Hi, I’m Brenda (a.k.a. “Lolly”). Formerly a full-time mom, currently an empty-nester with time on her hands. That is until I decided to start this small business. I live in central Texas with my husband of 26-years and our cat, Amara. I have four children and nine grandchildren, six of them by marriage. I also enjoy travel, photography, writing, scrapbooking, and painting. I may eventually add some of those things to the boutique, but for now we're focusing on crochet.
I have been crocheting for about five years now. For awhile I sold my wares at a consignment shop downtown here in Georgetown, Texas. The majority of what I made was hats, scarves, shawls, and household items for adults. It was fun for awhile, but it didn’t really speak to my heart. Then one day I picked up a pattern for a pair of baby booties and I fell in love. I still crochet other things for fun and for gifts, but my heart is in the baby things. What I really enjoy is making things that make Mom and baby’s life a little more beautiful while being functional at the same time. Beautiful function is what I like to create, and I like to create it with quality yarns like; 100% silk and cotton, bamboo, Alpaca, wool, and combinations thereof. I occasionally use acrylic or polyester, but only if it's super soft and I can't resist it. I prefer more natural fibers.
I’ve recently been taking business and marketing courses for the sake of my new business. I’m learning how to tend to the business of doing business. To that end, I reconfigured my kitchen desk a little so that I have a place to DO business. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
Since taking this picture, I changed my calendar so it’s now July. The cords from my postal scale are a little unsightly, but that’s temporary. I’ll get my handy husband to fix that up for me. The photo is of my four grown children; Michelle, Shauna, Joshua, and Matthew. My treasures, along with my nine grandchildren (3 of them brand new by marriage). I am one blessed mama! While this is where I’ll conduct a lot of the business aspect, this is not where I crochet. It would get very uncomfortable. No, THIS is my crochet “office”:
If the stitching is very repetitive, like on a blanket or a bib, sometimes I’ll take in a movie while I’m at it. My favorite thing to do though is to pull up a YouTube video of a beautiful beach somewhere and crochet “on the beach”! It’s awesome! If you’re wondering what that strange blue and black thing on my project is, it’s a head brace. Something else about me; I have a rare neurological disorder called Cervical Dystonia (a.k.a. Spasmodic Torticollis) that affects my neck muscles. Basically, my brain is sending wrong signals to my neck muscles, telling them to turn my head to the left – constantly. I can no longer control my head. I have to hold it all the time which makes doing things with two hands difficult, if not impossible (depending on the task).
Crochet requires two hands and the ability to hold your head still and focus on your work. It’s been almost two years since my diagnosis. In the beginning I still had some control and could even crochet. Things got progressively worse and I had to stop crocheting altogether. Then, my sweet husband found this brace online and bought it for me. It’s been a lifesaver! I use it to crochet and to type (like right now). It’s a little awkward for anything else, but those two things were things I did a lot, so I am very happy to have it.
I’m told that video is king and I should post some to my blog. I don’t know when or if that will work out as I don’t see it as being very comfortable; for me or my viewers. We’ll have to see about that one. Still photos I can do all day though. Here’s my latest project:
This adorable baby slipper is made with 100% silk yarn. I feel so fancy using it! I still need to make the other one, but I’m so excited about these because they’re just adorable and you can embellish them any way you like!
Well, I think I’ve taken up enough of your time. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sure to keep in touch as we progress through this journey of business ownership and the fun of making beautiful function!
Until next time!
This is a picture of part of my crew. My oldest and a few grands are missing.