Friday, April 17, 2015

Procrastination (and a Giveaway!), 4.6.15

Procrastinating. I'm really good at that, in case you're wondering. Yes, I've been doing it all of my life. It's really how I roll, for the most part.  I think about something for a looonngg time before I act on it. For example, before I went back to school, I thought about it for about two years. Then I attended for a year. Then I quit for 7 years. Then I went back for a year.  Then I quit for 6 months.Then I went back and actually finished my degree. Then, out of school for a year, I decided to go back to school for a teaching certificate and another degree. (Needless to say, I'm pretty much FINISHED with the school gig!) But, even though it took a while, after all that, I pretty much have my dream job. And, since taking all of those art classes to get that dream job, I now have another dream job. Making things. Painting things, sewing things, crafting things etc. I procrastinated about getting serious about that, too, until I finally got up enough nerve to open my Olive and Ash shop in January of 2012. Since the very beginning, though, I've envisioned it being not only a place where people can shop, but also a place where people can learn- by offering workshops, classes, lessons, tutorials, etc. But, again, I've procrastinated on that second part. (Remember? That's how I roll! Story of my life- ask my parents and my kids!) But, now I feel like the time has come to get on with it. I know it's the next step if  I want Olive and Ash to end up being everything I have envisioned since the beginning. Hopefully it will continue to grow enough over the years to be my retirement "career" when the time comes. (Ten years and 9 months, but who's counting?!)

So, I really need some help from you. Basically, I'm wanting to know what kind of  tutorials, classes, workshops, etc. people might be interested in. A few of my thoughts:

*semi-private (2-3 kids ) painting or craft lessons in my home
* paint and wine nights (super trendy right now and I have the perfect place!)
*workshops for adults or kids in my home (small groups) or an alternate location (for larger groups- location yet to be determined).

(And, I  have names picked out for whatever the venue ends up being- Olive and Ash Studio-GO! and Olive and Ash- OPEN STUDIO.)  :-)

I know there are many more ideas that I haven't thought of , so I'm hoping that you'll  leave a comment with your ideas here on the blog or on the Olive and Ash Facebook page. And, if you could spread the word by sharing the Facebook post with the link to this blog post, it would be nice to get as much feedback as possible.

And, the best part... for your time and trouble... a giveaway! For each comment or "Share" your name will be entered into a drawing for my Left-Handed Apples painting. (Please be sure to let me know that you shared!)

Thank you so much!   Juli


  1. I would love for you to consider Mommy and Me, and/or Daddy and Me classes... where parents and their kids can do the art together... I did two with Karlene and we loved one - the other not so much... lol - again it's all about having a good instructor and "topic" our favorite was the owls we did together, the one we didn't like was supposed to be cats in fall leaves... IDK we had issues! lol Anyway all your suggestions are great and I think you can make a go of it. I really do!

  2. PS Love the new layout for your blog!

  3. PS shared the link on my personal facebook too.