The metamorphosis of a cushion cover …

I think it’s got to the stage where I even dream about crochet! The other night I had an idea to make something using these colours Cream, Meadow and Spice (all in the fab Stylecraft chunky range).

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At first I was thinking a blanket, but I didn’t have enough yarn in my stash so I decided to make a bag. However, my 10 year old daughter (who thought it was too big to be a bag – what?!?!) then suggested I should make a cushion cover, this is after I’d joined the two ends into a round!!

 I thought I’d go with it, after all it is an experiment, and luckily it does actually fit a cushion pad really well – bonus!

So now I had the issue of the fact that I’d started to crochet a flap for the bag …. ! That’s why it’s now an “envelope style” cushion cover, which I have to admit is going to look really rustic and retro when finished off with a couple of big chunky looking wooden buttons (which I’ve just had to order from EBay!)


The above picture shows how it looks up to now. I’m rather pleased at my first attempt of designing something! I should get it done by the end of the week and then I hope to eventually get a pattern written up to share on here!! 

I think this is why I love crochet so much, it’s versatile and the possibilities are endless and you’re only limited by your own imagination!!

 

 

Baby Steps …!

Well, I’m not very good at this blogging lark am I?!

I was full of the best intentions, planning to blog about my new business venture but didn’t quite realise how hard you have to work to get yourself “out there” in order to promote your business! 

What I’ve learnt is that starting a blog at the same time as starting my business was definitely a no no, and a case of too much too soon!!

Another thing I’ve learnt is that being an Etsy seller is hard work!!! I’ve had to read up a lot about how to promote my shop on Instagram , Pinterest, Facebook  and now I’m even tweeting (get me!!). 

I’ve researched hashtags, how to take proper photo’s and I think I’ve finally started to develop my own unique “brand”. All this by holding down a 4 day a week job, being a mum and of course actually making things to sell!

To date, I’ve sold one blanket on Etsy – I felt a combination of excitement and nausea, nausea because I was worried that my blanket wasn’t good enough. Luckily though, I had a lovely email from my customer that boosted my confidence to no end.

  

This is the first blanket I’ve sold in my Etsy shop.

I also noticed that a lot of my fellow Etsy sellers were taking WIP (work in progress) photos of their makes, as well as their finished products, and that they were using beautiful backdrops to make their photos more appealing. I’ve experimented due to trying to keep costs low by taking photos on my oak coffee table (as seen above!) but have now purchased a vintage style wooden floor effect backdrop for £5 from eBay which I think works better! What do you think?


Examples of my recent makes!! 

So, it’s been a steep learning curve! I’m determined to make a success of it though!! 

I’m hoping to build up the confidence soon to start sharing some of my patterns on here, but one thing I’ve learnt  … BABY STEPS!!

What’s in a name?

“Cwmni cwt yn cae …. what does that mean?” I hear you ask.

Well, firstly it’s Welsh for “Hut in Field Company”. I know, it sounds a bit random but there is method to my madness!!! My surname is Schofield, my understanding is that this name originates from the Vikings and when translated means “Hut in field”. So there you go! The rationale for my company’s name!

I live in North Wales, UK, with my partner Mr C and 4 children. I discovered my love of knitting and crochet following the birth of my youngest son last year (2016), and taught myself by watching YouTube video’s.

I have to say returning to work at the end of my maternity leave was hard as all I wanted to do was be at home with my family and develop my new found hobbies. I also developed a bit (ok a lot!!) of an addiction to yarn much to Mr C’s annoyance!

After much thought and coaxing by family and friends I plucked up the courage to open my own Etsy shop and have recently tried to become more visible on social media.

My dream is to eventually be able to develop my craft and business and hopefully be able to give up the day job altogether! A tall order but nothing ventured nothing gained! It will be an interesting journey and experiment!!