Montag, 24. August 2015

Pricing your precious unique handmade items - Part 1

 I'm happy to publish another guest post here on my blog!
My friend Monique (Yemanja) has started an exciting experiment 
concerning pricing handmade items 
& she will share her experiences here with us!


How to go about pricing your precious handmade items?
How to balance the very thin line between under- and over-pricing
in a world where many people struggle to make ends meet?

Two months ago I have started an experiment:
I let my customers price the item they are interested in!
They have to take my material-costs into account
(plus the 21% VAT I have to charge in the country I live.)
And that's it! Then my customers decide on the price.

In a way it fits perfectly in what I think of as (ideas of) a New Economy.
Besides, I really want my Crazy Creations to go out into the world,
not stay hidden in my atelier.

It makes for great conversation with my customers!
I feel more appreciated in my work,
people really think about the value of handmade,
the hours you put into it, your craftmanship.
I never hear anymore that it is too expensive ;)
Not one customer has not bought because of this policy.

Yes, sometimes it makes them feel uncomfortable.
They'd prefer me to put a price.
In that way they don't have to think about the value of handmade
and what it is worth to them.
They only have to "look inside their wallet":
can I afford this, does my budget allow it?

I found it is important to let them lovingly know
that it is not possible for them to disappoint me in any way,
that one's € 10 is not the same as the other's € 10,
that they can pay me what they can afford to pay for the value of the item.

I just did an exhibition/ fair in a small village on 'my' island in Greece.
A country in a deep crisis also on personal and family level.
I gave it some serious thought, if I should continue my experiment in Greece,
knowing that people are really low on money
and are looking for cheap-above-all or not buy at all.
Then I thought "well if I truly believe that the Universe will balance things out,
then I must do this, especially in Greece!"

I will keep this experiment till the end of 2015.
Then I 'll decide how to go on.
I 'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject!

Love, Monique


A huge
"THANK YOU" to Monique,
Pricing is one of the most difficult things
& I hope her experiment
will become a real success!

We will read more about
Monique's experiences
with this unusual pricing method
in future guest posts,
can't wait!

Please get in touch with Monique
on her fabulous page Yemanja!

Hugs & Love:

Samstag, 22. August 2015

A yarnpainting - with buttons!

My flatmate & good friend 
has celebrated his birthday yesterday!
Actually I wanted to create a crochet-only-painting
as a present but time was working against me
(as always)!

Instead of crocheting
I used a less time consuming technique
to fill the missing parts with colours:


Crochet painting with button art - Freeform Crochet

I have thousands of buttons,
a few hundreds less
don't make a real difference! ;-)

Crochet art by Dada Neon

A pretty fast technique -
I just put some glue on the canvas
& pressed the buttons on it!

Completed it just in time, yay! :-)
I see the head of a psychedelic bird in this yarnpainting
by the way!
Funny how things just appear while creating dadaistic art!

Crochet Painting with buttons

Sending much love:

Mittwoch, 19. August 2015

My first experience with a hand spindle!

I wanted to try spinning since years!
Last year I got me a spinning wheel
& I washed & prepared 3 kg of fluffy sheep wool
a while ago...

3 kg of sheep wool for spinning

...first I read a lot about spinning.
Some experienced bloggers
wrote that it's best to start with a hand spindle first.
I got me one & tried it with video tutorials.
To be honest: I don't like watching videos
to learn something new...
I'm not very patient
& it's just so much easier to learn
it from someone else!

I googled & really!
I found someone who teaches spinning in Leipzig!
Sister Gudrun is such a lovely Lady
& the Kreativstube is just a wonderful place!
Creative people meet here
to felt, knit, crochet, craft or spin!

Some other Ladies wanted to learn to spin
with a hand spindle as well
& it was really nice to have company
while spinning my first "pregnant worms"! :-)

hand spindle

The sister's order of sister Gudrun
owns own sheep
& so their nice soft yarn turned into
my first irregular wool!
I don't mind my yarn isn't perfect,
it takes some training to spin & to get the right feeling.

At home I went on spinning
(so addictive!)
with some colourful merino wool
& that's how it looks like:

Spinning with colourful wool
is so much fun!

Another photo to show my imperfection
a little bit closer:

I'm excited to improve my skills on the hand spindle
& next week I can learn to spin
with a spinning wheel!

And here a last photo of my first handspun yarn
with Nana Sheila:

Sending love:
Dada & the Nanas!

Dienstag, 11. August 2015

My cute little mermaid!

I shouldn't start new projects
as there are already uncountable 
works in progress...

But when I saw this
cute little mermaid in "Simply Crochet" issue 32
I just HAD to crochet this mermaid!
(Crocheters from Germany
can also find the german pattern in
"Simply Häkeln" 04/2015!)

Crochet pattern mermaid, "Simply Crochet" issue 32

This was my progress yesterday...
I've used a 4,5 mm hook instead of 3 mm,
more to cuddle! ;-)

...and now she is completed! :-)

crochet pattern mermaid

I got her some eyes today
& some sequins for her tail!
Actually I also wanted to make a braid
in the end as you can see on the photo
of the original mermaid...
But I just made my little mermaid
too many hairs!
It looked strange & so she is
wearing her hair wild!

Amigurumi mermaid

So happy to have a new family member!
Only a strange selfie
but to give you an impression
of her size... 

The pattern by Ilaria Caliri
is easy to follow
& fast to crochet!
I can totally recommend it!

Sooo, back to my other WIPs! ;-)

Hugs from Dada
(and the Nanas! And the mermaid!)