CrochetTLC won second place with her item "One of a Kind Spring Dress"
I hope you enjoy!
By CrochetTLC (aka Sharon Blalock)
Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a mom to 4 (son is a firefighter, daughter just joined the Marines, son is graduating in May, and daughter who has one more year of high school), grandma to one 2-½ year-old little man, and wife to a wonderful husband. I have my Etsy shop to give me an outlet with my crochet and I love the communication with the other people on Etsy. I like the idea of a “small shop” meaning I don’t have any plans to put my items in shops, wholesale, or consignment.
Apart from creating things, what do you do? I am a stay-at-home wife/mom, so I try to keep busy in between house cleaning, cooking, etc.
What first made you want to become an artist? I have been crocheting for over 30 years. When my husband started working on pipelines and moving a lot, I decided to go with him which meant giving up my day job. So crocheting keeps me busy and from going crazy.
What handmade possession do you most cherish? I have a blanket my mom crocheted for me when I was little; my youngest daughter now has it. I also crocheted blankets for all my kids, which they still have and several for my grandson.
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy or the Create Crochet Team? Be patient, find your niche, and promote as much as you can. And be careful for what you wish for! :)
How do you promote your work? I do use Twitter and have a Facebook Fan page. I try to post on the promotions forums every once in a while. I have done the “Etsy Showcase” promotion a few times, but other than that I don’t advertise.
In ten years, where would you like to be? Wherever my husband is, that is my home. I like to crochet and hope to have more grand kids to spoil.
What was your inspiration for your challenge piece? I had an idea of a colorful medallion and decided to make a little dress out of it and yellow is Spring to me, so I decided to have the main color of the dress yellow. I love making things for babies, so a toddler dress was just logical for me.