My Office

Friday, July 30, 2010

I should have taken before/after pictures... After my 6 hour drive to the bay area, I immediately started opening boxes and unraveling the mess that is high school & college keepsakes. After a couple hours of sorting through Santos sisters concert ticket stubs, prom corsages, high school yearbooks, love notes on binder paper, and graphing calculator instruction manuals I managed to secure the corner for a little table, shelf and printer. Clearly, it's a work in progress. It's not much, but it's better than my car!

The Wanderluster Moves Again

it was good seeing friends yesterday
(not pictured: mickey, david, hyosun, victoria, kim ;)

now I depart for the bay area... yeaaaaahhh!
stay tuned for pictures of my wedding present
to my high school friend & her future hubby

To Do List

Thursday, July 29, 2010

visit majestical roof to deliver more plush... check
visit flockshop to deliver more plush... check
buy plastic sleeves for prints... check
finish custom order... check
update inventory logs (way over the 100 handmade plush mark!)... check

yet to do: wedding present, finances, deliver custom order, celebrate & say bye to LA friends, and pack. oh, and drive to san jose. yikes :)

Thoughts on Business

Renegade Craft Fair definitely marks a turning point in my business. What once was a growing secret of a business is now shouting from the rooftops (sort of). It's still on the smaller scale but as the publicity and awareness grow, I see that I have to change how I handle it.

As I was wandering through the aisles of Staples, I became intoxicated with the idea of having an office. Then it dawned on me that I'd never really had one for my business. I've been moving around so much for the past 1.5 years, never having everything in one place. I'm actually quite impressed that I've been able to survive so well with a backpack in Asia and a car full of supplies in California. But goodness, having paperwork in once place, silks in another city, my original paintings in another... not only is it a little tricky to keep track, it's a little tough to juggle.

So, in a movement towards organizational growth, I bought 4 cork board grids. I'm a visual person so I need to display all the custom orders and due dates to stay on top of things. It's interesting though... It's not that I'm growing out of the traveling bug, but this business and my art is a damn good reason to stay in one place. Where? Oh, who knows.

Save the Date! August 6 - Charmingwall Gallery

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

These two paintings will be there! Visit them if you can :)
Opening Reception: Friday, August 6th, 6-8pm
Charmingwall Gallery
191 West 4th Street
New York

LPE in Style Section LA

Hoorah! My friend/fellow crafter, Christina, emailed me this article about Renegade Craft Fair thaaaaat.... mentions LPE as a top vendor in the fair! I even got a picture! :)

Read the article here

Born at the Fair

Monday, July 26, 2010

This is what happens when you run out of googly eyes at a fair...
credit goes to brendan for the save!
let me know if you're interested in the whale... he still needs a home.

Renegade Craft Fair Day 2

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Because I sold my tin can pillow set & oh hi pillow, I had to do some major redesign on my table. Cabinet of Curiosities to the rescue!! It was a lovely addition and never fell once despite the strong winds. I hated telling people it wasn't for sale... I'm still quite attached to it! It was a very productive day: I sewed three whales (two of 'em are now with new families!) and finally found the time to leave the booth to explore. Hoorah!Sunday is Kids Day! Lots 'n lots of families today, just as Margaret of Paper Pastries told Victo & I on Saturday. It was so much fun! I loved all the kids running & sifting through here:
to find a friend. And all the babies laughing & pointing at my mobile:
spinning in the wind. We geeked out with our neighbors:
about scott pilgrim. YES! The folks later came, relieved us of our duties and fed us with delicious pasta, dried apples, chocolate covered ginger, and kettle corn. They entertained us from afar with their frisbee playing & kite flying.
Kevin gets points for staying there for helping set up & staying for the whole day. Brendan gets points for us finally meeting, haha.
Perhaps not the most flattering picture of me, but I think it accurately describes how I felt at the end of the two days... pooped yet happily proud! Mission accomplished! (still trying to figure out who took that picture of me on my own phone, haha)

Renegade Craft Fair Day 1

Saturday, July 24, 2010

So it begins...Never thought I'd see such a line of crafters!Time to make sense of the mess Look for the booth with the branch! That's where you'll find us.Hooray for moral support :)
paper & typele petit elefant the yoga battling posse. so glad you came to help!james brought his pillow for his daily nap. typical. he did bring us boba & eggrolls, and was present with us from pack in to pack out. i can't hate.kevin & his kites. props for packing up, mister.

we shall see what tomorrow brings.

Renegade Craft Fair starts TOMORROW!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bring everyone you know! It'll be a grand ole time :)

RCF Prep: Slow and Steady Hustle

cut cut cut with that rotary blade!
mmmmm... good cookin' bruce. James didn't have any because...
you snooze you lose!
Daniele later came over to drop off birthday photos & help with the fans.
And Victo's desk came in... p&t dress rehearsal!

Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's the Final Countdown!

::cue Gob's magician theme song::
Oh you know... just busy preparing.
Victoria's place has turned into a space of cuddly chaos.
paper cut count: few if any
50+ plush & still more to do...
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