Member Feature: JennCrochetCreations

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer of JennCrochetCreations, our featured member!

JennCrochetCreations

JennCrochetCreations

Tell us about yourself.       

I am a Portland, Oregon native and I spent over half my live there before moving to Salem, Oregon. I absolutely love the beauty Oregon has to offer and how creative Oregonians are. I’m also a stay at home mommy to 5 wonderful children two of whom are special needs, so life is always a bit hectic. I learned to crochet when I was probably 8 or 9 years old, sitting next to my grandmother as she did it after dinner. It was a special time for us and I’m truly grateful that she was able to teach me before passing on.  Fast forward several years and what began as a way to simply unwind and let my creative side out, turned into a way to provide for my family and have fun.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my shop in 2014 on a whim and had no idea what I was doing, or if people would even buy my items. I had done a few local craft shows and had local orders through family and friends. People seemed to like my items. So after talking it over with my husband and mother I gave it a shot. I crocheted pretty much daily anyhow so I had nothing really to lose at that moment. Since then I have expanded to other social media sites to promote and interact with people and share my crafts.

Tell us a bit about your products.           

I make a variety of different types of crocheted items to fit everyone’s needs. From scarves, hats and gloves, to baby clothing / accessories and home décor items. I love experimenting with bright vibrant colors to create a new spin on traditional items.j

What inspires your work?           

Above all its something I truly love to do, I would be doing it daily no matter what so why not share that with others!!! My children also inspire me to do my best. They are the first people who see my creations and I’m constantly asking their opinions on what to make and colors to use.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

My business  goal for 2017 if to sell to all 50 states. Sounds simple but it’s actually harder than you think.

I think my dream for my business would be to expand enough to pay my bills and have people know Jenn’s Crochet Creations.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

Being a mom of 5 having and basically still starting out my own work space is non-existent at this time. I work mostly at my dinning room table or snuggled up with one of my children watching tv at night.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Go for your dream what do you have to lose??j2

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

My hobby is crocheting, I always have yarn and hooks with me. That rare moment in my crocheting I am spending time with my children and husband.

What is your favorite quote?

You are never to old to set another goal, or dream another dream.  C.S. Lewisj3

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy
www.etsy.com/shop/JennCrochetCreations

Facebook
www.facebook.com/JennsCrochetCreations

Pinterest
www.pinterest.com/jennscreation

Twitter
www.twitter.com/CrochetJenn

Instagram

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Keeping Out The Chill

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

As the winter season settles in, it ushers in a dazzling display of glistening snowflakes and the chill of Jack Frost nipping at your nose.  In addition to going to work every day, during the Christmas Season, we are often out and about, even more attending parties and events.

When the objective is to stay warm, yet be fashionable how do we select an outfit that meets these requirements?

  • For a casual day, I like the look of pants, top, and jacket in neutral colors. Then spice it up with splashes of color from accessories like shoes, hats or scarves.

 

  • For a day at the office, pair up a colorful summer maxi dress with some tights. Accessorize with a pair of boots and leather jacket.

 

  • Another great look is a pastel colored maxi skirt combined with a dark-colored sweater. Complete the look with a coordinating dark jacket, oversized scarf and boots.

I posed the question “In the winter, how do you stay warm and fashionable?” to members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.  Here are their suggestions and a winter weather fashion accessory to help keep you in style.

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

With hats! I have always loved a good hat, and now that I make them myself, I have styles and colors for just about every outfit, season, and mood. Hats keep you warm and can also cure bad hair days. Got to run to the store before you have a chance to get tidied up? Not a problem with a good hat! I usually end up with the test model for new hats, so they can sometimes be a little quirky, but that’s fine because I am too. (And many thanks to my good friend for the excellent photograph and her lovely daughter modeling.)

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Gray Bucket Hat With Rolled Brim


 

Jennifer Acevedo from JennCrochetCreations adds:

This hat is perfect for those days you don’t wanna mess around styling your hair but want to be warm and stylish!!! You can keep your hair in that messy bun or ponytail and no one will know.

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Crochet Messy Bun Hat


 

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns responds:

There is nothing like a faux fur jacket to keep your warm and stylish on those cold winters nights when you have to go out.

I made this design for one of my daughters who had to go out a lot for dinners for work and she was always cold. She needed something to keep her warm while still looking good!

 

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Faux Mink Wedding Cape

 


 

Melissa R from missy69 replies:

Here in Florida, where I am, it does get cold, just not for long. A nice light shawl or sweater is perfect for most Winter days in the South. This lovely angel wing crochet shawl is all done in white. Perfect for evenings outdoors, church, parties, or just a light piece to wear around the house.

 

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Crochet White Lace Prayer Shawl

 


 

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam states:

These New Vintage Gloves Come From My Mother Pearl’s Glove Collection
They Are Warm BUT.. Soft as a BABY”S BOTTOM, Color of Soft Creamy Butter, Warm as Toast and Made of Deerskin Leather. My Mother worked at Martin’s Store in Great Neck NY selling Gloves!!  They are a treasure not yet purchased by a lucky buyer!

 

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Grandoe Deerskin Leather Gloves

 


 

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

Of course, you accessorize by proclaiming your love of snow! These pendants are about the joy of ‘swooshing’ down a snowy hill. Although, they still are an awesome winter jewel even if you are a terrible skier like me!

 

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Slalom Enamel Pendant

 


 

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign adds:

Oooh winter!!! What is winter without snow?  These little snowflake charms would be a great item to make a bracelet, necklace or earrings out of!

 

 

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Snowflake Charm Beads

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

Many men today sport the fashionable clean shaven head! Hard to keep that head warm without the extra layer of hair!! His fabulous wool cap is sure to keep any guys (or gals) head warm and be fashionable as well!

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz discusses:

I grew up in Germany where winters can be really cold – and long. Now I’m living in Northern California where winters are pretty mild. We have a few frosty nights and mornings, but compared what I used to experience this is nothing. However, a hand knit hat comes in handy when I go out for an early walk, and the leaves stitched on the hat remind of warmer days to come

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves