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Crochet Newborn Beanie

Crochet Newborn Beanie

This pattern is very easy, and you’ll finish very quick.  For anyone who knows how to crochet, those stitches are very easy, but sometimes it isn’t the right size.  So, I hope this is helpful.  I measured a newborn baby by myself, so it should […]

Crochet Beanie for Him

Crochet Beanie for Him

Not very often do I crochet for men.  However, its warm and rugged, as well as stylish. This Beanie for men will keep them warm on the coldest days, without sweating. Ideal for Spring, Fall, and Winter.  I don’t do crochet for men very often […]

The Very Popular Slouchy Newboy Hat

The Very Popular Slouchy Newboy Hat

This is the very first newsboy had I tried to do.  I wanted to make something for my daughter to wear to go to school, I never intended for it to sell.  My daughter’s friends seen it and they loved it, and they all ordered from me.  I remember the first time someone ordered it, they ordered four.  I was so excited, not that I made money, but because someone liked my crochet.  It grew to be so popular, people from the bank, and people from the school ordered it.  It sold very well.

 

I use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn.  However, some people can’t handle the wool, they feel itchy, so I changed to use Lion Brand Acrylic Hometown USA yarn.  You will see in the other posts that I changed my pattern to the other type of yarn, so that it would fit well.  The hat looks just a little different but feels better.

 

 

Big Bow Ear Warmer Headband

Big Bow Ear Warmer Headband

The big bow ear warmer headband is mostly for little girls.  One of my customers requested that I make this, so I countinued to make them to sell.  Sometimes I’m out of ideas on what I can crochet, but I get ideas from my customer, […]

Shevon Ear Warmer Headband

Shevon Ear Warmer Headband

This is my unique ear warmer headband, that I designed myself.  Perfect for fall, winter, and spring.  It is stylish and warm.  Makes for a unique gift item.  I didn’t want the headband to look plain, so I decorated it with flower, butterfflies, and things […]

Slouchy Beret Fashion Beanie

Slouchy Beret Fashion Beanie

This crochet slouchy beret will keep you toasty, warm, and stylish.  This has been one of my all-time best sellers since I started making it three years ago.  The slouchy beret fashion beanie is also one of my favourite hats.

When I look at this picture it makes me smile to see my daughter.  To see how she use to look when she was younger.  These pictures were taken back in 2014 when she was eight years old.  Oh my, how the time flies.

This hat best fits an average teen and adult head of 20-22 inches in circumference.  The amazing part of this hat is that it can fit a little girl, and right up to an adult.  It is so stretchy.  I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn.  You will see I do a lot of projects with this type of yarn.

 

Signs of Wynter

Signs of Wynter

This is a beautiful Winter Hat that has been really popular, as of late. It can be made in different colors, but this texture, design, and color combination seems to be in demand.  Its made with Wool-Ease, Thick and Quick, Lion Brand yarn.  This is […]

Unique Style Fashion Beanie

Unique Style Fashion Beanie

This is my very first unique item that I designed.  A beautiful handmade 3-Season Crocheted Fashion Beanie. Comes in multiple colours, and can be custom made. It is made from the best sold 100% Acrylic material that I can find. Each Beanie is made with […]

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS:  Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

Do you ever wonder what your biggest success in life has been?  Have you ever thought about it?  I have.  My biggest success would have to be when I opened my tutor school in Thailand.  Its funny how time flies, and how different things are.

It was 1997, I was living in Thailand.  Bangkok to be exact.  I was about to graduate from University and the economy was terrible, we were in the middle of a recession.  Businesses were laying off people and it was almost impossible to find work, let alone good work.  I didn’t know what I was going to do.

I found a job with a local church.  Also, in my spare time I decided to tutor kids to bring in some extra cash.  This allowed me to save up some money.  I believe at that time I had around 30,000 Baht saved up, which is about 1,000 Canadian Dollars.  Not too much, but enough to do something with, so I started thinking about what I was going to do when I graduated.

I really enjoyed tutoring kids.  They are so innocent and honest to deal with.  I also liked the idea of being self-employed.  Slowly, I started thinking about opening my own business and how things would be if I did.  Then after a short time, I finally decided, I’m going to open my own tutor school.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

 

For those of you that don’t know, tutor schools are very popular in Asia.  If kids want to get into good schools they need to take exams.  Only the best kids can get in.  Students from better schools get better jobs, and the exams they take can be quite hard.  Making tutors and tutor schools quite popular.

