So. I really hate charging people money. I love my craft, and I do it because I enjoy it, but unfortunately I can’t do it for free. I need to charge for at least my materials and time, and hopefully a little more so I can buy a new pyrography machine.
Recently I’ve had a few messages asking me to reduce my price, “..would I take less?” “If I buy more can you take a huge amount off?”
Already being very under confident about prices and myself lately to be honest, some of these messages have got to me.
We all want a bargain. Believe me, I search high and low in the supermarkets for the best prices, we all compare house insurance and energy prices etc, But buying handmade is different.
The maker has often poured their time and hearts into making each item, They often work crazy hours to fit crafting in with another job or looking after children. The item you receive is often completely unique, tailored to you and irreplaceable. In many cases you are paying for a wonderful skill or talent.
So, please, buy handmade. Support your local crafts people. And when you look at the price tag, add up the hours it’s taken, the material it’s used and the love, research, postage, wrapping, drawings, workings out and photography that’s involved.
If you are still unhappy, try out the craft yourself, buy the materials, and see how rewarding it is to create your own little piece of artwork.
I hope I haven’t offended anybody, it’s not my intention. Much love x
Some of this months pyrography.
I enjoy the special commissions, especially those from friends. The leather is lovely to work with and makes a refreshing difference from the wood.
The key plaque was a trial, as it had been pre treated with something, so a lot of sanding and prep work was required. The dragon is pyro’d free hand as I fancied something a bit impromptu.
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A few ideas for Valentine’s Day. What are you getting for your someone special? Do you do gifts? Breakfast in bed? Or let the day pass by? Chris is getting stick at work for being an old romantic, as he’s booked the day off - only he didn’t actually realise it was Valentine’s Day! :/ Hehe!
Some of the pretty 2013 baubles, quite a mixed lot!
This year we had a lovely time capturing our Yule card photos. Again, we take a trip to Middle Earth and the boys became their favourite characters from the Film.
The costumes are all handmade and I learned how to wet felt to make the hats. I bought Conor’s suit, but customised it with rows and rows of spines to create Sebastian the hedgehog.
The beards are acrylic hair affixed with liquid latex. They really enjoyed it!
I have just started wet felting. I am making costumes for the boys for their Yule cards, and needed a Radagast hat. So here it is. Not bad for my first hat! Just gotta pin the flappage up, hehe/
Well, I think this turned out well!? It’s my fantasy cake I think. I’d love to have one for me, hehe.
Conor loves the Dwarfs Song in The Hobbit, both the one that Thorin sings and the end titles by Neil Finn. They are his sleepy songs. So I thought a hobbit cake would be appropriate.
I started with one large cake and two smaller cakes, with a 10oz/10oz/12oz mixture for the cake for ease of sculpting. Crafted the shape, applied buttercream and then icing and decoration. Gandalf, the door and windows are fimo, for mementos. Gandalf is a foil frame with fimo outer.
Popped for a few hours geocaching in Cheddleton. If you are new to caching check here:
We had lots of fun, searching for different cache containers hidden in various places in the woods! We sign the paper log books inside them, and swap some of the toys they contain.(swapping like for like) It’s a proper treasure hunt. Great activity with children too.
We navigate using our GPS, we have a Garmin Dakota 20. It works really well.
We had lots of fun today, the weather was lovely, and the caches were really well thought out.
Here is a baby sized Patapum Carrier. Thought I’d do some daddy pics, instead of mummy hogging the babywearing!
I don’t think Conor will be long in this, as it’s getting close to not being knee to knee, and he’s quite tall, but still, it was an ebay bargain. The problem is the toddler size is just taller, no extra seat width, which I think is a bit of a mistake on Patapum’s part really.
Ive been looking at this helpful chart:
and looks like a tula may be a good next option for daddy.
Here is my Lenny Lamb ring sling in Gaia. It’s lovely, and has a nice long tail for shading/covering/wrapping/wiping noses etc.
Super impressed with it, mainly because of how supportive it is and how wide it is. it doesn’t leave me scrabbling for fabric to pull up his back.
Conor is 11.5 months here and I can tell it will last me now till he stops wanted to be carried…. not that I might want other colours though :-)
Conor has been very lucky to have had a birthday present early. it’s a smart trike. I’ve been coveting one in toys r us, but it was £100, which its way out of our price range. Nanna wanted to buy it too, and I didn’t want her spending that much!
So, i picked this one up on eBay. Practically new and £28. He loves it! eBay bargains rule!
Nanna wants to push him to school in it with the boys, I think he’ll enjoy that :-)
Puppy cakes! Noah has been asking about puppy cakes for his birthday - which is all the way in November (!) but still, at least he is preparing me, rather than being like Jacob who asked for an ‘Art Attack cake’ about a week before hand. So I thought I’d try some out.
These are both fruit cakes, bakes in cereal bowls, covered in marzipan and icing. One is for a friend and the other for MIL. I think they both liked them! Especially as they are fruit, as its difficult to pick up a fruit celebration cake I think.
I’m not sure on this design for Noah’s cake, but I did have the idea of reindeer for Christmas cakes as I think that would be an easy and effective modification to this design.
Yes, I am thinking about Christmas cakes. Ive bought my fruit already and am going to start soaking it soon, in perhaps a litre of spirit like I did last year. I also have mead so I’ll add some of that too. Yes, yes, yes! Nom.