A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope yours finds you happy and healthy and creative 🙂
We had a nice, laid back sort of holiday here. We passed around the cold of doom the week before and after Christmas, so we weren’t up for doing a whole lot. We got loads of snow here in the last week or so, and we took the kiddos out sledding and had a freaking blast! Cabbie couldn’t get enough of it and kept trying to march back up the hill himself, which ended in a face-down backwards slide every time since his chubby little legs could barely lift over the snow.
Shop wise, things have finally slowed down and I actually have a completely empty queue for the first time in months. It’s so weird. But I’ve been using the downtime to work on new stuff for Papyrusaurus, including lots of wedding themed goodies, and to launch an entirely new shop for my jewelry creations, SticksAndTomes. I decided to keep it exclusively on TheCraftStar because I feel as a smaller site, I’ll get more exposure there and I love the community. On Etsy I think I would just get lost in the sea of jewelry shops and get zero feedback. And so far I’ve been right. I’ve had three sales with in two weeks on TCS, all were bought within a day (sometimes minutes) of being listed. So I’m excited for all the fun that’s going to bring. Plus it give me something to fill the space that my ornaments would usually take up at craft fairs this spring. I’ve also been working on my social media skills, finally joining Twitter @Papyrusaurus (it still makes my eyes bleed, btw), and posting on Itsbetterhandmade. I just applied to the Artisan Group as well, the people behind amazing handmade celebrity gift bags at award shows, so fingers crossed on that. I have another spot booked on 20BestTwenty at the end of the month, which I’m really stoked about. They get the most talented artists together for their galleries and it’s always such an honor to be among them. I’m excited to see who I’m featured alongside this time. As a kicker their coordinator, Meg, is ah-maze-ing to deal with, not to mention funny and super supportive of all their featured artists and crafters.
Okay, before I dash off to get Finn off to school, here’s a few photos of what I’ve been up to: