posted by Melanie Arntsen of SqueakyBug Specialties

Introducing Ashley of CrochetASmile
Introduction:
Introducing Ashley of CrochetASmile! She is offering a giveaway of one of her adorable headbands. Go to her shop and look around. Come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item from her shop. Be sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you are the winner!
My name is Ashley and I am a SAHM of two crazy kids and one on the way! I have a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband and kids - even though life is usually pretty crazy! :)

How did you get your start on Etsy?:
I started crocheting stuffed animals for my daughter because she is pretty rough with her toys. I was always concerned that she would choke on the eyes or things on her other toys. So one day I made her own! All of my animals are completely child safe, which sounds silly, but they don't have any choking hazards - no buttons, beads or anything! I hand embroider eyes on - so that kids can play with them and they won't come apart! I kept crocheting stuffed animals and hats for gifts until people wouldn't stop asking me for my website! So I came to etsy...and here I am! :) I'm so grateful I took this step of faith - I love it and all the people I've met!!
How did you choose your shop name?
My shop name came one night while my husband and I were talking about my etsy store...I knew that I wanted my "logo" to be one of my stuffed animals smile...and there it was: CrochetASmile. Perfect, especially since I started mainly selling stuffed animals! :)
What does a typical day look like for you?
Ha, my typical day is anything but! I roll out of bed whenever my kids are up, usually far earlier that I am hoping for. Taking care of them, having fun, playing, and errands is most of the day - crocheting comes at nap time and bed time - those wonderful quiet hours - just me, some yarn, and my hook! (And sometimes my husband!)
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would you be?
Easy - Hawaii...I would love to get away from this cold weather and be on a beautiful sunny beach! 
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Jer 29:11 - "I know the plans I have for you..." - I love this verse because I can be a worrier and am definitely a planner! But knowing that God has plans for me that are FAR better than mine is so comforting. Especially as a mom when I so badly want to control and create the best for my kids - God has an even better plan for them and me! How incredible is that?!
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
This is so hard to pick!! I love so many of my stuffed animals and hats!! I think it's between my giraffe and owl...I love my owl listed here Crochet Owl
Where else can we find you on the internet?
Thank you to Ashley for sharing her story and her creations with us!! Remember to visit her store and come back here to share your favorites. Leave your email address too for a chance to win her adorable handmade headband!!

Comments (11)

On July 6, 2011 at 5:34 AM , Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan said...

LOVE your shop. Anew SAHM mom here :D My favorite item is the love birds.
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On July 6, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Sheila said...

Your shop is so cute-you do lovely work! Glad to meet you!

 
On July 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM , Rita said...

Hi Ashley.....What a great shop, goods sales record too. I'm particularly partial to crochet.
Keep mine in my needleworx.etsy.com shop

 
On July 8, 2011 at 10:54 PM , Handiworkin' Girls said...

Adorable items, Ashley. My favorite, I think, is the crocheted sundress. I've always wanted to knit a baby dress, and on a lil' girl, it's irresistible! :D
~Handiworkin'Girls

 
On July 14, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous said...

Such cute stuff! I have to pick the frogs, because I've always been partial to frogs. :)

angelita.333@hotmail.com

 
On July 14, 2011 at 5:17 PM , Crafty Mommas said...

so cute! I love the cyclops hat but my fav might have to be the night cap, I see lots of dress up fun there!

 
On July 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Tricia said...

Absolutely adorable. I love the penguin!!

 
On July 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM , Becky K. said...

Very cute items. I love how this came out of something you were doing for your own daughter. Very cool.
Please don't enter me....I don't have any young children and I have won two giveaways here in the past couple of months.

 
On July 15, 2011 at 6:08 PM , Lizzi said...

I love your items, how creative! I love ALL your hats especially.

 
On July 15, 2011 at 6:14 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Your shop is just adorable! I love this little frog!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70154964/crochet-frog-stuffed-animal-amigurumi

I also love the candy corn.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/77687653/crochet-stuffed-candy-corn-small-medium

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On February 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM , DianneD said...

Great article! Congrats!