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 bloglovin.com 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 www.hippychickcreations.com to have a look at whats available to buy and my social media sites at   

www.pinterest.com/chickletcorner                                                                            
www.facebook.com/HippychickCreations 

www.twitter.com/ChickletCorner

 



Saturday, 1 June 2013

hippychickcreations.tictail.com

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

www.hippychickcreations.tictail.com

Enjoy

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.

Oh and did I mention I AM LOVING EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT!!!


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 purchase.....my 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)


The "JANOME TXL607"

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Another hurdle!!

Looks like I've got another hurdle to cross to get my business up and running, and this time its in the form of the job centre. As I've been taking part on the New Enterprise Allowance scheme I have to have a live claim in place for me to stay on it. As the other half found a job, our joint claim was no longer valid, and thanks to a lot of misadvice, wrong claim packs and a not very helpful civil servant, who seemed to want to get home than answer the questions I had asked......needless to say, I ended up a tiny bit frustrated to say the least......anyway, after yet another phone call, I was advised (hopefully correctly) that the slight break in claims should not effect my NEA scheme place, especially as my business plan is good to go......so fingers crossed that the next time I catch up with you, I can officially say I am busy busy busy being self employed and shopping for a sewing machine and lots of lovely fabrics and materials to make you all some fabulous items for your homes and gardens :D

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Paper Scissors Wire and Glue

Well, the business plan is very nearly done and dusted.....thankfully!!

So I've moved onto fun things. Creating my logo for my site, business cards etc. I want something that can be easily recognizable as my own, so what else can a girl do but get the craft materials out and make it myself. After a few ideas, I've decided on handmade paper flowers with paper clip stems and leaves, thankfully, I had that in my tiny amount of stock so off I went with the trusty scissors and pliers a cutting, gluing and bending things into shape and I have to say, I like what I've come up with. 

Yes, it's still a rough draft of what it will eventually look like, but once I use my actual camera and wait for daylight (instead of using the camera on my mobile and lights) I reckon it's going to look pretty darn spiffy. 

I've just got to change some colours, as I didn't realise that the white would be saturated by the background colours, once I'd begun to play with it on photoshop. Its all trial and error at this stage and as they say, you learn from your mistakes, but hopefully by the weekend, I'll have an actual image that I can call my own and it will become synonymous with Hippychick Creations :D

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Catch 22

Well, as the title says, I appear to be in catch 22. I desperately need my NEA loan in order to get my basic equipment and material to make product, so my business can be up and running the day after I finally get to sign of JSA....(that cannot come soon enough) so I can generate an income immediately, but I can't get said loan till I sign off :/

This will not deter me, I shall find someway to get this sorted out. Not too sure how, who knows, maybe I'll win the lottery. Admittedly, I'll have to start doing it first lol.

Anyway, back to the old business plan, as without that, there won't be any products, on line store or a little dream :D
  

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Business plans and fruit bowls

Well, the second meeting with my NEA adviser went really well and the old business plan is coming along slowly and surely. At least I have a bit more of an idea what I should be doing with it now. Just to to get all the ideas extracted from the old brain and put onto paper as coherently as I can. If only it was as simple as creating something by hand.

At least I can now say that my site will be 100% unique, all handmade my little old me and I want it to be a friendly site were my customers can call me or e mail me regarding orders or bespoke items and know that they're dealing with a person instead of just a web site.

Oh, I finally managed to make my very first item last night. A wooden slatted fruit bowl, and its turned out extremely well. I'll post a pic of it as soon as I can folks.....yep, I'm a wee bit proud!!

Anyway folks, I'll sign off for know as I'm off to chill out for a while after a hard days business planning


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Starting Block!!

Well, here's my first blog about my journey to having my very own little on line craft store, so "Hello" to the people who will take time to read this and hopefully follow me on this little adventure into craftdom!!

Problem being is I have no idea where on earth to start. I don't mean that I have no idea what handmade or hand decorated things to make, the problem is I have so many ideas swirling around in my head that I'm not sure which ones to opt for first.

Hopefully, this blog will help me to get my ideas into order, post pictures of my products, once I know which ones I'll be making first and eventually figure out what exactly a business plan is and how to write one........

So I'm off now to get some designs down for bags and to price up tools and equipment for jewellery making......oh hey look, I have two ideas as a lead already!!