Handmade

Handmade

And why we pay more for it…

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As any of you who regularly reads my blog will know, I am a writer, artist and crafter. I create things, which I hope to sell. The thing is though, that as a creative, I have found that so many people really object to paying a little more for the things that I make.

It’s the same with most of my friends who are also creatives. People see the mass produced, machine made things in the big mainstream shops, at a tiny price, and then they baulk when I tell them my prices.

The thing that they aren’t taking into account is that I have trained, and practiced, and honed my skill to produce this item; I have spent hours, weeks, and sometimes months, working on it, and have poured a tiny piece of my heart into it.

This is the difference when you buy from a small independent, rather than a big chain store. Obviously, I am aware that some people simply cannot afford to not buy from a big chain, and I don’t judge them at all.

But as an example, if I were to crochet a cardigan, I would need to purchase the wool, which isn’t cheap. I then spend many hours working to create it, buying, or inventing a pattern, and correcting (probably many) mistakes that I make. I would then charge about £60 for that cardigan, which could, if desired, be adapted to fit individual shapes and sizes. I have had people claim that this is far too expensive, and yet, these same people would have no qualm about going into Marks & Spencer and purchasing a mass produced cardigan for £70–80.

How does this make sense??

This is the problem facing all small creators. We cannot possibly charge an hourly rate, as if we do, we would invariably price ourselves out of the market, and yet, these companies are effectively getting in the region of £60 an hour, and they are using mostly machines to do the work!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that, when you buy handmade, you make an individual do a little happy dance. They feel valued, and worthwhile. You may pay slightly more, but you will be getting an item that is completely original, and which will generally be finished to an extremely high quality, because let’s face it, the odd complaint to somewhere like Marks & Spencer, and a refund is a drop in the ocean to them… they simply don’t care, but to a small independent creative, this same complaint could cost them a lot, not just financially if they have to issue a refund, but also in negative feedback.

So, before you go shopping in those big stores, just have a think about whether you could find a small independent creator who could give you something far nicer and better made.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Words

Words

A Haiku

Photo by Lauren Peng on Unsplash

A writer without,
A terrible place to be,
Not a single word.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Purism

Purism

The Curse Of The Art World

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As an artist, I have used many mediums throughout the years, and when I have, I’ve found that certain mediums work far better than others for certain pieces of art work.

This is when you run into a conundrum. Do you use the medium that works best for this particular piece of art, and have that little something missing because that medium simply cannot perform that function?

My answer to this is “NO!” As far as I’m concerned, art is art, no matter which medium is used, and I believe (and have found) that if using two different mediums on the same piece of work will allow me to achieve the desired effect, then that is what I will do.

The truth is that I love making art, and if that means that I have to stray from the old fashioned ‘purist’ way of working, then that is what I will do.

The people who are self confessed purists, in my opinion, are cutting off their noses to spite their face. They are putting their pride in being able to stick to one medium above what is best for the picture that they’re working on, and this is never a good thing.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Faith

Faith

A Poem

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We put our faith in many things,
Some seem simple; barely kings,
Lights that switch on,
And chairs we sit on,
But still we struggle to put faith in,
The Father God; our King of Kings.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Journals

Journals

A Haiku

Photo by Ana Tavares on Unsplash

Keeping a journal,
Private space of reflection,
And none else can read…


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Cats

Cats

A Haiku

Photo by Michael Sum on Unsplash

Creatures with a ‘tude,
And fiercely independent,
They simply don’t care.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Dogs

Dogs

A Haiku

Photo by Daniel Cano on Unsplash

Love, always loyal,
They will never let you down,
& Always cheer a frown.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Sunshine

Sunshine

A Haiku

Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash

A big yellow ball,
Visions perfect happiness,
Summer’s on its way.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Perfection

Perfection

And Why It Has No Place In Art

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Since learning to draw properly (I couldn’t draw a stick man properly until the age of 22), I have gone through several stages in my journey into art.

First, it was a struggle to get the images from my head down on the page, and I grew impatient, turning out images that weren’t quite what I wanted.

Practice helped me to fix that, but then, I faced a different problem… the innate desire in me to produce ‘the perfect drawing’.

The thing is, that there really is no such thing as ‘perfect’, when it comes to art. Art is an expression of the soul, and it is not something that can be judged in the strict terms of good and bad; it is simply what feels ‘right’ to the artist creating the work.

I’m not saying that you can draw a hand and call it a house, but I am saying that sometimes it is possible to fall into the trap of trying to make something perfect, when, really, in doing so, you lose the whole point of why you began the drawing in the first place.

I have done this so many times, and it has led me to abandon a large number of pieces; it is something that I struggle with on a daily basis, thanks to my need for perfection, and it is something that I have decided to work at conquering, because in the end, it is the creating that is important to me, and not the final piece (although I try to at least strive for accuracy).

So, if you’re a seasoned artist, or someone who has never done any art past lessons at school, I want to encourage you today to just pick up a pencil, or paint brush, and create. You won’t regret it.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Friends

Friends

A Haiku

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Always there for you,
They will never let you down,
These; the special few…


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.