Everyone at the workshop received one of my handmade “starter kits.” (Photo by me, © 2016 by Pam Winters)
Last year, I made a goal for myself: offer an independent creative workshop for a small group of willing participants. I would not only teach and provide supplies, but also, create a fun, inspiring event in which everyone there could be creative and social while making something new that they could take home, share and enjoy. Being a creative person and having solid workshop teaching experience under my belt, I felt ready to take this next step to offer my very own workshop on something I love to do: stamp carving. The idea was great, but I soon realized that creating interest in and promoting a unique workshop experience is a more challenging task than one might think. The initial effort, while it taught me valuable things about booking a venue, marketing a workshop (in person and online) and finding resources for promotion, it did not result in enough sign-ups to run the event. Disappointed, I brainstormed with those I trust, and came to the conclusion that it was an even better idea to host a workshop closer to home, with people who already know and support me. So, that is exactly what I did. I am very fortunate to be a part of a wonderful network of family and friends, and the workshop I envisioned came to be last year because of a special group of ladies who love getting together and doing creative projects; they were excited to try their hand at carving stamps. We all had such a great time together! In order to keep the creativity flowing this year, I plan to offer more workshops in the near future. I hope to see some of you there!