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Even though my youngest child is four, I still can’t resist walking through the baby items when I’m out and about shopping. Tiny clothes and items are just too cute! I don’t know anyone having a baby, but if I did, I’d tell them about Candice Crownover of Orange County, California.
Candice is the creator of Love by CC a shop that makes adorable handmade items.
“My shop name came to me one day because I love to crochet and I love making items for people. I love each of my items and so it became “LovebyCC“. CC stands for my name Candice Crownover. “
Candice specializes in crocheted items. In fact, you could say she’s a “crochet-addict”. “I started crocheting because my boyfriend’s mom always crochets and it interested me so I asked her to teach me. She taught me the basic stitch and from there I was hooked, I bought books, looked up information on the internet, and crocheted night and day. “
As her passion for crochet grew she says, “I was inspired to open my Etsy store because I wanted to share what I make with everyone! I love making little things, especially baby products, and I love seeing what the babies look like wearing my items. I also love knowing that someone out there is enjoying what I made for them!”
The love that goes into each product is something that sets Love By CC apart from others. “My product is set apart from others because it is not made by a machine, it is hand made by me. There aren’t multiple people making the product either, it is just me, Candice Crownover. Every item is put together carefully and it is made with love every step of the way.”
Love by CC doesn’t just limit themselves to baby items. Infact, one of Candice’s favorite items isn’t baby related at all. “Gosh, I don’t even know what is my favorite product. I love all of them. I really enjoy making the brim newsboy hat though. Everyone says that little boys don’t have many things for them, and this one is just perfect for them! Although, I do love all of the items I make :]”
“I am inspired to keep creating because like I said before I absolutely love knowing there are people out there who are enjoying what I create for them. I love it when people send pictures back of their children or them wearing what I make as well.”
She focuses on the customer from the moment they make contact. “
Every item is usually tweaked a little bit to make sure it fits the person buying it perfectly. Usually I will ask what size the head is for the hats to make sure they fit great. Once I find out the size I start getting to work. I have an addiction to buying yarn so I usually buy more yarn once I find out what color they want it in. I try to finish each product within the day it is ordered or by the next day. I like the people to be able to have it as soon as possible!”
“Apart from creating things, I love being with my family. I love spending time with my wonderful boyfriend who is very supportive of my crocheting. My mom is like my best friend and I love spending time with her as well. “
Since she’s discovered crochet, she is seeking a new passion. “I definitely wish I knew how to knit. After I finish filling up my shop, I am definitely going to start working on that. I love the look of knitted items and I think there is a bigger range of things I can make if I knew how to knit. My boyfriend’s mom bought me a knitting kit. I can’t wait to learn.”
Candice is busy! I admire that she completes an order in a day’s time. I crochet and it takes me ages! Candice recognizes time management. “It is hard to make time for crocheting but I find time to do it. I currently work full-time and go to school full-time. Most of my free time I use to crochet. I usually do it at night after work or on days that I don’t work and just do school. After I finish my school work, I am usually crocheting.”
“My greatest accomplishment so far is probably my school. I have done very well in school and I can’t wait to be finished. I have about 2 more years to go but I think it will go very well. “
“In 10 years I see myself still crocheting. I also see myself being an elementary school teacher. I have always dreamt about teaching little kids, which is probably why I love creating items for little kids and babies as well. I hope that my Etsy store will take off as well and there will be more and more people wearing my product.”
I really love her Pink Delilah bag. I think it looks luxurious and feminine. She also offers adult sized hats and it seems each day her inventory is expanding. I keep going back to see what she’s added to Love by CC!
Feel the LOVE by CC
Double Pom-Pom Newborn Hat
This hat is approximately 14″. It has a lot of stretch in it because it was made with a larger needle and bigger stitches.
Candice says, ” I love this hat because it is very soft and stretchy so the baby will be very comfortable wearing it.”
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