Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

I am so glad that you blogged about this! it is so helpful to those of us who do not readily value ourselves or what we make. Contemplating a pricing examination in my shop on Etsy.

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Fascinator by Janine Basil http://folksy.com/items/2770202-Pound-Sign-Fascinator-in-pink-glitterFascinator by Janine Basil

I’ve been giving advice this week on pricing handmade items for selling. Not on purpose, just because it’s cropped up a couple of times. Working in a shop where people sell handmade items means it’s something which is bound to come up.

When I started selling handmade items, advice was thin on the ground. I tried reading some things online, but never really had someone to talk to in person. I also didn’t realise that my lack of knowledge was holding back my business, because people were bitching about me not being able to price properly behind my back, instead of just telling me what I was doing wrong, and I was missing opportunities.

This is why when I now see people underpricing their work, I tell them, and hopefully not in a patronising way, but because underpricing is undervaluing your own skill. To me, it’s…

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Make Love, Not War!

Hippie is to Woodstock

~ as ~

BoHo is to Becca’s Green Craft Studio

Nostalgia for the early 1970s dominated the runways this season,

but the Spring fashion message went beyond “make love, not war.” so says, Style.com.

BoHo Style

BoHo is a nick name for Bohemian.

Bohemian Style is predicted to be HOT again this year. And you will see the trend for BoHo Bags and Purses continue in my online studio (https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenCraftStudio).

Textiles with a true Morrocan feel and the color of Marsala wine are trending, according to the experts at Pantone and Style. Pantone has jumped onto Pinterest with a color of the year 2015 board. I’m happy to share it with you here: http://www.pinterest.com/ftrendsetter/color-of-the-year-for-2015-pantone-18-1438-marsala/

Bohemian Style still shows up on the Wedding Scene this year, too. Along Vintage or Country themes here are a few other popular style trends for 2015 to keep in mind: Love for Camo, all things Western or Earthy, as well as Modern Geometrics.

It seems that, as far as Wedding trends go, anything goes this year from earth tones to bright colors that really pop.

No matter what your reason is for checking out the 2015 forecast for trends, here are a few links you should definitely check out!

If you find more trending 2015 links in your research, please feel free to share them in the comments below the post. 

***Becca’s Green Craft Studio blog claims no rights to any of the links shared here. This is purely an informational post, and if it serves to promote those who are quoted from the links, more power to ’em!***

http://www.busbyway.com/2015/01/21/afloral-com-predicts-top-wedding-theme-decoration-and-color-trends-for-2015/

“Backyard weddings will have a relaxed fun feel and decoration choices will tend towards rustic and colorful touches.

http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/story/life/2015/01/24/camo-among-top-local-wedding-trends/22213783/

Brides are looking for dresses that are lacy, vintage lace but also elegant.”

Camouflage is a trend,” confirmed Carolynn Bahem, owner of Royal VIP Studio in Marshfield. She has seen an increase in sales of brands such as “Country Life” that feature camouflage, for which she credits the rise of popular shows such as Duck Dynasty.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-knot/10-hot-new-wedding-trends_b_6446128.html

Weddings are headed west — at least in style and design. The big theme of the year is inspired by ranches and lots of leather accents.”

‘Peek-a-Boo’ Post: Chic & Shabby Sari Silk Fringed Bags

Chic and Shabby Sari Silk Bag

Chic and Shabby Sari Silk Bag

I will be very busy this month and next, creating new stock for the fall festival in October. So, today I decided to go ahead and write a ‘peek-a-boo’ post to share my latest craze–sewing w/sari silk.

These little bags are gonna be all the rage this fall, so…..do you want to know where they will debut?  Read on!

Chic and shabby bags made from up-cycled sari silk and vintage textiles! My latest creation… and inspiration …for fall festival preparation.  Since my Flapper Bags, aka/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/greencraftstudio/ (Shabby Country Chic beach/tote bags), have been so popular–online and locally–I chose to create another Chic and Shabby bag to debut at the Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia on October 26-27, supporting Kare for Kids charity (www.kareforkids.us/festival.html)

The Flapper Bag is a large fully-lined, machine washable, tote style bag with layers of horizontal, ragged ruffles sewn into the front of it. Its a real shabby, country chic look. This new shabby bag is much smaller and designed with busy, shopping divas in mind.

