Motivational Monday- Days 6-8

crochet devo

Happy Monday!
I caught up on Molly’s 31 Days to Prepare for a Craft show. On her first weekend she spent time creating her inventory, she shared a tip about creating a sort of assembly line, and she learned how to say no when someone wanted to add to her already busy plate.

31 days to crafts show

Even though I working on my 31 days, it’s still Monday and it’s still Motivational Monday. Recently, I started working on an article about things I’ve learned from crochet. Slowly, I’ve been coming up with ideas for making my inventory. At one point, I had so many ideas I felt that I could never make everything I wanted to. Hand puppets, finger puppets, purses, bags, accessories, dolls, doll furniture!

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

I have to work. If I am going to be successful, I have to work! If I want to make my crochet hobby into my crochet business I have to be diligent.

Tonight, I have a one on one consultation with Sedruola Maruska from Yarn Obsession. We’re going to talk about how to make my goals happen.

So, what are you doing today, this week, this month to make your dreams come true?

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I love Pintrest!

It is one of my favorite hangouts on the web. Day 19 of the Blog Challenge is all about Pintrest. Sara posted a amazing resource all about Pintrest. I’ve learned so much with this FREE, yep free webinar If you get a chance, watch it. Have paper and pencil close by because Michelle (awesome name)Shaeffer has tons of websites and helpful tips you are going to want to write down.

Today, since I’m still resting my wrist from crocheting, I’m going to see how “pinnable” I can make my blog!
Happy Saturday.
M

WIP Wednesday

Wow, is it Wednesday again already? I’ve been so busy crocheting to meet a deadline. My work in progress is actually completed! And I’m worse for the wear. There is a muscle that is killing me in my wrist. Anyone else ever hurt themself crocheting? If so, when will it stop hurting?

Day 16 of the blog challenge is short and sweet, for me, currently I don’t follow anyone on Twitter. Any suggestions of whom I should follow? Complete Twitter newbie here!

Well, anyway I finished my basket weave baby blanket. I used teal and lavender Lion Brand Pound of love. The WIP-y part is now I’m writing up the pattern.

30x30 baby blanket

30×30 baby blanket

The matching hat, has a butterfly on it.
butterfly hat

Speaking of hats, I’m also working on my first DESIGN-A-LONG. I’m so excited! It will be just like a crochet-a-long, but we will be working on how to create a design from start to finish! More details will be posted on my Facebook Fan page . Like me for the details.

If you have the time check out:
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What are you up to this fine Wednesday?
M

Playing Catch Up

Days 12-15
I’m behind. Nothing new for me. And I even had a good reason. I was working on a baby blanket that I needed to finish for a customer.
That kind of leads us in to my writing prompts. One was about money. Not one of my favorite topics for discussion but a needful one. The next writing prompt was about the objectives I was going to use to help me reach my goals.
I think I can hit two birds with one stone.
My long range goal for 2013 is to have $1000 in sales. That would equate to $83.34 a month that I would like to make with selling my crochet. I also would like to look into pattern selling and even publish an eBook or two to help reach that goal. It’s not a lot, but it may help with a few extras.
How about you? What are you using to measure your success?
M

Day 12: Be My Guest

Research tells us, that for something to become a habit it takes 21 day. Self reach tells me, that when I stop doing something (like blogging) I tend not to start up again. Today is day 12 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge host and designed by Sara from Hooking For Cash. I already have a confession to make.

I skipped yesterday. (Day 11)

And why, you ask, because I was afraid of the topic: Issue a call to action to your readers. Doubt and fears made me think, “Michelle, what in the world do you have to offer anyone to call them to some action?” I thought the answer was a big fat: nothing!

Yet, this morning I got up and here I am writing my Day 12 blog post. Little victories, people. Celebrate the little victories because sometimes the big ones never come.

Enough confession time, let’s get down to Day 12’s topic: Guest Bloggers! I love writing and I’ve had a few of my short stories published on the web. Often the different publishers will issue a Call for Submissions. One of the best things about this 31 Day Challenge is that I’m getting to meet (and read) so many great blogs that I hadn’t read before.

I’m posting a Call for submissions. Twice a month, I’d like to feature a guest blogger her at Milah’s. If you are a crochet blogger or have a crochet business I want you! Do you have a neat way you’ve solved a crochet problem, have any thoughts about how crochet helps you stay calm or connect with God, want to share how you go about creating you patterns and crochet items, or how you started your crochet business?

All you need to do is Follow my page and leave a comment below. (Like how I threw in my call to action?)

I’d love to see you here as a Guest Blogger!
M

Day 10 of the Blog Challenge- What a Girl Wants, What a girl needs…

This song is playing through my head. Why? Because today’s challenge of the 31 days is all about finding out what my readers want to read about. Sounds simple, right? Not. I even ran away and worked on my first tutorial (which one of my readers requested- doesn’t that count?)

I must face my fears. I think polling my readers will be a very helpful tool, but I think I’m too small right now for a formal (and scary, to me) polling software or such.
So, I’m going to ask for some help. What would you ask your readers? What facts about them would help you tailor your posts to things of interest? What do you find most helpful in a crocheting website?

