I couldn’t help ooing and ahhing when I came across Elyssa Price’s shop, Little Owl’s Crochet, on Etsy. Of course I’m a sucker for adorable baby photographs (she’s a photographer, too), but what really drew me in were her delectable crocheted creations. From animal hats, to stockings, to blankets, Elyssa’s shop has something for everyone. I can only say that I wish I had found her sooner so that my babies could have adorned one of those fantastical newborn hats! Visit her Etsy shop here.
What is your name?
Describe your products.
I provide fun and stylish crochet products for photographers and for everyday wear.
How did you learn to crochet?
Youtube! Seriously. Not only do I do crochet, but I also do photography as well. Once I started my business I wanted to start making my own newborn props. So I sat myself down in front of the computer one day while my son was napping and looked up some tutorials on Youtube. For 2 hours I sat there with a hook and yarn until I made my first newborn hat.
How and why did you open an Etsy store? Is your Etsy shop your full time job?
I started selling through my Facebook page and heard about Etsy from a fellow photographer friend. Facebook is constantly changing and I noticed I started reaching less fans every day. I opened my first Etsy shop starting out with only a few items and gradually added more products once I saw how much business had started to pick up. Etsy and photography combined are my full-time jobs on top of being a stay-at-home mom.
What inspires you?
Anything and everything. From television shows, to movies, and even books. Once I discovered Pinterest I found more inspiration through there as well. At first I started out by buying patterns on Etsy and sometimes using just a pattern as a way to make the base of a new hat I can add my own little twist to it as a way to make it unique for my shop.
Describe a typical day.
As a stay-at-home mom to a 4-year-old boy it’s always chaos on top of running a photography business and Etsy shop. My husband and I just started homeschooling our son so that was an addition to an already busy schedule. Once I wake up it’s time to feed the pets (dog, guinea pig, and fish), get my son around and fed, homeschooling, and get lunch around. I can always pretty much plan how the day starts out every day. If I even wake up later or schedule something else in between there it already seems my day has been thrown off balance, which is something that I’m still working on. Somewhere in there I usually end up scheduling a photography session. Nap time is when I get my real work done. Whether it be working on a crochet order or editing photos.
What are 3 fun things we should know about you?
(1) I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit book/movie series. (2) My husband has been a Lego collector ever since he was 9-years-old (now 37). Of course, that rubbed off on me and am now a Lego collector. We now have our own Lego room in our home where we can let our building creativity flow. It’s our favorite room in the house! (3) Christmas is by far my most favorite holiday of the year. By the time Halloween is even here I am so ready to bust out the Christmas decorations!
What are 5 things you don’t leave home without?
My purse, cell phone, keys, my son (of course wherever I go, he goes!), and wherever my son goes his favorite blanket has to go.
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