Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crochet Pattern Mary Janes Pattern Give Away WINNERS!!

  So on my last blog, I gave my followers a chance to win their own copy of my newest pattern,
"Toddler Ribbon Maryjanes."

Here's a link to that blog.   ----> that blog  <----



And... here are some pictures of the pattern those winners are getting!







Followers were able to enter a variety of ways... here are the comments of those winners!!!


Winner 1
  Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...
    I added you Baby Ribbon Maryjanes to my que...Even though I've already made a couple of pairs..
.I haven't taken any pics yet!! ;)
    September 22, 2011 7:19 AM 


Winner 2
 ~Amanda~ said...
    I queued a pattern on Ravelry!
    September 28, 2011 4:19 PM


Winner 3
Michelle said...
    i am following your blog and love your patterns!
    September 25, 2011 7:33 PM


Winner 4
AwkwardArmadillo said...
    I follow your blog and love it!!!
    September 22, 2011 3:30 PM


Winner 5
putzgoettin said...
    In Germany there is no crochet community like in the usa :(
    therefore i am happy to find you all here!
    September 23, 2011 12:31 PM

Winner 6
Amy said...
    I follow your blog!
    September 22, 2011 6:14 AM


Winner 7
Leanne :) said...
    Joined Kelly's blog.
    September 22, 2011 8:37 AM



Winners were chosen using random.org.   If you are a winner in this give away contest, please email me at ebethalan@gmail.com  to receive your free pattern!!

Thank you to everyone who participated!!  I hope to have another give away soon!







Thursday, September 22, 2011

Toddler Crochet Mary Janes Pattern Up Next!! Here's your chance to get them FREE!

This give away contest has ENDED!  Thank you for all who entered!  My next blog post will announce the winners!

This is by far my most requested by customers... toddler sizes for my shoes.

So, I've been working on it.  Aaaand working on it. And working on it some more. ;)

My very first baby booties were the Baby Ribbon Maryjanes.   Remember these?



These are the shoes that started it all.  My very first written pattern. ;)   I was determined to make a cute pair of shoes for my newborn baby girl, and EVERY bootie pattern I tried, I hated.  Most of them turned out looking like boats.  And the ones that didn't had double soles, which took A LONG TIME to make.   I just KNEW there had to be a better way.
My friends and family watched on facebook as I posted picture after picture after picture of booties.  I made booties over and over, again and again.  I'd change one little thing, on the next pair, I'd change something else.  It is THIS pattern that finally came about after literally HUNDREDS of booties. ;)  My poor friend Kim, owner of My Crimson Clover, was crocheting along side me a LOT during that time had to hear me talk about nothing but booties for MONTHS.
It is still my favorite pattern, the one I am most fiercely proud of.  So my newborn baby was 3 months old before she had her shoes, LOL, but in the end, they were perfect (for me.)

So of course, I had to write my ribbon maryjanes in toddler sizes before any of my other shoes.

And here we go crochet lovers!!

TODDLER RIBBON MARYJANES!!!

   The pattern for these beautiful little shoes was written with my favorite yarn, Caron Simply Soft  (click here to go to the Caron Website).  The pattern is written in 4 sizes and range from a U.S. toddler size 6 to 11. (fits a 5" to 6.25" foot).

I am super proud of this design.  It didn't take quite as long or as much work as my first pattern.... but close to it!
I am a perfectionist when it comes to my patterns, and these little shoes just HAD to fit a little girls foot PERFECTLY.  No gaps, they needed to be able to "move" with the foot, and be able to be slipped on and off, as the ribbon secures the strap to the shoe, just like my baby ribbon maryjanes pattern

My littlest girls, now ages 5, 2, and 1 LOVE these shoes. Lena, my 5 year old calls them her "princess play shoes". ;)




Okay, so now that you've sat through my long blog... you're all wondering how you can get your pattern, right?
Well, it's coming soon.  My testers have helped me clean them up, I am working on the final edits, and this pattern will be released no later than October 1st, but may make an appearance much sooner. ;)

You will be able to find the pattern on Ravelry (click here to visit my Ravelry shop), and Etsy (click here to visit my Etsy shop.)
But everyone wants to know how they can get a copy free!!
This give away contest has ENDED!  Thank you for all who entered!  My next blog post will announce the winners!

Well, here are the details.

When I release this pattern, I am going to give away SEVEN copies of this pattern. 

What you need to do:

You can enter this contest several ways.  COMMENT ON THIS BLOG.  You can choose to do one of the following or all of the following.  But be sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry!  Winners will be chosen via Random.org using numbers, and each comment will have it's own number.  Each comment you leave will get you one entry.  The more entries, the better your chances!

#1) Follow this blog.   See over on the right hand side a bunch of tiny pictures with the word "Followers"?  Yup.  You need to be one of those!  Click on the button above that to follow my blog.
Already following my blog?  That counts!  Leave me a comment!

#2) Like me on Facebook.  Here's an easy link!  (http:www.facebook.com/thelovelycrow) 
Already like my facebook page?  That counts!  Leave me a comment!

#3) Go to my Ravelry shop and add ANY of my patterns to your queue.  Here's an easy link! (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/elizabeth-alan)

#4) Pin me on Pinterest.com    You can pin any of my patterns on Etsy or Ravelry!  

