About Me

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I've been crocheting for over 30 years, and come from a family of yarn and fabric artisans. I learned to sew from my Grandmother who made several quilts a year entirely by hand...one for each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild. Life situations and changes caused me to take a chance and open my first Etsy shop in Feb. 2011. A few successful months later, I opened my second Etsy shop as BeccaTheBaker...and later in 2011 opened my third Etsy shop as BeyondCrochetToo. I'm a single mother of 2 teenagers (a girl and a boy), plus 2 cats. I'm a 5th generation Native Californian (Northern California. And am happy to be back on the West Coast in the Pacific Northwest where I belong.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pumpkins, Spice, and Everything Nice....How I Love Fall!




"The bright summer had passed away, and gorgeous autumn was flinging its rainbow-tints of beauty on hill and dale." ~Cornelia L. Tuthil

 



It's no secret that Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it. From the cool, crisp chill in the air, to the warm, rich colors of cranberry reds, golden yellows, pumpkin oranges, and all the wonderful shades of browns and greens. Love it!! Add in all the wonderful tastes and smells like apple and pumpkin pies, warm spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, plus every pumpkin and pumpkin spice concoction one could imagine...and you've got a Season that sparks all the Senses. What's not to love??


 




I've been trying to find the best shades to represent the Season, and have been working steadily to bring an assortment of Fall-inspired items to my Etsy shop. There you'll find a nice assortment of headbands, scarves, cowls, mandala table mats, amigurumi, and more... 

Here's just a sample of some of my Fall Favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's Been Way Too Long....

Good grief!! 4 1/2 years since I last posted!! :o

Well, needless to say, a lot's happened since then. In early 2013 I started feeling very ill and it was found that I was having gallbladder issues. After my gallbladder removal, my condition and symptoms kept getting worse and I was later diagnosed with the chronic illness Gastroparesis. Over the past 3 years my conditions have worsened and developed into several other Auto-Immune diseases, including but not limited to: Leaky Gut Syndrome, Inflammation, and Chronic Fatigue. I won't go into all the details of that journey, other than to say it took a LONG time to find the right doctor to help manage and try to treat my conditions. It's been a long, difficult journey, and one I'm still struggling with every day.

Because of my illness and all that comes with it, I could no longer keep 3 shops going. In 2013 I closed BeccaTheBaker on Etsy, but still post and share Vegan recipes on Facebook and Twitter.

Unfortunately, I was unable to give BeyondCrochetToo the loving attention it needed and it got lost among all the other great Etsy artisans out there. In August 2015, I decided to close BeyondCrochetToo and combine items into one large shop emporium in my original shop BeyondCrochet. It was a humbling decision, but one that I'm happy with. It taught me to slow down and not take too much on at one time. "Slow and steady wins the race."

It's ironic that my shop and I first became known and recognized for my turtles. That was completely accidental, and not what I thought I'd be known for when I first started out. But, it's fitting, and I love being "the turtle lady". Turtles are symbolic of walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. As well as: Ability to stay grounded, even in moments of disturbances and chaos; Slowing down, pacing yourself; Determination, and persistence; Emotional strength and understanding.

Thank you for reading my story, and joining me on my journey. All the support and kind words from my customers mean more to me than I can possibly say. Thank you so very much. - Becca