Chic & Shabby Sari-Silk Bags come with or without an inside pocket, a flap-over closure, and a removable, cross-body strap. The entire bag is covered in 1 or 2″ strips of  hand-dyed,  sari silk ‘ribbons’ by sewing vertically across the strips, attaching them to the ‘body’ of the bag. (The bag shown in the image is a proto-type; or the first one I made from this new, used material.)

Don’t you just love the raggedy fringe at the bottom of the flap?  The sari silk ‘ribbon’ was purchased from a supplier who up-cycles the product and sells it as ‘yarn’ or ‘ribbon’ online @ Etsy.  (I am so happy to find a supplier who feels the same as I do about using products to keep them out of landfills.) Let me know what color you would like to see for fall… check out all the many color-ways available @Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeltBetter. As a matter of fact, tomorrow, I will place a custom order button for this new bag in my Etsy shop. All of you who read this blog will get free shipping when you order 2 or more of these bags, use this coupon code (FREESHIP2) when ordering now through November 2014.

GLAD TO ANNOUNCE A WINNER!

handmade wedding registry picregistry drawing winner

On Friday, August 2, 2014, Melisa Searcy of Blessed Bee Melisa (Handmade and Vintage Jewelry and more) and Becca Shuler of Green Craft Studio held the drawing for the winner of the above described Gift Collection Registry.  

We are happy to announce that 49 registrants participated via Facebook at Etsy Ellijay, and in person at Shear Delite Salon in Ellijay or on Facebook at Shear Delite Salon, and in person at the Merle Norman Salon in Ellijay, as well as via personal email shouts from Melisa and Becca via contacts and friends lists.

Thank you to all who participated in one way or another and CONGRATULATIONS to our WINNER: SUSAN RADELLE of Ellijay, Georgia. You are the winner of our Handmade in North Georgia and on Etsy Gift Collection handpicked for someone special like you with a theme of Handmade Weddings in Mind.

For more about Handmade Weddings read the post on the blogs ‘Handmade Trends’ page.

Author of this post: Becca Shuler of the Green Craft Studio, come back often to read more of our Green Crafting Blog.

Art Camp in Blue Ridge Mountains of N. Ga.

Blue Ridge Mtn. Arts Assoc. Summer Youth Art  Camp July 2014

Blue Ridge Mtn. Arts Assoc. Summer Youth Art Camp July 2014

Rug Designers at age 8, who would have knew?

Yes, even at the tender age of eight humans are designers. This came to me as my art camp students became fully absorbed during the design phase of our weaving class.

I gave each student a circular design sheet after a brief discussion about color wheel basics. Each and every student was fully engaged during the discussion and it was easy to see that this was going to be the most rewarding part of our weaving class. The designs emerged one by one as the students considered the colors of materials in each of their own supply piles.  Most of them had the concept of the spiral design because they had completed the practice piece on a small scale using the embroidery hoops. These new designs would be done on a larger scale using a hula hoop loom, so they all became very serious about how they wanted their projects to turn out.

Two students who were spending summer vacation together came up with the idea of crafting ‘Friendship Rugs’. They would each do a rug of their own in one design of a rainbow collage of colors in a spiral format, placing one single color in the complete row alternating white or tan in between each rainbow color as they went. The design was drawn in great detail, but they did not return to class on Friday. I didn’t get a photo of their projects.

Another student, who was quite attached to her six cats, wanted to make a rug for her tree house. And since all her materials were dark earth tones, it seemed she had put some thought into that design. She often referred back to her design as she worked on it in a very methodical pace, checking and double checking her pattern of ‘under/over’ and asking me to check her work periodically. Her parents came to our Show and Tell event on Friday and were quite delighted with the project results. Here’s a picture of her work.

