Large projects and the question of price (rant)

Not everything I make is baby size and sometimes it’s amazing fun to make something more challenging even if you find that they are harder to sell on as it’s not a quick make that only has taken a day but that I may have been working on days or even weeks, more than once I have been asked why something is £60 or more many times people are more than happy and understand the time that has been put into making it but at the last fair I went to a lady came over and asked about a very large throw have gone through everything she looked at the price on it laughed, I had half been expecting this as I had seen her at other stalls telling people she could make it herself and that they expected too much.

 I am not one for confrontation but that drives me mad at fairs many of the crafts people have spent years perfecting there skills and many hours making the goods they sell, in the case of this throw it had taken me 5 days work and was priced at £85 I have others that cosy more but many that are less, she very kindly pointed out that the yarn could not have cost me anywhere near that to buy as I was selling yarn sets for £10, I have to be honest at this point I may have become a little sarcastic but in my defence she was so rude to so many people  (maybe not the best defence buts it’s all I have). 

Now technically she was right I had a set with the pattern and yarn for a very similar throw for sale (it was £25 for the set but not the point), now I have no problem breaking down my cost to anyone and I love seeing the outcome when someone takes one of the patterns and makes it themselves as I completely understand the joy of making something but to expect someone to give there time free to make something by hand feels a little insulting and it was clear that this particular lady felt that the handmade items should be a lot cheaper and was being very vocal on the subject. Oddly she did appear to want the throw and offered me the £25 of the pack I had shown here with the pattern so I handed her the pack with my best, if a little fake, smile and an offer of my time for £60 to make it up for her sarcastic yes, did I make a sale, no she stormed off but I did get a very small smile from her husband and tea and cake from one of the other stalls holders. 

There is a point to my rant apart from me wanting to rant and that is when something is handmade your not just paying for the item your buying the skill, care and love that has been put into it your buying something that is just for you as no two handmade items are the same and I am certain that is worth so much more. 

I still think £85 is a good price for this but I maybe wrong well I like it.

Adding silk to a best seller

For over a year I have been making washable cotton face pads and they have been one of my best sellers locally sourced I decided that I may look into making a softer for gentle one after looking around I found a silk/cotton mix that is so soft and can be hand washed so today when the postman brought the yarn I got a little over excited and dropped my other projects for the day and made up a couple to try out myself. It was much harder to work with than anything I have used for this before as it’s so soft that keeping the tension was quite a challenge, I may have used one or two rather loud and non child friendly terms, but I got there with the basic round in the end they are not perfect but will be fine to test out if they can stand up to the amount of makeup I wear every day then they can take anything.

Making new products is always the best part of the job, well one of the best parts seeing babies in my teddy bear hats is very special, but the testing always takes longer than I would like I am impatient to get the real ones done and up on the shop or in the Salon I sell via as I want to get started on the next project in the silly long list I have. Is it just me or do we all have a book that we keep notes in of projects I want to do and it keeps getting longer and longer, please tell me it’s not just me with the stash of projects and yarn to make them with hidden in a cupboard that no one in the house looks in as they just don’t want to know.

Vintage fun

So this week has been crazy busy I have no idea what happened to it but it has gone already I have been so lucky to have been sent a big box of crochet patterns and hooks that my friend found when she was cleaning out her Grandmothers house. I have always enjoyed working on traditional patterns and trying to make them a little more up to date but keeping the feel of the original idea so I have lots to work on as well as feeling very honored to be using hooks made for this lovely lady 50 years ago by her husband. Having a story behind something will always make it more special to me and I now I know they will be used and loved for many years to come.

I have also been working hard on new spa items for my Etsy hope and 3 very large blankets that will all be coming next week so keep your eyes open!

Until then I am going to enjoy the spring sunshine this weekend with my mum and my kids 
Happy Mothers day for Sunday to all the special mum’s out there x 

Life back to normal I hope 

So it has been 20 days at home for my husband and it’s amazing how little your get done with someone else in the house, I have not finished half my work or reviewed anything new or fun in fact my days have been crazy busy but more because I feel like I have to keep chatting or going out with my husband
I have enjoyed getting to spend time with him that I don’t normally get and we have eaten out so many times my jeans feel tight  (back to working out is so needed as I have not done that either) but I now have so many things on my to do list that I don’t know where to start, I know that I should clean and update my shop, do my books ect all the sensible things but we all know that it never works like that so I am going to be honest and say that I really want to play with makeup.

I have been told by a couple of my daughters friends that they are looking at poundland and other cheap alternatives so all in the name of research  (honest) I will probably spend tomorrow going around collecting as much as I can lay my hands on and then maybe do something sensible.

I am also hoping that I will get more time to blog and have some fun with that
I have been playing with new yarn and found lots of vintage knitting needles that I spent ages cleaning up and putting on my Etsy shop is have been working on other new ideas as well so I just don’t know where to start. 

How cute are the vintage knitting needles so much nicer than the new ones

Apparently I can’t be a feminist! WHAT

So you may have guessed but if not I love makeup and crochet, I also enjoy baking and stay at home with my kids at the moment I have not always stayed home but the other parts of me are the same.

I have always been very much involved in politics and have called myself a feminist for as long as I can remember understanding what that means, lately I have found that the judgements of people have become more harsh towards women who make the choice to be feminine, to stay home, who enjoy makeup and cloths in fact more than once I have been told that there is no way I can be a real feminist and be who I am.

I know that people all have their own views on what the term means but for me it means the right to make choices to be who ever I want to be and for others to be who they want to be, the right to look the way we want and do as we please with owe bodies. For me I enjoy what I do and it makes me happy, makeup can be a way of changing the way I look a way of hiding me or it can be just that I like the look of it or I like the colour, mostly I just like colours. 

By putting others down for the choices they make then how is that helping us move forward if we are constantly trying to limit what it is to be a feminist, to make a one size fits all is that not just making it worse taking away choice in another way? I don’t have all the answers in fact I don’t know if I have any answers all I know is that if you do what makes you happy and it was your choice then that is equality. I feel this works for all men and women if we all are free to make the choice no matter ower gender then that is equality and is that not the point of the feminist movement from the start.

It is only my opinion and everyone is entitled to there own opinions but please don’t tell someone they can’t just because it does not fit yours if it does not hurt you.