Hello everyone! Kari here. Its been one heck of a week, to say the least. I was out-of-town for the testimony of Comey, and only heard bits and pieces of it on NPR while I was driving, so those are my hot Friday night plans…To watch the hearing on YouTube tonight and babysit my fermenting pickles…(Oooh, pickles would make a really cute fabric!…Saving that idea for later!) We have just wrapped up our first round of summer camp for the little ones and it was awesome and exhausting and the kids are currently dug in under covers in their jammies doing what they do when they chill, aka Netflix and Minecraft.
Anyway, back to my first point here. I would like to begin by giving a quick shout out to my sister, who is doing a great job of running The Tree House Kid and to my Mom who is running Folks Linen! If it weren’t for those talented and loyal ladies, I would not be able to do what I do. That is to say, that I wouldn’t be able to focus so much time and attention to what I truly love to do, which is to design, quilt, and be an entrepreneur. With them running those shops, it gives me the time and mental space to really focus all of my attention (what is left of it anyway), to my quilts. Please take a moment and visit their shops on Etsy, bookmark the site, and go back and share some love!! We offer really unique gifts for kids and adults alike, depending on who or what occasion you are shopping for. The links can be seen above in the text, on the opening page of my blog, or by following the link at the top of our blog that says “Find Us Elsewhere”. As I am not making those items myself anymore, it is rare that I have my hands on them to take pictures, share them on Facebook, Instagram, or blog about them, but they are still an important part of Goodwin’s Custom Crafts!!
Now, on to what I wanted to share with you! Today, I had a change of heart about my quilts. I know they are lovely and pretty and took a lot of time and money to make. I know they are worth more to me than I can reasonably sell them for. I know Etsy is not a fine art Gallery, although you can definitely find fine art there. I know that most of my quilts are small and will be used with messy kids, on the floor, or out in the yard for picnics…As such, I can NOT charge what I might like to for my quilts because folks who are buying them know that they will end up getting spilled on, pooped on, or curled up on by the family four leggeds. This is something that I just have to accept! I have tried to follow the advice of folks from the “charge what you think it’s worth, then double it because your time is valuable” school of thought, I have tried to charge what I would like for my quilts to sell for in a perfect world, where everyone has more than enough money to invest in the arts and pretty stuff, and I have tried at times to charge what they might be worth if they were on the level of fine art hanging in a gallery. The truth is that when I started this, I liked that my work was affordable and attainable to normal folks with normal cash flow. I have always offered payment plans for items that were a little more of an investment, and that won’t change, but I want to revisit a time in my life when the art of making quilts was not so much about how much money they could bring in, but in the simple act of making the thing itself. The process, the journey, the end result. It is a little harder for me to keep my prices low and competitive because I ONLY use organic cotton in everything I make, so I know my quilts will always be more than the next quilter who uses regular cottons. I mean, I wish it wasn’t true, but the simple fact is that organic cotton is more expensive than non organic choices…but the old saying of “You get what you pay for ” comes to mind here. Ok, why am I saying all of this?….
Oh yeah! I remember. The good news is that I went through my shop and marked ALL of the quilts down 15%. That is a starting point. I only want to make enough money to support my quilting and have a little extra spending money for stuff the family and I like to do. Nothing too extravagant, just the simple joys of an adventurous life. So I have marked them down, permanently. I hope to sell a few this month and clear out some space for some new up and coming projects that I have in the works. I love to sell my work…it is so exciting each time something sells! The Etsy app on my phone literally makes a “CA- CHING!” sound like an old cash register every time I make a sale and everyone in my house cheers and takes guesses as to what has just sold! (Kinda nerdy, I know, but that’s us!) I want to make it easier for you to own quilts yourself and to keep us playing our favorite guessing game! Please stop by my store on Etsy, Kari Goodwin Quilts, bookmark the site, check in with the shop at least once a week to see newly listed items, and mostly, check out those quilts! If you have had your eye on one lately, it might be a good time to snag it! My quilts usually don’t last for more than a year in my shop, which is a pretty good turnover in my opinion. If you missed the first announcement, you may also want to know that I am working on a new, stand alone website, called (surprise!) Kari Goodwin Quilts that you can check out as well. I am still tweaking the listings and making adjustments to the website, as it is only a few days old, but I will keep you posted. Until then, happy shopping friends!! Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already, and bookmark our site to make it easy to find us again! Enjoy your weekend!!