Zoey's Earth Tone Art Rug

Zoey’s Earth Tone Art Rug

One of the students warmed my heart by bringing all old t-shirts from her own closet and dresser drawers. Her rug was a beautiful lavender, blue, and green rug. Her design took all of her materials into consideration, and she used up most of her materials during class. She enjoyed the class and worked quietly without much help becoming quite the expert at weaving in the round.

Emily's Lavender Rug

Emily’s Lavender Rug

Most students chose a two tone color scheme using two complimentary colors from the color wheel that they also had in their material stash.  The design sheets reflected those patterns of alternating the two colors. Their projects pretty much followed their design sheets with occasionally adding a third color to the design as they ran out of certain colors. Here is one of those projects completed by Lola.

Lola's Creation

Lola’s Creation

One student, who had missed the first day of class and had not yet made her practice piece, designed her rug into wedge shapes of color. I knew that this would be a difficult design to accomplish as it would entail changing the weft threads more often than the other projects would need. She decided on alternating the warp into black and white and then alternating the weft colors in the design choices of her wedge pattern.  Here is Hannah’s two tone rug.

Hannah's Two Tone Wonder

Hannah’s Two Tone Wonder

Overall, Art Camp was a huge success for the Green Craft Studio.  I will be happy to do that camp all over again next summer if they call me in as a return instructor.

Have a happy summer all you arts and craft campers!

Are You Ready to Party? (fellow Etsyians and local Ellijay folks gather to Recapture…)

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Our Etsy Ellijay Team Captain, Melisa Searcy of Blessed Bee Melisa, is hosting a 2014 ‘Ready to Craft?’ Party in Ellijay, Georgia on Friday, June 6th. In line with the Craft Party theme for Etsy in 2014 our party will include the ‘Recapture: Bring new meaning to old photographs’ projects as we interpret them, as well as how Etsy recommended in the How-Tuesday: Embroidered Postcard project blog. (https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/how-tuesday-embroidered-postcards/)

As Team Leader, I have come up with a Recapture craft project involving transferring a photo image to fabric via the inkjet printer. I’ve been working on the project examples in the studio and wanted to share the results with all of you. I am very proud of my results in these zippered wristlet pouches.  You can find one in my Etsy shop, too.  (https://www.etsy.com/listing/190151068/vintage-photo-transfer-to-fabric?ref=listing-shop-header-0)

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Girl in Blue cap

 

I’ll never forget how excited I was to learn that I could print my very own sew-in product labels to fabric using a little spray basting adhesive and card stock paper. Its amazing what you can create with an Avery online design template for transfers or for paper labels all of which is easily turned into a fabric printing project. Check out mine in the photos below.

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Avery designed sew in labels

Directions for printing to fabric involve just a few basic steps:

  1. Spray the card stock with the adhesive.
  2. Cut the fabric to size, approx. 8×11”–a little over so you can trim it back with a rotary cutter after you adhere it to the card stock.
  3. Set it into the printer just as you would normal card stock.
  4. Print.

And WAA LAH! You’ve printed to your fabric.

So, when Etsy announced it’s Recapture Old Photo theme for the Craft Party this year, I was all over it. My first idea, which is transferring old photos to polymer clay, is another interpretation of the Etsy Craft party theme. Melisa makes jewelry and has been wanting to make her own supplies, so this will give her the opportunity to explore it with friends and fellow Etsyians. We are pulling together a couple of How-To videos and simple instruction sheets on this one. We found a very good tutorial video on Pinterest; (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMzeyvjeU3M). Melisa is working on the project examples from her studio and when she has pictures to share, I will post them here.

I got excited when I saw those edible flower sugar cookies on the How-Tuesday Etsy blog, so expect to see those at the brunch buffet table. Here is the link to the recipe/How-to on Etsy. (https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/how-tuesday-flower-and-herb-shortbread/) And aren’t the cookies scrumptious in my pictures, too.

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Edible flower shortbread

As we accomplish more on our party preparations, this blog will be updated.

“Are You Ready to CRAFT Party?”

Go to the Eventbrite link to join in the Ellijay fun….

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/etsy-2014-craft-party-tickets-11514920437?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=f88a11d4dfb811e3b23a12313b00d4e1