Seriously Cute Crochet

American Made Since 2005

Ana Paula Rimoli

Bloomfield, New Jersey
I crochet cute & original amigurumi toys and amigurumi-inspired accessories, write the patterns as I go, and sell them online and in books :)
New Jersey

Tell us about your business.

I started when my youngest daughter was born (I wanted to make everything for her!). I posted a couple of my crocheted toys in Etsy, and people started asking for the patterns, so I started posting... and I haven't stopped in almost 7 years now! I'm lucky to have published 4 amigurumi patterns books, and am in the process of revising the 5th one. I would love to be able to get into toy designing on a bigger scale and being able to see kits (with everything you'd need to make my toys!) in stores, and even seeing my amis in different media. I would also like to design a crochet clothes line for little kids, fun home accessories.., I get up every day with a million ideas... I just wish the day had more hours, and that I could crochet faster! I LOVE what I do and I realize how extremely lucky I am. I hope that my patterns and what I've accomplished give other moms ideas to start their own craft business and the possibility of staying home with their kids, seeing them grow every day!

What's the best business advice you've received?

LOVE what you make, and do it from your heart

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