Saturday, June 20, 2015

40 yrs Later - A Great White Anniversary

I've always been terrified of water I cannot see the bottom of - ocean, lakes, rivers.. I, personally, like to see with whom I am swimming - anyone who's ever seen what a sea worm (rag worms or bobbit worms) looks like up close, can appreciate my queasy feeling... and that's not even casting a thought to the man-made uglies lurking in the dark waters...
Nope, I stick to swimming pools. :P

But I've always admired and appreciated the ocean's - as well as, nature's beauty; including Great White Sharks.  

I was almost 5, when Jaws was released in theaters - but it wasn't until a few years later that my fear of dark waters, was given an 'excuse' - the Great White Shark - specifically Jaws!  (and to anyone who asked "don't you want to go in the ocean?" just humming the opening Jaws theme was enough to answer and avoid the adult 'encouragements' to overcome my fears.)  
Ah, yes, you can say, I have owed a debt to that big beastie for most of my life - without ever truly 'fearing' the fish itself.   

Although it's not "Shark Week", which is usually when I remind you about Chum, the Great White Shark from the FDbyK4TT Library of patterns - the 40th Anniversary (June 20th, 2015) of the 1 film that kept so many ON the beach and out of in the water, is the perfect time to re-share Chum with you.

Unlike his dastardly 2nd cousin (twice removed), Chum is just as sweet as can be and loves to cuddle, watch cartoons and is completely vegan! 
Following instructions and materials from pattern will produce a 12 inch (in length) cutie to help celebrate the wonders of the ocean and it's beautiful inhabitants.

A creative and thoughtful gift for anyone who loves the ocean, appreciates the beauty of the ocean of just loves sharks.


Katt's Note:

Before I begin to receive the "PC eMails" about recent news events regarding shark attacks and how incentive promoting "sharks" is; these big fish are truly magnificent beasties and NOT monsters.  
Do you blame the lion for his attack of the prey in his territory?  Or raptor (eagle, owl or hawk) that swoops the cute bunny from your yard?  Most shark attacks on humans are not predatory in nature - but when you've got approximately 288 saw blades in your mouth (48 teeth you see, and 4-5 rows of 'developing teeth' that you don't see) - even the slightest investigatory grab, is going to leave a mark.  
These magnificent leftovers of a time that we've never known and even forgotten, deserve our respect, not our ignorance and fear.  The Great White Shark isn't acting upon prejudice or malice (although could you truly blame him, with how we pollute his waters and poison his food sources, if he were?),  these beautiful creatures are just 'doing what they do' in their own environment - and WE humans are the intruders into their home.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

I have really, REALLY been surprised in the past few days at the sheer number of posts I have read from hobbyists, working with fiber, who allow their furry children around their works in progress. 
and even worse - taking to social media and complaining about an infestation issue they are having within their homes.
Then weeks later, these same people are complaining about low sales or having a clearance sale to move inventory - because nothing is selling.

Would YOU purchase an item from a home that has bedbugs?  fleas?  ants? lice?  or would you just be a tad concerned that you may get a hitchhiker along for the ride on the item that you have just purchased?

If you are only making items for your family and friends - then yes, the chances are that 'they' would already know about Fido bringing fleas into the home.  They would know that Fluffy thinks that fuzzy skein of yarn is just aces to sleep on.. whether it is in use or not.  These are family members who know and most likely support your furry children as well as your crafting endeavors, but ... you are also (most likely) not charging them at all - or not nearly what you are listing items for online.

Perhaps I have set a bad example.  Some of the photos that I have shared on social media do happen to have one of my furry beasties in it.  There was my Moose with his Moose in one - there was the Cat in my lap and the cat on the keys... 
but NONE of these items were for sale!  My original models ALWAYS go to the copyright office - well except for the ones who are stolen by said beastie.  What is photographed never sees anything more than a box and a storage shelf or the inside of a dog jowl.
I can afford to be more 'playful' with my photos because I am not making a finished item to sell to the public. 

When I do crochet pieces for charity or for sale - these items are always completed in what I refer to as the 'studio' .. this is the one room of the house which does not see animals often (it's in the basement by the laundry) and when I am in there, absolutely no one with fur or dander (and occasionally, the no one with questions or food either)  are granted access to my studio.  
Although primarily I design patterns - my finished items also say something about my work.  My WIPs, I make for sale, always have their own sealed bag to store in, are packaged (in many instances) immediately after finishing and photoshoot - to insure that when I advertise the item, it will be dust free, hair/dander free and ready to go upon it's sale.

Always remember that when you are treating your hobby as a business - your customers are expecting 'business quality' in all aspects.  While dog hair on a doll may be just a minor inconvenience to you - quickly brushed off... like 90% of your furniture, clothing and everything else in your home (we do love our beasties!) - to your BUYER, it's 'dirty'.
While a bit of cathair on that afghan is just a well loved 'comfy seat' seal of approval to you, to someone with a cat allergy, it's an annoyance that they paid to receive!  Smokers (and I am one of them) need to remember to wash those hands each and everytime you pick up that yarn to work (I have never smoked in the house - BUT, that smell can stick in your clothing and your fingers.. the same fingers that your yarn is filing through to make an item!) and reformed smokers as well as non-smokers can smell the faintest whiff of burnt nicotine on any fabric made item.

I am not trying to be preachy and I truly hope it doesn't come across that way.  I am merely trying to help point out that some really crafty people are shooting themselves (and their business) in the foot because they are turning potential clientele off, with seemingly harmless posts and rants - that in reality, most likely, doesn't reflect their work.