Last year I didn’t put up a Christmas tree until I think Christmas Eve. And then I didn’t put decorations on it until AFTER Christmas. Decorating the tree is one of my favorite thing to do ever. I used to go as a child to my grandparents and spend the entire night decorating their tree. We always played John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album, which is the greatest Christmas album of all time. I put my business before my life last year. Thank goodness I married the most sane man ever who has helped balance me out. I do not have the balanced together life down pat, but I working hard to get there.
We took time last night to clean out the front rooms that were full of stuff that didn’t have a place yet. Moving in to a new place takes time, you know? We decorated the mantle and my aunt Helen’s piano and our first Christmas tree! It’s a fake tree this year because we aren’t sure how the cats are going to handle a tree! But it’s decorated and our house is starting to feel like a home.
Life is more important than other stuff. When you run your own business, work never stops. There is always something more you could be doing. But I turned off work last night to decorate our house and it was worth it. I want to be more about quality work, not quantity. I want to be more thoughtful of the work I put out into the world. And I want to look back 50 years from now and know that I didn’t neglect our little family, but was present!
That doesn’t mean the next two weeks aren’t insane. I’ve got a house show in STARKVILLE this Wednesday. Porter Flea in Nashville is this weekend. And Indie Emporium in Tulsa is next weekend! But once that’s over, it’s Muppet Christmas Carol and eggnog time!
I hope you and your family have the happiest of Christmases!!!
We have now been living in Nashville for two months. Our move was quite insane. It takes a long time to settle, especially when you have a business that has a lot of stuff. Dave and I both have felt so welcomed to Nashville by our old friends and so many new people. I’m continually filled with thanks that we made the move.
East Nashville is like a small town, but it’s only 5 minutes away from downtown Nashville. To give you an idea, I was in the Post Office a few days ago standing in line. Normally that is just a miserable experience because the workers are all going slow and they are grumpy (at least the old Post Office by my house in Jackson.) I think her name was Lisa in the East Nashville Post Office who was so cheerful and joking with everyone. And 3 out of the 5 people waiting in line knew each other. That made such a strong impression on me. Let me explain. I love love love big cities. I love the ideas, competition, the fight to make the best work. I find much more like-minded creatives who are wanting to make their big dreams come true. But I grew up in a small town. I love walking into a restaurant and knowing at least one person, which you don’t often do in a big city. Y’all, that’s starting to happen to me in Nashville. We have the best of both worlds. We found an amazing church that I think we are going to stick with. Also we got plugged into a neighborhood group that is slowly becoming the highlight of my week.
I’ve been here two months and I am now in a retail store not even 1/2 a mile from our house! I had the hardest time getting in a retail shop in Jackson (other than Whitley’s Flowers because they are my family! ha ha!) I feel Little Things Studio belongs here. The opportunities for growth are huge for me. And I’m encouraged that there is a place for me in this very competitive field.
I’m going to say something I’ve kept private for a long time now. I had a series of disappointing contracts fall through from Surtex. I was so close to a BIG iPhone case deal and a fabric line. Don’t leave out wrapping paper and bedding! I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it. Every time someone suggests to me “you should have a fabric line,” I feel pain. If I had the funds to do it myself, believe me I would. For the first time in over a year, I’m starting to be ready to put myself out there again and try. I know there will be a long line of rejection emails and phone calls. My work is so personal to me which is great in so many ways, but SO tough when something doesn’t work out. In just the small time we’ve been here, I’ve started to feel ready to try. I am so grateful we moved and have a fresh start.
I made some new friends with Nashville based Griffin Technology and they have been SO great to work with on releasing a limited edition series of Little Things Studio cases! I had the HARDEST time narrowing down to just three designs for this first run. If they actually sell, I’ll be able to order MORE with more patterns. I’m already dreaming up color palettes for Spring!
It is so scary to buy this many cases not being sure if I can even sell one. But I thought it would be worth the risk. I’ll be taking them to my upcoming Holiday craft shows. They will retail for $35 each. I’m not sure what shipping will be on these but I will do my best to keep shipping costs down to a minimum. I will have a very limited number of iPhone 4, more of iPhone 5/5S. It’s just three designs to choose from. I’ll be sure to post when they are available for sell on etsy!
I wish there was a way I could color other people’s work for a living. I really really enjoy picking out colors. Thankfully I have a very talented husband who humors me by sending me his files to play with for work. At the first of September he told me that one of the designers at Automattic was wanting submissions for color palettes to use for the backend side of WordPress. The plugin is MP6. Dave is one of the contributors to the plugin so he asked me if I’d send him some to possibly be used!
Y’all. I created a bunch of palettes, and lo and behold, MY PALETTE WAS PICKED! The color scheme is Midnight. I also did Sunrise, Vineyard, and Primary.
I’ve been receiving tweets about the new palette. And it’s been awesome to read reviews about it! (The WordPress community is very massive and very involved.) The MP6 plugin is a really awesome plugin. Here is a comparison shot of what it looks like with and without MP6.
It gave me so much joy that I could contribute to WordPress, considering I purposely try to FORGET code! HA!