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Last hired, first fired

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

About a year ago, I brought in the HaldeBalm line. A selection of hand lotion, lip balm, and massage lotion, in a variety of fragrances and flavors that match my soaps (and sometimes my yarns). If you follow me on Facebook or Google +, you probably already know that I'm now choosing to phase those items out. I will not be marking them down or putting them on sale, just not making any more once they sell out. For a time, I will continue to make small quantities of hand lotion and lip balm as occasional swag in the yarn club,...

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Scheduling

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

 About three months ago, I took a harsh look at my work schedule. I do three main things (ceramics, soaps, and yarns), and with bringing the lip balms and lotions in, I was looking for a better way to do things than a few minutes of ceramics every day, soap on Sunday and Monday, yarn on Tuesday and Wednesday, more soap on Thursday, lip balm and lotion on Friday, and full-on ceramics Saturday. For one thing, if you count that up, that's work every day. Which isn't necessarily the tipping point for change - every artist and writer I know...

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This picture says a lot about my house

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

 I'm loading the kiln and drying yarn while That Poor Man is building a table that will seat fourteen.  Yeah. Makers live here. 

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On pricing (and asking for discounts)

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

Sometimes I have a hard time pricing my work. For one thing, this is a hobby I’ve had most of my life. How do you put a price on something you love? How do you put a price on something you’d be doing anyway? How do you put a price on something you can’t stop yourself from wanting to do? How do you accurately price something that takes hours to do, but for most of those hours you’re not actively working on it? Let’s take making these mermaids. Each mermaid, regardless of size, takes about the same amount of time...

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Craft Room Organization: Dyes and Fragrances

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

This is part of a series of posts I was writing on my personal blog about a year ago. I never finished them, and am using the excuse of finishing and revisiting to post them here. I started these because I have a great love of being snoopy and looking at pictures of other people's crafting areas, and one thing that voyeurism has taught me is that either those people don't really use their rooms for crafting, or I am the messiest craftsperson in the world. So I set about to do a series of blog posts that will show the areas...

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