I have a new banner that I will be putting up at the end of the road leading up to the centre.
I really do need to do more advertising but I am so rubbish. I have a leaflet that is great for me to give out at the studio, even though it has a spelling mistake or two ( yes I really am that bad ), but its not really any good for anything else.
Don't get me wrong I do advertise. I am lucky one of my students put in info whenever she can in a local paper.
I have a mailing list that includes all the local papers and magazines, parish councils and anyone who has at any time shown an interest. I do of course give them the option to opt out if they want.
The thing is I don't want to pay out much money or I should say I don't have the money to pay for much. Anyway I really need to get on top of it. I have just started to take bookings for my Autumn classes and if I fill my 2 beginners course then I should have enough money for all my rent through the winter months and it would be great not to worry about it.
Thoughts are turning to winter. One thing I hadn't anticipated was that my courses would be more popular in the winter rather than the summer. I suppose it make sense as most people are off in the summer on holiday.
I need to take some time off in January or February and paint the floor and the window, I also have a big water stain on my ceiling that I could do with covering. I am trying to con some of my students to help me. Maybe I can do a deal in exchange for a class or two?
I need also to think of better heating. When I moved into the new studio in January, I did what I needed to to get in and sorted, but the rest had to wait as it had to start paying for itself, very quickly.
I picked up this cute little welcome sign, I of course customised it in my colours. I was going to have it for my students to hang their handbags on as I am having problems with tripping over bags during lessons. They can put them out the back, I do have a lockable room, but as all students have access to go to the toilet, then I can understand why they don't watt to leave them out of sight. But this just isn't man enough for the job, its only got little fixings, I think I will look out for something better. So I have used it to put a few bags on. I am trying to decide whether to put more on or keep them in the bags on the bookcase.
So this is the result. I have been printing away and I am hoping it will be a limited edition of 20 prints.
I will list them on Folksy Yes I am back on folksy. I have been keeping an eye out and listed a few items to check it out and then in a moment of madness, decided to upgrade to the plus account, so I have to list lots and lots of items, now to make it worth while.
I started listing my cards today. http://folksy.com/shops/Wellydoggallery?shop_section=cards
I don't know how well this will come out but I also did a photo montage of the craft centre barn. These pieces are all part of en exhibition I will be putting on at the beginning of August to celebrate 1 year at the centre, so I think it will be all ducks and old buildings.