.There will be a meeting Monday, January 17th at 730pm at PAUL GEANEY'S to organized a handmade artisan guild, tentatively named KerryHandmade. There's lots to discuss, including setting up a committee, grant possibilities, craft fairs, and workshops. Since this is the Year of Craft there seems to be a rush to schedule lots of activities, but there is also the opportunity to promote Kerry crafts and get a bit of money to do it, too.
If you are in Kerry and you make handmade goods, please try to attend the meeting. Not only will we be able to market together and save money, but we will also raise the profile of all handmade goods in Kerry. Speaking of marketing, I am currently reading Un Marketing by Scott Stratten. It was a recommended read by Etsy and I have to say it is worth every penny. It kind of validates all the ideas that I have had about cold calling and how it does not work. In a nutshell, people sell themselves as trusted individuals first before they ever sell a product. Important to remember as a sole trader. Do spend the money to buy the book because it makes so many valid points.
In the meantime, I have stressed the tendons in my right arm, so my felting and crocheting is very slow right now. Not very convenient, but there you go. I can use the sewing machine, so maybe I should concentrate on that for now. There are lots of plans for this year, but it seems to be off to a very slow start!! Is anyone else experiencing roadblocks???