I always hear David Bowie’s, “Changes” this time of the year. Always. This year it’s a little bit sad. I think out of all the people we lost in 2016, his passing moved me the most. I spent quite a bit of my teenage years listening to him, and then the past few years rediscovering why I was listening to David Bowie as a teenager in the 90’s. Good stuff.
Weekends are a really important for resting. Working through the weekends wasn’t resting. Never taking a day “off” until I absolutely had to… wasn’t resting. Always feeling behind because there was no resting… isn’t resting. I have kids that need me to taxi them everywhere. We have Mondays off of extra curricular activities. Trying to work through all of that without a break makes for stress and incomplete work. Taking a break is a good thing.
What’s the worst case scenario? I’m mean, really. How bad could it be if creativity isn’t focused? Let’s start with the story about how I wasted the better part of last year, jumping around to different creative ideas. Then let’s talk about how I tried to do too many things at once, resulting in me not reaching any of my crocheting goals. That’s a great story.
Holy crap, guys! Look at the awesome crocheting that’s happening over on the KBG Patreon! If you don’t want to wait, click here… Knot By Gran’ma is creating AWESOME crochet patterns, and I’d love your support. This is a long post. Please bear with me.
Fun fact: The number 1 reason I love craft shows is…
I failed miserably at Snapchat, but I LOVE Instagram stories. Does that make me a bad person? Snapchat makes me feel old. It’s the first social media platform that I can’t easily master. Thus, the old feeling. It took me a week to figure out how to use it. All I do there is play with the selfie filters when nobody is looking, and then erase my pictures. Instagram is a little different. I know how to use it, which is cool. The new stories feature really opens up a little window into my world, without wrecking all of the hard work I’ve been putting into my feed to make it a more cohesive Knot By Gran’ma Instagram account.
Craft show season is coming up again, and I wanted to touch base regarding signs (counting price tags signs) for your booths. Previously we had chatted about my utter lack of signage and why it’s important that I fix that part of my craft show selling experience. While I’m still not one thousand percent happy with my signs, I do like the style of them. The future KBG signs will probably follow along the same idea as these “temporary” signs.
Part of selling art, is getting paid for that art. Part of getting paid for that art is making sure you are pricing your work accordingly, so you do get paid for the time taken to create that art. Many artists (with and without great sales) are unhappy, because they are not getting paid… because they are not pricing their work properly. This is called underpricing, and I hate underpricing… especially in crochet. How are you supposed to make a living off of something if you are not valuing your time and talent? If you are underpricing, you are not going to be able to make a living off of your art. (Read Part One and Part Two to get caught up.)
Not too long ago, Etsy announced that we are getting new shop designs. Can I just say, I am psyched! Knot By Gran’ma has been a shop on Etsy since that first year they launched Etsy. Yeah. That was a looooong time ago, and I’ve watched (and moaned over) the changes as they have been rolled out. Let me tell you how much better Etsy is now. It’s so much better. This shop design is finally going to allow us to customize our shops to match our brand, move things around the way we want them, and really just streamline the entire thing.