Nov 6, 2014

Thinking of....

selling this.  Maybe.  I don't know.  Why?  Don't know.  Just been thinking about it for months.  The last time I sold several samplers on Ebay, the bids didn't cover the cost of the project.  Have you sold stitchery and then regretted it because of the low selling price?   Have you ever loved a design and then not cared as much about seeing it displayed?  Well I guess the fact that I sold off some samplers for cheap years ago answers both questions.  I didn't think a reserve price would have been necessary.  And how do you calculate the value for stitched pieces anyway?  What's too low and what's too high? 

The sun is out and it's a very nice day before the cold and rain start again tomorrow.  Decided to not spend the day cleaning carpet.  She's waited this long, she can wait a little longer.  Would love to make a roaster full of stuffed cabbage this weekend for the freezer.  Sounds like a plan.

 To no-reply Jackie - my walnut juice is made from the black walnuts I gathered in the woods. You can break and remove the outer green hull and throw it into the pot or use it whole.  The stain comes from the lining of that green hull.  Cover with water and simmer for an hour, some do it much longer, and it will stain your pot, countertop, hands, anything it touches.  Wear gloves!  Strain through cheesecloth or fine strainer and store in fridge.  The squirrels will gladly take the discarded nuts. 
Enjoy your day!!
Thanks for visiting.


Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love the bag! How did you get the edge to look like that? I don't sell anything but patterns. I have had 2 give aways on my blog with only 2 entries so I can't imagine trying to sell anything ha!

Melody said...

I don't sell my stitching either. I think it's too discouraging what people want to pay for it, when I know how much money and time went into it. But, if you do, I would put a reserve on it for sure. It's a lovely little bag.

diamondc said...

I donot sell my stitching, but do loads of it and hide it away in a drawer, I ask myself why, no one answers.
I give lots away and then think why did I do that.
I always go back to look at what I stitched and think why did I not frame or finish that piece it is a mystery I am sure all stitchers face.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Vickie said...

I have never sold a single piece. My family tells me to all the time. They just do NOT understand the TIME these things take!!!

gracie said...

Don't have walnuts around here fresh off a tree....maybe one day I will find some and try to boil up a brew!!

Robin in Virginia said...

What a fabulous looking bag you have made, Marly! I used to sell my stuff, but prefer to gift it to someone who appreciates the time as well as the handcrafted item.

Robin in Virginia

Jacqueline said...

I don't think the average (unknown) artist ever gets what they should when they sell a piece.

Thanks for the info on the stain.

Mary said...

I do not think you could put a price on the time it takes to finish a piece. I make some specifically for family or frame for myself...but the majority end up in the big basket in sewingroom A long time from now when I am gone ,( my Mom is still going at 96) my girls have been told to divide them up and think of me hahaha.

Barb said...

I have never tried to sell anything. I think the problem would always be that you never get enough for all the time and effort. That's why my DD who does all the cute felted things you see on my blog quit selling her sculptures.She now sells only kits. She knows how much I appreciate her work so I still get her wonderful sculptures. People who do not do hand work have no idea of the time it takes.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Hi Marly,
Oh, the rains will be your way tomorrow. I don't think it's stopped raining here all day.
People have no idea the time and money spent on a project unless they, too, make (quality) things to sell. Rug hooking wool is outrageously expensive and you use a lot in a rug. I've sold a couple things but mostly give them away or roll them up and put them in a basket.
Oh, the smell of cooking black walnuts - UGH!!! I used to dye baskets that way (a LONG time ago) and have dyed a couple pieces of wool and I've never liked that smell.
Hugs :)

Sandy Longan-Miller said...

Great info on the Black Walnut Stain, we have three trees in our yard that the squirrels eat from. Might try cleaning up their hulls and making a batch.
Your stitching is beautiful.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly, You may know that I have sold a number of stitched things on Early Work Mercantile, and no, you can't get hardly anything out of them. Maybe pennies on the hour:( My way of looking at it is that if I am not enjoying something, and it is just stuffed in a closet or drawer, I'd rather sell it cheap so someone else can enjoy it. I even sold a couple of really large repro samplers in progress, with hand dyed threads and linen and a couple of months of work in them. And rather than being sorry, I actually felt a sense of relief because I didn't feel obligated to work on something that I didn't like anymore!

Maggee said...

First of all, that beautiful little bag has MY initials in it... how sweet of you! Heheheh... And I agree with Merry Wind Farm that if you don't enjoy it, the satisfaction in giving/selling it to someone who WILL enjoy it is great! Hugs!

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