I see myself as a very creative person. Does not mean that what I create looks good but I have this urge to make things, to see something like liquid oil becaming solid soap, a string of yarn becaming a garment or blanket, a ingredient transforming itself into beautiful food. A few months ago I got a part time job in a local Yarn Shop. Ignoring my inability to knit and the fact that I was just learning to crochet Joanne (from Yarn with Joanne in Newtownards ) gave me a chance to work with herself and her team. She has a very community and well being aproach to her business and it has being a place of refuge as well as learning and financial provision. What a blessing and opportunity it has being to watch and learn with amazing people, share life stories and have my urge of creating and exploring creativity pacified. I resort to crochet and knitting as a way to explore my creativity but also to develop my brain skills and excercise new learning. It has being very therapeutic in a way as I felt a bit blue last year and yarn craft is opening my heart/eyes to see a whole new coloured life. What about you? Do you have any urge to create? Visit our galery to see some of my improving yarn work.
Soap is cleaned with Distilled Water after Bevelling.
I don't know if other crafters have issues with people complaining about the price of their products but I got to the stage I am just tired of apologizing for the value I see in my products. My first bad experience was a few years ago when a lady came to my stall in a craft market and asked for the price of one of my handpainted soaps. I said it was £3.50. She took my soap from the basket and throw it at the table (as if she was throwing a bouncy ball) and said: " How can you charge that much for something that will go down to the drain?" I kept my cool. I tried to explain the work and devotion I poured into each soap but she stormed out of the stall leaving all the other stall holders (including myself) shocked! I believe sometimes people have no idea of the effort and work it goes in making a single bar of soap so to clear things out I decided to have a post explaining that "Hand made" means "time consuming", "thought pouring (into) making that product", "hand work", "head work", "search for quality material" and uniqueness. Why a local soap maker who produces their batches at home or a small studio can't charge people only £2.50/bar? The list above give some idea of why but also we are not provided with machines or staff members to research and order materials, measure, pour, heat, unmould, cut, clean, wrap, label, create documents/register into the EU Cosmetic Portal, load cars, update on line shops, drive to markets and sell the products. You see? All of it is time consuming and one in most cases one person is doing it all. Just as an exemple I like bevelling my soaps. Bevelling means to pass all the edges of your soap bar (after being cut from a loaf to bars) into a blade that will smooth the edges. I think it gives a more professional look to the soaps . But it take a long time to bevell all bars and then clean each one of them with a cloth and distilled water. I love making soaps. The enjoyment and the fact that I believe people need handmade and carefully designed with organic ingredients skin care keep me going. I recently started knitting and crochet. I thought that adding products to complement my soap products is a good idea...but oh boy...they take forever to get ready but at the end it is so lovely and unique! But I would love if people had some appreciation of our efforts (all crafters and soap makers alike). And you? Had you ever have problems with people complaining of your product's prices?
Soap during bevelling process
Difference of soap after bevelled: On the top: Un bevelled soap/ Center: Bevelled soap bar