Handmade Wardrobe – Warm Hats

Handmade Hats // erineflynn.com

I love hats. Hats, scarves, and jackets are my shopping addictions. And since I chopped all my hair off and my head is always cold, I’ve collected far too many hats. But I’d certainly like to add each of these to my collection.

Merino boiled turban by Julie Sinden – I’m not only a sucker for hats, I’m a sucker for anything with a 1920s flair. I’ll take one in every color, please.

Women’s slouchy beanie by Love and Knit – This hat just looks SO cozy! I’d probably never take it off.

Stripe-a-thon hat by Quiet Tiger – I love stripes, and the fun colored pompom makes this a perfect winter hat! Plus, there are many other color options available!

Cable beanie by Desert Rose Knits – This classic beanie is sure to go with anything and everything–and there are loads of different colors to choose from!

Slouch beanie by Glamour Damaged – Julie is the queen of creating unique, fun hats!

Winter beret by Sennursasa – How pretty is this hat? The perfect hat to pull on when you’re wanting something pretty that still keeps your head warm!

How about you? Are hats your secret shopping weakness too?

Cyber Monday Small Business Deals!

Cyber Monday Small Business Sales // erineflynn.com

This holiday season, I’m trying to shop small as much as possible. So for Cyber Monday, join me in shopping small for yourself and for holiday gifts! I’ve compiled a list of shops having sales and great deals on everything from jewelry to tools to help you run your own small business! Most of these sales are going on NOW, and many end Monday night, so go check them out while you can!

Are you having a sale?

Leave a link with your shop and any discount codes required in the comments!

What I wore – Handmade Love

Hey! Today I’m sharing a few handmade/small business items I use and love ALL THE TIME. Hope you like them too!

Note: I completely butcher the word “pamplemousse” in this video. Please feel free to laugh.

Have a favorite handmade/small business? Leave me a link so I can check it out!

Penguin Ornament Tutorial

Penguin Ornament Tutorial and Pattern // erineflynn.com

I got a BUNCH of requests to re-post this from my old (deleted) blog. Sorry everyone on Pinterest and Craftgawker who was getting a 404 error–here’s the pattern and instructions again!

These penguin ornaments are pretty quick, they take me about 1/2 hour and I’m slow at sewing. Because I’m slow and lazy, I’ve also included a modification at the bottom to give you a faster option too!

you will need...

You will need:

  • Pattern (download here–includes two sizes: Penguin Ornament Pattern)
  • Black, white, and orange or yellow felt
  • 4 Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Pins (not pictured)
  • Polyfill (optional, not pictured)
  • Coffee and a TV show to watch while making your penguins

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My thoughts on handmade

My thoughts on handmade // erineflynn.com
I’ve been mulling this over for a few days now. Etsy recently changed their definition of “handmade”, and while I understand how hard it is to nail down just what handmade means, I don’t find myself agreeing with their definition.

I watched their entire town hall meeting (painfully, on a dial-up speed connection), and while I LOVE their standards for a SMALL business, I don’t find the use of mass production appropriate for a HANDMADE business.

I understand that at some point, in order to grow, you can only crochet so many hats with your own two hands, and you HAVE to hire out to continue. But when someone else is making your hats for you, it becomes a small business, not a handmade one.

At least to me.

Because when I buy “handmade” I want to know that the actual artist created the product. Not someone just following a pattern and churning out hat after hat designed by someone else.

Now, it gets tricky… because to be truly handmade does the crochet hat artist also need to spin the yarn, and dye and process the wool? How much actually has to be done by hand?

And what about graphic artists who send their work out to be printed? Is that handmade? What about photography?

It all gets very confusing and complicated, and I can easily see why Etsy went the route that they did… defining handmade is impossible, and if they say that the artist has to create the product with their own hands, then where does that leave those who realistically can’t make prints of their artwork at home, or a jeweler who uses pre-made components to make their jewelry?

It is really damn tough, and despite my dislike of Etsy’s new “handmade” definition, I can’t fault them for going the route that they have.

And I can’t fault a handmade business for expanding and hiring help. I applaud them for doing so well, especially if they can create jobs and improve the lives of others in the process.

But at some point, at least in my mind, it stops being handmade and becomes a small business. Which I also LOVE and support, don’t get me wrong (I’ve had a few myself), but using the label “handmade” on it at that point just feels wrong to me.

I still feel like their are some grey areas in my head about what I consider handmade–and maybe everyone needs to determine for themselves what “handmade” means to them. I think Etsy’s new policies will help–transparency required on the About pages should let you know pretty quickly whether something was made by an individual, team, or in a factory of some sort. It’s up to the shopper to decide if a seller’s production practices are up to snuff.

So will I stop shopping on Etsy? No. I love and support handmade AND small businesses. I may not agree with Etsy’s definition of “handmade” but I think that with the production transparency that is going to be required, I’ll actually be able to determine more easily than I currently can, which shops I want to spend my money in.

Though I do feel like Etsy should  change their tagline to “small business marketplace”, instead of “handmade marketplace”.

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