I feel the urge for an Oscar speech moment, thanking just a few of the people who have helped me in my quest for Meerkat World Domination!
Many of my mentors have been discovered on Folksy or Etsy forums where there is always a wealth of information to be found.
ffflowers spent hours talking me through my pricing strategy, and encouraged me to explore different ways of knitting my designs to become more efficient at what I do. Thanks Helen! Here's a bunch of your own handmade flowers for you!
Someone else who helped my enormously with pricing is Lupin.
Here's a medal (made by you!) for you Lupin!
The short version of my conversation with Lupin went like this:
Me: "My work takes 3 hours, but I can't possibly charge an hourly rate because it'd be too much, I couldn't afford to buy them at that price"
Lupin: "Your buyers aren't necessarily in the same income bracket as you."
Me: *lightbulb moment*
Photos have been (still are!) a steep learning curve. Bombus rephotographed some of my knitted flowers for me in beautifully staged settings, to show me how it could be done. Thanks Bombus - have a heart (decoupaged by yourself, naturally!)
Many many more people have helped me, and still do. I like to think I help others, too. I encourage you all to join in the community life of the forums, seek advice, take it (or not) and offer advice when you have some. Spring's coming- let's GROW!
To finish - did any of these people plan to be my mentor? No. Do they even realise I think of them as my mentors? Probably not!