Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Funny Post and a New Venture

So, I am always trying to expand my thinking of new ways to market our business And by doing so I run across alot of articles on working from home.  The other day I ran across a rather funny one from wahadventures.com that was really cute and very relateble.  It is titled "7 things you'll hate about working from home"
The very first one was one I think we all can relate to.  Do you ever get this look when you tell someone you work from home?  Especially if you tell them you crochet for a living.  Its a look like this:


This just really cracked me up because it is sooo true.  Even when I was in direct marketing and earned my own free van for 6 years I STILL got that look.  Unless you have worked from home most will not understand the challenges that we have.
The article goes on to talk about the expense of  having to buy a good computer if you work from home and any additional software that you may need. And of course then there is the challenges of your home life interfering with your work life and all the distractions your home life can bring such as pets, children and also friends and family.  People think because your home your not really doing anything and are available for them to pop in on.
And then there is the "benefits" of working at home.  You can literally roll out of bed and get to work.  No shower, no brushing your teeth and no changing out of your pajama's.  Just plop right down and get to work.



Although we all have great intentions of running our business like a 9-5, it is easy to fall into the trap of being in our pjs all day and sneaking off to take a nap.  And when we do dress for work the usual attire is sweat pants and a tshirt.

I don't know about you but this article really hit home for me.  My favorite place to work is in my easy chair in earshot of the TV.  I can't say that I actually watch the TV but it is always on while I am working.  So I ask myself, how much more work would I get done if I worked in the space that I actually created for me to work in. I have an office space all set up and wold probably get a ton more work done and have less distractions then what I do right now.  So I have made a commitment to "try" to go to work in my office every day.

Now with that said, I'm not sure that my work day will end at 5p like most people.  It is too hard when you have an Internet business to stop work at a certain time when you have different time zones that you are working with.  And I can't promise that I will always get dressed.  But it is a start!

So I challenge you to try to make an effort to schedule work time as if you work in an office.  I would love to hear how this works out for you.  I love comments and would love to hear your opinions!!

Until next time...
~Rhonda


Thursday, May 1, 2014

What's New With The 2 Hookers

It took us quite a few months to try to catch up form the holidays.  One of our hottest items has been the crocodile stitch booties from Bonita Patterns.  I had requests for it and was going to put it in the shop eventually.  But then I had a second request so I posted a picture on our Facebook  page and I was pleasantly surprised by the response that we received.  What I didn't realize was that I would be going into the hospital early for my second total knee replacement surgery.  Or that I would have complications after surgery so my stay was twice as long as it should have been and I was quite ill for a bit.


The pattern for the booties is a great pattern and it is available in baby and toddler sizes.  We do offer all three size booties in our shop.  And we offer them in many colors.  So please stop by and check them out. We even sent a pair of baby and adult to Sweden.  This was our first international order.

We also did some fun requests that weren't crochet which took me back to my earlier days of crafting which was really fun for me to do.  A customers daughter was turning 16 and she wanted to make it very special for her.  Her daughter loves minions.  So she sent me a pair of high-tops and a white shirt for me to paint both and also requested a blue tutu and a crochet minion ear flap hat.

Some other things we have gotten orders for is our owl tote and a 17" stuffed Minion (not yet listed in our shop)


This was alot of fun to make and we should have it listed in our shop soon.  If you can't wait though just drop us a line and let us know that you want one and we will get right on it.

What we are working on now...

Currently I am working on a 4t hounds tooth jacket in charcoal grey and soft pink.  This will be sent to Nebraska for photo's and be on our site in about a month.  It is rather heavy, I hope for the upcoming months but it will be just perfect for those chilly days or fall and even into even late fall.  If you'd like to see what it looks like let me know and I can get you a preview.  The sizing goes all the way up to size 10 and is just perfect for that trendy young lady in your life.

We have some other surprises that will be showing up soon just in time for summer.  But as always if you have suggestions as to what you would like to see.  Drop us a note or message us on Facebook.

