Sunday, July 25, 2010

Unwind with Crochetgal...

EtsyTwitter Team's Shop of the Week!

Crocheted Lace Butterfly Shawl, alpaca and silk
The EtsyTwitter Team's shop of the week is crochetgal which not only offers crocheted wearable art and specialty yarns, but also display mannequins. Valerie, the crochet talent and proprietor, also sells handcrafted soap dishes made in her family's woodshop!

Pineapple Lace Crocheted Shawl, Perplexed, bamboo and silk
"Perplexed" is a beautiful crocheted lace shawl that was inspired by the old fashioned pineapple.... a pattern that never ages. The detail in this design is amazing!

Valerie is the sole designer and creator of crochetgal's crocheted offerings. She crochets each item with meticulous detail and is equally committed to customer service. She is inspired by "almost anything" she says, "from an interesting piece of material to a shape to a color". Valerie loves the flexibility and change possible with her craft as she explores various methods in detail. She says, "Right now I'm in my 'exploded lace' period with the crochet and have been there for about 3 years, but I see that direction changing within the next 2 years."

Valerie takes her business very seriously by setting both short and long-term goals. Initially, she defined a 5-year plan to make the business 'work' and provide an income. Her next 2-year plan was to double the size of the business. Her current 2-year plan is to double the volume of each year's business over the previous year. "It's ambitious, but without a goal in mind, a business cannot flourish."

A great deal of energy is spent during the Winter shows. She spends her summer planning her strategy...and relaxing while she can! In her spare moments she likes to tweet. Her emphasis is to interact with other people using Twitter, rather than posting continuous links.

Life sized mannequin head with pierced ears
Wooden Soap Dish / Soap Deck -  3 pack
Check these out!! Available in a pack of three...One for your kitchen, one for your bathroom sink and one for your tub or shower. These soap decks are a great gift idea & I need some of these...

crochetgal is celebrating
Christmas in July with
20% off all shawls
20% off a wide range of yarns,
(some yarns are net 65% off reg retail price!)
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