Living in Amethyst – Lxi
When I asked Lxi of Living in Amethyst, to do an interview, her response was so nice I was relieved and excited. You never know how someone will respond so it’s always nice to get a yes and nicely. I found Lxi’s shop Living in Amethyst while browsing Etsy. The first thing that caught my attention was how cute everything was. The second thing was that she was selling really well!
Since we’re here to learn from each other I wanted to share her with you and let her tell you her story. At the end she’s offering a special, limited time, incentive to Yarn Obsession readers to stay tuned!
Who are you, where are you from and what makes that place unique? My name is Lxi. I am 25 years old, married to my best friend, and have 3 kiddos. I live in a super small town in Wyoming. There are probably about a whopping 1000 people here. My parents live here, my grandparents live here, my great grandparents lived here, and my great great grandparents lived here. My husband’s family has been here for 4 generations as well. It’s a beautiful place, with the nickname of “Little Switzerland”. The only downside: We are 100 miles from the closest mall, freeway, and most importantly, YARN STORE. I have to order all of my yarn online, which with my business, isn’t that convenient.
What was the first item you ever crocheted? My mom taught me to crochet the edging on burp cloths and receiving blankets. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I decided to venture out and try making baby booties. I had a hard time, but I do have a photo to show. There is only one bootie, because I couldn’t ever make the second one the same size. It was really frustrating!
How long have you been crocheting? I haven’t been crocheting all that long. After trying those booties, I gave up for a couple years. When I was pregnant with my second child, I decided to try booties again. FAIL. Booties aren’t a good project to learn to crochet with. So I decided to start trying other things like scarfs, beanies, etc. That was 2 years ago. Once I picked it up, I ran with it and haven’t stopped since.
When did you start your crochet business? I started my crochet business in 2011. I opened an Etsy Shop called Living in Ivory where I sell finished crochet items, and then opened another Etsy Shop called LivinginAmethyst where I started selling my original crochet patterns. The patterns took off and have done well for me. The actual crochet items took much longer, but the orders from that shop now keep me very busy.
What was the biggest challenge you had when you began your business? How did you overcome it? The biggest challenge for me with starting a business is making time/spending the money for the important things. For example, when I started, the photos I used to sell my items were horrible. I took them of myself in the bathroom of my house with poor lighting. Of course I wasn’t going to get sales with those photos! So I spent the time and money to get some nice photos taken by a professional photographer. That is the best thing I have done for my business
What is the best advice you can give to someone starting a crochet business? The best advice I can give to someone starting a crochet business is to spend the money on professional photos! It’s so important. Also, charge an amount that will make this type of work worth your time. I started out with very low prices because I thought that was the only way to get sales. Bad idea. Since then, I have determined what my time is worth per hour, and I add the cost of materials on top of that.
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? Interesting question! I’m assuming this question is business related, rather than just with life in general. I would love to open a shop somewhere with all of my handmade items. I would love to sell yarn, (possibly handmade), supplies, and my crochet patterns. I can just picture a super cute little shop with comfy sofas for people to come and hang out while they knit/crochet. It might seem silly, but I would love it.
Lxi can be found at these sites:
Lxi would like to offer a discount coupon to anyone who reads this post. 20% off any purchase at either of her shops using coupon code “TWENTYOFF“.