Expert Crafts is an Etsy shop run by Maria Pickard. It features adorable crochet items for babies, children and grown-ups. I particularly geek out over her Spock swaddle set, but she has so many wonderful items in her shop. Many of her items are perfect for newborn and baby photo shoots or unique, hand-made gifts for friends and family who are expecting.
We will be giving away one of Maria’s adorable crochet dinosaur hats for baby in the Just for Baby Giveaway event, set to start July 30.
To find out more about Maria and Expert Crafts, see my interview with her below the cut.
Interview with Maria Pickard
How did you learn to crochet?
I learned to crochet when I was 9 years old. My grandparents would take me to “the mountains” where we had no TV and so, no doubt to keep me busy, my grandmother taught me how to make granny squares. Today, I thank her every day for the special gift she gave me.
What made you decide to open your own Etsy?
I’ve always wanted my own shop and as soon as I found Etsy I felt like I was home. “These are my people” kind of thing. I couldn’t wait to get started.
Why did you choose to focus on baby items?
With 4 boys of my own, I’ve always spent time making baby items, but what really hooked me was when I realized I feel really privileged when someone shares a photo of their little one wearing something I’ve made. It’s a special moment for me.
You have so many adorable items. Where do you get ideas/patterns for products in your shop?
My ideas come from everywhere; friends, family, surfing the web. I also have a special mentor who showcases my items in her shop and many times she will ask if I can make a specific hat or outfit and so I do! I generally make all of my items without a pattern, though I am trying to write them down as I make things now because I’ve had people requesting the patterns.
What is your long-term vision for Expert Craftss?
I would truly love to make this business my full time career. I have so many ideas for growth; I just need to implement them. I love crocheting, love making people happy, and feel it’s truly the right direction for me. So far, it’s going very well.
The Just for Baby Giveaway starts on July 30 and runs through August 10. Come back on July 30 to enter to win Maria’s adorable dino hat for baby!