Hopefully, you've heard the news! The spring collection will be making its debut this month! Only three weeks away...phew. I have really enjoyed showing sneak peeks on Instagram, so if you would like to see what's in store (Ha. Pun.) hop on over there and check it out!
This is our first collection and the process has been very different from how I normally operate creatively. Typically, I get an idea, think about it, collab with S, create a trial run, write the listing and then it's live! Having a large amount of items that will be hitting Etsy on the same day has taught me to plan, keep notes, and know when to let go.
The catalyst for the collection was Lisa Jacobs Your Best Year 2016. I set a date, counted back to when I would begin promoting, and gave it a name. After finishing the details, I was ready to start creating for spring! I made a list of potential ideas off the top of my head and weeded some of the less interesting ones out. I had the notion that I would create three items a week from my list and that would give me enough new products in the time span. Well, if we are being honest, that plan sucked. I felt too constricted and had half-finished projects lying around the house. I decided to keep my list but instead of following it religiously, I began working more organically. Planning is great. I'm all for it in other aspects of life but realized it does not always work for me creatively.
I have an Evernote that I dedicated to the collection and continually add random words and draw pictures when I'm half asleep and jolted awake with ideas. The pictures and words make perfect sense to me but when I show them to S, he always looks confused. This note has saved me from wondering about the idea-I-had-three-hours-ago-but-forgot-when-I-got-distracted-by-something-else. I remember my art teacher in high school telling me she kept a notebook by her bed and wrote some of her best ideas in it when she was trying to fall asleep. Thanks Mrs. Prater. I miss your class. You're the coolest.
Let It Go
Yes, I am referencing Frozen. I work with kids...there is no escaping it. Story: I had this awesome idea for copper candlesticks. I grabbed my phone in my half-asleep stupor, drew a picture and peacefully went to sleep. The next day I woke up excited to try it out. After commissioning S for help and guidance, I realized the copper was not going to cooperate and gave it up. I'm happy I let it go when I did, otherwise I would have wasted my time and energy talking smack to copper under my breath. Moral of the story - not all ideas are good ideas, and that's okay!
I hope you're as excited as we are about the new things to come!