Winter going on Spring

Winter going on Spring
Winter going on Spring

It is only February just yet, serious freezing weather is coming up later this week in The Netherlands, but Spring is in the air. And if not in the air, at least it is on people’s minds. I see it on Instagram, there’s Easter candy in grocery stores, and I see some of you hooking and knitting with whites and other pastel colours; totally gives me that Spring feeling. Let’s say ‘winter going on spring’.

There’s nothing wrong with prepping well ahead, is there? Spring is a lovely mood, and I got some hyacinths to strengthen the feeling.

All I need now is a matching knitting and crochet project; let’s dug something up from those moving boxes around me here. Of course I carefully left those boxes out of the pictures; who wants to be reminded of all that work? After getting the flu the day after our move, this week I am on the mend and husband and I managed to unpack a load of boxes last weekend. Give me a couple more days, but I feel that yarn crafting itch coming up and I’ll share my projects with you.

Have a lovely week! Are you in the pre-mood for Spring yet?

xo Maaike

February 6, 2017 3 comments

Etsy Resolution

Etsy Resolution

We are already past the first half of January; how are you doing on your resolutions for 2017? Is opening an online shop one of them? In that case, I have something interesting for you.

Did you know my author adventure initially started with opening an Etsy shop? Back in 2012 I got the first request for my patterns through my blog and email. That’s when, after a couple months of doubt – Can I do this? – Will people buy my patterns? – How to price them? – I took a big jump and opened up shop. I knew from the start it would be an Etsy shop instead of a stand alone shop on my website, just because they are so professional and support sellers so well. In the past years Etsy has proven to be an ever evolving and growing platform, listening to buyers and sellers to improve their services.

This may sound like an encouraging promotion talk, and it is, but I sure would never write this to you if I didn’t mean every single word of it. From my own experience in the past couple years I can highly recommend opening a shop on Etsy, whether it is to sell your hand dyed yarns and craft supplies, your knitting or crochet patterns, or your finished hand made items. And, to make it even more easy for you now, Etsy offers a program supported by experienced Etsy sellers, to guide you through the process of opening up shop and uploading your first items. Tips on taking good photo’s, how to connect with other sellers on Etsy, customer services and more.

And, in case you needed any more encouragement; you can win a €250,- Etsy gift card if you open your Etsy shop now! Let me know through a comment on this blog post, Facebook or Instagram if you’re opening your shop and following the program, starting January 27. Send me the link, and you’re in the draw for this gift card. Winner will be announced towards the end of February, when the program is finished.

The Etsy Resolution program is a great opportunity to open up shop and learn from the best! Are you in? Start here!

xo Maaike

January 20, 2017 5 comments
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