#5) Comment with something completely random! (Please keep this PG) 
#6) Join my friend Kelly's blog, "Living Craftily Ever After".  This is one of my FAVORITE blogs to read.  If you're a crafter, this blog is a MUST.   http://livingcraftilyeverafter.blogspot.com/ 

This give away contest has ENDED!  Thank you for all who entered!  My next blog post will announce the winners!

Example of comments
comment 1 - I'm following your blog!
comment 2 - I like The Lovely Crow on Facebook!
comment 3 - I queued a pattern on Ravelry!
comment 4 - I pinned you on Pinterest!
comment 5 - My shoes are the oddest shade of green!
commnet 6 - I joined Kelly's blog! 

This give away contest has ENDED!  Thank you for all who entered!  My next blog post will announce the winners!




Again, winners will be chosen via Random.org, and I will announce the winners on my blog, and on my facebook page.
This contest is open until I release the pattern!  This will depend on my testers and my final edits, but this pattern WILL be released by October 1st.




An important note about this give away.  If you have trouble following or commenting on my blog, please update your browser.  If you are still having trouble, please go to the blogger help center, which can be found HERE.   <---- click here.   
Comments are the ONLY way to enter this contest, and I will not make exceptions.  Please do not email me or leave comments on my facebook page if you are having trouble commenting.  I am honestly not a computer wiz, and I will be unable to help you.

This give away contest has ENDED!  Thank you for all who entered!  My next blog post will announce the winners!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Free Crochet Patterns!! Today ONLY!

This is a one time chance!  Get ONE free pattern from The Lovely Crow!!

***This give away has ended!  Please do not email me asking me to extend this promotion.  I  have given away over $6,000.00 in patterns!  I will not extend this promotion.  Please do not ask me to!***

I need to build my followers here on my blog.

***This give away has ended!  Please do not email me asking me to extend this promotion.  I  have given away over $6,000.00 in patterns!  I will not extend this promotion.  Please do not ask me to!***





***  Please note  ****  This offer applies ONLY to individual patterns.  My pattern sets, or pattern packages (such as hat and booties sets) are NOT eligible for this give away.  If you try to use the coupon code for pattern packages, you will be charged!   Thank you

***This give away has ended!  Please do not email me asking me to extend this promotion.  I  have given away over $6,000.00 in patterns!  I will not extend this promotion.  Please do not ask me to!***






If you would like to receive a free pattern today, here's what you need to do!  (This promotion will run from the time this blog is posted, until Tuesday night, midnight, Eastern Time.
#1 - Follow this blog!  (If you look to your right, you'll see a list of my followers, and a button right above.  Click that button and follow the directions!
#2 - Comment on this blog post.  You can say anything.  Tell me what pattern you'd like to have, tell me what you think of my patterns, tell me what you're favorite color is, or tell me what time of the day it is where you are.  You can comment with ANYTHING.  You just need to comment!
#3 - Post a link to THIS blog in your facebook status, and write "Today only, go get your free crochet pattern from The Lovely Crow!!"
Here's the URL   http://www.lovelycrow.com/2011/09/free-crochet-patterns-today-only.html   (You can copy and paste!!)
#4 - Be a member on Ravelry.   www.ravelry.com is an online community and social network for crocheters and knitters.  It is completely free to join, and is a FANTASTIC site for finding patterns (lots of them are even free!)

#4 - Send me an email to  *email removed, as promotion has ended*   In the subject line, write FREE PATTERN and in the body of your message, please copy your comment from this blog post.   I will then send you a coupon code so that you can go onto Ravelry.com and pick your pattern!
  Please note...  do NOT email me at my regular ebethalan email account.  I'm hoping for lot of people to take advantage of this offer, and I do not want this to take over the account I use for communication with customers.

Thank you so much!
***This give away has ended!  Please do not email me asking me to extend this promotion.  I  have given away over $6,000.00 in patterns!  I will not extend this promotion.  Please do not ask me to!***




Sincerely,
***This give away has ended!  Please do not email me asking me to extend this promotion.  I  have given away over $6,000.00 in patterns!  I will not extend this promotion.  Please do not ask me to!***



Ebeth
***This give away has ended!  Please do not email me asking me to extend this promotion.  I  have given away over $6,000.00 in patterns!  I will not extend this promotion.  Please do not ask me to!***











Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dear Etsy Consumer,

PLEASE take the time to read the descriptions.  KNOW what you are buying.  Sometimes things are only available in certain sizes.  Sometimes the artist/seller has a wait period, so you'll need to order in advance.

I sell PATTERNS.
I do not sell finished products.  Read the listing title, it CLEARLY says, "PATTERN".  Read the description!  It clearly states, "THIS IS A CROCHET PATTERN, NOT A FINISHED PRODUCT".
Please take a look at the pictures!!  Most of my listings even give a preview of the pattern!!  Others have the words "crochet patterns".

Take the time, BEFORE you spend money to know what you're buying!

I am setting up a new policy, and will no longer refund money because a buyer did not take the time to read the listing.
It is too easy for buyers to take advantage of me.  Once I've sent a buyer their ordered patterns, there is no way for them to "send them back."

Please be aware, my time and work is worth something.