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2015 Craft and Vendor Events! September 21, 2015 09:00

We are so excited about the opportunities we already have confirmed this year! Craft shows and vendor events are great places to not only support local entrepreneurs, but also find unique, handmade gifts for friends, family, and even yourself! We would love to see you at our confirmed events this year so save these dates!

Sunday, September 27th from 9am-5pm - Milford Cheer Competition

Milford High School, 1 Eagles Way, Milford, OH 45150

Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-6pm - Blanchester Area Chamber of Commerce presents Fall Kick Off

Blanchester High School, 953 Cherry Street, Blanchester, OH 45107

Saturday, October 10th from 9am-3pm - Villa Madonna Academy Annual Fall Craft Show

Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017

Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm - The Great Pumpkin Fair
 Deerfield United Methodist Church - Pumpkin Patch, 2757 W US 22 & 3, Maineville, Ohio 45039

Saturday and Sunday, October 24th-25th from 12pm-6pm - Fall Fest Weekend

Washington Park, 1230 Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Saturday, November 7th - TWO Events!!
1. Visit Maryanne from 10am-2pm at Cincy Chic's Seasonably Chic Showcase

The Phoenix, 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

2. Visit Alec from 10am-4pm at the Loveland High School Arts & Crafts Expo (ALL handmade vendors!!)

Loveland High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Loveland, OH 45140

Saturday, November 21st from 9am-3pm - Oak Hills Holiday Craft Fair

Oak Hills High School, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Green Township, OH 45248

More to come when we get closer to December!!

You can also find our items as well as other handcrafted items at Beverly's Gift and Craft Shoppe in Cincinnati. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm (closed on Sunday and Monday). 

Hope to meet you guys this holiday shopping season!

Where are your favorite boutiques? Where do you find gifts to cross off your holiday shopping list? Leave us a comment below!


Frequently Asked Questions September 14, 2015 09:00

Almost halfway through September already! Time really does seem to fly by faster every month, especially when we get closer to the holiday season. With the busy shopping months just ahead of us, we are hoping to help answer some common questions we see from our customers:

What is crochet? Isn’t that the same as knitting?

"Crochet" and "knit" are often used interchangeably to describe handmade items; however, the process to create these items is actually VERY different! Although both hobbies work with yarn, you can see on the left side of the picture below that one single hook is used to crochet an item, while the right side of the picture shows two pointed needles that are used to knit an item. While both processes utilize loops of yarn, knitting requires many active loops on the needles while crocheting normally only has one active loop (or possibly a few loops depending on the stitch).

Is the wooden tag on your scarves and hats removable?

Our intention with the wooden tags was for them to remain on the items. We added them this year as a branding tool and a way for customers to remember who they bought the item from. The tag is sewn into the item and we would highly suggest not cutting it off in fear of cutting the yarn that holds the item together. You can always put the item on with the tag side down or in the back if you do not want it displayed.

 

Why shouldn’t I put my item through the washing machine?

The quality of the wooden button and tag will deteriorate if your item is put through the washing machine. We instead recommend hand washing your items and lying them flat to dry. Flowers pinned to any earwarmer or hat should also be removed before hand washing.

What is the process if I want to place a custom order?

Please visit our Custom/Group Order page to begin the custom order process. Let us know the type of item you’re looking for, color(s), size(s), date that you need the item, and any other special notes that would help us better understand your order.

Are there any other items I can custom order outside of a scarf and earwarmer?

Absolutely! In addition to completing requests for different colors and styles of scarves and earwarmers, we have also crocheted several different winter hats, baby blankets, baby hats, and baby booties. We are always open to discussing new items, even if we haven't previously made them! Visit our Custom/Group Order page to tell us more about what you’re looking for.

  

Are your items sold in stores?

Our items are currently only sold online and through Beverly’s Gift and Craft Shoppe. We are hoping to sell in stores in the future.

Do you sell at any craft shows?

Yes! We will post on social media and the blog to let you know when and where we are participating in craft shows. We currently only participate in events local to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. We have several already confirmed for this Fall and can't wait to announce those at a later date! 

Still wondering about something? Leave us a comment below, email us, message us on social media... We would be happy to help answer anything that's on your mind!


Get to Know Us + How to Subscribe to the Blog August 24, 2015 09:00

How to Subscribe
If you've ever wondered how to subscribe to a blog or just want to know how to subscribe to THIS blog, you've come to the right place. Over on the far right of this page, under a picture of Maryanne, is an icon which you can click on to subscribe. The link will take you to FeedBurner.com where you can select the RSS feed reader of your choice or sign up for one. I suggest Feedly.com as a blog RSS feed reader, it is very easy to use and keeps all of your blogs in an easy to read format.