WIP Wednesday

Today’s Blog Challenge we are to discuss our blog calendars. I would love to begin offering interviews and guest bloggers (any volunteers?) as well as doing challenges? What do you like seeing on your favorite blogs?

I love seeing what others are working on so here goes my first WIP Wednesday.

I’m not a big sports fan but I had an idea about sport team themed blankets. So when I was chatting up a potential customer about creating a baby blanket for her, her co-worker asked what else I did. I told him about my idea and he was excited! Enter my Michigan Blanket.

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I started Sunday. I’m using Red Heart Bright Yellow and Caron Midnight Blue. It’s been a challenge to carry the yarn without the blue showing through the yellow. I had read about using bobbins, but that seemed a bit difficult so I made yarn-carry-all (for lack of a better name.) Would you like to see a tutorial about making these?

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I’m about a third of the way through. I’m working off of a plan and a pattern that I created.

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So what’s on your hooks? I’d love to see it!
M

Day 8 of Blog Challenge

This morning I was tired. I had been faithful and diligent in posting for an entire week- SEVEN whole days. That was a record for me!

Yet when it was time to write this post, I was very faint of heart. My bed, Law and Order:CI, Facebook anything and everything were much more tempting than sitting at my computer and writing.

Have you ever had days like that, with so much to do and no desire to get it done?

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Today’s writing prompt from the 31 Day Blog Challenge is about what focus my blog will go in and how many times I’ll be posting. Well, I already answered that in another post but like a good teacher, I’d rather show rather than just tell.

I pressed on today to write, because this is a good thing I’m doing. Who knows (but please let me know if I do) I might be able to help someone today who is as tired as I am and has a whole day full of activity and wants to find time for a favorite pastime like crocheting or building their business from the ground up, like me. You might not ever know if a smile you give or a crocheted hat you gift or donate might change someone’s day.

It isn’t Motivational Monday, but instead of being Tired Tuesday, please join me in Triumphant Tuesday and press on to achieve our goals that we’ve set for our lives, our families and our businesses!

Monday Motivation

Mark 1:35
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

I once had to put together one of my son’s lego sets he got for Christmas. I think it must have been one of the most frustrating mornings of my life. I had a very excited little boy waiting- not so patiently- to play with his Star Wars Naboo Fighter and one very complicated set of instructions. After much stress and strain, the child got his toy. We won’t mention how he took it apart in less than ten minutes, but at least he was happy.

I am so very glad that God doesn’t make us work as hard as the Leggo Company made me work that morning! I never quite understand it when people will say that life doesn’t come with a set of instructions. I know it does. Just like the manufactures of my son’s toy sent a list of directions and illustrations on how to construct their toy; our creator- our manufacturer- gave us a set of instructions to follow full of illustrations.

“He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.” Genesis 5:2.

So what does any of this have to do with crochet or with my crochet business? Everything! I tend to be scattered. Call it ADHD or flighty or wishy-washy, but I have trouble remaining focused. I tend to jump from one thing to the next never landing long enough to be successful at anything.

This morning I almost had an anxiety attack because my three day old blog/website wasn’t full of enough information! Really, come on now. I needed to cut myself some slack. But more importantly I needed to FOCUS.

Jesus presented, as always I totally should not be surprised, a wonder illustration to me this morning as to how I should be handling my business. After healing the sick and working all night, Jesus got up early and went off by himself for a quiet moment. And that’s what I needed this morning. I needed to FOCUS.

F- Find out what is most important for me to accomplish
O- Only chose one action to put my energy to
C-Complete that one specific task to the best of my ability
U- Use my talent to do a great job
S- Sit and meditate on what needs to happen next

If I want to ever be as successful as God would have me to be, I must acknowledge Him in everything I do and that includes following the directions and illustrations He has left me in His word.

For Day 7 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge wants me to know what I will do next. Create marketing documents and business cards.

What do you need to FOCUS on today? I pray that you will take some quite time if and when you need it today to just be quiet.

Qualities

2013 is already six days old Lord willing before we know it, 359 days will be added to the count and it’ll be time for a new year. However time seems to be speeding up, so I need to enjoy today and this adventure that I’m on.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Well how would this quote possibly be tied into a blog post prompt, Day 6 of the Crochet Blog Challenge, about what qualities I possess that will allow me to be successful?

For me the connection is a clear one. It ties into what I view as success.

In James 4:1314, the bible states: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Some might think this a bit sad; I hope you don’t because I don’t. Nor do I think God is telling us NOT to set goals for ourselves. I think this verse gives us perspective. I possess the knowledge that I am sharing two great loves: God and Crocheting. I also know that any and all talents or skills I posses in crocheting, or teaching, or being organized, or creative come from Him. I might not achieve each or any of my goals but I know as long as I’m using my time and talent to glorify God, then I am a success. And so are you!

I love to crochet. I am a quick learner, I always love to challenge myself to learn something new and I want to treat others as God would have me to do. That means, I’m going to give great customer service, I’m going to be connected and concerned with each reader and customer that I come across and I’m going to make the best possible quality item I can because God would not have me do it any other way!

By being pleasing to God, I will be pleasing to my customers and readers. And therefore be a success.
So what are your thoughts? What qualities do you have that allow you to be a success?
M

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