Handmade Feature | Heidi from Critters for Coryn

 This month, we will be having Handmade Feature Crafters/Artisans on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Here to introduce herself is Heidi from Critters for Coryn
In three sentences: Nowadays I'm a mother first and foremost but I'm
also a crafter, writer, military wife, and daughter of God. I started
crocheting as a hobby but when we were living in Japan, word got
around and people started approaching me in the commissary asking me
if I was the "crochet lady." Now I get fidgety if I don't get my daily
yarn fix.

I've done general crafting all my life, but I taught myself to crochet
in middle school and that's been my longest lasting hobby. I'm a major
pack rat who has always had difficulty throwing stuff away. If it
weren't for my neat freak husband my house would definitely be
featured on Hoarders.

I love the portability of crochet. I try to have a ball of yarn and a
crochet hook in my bag at all times just in case I'm stuck somewhere.

I started doing craft fairs when we were in Japan and because the
community was so small, I was soon getting special orders from
complete strangers as word got around that I could make stuff. My
husband rolled his eyes a bit when I brought my "critters" to my first
craft fair but was impressed when I brought home over $300, and he's a
hard man to impress. I've had less luck selling online because there
is a lot of competition out there in this particular category, but
since the critters are taking over the house I have to try and unload

I share a lot of my projects on Facebook under "Critters for Coryn"
and that is also my Etsy handle
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrittersforCoryn. I'm also on Pinterest and
sort of on Twitter though I rarely use it and mostly only share other
people's links.
My favorite items I make are my "Critters" especially my fish and
other original designs.

I am featuring several hats in preparation for costume season,
however, and am especially proud of my Kitty Hat:

I really enjoy doing special orders. It challenges me and keeps things
from getting boring. I always tell my friends if they can imagine it,
somebody out there has probably made it, and if I can't find a pattern
from a Google search then I'll make up my own. . .and yes,
occasionally a request has made me scratch my head (a hat designed to
look like a cartoon character I've never heard of; a "biker" baby hat)
but I've always managed to figure out something and I love the triumph
of discovering a new way to play with yarn.

Thanks for stopping by Heidi!  I would love to learn to crochet and then I could use some of the patterns on your blog!  Maybe I'll put "learn to crochet" on my 50 before Fifty List.  

You, dear readers, can check out all of the Handmade Features to find other cool handmade artists and crafters.

And if you are a handmade crafter who would like to be featured, email me at heartfeltbalancehandmadelife(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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