I’ve been very busy the last few days, and keeping the UPS guy and postman equally busy. I’ve been putting my space together in preparation for getting to work.
I thought I would share a quick post to give you an idea of what I’ve got going on at the moment.
I’ve been watching and rewatching THIS TEDx talk about discovering your life purpose. The part that I enjoy the most is the end when he gives the listenser the secret to the perfect “elevator speech” regarding the work that they do. So my goal for today is to follow his “formula” and perfect my elevator speech. Right now I’m saying “I’m a felter” which gets me a lot of blank stares, or it comes across as a cheesy hobby. It’s not having the right impact or engaging my “audience”the way that I had hoped for.
My table and market tent have been delivered, so next month when the weather is a little less temperamental I plan on doing some dry run booth set-ups to see how long it takes me to single-handedly set up my market booth, and figure out how I want everything to look. I also still need to make myself a banner to hang from the front of my booth. I’m still waiting to hear back on whether or not my (late) application at the farmer’s market will be accepted, if it does not get accepted I have a back-up plan.
I’ve also discovered that my felting table makes an excellent desk, too good, in fact.
My big purchase and time-suck for this week has been Craft Maker Pro, a bookkeeping and inventory software for artists and makers. I spent a day looking at as many different options as I could find. I did find one software package I liked even better, but the company has been out of business for 2 years, so it probably wasn’t all that great anyhow. I then spent all day yesterday inputting all of my raw materials, including the vendors that I got it from. It was a laborious process, but I think it will be well worth it in the end, as it will be that much easier and quicker to calculate the cost of my labor and raw materials so I am charging a fair price for my finished work. By keeping my prices accurate, I will be able to afford to stay in business more than one year. I had a tendency previously to undervalue my time, and not keep track of expenses, and then practically give my work away for free because I didn’t think anyone would pay for it. So I got the software to prove to myself that my time is valuable, and my materials aren’t cheap. I work with silk, superfine merino wool, alpaca, camel, Angora and cashmere. The materials I use are luxurious, and I want as many people as possible to experience how amazing a light, warm, soft silk and camel scarf feels around their neck.
Anyhow. Let’s get to the fun stuff! And before you ask, I don’t have any photos of finished felted work yet. Be patient with me, I’m a slow starter because I like everything to be in order, but once I get going there’s no stopping me. I’m still waiting on a third shoe organizer with horizontal pockets to organize my batts and more expensive fibers. I thought I would protect them a little better from my daughters, they have a tendency to do “drive-by” damage when passing through my workspace.