Well it's my second week of my blog & I'm already behind, I knew I wouldn't be very good at total consistency but this might make me get better. I originally wanted to post every week but as I get busier it is harder. The winter months are a little slower for me.Last week I was pondering the idea of a Plant night inside my greenhouse which is similar to the
paint nights but instead you build a succulent planter. It is hard for me to throw myself out there again after I feel like I've been hiding in my safe home all winter, especially getting out in front of a group of people but I need to do this for my business. That is one of the hard things about running your own business, you don't have to be somewhere, a boss isn't expecting you. So it is difficult to make yourself go to work sometimes, especially when it is a bit uncomfortable.
This year I decided not to attend our local farmers market to sell my tomato plants, I have been going for fifteen years, depend on that income as well as built a good reputation for my plants so it is a very scary decision for me but I feel it might be time to start directing the public more to my location to purchase rather than me take the plants there & put them through some of the conditions they don't thrive in. It is really what most market vendors want by attending the markets, is to gain a reputation & customer base. Markets are a cheap way of advertising your business with a direct customers contact face to face. Plus they come to your booth if they are interested instead of you approaching them for sales, I never really want to do that ~ I am an artist not really a salesperson but I guess I have to become a salesperson to make a living being an artist!
Anyways I am behind in my post, I have been doing some spring cleaning my house was getting out of control & I am going to be needing to work out in the yard & greenhouse more as the weather gets warmer. I was busy last week preparing for my first Plant Night, I needed to go to the greenhouse my Dad works at (it's the greenhouse I use to work at in college & a much larger operation than mine) & pick up some container pots for the event. The drive is two hours one way so it takes up most of your day, after a couple of days I started getting my containers out only to find they made a mistake & I was going to have to go all the way back for a $13 mistake! Not even worth the fuel! But what do you do? Right? So I face the fact & realize I'm going back, then later that day I received a call from a desperate customer planning a wedding, I added her order to mine, made more money & made the trip well worth it. So you just have to try to stay positive & keep plugging along because you never know what's around the corner!
My first Plant night worked out pretty good, I will make a few changes it was good to do a small weeknight version to work out the kinks. I made the cutest cheese balls to look like succulents, (in the first pic) they were my favorite part! I didn't have very many people sign up so I asked a couple of neighbors to come & with a few calls I did have a decent crowd. I gave the people I called a discount & free ones to the neighbors as sort of a trade to Thank them for coming & maybe help spread the word. It turned out to be very fun, made us all happy & I think it will catch on. I already booked a future party for someone who purchased a take home kit! I hope to do some art workshops soon. Some pics of the night.......
~Bye for now Art on!~