Learning to Promote Yourself

I am behind the eight ball.  I’ve been busy.  I got sick.  And stuff happened.  Now that things are quieting down, I can catch up on blogging stuff.  Better late than never, right?

I like networking, both in the crazy world of sub-netting IP addresses (Which I can do. Binary is fun!  And I’m a nerd, after all.)  and meeting new people and learning from them.  I recently went to a Meetup workshop held by Chelas and Nobody at Art of Recycle in Ephrata, PA.  These two have learned a lot on how to market, promote, and sell your artistic items and crafty crafts after years of hard work.  And they gave all this information for free.

I took notes.  Copious notes.  I also met a few other people, too, hence the networking part, and we exchanged business cards.  We were all from diverse backgrounds and artistic levels.  I was so happy that they got a good turn out because they gave out such good information.  I got a lot of ideas popping into my head about ways I can spread the word about both my photography and crafting items.  I’ll have to step out of the box, but be sure you’ll hear all about when I get the gumption to do so.

I did take one step that they suggested.  I went to the local merchants’ association website and applied for their big craft show in September 2013.  I’ll have to see if I’m accepted.

That being said, what did I learn…..a lot!  I learned to tell the stories behind my work.  People want experiences, Chelas explained, and that stuck with me.  I also found  how not to get scammed by galleries and promoters, and which local organizations to join. 

That’s just what I learned in a very brief nutshell.  If you are interested and networking and learning to promote your work, your first step would be a local art or craftmen’s guild. It costs money, yes, but they offer benefits, including workshop to their members, workshop where you can learn stuff like this.  And, if you live near Art of Recycle or lucky to have a place that is similar in your area, all the better. 

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Keeping Warm at the Art of Recycle

Art of Recycle is one of the creative reuse shops in my area that I support.  And, today, they need your, too.

I first brought Art of Recycle to your attention back during their Etsy Craft Party, which was a load of fun, I might add.  Now that colder weather has hit, their heating bill is pretty high and they could use monetary donations via PayPal help keep warm during the winter.  Please visit their website and donate a few dollars.  Art of Recycle is a non-profit and they do such a wonderful service to those here in our community.  Our area needed a place like this. 

To donate please visit their website

Creative Reuse Finds

I know, I know, I’ve been all about creative reuse lately, but I’m really excited about it!  As one reader pointed out, I forgot to post what I got at both stores!  So, in one big combined photo, here’s what I bought.

Besides a whole lot of yarn, here are some other fun treasures:

  • Two older pattern folders, one for sweaters and one for dishcloths, hence all the cotton yarn.
  • A pair of US 10.5 Susan Bates needles, a good brand and one of my favorite needle sizes.
  • Note cards from a recently deceased local artist.  Artwork was by her, not sent from.
  • Copper leaf for a decoupage project I’m starting.
  • A teeny tiny sock kit.  I wanted it mostly for the pattern.
  • A 2008 Knitting Pattern A Day calendar that is going to be scanned, databased, and given to the next person for their use.

I have found some awesome yarn in similar places, and Art of Recycle and Lancaster Creative Reuse were no exception.   What are you able to find in your local thrift and creative reuse stores?  I’d love to know what you have found. 

Etsy Craft Party 2012 and Art of Recycle

Yesterday was Etsy’s Craft Party 2012, and a time where people all over the world could go to places and celebrate the wonderful world of crafting together.  I was excited to find one such event was being held in Ephrata, which is one town over from me.  I signed up, and went.

Ephrata’s event was at Art of Recycle, a creative reuse shop.  Creative reuse is a neat concept.  Take a large space and fill it with all kinds of crafting supplies people don’t want anymore.  What do you get?  A non-profit that has a crafter’s dream of inexpensive supplies, awesome events, and an excellent resource for the community.  Needless to say, I left not only with my craft that we made, but also a bag full of yarn.

We made kaleidoscopes.  How cool is that?  Chelas and Nobody, the fine proprietors of Art of Recycle, put together a great workshop for all ages.  There were teens, kids, and adults all working on their projects.  You can see my posh, velvety creation here. 

I would say that Craft Party 2012 was a worldwide success and I was glad to be a part of it.  And I got my first taste of creative reuse.  I’m addicted, but more on that later.