Overbuying craft supplies?

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Seriously, how many times do you go to Hobby Lobby and come out with $100 worth of stuff and you STILL can’t finish your craft project? I have bought five pounds of glitter because it was on sale and didn’t have any freaking plans for it. So I developed this super simple and no frills list to help me out.

I also have two rules 1) I have to have a project in mind before I buy anything 2) Make a realistic deadline for your project. That means if it is a baby blanket that needs to be made in 6 months, I have enough time to wait on a yarn sale so no need to buy it at full price now.

So now to the super simple shopping list template!

Craft Shopping List
use this so you don’t overspend at craft stores!

Top Ten Crafting Lies

Girl, buckle up. This is a small list of the things I tell my Husband about crafting. Drop a comment below if you have said ANY of these.

  1. I have plenty of time to get that done.
  2. I don’t spend that much money on yarn.
  3. I can go to JoAnn’s and just look.
  4. I definitely won’t use that 60% coupon.
  5. It’s on sale, so I need it. (I don’t need it)
  6. …But I am out of yarn/hotglue/felt/ribbon.
  7. I don’t ever make anything for myself.
  8. There is no such thing as too much glitter.
  9. I can make something and not put it on instagram.
  10. I don’t have a problem.

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XOXO Evie

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Why are your classes so expensive?

Okay, I know we all think it. Why does a pasta entree cost $35? Or why am I charging $50 a person for crochet/knit classes. If that is the first time you have heard it, I know part of you wondered if it is just plain highway robbery. So I am here to break it down in dollars and cents for ya!

One week before

I write a outline about what I need to cover in the class. It can take between a half hour to two hours depending on the skill level I am teaching. +1hr

I do the project. If it is a beginner class, a dishcloth takes me 30min of knitting and 15 minutes of note-taking. I could do a project 1.2 million times and I would still want to make sure the yarn, needles, and pattern work together. So beginner class is another 45 minutes.

Day before

Buy yarn, supplies, and food. YES FOOD!

Sister, if I am coming to your house for two hours I am going to bring food. If we meet up at Starbucks, your drink is on me. You come to my house, I am going to have wine, coffee, and snacks ready. So per person I spend around $7

Yarn and supplies are around $10 for a basic class. If we are diving into natural fibers, add $10 to that!

Day of

I spend money traveling to meet folks and I spend anywhere from 1 to 2 hours answering all of the questions and making terrible jokes.

Week After

I check in. I will also meet up with someone if they are having frustrations with their project.

Bottom Line

So let’s do the math. $17 dollars for supplies + 4 hours of prep/teaching + a lifetime of a skill = priceless.

Guys, these classes aren’t just about learning a skill, its about having fun learning a new skill. I love youtube, but for me it isn’t as great as learning from a friend, over a glass of wine and laughing when you mess up. Most importantly, you have someone right there to fix your mess up.

Free Pattern Alert: Kimona Kowl

As promised, I am sharing a pattern with you. If you are new here, check out my last post about my New Year’s Resolution. The Kimona Kowl is designed to lay flat underneath your coat or wear out in the open without getting in your way like a regular scarf.

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Kimona Kowl
Designed to be an easy, quick present for your loved ones…or yourself.
Design: @fiberflorafire | Evie Sehr
Supplies
Yarn: Big Twist Natural Blend (2 Balls)
145 yards, 7.5 grams
Other Supplies
• Needle: US N, 10.00mm
• Scissors
• Yarn needle
• Tape measure
Gauge (4”x4”) = 8 stitches, 8 rows
Abbreviation
• Ch = chain
• Sc = single crochet
• St(s) = stitches

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Pattern
Row 1: Ch 52 sts (38”)
Row 2: Turn, ch1, sc 52 sts
Row 3 – 13: Turn, ch1, sc 52 sts
Once you finish row 13, fasten off and lightly tug the finished work.

Sewing it together

Take your scarf and overlay the ends as such.

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Using a yarn needle and yarn left over from your project, sew along the edges using the mattress stitch as so:

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If something with this pattern goes wonky, please comment below!

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“You stole my pattern”

Happiest New Year to everyone! 2018 was awesome because I kept learning something at every. single. turn. That totally came in handy when I opened my instagram on a rainy December day.

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That’s MY kowl above

The first post on my main page was this beautiful cowl and my heart dropped. At first glance, I thought it was one of my pattern testers for my kimona kowl but upon further inspection, it wasn’t. It was a pattern for sale from another fiber artist. If 2018 taught me anything it was you can be angry, but you can’t let that derail you. So I got off the couch and showed Peyton the picture.

“Hey, look people do like your pattern! When did you put it on your etsy shop?” He said, smiling.

“I didn’t. Someone else created it and posted it and people love it and I can’t believe it and I should say something.” I said, kind of sweaty and out of breath from frustration.

I put on a kettle and started thinking about what I could have done differently to prevent this pattern thief from stealing my work. Then how I was going to tear her alive with my sharp tongue and some soft little fluff-ball of an idea entered my heart. You know, when you are so freaking angry and just want to explode then something touches your vortex of a black-hole heart and your edges soften, just a bit? Know that the details of the story are fuzzy and the author unknown, but the sentiment is the same:

She was hiding under her covers when she heard Inspiration knocking on her door. She had to welcome Her quickly or Inspiration will knock on someone else’s door.

