There are times when you as a crafter might say to yourself, “I don’t have to buy that. I can make one.” I venture to say that we can probably each claim a piece of that pie. Sometimes, the pie is fresh-baked apple pie goodness. Sometimes the pie is half-baked, four-and-twenty blackbirds badness. Let’s explore both sides of that coin.
Below is an excerpt from a recent conversation with Jennifer Hutchings, Etsy owner of Dances With Flowers. I closed our conversation with “I’ve had to come to the realization that even though I can do anything I set my mind to, that I don’t have the time to do it all!” This is her response:
“Wow, that is sooooo true that just because you CAN doesn’t mean you should! My sis and I have a joke about saying “I can do that!” We’ve spent YEARS seeing something we like, then thinking we can do it better/cheaper. OMG, the money and time I’ve spent chasing that particular tail! /lol
I think the “I can do that” that finally sank it was a couple years ago at Halloween. I’ve never been a big fan of silk flowers, but I saw an autumn arrangement in a catalog that showed a big pumpkin as the vase, along with the most adorable little owl… and they wanted some horrible amount of money… and I just HAD to have it… so I went to Michael’s and spent HOURS picking out all the stuff… got up to the register and almost fell over when the total was twice what the catalog had asked – and I still had to assemble it! Rofl”
I can so relate to that! I have tons of tutu-making material shoved in a box in my closet. I finally broke down and ordered this one for my daughter’s upcoming 4th birthday. Too bad she wouldn’t be just as happy with a cord cover.
Most of the time, you can’t buy only the amount that you need for your project, so you really end up spending more than the item would have cost if you had purchased it out right from someone who has made it their profession. And you’re stuck with an expensive, probably crappy, version of what you could have purchased for less money and frustration.
Now on to the good pie. I fell in love with mason jar lighting. But I was not about to pay the price that was being asked for them. My husband and I went to Lowe’s and found the pendant kits on clearance for $7 a piece. I already had the mason jars. Twenty minutes after we got home, I had my new mason jar lighting completed, adding wonderful character to our country cottage. Granted, I am so blessed because my Jim-of-All-Trades had electrical and minor engineering know-how to make this a reality. Thanks once again to my marvelous, outstanding husband! To buy your own, check out Lamp Goods on Etsy.
Only you know your craftiness skills (or your husband’s) and your procrastination tendencies, which can also be classified as a skill. If it is just a few extra dollars out of pocket, save yourself the time and frustration and just buy the product already made, especially if it benefits one of us many indie Etsians.
If you would like for me (aka my husband, but I’ll hold the camera) to make a tutorial on mason jar lighting, please comment and let me know.