Well it is the first Wednesday of the month and first Wednesday of a whole new year! This year is exciting right from the get-go for me. My goals are big and surmountable and will unfold right here - you will see, if you choose to follow along.
We are off! Into the wild blue yonder of 2013! Yippee!
First off – Have you heard about The Dolphin Studio?
It is the business my parents started when they landed in Stockbridge MA back in 1969. My sisters, parents and I moved into a rambling Victorain “cottage” right on Main Street in Norman Rockwell’s American town. The house was purchased sight-unseen as Primm and John ffrench were relocating their young family from rural Co. Wicklow in the east of Ireland to the Berkshire Hills for jobs they had secured heading up the local high school art department. The Dolphin Studio encompassed whatever product was conjured up, in the home-studios of my mom and dad - from ceramic classes taught by my dad to the hand screen-printed calendars we still (43 years later) produce.
My dad gracefully passed on into the next realm a few years back. So my mom, who is nobly entering her 84th year in March, (in that same rambling home in Stockbridge MA) decided that my sister Sofie, and I should take the reigns and lead the biz on into the future. The last three years Sofie and I have spent working out the kinks of running a business together and the logistics of hand printing 2,200 13-page calendars in addition to our lives outside The Dolphin Studio. 2012 proved to be a real debacle. We resolve to make 2013 better by a mile – by having calendars ready for shipping by summer and likely adding a collection of art posters. Stay tuned.
This month’s free give away is for the 42nd edition of The Dolphin Studio Calendar – for 2013. Leave a comment with your idea of how we can market our calendars better. Does anyone out there have an address for Ellen Degeneres, Martha Stewart, Barack Obama, or Oprah Winfrey? (if so you might want to send them in an email rather than a comment to Crispinaffrench (at) gmail (dot) com) We only sell directly our customers and would love to get our time-tested and truly loved product in front of a few more people.
Thanks for your help and input on this one! A winner will be drawn at random by noon on Friday and announced here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crispina/32414163072?ref=hl. Eligible entrants must only comment once, have a US address for shipping, and, they must not have won anything from here in the last 12 months. Good Luck!