Well, mural season is upon me. Winter is a slow time for my mural painting business, and that stinks. Right when we start to rely on the money and the holidays come around with the added expense of gifts, no one wants to do projects at home. It happens every year. There is usually a small rush to get some work done before Thanksgiving, and then it slows to a trickle until after tax season. So this year I expected it, and lo and behold, April 17 passed and I'm working again. I painted a baby room last weekend. I have a playroom to do this weekend, and several jobs still in the works.
Of course, I have always made little things on the sly, but now I'm considering officially marketing some more items. The step stools are popular; I think I might be able to get them into some little boutiques with a bit of effort. And the little aprons and such- they are pretty cute. If I can keep the prices reasonable, I think I might be able to sell them here and there too. I know this sort of thing isn't as profitable as the murals, but it might help, and it would keep me busy in the off-season. I guess it time to investigate how to charge, gulp, sales tax.
I also feel like it is time to get more professional and official with my paperwork. I'm going to go have some real estimate forms printed. The kind that have the carbons built in. And I'm going to print myself some paper tags and thank you cards. I looked online last night for some fabric tags for my sewing items. I want them to be very simple and clean, a la Shim + Sons (scroll down that post to see the tags she uses), but there seems to be a minimum order requirement of 1000+ for something like that. 1000?! I'm not ready for that commitment. I was thinking 100. I'm going to call around locally to find some. I'd try to do them myself somehow, but I want them to be super washable and durable. Anyone have any sources? For fun I think I might try to print some t-shirts and a canvas bag for my supplies. Freezer paper stencils, here I come!
I also got my first special order sewing job. OK, it IS my sister-in-law, but still. Kim wants a summery bag out of the fun stripes and dots. I'm excited and a little nervous. I hope it turns out well! So, that's it on the official news front.
In more FUN news:
I got home from an estimate last night and J came running to tell me that he and daddy were "doing stuff!" They were doing some science experiments. They had some baking soda and vinegar volcano action going on and then they made the ooze. It was cool- very slimy! 1 cup water + 1 1/2 cups corn starch + stir, stir, stir = OOZE. Note: If you make this, don't throw it out down the sink, it'll clog the pipes. Throw it into the compost.
Oh, I almost forgot. Am I the last person to see this site? Brian showed it to me this weekend. www.pandora.com. It will build streaming radio stations based on your likes and dislikes in music. It is great!