Running With Color Art

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THE STRUGGLE TO GET ORGANIZED/POP UP MARKET RECAP/GIRL BOSS TIPS

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ENJOY THE PROCESS

All righty that is easier said than done... Let's be real! We all, myself included, have a million and one things on our plate. I love writing books as blog posts but I think I'm going to try out a simpler approach to blogging. I should start with researching other blogs I love or NAH, I'll just dive in not organized in TYPICAL TORI FASHION.... Just going for it. So here is the deal.  SIMPLE IT IS!

 I HOPE TO WRITE ONE BLOG POST A MONTH AS A RECAP <---- PUTTING THAT OUT THERE SO Y'ALL CAN HOLD ME TO IT ;)

EACH BLOG POST WILL COVER THE GIRL BOSS TIPS I INCORPORATE INTO MY LIVE VIDEOS EVERY MONDAY ON INSTAGRAM, POP UP MARKET TIPS, AND WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING. CHECK MY EVENTS TAB TO WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

RECAP OF EVENTS PAST +POP UP TIPS

PAST SINCE JUNE 15th

- Pop up @ Pet Wants Lexington - love the quaintness of the location and store GREAT TRAFFIC FOR MY PRODUCT. TIP: for finding the best times/day/months of the year to do an event? Honestly it's a process of trial and error and will come with time. Keep in mind where your customer might be on any given day, say on a nice sunny day. For me a lot of dogs went to the dog park that day which made for a little slower day. Don't fret... bring something to work on!

 PET WANTS LEXINGTON

PET WANTS LEXINGTON

-Pop up @ Southern Barker- A to die for dog store! -All the cute dog accessories and household products. Amazing traffic due to social media help. TIP: MAKE A FACEBOOK EVENT. -Post several times on social media to create awareness. If the location will make an event on their facebook page, as well, even better!

 SET UP @ SOUTHERN BARKER LEXINGTON (THEY HAVE A BARKER OF THE MONTH CONTEST)

SET UP @ SOUTHERN BARKER LEXINGTON (THEY HAVE A BARKER OF THE MONTH CONTEST)

 THE TREAT JAR SOUTHERN BARKER COMMISSIONED ME TO MAKE THEM

THE TREAT JAR SOUTHERN BARKER COMMISSIONED ME TO MAKE THEM

 

-Pop up @ Ashland Henry Clay Estate for YAPPY HOUR <--- NEXT ONE AUGUST 8th  (for  INFO CALL THE ESTATE 859-266-8581)             

-Beautiful Location -Shaded for pups -Wine for dogs and humans -appetizers for humans and a few of my favs Pet Wants and Piper Pals Pet Care were there with products and treat samples. TIP: As a new business find other new events that are just starting out or start your own event. This will lower the cost of entering and give y'all a chance to make changes and work together and I LOVE LOVE LOVE community opportunities. PS.... bought the wagon from Walmart for 40$ and it was a game changer. ONE TRIP TO THE CAR!!!! (LINK BELOW)

-Pop up @ Lexington Makers Market 2Xs <----- NEXT ONE AUGUST 11th 8:30-1:30  First time and TONS of people. SECOND TIME WAS MY BIGGEST SALES DAY YET! Traffic is usually my main focus however that's not everything. It's about meeting people as well, TALK TO THEM. However this event was great for the teaching side of my business. EXPOSURE EXPOSURE EXPOSURE. TIP:Don't give up because your sales are low. You'll get clients afterwards with online sales. Also word to the wise stick to a white tent black ones are so hot. Also get an eye catching sign to capture attention. 

-Girls Night "In" Promotion @ The Studio Lex- Some sneaks of the first Girls Night in! Want to paint at a cute location? All materials provided? Walk away with a wall hanging and fun memories with your girl gang? Or just hang at your place for the night and create something fun everyone can enjoy? Stay tuned for how you can access girls nights in tickets for your girl gang!

 

 

GIRL BOSS TIP RECAP

-Just go for it! Put yourself out there and take the leap!

-Cold calling- pick up the phone introduce yourself as a local to Lexington or your area and talk about your product with passion.  This will get the conversation started for whatever you want to call about. Setting up a pop up in a store, creating a collaboration ect...

-Social media organizing- It's a process and keep in mind baby steps count. Use apps that help you organize a months worth of posts. Then take it a day at a time. Schedule 5 hours to make 15 posts. Makes your life simpler. I PROMISE... I should listen to myself more often.

 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY: CHECK THE EVENTS TAB FOR WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME NEXT.

JUST WANTED TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PURCHASE DURING MY ONLINE CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE.

ORDERS ONLINE HAVE CLOSED BUT CAN BE PLACED AT MARKETS!

UP NEXT

GIVEAWAYS

GIRL NIGHT IN RELEASE OF TICKETS

PRODUCT AND PRINT RELEASES!

xoxo

Tori

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pottery Barn IN The Summit UM WOAH! I DID A THING

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Two SATURDAYS AGO because I clearly have a hard time working technology!

