We began this sweet little corner of the internet on a foundation of respect & kindness. It’s been such a gift to watch it grow. It’s our sincere hope that you feel valued as our friends here at 3amgracedesigns. You inspire us with your ideas, friendship, and love.
Like with any business, we’ve changed as the seasons of change have dictated the last 2.5 years. We’ve grown with each experience both as designers and human beings. That’s where the magic happens in any business – the growth of the individuals involved. In fact, had we not made changes along the way, had we not grown as people, 3amgracedesigns would have already ceased to exist.
Michaelene & I are passionate about creating quality content for you. We’d have to be, right? In order to work our 50 hour-per-week day jobs plus run this amazing community – there has to be love involved. Like deep love, wrapped in soft squishy yarn with an adorable stitch marker on top. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed along this journey — our love for you & the privilege to design for you.
I scrolled through our pattern database this morning and counted 530+ free crochet patterns including Kawaii Cuddlers™, C2C Charts, and C2C Written patterns. We have 12 paid patterns. Creating content in this manner isn’t sustainable.
In order to keep our content creation sustainable, we have to embrace the next season of change. If we choose to ignore it, just as yarn wears thin with repeated friction, 3amgracedesigns will wear thin and crumble. Does that mean all content moving forward will be paid? No, but it does mean the ratio needs some significant work.
We understand there is a percentage of crocheter’s that can’t or won’t purchase content – whether for budget reasons or based on their principles. We love, respect, and value you exactly the same as everyone else. We have 530+ free patterns on our blog and we hope you will continue to enjoy them along with any new free content released in the future.
However, we what we are saying is this: as we move through the next season of change – we’re going to stick with kindness & respect. Naturally, we expect the same from our friends. We treat you how we want to be treated. Therefore, we won’t accept or tolerate the bullying & unkind comments in our group, via email, or on our blog. We’ll continue to send those directly to spam. Whether our content is paid or free – kindness is always free. Kindness will be what carries us into the next 25+ years of crochet goodness.
You wouldn’t walk into Target and tell them their blankets are too pricey. You wouldn’t walk into Nordstrom and ask them why you’re expected to pay for your jeans. And I’m pretty sure the gas station attendant would get a kick out of being told your gas should be free. Commenting behind a computer screen should carry the same respect and human kindness as our daily interactions.
Michaelene and I are generous human beings. Our goal isn’t to get rich quick – our goal isn’t to be here today and gone tomorrow. We’re in this for the long haul. Ten years from now, when your son or daughter graduates from high school – our goal is to be able to mention your child by name and congratulate them.
When you’re able to finish your very first project from a written pattern, we want to cheer with you.
When you’re going through a tough health issue, we want to be able to pray for you.
When you need help with your C2C project and we help you work through it, we want to celebrate together.
That is the community we want to build. That is the legacy we want to be known for. When our time is done, we want to hear “Well done, faithful servant. You served your community via the gifts I gave you.”
After all, 3amgracedesigns was built for Him.
We hope you will continue to be a part of our community, no matter what season we’re in – no matter what season you are in. We love and appreciate you.