Jaime, Heart for Your Home's creator, is a talented crafter. She taught herself to crochet and says, "I learned to crochet just over a year ago, and it just clicked. I had tried other crafty things, but they never worked out. Crocheting was simple for me, and I quickly realized I could turn a string of yarn into beautiful creations. So I started with a blanket for my Goddaughter, and it just took off from there. People started asking where they could buy my items, where they could see pictures of my other creations, etc. So I started my business Facebook page about a year ago, and in just under a month, I already had my first non-friend/family sale! It was an incredible feeling to know that something that came from my imagination, something that my hands turned into reality, was now going to keep a baby warm, or be a gift at a baby shower, or keep their toes warm. It's a very heartwarming feeling. "
When asked about the challenges she faces running an at-home business, Jaime replied, "I would definitely say getting started is the most challenging thing. I'm a stay-at-home newlywed wife, so I have the time to create, but not always the demand from customers. Getting your name and business out there, letting people know you have quality merchandise for great prices, and getting to where you have a steady flow of orders-that's the challenge."
Jaime meets these challenges, and goes above and beyond to make her customers happy. Spending long days or late nights with a crochet hook. You can find Jaime's work on Facebook, in her Etsy store, and even purchase her patterns from her Ravelry shop.
When asked about her favorite things, she says, "I LOVE animals. If you order from me-I want you to know that I have a pet-friendly home so your items may have one or two strands of fur I missed. They usually aren't around my yarn or completed items, but simply from having them in the house, as other pet owners know-it tends to get everywhere! haha! I have four cats, a dog, a guinea pig, and a lizard. Most of my animals are rescues, and it takes every ounce of self control I have not to get more!
Also, I am ADDICTED to yarn. Even if I don't have an order to make at the moment, I love going to the yarn store. I love the different textures, colors, thicknesses, everything about it! Like men in an auto store, or women at a shoe-sale, I go nuts!!"
Since the majority of the items are custom-made according to the customer's size specifications, rather than ready-to-ship, her holiday turn around time is 3-4 weeks. If you are interested in purchasing from Heart For Your Home this winter, placing your orders early will insure their timely arrival.
Jaime says, "I am constantly checking other websites for inspiration, ideas, and helpful hints. I like to check the competition to make sure my prices are still lower than theirs. I also check to see what is trending with others, for instance, the idea for my Angry Oinker Beanie came from babysitting two boys that LOVE the Angry Birds game.
Jaime has recently started a vintage-inspired jewelry shop on Etsy, PandorasBoxJewels, which carries a unique mix of metal charms, pendants, gemstones, & beads.
|My daughter, in her Flopsie Daisy hat|
After seeing all these cute items, are you ready to place your Christmas orders? Submit an order to Heart for Your Home, or to Violet's Buds during the giveaway, and you will earn an extra 25 entries!
Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entries are to like both Heart For Your Home & Violet's Buds Facebook page. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, October 13th at 8pm CDT, and the winner will have 48 hours to contact Violet's Buds or Heart for Your Home to claim the prize. And while you're here, make sure to stop by the Fall Festival Giveaway, which ends October 18th.
|Bow & Legwarmer set|
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Photographs posted with permission of Heart for Your Home, Kaptured by Kara, and VB Photography.