How many times have you had a great idea, you did nothing with it, and a few years later you saw it online or in an infomercial? Last March I created the pattern, gave it to pattern testers, then told myself it was dumb, no one would buy it and who do I think I am to be a pattern writer? *insert self doubt here*

So as I finally made some coffee, I started to smile. Six months ago I told myself terrible things about my ability to create and here it was on Instagram with followers and everything. I started to laugh and clap my hands because the pattern was doing great! The pattern wasn’t dumb, because people liked it. People were buying it!

The fiber artist that wrote the pattern was greeted by Inspiration after I shooed it away. So I wrote her. I told her what was going on and how grateful I was for it. I know it sounds crazy, but her pattern doing well gave me a confidence boost and I shared that with her. Based on her platform size, I doubt I will receive a response but I don’t need one because I learned my lesson: Inspiration can only break bread with you when you open your home to it. In my case, I had to tell self-doubt and fear to get the hell out of my house before I can open the door to Inspiration. In the last week of 2018, I kicked them to the curb and wrote five patterns. The first is coming at you Sunday!

Want to see what happens in 2019? Read more here and find me on facebook, instagram, and etsy.

I’m dreaming of a creative 2019

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Every January I make some ridiculous resolution that I won’t ever stick to. Who’s with me? I am going to have a six-pack, I am going to cut out extra spending on Starbucks and yarn, and I am going to eat a salad a day were last years. By the third week of January I worked out every day, but I also ate tacobell and washed it down with a peppermint mocha. Judge me.

So this year, I decided to do something that I could actually freaking accomplish. I am going to share my creativity. If you look at my etsy or facebook page they are all my designs and most are even my own hand-dyed yarn. Do the patterns exist for them? Yes. Have I thought them worthy to share? No.

Tangent about value and worth: I have been knitting/crocheting for over 10 years and until August of this year didn’t believe that anyone would enjoy my work. Now 150 items sold later, I am starting to believe it. Show of hands, who can relate? Until seeing one of my patterns being sold by another yarn artist, I didn’t even believe my patterns were valuable. (That story is a great one and does NOT end how you expect, check it out here)

So in 2019, no matter how ugly or how big of a failure a design is, I am going to share it with you. I am also going to share my favorite designs the first Friday of every month in person! Check out January’s here. After each class, the design will be available on my etsy shop for purchase. Also a few of the completed items will be up for grabs too.

I also have lots of creativity resources coming your way! These are perfect for those who need a little help finding their creative spark and those whose spark turned into a fire they can’t control (aka starting 2000 projects and never finishing). Can you guess which I am? Hint: I am sitting on a pile of socks and none of them have matches.

If you are interested in receiving free resources from yours truly, drop your email below!

XOXO
Evie

Why I Hire Pros in my Small Business

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*ding* Messenger: “Evie, can you make me a scarf in two weeks?”

I checked my calendar. I need to make a logo, take pictures for my etsy shop, finish a few hats, finish four blog posts I had started, work on my etsy shop, start working on taxes, and the list continued.

I responded with a “No, sorry I have too many other commitments at this time.” Seems like that is my normal response now as I fumbled around trying to make a social media plan, marketing plan, and keep my receipts in order. All I really wanted to do was create a few new patterns, write a blog about them, and then sell what I made. I didn’t want to do all the extra crap associated with running a business! I just wanted to do the fun things.

How often do you say “if only I could hire someone to do that” then follow it with a big ole “,but…”????  

For me, the but was always 1. I don’t have the money to do that 2. I can just do it myself, it isn’t that hard 3. it’s my business, I should be able to run it by myself. So let’s talk about each of these pitfalls and when you can throw those “buts” in the trash.

  1. I don’t have the money to hire someone There are seriously times when this is the case. When I first started making items to sale, I had enough money for yarn and that was it. So I decided that until I sold $200 worth of products, I couldn’t afford some of the marketing tools (logo, pro photos, website) that I knew I would eventually need. BUT that shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and crafting.

But, if you have some spare cash in your business account, hire someone for just a few hours to do the thing you hate the MOST in your business or the thing that takes the most time. Your time is actually worth a lot of money. Think about all the time it takes you to write shipping labels and drive to the post office or how awful it is to do your own taxes when you just have a box of receipts. I could be spending time with my family or knitting instead of terrible tasks!

2. I can just do it myself, it isn’t that hard. Have you ever had just one task that you are dreading? Maybe it’s the dishes or laundry? If you are anything like me you will keep putting it off until you don’t have any spoons or underwear. Sure, creating your own website isn’t that hard and I am all for taking ownership of your business, but do you really want to? What could you be doing instead of yelling at your computer dreading editing another photo? Playing with your kids, date night with the husband, or working out?

3. It’s my business, I should be able to run it by myself. If I had a dollar for every time I said that, I could have spent that money on someone to create my website. I don’t know when that got programmed into my small kid brain, but even when I was little I wouldn’t ask for help because “it is my homework I should be able to do it.” If given a challenge, I assumed I should be able to fully rise to the occasion with 0% help.

So as a somewhat adult woman, I look at my small business and think the same thing. I see big businesses with their 50-500000 employees and think that I am nothing like them. I am just a small knitting operation and I can control it all. At least for a little while. I will save you the gory details, but that kind of logic ends up with too many responsibilities, too little sleep and an eventual burn out. That burn out can mean a hiatus of a few weeks or a complete shutdown, which is easy with only one worker. So why not hire someone for a few hours to get your logo done or help answer your emails? You don’t have to pay them $300/hr on a full time basis or even by the hour at all (hello contract jobs).

So my biggest question for you is: Which of the “buts” do you use? 

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I hired my friends to help me with my small business because it gave me more time to do the fun parts of being a creative businesswoman.

 

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