So, I finally decided to use my education to open a tutoring school.  I settled on opening my business in a city called Saraburi.  Which is about a 2-hour drive North of Bangkok.  A perfect little industrial city, with a decent population.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

Away I went to Saraburi to set out on my next adventure.  To open my business, a tutor school.  So, logically, I had to find a building, and I did.  It was relatively cheap compared to the rent prices today.  I paid about 10,000 Baht (Thai Currency), which is about $230 Canadian Dollars.  There you have it, I was ready for business.  Or was I?

It was just an empty building.  I had no money for Air Conditioning, or furniture.  However, I believed and was determined to make this a success.  I wasn’t about to let my hard work and money go to waste.  So, I started my marketing campaign.

I pulled my computer and printer into my one desk, one chair school and started making my own brochures and flyers.  I then proceeded to hand them out near schools in the city.  As the students exited school for the day, I was waiting for them, with my flyers in hand to promote my new tutor school.

My next step was to contact the schools directly, and try to get in as a guest speaker.  Where I spoke to kids about their futures, to help them decide what to be when they grow up.  At the end, I would once again hand out flyers.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

To people outside, my business looked very professional.  However, they didn’t know it was an empty building.

I opened the tutor school two months in advance of the start of the course.  After all the marketing, handing out the flyers, I was waiting for the students to sign up.  A full month went by, and nobody signed up.  I didn’t panic.  I was still confident and excited that I would get students.

The second month came, and I was lucky.  One person came to sign up.  I was super happy.  They were surprised that the building was empty.  I told them that the furniture was coming before the course started.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

 

A little time went by.  There was only two weeks left before my course was due to open, and I only had one student.  I started to get nervous and bad thoughts started to creep in.  What if I fail?  What if?  I didn’t know what to do, or what was going to happen.

More time goes by.  Then, suddenly, I started to see students come to apply.  The next day more came to apply, and the day after, even more.  Until eventually I had a line up outside the tutor school.  In total, I got 105 students for my opening.  I was very excited.  However, there was much more work to do.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

That didn’t leave me with much time to prepare.  It was only a week to go before the school was due to open.  I had to build rooms, and install air conditioners.  Not to mention buy desks and furniture.  Get it moved in before classes started.  So, with such a short notice, I ended up paying a very high price for labour and equipment.  Not an ideal situation, but I had no choice if I was going to be prepared.

Opening day was coming soon, and I realized with 105 students, I won’t be able to teach them all by myself.  I had to hire more teachers.  So, I contacted family and friends to see who wanted to teach at my tutor school.  It didn’t take long to find people with the recession happening.  I decided to give them a percentage of the income from their students.  Everything was coming together.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

It was the day before the opening.  My brother and I prepared all day and almost all night.  We stayed up very late, until about 2 a.m. preparing course material.  I became very scared and almost emotional.  I didn’t know what to expect.

The first day of teaching came and went with no problems.  Everything went very smoothly at the tutor school and I started to finally feel calm.

As time went by, my tutor school became very popular and famous.  In its prime, I had over 300 students per semester.  I found out that many students from Saraburi went to Bangkok to learn because they felt that the teachers were better there.  So, I started to advertise that I had Bangkok teachers, and that they wouldn’t need to travel to Bangkok to learn.  I found my niche, and it was working brilliantly.

MY BIGGEST SUCCESS: Opening a Tutor School in Thailand

So not too long after opening, I found that the building I was renting was too small, and I had become so popular that I had to move to a bigger building.  So, I did.  I moved into a 4-story building at a better location.  You know what they say.  Location, location, location.  After that, I had to hire more teachers to keep up with the demand, and that is the story of how my tutor school became my biggest success.

There you have it, the story of how I opened my tutor school.  An exciting and successful time in my life.  The morale of the story here is believe in yourself.  Despite all the downfalls I could have had, my tutor school became a success story.  Don’t give up on your dreams and don’t be afraid of taking chances, and most of all, believe in yourself.  I did.

 

Simple Pancakes

Simple Pancakes

There is nothing that tastes better for breakfast then pancakes. My daughter absolutely loves them. She had a sleepover this weekend, and I needed something simple but yummy. I had all the ingredients needed, in the kitchen. They were so happy about it.