This is why I haven't been posting much lately:
I got my first wholesale order! It was 40 brooches, and it took me a few months to finish them. I don't know how some people manage to blog regularly, run a handmade business, AND go on fun adventures. When I focus on something, I can do so with laser beam intensity, but everything else around me becomes super neglected - like this blog! haha.
I've learned alot through this process though, and I feel like I got in
some good practice honing my illustration style. I'm a lot more
consistent, and a lot less scared to lay down that paint. Fear of
failure holds me back a lot, and I caught myself procrastinating a lot
during the brooch-making process because of it, but I've learned
that jumping in headfirst helps a lot. I'm really happy with how they turned out.
The brooches are going to be sold at a cute little shop that'll be opening up next year in Vancouver BC called London Fields Shoppe. The husband-and-wife owners manage a lot of indie craft events, and from what I've seen of their stuff, they are seriously amazing. Here's a little snippet from their about page on facebook to give you a feel of their soon-to-be shop:
"Evoking memories of British cake stalls and handmade markets, our permanent space will be one part café, one part retail, and one part workshop space where people can drop-in for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake, shop, and learn a new do-it-yourself skill."
Doesn't that sound perfect? I wish there were something like that here in Everett. Franklin & I will have to get our passports in order and drive up to visit after they open, methinks.