Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2016 Sponsor Spotlight: Paper from Heaven

Announcing the Holiday Stashdown crochet-a-long 2016! #HolidayStashdownCAL2016In this post, I’m spotlighting the final prize sponsor for the February monthly giveaway for the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-Long. (If you’re just learning about the CAL now, you can find more details here.)

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This post’s featured sponsor is Paper from Heaven. Show your support by following Paper from Heaven on Facebook | Instagram | Newsletter.



Sponsor Spotlight: Paper From Heaven

Paper from Heaven is an Etsy shop where organization is all rolled up. Katie is the maker behind the shop, and one of her favorite quotes is by Marcus Aurelius: “The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.”

Paper from Heaven is a February crochet-a-long sponsor, and Katie took a moment to stop by for an interview so you can find out more about her shop! Photos are copyright Paper from Heaven and used with permission.

An interview with Katie from Paper from Heaven on EtsyUnderground Crafter (UC): How did you first get started with sewing? What other crafts do you enjoy?

Katie: I always had been around sewing. My mom was sewing before I was born. I didn’t think it was for me and I passed every opportunity I was given to learn from her before she moved away after I was married. I had quit my job less than a year before and was home with my 2 small children. I just needed an outlet, I needed something I could do for myself. I soon heard about Etsy and started selling online, which just fueled my hobby. After a few years it became time to decide to go back to work or make my hobby work for me.

Paper from Heaven on Etsy's mini crochet hook case
UC: What inspired you to start Paper From Heaven? Can you tell us about your Etsy shop?

Katie: I began this journey as Paper From Heaven sewing and creating fun organizing products for kids. It started with a love for the idea of crayon rolls for the kiddos, but I wanted to make them different and more versatile for different types of crayons. I came up with the design of a larger pocket to hold more crayons in Summer 2011, and the mini crayon roll followed in Fall 2011. I love the design and that it gives customers the ability to have their crayon needs grow with their kiddos!

ILC February 2016 BannersAs time moved on I began expanding my product line to other areas where creativity and organization needs to be more fun. As my business grew I began to enlist the help of my husband to handle some of the administrative tasks. Because of his commitment to PaperFromHeaven he was able to go back to school to work on his masters degree. So now we are here in North Carolina being creative and experiencing the East Coast life.

Paper from Heaven on Etsy's mini crochet hook case
UC: What is your favorite crafty book in your collection?

Katie: A is for Apron. I love the concepts and designs in that book, it’s just something that sparks my creativity and love for fun aprons!

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UC: Do you have any crafty websites you visit regularly for community or inspiration?

Katie: Cliche enough, I follow Pinterest more than a particular site. I typically look at the picture and if easy enough I reproduce it without even going to the website. I rarely follow a pattern, I usually just wing it and figure it out myself. I usually have an idea and just figure out what works. I did that with all of the designs in my shop, either I had an idea or someone came to me with a concept and I just sat down and figured it all out on paper and made one. The Mini Crochet Hook Case concept came from a friend who wanted something to store her hooks in.

Paper from Heaven on Etsy's mini crochet hook caseUC: Tell us about the Paper From Heaven prize for the Holiday Stashdown CAL. What can one lucky winner expect to win from your shop?

Katie: You’ll receive a Mini Crochet Hook Case in any fabric I have available in my shop! (The ones listed, as well as any of the newer fabrics.)

By the way, Katie’s large cosmetic bags work great as crochet project bags!

Thank you, Paper from Heaven, for sponsoring the crochet-a-long.

Which Paper from Heaven product do you like the best?

Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2015 Designer spotlight, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway: The Purple Poncho

Designer Spotlight on Carolyn Calderon/The Purple Poncho on Underground Crafter: Mini interview, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway #HolidayStashdownCAL2015I’m sharing a mini interview with Carolyn Calderon, the crochet designer behind The Purple Poncho, along with a roundup of 6 of my favorite free crochet patterns from her collection. This is also the giveaway page for the Festive Bottle Cozy, the fourteenth pattern in the Holiday Stashdown CAL, so read on for details.



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Mini Interview with Carolyn Calderon

Carolyn Calderon.
Carolyn Calderon.

Underground Crafter (UC): How do you know if someone is crochet-worthy?

Carolyn: I like to make things for people who really appreciate the work that goes into the item. I’ve found that people who aren’t crafty don’t know what it takes to complete a project for them. You never know though until you see how the recipient takes care of the item or uses it. For example, I  had given a custom purse to my daughter’s friend for her Quinceanera, and when I asked her later how she liked it, she said has it on display in her room and that it is too special to use.  She is definitely crochet worthy, and I wish she would use it, I’d make her another one!

UC: What are your favorite types of holiday gift projects to crochet?

Carolyn: Some of my favorite holiday gifts to crochet are snowflakes and angels. I’ve found that snowflakes fit nicely inside Christmas cards. I also like to make a bunch of scarves and hats and then play the white elephant game with my relatives at Christmas. It’s so fun to see them stealing the gifts from each other. It’s also a great way to see who likes what items and what colors.

UC: How do you hold your hook? Pencil, knife, or something else?

