Growth

Its so fun to go back and start from the beginning and see everything you’ve accomplished and how you have changed.

In the beginning crochet was just a hobby for me. I had made a couple hats when my mom showed me a puppy hat she had made using this pattern she found on repeatcrafterme. I thought it was adorable, and while I really had nothing to do with one once I made it but I HAD TO make one myself. One turned in to many, which is how my Etsy shop started.

At that point I was making what I call theme or character hats and outfits. They were all based on animals (puppies, lady bugs, etc.) or movie/tv characters (oscar the grouch, mickey mouse, etc.). While I still think these are adorable my taste has changed a bit and I am now more interested in a timeless, vintage look. I prefer rompers and overalls to the themed outfits, but now offer both.

This past year I taught myself how to knit. My poor mother attempted to teach me when I was a teenager but I did not have the concentration or the patience to learn. This time I went to good old YouTube to figure it all out. I purchased several patterns from Sau at MonkeyMooMoo33 and could not recommend her patterns more. They are so detailed and have helpful links – I give her partial credit for teaching me how to knit!

For the past three years I have been making mermaid after mermaid which has really supported my crafting addiction and the patterns that I have purchased while learning crochet/ Tunisian crochet/ and knitting. I love seeing the photos my customers take with my outfits. Recently I partnered with a talented photographer out of Virginia named Sarah Nolan and received this beautiful photo. I can’t wait to work with her more! (Be sure to check out her website for more beautiful photos!)

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Season of Change

It has been just over four years since I opened my Etsy shop. In that time there have been many changes. When my shop first opened everything was crochet, it was all made from someone else’s pattern, and everything was theme based (i.e. animals, cartoon characters). Since then I have learned to create my own outfits without using a pattern, I have taught myself to knit, and I have sold 250+ items on Etsy alone.

I have decided at this point to start writing out my patterns and selling them along with my outfits! To reflect this change I have also changed my shop name to better portrait what I am offering. Welcome to Tiny Props and Patterns – I hope you find something you like.

Along with props and for sale patterns I want to share content on my blog here. To celebrate new photos I received with my Mickey Mouse inspired outfit I will share not only the photos with you but also the patterns.

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The hat in this photo is from Sarah over at repeatcrafterme found here. Sarah’s blog was what got me into newborn crochet. I had just crocheted my very first hat for my boyfriend when my mom shared Sarah’s blog with me. I fell in love with her puppy hat and couldn’t stop making all of her patterns after that. IMG_2364.JPG

The diaper cover and baby booties can also be found on her page as well. I hope you enjoy these patterns. Subscribe to my blog (and Sarah’s as well) for more!

Wrapping up the Year

With how busy I was for Halloween I am shocked at how slow things have been for Christmas in my Etsy shop. Are people more interested in non-seasonal newborn items? Is the market over saturated with similar items? Is my style not what people are looking for? My shop was taken over by red outfits and wintery accesories, yet I am still selling more Mermaid Outfits than anything else (not complaining)!

To my own fault I was not prepared for the post-Thanksgiving shopping and did not offer any special sales. However, I now know what I can to do improve during the upcoming year.

These two outfits are new to the shop this year:

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Mrs. Claus

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I have made a conscious attempt to create one boy outfit for every girl outfit I make. I tend to make baby girl outfits MUCH more than baby boy outfits (they’re just so cute!). Now, I am trying to make twin sets so I will definitely have more boy outfits as well as appeal to mothers expecting multiples.

I have so many ideas for this upcoming year and have identified some areas for growth. I would love to hear back from my readers about their thoughts or own experiences with online businesses.

Christmas in Full Swing

As promised in my last post I have been busy creating new Christmas designs and improving my old designs and photos.

One thing I have learned throughout the life of my Etsy shop is that quality photos will sell an item quicker than anything else. Photos that I have received from my customers and from photographers have been such a blessing for my sales. For those items that I do not have professional pictures of I have taken pictures myself. I will post about that another time – for now I will stick to the newest items in my shop.

Most recently I created my Newborn Swaddle Sack Snowman Outfit. The swaddle sack is made with white homespun yarn which I think creates the perfect texture to look just like fluffy snow.

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The red scarf is actually Tunisian crochet. I love the way knit looks but am not very good at it. Tunisian crochet is the perfect blend of the two and this “knit stitch” really does make it look like it was knit.

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(I did’t really get a good shot of the right side of the scarf to show the knit stitch). If you’re interested in learning this technique, this video by Kim Guzman is a great tutorial!

The holly berry cloth buttons and the jewels were purchased at Joann’s.

If you like this outfit and would like to see my others please head to my Etsy shop and “like” them as well as liking this post! Thanks so much!

Catching my Breath

Last month was my most productive month in the history of my Etsy shop. I listed some new items at the beginning of the month that were a HUGE hit for Halloween.

Unfortunately this means I did not get any professional pictures back from them so I will have to share my own photos.

I purchased a pattern from Beezy Mom’s Creations for a newborn pixie bonnet and pants with suspenders and have been able to utilize the pant pattern over and over throughout my shop. You can see them here in these Wizard of Oz inspired Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow outfits.

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For the “straw” in the Scarecrow outfit I used the same fun fur yarn that I wrote about in one of my previous posts. It’s the pound of yarn that keeps going and going.

This little number may be my favorite of the three outfits. Of course this Dorothy outfit comes with sparkling red slippers.

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I am so excited to keep up the momentum and am currently preparing for Christmas. I have learned that with a shop like mine it is key to stay ahead of the calendar and have plenty of items prepared ahead of time. Mothers expecting around Thanksgiving have likely already purchased their newborn photography props, so I will get ready for the next big event.

Tea Party Hat

Last summer my beautiful grandmother turned 86 and we had a lovely tea party for her. 

   
 
Four generations including my grandmother, mother, sisters, and nieces.

  
When I saw the pattern for this “oh posh baby cloche” from Crochet My Love I thought it was perfect for a little tea party. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t find the pattern until after the party – it would have been perfect for my newborn baby niece. 

  

 I followed the pattern to a T on this one. Next time I think I might buy a floral printed ribbon and see what else I can create.

Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy

I know that almost every crochet shop out there has a mermaid outfit, but I just LOVE the idea and this it is one of my favorite newborn outfits so I had to create my own. When I first started crocheting I had just vacationed in Hawaii and was considering doing some travel nursing there. I thought this would be the perfect outfit to sell to the locals while there. While I took a job in Texas instead I still wanted to follow through with this outfit.

I purchased a mermaid pattern from Crochet My Love. While I probably could have created my own pattern from start to finish, I purchased this pattern to help me with sizing.  With over 23,000 sales I figure Crochet My Love knows a thing or two about sizing.

While sitting poolside at a Maui resort I figured, what better topic to post than the mermaid outfit that I was inspired to make during my first visit to Hawaii?!

This is my first mermaid outfit although I’m sure there will be plenty more to come! I had the pleasure of making this outfit for my childhood best friend’s beautiful newborn baby girl. I absolutely love the photos she took with it!