|Getting the weight of one of my mosaic bowls before listing it on H@A|
Next time you squawk about the price of a handmade item, take into consideration what it is you are actually buying. In my case, you are buying a true handmade item from start to finish. At one time, this Green Apple Mosaic Bowl, for example, was sitting on a shelf in a store looking very uninspired as just a yellow bowl. Pretty, but not really art. It took someone like me to see the colors that should go into it, the pattern, the design, the materials to use. Then a little time to find the money to gather the materials I wanted to use. That is hard because I use the money I receive from my sales to purchase more materials. There is a little bit more than a lot of talent that goes into creating art and I charge a fair price for each piece I create.
Remember to appreciate the handmade artisan. What you purchase from my shop(s) isn't just an item. It is a little bit of me, my thoughts, my hands at work, the time involved to get the job done. It takes a few weeks to get the design just right, it takes a week or sometimes two to place the pieces in a specific pattern. Sometimes it is easy and the pieces just fly from the nipping tool to the substrate, gluing it down like I am possessed. I believe the Mosaic Muse that lives within me knows what she likes and becomes awake and energetic when that happens. But it doesn't always happen. Often it takes weeks. And then sometimes months.
Grouting is time-consuming, messy and yeah, I'll admit it, fun! I LOVE to grout. I see my mosaics getting pulled together into a cohesive piece of art by using grout. I do believe I will always use grout. I just love it!
I am taking some time reading through the materials for H@A and thinking although it is a wonderful opportunity, it will get bombarded with artisans trying to outshine each other. I'm not working too hard to be among the top sellers. I don't have the energy for it. On the other hand, I am grateful for the opportunity to set up shop with this well-known company and will make sure I get my items in this new shop on the site set to their specifications so it can be found and appreciated by a whole new group of customers.
Meanwhile, I have Storenvy to take care of and the newest addition, Aftcra and will happily oversee them all because I don't have help doing these things. I am happy I have the energy and time to devote to all the shops, my art and my family. Not necessarily in that order!
Have a wonderful day and remember: Support Independent Artisans, Designers and Crafters for your gift-giving needs all throughout the year.