I'm not sure where to put this so here goes: I'm going to be quitting my job because the after school "opportunities" around here suck, sorry, my kid has been choked twice, Yes, hands around her neck choked, in her after school program. So I'm done, but I was thinking (always dangerous) that I want to bring in a little money and not lose my mind as Susie homemaker so I thought I would teach sewing, just beginner stuff but I enjoy it and I feel strongly about exposing other people to it. Now I do lots of crafts, more than is strictly good for me and I am pretty adept at many of them so I was thinking about doing an after school program that teaches kids different crafts, no different than music lessons, or sports. After thinking about it I don't know that I could do 5 days a week. What if you get a kid that just drives you nuts and you have to see them everyday! Second that would kind of require someone else and I don't want to go there yet.
So here was the new plan have classes 2 days a week (Tues.and Thurs.) Work in modules so that for sewing for instance we start with basic hand stitches and work up to drafting and sewing a pair of pyjama pants on the machine over the course of 6 weeks or so. Then the next 6 weeks are polymer beads etc. I could do it at my house since I am walking distance from the elementary school. I am also walking distance from the High school so I may be able to get someone to help if there are lots of kids. Though obviously I'd cap the number. Each module could have a materials fee. It wouldn't take the place of an after school program but even if you kid was in after school 3 days a week they could participate.
There are still lots of things to work out but my question is am I delusional? Could it be possible to make money doing this? What would be the liability issues? Kids + Needles + razors = disaster? I need to hear what I don't want to. Suggestions, stuff I should be looking for?
Okay, I got this bright idea- I get a lot of them and they almost always give me heartburn!- to work up an e/web zine that covers current trends and how to get those trends with the help of our handy sewing machines. With the soon to be demise of Sew Stylish there isn't a magazine that does that anymore. Threads does great high end stuff, and the tutorials here are great but I want more! I want to see how to use my patterns to get the designer looks, what the color trends are for the season, how that translates into fabrics that I can actually get without having to go to NYC, and stuff like that. I'd like to see ways I can add vintage details to modern clothes so that I can wear them to work with out looking like an extra in a movie. Does any of this strike a chord with you too? This is all still in the idea stage but if you think it sounds interesting send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Sign up in the subject.
Okay, its been a couple of days since I checked in here!
Ottermama-- WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!! first (and second and third!) sales! FABULOUS!
Reneegf, Battlemaidenstudio, TickleTickle, and arteffexpainting, welcome aboard! If you guys would like to sign up to blog on CraftyMothers send me an email so I can send you an invite. You all sound like you have workable plans and your moving on them in your own way!
Anybody that I have sent invites for the blog. Write up a short piece, about you, your etsy, whatever! we want to start trying to get something up there daily. I haven't been either so I'll try to also. If you have a blog, add CraftyMothers to your links. In your etsy include it in your bio and your comments at the top of your shop. You should be doing that with your own blogs or myspace pages (have both!) I recommend getting a squidoo lens and a del.icio.us tag page. I'm still in the process of setting mine up. I'll post this on CraftyMothers too!
Bumping this up! and (drumroll Please!) I have hired my replacement at work so I will be able to go part time starting in the summer!! WooHooo!!!!!!! Now I just need to figure out how to entertain a boredom-prone 7yr old while I work in the afternoons! Anybody else want to join the CraftyMothers blog? Come on guys we're all busy but somebody may really need your experience! I don't know if anybody that posts here also lives in New England but the NEST (New England Street Team) is having a meet up here in CT. I highly advise everyone to find a street team on etsy to join so that you can benefit from others experience, brainstorming, etc...
I signed up mostly to hold my shop name so it doesn't get taken. I did notice that these guys are out of Australia, don't know if it makes a difference but if you are not set up for international stuff it could be a problem, I suppose.
Dreadtalmadge(jenni) I added you to the blogspot list. You should get an email invite soon.
Anybody else? I've been doing a lot of research on cheap marketing and blogs are one of the best ways to do it! Basically, if you use your shop name as your user name it boosts your google search numbers making it easier to find you. if you don't believe me enter swaggerdesign into google and you get about 2 pages of just ME! Also writing entries in the blog consistently establishes you as an "expert" in your field and so that can lead to other goodies. Come one, come all!
Its at http://craftymothers.blogspot.com Though there isn't anything to look at yet and only my info as an author. Send me your email address and I will put you in as an author too! That goes for anybody that want to be a part of this!