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A blast from the past. This was Conor’s first birthday cake from September. I’m doing Jacob’s 7th birthday cake at the end of the week. Still not totally sure how to go about it. Also….Time flies! #birthday #hobbit #cake #gandalf #fimo #lotr #theshire

A blast from the past. This was Conor’s first birthday cake from September. I’m doing Jacob’s 7th birthday cake at the end of the week. Still not totally sure how to go about it. Also….Time flies! #birthday #hobbit #cake #gandalf #fimo #lotr #theshire

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Teeny canvas shoes for Conor. He must be Simon’s cat’s biggest fan ever. Obviously not able to sell these, but Conor is going to be thrilled with his own unique pair! #diy #handmade

Teeny canvas shoes for Conor. He must be Simon’s cat’s biggest fan ever. Obviously not able to sell these, but Conor is going to be thrilled with his own unique pair! #diy #handmade

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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

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

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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.

You can visit my facebook page here:
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For lots more images of my craft work,

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