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Old 05-17-2011, 11:53
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Here are a couple tuts

Just use one long strip of fabric, not the "scrappy" look like she did
http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2010/05...trip-rose.html

Basically the same thing, but she left raw edges by not folding the fabric in half
http://www.vanessachristenson.com/20...ic-flower.html
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:00
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http://madmim.com/fabric-flower-tutorial-4/

This lady called it the Gathered Folded Edge flower. Put a decorative center on it and voila!
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I like making a profit as much as the next person but I have no interest in ripping people off. Her prices are ridiculous. I would never pay that much for those items even if they are pretty and I don't personally know anyone who would pay that much either.

I'd be lucky to sell anything at those prices around here and honestly I wouldn't feel right about charging $30 for something that cost $2 for me to make and took me 15 minutes to do.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:38
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I think they are fairly easy. Take a strip of fabric (looks like she used a chiffon fabric to me), fold it in half, and run a basting stitch (a long running stitch), or on a machine with the stitch length set really long, down the side of the strip close to where the two edges meet. Gently pull on the stitch till the fabric gathers and ruffles. Then it looks like she sewed the strip into a circle making the flower. Add a center button and your done.

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This is how I make them.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:40
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I love her products. I have purchased from her in the past and also been following herfor a while . I think her price is about right. I'm pretty sure she own a studio and has helpers, she does probably have other expenses as well.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:14
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her whole website is very professional... very upscale i think that's how she can get away with charging so much. I'm curious if she gets a lot of business.

I love her idea with photographing the foe headbands over the books
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:23
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her whole website is very professional... very upscale i think that's how she can get away with charging so much. I'm curious if she gets a lot of business.

I love her idea with photographing the foe headbands over the books
I'm wondering that too.. I see she posts youtube videos some on hair and some on makeup...

I see many women on etsy charging a lot for things that cost little to make and they get tons of sales.. like Miss Ruby Sue she charges 60 dollars for some of her headbands.. and she has a dress on there right now that is super simple to make for 125.00
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:24
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List of expenses that many fail to think about:

-printer ink
-printer paper
-tissue
-shipping boxes
-bow cards
-business cards
-advertisers
-web site hosting
-yearly domain costs
-etsy billing
-ebay billing
-pp fees
-fuel costs if you drive to and from the post office to drop off packages
-wear and tear on your vehicle (even if it is a very small drive it adds up)
-cell phone minutes even if you have unlimited minutes
the square footage area of the space you use to do business and store supplies. You are paying for using up space in your home or in another building. Even if you don't charge yourself for rent you should figure that in as your business does take up space in your home. (something our accountant told us about)
-figure your electricity costs in there too
-any instructions or tuts purchased
-glue
-thread
-needles
-wear and tear on scissors/glue gun/wood burner/etc
-sealants
-stiffner
-actual product supplies
-and the one that most people leave out is figuring your TIME that goes into making these products. Your time is valuable. Every little thing counts as it can add up quickly. Many of us fail to see that.

That is why I cringe when I see a basic bow sell for $3. There is no way you can be making a profit to help pay for all of your expenses.

I don't think the business woman in the link is ripping people off. She is making a profit. Ripping people off is if she charged $300 for it and believe it or not....there are people that will actually buy it because to them if it cost that much then psychologically they feel they are wearing something of high quality and it makes them feel good. To each their own I guess....I personally would not pay that amount for them even if they were made by a high quality designer. This is why you see so many people operating two businesses. One for the locals in their area and one online aiming their advertising in larger markets.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:29
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List of expenses that many fail to think about:

-printer ink
-printer paper
-tissue
-shipping boxes
-bow cards
-business cards
-advertisers
-web site hosting
-yearly domain costs
-etsy billing
-ebay billing
-pp fees
-fuel costs if you drive to and from the post office to drop off packages
-wear and tear on your vehicle (even if it is a very small drive it adds up)
-cell phone minutes even if you have unlimited minutes
the square footage area of the space you use to do business and store supplies. You are paying for using up space in your home or in another building. Even if you don't charge yourself for rent you should figure that in as your business does take up space in your home. (something our accountant told us about)
-figure your electricity costs in there too
-any instructions or tuts purchased
-glue
-thread
-needles
-wear and tear on scissors/glue gun/wood burner/etc
-sealants
-stiffner
-actual product supplies
-and the one that most people leave out is figuring your TIME that goes into making these products. Your time is valuable. Every little thing counts as it can add up quickly. Many of us fail to see that.

That is why I cringe when I see a basic bow sell for $3. There is no way you can be making a profit to help pay for all of your expenses.

I don't think the business woman in the link is ripping people off. She is making a profit. Ripping people off is if she charged $300 for it and believe it or not....there are people that will actually buy it because to them if it cost that much then psychologically they feel they are wearing something of high quality and it makes them feel good. To each their own I guess....I personally would not pay that amount for them even if they were made by a high quality designer. This is why you see so many people operating two businesses. One for the locals in their area and one online aiming their advertising in larger markets.

you are so right. I calculate those into my profits or most.. I never thought about room or electric though

I just think this market is so flooded that under cutters are killing us. I see women all the time saying things like .. oh i can learn to make that on the internet or i can buy that at hobby lobby or walmart. it makes me want to scream really considering in 3 weeks they will be coming back to me saying oh I should have stayed with you because this fell apart. I don't think people think about the time we take to make things, photograph them, edit them, upload, post.... it is SO time consuming!
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:33
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Default Re: Anyone heard of Whippy Cake?

@ronnie i completely agree that there are a lot of hidden costs that people do not think about.

i just think for me... because i'm just starting there's no way i could even get business if i charged that much. I have a hard enough time getting business when i charge $5 for a basic bow and headband...

i'd love to charge more but right now i'm just trying to get sales.

i think i really need to invest money into a better photographer like her and maybe that would help. I'm in love with her photos!
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