“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – Anne of Green Gables, LMM
I don’t think I’ve ever really resonated with this sentiment until just now. It’s a windy day and clouds hang heavy in the sky. It is hard to tell if the maple trees outside my studio window are more green or yellow now. And as I’m writing this, dozens and dozens (maybe even hundreds) of leaves are being caught up by the wind and dancing down to the ground. I can’t help but stop and watch them, filled with delight. This is really a first for me. And I think I finally know what Anne Shirley meant. It’s one of those moments that make me wish I were a poet. But I guess I’ll just settle for being an admirer. It has been a really beautiful month and I am sad to see it go. But looking forward to reflecting on it and sharing what’s to come.
Shipping out the Current Collection
As of this week, I have officially sent out all of the Current Collection Originals that were ordered during the release in September. Needless to say, I vastly underestimated the time it would take me to prep, package, and ship these pieces out. Prepping the pieces which mostly involves scanning or photographing the artwork, is a very time-consuming task that just cannot be sped up. Packaging also takes much more time than one might think. But it is so important that each piece is securely and carefully packaged to avoid damaging the artwork. I’ve been taking notes and setting goals so that in the future I can streamline this process and do more of the prep work before the actual release. This way collectors can get their pieces with a quicker turnaround time and I can get back to creating sooner as well.
Preorders for ornaments opened last week and sold out in two days. Crazy! I had planned to have the preorders open for three days but quickly realized that I would need to close them sooner. Thank you so much for your orders. I am incredibly grateful and so excited to get working on them now that I am up to date with packaging orders!
It was such a delight to create the new design this year for the All is Calm Ornament. I knew I wanted to capture the quiet beauty of winter nights and evoke a feeling of wonder and peace. My first few tests for sure missed the mark, but these failures sparked the idea that lead to the final design and made my vision come to life.
Retired from Wedding Photography
October also marks my official retirement from wedding photography. I’ve been working in that industry for seven years, but four years into it, I realized it wasn’t a good fit for me. And started to transition to fine art. Two years ago, I closed my photography business and started associate shooting for my dear friend Cheers Babe Photo. This allowed me to focus more on my studio and to build my fine art business. The end of October marks my official retirement. This last month of photography was a very busy, with multiple double header weekends and lots of travel. Each wedding was so beautiful and I was glad to finish my career with those sweet couples.
I am so grateful for my time as a wedding photographer, and all it taught me about running a business and being a creative. But I am also grateful to finally have one job and be able to focus on my artwork. But, even more than this, I am grateful for my collectors. Because without them this would not have been possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
New Prints releasing Nov 10th! Surprise!
I am really excited to finally share that I will be releasing new prints on November 9th! I have curated a selection of 5+ new prints from my seasonal garden collections and can’t wait to share! Up until this point I have only been able to offer my prints in one size to ensure quality. So I am really excited to be able to offer multiple sizes this time around. Not every piece will have every size, but there will be a selection of 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20. It has been so fun getting the test prints in and tweaking them until they are just right! It’s always my goal to offer prints that are nearly indistinguishable from the originals.
New prints mean that I will be retiring my the past selection of prints. So if you’ve been eyeing them now is the time to snag one.
Email subscribers won’t be getting early access, since there is unlimited stock, but they will be getting an exclusive discount code for the first week these prints go live. I will also be revealing this new collection of prints to them first in this week’s studio letter. If you aren’t already on my email list and want to be, sign up here.
Much of November will be spent coating, exposing, assembling, and shipping out ornaments. And I just can’t wait to dive into creating them. They really are a delight to make and I love imagining them on your trees and being a part of the way you celebrate the season. It is my hope that once I finish the preorders, I will be able to make a small batch to offer closer to Christmas. If you missed the preorders there still might be a chance to snag one.
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop will be opening in late November! The official date is still TBD. The gift shop will essentially be a one-stop-shop for all available originals, prints, and seasonal goodness. This way when you sit down to do your Christmas shopping you won’t have to waste time clicking around my website. You can just go to the gift shop and quickly see what’s available! Upon its release, I hope to have some extra special items in stock, like more ornaments, gift bundles, and potentially some beautifully framed prints.
I am so excited for all that is in store for November and the Holidays, and can’t wait to share more about these projects with you soon. Again, if you want to be among the first to know about studio updates, collections, and more be sure to get on my email list.