Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Featuring : A Crafty Cupcake


Where are you from?
 Ontario, Canada

What do you specialize in?
Mainly crochet items, although I do offer hair bows and some jewelry.

How long have you crocheted? 
Just over a year - I'm a quick learner

Where do you draw your inspirations? 
My children, of course :)

Do you have a item you've made that is super special and why? 
The very first item I made - and the namesake for my store :)

What is your favorite stitch? 
I'm not sure I have a favourite.
I like the Star Stitch.
My most stitch would likely be the half-double crochet (hdc)

What other crafts do you like to do? 
Beading & jewelry work

Do you donate or give back any portion of your sales to charity or an organization?
Not my sales - the majority of that goes back into yarn purchases, however I do doante hats to my local hospital.
Currently I am working on a pay-it-forward program called 29 Leaps

what's your favorite hook?
I'm not sure that it's my favourite, but my most used is likely my 5.5mm

What's your favorite yarn?
I like working with cotton yarns.

Why do you love to crochet? 
I find it to be a creative way to relax. 
And I love seeing people's faces light up when they receive an item I've made for them

Who taught you to crochet? 
I taught myself (in one weekend) by watching YouTube tutorials.

On A More Personal note: 

My sister and I (I'm the one with the braided headband)

if you could have a super power what would it be? 
Super Speed -- imagine how many crochet hats I could whip out then LOL

Favorite vacation spot or travel destination
I've never really travelled anywhere other than northern Ontario cottages.
I'd love to go south, to an ocean-side resort...

If you had a million dollar how would you spend it
I'd start with putting money away for my kids' schooling...
Then a new house with a HUGE craft room!

What's your favorite color?

What's your favorite drink
Iced Tea (I think Americans call it sweet tea)

If you are a salad what kind of dressing do you have?

Are you a dog or cat person?
I have 2 cats & 2 dogs.

If I look in your refrigerator what do I find?
The first thing you'd likely see is Ranch Dressing (my kids put it on everything so we always have alot of it)

What's your favorite book/author and why? 
Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller.
I love a good Vampire Romance...

What did you want to grow up to be when you were a child?
A Marine biologist

Favorite Music {song/group/genera}?
Rock... BonJovi, Daughtry, Marianas Trench, Hedley, Hinder...

Please go check out : A Crafty Cupcake (tell her Calleigh's Clips sent you! 
(coming soon -

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Star Wars : Princess Leia Wig Hat

I don't know about you but I've always been a Star Wars Fan and my four year old son is totally obsessed with them right now. So I was pretty excited when a friend of mine asked if I could make a Princess Leia hat. 

I wish I could take all the credit for the design but I found a super easy tutorial (free here -with some adorable pics) for the Buns on the side of the hat. I designed the hat base myself :) This could make a fun series in a line of critter cape so maybe I'll write up some patterns eventually but I'm trying not to do copywriter characters but I know you love them and I know your going to ask because. I know it would be a popular set! So for now it's in my idea book! 

Princess Leia - Modeled by my sons favorite monkey..LOL ;)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Featuring: Heather Evans - Scentsy Consultant

I'd like to introduce to you :

Now I'm sure most of you are familiar with Scentsy. 

I have many friends that sell it but I just usually avoid the parties and such for many of the independent consulting companies like (pampered chef, mary kay, avon, jewelry and more) I think I could literally go to some sort of party every week so instead of choosing I just say no....LOL. Not that I don't like them I just feel bad that I can't buy from everyone. 

When Heather asked me to share Scentsy with you I was very excited! I love candles and good smells in my home but with littles around I don't like fire going. I'm afraid I'll leave one lit! 

Heather is super sweet and she sent me a surprise package and this is what I received

Medium size warmer (in my favorite color purple - How'd she know?!?)

and three Scensty bars in great scents of 

Black Raspeberry Vanilla- Delicious
My Dear Watson- Sophisticated and smart
and Camu Camu - Tropical scents 

I really liked them all! 

What I love about Scenty is of course it's a warmer so no need to "light" a candle. The warmer melts your favorite scent nicely. I also like the convince of breaking off a little wax at a time and it lasts a couple days. I have a small home and it fills the every room in the house with it's aroma. So a very small amount and a small warmer go a long ways in my house. 

I'm looking into getting a bigger warmer and plug in for the bath room though! I think Heather has reeled me in! 

So let's find out a little bit about Heather and how she got started selling scentsy: 

Where are you from? 
Sunny Southern California 
Name of your shop/business
I'm an Independent Consultant for Scentsy Wickless Candles

What do you specialize in? 
Scented wax, lightbulb warmers

What made you decide to start your business?
    I actually didn't want to start my own business! With the encouragement of brother-in-law's girlfriend and the support of my friends and family my "just for fun" thing has turned into a real business!

What is your favorite item?
I love the Jane warmer.  One of my customers said it looks like a palace Tinkerbell would live. The plug-in warmers are perfect for the bathroom to keep that fresh clean smell all the time. As for wax there are so many that are my favorite and it changes all the time.  That's the beauty in Scentsy vs a traditional candle; you're not committed to one scent.  You can change it from day to day and blend fragrances to to get a truly custom scent.  

Do you donate or give back any portion of your sales to charity or an organization? 
I have done Scentsy events where my commission from the sales goes back to the organization.  I have raised funds for the American Heart Association and my daughter's pre-school.  Scentsy also chooses a foundation or cause with each new catalog campaign.  Currently its the Ronald McDonald House.  Which the purchase of the Saha Buddy net proceed are donated to Ronald McDonald House across America.  Previous causes have been: Austim Speaks, Brest Cancer Awareness and the Sunshine Kids. A new cause will be launched March 1st. 

You can find Heather on 

Maybe you'd like to sell Scensty too - Just visit her site for more details. Looks like a great deal to sign up this month! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Introducing Raverly Bundle Coupons

 I'm so amazed at what a wonderful month January was for my business. I've been a little overwhelmed with orders, designing and trying to email patterns out. I always email pattern with in 24 hrs. (usually in just minutes to few hrs.) but once in a while they just don't come through on your end. Technology is a mystery to me sometimes. I've done a little something that will be a time saver for me and I think benefit to you!   

I have my patterns in three shops - Etsy, Ravelry, Artifire.  

While I like Etsy- The fees are down right crazy. I won't tell you what it was but it's outrageous! It's not so bad when you only sell a few things but when you sell a lot the numbers rises fast. 

I like Artfire but it seems that many of you don't prefer it and it just doesn't get the traffic. I don't get many sales but I only pay $6.95 a month because I signed up on a promo and as long as I keep my shop that's all I'll ever have to pay. No listing fees or sales fees. 

I love Ravelry and once you hit a certain amount of sales the fee caps out at $10.00  a month- The biggest benefit is instant downloads! No waiting on my to send patterns. Plus you can save them in your raverly library so that if you lose it or accidentally delete it it's always there. This shop prevents me from lots of resending. Raverly emails always come through! I've never had anyone with an issue! 

Now for the Ravelry benefits! You can now purchase the same bundle deals I offer on my other sites with  the use of coupon codes - These will only be for the Critter Capes since they are all the same price. The other misc patterns at $4.50 you'll have to purchase separately or get a bundle in my other shop. It's the only way I could get the codes work here properly with out you being over charged :) 

I really hope you'll enjoy the benefits of bundle deals on Ravelry! It will save me a lot of time and money too! 

If you follow on facebook you already know but today only Ravelry I have a buy any 2 get 1 free. Just put 3 patterns in your cart and the discount will automatically be applied! 

So which shop do you prefer and why ( as a seller or buyer) ?