Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

What better way to spend the day than home alone (with the dogs of course) and catch up on some writing. My initial plan was to take my cross country skis out for awhile, but when I woke up and looked out the window I decided inside was a better place to be. Our weather this week has been all over the place. Windy on Monday, rainy yesterday, and today we have snowing and blowing. If this keeps up, I may not be able to get to work tomorrow. Eleven miles of country roads can get a little tricky when the drifts are two or three feet deep.

I’m not sure about you, but I am going to have to start making inventory for the summer markets soon. If you’re in the same position, let me help you with your ideas. I have discounted my patterns in my NotJustAlpaca Etsy Shop by 40%, but this discount won’t be around forever.

For those of you who are new to purchasing my books and patterns, I give you full rights to make and sell the items. All I ask is you don’t copy and sell the patterns themselves. I want to see others succeed in their crochet/craft business, so I don’t even demand a link to my patterns. A simple hashtag notjustalpaca is enough for me, but not required. I’m not going to hunt you down if you list something you have made without mentioning me as the designer.

I wrote How to Sell What You Make to help others get started in their craft business. As I am more of a crocheter than anything else, there are several patterns included, which you are free to use as mentioned in the previous paragraph. I have sold a few of these on other platforms as well, but by buying on Etsy you A) get a discount for a limited time, B) get a printable version so you may utilize the fill-in-the-blank parts and C) add to your pattern collection for mere pennies a pattern (plus use it as a business write-off).

The other pattern collection I would like to bring to your attention is the Household Gifts Pattern Collection. With so much focus being placed on environmentally friendly products, I have created a couple to help with the cleaning chores without filling up the landfills. Plus, there are some which are just plain fun to make.

The nice part of taking advantage of a sale is you get an item you may have been humming and hawing about, and I get to earn a few extra dollars so I can continue to buy more yarn to create more patterns.

Now, on to writing goal number two of the day: at least 1000 words in a novella I have in the works. When that is done, I am going to crochet a basket or two for under the sink in the bathrooms. (The fun part of starting with a brand new home that no one has lived in before: I get to decorate as I wish.)

Feel free to check out the other items in my shop as well. If you like what you see, I would appreciate you showing it some love by favouriting my shop and sharing the items you like on Pinterest. Many thanks to you all for your support.

Happy Valentine’s Day once again, and may the chocolate eaten today not go to our hips, and the flowers last for more than a few days.

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