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Meet Your Maker- The Little Foxes

This week on Meet Your Maker we have Gina from The Little foxes! Gina is a knitter who also makes beautiful hand dyed yarn! You need to go check her out ASAP! 

Introduce yourself and your business.
Hello all! My name is Gina Marquis and I’m the owner of the Little Foxes! I work full time as a software testing during the week and spend the rest of my time knitting and dyeing yarn. I currently live near NYC with my husband and our 2 wonderful kitties who love to photobomb most of my product photo shoots.
I first learned how to knit about 11 years ago during my freshmen year at college from someone who lives on my hall (wild college years 😂). I really enjoyed it and once I started getting better at it, I opened an Etsy shop! It was pretty sparse for a few years until I put more time into it and now I have a few finished items, patterns, and as of a year ago, yarn! I love being able to be creative on my off time and share it with so many lovely people!
How did you launch your business &am…

Meet your Maker- Alive With Purpose

This week on MYM we have Ellie from Alive with Purpose! Ellie makes the most beautiful hand dyed yarn AND a portion of the proceeds go towards helping those with mental health issues! Its a win win if you support Ellie, not only are you supporting an indie dyer but you are helping to support those with mental health issues!



Introduce yourself and your business.

Hello! My name is Ellie and I'm the owner of "Alive with Purpose" Yarns!  My hand-dyed yarns are vivid, ethically sourced and best of all, a portion of all sales proceeds goes to benefit mental health causes in Minnesota. 

My website is www.alivewithpurpose.org

How did you launch your business & what made you want to start a small business?

I've had mental health diagnoses since I was a teenager. It was during a time of great emotional hurt in the summer of 2019 that I realized that I needed a mental break. Desperately. Not a breakdown, but a break. I entered into short-term, outpatient mental health treatm…

Meet Your Maker-Stitched Con Amor

This week on MYM we have Angelica from Stitched Con Amor. I found Angelica on Instagram and fell in love with her work especially her book covers!!!! Readers you MUST go check out her stuff ASAP <3


Introduce yourself and your business. 

My name is Angelica Jones and I am the owner and creator of Stitched Con Amor. I'm a part-time manager at a local quilt shop and a full time mom to a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. When I'm not working at Needle in a Fabric Stash in Temecula, CA, or running around doing "mom stuff", I find time to sneak away and sew for myself and my Etsy shop. In my shop you'll find book sleeves, coffee cozies (reusable coffee sleeves that fit Starbucks reusable cups), library totes, and eyeglass cases.

 I started sewing when my eldest was a toddler. At that time, sewing had always been a skill I'd wanted to learn. So, when she was born and I became a full time stay-at-home mom, I decided to finally teach myself. With the help of…

Scrapy Scarf- Free Crochet Pattern

Do you have tons of 1/2 skeins laying around that you do not know what to do with ?! Here is a quick and easy beginner friendly scarf pattern that will help you use up all that scrap yarn. I used 5 different yarns of varying colors and textures to create a unique scarf BUT it only uses two simple stitches. It is the differences in color and texture that make this scarf unique. I listed out exactly where I did my color changes but feel free to change your colors as you wish! Ideally try to use at least medium weight 4 and up (or alternatively you can use thinner yarn just crocheting with two strands together).


Hook: 10mm (or whatever hook needed to obtain gauge)
Gauge: 4"x 4": 8 stitches X 6 rows (of repeat pattern)**
Finished size: 6"wide X 80" long

**Gauge  is not extremely important with this pattern especially in height, you can always just add a few rows to obtain proper length. Try to match in width though otherwise scarf will be "skinny".

Yarns used:

1)…

Meet Your Maker- The Purple Lilac

Today on MYM we have Tahani from The Purple Lilac. Tahani makes the most unique crochet items I have ever seen. All of her items are science themed. Even if you are not in the world of science like myself I am sure will still be able to appreciate the intricate detailing of her work! It is truly one of a kind.

Introduce yourself and your business.

My name is Tahani Baakdhah. I am the owner of thepurplelilac a Science crochet online business.

How did you launch your business & what made you want to start a small business?

I launched my Etsy business in 2014 selling amigurumi. Two years later, I changed my product line to science themed crocheted items. I love creating models to explain scientific concepts in an easy and attractive way to everyone. So creating patterns and crocheted items and selling them online and in pop-up markets help spread the knowledge and can serve as a tool for science outreach and education.

What are some struggles you had starting your business and how did y…

Meet Your Maker- Sweet Sips

This week on MYM we have Maddi from Sweet Sips. Maddie makes adorable sassy mugs! I am sure you will see one instantly that you #need asap!!!!!


Introduce yourself and your business.
My name is Maddi Barker, I am the owner of Sweet Sips which is a Canadian owned brand. I design mugs that are cheeky, sassy and often offside!
How did you launch your business & what made you want to start a small business? 
Sweet Sips was launched in 2015. I was a new mom to twin girls and looking for an outlet to keep me creative while I was on maternity leave. So I paired together my two favourite things… Coffee and graphic design. 
Many of our mugs are for the Mom that does it all (so pretty much every Mom out there!) and likes to look stylish while doing it. The playful sayings and the bright design adds a punch of colour to otherwise dreary mornings. After a long night up with the kiddos I want my customers to grab that first cup of coffee and smile when they grab their favourite mug. 
In the firs…

Marketing Podcasts you NEED to listen to

Are you struggling with growing your instagram, your facebook business page, your blog or Etsy shop?...same Girl same! With contradictory info out there and constantly changing algorithms it can be hard to know how to actually get ahead and get your content seen.

Lately I have been super into listening to podcasts and i've found some really awesome marketing podcasts that I have gotten lots of fantastic tips from. I have started implementing some and I have actually noticed a big difference in my engagement.

SO here is my go to list of marketing/business podcasts I think you should check out wherever you listen to podcasts

1)Social Media Marketing with Michael Stelzner: This in my opinion is the best of the lot. I just recently found this podcast and has quickly become my go to podcast for business advice and tips. If you only listen to one podcast on this list it should be this one!



2)On Purpose with Alex Beadon: This was a newer discovery for me and I am enjoying it! Alex brings…