Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lack of results...

Well as it turns out my scouting around downtown Fort Collins has not come to any fruition as of now. I still have a number to call and an application for the artisan co-op. Here is where my shyness and fear of rejection come to the foreground. I know I need to get out and market myself but I just cannot seem to make myself pick up that phone. This is why I failed as a Mary Kay consultant you know.

I'm thinking of unique and different things I can submit to the co-op in March and I'm pretty sure I will force myself to take that leap because it will open up areas other than jewelry for me, like marbles. I've been told my work may be too similar to another artist's to be accepted. I've also been told that they are not looking for anymore jewelry at this time. I am trying very hard not to let other's influence my decisions for my business. Even if they are people I have admired.

I did send all my finished work with my husband to his office today. Hopefully some of his co-workers will be looking for Valentine's gifts. Keep your fingers crossed for that!

As for now I'm heading to work at the bead store and will teach this evening. Here's hoping for a creative day for everyone!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Scouting around...

Friday afternoon I used my few kid-free hours to scout around the stores in Old Town Fort Collins. It was a nice afternoon and I really enjoyed wandering around with no kiddos or husband in tow. I talked to a local artisan's co-op which looked like a lot of fun really. A very diverse group of artists with quite a bit of jewelry but only two lampworkers. The next jury meeting isn't until the end of March so I have some time to work out what I'd like to submit. The owners of the store I wanted to talk to about selling my work were out until after the weekend so I left my work with a friend in the store next door and she'll take them over next week. I'm also hoping that perhaps some of them will sell while waiting around this weekend ;). Keep your fingers crossed that they'll like my work and I'll have an amazing retail outlet!

Tomorrow is my middle son's birthday and we're partying down today. We'll have cupcakes and ice cream after lunch and then head to town to the roller rink. I'm even going to try to rollerblade! Hopefully tomorrow will be back to the torch.