As you may know I’ve signed up for a monthly craft swap with some local crafty people – some vague details on that blogged here.
Well when I joined I did explain (to them) that I am in no way, shape or form an expert… Or that good lol but what I didn’t realise is that most of these people do their crafting for more than just a hobby. Many sell their items- some locally, some internationally! Some have actual walk-in shops and some display theirs at a local gallery….
I wish I had known that before I made that valentines sauce-bottle-vase which, if you need reminding, is blogged here *cringe* For the record THIS is the craft I was given in return…it’s gorgeous! It’s sealed… It even has glass… But most of all it’s not made from an old ranch dressing bottle. Even my husband -who doesn’t DO crafty- was impressed, He took one look and said “Are we erm… hanging that in the guest room….you know…hide the competition?” * sad face *
I think I’m in over my head here! The closest I’ve ever been to having a “Sophie Original” commissioned was when my mother gave me £20 to buy paint and a canvas to do one for her friend (and she let me keep the change)- it turned out ok but a one off isn’t going to pay the bills lol. I don’t do crafting for a living, I do it because it relaxes me and because I’m too cheap to buy wall art for my house.
The theme for March is Mardi Gras – again my thoughts on this are blogged here– and I upped my game a little…
Before you say it I had already stocked up on wooden frames before I received her swap item so I’m in no way trying to compete in the painted frame industry. It’s not a masterpiece but hey I like it. It’s on theme, it didn’t break the bank… It’s got ACTUAL GLASS…and I used sealant this time which – for me- is pushing the boat out. Above all I enjoyed making it … Isn’t that the point?