Get to Know Us!
So by now you know that Bundle Up Crochet sells a variety of scarves and earwarmers, but who are the people behind this handmade business? Alec and I (Maryanne) met at the University of Dayton in December 2010 and were married in Cincinnati on August 9, 2014.

Popsicles from Street Pops in Cincinnati, wedding photo by Frame805 at Glenwood Gardens in Cincinnati

  

Do you both crochet?

A: Maryanne is the crocheter. I taught myself how to knit in the fall of 2014, and successfully made myself a knit hat and scarf to keep me warm all winter long!
M: I crochet all items. I tried to teach Alec how and learned I'm really not a good crochet teacher!

Is Bundle Up Crochet your full time job?

A: It is not. I work full-time at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH where I am a Business Analyst in our Payments division. I basically make reports in Excel and provide other analysis to management.

M: I work full time as an Analyst at Kroger. I crochet at night after work during the week and all through the weekends. I try to work on blog posts and newsletters at lunch during the week.

Do you have any pets?

A: We have two cats, Izzy and Neo. Izzy is a female tortie and Neo is a male black cat. They are brother and sister who we rescued in October 2014.
M: I think Izzy likes Alec more than me, and Neo likes each of us at his own time. Neo does like to sit with me more often than Alec though. I don't think I have a favorite and really enjoy having both of them around our house even when they are meowing at us for no reason.

Izzy on the left, Neo on the right

  

What is your favorite drink?

A: Anything with bourbon in it. I’ll take it straight, on the rocks, in a Manhattan, with Coke, and also my dad’s favorite drink, the Billy D, a mix of lemonade and bourbon over ice.

M: Can I have multiple? Cabernet Sauvignon for wine, whiskey and coke for a mixed drink, Blue Moon for draft beer... Non-alcoholic drinks? Coffee with way too much Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream from International Delight.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: I could easily eat pizza for every meal for the rest of my life. The wonderful thing about pizza too is that it’s so versatile! There are so many different toppings and flavors one can make a pizza with.
M: Potatoes. They're so versatile! Baked potato, french fries (steak fries, crinkly fries, curly fries, shoestring fries...), potato chips, loaded potato skins, cubed and fried potatoes, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes... My mouth is watering.

Homemade pizza made my Alec. Don't you love the pepperoni smiley!?

Since you're starting the Big Game Series, who is your favorite football team?

A: This is a complicated question…Growing up in Chicago, I was a Chicago Bears fan. But once Mike Vick joined the league in 2001 with the Atlanta Falcons, my loyalties switched. When he was forced to leave football for a couple of years (rough time in my life) I was left teamless. Now that I live in Cincinnati, I have embraced the Cincinnati Bengals as my favorite NFL team.

M: I was hoping you wouldn't ask that. I pick based on what's on tv that day or weekend, and then choose a team based on which mascot I like better. I have a Bengals jersey and a couple of shirts, so if you saw me in Cincinnati during a weekend you might think I'm a fan!

What do you like to do for fun?

A: When I’m not taking Bundle Up photographs or managing bundleupcrochet.com, I like to run, play video games, binge watch TV series with Maryanne, sample different wines and beers, and go on adventures with Maryanne.

M: We have a pool table and darts in our basement so I love beating Alec at those two games. I also love crafting with my girlfriends and trying new restaurants and bars in the area.

Picture taken at the Lackman Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio

What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: My favorite TV show of all time is The Office. My favorite movie is The Matrix.

M: Grease is my all time favorite movie. I have to keep it classic and say that Friends is my favorite tv show... Although our Breaking Bad binge is a very close second.

What's your favorite thing to cook?

A: My favorite cuisine to cook is Italian. Chicken marsala, lasagna, and chicken parmesan are a few of my favorites.

M: Alec is the chef in our house. I can usually make a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich or Kraft macaroni and cheese. Are those my favorite things? Not really. They're pretty much the only things.

Alec's homemade lasagna on the left, and Maryanne's Kraft Mac & Cheese on the right

 

Are you a night owl or an early riser?

A: Can I choose both? I like to stay up late watching TV or playing video games, and then I like to get up early to start the day!

M: Neither. I think there should be a new category called Sleeper. I can fall asleep anywhere and pretty much at any time, and have a really hard time waking up and getting out of bed (or wherever I happen to fall asleep).

What other questions do you have for us? What are you still wondering about? Leave us a comment below!