Monday, March 14, 2011


First of all -- big big thanks to the wonderful Carrie for giving my blog a bit of a facelift - I love it!! Hugs and kisses xxxx

I know I'm not going to be the world's best blogger in the world but I'm going to try and post at least once a month; that will hopefully be a reasonable target.

I bought a load more yarn in Killarney recently - I now have three great big boxes full of it -- all sorts of different things to try out, though I don't know when I ever will get round to using it all.

I've even started listing my 'destash' stuff in my Etsy shop (at cheaper than RRP) and it's been a bit of a success so far - and helps keep Peter from muttering about how 'wool is taking over the whole house'

I've just listed two different shades of Rowan Kidsilk Spray - pebble and medici (kind of coffee and cream, and shades of blue) so we'll see how they do. Hopefully they will catch someone's eye...

I've had a grand total of 64 Etsy sales now - which is brilliant though it would be FAB if I could just reach 65 by the end of this month. It's a year this month since I registered with Etsy, though I didn't put anything in my shop until May or June I think.

Peter's put up a massive map of the world on the wall in here and we're going to get some tiny stickers so I can record just where each of my items has gone to - it's quite exciting really in a geeky kind of way! I've even sold one pair of wrist warmers to someone in Australia now :)

I somehow think I won't become a millionaire from Etsy, but that isn't what it's all about (for me at least) - I get ridiculously happy when I have a sale...that feeling never seems to wear off. I love it, but especially adore it when you hear back from someone either via the feedback system on Etsy, or through emails or private messages on Etsy that they like what they've bought from me.

I've yet to sell any of my organic cotton scrubbies but I love them and have great faith that someone else will too! They're such a fab idea - very gentle on the skin and enviromentally friendly to boot, which is always a good thing.

I've been busy over the weekend and have ordered 100 business cards (!!!)and another book of stickers - all from Moo (oh I love that company but I wish they were cheaper!)I think I'm being a bit ambitious with the 100 business cards but you have to have faith in yourself - if you don't then no one else is going to do it for you. I've easily sold over 100 items by now anyway - what with Etsy items, things I've sold locally or given to friends and family.

The latest thing I've finished is this unbleached cotton beach bag with cotton applique flowers - I was just going to leave it plain but it looked like it needed 'something' and you can never have too many crochet flowers! - you might notice that the flowers are in the same cotton as the scrubbies - I love purple and pink!

This is a bit of a sneak preview as I haven't listed it on Etsy or my facebook page yet...oooh a world exclusive, ha ha. I think it's quite cute.

I love taking the listing photos down on the beach - it's so much more beautiful than our garden is this time of year, and you don't end up with chickens or stuff in the background!

I'm loving this time of year now that things are starting to get spring-y and I can work outside, either in the garden or down on the beach (if I wrap up well) - you can't beat crochet al fresco! I quite like the idea of including a photo of me making things in my Etsy listings - I love where I live and I like to share that when I can.


  1. Rosie that beachbag is beautiful, I think the best colour combo so far.

    Love the blog I don't feel I've lost you now:)

  2. I love the idea of crochet alfresco! I have been known to take crocheting to the playground whilst waiting for children to come out, but the beach sounds much nicer!!

  3. oh thank you for the nice comments - I'm still here despite not being on growveg any longer :) Life goes on!

    I love how much more portable crochet is compared to knitting - I take it everywhere with me.

    I'll be back at work in a couple of weeks and it'll be coming to work with me too ;)

  4. I agree with you on the Etsy sales, I get excited every time I see 'Etsy Transactions'! I spend so much time packaging it up, sending it out with love and care. :)

    I love the organic scrubbies! I just bought a whole bunch through a seller on Etsy, I'll keep you in mind when I need some more. It's wonderful that you're offering them, cotton is one of the highest pesticide ridden crops, organic is definitely the way to go! :)

  5. thanks Simply Smitten - I garden organically so when I saw the organic cotton yarn I thought 'oh yes!'