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Hello again. It’s been a while.

Check out these cute little finger puppets that I bought to put in my daughters’ Easter baskets. I bought them for $4.50 each at a local “fair trade” shop. I made the purchase even though I have yet to get my mind around how the people who made the puppets are getting any money out of it. It would not be worth my while to take the time to knit one and sell it for $4.50 direct, so I’m a bit wary about this. Any thoughts?

There been a lot going on behind the scenes here at CraftSanity. Since I last blogged, we celebrated Abby’s 7th birthday, Amelia’s second lost tooth and I taught 25 kids in Abby’s first grade class how to sew tooth fairy pouches by hand. (I adapted the project published in issue 2 of the CraftSanity Magazine and had assistance from Abby’s teacher and my husband, Jeff.)

“Do you want to know what I learned from this project?” one little boy said after he was done.

“What did you learn?” I replied.

“That I will never ever sew again for the rest of my life.”

Hopefully, he’ll reconsider, but I do appreciate his honesty. I felt better when a little girl came up and said: “I wish I could sew forever.”

Me, too!

But lately there’s been little time for recreational sewing. I did get the curtains started with the expert help of a friend. But our second scheduled work session was postponed when my furnace broke and the roof started leaking all in the same evening. I will update you folks as soon as we wrap up the project.

Work on the next issue of CraftSanity Magazine is ramping up. I’m excited about the summer projects and dreaming of warm weather. I’m scrambling to finish my projects and articles and working to test those submitted by contributors. It’s going to be a another fun issue!

We’re still accepting advertising for the June issue, so it’s not too late to place an ad for your handmade business, blog or website. Here are the the advertising rates:
Business card size: $37.50
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Half page: $150
Full page: $300
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All ads are published in full color and will be hyperlinked in the pdf version of the magazine. If you’re interested in advertising, let me know and I’ll reserve space for your ad.

Ok, I better get back to work. I have to prep for a TV segment tomorrow on WZZM’s “Take Five” morning show, write a newspaper column, run, take the kids to the library, throw more stuff out (I’ll explain in a future post) and then tackle the rest of my to-do list. Have a great day!

 

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Comment from Becky
Time: April 27, 2011, 12:01 pm

Perhaps the people making them used a knitting machine for some of the more tedious elements? It wouldn’t behoove me either to make and sell those for $4.50 — but I’m an admitted slow knitter. Looking forward to the June issue!! <3

Comment from joyce
Time: April 27, 2011, 3:58 pm

Well, I’m thinking that maybe the economy is extreemly depressed in whatever part of the world these were made? I’m sure there are places where if a person got one dollar for each one they made, it would be considered a boon to their income. It seems incredible to those of us living in more developed countries. The other day I read that the average income for city dwellers in China is equivilant to 2,700 dollars per year, and less than half that for those living in rural areas.

Comment from jo 戎嶋
Time: April 27, 2011, 7:11 pm

several years ago I was travelling in South America and I bought 10 of these little finger puppets for $2, not each, for the lot. At the time you could get a meal with a drink for $2 or a massive bag of groceries so if they are being bought down there then I can see how they can make them for so little. I am a useless knitter, it would take me 3 weeks to make!

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: April 28, 2011, 5:29 pm

About the puppets – what Jo and Joyce said. Plus, if you’re really concerned, I’d recommend asking the shop directly. Women at Risk sells similar finger puppets for $2 or $3 dollars from a womens’ cooperative in Peru. Places like that usually love to answer your questions.

Best wishes on the summer mag – loving my others! :)

Comment from Amy
Time: April 30, 2011, 11:35 pm

On teaching Abby’s class to sew–I recently made an effort at teaching my oldest son’s 2nd grade class to crochet–boy did I have my work cut out for me! There were definitely some frustrated 7 and 8-year-olds, but it was fun to see how eager they were, and even more fun watching my son hopping around helping all his friends! Did Abby’s class get to finish their tooth fairy pouches? We didn’t quite get to finish their projects–friendship bracelets out of a simple crochet chain–it was a fun challenge though!

Comment from jennifer
Time: May 2, 2011, 8:32 am

Hi Amy. Yes, all the kids got their tooth pouches done, so the project was successful in that regard. It is challenging to teach a roomful of kids how to make something. Thankfully, my husband came alone and Abby’s teacher helped, too. I was too busy to take pictures which always happens when I teach. It would have been fun to snap a photo of the kids in action so their parents could see how hard they worked.

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