new logo. new feed.

About a month ago, I debuted a new logo on my Instagram and restarted my feed. I wanted all my pictures and posts to look consistent and represent my brand the right way. When I first started using IG for my business, I just wanted to get my name and my work out there. My pictures were horrible (they’ve gotten a little better), and my feed was dysfunctional. There was no consistency between posts, just randomness. Now that I’ve made some changes, I feel like I can continue on the right path to having a successful business.

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With that being said, I’ve also realized that I’ve never introduced myself. I absolutely hate talking about myself, so it was very easy to skip over the maker introduction. But in order for you guys to want more from me, I think it’s only fair that you get to know me…so here goes.

Hi! My name is Carla and I am the maker behind Melanin Makes LLC. I started this company in February of 2018 but I’ve been crocheting for 8 years. I didn’t start taking my work seriously until about 2 years ago, though. I am a single mother of two beautiful little divas who keep me on my toes at all times. My eldest is an 8 year old drama queen, who loves to dance and spend time with her friends. My youngest is 18 months, but acts as if she’s been on this earth longer than I have. LOL. I take my role as their mother very seriously, doing my absolute best to make sure they grow up to be well-rounded individuals with something substantial to offer the world. Wanting to provide the best example I could for them inspired me to start my business. While sharing my creativity with the world feels amazing, I am so much more proud of the legacy I am creating for them.

Melanin Makes LLC is more than just another crochet business in a world full of crochet businesses; it’s more than just a hobby. We are the embodiment of love, family, passion, creativity, determination, and hard-work. There really is love in every stitch, because I absolutely love what I do. Melanin Makes — Handmade with you in mind!

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Whew! That was a lot. But at least you know a little more about the maker behind the brand. And as I continue on the journey of being a maker and building my business, I promise to share more of me with you guys. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

XOXO,

Melanin

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It’s Finally November!!

Hey guys! Aren’t you glad it’s finally November?!? I know I am. As much as I love Halloween, I love November even more.

Today is the 1st of the month, which means that we get a fresh start. It also means we are that much closer to the end of the year. {Woop! Woop!}

Most makers are probably preparing for craft fairs, markets, and the busy season that is holiday shopping. I, myself am preparing for my very first craft fair. I’m extremely excited but so nervous. What if I don’t sell anything? What if I run out of inventory? How much is too much inventory? How do I prepare for customers who would prefer custom-made items? Should my merchandise bags include my logo if I’m already adding business cards and other promo items? How much branding is too much?

With all of these questions swirling in my brain, it’s almost impossible to focus on making anything. Lol. Any suggestions on how to get out of my own head?

This month, I am looking forward to the preparation of inventory and pushing myself to be more creative. I’m hoping to continue growing my social media following as well as getting a handle on this whole website thing.Here’s to hoping all you makers out there aren’t stressing over this impending holiday season. We got this!

XOXO,

Melanin