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June 29, 2017


Since 2004, I've been incredibly grateful to be a professional artisan, hand crafting luxury — and more recently, expendable — goods.

One of the awkward challenges of this path has been the frequency with which I've encountered a common misconception: that artisan goods should cost less than mass produced goods specifically BECAUSE they're hand made (because they're home-spun, imperfect, and/or made from materials any resourceful person could obtain.)

What people forget to take into account — very innocently, I believe — when they think this way, is that hand made goods that are priced fairly (covering time spent, materials costs, and unique skills, without undercutting pricing "to be nice," as a favor, or stemming from a lack of confidence in product, self, or sales potential) will always cost more than factory-made products due to:

1) Labor Costs — Factories are automated and can perform the work of hundreds of hands in a much shorter time than a single artisan ever could, even w...

June 14, 2013

Hello friends! I'm checking in after a while away from blogging. Here's what's new and exciting in my world:

First, on a personal note... my youngest Noah just graduated high school with a 4.0+ GPA and lots of AP credit for college. Life's been a whirlwind, full of family visits and so many celebrations around this huge event. Noah's off to beautiful UCSB -- a gorgeous University of California campus right on the ocean -- this fall. I'm so proud I could burst.

On a design note... My 'Glamping Stripes' pattern, originally created for a Spoonflower weekly contest (and now available on t-shirts, iPhone cases, totes, and pillows, among other items at Society6), is featured in the "Trailer Treasures" section of the current (issue 14) Australia's Vintage Caravan Magazine. Thank you Editor Lisa Mora, for the compliment and honor of this appearance!

Last (but certainly not least), on a teddy bear note... I'm thrilled to announce a new partnership with the incredible Silly Bears of Aberdeen,...

August 28, 2012

Being in demand and selling out are lucky problems to have, but problems they are all the same. I don't like having nothing to offer customers between bear releases. So now there's a line of Shelli Makes goods available 24/7, on demand, at Society6. First to arrive  in shop are illustrative designs derived from existing textiles -- but what fun it would be, to feature bears and pinkeep photos, too...? Something to work toward. What do you think?

August 27, 2012

My Fun Finches  fat quarter design won 1st in Spoonflower's Etsy Craft Party contest and was featured on Etsy's How-Tuesday blog earlier this week. Very exciting! Click here for a look at these cheery birdies on Spoonflower. Bonus: Coupon code ETSYPARTY12 gets you a free custom printed fat quarter featuring this or any Spoonflower fabric.

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