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.

My Hairdressers just vanished 

Ok like most people I like to stay with the same people for certain things the top of that list is definitely my hair, I have been going to the same two people for quite some time and always loved how my hair looked when I came out, better still they were close to my house and could always fit me in at the daft times I needed. 

When I decided to change my hair from red to blond they even managed that without fuss to imagine my thought process when I walked into the Salon to find them gone! Both of them just gone and I don’t think they are still working or if they are i can’t find them. I do like the Salon for other treatments to when I was told they have two new hairdressers in thought well I will give them a go see what happens. 

I was quite nervous as they had no idea about my colour ect but no matter what I needed it doing and it had to be someone new so why not, I was in the Salon quite a long time and both hairdressers worked on my hair one colouring one cutting and all in all not bad, slow and the cold hairdryer was odd my hair was still damp when I left thinking that is not bad (not as good as Nat but not bad).

I ended up having to go back a couple of days later as when I washed and styled it myself I noticed that it was a bit uneven in places and one side was a little longer than the other but to there credit they did not make a fuss just apologised and fixed it (taking another hour to trim the bottom) but at least it now is level and I will be going back for another go see if confidence makes any difference in a couple of weeks.

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The final colour was not a bad match