Anyway.... I still can't believe it........ I was in the Pottery Barn at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Like someone pinch me. NO, seriously, if you asked me 10 years ago if this is where I pictured my life, I would likely have laughed and thought "wow are you sure, you have the right girl?".  I mean after-all 10 years ago I was in the Ag College at the University of Kentucky dreaming of Vet School applications. What an amazing journey it has been to this point.(INSERT ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LIFE... MAYBE A LATER POST?) A college major switch to Art Education and here we are, venturing into the Pop Up Market world!

Back to the Pottery Barn event.... It went off without a hitch. Except for starting a few minutes behind schedule because for once in my life I under estimated time. Like that never happens, I'm 2 hours early to everything. The staff was very helpful and wonderful as I was a tad nervous from running late and running this one (wo)man operation solo..... but I find it to be such a breath of fresh air that such a large corporation makes it a point to reach out to the locals in the community and give them a leg up by allowing them to host an event inside their store.  It means so much to have that personal touch when business's of that caliber can feel so big sometimes. I am so thankful they are in touch with what happens in the local community. Pottery Barn has my "shop local" stamp of approval.  Which by the way I needed little convincing of that after sitting in there for five hours.... Let's be honest, I had my Pinterest dream home gutted, designed and renovated in that time frame plus a guest house and vacation rental, so who am I kidding. IT WAS AMAZING!! 

So any local businesses or small businesses that don't have a store front you should get in contact with Pottery Barn because the sales were worth it and I had a lot of fun, plus they have very comfy furniture to sit on during your down time! Which with good traffic there was little down time, so that was a plus. I also almost completely sold out of my Kentucky Mugs, head over to the shop page for there are only a few left.

LASTLY: TIPS FOR FIRST TIME POP UP MARKETERS:

1. Always keep cash on hand in small bills in your kit ready to go! So that on the morning of or like 20 minutes after you've started you aren't having to call your friends, family, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife.... But seriously who uses cash these days?! Inevitably you don't have it someone will pay with it!

2. WIFI.... I'm cheap when it comes to staying finacially on track. So spending extra on a cell phone plan seemed silly to me. Yep I'm the girl that used wifi for everything so why not just pay for 1G of data.  Coupon queen, yes that's still a thing these days. Like you can double those babies, use the paper kind plus the electronic kind. But back to the wifi... pay for that extra data because nothing is worse than getting home and realizing someones card didn't process. Most point of sales apps/devices.... will run sales when the wifi is off (which most places don't have wifi) and then when you get wifi again they will clear the sale but why cause yourself the headache of waiting hours when you could do it right when the customer is there. Makes me feel better anyway. So you can use your phone to tether to a device by spending a few extra dollar a month on your cell phone plan. Or simply pay for extra data to use your phone to process cards. I use Square and it plugs right into my phone. You can write it off on your taxes and it will save you the headache of an unprocessed card when you get home. WIN-WIN

Hope these help, now go make those sales!

Thanks for sticking with me as I figure out technology.

 

(insert paw print emoji here)

xoxo,

Tori

 

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Saturday May 12, 2018 The Amsden Coffee Club Versailles, Kentucky


WOW!!!

This past Saturday I taught my first workshop at The Amsden. First of all can we talk about how charming Versailles, Kentucky is?! The Riddle's have done a FABULOUS job in the heart of that little town, restoring the old bank building into a collaboration of small boutiques( Gathered Mercantile), The Amsden Bourbon Bar, The Yoga Room and the Amsden Coffee Club! If there is one thing you should know about me it's that I'm enchanted by history and all the charming and cozy aspects of small town life and this place has it all.

Side note.... I grew up in the small town of Noblesville, Indiana.... Charming is an understatement. If you haven't been to The Amsden you need to make it a priority, especially because the floral bar is to die for!

So having said all that the workshop location outside The Amsden was a perfect fit for a Saturday morning of sipping coffee and painting horses. I know some participants that would have to agree! We had lovely weather and a great group. They followed along while we created a horse racing painting. My teaching style I think a bit different than some follow along activities, as I try to give you the skills necessary to not only complete the project but to be able to do something similar at home without my help.  I was impressed by how well they did as we practiced drawing a horse and jockey from start to finish, followed by adding color through a few different mediums. We got to play with oil pastels and watercolor paints.  They learned how to utilize each medium and learned all about proportions so that each part of the horse lined up to their style and expectations and actually looked like a horse. 

The best quote of the morning "I am surprised it actually looks like a horse"- student.

By far the best compliment and that is exactly why I LOVE teaching. I like to see the amazement on my students faces as they accomplish something they didn't think they could do. All art is different and I enjoy encouraging each student to find their own style and creative nature. So what are you waiting for????

COME JOIN MY NEXT WORKSHOP! STAY TUNED FOR LOCATION DETAILS.

 

For details on my next workshop stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram (Running With Color Art) for chances to purchase your tickets! Next workshop will be held in June!

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO CREATE IN THE COMMENTS!

xoxo,

Tori