Things are finally settling down around here… well, not really but I have some time to post about Blueprint. I’ve been looking forward to this tradeshow all year and it didn’t disappoint.
With all of my marketing materials and designs I headed to NYC. Blueprint is so easy to set up for. Instead of a booth, you have tables with banners behind you.
It was so much fun to meet clients, old and new and plenty of hopefuls 🤞🏼 I even met Lilla Rogers ✨ That was definitely a highlight. She enjoyed taking a peek at my sketchbook. Eeek!
Besides eating lots of yummy food, I also enjoyed some hotel time at the Yotel. I would for sure stay there again.
It was a more successful show for me than last year. I’ve grown so much as an artist/designer and learned so much about the biz. My work was well received and I’m excited for the future. I’d call that a success💪🏼
It’s always fun to travel but it feels so good to be back home. Until next year NYC!
I’ve been enjoying this online workshop and exploring a totally untapped part of my creative brain.
One of my favorite things to do is cloud watch with my girlies and use our imaginations to find shapes and animals. This course is exactly like that but with paint!
It allows me to give myself permission to PLAY and get messy and not think about making finished pieces. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to experiment and get out of their creative comfort zone. Have fun and get messy!!
I’m an artist working from home. Glamorous, right? Don’t get me wrong. I am #blessed. I love what I do but sometimes that’s the problem. I can rarely turn it off. Creating new art is barely half of what I do. Administrative and marketing tasks take up quite a bit of my time, too. And when I do leave the studio, I’m often thinking about being in the studio….
The journey of commercial art takes so much. Organization, constant creativity, but also a thick skin and monster focus. There is so much rejection in the consumer art world that it can wear on you at times. It is SO important to take care of yourself, to make real time for yourself. To give yourself permission to really shut down. Even though we think we are taking time off, we are often still checking social media, which is not shutting down!
Last week, my body forced a shut down. I think it was a combo of the winter blues and overworking myself, combined with the stresses of parenting, marriage, and just life. My energy was so low that I knew I needed some rest. I took a beginner yoga class and enjoyed just breathing and emptying my brain. I also spent a lot of time in the barn, grooming the horses and shoveling @#$!. It was just what I needed.
This week, I am back in the studio, feeling refreshed and ready to rock it out again. I am still going to go full force in my creative biz, but I know how important it is to take the time for myself. Real time. Outside. Breathing.
I am! I love a gift that is perfect to show all year round. I’ve been working on these goodies to show at an upcoming tradeshow. If my wishes come true, you’ll see them on some goodies in a shop one day. My dreams will work if I do…
Spring is right around the corner and I am getting ready for Blueprint which takes place in NYC.
I know I’ve done Quilt Market twice but this is a very different kind of tradeshow. I’m super excited and I’ve been busy making new art, getting organized, and conjuring up new booth ideas.
I created my marketing postcard and of course I needed tradeshow stationary to match!
On to designing my vinyl background! This is so nerve wracking to me. With Quilt Market, you basically have a room to style and let people know who you are. With this show, you have an 8′ background to let clients know who you are and what you do. No pressure.Luckily, I have a couple of things in mind😉.
I did it again! Packed up my gear and headed for Houston. What a trip.
You know, I love a good theme and my Quilt Market booth was no different. I did a THRIVE theme with cacti and succulents. I had fabric printed for stitching up my samples. It all came together!
I built my booth walls from pegboard. The original plan was to stitch through the holes with yarn, but after everything was up it seemed like overkill. I kept it simple. This was the half booth space and was perfect for little ol’ me. Actually, it was pretty much all I could handle. It was just me and assembling it all was such a bear! I unloaded it all myself.
One of the fun things about market is all of the eye candy everywhere. So inspiring!
Another Quilt Market is in the books!