Until next time.
~Rhonda


Monday, October 28, 2013

The Winners of The GrammerGift Give Away

WINNERS LIST!!! First of all, thank you so so so much to everyone who entered to win our sponsor gift!   Below is the list of everyone that won from each vendor. If you won, please get in touch with the vendor sponsoring the prize through their business page within 48 hours.  

1. Newborn Pillbox Hat OR Adult Beanie from GrammerGifts - Jerica Murdough.
2. 20 Blank Thank You Cards (tan) froMindy Leeders Photography & StationeryBliss - Selena Summer Stoney.
3. 20 Blank Thank You Cards (blue) from Mindy Leeders Photography & Stationery Bliss - Alexis Nikia Cuffy
4. Handmade Cup Cozy from Made With Love by Heather - Samantha Wilcox Lewis
5. Baby Flapper Hat from Charmed By Ewe - Christine Neely Starr
6. Choice of 3 Patterns from Charmed by Ewe - Teri Wright Salvino
7. Handmade Clutch from Handmade by Kristin Kay - Trudi Dela Cruz
8. Handmade Wallet, Checkbook Cover, Change Purse, Notebook & Pen from Kustom Kreations - Melissa Douglas
9. Handmade Bracelet from The 2 Hookers Shop - Shawnicy Barnhart
10. Mary Kay Prize Pack from You are Beautiful Mary Kay with Alivia Wagoner - Nicole Jane Reiser Tolman
11. Mary Kay Satin Hands from Gail Harris- Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant - Amber Nicole Phelps
12. AVON Hand and Body Cream from Jena's Avon Boutique - Alicia Dansby

CONGRATULATIONS!!! If you see a winner that you know in this list, please tag them.

Friday, October 25, 2013

What I have been up to the last two weeks...

I am so excited that in just a little over two weeks we have reached over 600 fans!!  That is so wonderful!  And in celebration we are participating in another free give away.  This time there is 12 different shops that you can enter to win a free gift from their shop!!  How fun is that??  Here is the information on how to enter:

The  giveaway started today and runs through Sunday night at midnight! As I said have a chance to win one of 12 FABULOUS prizes. We are excited that we have one of the gifts that you can win. In order to be eligible to win, you MUST like all the pages of the vendors who are sponsoring this giveaway. They are all small businesses that have donate prizes in hopes of gaining more fans. Please support and thank them for their generosity. Please share this giveaway with friends and family. Good luck! So LIKE each page, SHARE this post, COMMENT and LIKE THIS POST. Have fun And We hope you win!!

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If you don't know liking a small business page really helps them out.  This is what keeps us on our fans page and it also helps if you like their posts on their page as well.  The more likes a page has the more it is recognized in the Internet search engines.  So when someone searches for say a crocheted hat a shop with more fans is more likely to pop up than one who doesn't have alot of activity.

One of the other things I have been working on the last two weeks is putting some bracelets into our shop.  This also is what you will be winning when you enter the above giveaway.  
I have also been asked if I make tutu's.  While this is not really a genre of our shop I love to make all sorts of things and I think it will be a great addition to our shop.  So look for our tutu's to hit our store soon.  
I've got lots of ideas for new categories to add to the shop which I think will be great for the shop but if there is something that you would like to see please let us know.  I love new ideas!!

On a personal note, I will be having surgery on November 6.  While i don't think this will really interfere with my production of orders, it may slow things up a bit.  So if you are needing something right away please get your order in quickly so I can get it on my to do list and get the supplies in.  The one thing I won't be able to do is drive.  So while I'm sure I will be able to go shopping I won't have the freedom to come and go as much as I'd like or that I am used to.  Plus there will be no sneaking of yarn into the house as I will have someone (Hubby) with me 24/7.  

I wanted to show you our latest addition to our shop in case you haven't seen it.  I think it turned out really cute if I do say so myself!  :)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166678398/lil-squash-hat-handmade-toddler-pumpkin?ref=shop_home_active

If you could while your in our Etsy shop could you please favorite our shop??  This also helps our shop!!

