Yes, I realise I'm a little late. Why does time go so fast the older you get? I swear the fairies come in daily to change the hands on the clock when I'm not looking.
|Button heart detail on a cushion for an order. LOVE the bright colours|
Did you all have a nice Christmas? Ours was very enjoyable and it was so lovely to have a rest.
I've had several 3am finishes the last couple of nights to try and sift through my sewing pile but I don't seem to be getting anywhere.
The lead up to Christmas was just so manic with orders, preparations, school activities etc that I think I've had a bit of a slump and now I need a kick up the bum to get going again. It doesn't help that I've eaten my body weight in mince pies and selection boxes!
|Bright colourful details on a tote bag I made for an order|
What I have managed to do over the Christmas break was to get my website back fully functioning. It has been down for maintenance for far longer than I anticipated. Here is the link. I would love to know your views: -
I have several things in my sewing pile this New Year which is all good. I have finished two cushions which have already gone to new homes. I have a pile of flags to turn into bunting for a baby's nursery to finish, several hearts for Valentines and Mother's Day, two door stops and an apron. Plenty to keep me going.
I finished this cushion yesterday. I am in love with its fresh summary feel. Plus its big and squishy so very comfy. It's not been added to the website but its for sale over on Facebook or I am happy to take enquiries via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if anyone is interested in giving it a home.
I have had to rethink some of my prices over Christmas again. I have sat down with a list of my products, worked out the cost of materials etc and I have had to raise them slightly on some products. I have started using better quality fabrics (I have a stash of Liberty fabrics on its way) and I'm using lots of vintage, ceramic, mother of pearl buttons etc lots more which of course cost me more. I have introduced a flat rate of postage to £3.00 per parcel. This is based on the fact that the majority of my parcels cost me £2.70 to post Royal Mail 1st class post and I've added on a small extra (very small) to account for tissue paper and packaging. I'm still making a loss on packing materials but I don't think I can justify charging any more than this for postage as I don't want to put people off! Why does pricing have to be such a minefield? I've been having nightmares about it.
I have also been having a little think about craft fairs, events etc. I done quite a lot last year. I am hoping to purchase new stands to make my stall look a little different this year although I think I need to be a little more selective with which events I do now. Because of my type of product I don't know if I quite fit in with many of them any more. Why does the general public still feel they have to connect craft fair with cheap old fashioned products? Why are they not thinking modern day craft using high quality materials and great skill? I don't think a lot of folk realise that craft fairs are not usually the place for hobbyists any more, there are real businesses there trying to earn a living...
I shall get off my soapbox now before I start one of my rants I am often well known for...
I hope to be blogging lots more. I am hoping to make more time for it as I do miss it. But I am off to do some more sewing and get ready to go back to the day job tomorrow - UGH!