New Shop Changes

Hey guys!

As you can tell from the title new changes are coming to my etsy shop!! I have been thinking up some new ideas and wanted to share that is why I haven’t been very active on here or others forms of social media.

I have been wanting to change some things about my etsy shop for a while but wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to change. I thought of┬ásome new items to make that might sell and have added items that I made a while ago hoping that might spark some new followers and make some sells, but that didn’t really work. I’ve been feeling like my shop is at a stand still for a while…a long while.

Lately I’ve just been doing some searching on Instagram and have seen all these successful shops and seen all the different things they make and sell and have thought, “Well I could make something like that. Why are they able to sell theirs but I can’t sell mine?” Don’t get me wrong, I love knitting and crocheting just for the fun of it, but sometimes it wouldn’t hurt to sell items to help out with the bills or just to earn money to support my hobby.

The one thing I noticed a lot about these successful shops are the names! I’ve always been kind of iffy about my shop name. I wanted to create something that was catchy and toyed around with different things but in the end I went with something plain and simple. So I’ve never been too thrilled about it.

So the biggest change coming to my shop is going to be the name! I will do another post on how I came up with the name and the meaning and inspiration behind it. But for now I just wanted to give my little community of followers and supporters a heads up on some changes and what to look out for.

In addition to a name change, I’m thinking of making some new blankets, ear warmers/headband (even though we are heading into some warmer weather) maybe some baby items….we will see. I love all things “rustic” and “farmhouse” so I am hoping to pull some inspiration from those types of things.

As always, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my little blog! I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

XOXO

Kristy

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Yarn Storage

Hey there!

Lately I’ve been seeing people showing their yarn collection/storage and I thought I’d share mine as well. It may give you an idea on how to store your yarn or inspire you to try new colors. While I don’t have one of those super organized or “pretty” storage units or whatever you want to call it, I have added a few new baskets. I really like the whole “farm house” and rustic styles so that’s what I was trying to go for. It might change in the future, depending on what we decide to do with our second bedroom, but for now it works and keeps thing tidy.

So we originally got this to use in our kitchen as a pantry and storage for cutting boards, cook books, blenders, our food processor but since we moved, we have plenty of pantry space and I didn’t want to get rid of it.

I can’t remember exactly what it’s called but I know we added all of the doors on it. It have four little feet on it to keep it up off of the floor as well. But Ikea has a lot of nice storage options. The other one I was looking at was the HEMNES unit. I love that designer. Our dresser and nightstands are HEMNES too. (click this picture to go to Ikea’s website)

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I just love it. It’s not too tall or bulky or heavy. It made a good little pantry/kitchen storage but now it’s perfect for storing all of my yarn and everything I need to create.

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On the top shelf I have two baskets. One wire one with different colored balls of yarn, and then a distressed crate that has a few finished items in it. ( currently in my etsy store, just click the “SHOP” link!) On the second shelf I have a couple of berry baskets I got from a local farm when I bought some fresh berries, that hold buttons and a measuring tape and a few other small items that I sometimes attach to my finished products. I also have a bamboo yarn bowl, another wire basket that has a few small items such as compression gloves and patterns and then my large knitting needles. On the bottom shelf is two baskets. One with more balls of yarn and yet another wire basket that has most of my knitting needles and crochet hooks.

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This is the bottom part of the storage unit. The top shelf has some random unorganized things. All of my knitting looms some yarn still in a bag that I haven’t figured out what I want to make with. A notebook with a lot of written patterns and a mesh bag (lingerie bag) that I will use to wash the yarn either before I start using it or after I’ve made something. This is the best way to wash your delicate items so they last longer if you don’t want to hand wash them. The second shelf is all yarn! Most of the yarn was given to me. Lastly, on the bottom shelf is another basket of balls of yarn. The basket was my nana’s and I wanted to use it in a more gentle way so I decided to put more yarn in it. Next to that is a bag of polyfill that I have used to stuff my little crochet monsters that I made for my nephew’s birthday one year. Then there is a small bag of random yarn.

I do have another rubbermaid container that has more balls of yarn and some unfinished projects in, but it’s nothing fancy and far from pretty. Do you have a “yarn stash”? Feel free to show me, I’d love to see other collections and storage options. You can leave a comment down below or tag me on instagram @kristyshomemade and don’t forget to follow me too. Also, if you are interested in any of my items I’m selling go ahead and click the “SHOP” link up top and it will take you to my etsy store. Thanks!

XOXO

Kristy