Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I'm a silly sausage!

What?! 6 months since I last took the time to post here?! Outrageous!
But let me explain.


Just over a year ago I uploaded a couple of weaving videos to Youtube. I was just interested in sharing, considering I don't actually know any real life weavers, I suppose I was welling up with excitement at all my weaving discoveries. And sharing is fun!

So, what happened? Well, very unexpectedly, the videos were well received. People started subscribing to my channel and talking about them in Facebook weaving groups. And they're still subscribing and talking!

All of the enthusiasm and positive feedback inspired me to make more videos. The rest, as they say, is history! 

I now have two Youtube channels. One is free to watch, the other is on a paid subscription basis. I started the paid channel because many (most) of my videos take hours in the planning, filming, editing and instructing. Plus the cost of all the materials. I have made the channel affordable and aim to have a huge library of videos available to subscribers, as well as exciting projects, techniques and the occasional giveaway. It's the place that I'm happy to give away my weaving secrets :) I'm really pleased that many have joined this new channel and hope that it grows over the next year. 

Growing the dream. 
All of the above has allowed me to hope a little more that my dreams may be possible. I may eventually be able to move past the "pocket money" stage of online teaching into the "actual income" stage. I may be able to start teaching real life classes.
And ultimately, one day, I may be able to have my own teaching studio. Big ask, I know!

in 2017 I'll be putting a lot of work into my paid channel. Doing videos for both channels this year has been rewarding in many ways, but in addition to my homeschooling commitments I have found myself a little burnt out and suffering some niggly health conditions at this end of the year. I feel I spent way too much precious time sitting at the computer! So, the paid channel will be my main focus next year. 

If you haven't seen my channels yet, you can find the free one here and the paid channel here.

I hope you had a most blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

I'll try to make it here more often, really I will...


10 comments:

Nanna Chel said...

Congratulations, Kelly. You do the most beautiful work and I hope that your dreams come true as I am sure they will. I hope the New Year brings you good health as you continue your journey that you have started so successfully.

Debbi said...

Love your videos, Kelly. I do know how hard it is to be in four places at once. At one stage in my life, I had four boys all going in different sporting directions, as well as keeping up with our home, my drafting business, personal hobbies, and other family obligations.

Continued prayers for your health, family, and success of your weaving videos, and future endeavors in teaching. God bless!

Debbi said...

Love your videos, Kelly. I do know how hard it is to be in four places at once. At one stage in my life, I had four boys all going in different sporting directions, as well as keeping up with our home, my drafting business, personal hobbies, and other family obligations.

Continued prayers for your health, family, and success of your weaving videos, and future endeavors in teaching. God bless!

Kelly Casanova said...

Thank you Nanna Chel!

Kelly Casanova said...

Thank you Debbi, God bless you too :)

Sue Elvis said...

Kelly,

It's great to see you back on your blog!

I'm so excited for you. 2016 was a big year for you. Maybe 2017 will be even bigger! I do love seeing people following their dreams. It's wonderful that you've had success already, and I'm sure you will achieve even greater things as you continue to share your talents. So many people enjoy and learn from your videos. I hope you have a fantastic 2017!

Unrepentant Escapist said...

I love your videos. I'm really interested in your rigid heddle loom. What brand is it? It looks lovely.

Kelly Casanova said...

It's an Ashford 24 inch :)

marciamayo said...

Your videos are so helpful. You seem to know the question in my head and you answe it in an easy to understand way. You are my weaving guru!

Kelly Casanova said...

Well, thank you very much!