Holiday show applications! While I don't appreciate having to think about the holidays in July, many holiday show applications are due around the start of August. My goal this holiday season is to simplify. I am hopinghopinghoping *fingers crossed* that I make it into a couple larger shows. Instead of offering my usual large selection, I will only be selling bird necklaces- my all time best seller at shows. IF I get accepted, I am making this new super-cool free-standing walk-around tree display from which the birds will hang. I'm hoping this unique touch will help win over the show jurors.
I have a pair of earrings and a necklace in this latest issue- woo hoo!
I've been gathering inspiration for my next bead collection: ADVENTURE inspired beads! Visit my Facebook page for in progress sneak peeks of this new collection! Please no reserves on the newbies. Shop update is still TBA- will be several weeks from now.
I will be taking off next week for a road trip camping adventure with my family. Yellowstone/ Tetons bound...but we will see where we end up! Follow along on my instagram @kylieparry.
I read somewhere that you really only have 18 summers with your child. We are making the most of juni's first summer with lots of weekend adventures. The bead-making has slowed a bit, and I am veeerrrry sleep deprived, but I'm excited about the weeks to come...
Art Show (my one and only this summer!):
The downtown Appleton Farmers Market
June 21st, 8-12
Preview on what I will be selling coming soon!
The week following my art show. Specific day/ time TBA.
Theme: Essence of Summer
I will post on FB as soon as I know the deets (and I will send out a newsletter update as well).
moths, watering cans, succulents, watermelons, bikes, and more...
Please no reserves this time around. I've been spending all my time before shop updates answering
messages/ taking reserves and I just don't have the time anymore. Thanks for understanding!
Also, a note about my summer hours. Tuesday-Friday I am around to answer messages and ship out packages. Saturday-Monday we are OUTTA HERE :)
A few images from our latest adventures...for more, you can visit my personal blog.
My July bead collection/ shop update is in the works! It will coincide with an epic road trip/ camping adventure that we are taking WEST to some of our awesome national parks. Stay tuned!
Being unique is exhausting. I know most of my readers, also artists, can relate. Before juniper was born, I tried to come up with a unique blog name for a new personal baby/travel blog. I plugged in dozens of names- strange word combinations...how could anyone have possibly thought of that before me...taken. All taken. It was exhausting. My point is that, probably, some one thought of it before you.
As artists and business people, balancing unique and relatable (sellable) is hard. Luckily, what I want to make and what my customers want (and what their customers want) sometimes collide. And, sometimes they don't. I've made quirky creature beads that make my heart happy and sometimes others love them too, and sometimes they collect dust in my bead box. Anyone need a Tapir? Owls are trendy. Their attention is well deserved. They are, in my opinion, one of the most amazing creatures on earth. But, I've started to feel my owls get lost in a sea of others, drowning. HELP. Their uniqueness is diluted. I love seeing others interpretations of the same theme. But, BUT, I strive to stand out. I can't help it. Rebel, that loves tapirs, I guess. This shit weighs on me. And at times, it takes the joy out of creating. In effort to get out of a funk that has been bogging me down, I am changing gears and changing plans, for my next update.
I am scratching the sketches/sample beads that I posted about previously (for those of you that follow my FB page) and am going in a new direction. Some of those beads will stay on my table, because I love them, and some of you seemed to love them too. But for now, a new plan.
I have lots of custom orders/ reserves underway. Firing #1 is happening right now. I am hoping for firing #2 to be finished within the next 1-2 weeks. I will be contacting you as soon as they are finished! I will also have a small shop update of beach houses, beach pebbles, whales, rabbits and a little assortment of other goodies- some sea related, some not.
I will be working on stock for my first (and only) summer art show. And a collection called, at least for now, "the essence of summer". New moths and a couple others that I am suuuuppper excited about, that I'm not sharing just yet. Also, I hope to bring back some favorites, like bicycles and watering cans and maybe some alliums.