Sickness, Crafts, And Other Stuff

I haven’t posted since the 1st. I’m sorry about that. I do get busy and sometimes I just can’t find the time to blog, but I did plan on writing more posts and being busy didn’t keep me away. What kept me away was I’ve been sick. I am finally starting to feel better, which is why I decided to post something.

The past number of days I’ve been doing my work online and spending some time on Twitter. But to be honest, I didn’t even really feel like doing that. But, I did it because I need money for stuff and on Twitter I’m still trying to get a big following.

I am definitely feeling better. I have just been miserable. I hate being sick. I haven’t been writing or even reading much because of being sick.

But, before I got sick, I was writing nearly every day. Even if I didn’t get time to pull out my writing laptop, I had my notepad and usually wrote down some poems that would just suddenly come to me. I haven’t even done that because when you’re sick it’s hard to focus and think. Once I’m better, I will get back to writing.

Also, the last weekend of February my crafts were in a local market in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. I didn’t let myself get overly excited. I let that happen a few years when I did a craft show and I was greatly disappointed.

My brother Ricky – I think I mentioned a while back his wife left him – has a girlfriend now and she had a stand at that market in Mount Joy. She offered to set up my crafts there to try to help me out. The market was open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I ended up selling one Dreamcatcher. They told me people were complaining and saying my Dreamcatchers were overpriced.

My mom told me not to let it bother me, but I’ll admit that it did bother me a bit. I love the crafts I make and I work hard on them. I try to get the best materials so they are made well. I can’t sell my Dreamcatchers for only a few dollars like the factory-made ones sell for. The supplies I buy aren’t exactly cheap. I make crafts because I love doing it and because I want to make money from it. However, I do try to price my items reasonably.

When I was at a Powwow a few years back I saw a three-inch Dreamcatcher there. It was nice-looking, but it was made of all the same supplies I use. I looked at the price on it and it was $100. I do not charge that much for my three-inch Dreamcatchers. I usually charge around $8-$10, it all depends on what I put on the webbing.

I suppose when people saw my Dreamcatchers at the market they were comparing the prices to factory-made ones, which are really cheap to buy. But, I’ve researched prices at Powwows and even online. My prices are either the same as other handmade Dreamcatchers, or a lot of times even lower.

So, I just relisted all the items on Webstore, except for the one that did sell. I’ve got a few new items I need to list. I’ve just got to take pictures of them yet. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that this week.

Oh, and I need to share this picture:

This is a Pygmy Possum. Isn’t it cute? I’ve never seen one before, but someone posted this picture on Twitter.

I will do my best to write more posts soon. I do have things I want to blog about and I also need to update my reading list. Hopefully, I will get time for that sometime this week.

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4 responses to “Sickness, Crafts, And Other Stuff

  1. Those who complain about prices, probably don’t value good craftsmanship. I have the dreamcatchers my late wife made. She spent hours putting together lovely items, despite her illness. I trust there will be people who appreciate your craftsmanship.

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  2. I hope you are well by now! 🙂
    I think your prices are VERY reasonable!
    I think it’s sad when people (like you) are creative and do such beautiful artwork are not compensated well for your time and effort and creativity.
    That little possum in so so SO adorable!!! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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