One of the warmest, kindest, most selfless people, I know on this "Link Lovin' " train is Kris with Aprons by MeMe! She's always there to help give ANYONE a "push" by reposting their fan page link to her wall and alerting her nearly 3000 fans. She's also one of the original "Magnificent Seven," who started with "Link Love," as we know it on Facebook during the latter part of 2009 and beginning of 2010. Kris rarely misses a beat with the NEWBIES! She's one of the one's to go to - to get a big boost with a new start!
Kris has a fantastic following of caring, sharing fans! Happy to say that I'm only one of them! Are you? She also has many friends and I lay claim as one of those, too!
"I remember starting a fan page on January 11, because my best friend, KraftyMaxOriginals said it would be a great idea! She helped set up my Etsy Shop and she knew her way around the internet. I posted a few of my dish towel aprons and before I knew it - I had 40 fans! Then every time I would post a comment or show one of my aprons, there in the comments would be the sweet smiling face of Elfie, from Painting From the Heart. She always had such encouraging words to say and truly loved my aprons. That was where I first heard of 'Link Love.' "
"I visited Elfies fan page and found Vickey from RunwayCrochet. As I scrolled down their pages I saw support, encouragement and real caring for all of their fans. On January 14, I posted my links to Vic's discussion board for 'Link Love' and after working through all the links in her discussions I posted on Elfie's discussion board for 'Link Love' and started going through those links. I found so many wonderful crafters, artisans, jewelers etc.!
"What I saw were like-minded people who cared and supported each other. It wasn't a competition - it was people helping people. That was something I wanted to be a part of! I love waking up every morning because I know there are people who are there for me - no matter what!!! Do I have a sewing problem? They're there! Do I have a glitch on my fan page? They're there! Do I just need a swift kick in the butt? They're there! Can I complain? They are STILL there! And, when there is a time for prayers, they are truly there!"
"My business has tripled since I started 'Link Love.' My friendships have grown to almost 3,000! THEY ARE ALL my "LINK LOVE ANGELS!!!' "
QUESTION: If you had to attribute one thing to "Link Love," what would that one thing be?
ANSWER: "I would have to say the Friendships and AMAZING Support!"
QUESTION: If a new fan asked you for advice and what to do to increase their fan base and exposure to the world, what would you tell them?
ANSWER: "Let your fingers do the walking through the 'Link Love" discussion boards. Really check out the fan pages you are visit. If they have an Etsy, Artfire or other tab for their business take a peek. Let them know what you think."
QUESTION: If you ran into some one opposed to "Link Love," what might you say to sway their opinion?
ANSWER: "I have had my share of 'Naysayers.' I was hurt at first. They were bursting my bubble. But in the same day I would get a post from a fan saying, 'Thanks for the help,' 'You've made my day,' 'Thank You, Thank YOU.' The 'Naysayer' just doesn't understand the full scope of 'Link Love.' "
QUESTION: How often do you hit the other "Participant Fan Page" Discussion Boards?
ANSWER: "Whenever I am on the computer! If I ever see a little red number up there lighting up notifications, I am there."
QUESTION: What other good things could you say about "Link Love?"
ANSWER: "Vic asked me this question on January 17, when she wrote about 'LINK LOVE' on her blog! This is what I told her then and I beleive it with all of my heart!!! 'It is networking with like-minded people. I love it because how many times in our lives do we find or meet up with people who think like we do! I have yet to meet anyone on here that is not gracious, complimenting and genuine.' "
APRONS BY MEME'S LINK LOVE STATS
"Link Love" Start Date: Mid-January 2009
Starting FB Fans: 40
At Present: 2,934
Starting Etsy Hearts: 30
At Present: 203
Starting Twitter followers: 25
At Present: 362
Etsy Sales before Link Love: 10
At Present : 36
APRONS BY MEME'S LINKS
Kris makes beautiful but practical dish towel aprons... I should know because I'm the proud owner of one! They are very well made for wear and durability, too! She also makes bibs for babies/toddlers and other unique items. If you haven't yet - go check out all her items in her Etsy Shop!
More about her craft from Kris, herself...
"I have been crocheting, knitting, quilting and sewing for most of my life. I just can't sit. My hands want to move. I'm Italian! My hands are always in motion!!! I love Babies. Always wanted to have 10 children, but God knew I could only handle one. So I have been watching babies and toddlers for 30 years now."
"About two years ago, I was so frustrated because my little ones (who call me MeMe) were always running off with my dish towels. They were never handy and with babies around – you do dishes all day long! So the front of my blouses were always wet or always had spots on them from cooking."
"I can hear you saying, 'Why not wear an Apron?' That makes me laugh. I collect aprons, but I never wore them. I couldn't tie them or they just didn't fit right and they were not very absorbent. A light bulb went off – an apron and a dish towel! There it was!!! The original (one size fits all) 'dish towel apron by MeMe!!!' Two-in-one!!! I designed a bib top that is fully lined with a very nice quilters cotton. All of the raw edges are surged so they won't fray in the wash and instead of using ties or velcro I attach a snap at the back of the bib to secure the closure."
"Shopping for the dish towels and then the material to match is such a treat. I have dish towels that are a smooth cotton people like as just an apron. Then I have a softer, plush dish towel for those who want it for the dish towel. You can also use the dish towel if you need to take something hot off the stove or out of the oven. So now you also have a pot holder."
When my sister-in-law had a stroke, I cut the dish towel in half with a little shorter bib top and there it was Again - an 'adult bib' with a soft towel to wipe their faces. Also great, if you have someone in a nursing home. I also call them, 'traveling adult bibs.' When you're on the road and need to eat in the car - you need something to protect your clothes."
"My friend asked why I didn't make something for my babies. Dish towels were too big so, I used soft and absorbent face cloths. There it was again - an original 'face cloth bib by MeMe."
"My Mom came up with the next design... she wanted something handy to put her TV remotes and telephone inside of with easy access. So I took a dish towel and found matching material. For the man of the house, I use sports team fabric. For the woman of the house - a blend of pleasant colors. There it was again, (wink) the 'dish towel remote control caddy' by MeMe."
"I've been nicknamed, 'the lady who can do anything with a dish towel.' " I have so many other ideas floating around! I've been asked to make bibs for the older child five, six or seven-years old."
"I love selling all of these at craft shows and enjoy meeting the people and talking about my dish towel creations. It's so much fun!"
Some samples of Kris' work is below and in the slide show above.