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Old 09-30-2010, 12:14
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Hey guys! I have been making hair bows for almost a year now, mostly for my daughter. People have asked if I make them when they see my daughters and then want me to make some for them. The problem is, Im not that confident in my bows!!! They look OK, but I compare to others bows and for the life of me can't figure out what I am doing wrong!!!!! I would love to sell some, but with out the confidence I have no motivation to make them! I guess what Im saying is that Im getting discouraged
I use NGNB templates but still not liking what I get! How do you make a simple boutique (not twisted) by hand????? TIA
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:23
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Default Re: HELP!!!Not confident!!!!!!

I always second guess my bows. People by them by the dozens and I'm still hesitant when I deliver an order. I'm terrified that they will not like them. I guess confidence comes with time.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:52
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I am super unconfident too! Everytime someone gets my bows I am always saying...please let me know if there is anything wrong with them. They keep coming back and I am still scared that they aren't going to like them. My friends tell me that I am anal when it comes to bows. They never look perfect to me, but they must be good if I have repeat customers.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:21
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Default Re: HELP!!!Not confident!!!!!!

I think this may be a normal thing, because I feel the same way. I actually like my bows, but when it comes time to do a show I get really nervous. thinking Iwon't sell anything or people will complain. It hasn't ahppened yet, so I guess I'm doing something right?!?!
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:27
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The worst critic is our selves, EVERYTIME i send out an orderof my sculptures my heart races, thinking they are not good enough... GIRLS, our stuff is TOP NOTCH, the time the effort and everthign that you put in to that bow, shows it...THEY ARE AWESOME!!! people are buying them, so you are doing something right...
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Default Re: HELP!!!Not confident!!!!!!

You should post pics and let us see!!

I don't think my bows are that great, but i do think they are better then Hobby Lobby!! lol.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:33
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Default Re: HELP!!!Not confident!!!!!!

I am the same way! I just started making bows for a friend to sell with her hand made clothing and before she picked up the first batch I told her to let me know if she didn't like them or if there were any problems. She then laughed at me when she saw them and said I had her worried on the phone!

I have NBNG templates and love them for the most part, but I HATE my basic boutique bows that I make with them. I like the hand folded method I use for them, but can't find the instructions right now. If I can find them I will post a link.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:35
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I think it is a normal thing. I also paint and even with my bows or painting it's like you know where you messed up and fixed something or one brush stroke is off. It doesn't mess anything up or look bad it's just you are the only one who knows to look for it. In my opinion I am too hard on myself as far as critiquing my work. I clean a house once a week and I find myself going behind myself more there than in my own home! lol It's because you are doing something that others are going to see and you want them to be satisfied a hundred times over. The only advice I can give is, remind yourself that you are not perfect and NOTHING is perfect. We are crafters/bow-makers not miracle workers. You are not a machine only human and I'd rather have something hand-made that's gonna last than made by a machine and fall apart in a week. HTH
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:28
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Thanks so much for your encouragement! I guess I just over critique myself. It may be the ribbon too. Sometimes I get a great bow and sometimes I don't and usually when I don't it's the flimsy ribbon! Does anyone have a favorite? I like RABOM, but just wanted to see what you guys think. If you could find those instructions for the hand folded bow I would appreciate it!
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:34
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RABOM is also my fav. I have ordered from TRR as well, someday want to try UB, atleast for their polka dots. Just haven't yet.
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