Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Great News for Pattern Lovers

I really do have some great news for those of you who love my patterns! If you have been following you know that during the month of May I had all my patterns on sale. They were all just 2 dollars per pattern! That is cheaper than a gallon of gas! During this month I had over 40 pattern sales. That is more than one a day! This sale was such a success that I have decided to re price my patterns.

This new price is still lower than my usual 5 dollars a pattern, and with the addition of my Spring Child-Adult Size hat and my Baby Bee Hat that is some great news!

The new price is....... 3 dollars!

In progress is the pattern for a new Watermelon Hat!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Over 150 Sales

Let's Celebrate!

I have been selling like crazy... well it feels like crazy. I have over 150 sales (jumps for joy), and have been keeping over 60 listings in my shop.

I took a second to think about the things that I have been improving that I think have helped me achieve my goals:
  1. I have kept over 50 listings in my shop and kept adding to them!
  2. I had a pattern sale that was extremely successful (thank you all of you who participated)
  3. I have been advertising on Project Wonderful consistently.
  4. I have been continually renewing 4 random items a day.

I continue to try to improve as much as I can. I just bought my domain name: and I now have a photographer that is using models to take some fantastic photos of my items!

Technique Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day

This technique is for crocheters making a bowl or hat. It does not matter what hook or yarn you are using.

  • When making a circle, increasing each round will create a flat circle that will just keep getting larger each round you increase.
  • Stop increasing and just crochet around, 1 stitch in each stitch, to make a bowl or hat.
  • There is no need to decrease.
  • This technique will create a very smooth, gradual bowl like curve and is perfect for hats.
Use this technique to make your own hat or bowl without a pattern, or to create your own patterns!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Pattern!


You spoke and I listened. You wanted a great adult/child hat pattern and here it is!

For those of you who have drooled and gasped over my Spring Flower Hat there is good news! You can now crochet it yourself!

I just added my Spring Flower Hat to my wonderful patterns and for 3 dollars it is a great buy! You get the pattern for 3 different sizes (Child, Teen and Adult) and the pattern for the flower!

It is available on my etsy site, or via download.

Visit my site, or to get this new pattern!

Happy Spring!

Friday, June 4, 2010

LLC as easy as 1-2-3

Good morning everyone!

I have been reading a lot of information about owning and running your own business. One tip that is always recommended is getting your LLC. I hear it over and over again and was worried that it would be a really hard and scary thing to do. Well I finally really looked into it and decided to give it a try.
I found a online form through Indiana government sites. I filled it out and surprisingly it was not that confusing to fill out. Just my name, address, and some other info that I knew the answers too! It cost me right around 90 dollars. (I was looking into online companies that were going to charge me 200!)
I submitted the form and figured it would take a few days or weeks knowing government. To my surprise I was almost immediately emailed my confirmation!
I am now officially "The Crafty Tortoise LLC"

Oh... for those of you who don't know LLC means Limited Liability Company and is a must have for any company who sells items.
I urge anyone who can to get your LLC and become legal with me. It was so simple and easy. I wish I would have done it a long time ago!

If you live in Indiana here is a link for you! Click here to Register your Business!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My First Treasury!

I just made my first treasury using I absolutely love treasuries, but thought that I would never get to make one. That is until they introduced Treasury East! Now you can easily make your own treasury!

Here is the link to mine!

Make your own and post your link in a comment! Lets all make treasuries today!