I was thrilled to receive so many emails last week after I (finally) sent out a newsletter. It was lovely to hear from crafters. Let me share some of the most asked questions with all of you now.
Question: What is happening with the trucking company issue?
As of today - there are still meetings going on between the Painted Post Planning Board and several of the residents of the village. Since I do not physically live at the Crafting Cottage, I am not able to vote in any of the elections pertaining to the Village of Painted Post. As such, I have stepped back from attending many of the meetings. I was able to do quite a bit of research on several fronts for my neighbors and they are in possession of all the legal papers, reports, communications, past history....etc., etc. that I was able to dig up and they have been able to use that information. I also created a Facebook Page specifically for the neighbors of the Village of Painted Post to communicate with others who were unaware of what was happening.
Clearly, there were many levels of inappropriate action taken and the saddest, to me, of it all was how certain people took advantage of the Pandemic to try and slide this under the radar. I am encouraged by the fact that there are enough people now that are not going to let this situation slide by.
Question: When do you anticipate opening up for in-person stuff?
Ahhhhhh....the Crystal Ball question. I do not know the answer to this one yet.
I am working on an idea for those who would like to have access to the Tool Room and be able to cut out several items using the large die-cutting machine and commercial dies. I know that several crafters out there rely on access to the big dies to create multiple tags, shapes and cards for the upcoming holidays.
I would limit it to two people (who know each other - friends or family) at a time for no more than two hours or one person solo up to three hours.
I can easily sanitize everything when it is just one or two people at a time. Everyone would need to wear masks at all times, etc., etc.
Question: Any idea as to when the Inn will reopen??????
My first booking for 2021 in is the month of April. Let us all hope that the Inn will safely welcome back guests once again by that time. I will soon be posting available dates in the online shop for groups to book for dates beginning in late March of 2021.
I have made several changes in anticipation of dealing with the
Covid-19 and those will all be listed on the Crafting Cottage Inn Page.
Do You Still have a booth at The Shoppes at Oldies But Goodies?
Yes, I do. I hope to get in there soon during one of the Vendor nights to refresh the booth and fill it with lots of crafting products that are geared for the upcoming holidays. I lost a lot of time in August as I was staying away from people so I wouldn't risk getting exposed to Covid-19 since my hubby was having three surgeries in August.
Will you be bringing back the Creative Challenge Kits again?
Yes, I will. I am offering one via ZOOM where people can interact with each other. I am offering another one similar to what I did in the Spring. Crafters will get to order the kit and create cards and tags and then send in pictures. It won't be a fund raiser as it was before. The themes will be geared for Autumn and the upcoming holidays.
I was asked to include more scrapbooking challenges - so I will do that, too!
What's happening with the online shop?????
OK - full disclosure here - I gave up on it!
As much as I fancy myself a Wonder Woman on steroids most days - I have finally waved the white flag of surrender trying to fill the online shop with products. It is one of THE most time consuming tasks. I have to take the picture, write the description, weigh it, determine the shipping price and then input all that data. I much prefer inputting kits.
There is so much competition out there, too. Most companies like Hero Arts, Graphic 45 and even Dare2BArtzy - all sell directly to the consumer. They also have several employees to help with the packaging and shipping, etc..
So - I am focusing on what I CAN do. I am working on classes. I am working on creating unique kits. Feel free to check out the shop and see if there is anything on there you would be interested in. Some of the items are on a special SALE! CLICK HERE!!