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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
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Toffeeapple
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I've been looking at this site, some wonderfully funny fashions to be seen.

I'll try that again!

Tue 16-Nov-10
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I LOVE the toy patterns, so cute....magic

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Tue 16-Nov-10
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Sad thing is, TA, I have quite a few of these patterns  eeek .......... because I used to run a knitting group, and I was given a large number of hand-me-down patterns if anyone found a stash of them in their attic, or if an elderly relative had died, etc.

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Wed 17-Nov-10
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If you put"vintage knitting" into a search on e-Bay, you will get masses of this type of pattern - what is a little upsetting is you will also get ones from the '70s and '80s which have been described as vintage by some very thoughtless young sellers! I am not that old!!!!!!!

Not actually looking for anything myself, since I inherited al my Mum's, and have a comprehensive collection of those lovely Odhams books from the 40's & 50's.wave

Wed 17-Nov-10
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KateUK said:

Being frugal, making stuff for ourselves at Christmas, well, I just had to share this with you alL....

N.B. Both are sold out due to high demand.

http://www.johnlewis.com/168377/Style.aspx

http://www.johnlewis.com/230966519/Product.aspx

 

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............ and this one, too, Kate: also sold out !!!!!!!!!!!  big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh

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Oh, what a shame they are sold out!  I will have to manage with the tree we picked out this morning (went to the field where they are growing and put a label with my name on it, so it will still be there when Partner goes to cut down his and mine), and all my old decorations. No, decorations must be vintage by now, not old! wink 

I do have decorations that were on my parents' Christmas tree when I was 6 weeks old--I hope they are vintage and not called antique quite yet!  big_laugh  big_laugh

Wed 17-Nov-10
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my mind is regularly boggled by th things that people are willing to spend ridiculous amounts of money on.

 

It's sorely tempting to give up the dull underpaid office job and just make pretty things to sell to stupid people. though I worry that having to make things as a job might diminish my enjoyment of it.

Intolerance will not be tolerated.

Thu 18-Nov-10
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Many years ago (early 70's) we were short of money so I put a notice on boring underpaid office's notice board that I would make up clothes for people who supplied that pattern and materials. Yes, it brought in some cash - not nearly as much as I believe I was worth - but I hated it. Precious evenings spent sewing stuff that I would never in a million years have bought.

Other people's taste!flaming_nora

It's only worth doing if you are pretty sure you can sell enough of the things you really like making. I've had this conversation many times with workmates - "You should do your crafts full time - you'd make a lot."  Well, I've yet to meet the person who would spend a hundred or so on a cross stitch design, and then £5,000 and wait a year or more while I complete it - and that would just be labour - no overheads.

There is a lot to be said for having the boring job, just to keep the show on the road. The creative stuff can lose its fun when you get hungry.smile

Thu 18-Nov-10
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I agree Jean. I've sold a lot of my hobby crafts over the years - pewter photo frames, gemstone jewelry (Cut and polished the stone from rough, lovely fun with a diamond saw and then the stone on a stick against a series of grinding wheels with lots of water before finishing with polishing pads.), and my wood carvings. I reckon I only get about 2 pounds an hour, if I'm really lucky. Of course I've only gone for difficult, time consuming crafts, but hey, thats what I enjoy.

Unless you hit on something thats quick and easy to do to a high standard and is popular and desirable to a wide range of people, you won't make your living.

My daughter's tutor at college told her to have a back up wage from employment to make sure all the bills could be met and treat earnings from art/craft as icing on the cake. He was a successful potter with work in top galleries, but survived mainly on wages from teaching.

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Thu 18-Nov-10
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Good to hear a word from you, Maggenpie. Not knowing which bit of Cornwall you call home, we were hoping very hard that you weren't having to spend too much time wringing your carpets out!big_hug

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maggenpie said:

I agree Jean. I've sold a lot of my hobby crafts over the years - pewter photo frames, gemstone jewelry (Cut and polished the stone from rough, lovely fun with a diamond saw and then the stone on a stick against a series of grinding wheels with lots of water before finishing with polishing pads.), and my wood carvings. I reckon I only get about 2 pounds an hour, if I'm really lucky. Of course I've only gone for difficult, time consuming crafts, but hey, that's what I enjoy.

Unless you hit on something thats quick and easy to do to a high standard and is popular and desirable to a wide range of people, you won't make your living.

My daughter's tutor at college told her to have a back up wage from employment to make sure all the bills could be met and treat earnings from art/craft as icing on the cake. He was a successful potter with work in top galleries, but survived mainly on wages from teaching.


 

I agree Ruthie, it can pay, but......ponder

A majority of the time when I try to produce something for sale, I don't value my time into the finished product. I figure that if I wasn't making something, I'd be sitting on my backside watching TV or something equally as frivolous*. Making something engages the brain and gives me pleasure, so I gain more than I lose. I cover my costs and add some sort of profit margin, but otherwise, no, no time value.

 

*Please note I said nothing about reading.

Reading isn't frivolous.

Especially the new Anne McCaffrey!big_laugh

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High prices seem to be there just for the justification of boasting what the price was !

This week discussing Christmas outfits and in the Sunday Times 'Style' (big_laugh) Magazine, there was an outfit - not sure I can call it a dress - £2,600 - designed by Victoria Beckham (again, big_laugh).

On another page, some very attractive evening-type dresses £60 - £100  Dorothy Perkins / Topshop / Monsoon, etc

Some people, perhaps, have more money than sense .......whistle

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Thu 18-Nov-10
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Exactly Michelle. I'm doing a (rare for me) commission carving at the moment, but I told the customer if I wasn't going to enjoy it I wouldn't do it. Luckily its going well and I am enjoying it. I once did a commission that wasn't my 'thing' at all and I hated it. Never again.

Of course there are those people who somehow seem able to do something ridiculous - I recently saw a small ink squiggle in a huge frame - then put an equally ridiculous price on it, and because its got a extortionately high price on it some idiot will think it must be worth it! Yep, more money than sense.

Still, twiggy branches, white paint......whistle

Actually, my tree for the past three years has been a 3ft tall dead weed I pulled from a roadside, because it has a lovely treelike shape. I painted it with pva glue to strengthen it a bit. It gets decorated with oak leaves also painted with pva and a dash of metalic paint. I twist a little fine wire onto the stalks to hang them. Very designer chic!

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Thu 18-Nov-10
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Your tree sound pretty Ruthie, any chance of a picture when you've decorated it this year?

I'll try that again!

Thu 18-Nov-10
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I think that sometimes daring to put a reasonable price on things is the trick. Funnily enough in my parents' jewellery shop, if something didn't sell they put the price up. Often did the trick! My parents work with designer jewellers but not necessarily well known ones and used to make their own like Ruthiecheers

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