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New information for 2010

I always feel that September is the beginning of the year for me. It is when the children start their new year groups and the need for new shoes and autumn uniform creates a feeling of starting afresh. Maybe this should be the time for resolutions that don't necessarily involve giving up chocolate.

With this in mind, the plan is to try something new. Alongside the puppet workshops, I am going to start selling my puppets.

I have flirted with the idea this year by giving some away during festivals and after adult workshops and it has gone well. I think there is a definite 'want' for them. At the moment, I am looking into the legal requirements of labelling, pricing and so on but the hope is to start things off after Christmas if it goes to plan! I'll try and update any more news on this.

The problem I have with updates, is the agony of how to actually add them to my website. It is meant to be easy but for some reason, the process eludes my sensibilities. As such, I have created a huge folder on our family PC desktop labelled 'updates for Jo's website' aimed for my husband's eyes! As he is busy the majority of the time, it sits there containing puppet making notes, photos, newspaper articles and of course, I'll put this there too.

If you are reading this, then there is a good chance you may find other new sections added at the same time. I thought it may be helpful to make some of my workshop handouts available on this site - any feedback about them would be most appreciated. On the same note, if you would like other puppeting information added to this site, please let me know and I'll add it to the infamous desktop folder.

The puppet workshops have been a little sporadic this year as the cuts are starting to filter down the ranks. I have kept my fees at the same level as last year to make it easier but I am noticing the changes from when I started out three years ago. Customers are wanting even more for their money (I know the feeling) and it is difficult to get the balance right between feeling valued for a job well done and being competitive.

I am back working by myself again with the occasional help from students or work experience helpers and this system is very effective. I feel very lucky to be doing something I am passionate about but the money thing is taking its toll. Business colleagues working in a similar way to myself are all feeling it and I really appreciate their support as we try and help each other out. I'm sure the world is a better place with puppets featuring highly on people's agendas.

I just need to convince everyone else by spreading the puppet joy!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to book a workshop or just discuss things further. I'd love to hear from you.


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