Took a little hiatus from the ole blogosphere. Here's a little photo recap of the last 6 weeks!
The first of my two all weekend long holiday shows was The Denver Flea. This group just started organizing craft fairs in 2014 and this was their first holiday show, and it was incredible. I shared a booth with Mandy of Mandy Lemig Jewelry and we had a blast together. Holiday shows are my favorite because everyone is in a great mood, customers come ready to buy, and it's such a great feeling knowing so many people are buying handmade and local for the holidays. There were so many great vendors there too! I'm really blown away by the amount of talent and amazing, creative stuff going on here in Denver. Makes me super proud to now call myself a Denver maker.
I had been wanting to do this giveaway with Paper Parasol Press for some time now, and of course I decided to do right smack in the middle of the holiday season. I'm glad we did it though because I think the framed prints turned out fantastic. Cindy of Paper Parasol Press illustrates and letterpresses these awesome state prints herself out in San Francisco. Three lucky winners each got to take home one of the framed prints.
The second (and last) big show of the season for me was The Horseshoe Market. The night before the show, as I was feverishly doing last minute things, trying to make as much product as I could, I nearly sliced off the tip of my left thumb with a freshly changed exacto knife blade. Right across my thumb nail, all in the name of stationery sets. It was one of those, OH FUCK moments where I kinda felt like I was hallucinating. I had an all-nighter planned, but instead I spent the next four hours at urgent care getting stitches. It wasn't exactly how I imagined my crazy holiday season would end, but it definitely was the reminder I needed to slow down for shit's sake every once in the while, even in the midst of madness. Because next time I just might cut the thumb clear off. I somehow still managed to set up and do the show all weekend, all by myself, and still had an awesome show!
At home in St. Louis for almost two weeks for some much needed R & R.
January... back in the studio, making things and plans. FINALLY got the journals up on the website. Planning completely new products to launch! Finishing up the designs for the new collection of paper that will be printed soon. (which I'm totally stoked about!) Just really looking forward to kicking ass this year. Last year I switched to running Craftbelly full time, I ran a successful kickstarter campaign, and I moved my life and business to Denver. There were a lot of changes and moving parts. I made mistakes. I learned a TON. I always felt like I was behind. This year, I'm ready to step up my game and take my business to the next level where I know it deserves to be. 2015 is here to stay and so am I.