taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Big changes going on over here in my studio/biz life. Since moving in our home, all of the online shop inventory has been hanging out in our basement. The UPS man would deliver giant shipments such as this one and then it would all head down into our basement, get unpacked onto shelving, then shipped out to the lovely customers who place orders from the online shop. As business grows, the basement has been taken over with inventory, shipping supplies, and such. It was time to move it all out as we really need the basement for extra living space and creative/stuido space.
I have to say that moving it all out of my home and into a small warehouse space was a HUGE decision for me! It meant finding an affordable rental space, finding + hiring a second employee (Allie!), training that employee, paying rent elsewhere, setting up new printers (did I tell you my printer broke which meant I had to get a new one? LOVE IT - highly recommended for those of you looking to make stunning prints of your artwork!), and so much more - busy! It also meant giving up a bit of control as I wouldn't be so intimately involved in all the details that it takes to run the shop if it weren't being run out of my house.
It's been about a month since the big transition and I'm SO GLAD I went this route. Dani (my assistant who I could not live without) had to do a little gentle nudging to help me take the leap, but it was definitely a good move.
Since then, my mom has been helping me reclaim the basement as true living space, a play area for True, and a creative space for me. Above is a sneak peek at a corner of my creative space - more photos coming soon! The basement is quite large - a huge remodeling project (before/after photos coming soon!) we did before we moved in - so there is room for a big play area, a sweet little fort spot under the stairs, a family room, laundry room, and creative space.
We headed to the junk stores to see what goodies we could find and I brought home the above vintage child's table and chair for True's play area. How cute is that!? The bunny is actually fuzzy to touch. Love!
More before and after photos coming soon!
The Creative Connection Event coming up in September. SOOOOOOO excited and very much looking forward to the classes, the panels, the people! I love love love that it's the only event that combines handcraft and food with blogging and business savvy - that's my kind of event!
I'll be a panelist (along with Heather Bailey, Kathy Hansen, and Linda Ellis for the topic of the nuts and bolts of launching a creative business. I'll also be one of the pitch slam experts (alongside other experts such Ingrid Liss of Demdaco, Margo Tantau of Hallmark, and more!) on the topic of becoming a designer for a gift company - perfect for those of you interested in licensing your designs to the gift industry!. And finally, I'll be singing books and participating in another breakfast panel of other women entrepreneurs (other panelists include Janine Vangool, Karen Walrond, Leigh Standley, Melody Ross and Susan Branch).
For those of you up for an adventure to Minnesota, come and join us! I'd love to meet you and perhaps see you in one of the handmade classes! It's been a long time since I've attended a retreat....I'm ready!
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my journey (in chronological order from 2006 - 2009 ) into the creative life
- the whispers of inspiration
- the beginning
- feeling my heart lift
- first attempt at girlie painting
- humble beginnings
- i've come a long way since this
- when everything changed
- finding my style
- a review of that first year
- deciding to take the leap
- selling my first item on etsy
- beginning to build a business
- launching my website
- learning to be fearless
- still working out my style
- up up and away
- my first showing
- first gallery opening
- spilling myself into a book proposal
- book proposal accepted!
- the gremlins
- a more cohesive style emerges
- working on book projects
- published in a magazine for the first time
- a trip to ohio to meet with book publisher
- quitting my day job
- where i wrote the book
- embracing my vulnerabilities
- showing at a big san fran art festival
- licensing for the first time
- on guilt + the blues
- becoming a possibilitarian
- figuring out wholeness
- on becoming
- on saying no
- on magic + beginnings
- on anxiety
- finally seeing myself
- finding my community
- book is released
- teaching for the first time
- thoughts on riding the wave
- teaching in italy
- new studio space in seattle
- creative style turning point
- pretending until we're not
- new affirmation paintings emerge
- hired an assistant
- first keynote
- national product (home + gift) line debuts with DEMDACO
- new gift line debuts with demdaco
- love is the only thing that matters
- brand new website debuts
- first ever calendars + datebooks debut!
- feeling the pressure of it all
- on getting lovebombed (again)
- figuring out how to take care of myself
- on wanting to pinch myself
- on giving my medicine to the world
- some thoughts after three years of all of this
- on expanding my biz vision after a trip to kansas
- telling the truth about hard days
- on creative expansiveness
- on staying true in biz
- 2009 year in review
The Creative/biz journey continues in chronological order (2010 - present)
atlanta gift show part two!
on being brave
decorative art girlies arrive!
cover of somerset studio magazine!
it's about capacity + connection
announced my first e-course!
got an agent and a logo!
attending surtex in nyc for the first time!
why writing a letter to myself worked magic
on what it's like to run an ecourse
expanding our personal horizons
ranking #1 in gift beat's wall art category!
on inviting abundance of all kinds
decided not to play small
ranked #1 in gftbeat's inspirational category!
two year book anniversary
hired a portland asst!
babies make their appearance in my work!
new gift products are introduced
on missing my beginner artist self
featured in 10 pg national mag
traveled to China to see where products are made
announced new home decor line!
home decor line launches
celebrated 5 years of this life
greeting cards launched
moved oinline shop out of my house
launched hello soul, hello business
savoring vs dreaming
made a huge decision about online shop