Crochet Journal Entry Stardate 7/24/2017

Yeah, my hubby is a huge ORIGINAL Star Trek fan so by default, I get to watch A LOT of reruns.  Hah!  I don’t really mind.  It’s a good show.  And for lack of a better title for this post, I’ve created (recreated) Stardate entries for when I want to play catch up and share a bunch of stuff that’s unrelated to each other.

Quick and Merry CAL Update

I recently made a big deal about joining a CAL aka a crochet-a-long.  I was genuinely excited about it BEFORE I received the pattern last week and posted about it HERE.  I’m sorry to say that when I received it, the pattern did not inspire me as I’d hoped it would and I was disappointed in the way the CAL was set up. I suppose I was expecting more smaller tasks instead of what they sent.

Having never done one before, I’m not sure if it was just an unexciting one, or if I’d set my expectations about the experience too high but I just was not feeling it.

Not being a quitter, and being the mom who always insisted that my boys finish the season of whichever sport they were involved in… and hating at that moment, I started my project.  I even switched out one of the colors of yarn I chose to help get me into a better mood about the whole thing but that didn’t work either.


If you’re doing the CAL, you already know that I picked the easiest alternative that was offered and I got about halfway through the required stitches for the week and then I broke my own rule.  I stopped.

I don’t know.  I might have been making my stitches too tight but… the piece was feeling very hard and not drapey at all.  For me, a big attraction to crochet is the texture.  I suppose I could have ripped the entire thing apart and started over with a larger hook but as I said, I wasn’t really feeling this pattern from the beginning.  And although it might soften in the laundry later on, in the spirit of Marie Kondo, it wasn’t bringing me joy right now.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m happy that I signed up because I learned how to do Tapestry crochet which is something I’d never done before and now that I know how, will do again.  I just found the pattern uninspiring.  It’s cute, but it’s not something I’d want to use in my home.  We’re in process of downsizing so I decided not to continue making something that would just end up in a closet.

Never a yarn waster, I am going to turn it into something else… something I know we’ll use.  I’m planning to make another circle the same size and make it into a mat for my cat.  He’ll love it!


Blog Update and Improvement

The other thing I wanted to share today is that I have begun a process of updating and improving my blog.

So far, I’ve changed my tagline at the top and updated my ABOUT page.  It definitely still needs more and I plan to continue working on it in the near future.

I think a blog evolves over time, or at least I think it should evolve into something you’re proud of that’s also useful to the people surfing the internet.

That said, I’m open to any tips or ideas you have that helped you create, or better organize, your own blog, if you have one.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comment section.  I love hearing from my readers!

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How I Use A Luggage Tag To Promote My Crochet Shop On Social Media

I was looking for a quick and easy way to add my shop name to my photos for promotion on social media.  A simple luggage tag came to my rescue!

I recently needed to photograph a crochet item I’d made.  The photo needed to include one of my business cards.  I took the photo and although it served its purpose, the writing on my card was a little small and I was left wishing for another… better… option.

Of course I could have done a bit of editing and maybe add the words directly to the photo but I really was hoping for an even easier option than that.  You know, something super quick and super duper easy.

Zazzle had the answer!

As a Zazzle affiliate, and shopper, I receive their sale emails quite frequently and shortly after the business card incident, they just happened to run a sale on their luggage tags. I decided to grab one and experiment using it for promotional photos.

luggage tag

The front of my luggage/name tag.

You might not be able to tell from this photo but their tags are very high quality.  They’re quite thick, not at all flimsy, and have a nice leather strap.  I found a design template at the site that I liked and I customized it to say the name of my shop and the word Handmade on the front.

On the flip side, I shared my shop name again and I also included the link information to my blog and my Etsy shop.  So now when I want to include my info in a photo of my crochet items, all I have to do is choose a side and drop my luggage tag in next to the item.

luggage tag with shop info

Here’s the flip side!

The links in this post are affiliate links.  That means if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post, I will receive a small royalty.  You will never pay a penny extra.

This is the luggage tag that I customized to use to promote my crochet shop:

There are literally thousands of luggage and bag tags to choose from at Zazzle. I have to say that I was really impressed with the quality and now that I know how nice they are, I’m going to be grabbing another one for my suitcase.
Here are more of the specifics:
  • Dimensions: 2″l x 3.5″w (standard business card size)
  • Made of ultra-durable acrylic
  • UV resistant and waterproof
  • Leather luggage strap included
  • Printed on both sides

This product is recommended for ages 13+

Click here to visit Luggage Tags at Zazzle to see them all!

About the Crocheted Tiara

The pretty crocheted tiara in the pictures above is available at my
Etsy shop.  They’re handmade, by me, using premium yarn and pearl
Pony beads.  They’re comfortable and great for the bride-to-be to
wear at her Bridal Shower and/or Bachelorette party and can make any
girl feel like a real-live princess.

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