Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide - For Asher

For the next few weeks I thought I'd put a gift guide together of some great things that can be purchased on www.madeit.com.au 

If I didn't have a budget I would definatly purchase all of these items for my delightful and only nephew Asher!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Family, lack of sleep and only one Coffee

An in-law made the following comment about my products in an email to me this morning
"overpriced toddlers wear probably brought from Target and re-labeled"
WTF!  Are you kidding me!

This was my email response
All items made by C Percy Designs are made by hand by me using quality (aka expensive) Australian grown and spun Wool and Cotton.  My pricing is based on the skill, materials used and the time it takes to make - for example it takes 20+ hours to make a baby blanket and it takes an average of 3-4 hours to make a beanie. 

How would you like to be paid $28 for 4 hours work! 

Not overpriced, under-priced!  My items are unique in their design, colour choice and more importantly quality of workmanship - my products are NOT cheap and nasty mass produced Chinese knock offs that you will have to throw away in 6 months time.

Okay maybe I shouldn't of sent this but after approx 4 hours sleep, looking after a sick 1 year old, dealing with Mr 6 who is a complete nightmare and only having one coffee so far this morning, this email gave me the sh*ts!

It was only the other day that Teresa, the talented and inspiring person behind Art of Crochet, blogged about Appreciating Hand Made Crochet - Crochet Pricing Recommendations. This email just proves her point!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I want this dress!!

I enjoy reading Polka Dot Rabbit's blog!
I espeically like her "Things I Like Today" posts.
Yesterday she had the above dress in her post
- isn't it beautiful!!
There are so many talented people in the Melbourne handmade community, sometimes I wish we still lived there just so I could be near these amazing people.
Check out Polka Dot Rabbit today - you won't be disappointed.

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UPDATE:  To see more photos of this amazing dress go to http://www.100layercake.com/blog/archives/6562

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Mrs Percy, what was that again!


“Tell me and I'll forget;
show me and I may remember; 
involve me and I'll understand.”  
Chinese Proverb
This is my type of shop!!
Last week I taught my first ever crochet class at SewGood, KnitToo.  I had 4 great mature students who were funny and enthusiastic to learn about Crochet, a skill they always wanted to learn but didn't get around to till now.  I had a great time and so did they.  I never thought I'd like teaching but I do.

SewGoo, KnitToo
Shop 4/200 Kerry Street
Sancatury Point. NSW 2540
Telephone:  02 4443 2228

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I think I spend more time on the computer than crocheting!

I conducted my first sale last night and it was a ... flop.  Yeap that's right a complete flop.  A sale would have been good.   I didn't really expect much of a response as it it Summer here in Oz and who wants to buy a beanie in this weather. I also wanted to test out my Ecwid storefront, which in a way was tested.

I've been pretty impressed with Ecwid  until today. I've had no issues with it, its very easy to use, I love its format and the fact that its free.  By putting my sale items on Ecwid I got to know the program better and I was very impressed with my efforts.  I have been wondering lately why people haven't been using my Ecwid storefront and upon investigation this morning I realised it was my postage calculations.   I thought I had it all worked out but noooooooooooo!  The bloody thing has been overcharging the postage costs, in some cases it was more than the item.  No wonder I didn't even have a sale, who would by something for $3.80 and pay $10.00 in postage!! 

So today I spend most of my spare time (aka house cleaning time) trying to sort it out and I think I've got it to work.  Which has led me to think
"I spend more time on the computer than crafting
- can this be right?"
How many of us are taken away from doing the things we love, the thing that inspires us and that helps us get through the other challenges that come our way.

Today was a great example, its a beautiful wet day here, just perfect to pull out some wool and make something cute but as you already know that wasn't the case.  I'd really like to know the secret on how to better balance the housework, crafting and the business/computer work. Admittedly I quiet like blogging (so typing this isn't arduous) and I am a little addicted to Facebook (okay a lot).  And to be honest I also love playing in Photoshop, but, yes there is always a but, all of this computer based stuff does take me away from the hook. 

How do you do it? You know, get the balance right.

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UPDATE:  since writing this post and fixing the postage I've had a few sales.  Yeah I'm feeling a lot less deflated.  2 of the sales were local, which I think is great, it means my efforts in the real world are working :)