Saturday, November 22, 2008

Making Ornaments...



Well here are some of the ornaments I have been working on for the craft fair. They are two and a half inches square. I took these tiny stretched canvas boards and painted/stamped/glittered them until they had a patina that I liked. Then I embroidered holiday designs on my painted dryer sheets. The really nice thing about the dryer sheets I have discovered it that once they are fused to the interfacing I can cut them out and they won't fray like woven fabric. It's kind of like cutting felt. Once I cut out my embroidered designs I glue them to the painted canvas boards using fabric glue. I finish off the edges with a ribbon border and a matching ribbon to hang the ornament. The back is finished off with a coordinating piece of mulberry paper. I was considering selling them for $5.00-$5.50, any feedback would be greatly appreciated! I know there are different theories on determining what to charge for one's work, but the bottom line is that the price has to reflect what a person is actually going to pay for it. So, with that in mind I want honest opinions as to my price. I'm not looking to get rich and I realize that with needlework I'm not really getting paid for my labor. I am however, having a lot of fun doing this and that is all that truly matters. I hope everyone stays warm this week. We are trying very hard to do that here with our six inches of snow and twenty degree highs.

15 comments:

Terri said...

Cassie, Beautiful ornaments!! You certainly put a lot of effort in your work and it really shows!!

Lilli said...

Well, aren't you clever, with your sweet lil' ornaments! They're certainly worth more than $5, with all the effort and time and care and love you put into them :)

Six inches of snow? Are you kiddin' me? I think we'll get a token bit of snow soon, but today it was a high of 50 degrees.

Kelly said...

Cassie, those are beautiful. Such a great way to display your needlework. Stay warm and ahve a happy thanksgiving!

Heather said...

aw, these are very sweet!~

Ragged Roses said...

Beautiful ornaments, I'm sure they will sell really well. I know you don't feel lucky but we would love a bit of snow here!!! We've just got bitter cold and nothing to show for it! Take care
Kimx

sara said...

How adorable!

Gingham and Flowers said...

Hi, I just spotted a link to your blog elsewhere and had to come and say hello because my name is Nonnie. Actually it's Fiona, but I've been known as Nonnie since I was very young. My previous blog(that unfortunately I had to delete due to a very nosey ex boyfriend!) was called 'Nonnie'. So when I saw a blog named 'Gifts for Nonnie' I was intrigued. I always think of it as a name unique to me since it was made up by my Sister but funnily I have come accross other Nonnie's over the years. Anyway, it's nice to find your blog. I like the decorations you have been making. I will drop by again. Fiona

Bascom said...

I am so glad that you are having fun making these because i am having fun seeing them.

kari and kijsa said...

Beautiful! love these!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Sandra Evertson said...

Love these! And the piece below, the bluegreen and brown is just Gorgeous!
Sending Season's Greetings!
Sandra Evertson

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Cassie,

Your ornaments are wonderful and very creative. Your use of materials is great. As far as price, keep your material cost in mind and your time. You are right however, people will only pay so much for things so that plays a factor as well. I think you have them priced perfect. Good luck at the craft show!!
Tammy

Kelly said...

Hey long time no post Cassie-- are you doing Ok? Just Christmas busy I suppose.... Have a wonderful Christmas.
Love,
Kelly

Lisa Renéa said...

Cassie, just wanted to pop over and say Merry Christmas!
Hope you and your family are doing well!

Karin said...

Lovely ornaments! I hope you had a great Christmas, can't wait to hear what you have planned for 2009!

Lisa Renéa said...

Cassie-Hey girlie! Happy New Year!
I know I must be one of many who hope you and your family are well and having a great 2009!