Carolyn: I’ve always held my hook like a pencil. I’m comfortable with that hold, and I think that’s why I feel so awkward to knit or do Tunisian crochet.  I’ve recently taken up knitting and I’m trying to get used to holding both needles in the knife hold. It’s so hard for me.

UC: What’s on your crochet holiday wishlist?

UC: On my crochet holiday wish list would be more yarn, of course, and more time to crochet! I have several WIPs going of items for me that I never get around to finishing. I’m hoping to unwind over New Year’s and complete them.

Thanks for sharing your answers, Carolyn.

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Free Crochet Pattern Roundup

Designer Spotlight on Carolyn Calderon/The Purple Poncho on Underground Crafter: Mini interview, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway #HolidayStashdownCAL2015Pictured above are 6 of my favorite free crochet patterns from Carolyn’s collection. Each would make a great holiday gift. Photos are copyright The Purple Poncho and are used with permission.

  1. Recycled Jar Cozy (free pattern available here)
  2. Easy HDC Beanie (free pattern available here)
  3. Herringbone Infinity Scarf (free pattern available here)
  4. Island Breeze Bag (free pattern available here)
  5. Classic Winter Beanie (free pattern available here)
  6. Sparkle Hoop Earrings (free pattern available here)

You can find Carolyn on The Purple Poncho or follow her on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry


#HolidayStashdownCAL2015 Giveaway!

This is the giveaway page for the fourteenth pattern in the CAL by The Purple Poncho.

  • Get the free Festive Bottle Cozy pattern.
  • Find out more about the Holiday Stashdown CAL here.
  • To enter the end-of-giveaway CAL for this pattern, share a picture of your completed Festive Bottle Cozy using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 11, 2016.
  • You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Festive Bottle Cozy pattern.
  • Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
  • Please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile.
  • One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
  • If you share a completed project picture for each of the 15 CAL patterns, you will receive 5 extra entries (for a total of 20) for an end-of-CAL giveaway prize.
  • The most clicked on projects from each of the 15 CAL patterns will be entered in an additional giveaway for the “Viewer’s Choice” prize.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaway.

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2015 Designer spotlight, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway: Acorn Tree Creations

Designer Spotlight on Jenny Thomas/Acorn Tree Creations with crochet pattern roundup and interview on Underground Crafter #HolidayStashdownCAL2015I’m sharing a mini interview with Jenny Thomas, the crochet designer behind Acorn Tree Creations, along with a roundup of 5 of my favorite crochet patterns from her collection. This is also the giveaway page for the Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy by Acorn Tree Creations, the twelvth pattern in the Holiday Stashdown CAL, so read on for details.

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Mini Interview with Jenny Thomas

Underground Crafter (UC): How do you know if someone is crochet-worthy? What are your favorite types of holiday gift projects to crochet?

Jenny: I’m careful about who I crochet gifts for because I want to know they’ll actually appreciate the gift and I’m a pretty practical gift giver at heart. I hate for things not to be used. Typically, I crochet more for my husbands’ family than my own because his mother is a knitter, so they’re used to and appreciate handmade gifts. On my side, I’ve tended to give things like ornaments or novelty items (Santa scarf for my dad, character hats for the kids.)

UC: How do you hold your hook? Pencil, knife, or something else?

Jenny: I’m definitely a knife holder, but I think I hold it differently than a lot of other knife holders. I’d love to get in a room with other crocheters and compare notes!

UC: What’s on your crochet holiday wishlist?

Jenny: More DK and sport weight yarn! I’ve been branching out from my worsted weight comfort zone and love the lightness and drape of things made with thinner yarn.

Thanks for sharing your answers, Jenny.

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Crochet Pattern Roundup

Designer Spotlight on Jenny Thomas/Acorn Tree Creations with crochet pattern roundup and interview on Underground Crafter #HolidayStashdownCAL2015Pictured above are 5 of my favorite crochet patterns from Jenny’s collection. Each would make a great holiday gift. Photos are copyright Acorn Tree Creations and are used with permission.

    1. Chunky Lacy Reversible Crochet Headband (pattern for sale here)
  • Quick and Easy DC Stitch Beanie (free crochet pattern available here)
  • Dinosaur Crochet Hat (pattern for sale here)
  • Little Sailor Anchor Hat (pattern for sale here)
  • Elsa 3 Button Headwarmer (pattern for sale here)

Find Jenny at Acorn Tree Creations or follow her on Facebook | G+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry | Twitter | YouTube.

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This is the giveaway page for the twelvth pattern in the CAL by Acorn Tree Creations.

    • Get the free Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy pattern here.
  • Find out more about the Holiday Stashdown CAL here.
  • To enter the end-of-giveaway CAL for this pattern, share a picture of your completed Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 11, 2016.
  • You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy pattern.
  • Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
  • Please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile.
  • One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
  • If you share a completed project picture for each of the 15 CAL patterns, you will receive 5 extra entries (for a total of 20) for an end-of-CAL giveaway prize.
  • The most clicked on projects from each of the 15 CAL patterns will be entered in an additional giveaway for the “Viewer’s Choice” prize.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaway.

 

I just entered #HolidayStashdownCAL2015 #giveaway with my Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy by @AcornCrochetClick To Tweet

Thanks for sharing!