Monday, September 27, 2010

Know Your Worth

At the office today, I participated in a semi-strategic planning meeting on a project that I work on. Usually, I sit quietly until asked for my opinion, but otherwise let the directors hash it out. However, I actually contributed to the conversation this time and felt pretty good about it.

A bonus for participating in a strategic planning meeting today was lunch (I chose the chicken pot pie).

On the Etsy front today, I got a suggestion from a seller to lower my prices. To her credit, she didn't say it maliciously or anything mean like that. I found it actually amusing because people in the past have suggested that I increase my prices. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. Mine is "Mmmmnope. No freakin' stinkin' way." I respectfully disagree. I think $4.25 is pretty reasonable considering the originality, craftsmanship, and time it took to make the card. You'd probably spend as much on something at Hallmark, and it wouldn't even be handmade. I think it's important to stand your ground on an issue like this because if you don't know how much you're worth, other people will start defining that for you.

::stepping off soapbox now::

I wanted to make an autumn themed card so I incorporated fall-y colors and leaves. I had these black die cut flowers on my desk and they inspired me to create a lattice of them with the fall colors. The lattice panel took forever to a) die-cut and b) adhere. Because the flowers are so thin, it was challenging to glue them on. The first time around, my fingers got all gummy, which transferred to the card base. Blech. I was determined to get the card right! I tried again by using the end of a paperclip to transfer the glue to the paper pieces and that worked a lot better.

Card Specs:
Ink: Colorbox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan
Stamps: The Paper Company Studio- Greetings (sentiment), Inkadinkado- Autumn Foliage (leaf)
Punch: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Die: Cuttlebug- Flowers
Foam adhesive: EK Success, Thermoweb

Amazingly, the floor of my room is clear of paper crafting items. I'm so proud that I've been able to keep that up for more than 24 hours. :)


asdesigns said...

Great card! I've heard so many different things from people on etsy lower your prices, raise your prices, have something in the background of pics, don't have something in the background, the list goes on. Do what you feel is right and what you can make some kind of profit for yourself.

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