Wips and Chains…

IMG_0247Another week of knitting on these bad boy pants. I can feel them slipping off the needles soon. They are adorable and now that there is more to them, I can feel how dense the fabric is and after taking more measurements, should be fine for the little intended. I’m not so sure he is going to get the other pair of sock monkey ones. Those might just be crocheted for working faster. I did notice through looking, that a few stitches are twisted (not sure how THAT happened) and I should have decreased faster through the leg. But who knows, he might be a little chubbier through there. I’m going to try them on my toddler and check out the sizing to be sure.

Other things that I FO this past week, the less than 24 hour hat. A friend of mine asked if I had any ready made hats; I do. Just not what she was looking for so I said, Sure! I can get you a hat by tomorrow. For a flower girl in a wedding.  Cream with a turquoise flower….At that moment, I was glad to have a crazy stash. I had no time to go get yarn so I dug through. Cream is one of those relative colors…Know what I mean? It could start with a pale yellow to beige. My cream in my coffee is close to taupe colored. That’s what I went with. And turquoise? teal? blue!! The range of color there is amazing. I ended up picking a small ball of yarn from a recent stash my mother in law got me. I love her. She is awesome. It’s just what I needed. More yarn! Like another hole in my head…Oh the spoils of facebook.

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This pattern is a modified of the Divine pattern. I love this look. I have been waiting to make something special with it. The flower is just a little thing I puffed stitched together. Now that’s a WIP that didn’t really hurt. I like projects that work up fast. At 3 a.m. I did fall asleep briefly and hat to rip a few stitches back…Other than a bit of some tensioning that was irregular, I didn’t block (and normally don’t) this hat fit the little girl fabulously!

One more project that is almost finished is a hat for another little girl who is going as a beanie baby. I spent more time getting the eyes to be identical and the beak to brim out than I did with the whole hat!  I can’t wait to see it on her cute little head!! After looking at this picture, I see that the beak needs some reworking on the one side. Good thing she doesn’t need it til next week!

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That wraps up my week in fiber. I’ve been working on some design work for some ladies. One is a soap label and I can’t wait to see what it all looks like when she rolls out her product line. And one of my friends is a consultant for 31. I blame her for all my love of totes. She’s getting some print stuff done. I’ll post more on that next week!

 

Have a crafty weekend!

 

 

STOP the CUTENESS!

I’ve had a few projects this week on top of my regular workload that I’ve had the pleasure of working on. A friend of mine posted on Pinterest the oh so popular baby cowboy boots by The Lovely Crow and wanted to know if I could make them for her. I’ve made booties before but this was a bit more than I’ve made so I bought the pattern. It’s the first paid pattern for me and just perfect. I made a test run before I go forth with the pair for her baby girl due in July.

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Also, I was pimped out for this super cute batman crochet outfit. It’s based on Calleigh’s Clips pattern and super adorables! The little bat applique is a mod from Louie’s Loops.

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Up next is my friend, Autumn’s tie dyes, Willow Spirit Wear. I did her logo and then put it on her shirts. There’s a little W on the back of the shirts tagged low on the hem.

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And then a lady asked if I could put this on a shirt from her. It’s not my design. It’s one of those Teespring designs.

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And finally, a design of a quote another friend of mine wanted. I love this saying. 🙂

Well, as you can see, I’ve been uber – busy now that my craftshow is over. It wasn’t too bad, but I was a smidge disappointed there were 4 other soap maker’s there. I do think once I’m going to attempt a show with my yarnwear. Thoughts?

 

A Crafter’s Worth

We crafty people have worth! And a monetized worth at that, if you want it to be. A friend of mine tagged this bit on my Facebook wall (if you should feel so inclined to “friend” me). I am sharing it with you along with a couple other things.Image

A lot of times I get asked to make things with and without the offer of being paid. I make tons of things as gifts and just for the sheer delight of doing something nice for someone. I know how awesome it feels when I get a gift someone has made and then get compliments on it and questions of where did you get it…did you make it…how can I get one…etc. I’m sure that lots of people get the same reaction. With that, if you make something and don’t know what to charge, which seems to be a big question with sellers. I make tons of things and people buy them. Sometimes price is a whim and sometimes price is actual set. I came up with this pricing worksheet (it’s in Excel) for a more accurate way of coming up with reasonable pricing. It’s loosely based on this formula that I see floating around: Materials + Labor + Expenses + Profit = Wholesale x 2 = Retail.

