always been Goncalo, but lately our Olivewood has given us some juicy contrasts and beautiful grain patterns. What's not to love? Fun fact - Olivewood actually does smell like olives when it's turned! Maybe if I liked martinis and wasn't pregnant, I'd learn how to turn this one myself. :) Take advantage of...

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Monthly Meet a Maker (MMAM): That Crafty Little Fox

Welcome to our first ongoing series, Monthly Meet a Maker (MMAM). Every month, I'll be interviewing a fellow maker that has caught my eye (whether because of their style, their product, or their creativity) and sharing a little bit about them with you. Bonus, I'll try to include a giveaway by each maker for every month. JUMP to this month's Giveaway! Our first MMAM is Jessica from That Crafty Little Fox. I have been on the hunt for a llama/alpaca print project bag for a while (Emperor's New Groove, and also the obivous love of fiber animals), but always came home without. Through a @fibreshare post, I caught a glimpse of Jessica's work, saw the Llama Party Project Bag, and had to have...

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BQueen Tutorial: Wood Photo Board

It’s time for our first tutorial of 2017, and it is an easy project that you can use throughout the year: a Wood Photo Board. I love to take photos, specifically of our products, and while I have only an iphone and a $20 broken tripod held together with a rubber band, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to take the best photos I can. My mother-in-law just reminded me, “…you do the best you can with what you have.” So there are ways to fake it until you can make it (or can afford a million dollar DSLR camera, lighting, tripod, and such) with simple solutions that don’t have to break the bank. One of my go-to photo props...

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How Can I Be Original When Selling Handmade?

It is a challenging marketplace out there, but why? As the internet, social media, YouTube, and search engines exponentially grew, so did the ability to learn how to create anything. Learn to crochet, learn to sew, learn to wood turn, and so on. The great thing about this influx of handmade in the last several years is that people are sharing their talents, feeding capitalism, and encouraging economic growth. The problem about this is with the incredible rise of quick-to-learn crafts, the handmade market has become unbelievably competitive and seemingly impossible for one to stand out among the crowd. With the incredible rise of quick-to-learn crafts, the handmade market has become unbelievably competitive. So how does your product stand out?...

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Project Complete: Godmother's Granny Blanket

It’s finally finished! 31,000+ stitches, 255 granny circles, 16 colors, 1,500+ ends to weave in… Yikes! But so worth it. My Godmother requested a blanket like the one I made my best friend, and as a thank you for coming with my mom and I to the Taos Wool Festival (my first ever fair as a vendor), I was happy to make her one. I had to pick my jaw off the floor several times at her natural saleswoman skills, while I quietly and nervously crocheted in the corner, wondering if we would sell any hooks. You may be surprised to hear I am not a saleswoman, probably why I failed as a cocktail waitress, happily and quickly leaving a...

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