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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Moz Waits for His new...?.. Guitar!

Moz the Mole is perched here on my keyboard with his fiddle that doesn't fit his stubby little arms waiting for me to create something more to his liking. I decided he wants a patriotic guitar since summer is coming. Maybe he wants to play a nice fourth of July blue grass festival someplace up in the mountains?

I picked up some felt with a flag pattern at Hobby Lobby and it just seemed to want to be incorporated into this project. I have it sitting in some tea right now for the third time trying to give it a nice worn look. I'm going to make Moz a little acoustic guitar using the tea dyed flag pattern somehow. Jasper's standing guard to see if this will all turn out well or not as he is always interested in finding someone new to jam with here in Pokeberry. Too bad he didn't come along earlier when the jug band members were here they'd have had a great time I think.

In working on this I keep thinking, well, you learn as you go. I'm planning to upgrade my armature making next time around and do things a bit differently when it comes to paws and claws. Right now I've been using tightly twisted wool to create fingers. I think next time I'll try wrapping yarn or floss around fine wire instead--for a little more articulation in the 'fingers'.

Another thing I think about is--how much work do you want to put into one little folk art creature? Can you justify the time spent with what the potential pay might be? Well.. that too is an issue that will need to be looked at in time. I think most likely you simply cannot earn your 'time' when you are starting out, although it would be equally dumb to just let one of a kind items go for 'nuttin hunny' as well.

I know I will be happiest if I get to indulge my perfectionist artsyness and give things special touches--so I'll have to take enjoyment as part of my paycheck.

Of course one doesn't know if ANYTHING will sell at all.. that's another possibility. Well--if I thought I couldn't sell a thing--I guess I'd feel bad, but I do want to try. I also think that judging by the reactions from everyone who has ever received one of my dolls or critters as a gift-- there should be a market someplace for this stuff.

I have sold on ebay in the past. I was doing that quite regularly before I went to work in fine art supply store up in Milwaukee. At the time I needed full time and to be really sure the money would come in on time to pay rent for our family. Hubby had hit a bad patch in his career and my income was not optional for us at the time. I found then that the more I sold the easier it became. I found a niche and developed a little following. It worked out but I started to feel it would be easier to have a day job.

The cool thing about my day job was that I learned so much selling art supplies! I got to take seminars and go to product demos. I was involved with artists on a daily basis. I grew leap years in that job and at my subsequent jobs in a wonderful Needlework shop and later at the library where I had access to thousands of books.

Now, times are different. It is actually more useful for me as a granny to be home. Hubby is doing well, we don't have a mortgage and once our house is 'all done' (when?) we hope to have some stable financial years approaching retirement. I can afford to 'risk' this now. If nothing at all sells I will find 'takers' in my family at Christmas I'm sure. Moz and Jasper already have fans here.

One thing I am enjoying right now is a burst of creativity! The more I do creatively it seems the more ideas flow!

Nothing to lose as far as I can see right now, and possibilities are everywhere.

Here in Pokeberry, Hubby is studying his shopping list for the deck on the driveway side of our house. He's heading out to Lowes soon. I'm looking out at a lovely scene. The garden is lit up by that golden morning sun even though storm clouds are above us in patches. Our forecast is a warm upper 80's, with scattered thunderstorms. We can work around it. The pool is heating up nicely. All is well and good and Moz is waiting for his new instrument as patiently as an old mole can wait.

Have a wonderful, restful and joyous Pokeberry Sunday!


  1. I've found that the more you focus on doing the best you can for each item, the more you sell by word of mouth. A quality item spread the word,faster. Folks also talk about stuff that wasn't done well. That translates into less sales. Get you items made so that you're proud of them, regardless, and you'll get your customers and then can raise your prices.

    I only do two craft shows a year and people wait for me to get there for new orders. (It's not my solar cooking, it's my Ukrainian eggs for the holiday)If you've got the time, now, build it slow and steady.

    Your moles are adorable and something people can choose to treasure or discard after a few years. You want them to treasure them, that's determined by quality. Go for it! And, don't forget to post pictures!

  2. I agree Sharlene, and I LOVE your eggs--I saw some--must have been on your blog. I've always thought that was a beautiful craft. Like you I enjoy working on small detailed things.

    I think if I wanted to go into mass production I could end up competing with China. ;-) Personally I value originality and joy more than $$--but cash does pay fer the groceries--so its a balance.

  3. So true. Let's just forge ahead, do the best we can, and the gods will fill the pockets! Enjoy the holiday...

  4. Can't wait to see Moz' flag guitar!!!!!

  5. Its turning out cute.. just needs some details now. He's getting a little more fine tuning too. I think I'll save him for the first post on my new blog maybe... dunno.

  6. Stubby arms- that's rough...Hmm, harmonica? But at rate, cute cute cute!

  7. Hi Mrs.Mike!
    The harmonica idea was a close second. I did go with the guitar and Moz is all done now. He's going to go in the first post of the new blog today! :-) I'm going to start 'moving' to Pokeberry Patch now, my new graphics won't be done for a while, so no point waiting. :-)