I charge usually between wholesale and suggested retail price for person to person interactions so I can make a little profit. You can see in my chart that I’ve put in for a hat that has various yarns and prices. I’ve estimated the amount of yarn it takes to use for said project using the decimal system from fractional sizing. (1.00=whole item, .75= 3/4, .5=half 1/2…you get the picture right?). You put in your hourly rate, time (in minutes) and price of materials, then the rest generates the rest of the info for you. I used a rate of 1.5x for wholesale (it’s usually 2x) and another 1.5x the wholesale for retail price . It is suggested to set your retail price for 3x the total cost of your project to cover everything. I like to take into account the perceived market value of an object as well in the competitive sales area and price accordingly.

In any case, I have tons of people who always ask me to make something and rarely bat an eye at a price that I give them. I really make sure to give everything to my work and value myself highly as should all of you of yourself. I think the crafting community is invaluable and I learn all kinds of new things and constantly inspired. The kind of love and dedication that it takes to immerse yourself in the creative life is priceless.

Speaking of worth, this is my 100th post! WHOOooo hooo. I didn’t realize it til now. Thanks for reading along with me.

Up for a quick breath

After crocheting and knitting my fingers to the bone, I have completed my final paid project (I think) for this season!! Yay! With the sales from my hats and some other crafty projects, I made enough money to buy my kids’ entire Christmas! Amazing! I’m just so thankful that people ordered so many things and that my friends have been generous with sharing their love of my creations and bringing me so much business! You are awesome, friends. I love ya! I also did make quite a few things people ordered and just gifted them for the sheer love of seeing someone loving their hat!

Now, I have today to finish up 2 more hats for my brothers and 2 shirts that I’m making for my dad so I can mail them off tomorrow. What concerns me is that the postal system is a bit jammed up and I’m mailing out 2-3 priority mail to get to Arizona by tuesday! Here’s hoping!

So, here’s a round up of the completed projects for the last couple weeks.

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The Minions

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Bearded Beanies for twins

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Bane from Dark Knight Rises

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Giraffe

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And finally, how I package my creations for delivery. I also have a little thank you tag that I put on my bags.

I hope every one has been having a productive season as well! Now I’m going back to work!

 

Oh……so…..close….

My facebook page Maitri Designs almost has 100 likes! Yes! But I need your help! Could you be a lovely person and go “like” my page? I’ll do a giveaway! Of what, I do not know! Maybe anything in my Etsy shop? Or anything custom designed?

What’s a good giveaway item?

Be sure to tell me what your link or page is and I’ll reciprocate the love!

I…Must…Resist…

I’m on a spending lock down. *sigh* It’s my own fault. I bought something with my credit card, the credit card that I was supposed to be paying off and told my hubs that I was almost done doing so. Then I ran it up again. Now, let me just say, that when I run it up, by no means am I talking like oodles of money. Just a couple hundred. Although, some times a couple hundred is oodles. My intentions were to buy this machine as an investment and upgrade of the machine I had. In my mind, I am going to make all the money back with all my crafting and freelancing. I have made almost enough to pay off my card, Yay me!

However, now I can’t buy other things! Things I “need”. Like yarn. I do need yarn! How can I complete orders without getting more yarn for things that people want?! And then the hubs says don’t take orders for things I don’t have supplies on hand for. Which I partially agree with however, some things are just specialized that I don’t carry certain yarns. Such as this absolutely adorables owl hat I’m currently working on.

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I don’t keep fluffy yarn around but after this little cutie is finished, I might have to! I had bought one skein and it was just a little too fluffy to work with so I bought something just a little less fluffy. And it is SOOO fluffy still! I feel like laying my head on this little cloud of a dream hat. Anyway, more about this little hat later! She’ll be done tomorrow!

Back to the craft supply embargo.

I have tons of supplies. I know this. I need to move some of this inventory but I’m a craft hoarder, I’m sure many of you understand this. When I started my crafting as a kid, never did I think I would have an entire bedroom devoted to my crafting whims, let alone have a husband who would understand such things. He does and yet he doesn’t. He sees that sometimes I spend with wonton abandon. I’m supposed to be making money. His solution is for me to stop spending every nickel that comes in and divide the proceeds. Some of it goes to the household purse and some (the smallest some) goes back into the crafting and my business. I like to think that I’m just reinvesting everything now for a bigger payoff later. Makes sense, right? Right!

So now, I need to justify all my spending and do it minimally. That means less visits to A.C. Moore’s, Michael’s and Joann’s. And less visiting ebay, amazon and other discount places. It doesn’t matter if I get things at a bargain. Sadness. It’s such a hard thing to do. I must resist the temptations! Have you ever fallen into this? How does one cope! And the holidays are coming up so I want to buy some awesome holiday things!  

ohhhh! I hate when I get myself in these jams.