HI! My name is Alishia and I am KraftaholicMommy!
I hope you all had a great Easter! I enjoyed some much needed time with my family. I have been working on my virus blanket and thinking about the border. I also worked on the birthday invitations.
I was asked if I could make invitations for a sweet girls fifteenth birthday party. I made two different invitations to start and they loved them. The birthday girl picked the blue color version and I went to work on making twenty invitations. Now, in my last post, I discussed how I made these cards. I absolutely love them! The most important part is, the birthday girl loves them!
In thinking about how blessed I am that she loves her invitations and how easy she was to work with. I also could not help but think about previous people asking me to work up some heart made goodies for them.
More often than not, I have been very blessed with how great people have been to work with. Then, there are those folks. The ones that don’t quite understand what goes into crafting. I have had some doozies and I could not help but laugh at some of my previous requests.
I had received an email one time from this woman who I had never met before. She wanted me to crochet her a king sized blanket. The pattern she wanted was going to need to be created. It was a description of this very intricate design. I tried looking at every pattern site I could think of and could not find something to her liking. I drew up the design and sent it to her. I had an idea of how the pattern would go and she loved it.
One of the things I always make a point of saying to potential customers is that they need to expect a price a bit higher than they are thinking. A lot of people aren’t aware of just how pricey yarn can be and while I try to keep prices as low as possible, I still charge for at least a little bit of my time. This email exchange went the same way. She said she understood and she was willing to pay whatever it cost. I priced out the yarn, even with coupons and let her know how much the yarn itself was going to cost. This is where the fun really began.
I was told how much of a crook I was. I was told that just knotting yarn up should not cost that much. When I informed her that the price given was just the cost of yarn, it did not include my time. It also did not include the pattern that I was going to have to create from scratch. Which was something I have never done before. To an extent, I was not surprised how she reacted. Again, there are a lot of people that don’t know how much crafting supplies cost.
I told her that if she wanted me to continue with such a personalized blanket, it would cost this amount. She flew off the handle and said that she only expected to spend five dollars on the whole KING sized blanket!!! At this point, I was infuriated, but I have gotten relatively good over the years of taking a moment to truly not speak out of anger. I told her that I understand that she wanted something for that amount and I directed her to Target and to WalMart. I told her even at those establishments, she would not get a king sized blanket for that amount, but she would find something machine made for a reasonable price. She called me several very colorful names and I left it at that.
I made an insane point of not being rude, hateful, or disrespectful. Inside, I was screaming very hateful things, and I immediately felt bad about that. I would have been more than happy to work with her on paying for the blanket, however, I would not be able to do such a huge project for such a small amount. This wasn’t my first time dealing with someone like this and if I ever decide to get back into selling my crafts, I doubt it will be my last.
I have had people ask about making things and it is always a bit of a shock to them just how much it costs to make these items. I have learned to just ask if they really want to go the heart made route. I inform my potential clients that the cost of supplies is rising and that some things are just really expensive to make. I try to be as respectful as I can and I always provide proof to the people asking for heart made crafts.
Now, I am not sharing these horrible experiences to detour anyone from selling their heart made items. By all means, sell away, make your money. Do what makes you perky! I just wanted to let you in on the dark side of that world. A lot of people tend to just want to talk about their big sales and how they were able to sell items for decent money. It isn’t really discussed unless in a meme about how rough some customers can be. I don’t want to discourage you.
I will also share one of the best sales I have ever made. This was not a craft that I sold for a ton of money. This was just a little baby set that I crocheted up. It included a little bag, booties, a diaper cover, and a baby hat. This set was sold far below what I would normally charge. It was the look on the clients face that really made this sale the best in the world. She was purchasing this set for her sisters new baby and she was overjoyed about becoming an aunt. When I brought her the set she was just so happy to receive something made from the heart that she actually started to tear up. She repeatedly thanked me and she was smiling from ear to ear. I was so happy that I could do something for her that she loved. I was also extremely happy to go on Facebook a few days later to see the pictures of her sister opening the present. Her sister was also very happy and loved the package.
It is sales like that, that make it all worth it. I know that there are horrible people out there who have no idea what things cost, or just don’t care how much things cost. I also know from experience, how hard it is to deal with those people. However, if selling your heart made items is your dream, go for it!!! Don’t let that small number of people and their ignorance get you down. You are incredible! You are making something from your heart and you should be able to profit from that.
Follow your dreams no matter how small they are. I know that there people that will come against you, trust me, I have been there. However, life should be lived to the fullest with no regrets. It is a tragedy to go your whole life, never fulfilling your dreams. Go for your dreams! I have faith in you and I know you can do it!
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Thank you and God Bless!
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