With a new year comes new plans for Wellydog. We are very happy with how the shop is starting to develop and we will continue forward with just a few changes.
Firstly, I want to paint more. With my 2016, 366 day painting challenge completed, then I have a new vigour and enthusiasm for my Art work. I have sorted through some of the art work in the shop and feel some of it is not up to the standard that I want to be known for. Some work has been taken away and the canvases, in keeping with the long tradition of Artists, will re-cycled, to be used again. Some I’m not so sure of have been reduced and if not sold will be recycled as and when I need the canvases. I am about to add a few new bigger pieces I have been working on and will continue to add to the collection throughout the year. As work sometimes sells quite quickly when I put it on the internet, then I want to keep some secret, to make sure I have some new pieces available in the shop. I think I have also reached a time in my artistic life that means I will take myself a bit more seriously. Over the last year with my 366 day challenge, I have had the most amazing support and comments from people, both in person and on social media. I have never had massive amounts of confidence when it came to my Art work and it has held me back a bit. I think with all the feedback I’ve had, I need to stop faffing about and take these compliments on board. Maybe it’s time to accept what my friends and family have been telling me for years, that I might just be ok at this painting lark.
I am also buoyed up by the success of my first auction of the paintings I did last year. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. All 6 sold and I am happy they are going to new homes where they will be appreciated. I am pondering what new art materials to buy, as we speak, and very excited about it. (how sad am I ). I am going to do a second auction quite quickly, mainly because February is a very busy month for us and I am not sure I will be able to do any for a while. So watch out for the next lot, coming soon.
Also the seaglass jewellery has been a extraordinarily popular over the last year. It has taken us a bit by surprise but we think maybe we will expand that part of the business. As some of you already have noticed then our online Etsy shop has been re-stocked. I have been guilty of not giving it enough time and effort, so that will change this year. We have also made the decision to try and stock it in other shops. To do this we feel we need to get a more professional look to our product, so have been to see our favourite printer, Ben and Copyrite in Exmouth. I may be slightly biased as he is my nephew, but I love what he does and those of you in Exmouth will have seen his murals in shops and cafes around town.
We have designed a leaflet insert to go in our jewellery boxes and Ben is working on a design for the top of the boxes. We will update you when we see more ourselves.
We have also been researching which shops and businesses to approach. This is something we have no experience of so it will be a steep learning curve. If you have done this yourself, or are a shop or business that takes in other people handmade jewellery, then any hints and tips, we would be very grateful for. Also if you know of any places that may be interested then please do let us know.
It’s a big step and a bit scary as it involves a bit of investment. But if we don’t try we will never know if it is worth it, what do they say………. who Dares wins, lets hope so!
See you soon