Well, that's it for now.  Have a great weekend!!  I will be back Monday with the winner of our giveaway.

~Rhonda

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Results From Our First Give Away


I am so excited with all the new fans and participation that we had this week end for our first give away.  Our goal was to reach 500 likes and we reached 506.  We gained 26 new fans and had wonderful participation. Thank you to each and everyone of you for all of your help!!
As you may know and I am just learning, your participation on our Facebook page (by either liking, sharing posts or commenting) helps keep our page active. So with out further ado....

The winner is:

Prize IDPublic InfoPrivate InfoRandom Sorting IDWeight
1: flower broachApril Lynn Baker051A0433-E93F-45B6-9F8D-8E01A0E1AB0C1

APRIL LYNN BAKER

I have messaged April and she has 48 hours to contact us with her mailing address. If for some reason we do not hear from her we will pick another winner!!  Again Thank you all

Have a great week!
~Rhonda and Lisa

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Hello Again...
I hope things are going well for you.  The weather here has started to get that crispness in the air and we have a few rainy days ahead of us.  While I'm not real excited about the rain I know that we need it.  And the fall colors are making up for the lack of sunshine with their beautiful colors.  Today I am in a real fall mood and am making a pot of home made tomato soup with fresh bail and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Doesn't that just sound yummy??
Well, if you haven't been to out Facebook page we are having a giveaway when we hit 500 likes. I am so excited that we have that many likes in a little over a month that we have been up and running.  At the time of this post we are only about 43 away from having the drawing. If you would like to join in on the fun here's what you have to do:

 Ways to Enter to win? Do them all and receive 5 entries!!
*Like our facebook page here(must like our page to win)
*Share our facebook page
*Like the post about the contest on our facebook page
*Comment on the Facebook post about the giveaway
*Favorite our Etsy shop here

*Follow our blog
When you comment on our Facebook post please let us know all that you've done so we verify all that you've done. And thank you for helping make our small business such a BIG success!!  We really appreciate it!!
This is the cute flower broach that you could win!


Make sure to keep checking back to our Facebook page this weekend because we have many new kids items that will be released.  And remember,if you don't see something that you would like to see in our shop,please let us know.  Our variety of items have come from customer special request.  This really helps us know what others may like.
Have a great weekend!
Until next time...
Rhonda  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Where Have I Been?

Hi Friends,
First off I'd like to apologize that I haven't posted in over 6 months.  I'm sorry for that but I can tell you that it was a very busy summer.  You may ask what I have been doing and to be honest I can't really tell you specifics as to what I was doing other than I did do alot of crocheting.  So that has taken up alot of my time.  In April I responded to an add on one of our local Facebook adds looking for someone who could crochet "cute purses". The person had a couple of examples of what she was looking for.  So I responded and made this purse for her....

The pattern that I used was from CuteLittleCrafts on Etsy here,  The customer that I was working for wanted the tote smaller than the pattern so I had to do several adjustments on the pattern and it took several phone calls back and forth between the customer and I before I had the right size for her.  After that initial owl tote.  She than asked for a Hello Kitty that was made from a Russian picture that had no pattern and also a hat that I made up.  See those below:




The Russian Hello Kitty Bag was quite a challenge.  It had alot of pictures I could go by which gave a hint of how to make it. I found that I really enjoyed figuring out how it was made.  I was very happy with how it turned out and so was my customer.  I think this bag would look really wonderful in different colors and with out the Hello Kitty.  If you are interested in any of these items you can find them in my shop here or on our Facebook page The 2 Hookers Shop here.  
If you do stop by either our shop on Etsy or our Facebook page we'd love it if you could favorite our shop and/or like our Facebook page.  Thank you for stopping by and please stop back again soon.  I plan on blogging on a regular basis!!  Have a great week
~Rhonda