Here is my second Guest Blogger! For some reason my it didn’t post in August like I scheduled it to post. So, it’s a couple of days late. But I think it’s well worth it! Jackie has shared some seriously adorable Loveys that she makes up herself and sells. She also sells the patterns for her designs! She was gracious enough to tell us a little bit about how her business came about as well as how she balances her work with her family life!
Hi my name is Jackie Ramsdell. I am a wife, and a stay at home mom of two beautiful girls. I learned to crochet back in high school for home ec. My homeschool teacher taught me how to make pot holders, and a ripple afghan. The ripple afghan was the first crochet pattern I had ever seen. I was hooked and couldn’t stop making the pot holders and blankets for gifts. Then when I got my first job after high school, I slowed down and then I almost stopped crocheting. But when I found amigurumi toys, I couldn’t get enough I made all sorts of different things for all of my family members. My mom and sister still have the things that I have made.
It wasn’t until after my cousins started having babies, that I started making different kinds of baby blankets and baby clothes. I taught myself how to read crochet patterns to try to make new things. I started getting really serious about crocheting when I found out I was have my first child. Then I started finding more difficult patterns and making harder blankets. After our first daughter was born I started my own business called Blankies By Jackie. It didn’t take me too long after that to figure out that I was able to write my own patterns out of basic shaping techniques. So the thoughts went flying and I created my very first lovey pattern. (see pic below)
I was in love with my own creation. I thought why not try some more and see what I can do. So I made a horse lovey. (see pic below)
Then when I got my first custom order, for a dragon lovey I panicked a little. I took a deep breath and dove in with both feet and this is what came of it. (see pic below)
Life with a husband and two young girls has its challenges, but throw in a from home crochet business and it adds some more. I mainly utilize the time after my girls are in bed for the night to crochet. Sometimes I get lucky and can work during the day, but with two girls under the age of three I don’t get much time while they are awake. I love watching them grow up and I try not to work while they are up. Time is fleeting and they won’t be this little for too long.
I am coming out with some more new designs in the next several months, including a baby blanket with a new stitch I made.
You can check out Jackie’s super cute creations are by checking out the following links!
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/BlankiesByJackie
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/BlankiesByJackie
Jackie would love to see your finished projects if you use any of her patterns, so be sure to share your photos!