I took my son to the chiropractor on Monday. He was given a clean bill of health, and I was told to come back in 3 months.
I went to the receptionist, and asked for an appointment in 3 months time. She said, “Right, that will be the first week of May. Which is a good day for you?”
“No, he said three months. Not May.”
“Um, Mrs Powell, 3 months IS May.”
“It couldn’t possibly be.”
“Er, I am sorry, Mrs Powell, but it is.”
And she was right. May IS IN THREE MONTHS TIME. So I came home and scrambled a bit and I have got my act together this week.
So there is lots of business in today’s post. Just one thing before I start. Whilst I am really happy to organise all of this, and I am enjoying it, it is taking an immense amount of time. Just for the Crafting Session, for example, keeping track of over 50 deposits and all the resulting emails to confirm receipt, etc has been very time consuming.
For the remaining events, I am only taking payment in full. Given that the weekend is not that far away, and that I am myself paying holding deposits and signing contracts, I think that is reasonable.
Also, note that the Saturday Crafting Session filled up much more quickly than I had imagined. There are still places available for non-Melbourne bloggers and a lengthy waiting list for those places if they fail to be taken up.
From March 1 there will also be limits on the Friday Fabric Shopping and the Saturday Dinner. Places will be allocated in order of receipt of payment. I will have a waiting list for those events too, in case of cancellation.
Right! Where was I?
On March 1st, I am opening up bookings and taking payments for the remaining events to be sorted out. That gives you a few weeks to figure out your plans, and gives me a short break from confirming payments. Places will be allocated on a first pay, first served basis.
DO NOT PAY BEFORE MARCH 1ST. Please!
The Friday Fabric Shopping bus has been booked! The cost is great value – just $25 each for 4 hours of chaffeur-driven fabric shopping.
The coach holds 24 people, so the first 24 people to pay will be allocated a seat on the coach.
Dinner has also been booked! After much deliberation and Googling, I found a venue that has reasonable prices, can take large groups, is close to public transport, is not too far from the city and has a good reputation for food.
Cafe Italia in Carlton will be the venue for our Saturday Night Dinner. They can provide a 3 course meal for $50.90 per person. Drinks are extra and are at your own cost on the night. We have an area, not a room as such, but an area reserved for us that can seat 50 people.
Therefore the first 50 people that pay for the Saturday Night Dinner (in full, please) will be attending.
I’m sorry to be so rigid on this, but I do need to minimise the chasing of deposits and payments.
And lastly, I have been putting off discussing this, because I feel uncomfortable, but now is the time. There are things that I would like to provide for this event that only cost a small amount per person, but when you multiply that by the more than 70 people that are coming to one thing or another, it adds up to too much money for me to cover myself. (If you are new here, you might not know that I am not taking one single cent from the money that you pay me. I am charging you the exact cost of each part of the event. I am taking no profit, let alone reimbursement for interstate phone calls or the 100s of hours I have put into this).
I would love to get lanyards printed with ‘Sew It Together’ on them for you to wear with your ‘access passes’ to each event. They will be the quick release variety, so you can use them later at work (they satisfy OH&S requirements for workplace use) if you wish. I want to print out details of all your events on cards to go in card holders on the end of your lanyards. I also want to provide a booklet to everyone who is attending. Inside you’ll find details of all the bloggers attending (to remind you later), room for email addresses and notes, some suggestions for visitors to Melbourne and a few other things that I have up my sleeve.
So these are just little things, but they add up when multiplied. I would like to ask for a payment of $10 from each of you to cover the cost of those items. If you are from Melbourne and are only coming to the Saturday Night Dinner, I will leave it as an option for you if you want the goodies or not. For everyone coming to anything else, I would be really grateful if you could include that in your payment.
I just want to make this the very best event that I can. And please note, there is still no profit or payment for time involved for me. I am donating that for free!
If there are any funds left over from this extra payment, I will return them to you in the form of prizes of some sort.
So how do you figure out how much you owe me?
Add this up:
- $25 if you are coming on the Friday Fabric Shopping trip
- $50.90 if you are coming to the Saturday Night Dinner
- $10 for incidentals if you are coming to at least one event. If that event is the Saturday Night Dinner then this is optional.
- *Optional* if you want to get this over and done with and pay your balance of the Saturday Crafting Session at the same time, you are more than welcome to. The balance is $20. Since I originally promised that this would be due in April, I am not making this due and payable before then. But I would really love you if you saved me confirming another payment in April.
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you intend to pay for, and let me know if you need my bank account details again.
I’ll remind you just before 1st March that bookings are opening up. DO NOT PAY BEFORE MARCH 1st.
If you really object to paying the extra $10, please send me an email in private to the above address and let me know. If I get enough complaints, I will abandon my plans of pretty lanyards and nice booklets and keep it a whole lot more simple. No offence will be taken. Email me ASAP if you are concerned.
Right. I think that’s all of the business over and done with.
Oh, actually one more thing!
If you are planning on being on the Friday Fabric Shopping minibus, it will be leaving from the Citigate Hotel at 1pm sharp.
I suggest that you make sure your flight lands in Melbourne no later than 11am if you’re coming by taxi from the airport, and even earlier if you are planning on using public transport to get to the hotel. Allow plenty of time, please! The bus will leave at 1pm sharp because we have a lot of shopping to do, and Kelly tells me I’ll have a hard time getting her out of Amitie.
Okay? Any questions, please fire away!