Thursday, August 15, 2013

notes on totes

Earlier this year I decided that I wouldn't be applying for the Auckland Art and Craft Fair this year. I've decided (although I secretly already knew) that a production line of crafts or crafting just wasn't/isn't for me. I enjoy the process of making, coming up with an idea, seeing if I can do it and of course the actual making. I don't enjoy then making the same thing over and over again. No fun.

To be honest all the things I make take too long to actually make any money from them anyway, if I was to charge out an hourly rate, it would be cents not dollars. So why would I put myself and to be honest my family through all that market build up at such a busy time of year?

 I do however love making the connection with my customers, meeting blog readers, but there are other ways of doing that.

I have started to list some of my stock in my Felt shop, I'll list more over the coming months too. Once it's gone, it's gone and I have no plans to make any more. So with that in mind, if you've been after one of my embroidered linen notebooks, now is your chance!

Today I listed a couple of tote bags I made over the Summer. The bleach technique I used to make these totes, I tried to replicate on some more denim and it just didn't work. Reinforcing  my belief that the "production line" is not the crafting life for me.


  1. I love this post! I feel the same way about the 'production line'! At times, I wish I could do it, but I've found it's not for me! I will continue with craft as a hobby and library (well after SAHM) as a 'real job' :)

  2. I feel exactly the same. I enjoy keeping craft as a hobby. Cx

  3. Wow Louana! That bag is stunning!
    I totally know what you mean about repeating your work. I think that I'm on an ongoing creative journey. I hate having to repeat things that I've made in the past! Glad you found a way to keep enjoying your sewing- that's the most important thing.

  4. Oh repetition! it just sucks the life and love out of things sometimes! Totally get what you're saying! That bag is gorgeous - so clever! x

  5. totally get this. good on you! that doily effect is awesome.

  6. love the bag and girl we have some stuff in common!!! Production line? Urgh, even finishing is tough!

  7. LOVE this bag!
    We must be due for a catch up on spinning some time soon 'ish

  8. heading over for a looksy now :)


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