Hey there! I’m Sedruola Maruska but please call me Sedie (Say-dee).
I’m so glad you’re here! Yarn Obsession is here to help you build a profitable handcrafting company that will change your life and the yarn industry forever! Keep reading…
Who Can I Help
If you want to play with yarn for a living and you’re ready to take action to make it happen, then I can help you.
If you’re a working mom who wants to stay home with her babies, then I can help you.
If you’re a working mom who wants to make some extra cash to take that much-needed vacation, then I can help you.
I can help you if playing with yarn consumes you but you’re unsure of yourself. I help tired, overwhelmed yet motivated women learn to manage time, maintain balance and build prosperous, fun & fulfilling handmade businesses.
What I Talk About
Some topics I write about are:
- Business Development
- General Industry News
- Crochet Tutorials
- Business Tips
- Business Promotion
I publish a new blog post each week (mostly). The best way to keep up is to sign up for my e-mail list. Don’t worry, I hate spam and frequent emails so I promise not to inflict that horror on you. . . I’ll send a weekly email so you can catch up and enjoy some fun discounts or freebies. . . Once in awhile I’ll send special offers that ONLY go to my list. . . but just like the lottery, you have to be in it to win!
Why do I blog? Because…
I want to inspire you to kick ass! Women are doing great things, but until women in every industry feels completely empowered to do what’s right for herself, her family and her community, there’s always room for inspiration.
I want to make a difference! We women have the power to create change especially in industries we dominate. The yarn industry is dominated by women so we need to create equality around the world. Helping women around the world can happen at the grass roots level . . . that’s us!
I want to share what I’ve learned! It took me years to figure things out with trial & error. This blog is my megaphone and my message is sharing what I’ve learned makes us stronger together. When we find the strength to build ourselves, our families and our communities, we’ll find the strength, together, to build our businesses and the yarn industry.
In 2001 I taught myself to crochet after meeting my boyfriend’s grandmother. He became my husband and crochet became a HUGE part of my life, how’s that for serendipity?!
In 2006 we were expecting our first child and we were excited! But, I was also sad because I wanted to stay home with my baby but didn’t know how that could happen. At 23 weeks pre-term labor kicked in so my doctor put me on bed-rest. Being on bed-rest gave me the chance to research ways I could use crochet to stay home with my son. That’s when I found a small website called Etsy and opened shop. That was going to be my way to stay home. Unfortunately, pregnancy affects everyone differently, for me it was a complete lack of focus. I finished one project during the 4 months I was on bed-rest. But discovering Etsy was a breakthrough.
In January of 2011 after a few years of working on and off and having another baby I decided to send a pattern to a magazine. In March of 2011, about a week before I had my baby girl, the magazine called, they wanted my pattern! That’s when I knew yarn was definitely on my path to stay.
In August of 2011 I began making crochet tutorial videos for basic stitches. The feedback on my videos was positive and helped push me forward. In 2012 I decided to focus on yarn so I could quit my job, but before I could quick I got laid off! Once that happened I made two decisions: 1) I would build my business and help others too; 2) I would never take another full-time job.
Today Yarn Obsession doesn’t sell completed items. I still design crochet patterns, but my focus is helping women build businesses, build a belief in themselves and in their amazing talents.
I want to shift negative comments like ‘no one wants to pay what it’s worth’ or ‘there’s no way to make a business out of handmade pieces’ into positive comments like “I’m so thankful for the successful business I’ve been able to build.” I’m here now because I didn’t give up on building my own business and being home with my babies! That’s what I want to give you.
I love wine, entertaining friends and family, reading, dancing and of course yarn! I’ve been married to the love of my life since 2003, and we spawned a baby boy in 2006 and a baby girl in 2011. I’m living my dream, let me help you reach yours!
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