Monday, 12 August 2013

The value of a crafter and their goods

I've just got back from my second craft fair and after a pretty successful day filled with lots of lovely comments about the things I make and a few purchases made by some people there, I find I'm still faced with the problem of people not understanding why I charge what I do for some of the items......mainly my bags.
Each bag I design is always made by myself from high quality products, yes, I could probably get cheaper, inferior materials, but then they would look & feel cheap & inferior and people definitely wouldn't continue purchasing my items. They also need to understand that a lot of time goes into creating these items, especially the hand painted items. I do not use a printing machine, knocking out one generic pattern after another. I paint them with a trusty paint brush held in my hand. If it was a painting for a wall would they still raise an eyebrow to pay £20 to £30 for that item.
I wonder if other crafter's out there experience the same issues, especially those that don't follow the let's all recreate Cath Kidson look, that has swamped the market over the last few years.
I personally like to create something that looks and is individualistic and always hear that people always want something that looks unique, yet will then spend £30 to £40 on a generic bag from a high street retailer that everybody else has. Yes, that's definitely the way to go for that unique look that you say you want.
Yes, its very frustrating at times, but I will not be disheartened, as today has proven that there are some people out there that still value the hard work that is put in to out handmade items, not forgetting the love, imagination and dedication to each and every item.
So thank you to those people that realise that they are getting a good price for what is basically a little work of art and hopefully some of the eyebrow raising at the price people might just realise that our goods are worth paying that few pound more......or on occasions a lot less than factory mass produced look that will never manage to give you that unique look you all covet.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Reaching out to the world!!!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
I don't know if I'm way behind with the times, but I've just found a site called where you can subscribe to peoples blogs and always keep up to date with them, so I'm going to give it a go as well

My, isn't modern technology is really rather spiffy lol

Friday, 14 June 2013

a day devoted to my laptop

It's Friday and after a busy busy week, getting lots of prep done for loads of new items, getting covered in paint and the birth of my new niece Arya & my Dad's birthday, I have once again neglected my media presence a teeny tiny bit. So I have decided to dedicate every Friday to writing a new blog for you all and updating every bit of social media I am attached to....and after today, it's a lot!!

I have to admit, once I get going I get quite a bit done, but as most crafters will find, we prefer to be up to our ears in material, glue, paint and anything else we can get our hands and getting creative. Also being a bit of a technophobe doesn't help either, but I do like writing my blog and telling you all what's been going on over the week.

I can tell you that coming soon to the store will be a few retro aprons, vases, plant pot holders and cushions for your little chicklets to laze out on in the kids sections of the site, "Chicklet Corner". 

So remember to head on over to my website to have a look at whats available to buy and my social media sites at                                                                   


Saturday, 1 June 2013

My new store is finally here and ready to shop at, if you see anything you might like :D

It's still in its early days as a web site, so there will be a bit more tweaking to it to make it as super duper as possible for you all to make you shopping experience with Hippychick Creations as lovely as possible.

If there is anything you would like to see added to help your shopping experience, then please let me know, because without you, there wouldn't be Hippychick Creations. 

Once again, many thanks for taking the time to read my little blog, it's greatly appreciated :D

Oops, helps if I give you all the link doesnt it lol


Friday, 24 May 2013

My first bit of art for sale

Well, I've just officially posted my first ever item on my Facebook page with the details and price. 

So I thought I'd share it with your good selves as well. Hope you like it as there will be a lot more items coming over the next few days, but don't worry, I shall keep you all updated with it as it goes live.


Once again, thank you all so much for reading my blog.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Busy Like a Bee.....Bee-Like!!!

Well it's been a manic two weeks so far, with glue guns, sewing machines, snapping threads, decopatch paper, fabric paints, a whole pile of buttons and the odd feathers here and there, I am finally starting to get something that resembles a variety of stock for my site, which I'm currently building thanks to Tictail, a new on line company that are helping so many small business out there to start up on line....FOR FREE!!!

So I now have a a decent number of cotton canvas bags, which have all been hand painted or decorated by me, an actual piece of hand painted art work, I just have to get the frame tomorrow for it, two cute little nature houses to keep the ladybugs and bees warm at night and a few other little bits for the house.

Hopefully over the next few days, I'll be able to get the mirrors, name plagues and picture frames decorated as well and I'll definitely be good to go.


Monday, 22 April 2013

so many sewing machines!!!

So after waiting and waiting, my business plan has officially been approved and my business loan has been sent, I can now make my most important sewing machine, but which one is best for me. 

I've trawled internet sites, craft forums, you tube videos till my eyes are sore and my brain aches...I'm waiting for the dreams to start any night now lol.

So after viewing what feels like a trillion machines (yes, i know slight exaggeration but it felt like it at the time) I managed to narrow it down to two. So my next step was to re read blogs, reviews and any available videos of the Janome TXL607 and the Frister Rossmann QE404. 

At a £200 price difference, I would normally just go for the cheaper option, but as I said earlier, this is an important purchase for my business to succeed and I need a sewing machine that will last but also have a wide array of functions and be able to sew through different thicknesses of material...from satin to leather.

After a lot of reading I couldn't really see any difference between the two apart from one design was nicer on the eye than the other, until I saw one line that made my mind up for me.....the material its capable of sewing through....

So, tomorrow, I'm off to Morton on the Wirral to pick up my (queue drum roll)