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Meet Michelle Lin of Crafty Operation in San Pedro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Lin.

Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I love crocheting little stuff things, food in particular. At the time I was pregnant with my little one and thought it would be the cutest thing for him to have a crochet donut with a rattle inside of it.

After making a few I decided to open up an Etsy shop and put a few of them in to see if there were any interests. A week before going into labor I made my first Etsy sale and I haven’t stopped since!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was always hard to find balance between being a first time mommy and having extra time set aside to make new items for my shop. Eventually we got into the flow of things.

I feel like there will always be some kind of struggle in whichever stage you’re at in your business, but fighting through those little struggles always makes the journey worth it!

Crafty Operation – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I crochet toys out of yarn with the help of a hook! It always fascinates me what a few items can make with a little imagination.

I’m best known for making ice cream and donut rattles and my little beady eyed cactus in clay pots. But of course my little shop is filled with lots more!

When we hear crochet or knit, we often thing about hats and scarves. Yes, I can make these but I don’t! That’s because I love the idea of making cute play items for little ones and adults too! When someone walks into my shop, my goal is to get them to smile!

I’m proud to have my now 2 yr. old be my “Quality Control Manager”. I would ask him, “What is this?” and if he smiles and gives me the answer I’m looking for then the product is a pass. He also makes sure toys are safe for their new friends to play with!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me means one thing. That’s to make sure the receiver and customers smile. I’ve always said even if someone came into my shop and smiled, that was enough for us to keep doing what we are doing.

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