Since I got home, I’ve been busy putting all my new tools to good use.
I’ve been tackling my books and taxes for 2011, using the accounting advice I was given in Saturday’s financial workshops. They did so much to help me understand the language of accounting, it really made it less intimidating and the learning curve feels less steep. So much good information from both of the folks leading the financial workshops, Boomer in the morning (his real name!) and then Lauren Venell in the afternoon.
Because of the awesome workshop on email marketing from the folks at Mail Chimp, I have set up a mailing list and synced it to my Etsy shop. I no longer feel lost in that area. Confidence is a great feeling! Craftmonkeyapp and Mail Chimp have created a brilliant, easy, and a great resource for a small business like mine. By the way, if you want to get monthly newsletters from me, you can sign up over there on the right hand toolbar. I promise that there will be no spam and no deluge of mail, especially around the holidays. There will be secret sales and special coupons from time to time, and advance notice about cool stuff going on with Honey&Ollie. I’m aiming to send one email a month. That’s it.
The information from Gustavo’s media workshop is still simmering. I’m honestly not sure how or if I want to utilize print media, but I’m glad to have the info in my toolbox if and when I ever decide to do that. In the very least, I think it will help me promote shows and events that I am involved with. You’d be shocked at how little some show organizers do to promote their events. This workshop made me feel a little more equipped to make that happen.
I haven’t made it into the studio to paint yet, but I’m really excited for that to happen. The open paint studio reminded me that art is FUN and can be loose and relaxed. I needed that.
I can’t wait for next year’s Craftcation. I think I will feel a lot more equipped to handle the social and networking aspects of that kind of event. I’m more confident about my conference survival strategy, from an emotional and also self-care standpoint. I will probably not fly solo next year, either. Con-buddies are good. I’m glad I didn’t try to cram more into my brain than I did, but at the same time, I think next year I will be mentally equipped to do more in the workshop department.
So how did the rest of Day 4 go?
Day 4 (the last one) of Craftcation dawned and it was super rainy (that rainstorm finally rolled in) and cold. I slept in, treated myself to a sumptous breakfast of room service oatmeal (shockingly good, actually) and then… blew off the closing panels and goodbye stuff entirely. I was, at that point, really getting into my alone time. I felt so inspired by Nicole Longstreath’s wardrobe class, what I really wanted to do was to go shopping! Normally I hate shopping, y’all, so when the urge hits, I listen. Downtown Ventura has oodles of thrift and consignment shops. I counted 5 in a 3 block radius alone on one street and they’re all really *good* thrift shops. Armed with my newfound knowledge, I managed to find a really cute dress, two blouses and a pair of knee high lace up black leather boots – all for under $60. Using Nicole’s techniques and advice, it was easy and brilliant and there was very little room for negative self talk. At first I was dubious about it when I saw it on the schedule, but I really am so grateful that I took it. It wound up having tremendous value. For example, if not for Nicole’s workshop, I would not now have these:
I sense a blog series here. “Remaking my creative wardrobe.” I’m in the process of weeding stuff out right now. It’s harder than you’d think, to be merciless, in the name of fashion… if you want to know more about Nicole’s techniques, she’s got an e-book out on Amazon.com (kindle only, alas) and her website has some good info, as does her newsletter. Two thumbs up from me!
Captain Sexypants braved traffic and the rainstorm and joined me in the afternoon and we spent the rest of the day jaunting about Ventura, having a wonderful Italian dinner and seeing The Hunger Games. The next day we did a lot more of that sort of thing, it was sunny and gorgeous, we were relaxed and happy, which made quite an idyllic end to the weekend.
Idylls never last long though… it’s back to work for me! I’ll be at Majestical Roof Gallery – 88 N. Fair Oaks, Old Pasadena CA – this weekend from 10 – 7 for their monthly art market. Come on out and say howdy!