Patchwork Santa Ana – Spring 2018

Back in May, I vended at my third Patchwork show. The first one was sort of a disaster. The weather was terrible, the attendance was terrible, and I was horribly sunburned due to a faulty sun-umbrella. The second one was a lot better. I broke even and learned a lot.

This third one was great. I was actually in a new location, so a fairly low traffic area, but still managed to walk away ahead. Which is sort of a first for my shows. Plus, I sold a few items I wasn’t expecting to, so that was pretty amazing. I also sold out completely of my ice cream cones, so they are next on the list of things I should work on before the fall/winter show after Thanksgiving.

The festival was really expanded this year, it even included a fashion show put on by student designers at the local college.

I am still trying to figure out the perfect booth layout, as I sell such a huge variety of products that I have no idea how best to display a little of everything! Ideas and suggestions are totally desired. 🙂


March Review



Shop-wise, March was better than February, but still not as good as last year.  However, I spent most of the month with the ship in ready to ship only, and I was doing very little advertising. However, about a week before the month ended, I started editing and adjusting listings, and getting some MTO items back out there. I immediately started garnering sales again, so I suppose that was the issue all along.

Blog-wise, I bit the big one in March. I only posted twice. The biggest issue was just that I wasn’t creating, and the few things I did create, I didn’t photograph! So, there as nothing to blog!


March Plan

Feb 27 – Charity
I made an adult scarf, adult hat, baby hat, and a baby blanket!

Mar 6 – Halloween Props
I started making a spider prop, but didn’t finish

Mar 13 – Easter Amigurumi
I made a baby chick!

Mar 20 – Unicorns
I made a fun unicorn hat!

Mar 27 – Free Week
I did nothing because I have barely sat down!


Yarn Purchased in March

2,130 yards (I needed to for orders!)
2,130 yards of I Love This Yarn (purchased for the fox rug I am making a pregnant friend, and for bearded baby hat orders)


Yarn Crocheted in March

3,203 yards total
405 yards of Lion Brand Jiffy (unicorn hat)
2,548 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (charity)
350 yards of I Love This Yarn (beard hats)


Sales History

  • 2013
    • Not Open
  • 2014
    • 1 sale for 1 item
  • 2015
    • 5 sales for 5 items, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 12 sales for 18 items, increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 4 sales for 4 items, large decrease in revenue

Worth the Wait

Last year, I got this crazy idea to make tutus. Then, I realized that they are expensive to make, time consuming, shed glitter all over my house, and I hate them. Then, on top of that, they didn’t sell well.

Well, sometimes I get angry and frustrated and end up doing whatever I can to get rid of a piece I hate. Now, I don’t hate these tutus for any other reason than the fact that I am still picking glitter out of my couch and they didn’t sell. I am so sick of looking at them! So sick!

So, I had made a decision that for these next couple of craft fairs I was doing, I was going to GREATLY reduce the cost of these tutus, to just barely cover the cost of materials. I was that sick of looking at them.

Then…today…chaching. I actually sold the first one I made. The adorable fluffy green monster that I made my kid go out and model practically barefoot. For it’s normal price. To a lady on the other side of the world.

And that…that made it worth it…that is why you don’t give up…even when you are so sick of looking at something.





In my about page, I talk about the devastating earth quake and tsunami in Japan, and how that got me back into crochet. Well, here is sort of the elaboration on that.

In March of 2011, I went home to Las Vegas on leave to see my best friend who was ready to give birth. While she was in labor, I watched on the news as an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country I was living in. I spent a couple extra weeks in the US, trying to get back to Japan. But, in the meantime, I was left with more free time than I had ever had, and no vehicle. I couldn’t afford to keep renting a car! So…off to this magical place called JoAnns I went! I found the fluffiest, silliest looking yarn. It was called Red Heart Pompadoodle. (It is now discontinued, which is sort of devastating to me.) I bought a few skeins of it, took it back to my aunt’s house and made a scarf while watching a movie. This yarn is really hard to work with, because of the pompoms attached. It makes it hard to see your stitches. And heaven forbid you have to take this yarn apart! That is an even bigger nightmare! It sticks and grabs and the pompoms get caught and ugh…I have a few half done scarves that I messed up on and became homicidal before I finished taking them back apart. Anyway…I made a few of these scarves, and my gramma, mom, and aunt loved them. They all wanted one…so I went back and bought some more yarn and made a few more…and this is just sort of what I did while waiting for returned phone calls and emails from my sailors and my command. Then came the 16 hour flight from LA to Tokyo…do you have any idea how many scarves you can make in 16 hours? I actually ran out of yarn first.

Well…now I had a dozen or so of these scarves in my bags and they got dumped in my house in Japan in my craft room. (This was really just a room without heat or A/C that I stored all of my yarn, photo albums, and half finished blankets.) Well, I spent about a week in Japan without any real clue as to when they were going to fly us back out the to ship…and because of the earthquake, a lot of the businesses in the area, and half the base, was shut down…so, I did what any good crocheter would do…I went to the 100yen store and bought more yarn…of course, it wasn’t nearly as cool as my pompadoodle yarn, but it would do. I started making some blankets, though I didn’t get far at all…I ended up taking those out and using those yarns to make elephants in later years. Anyway…I got distracted from the blankets because it was finally time to fly out to the ship…and after a few days onboard, in the awesome mail plane came MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE pompadoodle yarn. I am serious…half of my storage space in my rack (bed) was this yarn…it was so much yarn. But, I just kept making scarves. I mean, I was fully qualified, I was running a division with some completely awesome leaders working directly under me, I had to find something to do with the 2 or 3 hours a day that I should have been sleeping, but never could. Well, as you can imagine (and even if you think they suck, pretend with me), the scarves were a huge hit in berthing (our living quarters) with the ladies. So, I gave away probably a dozen scarves on that underway…and that Christmas, every lady I knew got a pompom scarf for their gift! It was a little ridiculous. Well, when I got back to the states, I decided to open up my very own etsy shop. I listed exactly 3 items…3 pompom scarves. Well, after a year and a half, the pretty blue one finally sold…I also realized, after actually figuring out how much it cost me to make this scarf, I lost money on that sale. Which was sad, because no one wants to pay people to take their stuff. The beige and pink still sit, waiting for their forever homes. However, I have a feeling that these are more of a craft sale item…you really need to feel just how amazingly soft they are to really understand the value of this yarn…soft and warm. Too bad I don’t wear scarves…because these are pretty cool.

Blue PomPom Scarf
Sold to a very warm and happy lady!

Pink PomPom Scarf

This could totally be yours!

Beige PomPom Scarf

This could go with your every outfit!