Wedding Garters and Pricing Crafts

I have a new Garter available in my shop. I have enjoyed making this one as it is quite striking. I will not be making this exact design again, but I like working out patterns with beads so I think I may try it again.

 

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What do you think? I have given a price of £15 to cover materials and my time, I just never know how to price my items. I think I may need to get looking into how to price my work better.

I have looked around at similar items, and some seem to be very low priced. my instinct is that people putting a low value on their work are making other crafters and artists look like they are being overly expensive. It really is hard to look beyond the immediate cost of the materials. So much time and effort often goes into a handmade item that just isn’t appreciated by just looking at it. For example the beads and facets on this garter are sewn with an invisible knot, so if a thread ever did happen to break you would only lose a couple of beads at the most. I have bought items in the past that once a thread has broken a whole section of beads has disappeared.

So here are some points I’ve noted about pricing

  • Know your own worth – Know what you do better than the competition and tell your customers
  • Keep accurate records of what you spend on materials
  • Keep accurate records of your time spent making your items – How much would you be paid for your time in this role if working freelance or for a company?
  • How much profit do you want to make
  • Account for overheads – Those little extras all add up. You may not need to buy a new sewing machine every year, but you may need to pay for maintenance, add in the cost of that etsy listing etc
  • What is the average price of similar items
  • Get opinions from other sellers – The Etsy forums are great for this and they will usually be honest and have loads of great advice to share.

I am sure there must be so many more things to consider but these feel like a good starting point.

 

March first hits and wham….

I realise I have not posted in a month!

Oops, been busy… really busy. I guess my ‘other self’ took over my crafty/blogging one.

In order to keep up my inspiration levels, I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest…It is the best tool for getting together image inspiration…have I said that before?…it is so good, I am sure it can be said twice.

With that in mind I thought to keep up with blogging I would do a post each week of a few things I have found on Pinterest that I have found inspiring…so here is my first collection of Pinspiration…

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Top Left – Embroidered Images by Jose Romussi. I love the way the images are so interesting, the colourful stitching is a striking contrast with the black and white photographs.

Top Right – Stitched Pear, continuing my love of all things handmade, and embroidered is this gorgeous pin cushion, it is by a very talented lady, Jill O’leary at Fiberlucious, she has an Etsy shop here.

Bottom Left – Plaster Flower Votives from Gabrielle at Designmom. I have never worked with Plaster, but I love the effect of these. They are simply gorgeous, Gabrielle has given a fantastic tutorial on the whole process of making these beautiful votives.

Bottom Right – Cute Bear from Nooshka on Etsy. I love cute little handmade creatures like this, I would love to make some of my own. I found this one inspiring because of the combination of materials. Unfortunately, Nooshka no longer sells these on Etsy, but it is still a very pretty bear.

I hope you enjoyed a few of my favourite recent pins. You can follow my boards on Pinterest Here

Beautiful Rose Garter

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This beautiful garter is new in my shop…I have not only been busy working hard on a custom designs recently… I have been designing and making beautiful garters for my very bare looking shop too!

Which you can visit here… Etsy-Diamondintheflock

The pretty rose shown here is so easy to make. I will post a diy tutorial for them soon.

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This is what I love doing. Making pretty things for other people. I get to pick beautiful lace, hunt for vintage scraps and generally pretty things up by adding beads and sequins and sparkle…who wouldn’t love doing this?? 

I am thinking all the time about new designs , just what do the brides of today want to wear? I love pinterest for it’s ability to provide me with so much inspiration all in one place it makes it so much easier to collect and store ideas… and quite honestly it stops me from getting bored and keeps throwing new ideas at me to consider and evaluate. At the moment I am trying to figure out how I can use ribbon to create a statement bow that won’t weigh a garter down too much…nobody wants to step down the ailse with a garter slipping down her leg!

 

What do you think of this design? What would be your perfect garter?

Designing ‘Custom’ Garters…

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This is a huge step for me, one that I feel I’ve made very early on in my business career. Maybe this is what sets me apart? Honestly though… I haven’t really thought too deeply about it…I just wanted to see if I could do it. There is nothing like setting yourself a challenge with no idea of the outcome…so anyway I have jumped in with both feet.

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Food glorious Veg…

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At the moment I am loving spending time in the kitchen, making delicious food. But more than making and eating it I enjoy the discovery of new recipes. Nothing beats the thrill of opening a new recipe book… enter River Cottage, Veg everyday.

I didn’t watch the series that accompanied this book so I was pleasantly surprised to find this is packed with over 200 delicious recipes.

I get the whole philosophy behind eating more veg and less meat…I am not a vegetarian…but I want to eat healthy.

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Skincare Routine

As part of the New Year, New me Goal I have thought about my skincare routine. I have always struggled with acne, but since cutting down on eating meat, carbs and milk, instead filling up on fresh juices, salads, veg and soups I have seen a dramatic difference in the severeness of my breakouts.

I thought maybe treating my skin with care and attention may go someway to reverse some of the damage done. I was looking around at beauty blogs and came across Into the gloss, and a post on how to wash your face…really? Yes who knew I had got this simple step so wrong? Here is a great video from Isabella Bellis, part one is about cleansing part 2 is about moisturising.

I have to say after following her advice this morning my face is still glowing. I think this is a small revelation. next I may think about the products I use. At the moment my favorites vary, and I have just got a new hot cloth polish and moisturiser from nspa at Asda.

Have you had any skincare revelations recently, what are your can’t do without products?