We just stumbled into selling cookie cutters the first year I set up shop at Cross Roads to sell my jewelry. People seem to love them. Men even buy them although I suspect about half of them or more expect their wives or mothers to do the actual baking. With a bit of effort and some creative financing to buy more, sales on cutters has kept me afloat while my jewelry tries to drag me under. So, cookie cutters it is!
I haven't given up completely on making jewelry. I couldn't. I love it too much. I just decided not to list so much of it online. It seems a total waste of time and money. I still have 3 cases and quite a few shelves dedicated to jewelry in our shop, so I do have an outlet, even if sales are at a snails pace.
A opportunity arose to make crocheted items to share a space with another vendor at Cross Roads. After checking all the "stupid" government rules and regulations, I determined that although it was going to cost me some money up front for labels, I could manage to meet their requirements. I can see large manufacturers having to have some regulation, but really, making the grannies who want to knit baby sweaters do flips and summersalts to meet government rules is simply ridiculous. They want more small businesses, but they're doing everything they can to discourage them.
Rant over. With all the rules read, and hopefully understood, and labels ordered, I put my beads away and started making some crocheted hats to fill the booth. While I was at that, I figured I might as well put some online too. They're fun to make and my decades of crochet experience makes most of them easy for me to make.
I've pictured some of them below so you can see what has kept me busy day after day as the snow continues to fall!
Click on the picture if you would like more information on each hat.