that yesterday, I dropped off a load of my artwork to Joan at Picket Fence Interior & Gifts in Asheboro, NC. I spent most of the morning getting all the work together, pricing, tagging and polishing it all up. I had forgotten how long it takes to get things ready and presentable for a shop. Jesse was very nice to help me along the way and we worked together as a family with Aubrey wanting everything on the table.
I’ve been thinking about my product as a whole and specifically how to make each piece have a special feeling when a buyer sees the item. I started off with my tags and quickly made a batch for my dragonflies. These are very simple and I am still working to expand on the idea but for now I am happy with the outcome and will keep the thoughts flowing.
I am super excited to have my work in such a wonderful shop. Joan is so friendly and knows so much about her artists, their work and can tell you endless stories about each piece she has in her store. We wandered in on a random visit one day after hearing great things about the shop and I was so thrilled when she asked about the necklace Miss Aubrey was wearing that I had made. That is when our conversation quickly went to my artwork and I was very glad to finally be asked about my work again.
I woke up to an inbox full of kick start. I received two acceptance emails to shows that I applied. That was enough to get myself up and quickly down in my studio for some much needed work. Though I have been planning to start slow, this does help get me working faster and snapping into a productive mood.
I’ve been working hard to get myself reorganized, studio set-up for a productive space and a count of my inventory on which to build. I’ve also been making decisions on what I would like for my stock to look like, which lines of work to carry and those in which to drop, along with new creations that I’ve been dreaming up for a while. I took a quick snapshot of my very low inventory this morning in my studio so that I will be able to compare where I have started and where I want to go. Hopefully in a couple of more weeks it will look a lot different and more pieces of art will be hanging from my display.
As for the two shows I was very fortunate to get into they are Art-May-Ham in Asheboro, NC on May 7 and The Handmade Market in Raleigh on April 23. I’m super excited to do both of theses shows and in the past I have very much enjoyed meeting all the artists and people who come out and support handmade. I can’t help but feel slightly overwhelmed but at the same time super excited to get my work back on the road again.
I wanted to introduce you to a special little cloud named “Claire”. I thought she would be perfect to share with you today because she has many, many friends hovering in the sky today. She’s made out of felt and hand-stitched together and she’s part of my Aubrey Grace Doll collection.
Miss Claire was so fun to make and makes me smile every time I see her. I hope she has made you do the same!
As a child I can remember stacking and re-stacking a set of Christmas themed Maryoshka dolls. They were always so much fun to play with and I have fond memories of playing with these toys. I first made one of these for my daughter Aubrey for her first birthday present. I had so much fun making it that I decided to do a series of these and add them to my Aubrey Grace Doll collection. I hope these make you as happy as they make me.