Just wanted to share a comment made on my previous post from my friend Dolores. But first a little background.
Dolores purchased all of the wool for her penny rugs that I am making for her and had it shipped to me. I had to come up with a price for my time (labor) for making them. I've never had to do that before, as I use the materials I have on hand and then price my items according to what I think people might pay for them. ( actually my tax lady says that's the WRONG way to do this and I'll write about that in another posting). It was really difficult to come up with a price. I don't (can't) work on my projects straight through. I have to work on them as I have time. While I love to craft, I still have a household to keep up and grandchildren to watch. What to charge, what to charge.... I finally came up with a price and I was a little worried that it might be too much. Dolores paid it plus gave me a 'bonus'.
Before you examine a handcrafted item, and put it back down saying "it's too much" think of the cost of materials and hours of labor that went into that piece from conception to completion. Then realize...you aren't just buying a piece of art, but a part of that person's heart and soul who created it.