Ok, so most of you have heard me talk about all the little Easter bunnies and chicks I’ve been crocheting for the RUSVM student community in recent weeks. Well, last Wednesday was adoption day, and even though all my animals had been pre-ordered, I still had a lot of people stop to ask about them and about placing orders for other animals.
I left campus Wednesday with about 9 new animal orders (some of them for Easter chicks and bunnies, which will be the last Easter chicks and bunnies I ever make. Ever.). Then Thursday I woke up and turned on my computer to find that the Chesnut Crochet Creations Facebook page had blown up overnight – literally doubling its “likes” – and my inbox was crammed with new order requests! I wasn’t able to close my Facebook or my Excel order spreadsheet (yes, it’s even come to that) all day long. Every single time I checked I had new orders and new requests for price estimates. Friday evening I actually had to post that I am no longer taking new orders until I can start to get a handle on what’s already come in.
Right now, looking at my list, I have three orders that have to be finished in the next three weeks (for graduating students) and 27 other animals to be finished throughout the year. 27!! That includes the four bunnies and four chicks that are repeated orders, but the other requests are at least spread out across a wide variety of projects. Here are just a few of the items that have been ordered so far.
YES!! Someone has ordered a Minion!!! I am so excited about that one.
While the sheer number of orders has been a bit overwhelming, the individual projects themselves shouldn’t be too chaotic once I can actually get them started. The problem right now has been a lack of supplies, but I hope to be going craft shopping in town tomorrow to find colors for my most pressing orders and then Mom is sending me a giant duffle bag full of lush, beautiful yarny goodness in April, so that should cover a lot of what I need to get done.
So excited about this duffle bag. I might be more excited about the duffle bag than I am about April break itself. I might be more excited about the duffle bag than I’ve been excited about anything in a very long time. (Did I mention that I’m super pumped about a certain duffle bag?)
I’m grateful to have such a willing supplier, as well as several ladies from home that have gone through their own craft closets and sent my mother bags and boxes of yarn, ribbons, fabric scraps, buttons and a variety of other things to fuel my crochet animal obsession. I am very appreciative of all of you – you know who you are. 🙂 (Yarn is sold here, but in small quantities and very limited color choices, so shipments from home are vital to filling my orders.)
The students seem very excited about it, and while I was on campus Friday selling a rabbit to a pre-order customer, I had three different people approach me and ask if I am the “cute animal lady.” Apparently, I have a name now, which ranks me with the Bread Chick and the Cake Pop Momma (also self-employed campus novelties). It’s a real honor; it truly is.
I’m thankful that my Momma taught me how to crochet so many years ago and gave me the basic skills needed to expand into the “cute animal business.” I didn’t think I’d ever find anything to do here that would give me a sense of purpose and allow me to contribute financially to our family, but I’ve been blessed with a way to do both and I couldn’t be more grateful. I may not be making much money by U.S. standards, but as long as I can pay our electric bills and keep that much more money in our loan account, I’ll be happy.
There are even whispers in the works to open an Etsy shop, which is something a good friend suggested way back in the beginning before we ever moved here. This would be a mother/daughter endeavor and probably won’t happen until after the St. Kitts years are over, but if you can wait that long the Creech/Chesnut craft obsession might be available for sale in your area too. 🙂