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Archive for February 2012

Its been a while since I shared some awesome needle felting.

Here are some more fabulous things I’ve found recently. I still haven’t done anything about learning this craft. Maybe this year will be the one.

Light-Up Dalek by Glass Camel

Felt sculpture by Stephanie Metz

Kay Petal of Felt Alive - wonderful details!

Polar Bear by BinnieBear

Pink Bear by Ola Smith

I was going to share another pic here, but I am so in awe of the skills involved, I think a whole post needs to be devoted to the artist. Wow! Watch out for a post soon that will blow your mind.

Have a fun week folks!

I can’t even recall how I found some of these links, but I saved them away to share cos they tickled me and I thought they may make you giggle or go “wow” too.   All are very different DIY things.

I just love this as one of my kids was a baldy baby – her hair just didn’t really grow until about 3 years of age.   Clicking the pic will take you to where you can get the pattern for this super cute hat/wig.

No more awkward hair envy!

I am a cross stitch nerd from way back.  I’m also a bit of a tech geek – so when I saw this, I thought PERFECT!  The pic will take you to more info & where you can get it.

What to stitch though?

Sick of getting your ipod cord mixed up with everyone else’s?   Make your cord stand out of the crowd with this kit.

ipod Cable kit by cordinated

Enjoy 🙂

Pocket Watch Felt Brooch by KaelaMills

This is something that has been annoying me lately.  How often have you had a conversation like this :

Craftsperson : “I make *insert handmade goods of choice* and sell them online and at markets”

Other person : “Oh cool.  You never get your time back though.  You wont make any money from it.”

Craftsperson : “Yes I know.  I do it for the love and so much time goes in, but I can’t price my *wonderful unique creativity* to include my time – no one would buy it.”

Well why the heck not?  This has become a bit of an issue for me.  Now I’m not claiming I price my things perfectly, in fact I know I could work on it some more, but surely as crafters and artists we SHOULD value and include our time when pricing our goods.  What makes me most annoyed is not the attitude of the non-crafter, but the defeatism of the crafter.  It’s been me in the past, I admit it, but now that I have spent some time selling online and at markets, I am now standing up and saying hell yes we should be paid for the time as well as the materials.

Kids Eco Friendly Felt Money by AlicesPocket

Lets look at a basic example. And I mean basic – no travel, electricity, printing, computer, etc etc etc costs included :

Say I buy $5 worth of materials. I spend 1 hour designing, planning and preparing and another hour making my creation.  What the minimum hourly wage rate where you live?  Right, times that by 2 & add the $5 for the  materials.  There is what your creation has cost you.

Now we apply the one of the many formulas out there to help price your handmade goodness. So cost times 2 = wholesale.  Now times by 2 again to get your retail price.  Woah!  That’s a big price tag eh?

But here’s my point – it should be!  You are not a factory turning out 1 million identical items.  You are a crafter, who puts their heart and soul into each and every item you make.  You will not find your items in every shop.  You need to be proud of yourself and your unique creations. You are worth that price tag.  You ARE.

So let’s not hear any more “I do it for the love/wont make any money” talk ok?

Just a quick post today to let you know I’ve updated the About Spincushions page.  Its now got all the places you’ll find be about the net & in life.

As its all all about me, I may as well show you a few of my newer desgins pincushion wise

Red flowers on rich purple

Blue Embroidered Feather on Orange

Tree on brilliant blue

Rabbits!

Ivy Curls and Leaves

Peacock Eye Feather

That is all 🙂


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