Indy Crafter Highlight: Freckle Face Monday

Hello hello!  Happy Thursday!  It’s a beautiful — if warm — autumn day, and I’m excited to announce my first regular segment on the TLMYC blog: Indy Crafter Highlight!

As an Etsy shop owner and maker of things myself, I have a high appreciation for everything handmade.  Handmade things capture a piece of the creator’s mind and soul — a physical representation of the power of human creativity.  Owning something that another human poured their time, passion, and creative spirit into cannot compare to mass produced materials.  (As I’ve learned all too well this week, creative labor can be just as exhausting as physical labor…and should be treated as equal effort.)  Additionally, I definitely understand the desire to want to not only share what you create, but make a living off of doing what you love — that was my intention upon starting TLMYC, and is still my ultimate goal.

As Etsy is inundated with shops and products of all types, it is crucial — for shops to get noticed — that they get outside attention and feedback.  Through recognition from bloggers, podcasters, etc., Etsy shops can get themselves out in the public view and, hopefully, make a name for themselves among all of the rest.  I could go into the academic definitions of this phenomenon, but I think we all understand the principle that shoppers are much more likely to purchase from a shop they’ve heard of than one they have not.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard a little about the bloggers and podcasters that have supported me so far — another HUGE thanks to all of you!  🙂 The help and recognition I’ve received from these fellow creators has made a world of difference in the growth of my own Etsy shop.  It’s a “leg up,” so to speak, in the expansion of my small business and I’m incredibly grateful for it.  But without the help of these fellow creators, I would not have been able to grow in this way.  As such, it’s crucial that we, as creators who understand the value of creating, support our fellow *makers*…whether through patronage in their shops, or just kind words and recommendations.  SO, in order to help “pay it forward,” I’ve created the segment ‘Indy Crafter Highlight’ in order to feature hand-crafters working for themselves to share what they’ve created.


IndyCrafterHighlight My plan for this segment is to feature one online shop/creator selling handmade items each month.  Whenever possible, I will try to focus on shops that I have purchased from before, in order to give personal feedback about their products — and these may or may not be knitty related, depending on what I find.  🙂  Each monthly highlight will feature a short summary of the shop, who they are, and what they make, and a few products that I think stand out the most.  My hope is that, through this segment, I can help other independent crafters and Etsy shop owners further explore what they do. So — up first: FreckleFaceMonday! Freckle Face Monday This new-to-me Etsy shop is one I ran across on my somewhat frantic search for the *perfect* flannel scarf for fall.  Run by sisters Angie & Kay, FreckleFaceMonday features loads of cozy hand-made scarves, in a variety of plaid and tartan patterns. Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 2.51.36 PM

After deliberating for a week about which color I wanted to get, I broke down and got two.  I couldn’t resist.

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I mean, they’re so different…I had to get both, right??  😛

These just came in the mail to me today, and let me tell you, they’re an instant favorite.  Both are infiniti-scarves, and just the right length to be comfy, but not claustrophobic.  (This is a big deal for me…too-tight neck things are a constant struggle.)  Additionally, these are wooooonderfully made!  These ladies must be master seamstresses because these scarves are perfectly finished.  (Where did the seam go?  How do they do it??)  Yet another big plus. IMG_9182 Both of these lovely scarves are made out of the softest flannel.  As I’ve mentioned before, it makes me constantly sad that I cannot wear flannel everyday in the fall and winter…but with these beauties, I definitely can.

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Finally, the perfect fall accessory.  🙂

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Alas, a tad blurry…such is the struggle of the self-timer feature…

Ahh, I’m in love…  Go check out FreckleFaceMonday for more beautiful flannel scarf options.  Thank you for your support of independent crafters!  🙂

What’s your favorite fall accessory?

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions presented are my own.  Some photos courtesy of the FreckleFaceMonday Etsy shop. If you have an Etsy shop or other online store selling your handmade goods and would like to be featured in an Indy Crafter Highlight post, please email me at thelittlemountyarnco@gmail.com!

Colorful Quilting

Well hello again!  We’re at another Wednesday!  Halfway through the week and to our first “official” fall weekend!  I hope you all have hay rides, corn mazes, and apple picking fun planned for this weekend.  I know I do.  🙂

I did take a little bit of a blogging break this week…  I meant to post on Monday after I got back from Orlando, but — other than a few hours at my day job — I pretty much slept the whole day.  Man, I don’t know how you all do it!  One full day at Disney had me wiped, let alone multiple days in a row!  Plus, whew, I forgot how hot it is there…I’m not cut out for high-intensity Disney vacationing.  Ha!  I did have a great time, though.  Like I mentioned, as a former Cast Member, Disney World will always have a special place in my heart.  Just maybe next time I’ll visit in the winter…  😉

So, I do have a very exciting sort-of, kind-of FO to share with you today.  The almost chilly weather we’ve been getting here in Kentucky has got me in hyperdrive thinking about all of the things I need to prepare for what is bound to be a cold, snowy winter.  (We’ve already had the mitten discussion…)

A couple of weeks ago — on a whim — I bought fabric to make a Halloween quilt, thanks to the enabling of my fellow crafty Instagrammers.  I chose a super easy non-pattern to ensure that I would actually have this done in time for Halloween.  (You’ll never believe this, but sometimes I procrastinate…  *gasp*)  And wouldn’t you know, my sewing mojo kicked in full force, and I made this quilt top start-to-finish in about 3 days.  (It’s only a throw size, though…so this is probably only impressive speed to me.)

Have a look-see:

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It’s a pretty simple 8-piece rectangle pattern, with no real rhyme or reason to the patch placement.  Let’s just say I let my creative juices decide the layout.  As you can see, it’s just the quilt top as of now.  I don’t have the skill or equipment to quilt it myself currently, so I’m going to take it to the local fabric store for quilting.  I’m really excited about how it turned out!  It’s random, fun, colorful, and spooky.  Can’t wait to cuddle up in it this fall!  🙂

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Had a little sneaky friend trying to spy on my photo shoot.  Cutie.  😛

Lastly, I want to send out a big thank you to the wonderful Danie and Susie of the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast for their lovely compliments about my yarn on their most recent episode!  It’s always such a treat to hear that people truly enjoy what I make.  🙂  Also, if you’re a listener of their podcast, you can be on the look-out for a skein of my ‘Police Box’ Glitter Sock yarn as a prize in their Legend-Prairie Contest soon!  (PS, Legend-Prairie…how cute is that?!)

How is your week going?

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