I spy stacks of cards to be folded, coffee, and frantic activity-must be craft show season!! We’re super excited to be setting up at the DIY Trunk Show this Saturday, November 22nd. Come say hi and get a jump on your holiday shopping!
Behind The Scenes – Craft Show Countdown!
The Difference in a Day
It’s Monday and I just wanted to check in and say I’m feeling sooo much better today. I just needed a few days to sleep in and catch up on rest, spend some time on the couch, eat some good food and relax. The next few weeks will be busy, but I’m feeling ready to take them on. Thanks for letting me vent on this blog. Life isn’t always puppies and rainbows. Sometimes it’s important to be real.
(Image Credit: Clare Elasaesser)
When it rains it pours
I’m going to be honest here and say this week has been rough. I’ve been working 12+ hour days trying to prepare for holiday craft fairs, stay on top of etsy and wholesale orders and keep up with the custom orders that are still coming in.
What has just been the icing on the cake is that every piece of technology I own has pooped out on me in the last seven days! (I’m not even kidding) FIRST my 2006 ipod totally dies, which is fine, it was old and probably coming to the end of it’s life anyways. Sure it is a bummer, but I was ok with that. But then less than a week later my computer screen started flickering and seconds later went completely blank. That was the second time my computer died in less 3 months… So I spent half my day at the apple store. They sent it out for repairs and when it returned last night the entire hard drive was replaced and nothing was saved,. There are a few silver linings; the last repair was within the 90 day warranty, so they repaired it this time for free. AND, Since the last computer failure I have been vigilant about backing up my work, so I lost somethings, but nothing too terrible.
But it doesn’t end! Just this morning when trying to update my iphone, it failed too, the whole thing had to be wiped and rebooted from scratch. So here I am, during a super busy time of year, having to spend half my day downloading apps, reinstalling fonts and reconfiguring all my broken / fixed technology. The dishes are piling up in the sink and I’m exhausted. Oh did I also mention I’m extra hormonal because it’s that time of the month? (sorry if that’s TMI) I had a mini melt down and cried while doing the dishes earlier today. Sometimes you just gotta let it out, you know?
Anyways, I’m trying to stay positive and focus on the good things; I would much rather be too busy than too slow. My mom got me an ipad for my birthday, so that’s been a fun new adventure in technology. And it’s almost the weekend. Until then, the room pictured above with the record player and the led zepplin records will be my happy place.
Until next week, xo – shayna
Holiday Craft Fair Schedule!
This holiday season I’m only participating in two local Chicago craft fairs. Here is my Holiday Craft Fair Schedule for Steel Petal Press!
DIY Trunk Show
Saturday, November 22 – (that’s in less than two weeks!)
10am – 5pm
Broadway Armory Park
5917 North Broadway Street, Chicago
more details here: http://diytrunkshow.com/
find me at BOOTH #23 – which is right when you walk in. This will be my 3rd year at the DIY trunk show. It’s a nice low key Saturday afternoon event. You still get all the quality of the Renegade Craft Fair, but without all the insane crowds. I’m looking forward to it!
One of a Kind Show
Thursday, December 4 – Sunday December 7 – 4 days of awesome
Thur, Dec 4, 11a-8p
Fri, Dec 5, 11a-8p
Sat, Dec 6, 10a-7p
Sun, Dec 7 , 10a-5p
find me at BOOTH #1020
I’m starting to get excited and a little nervous for the OOAK show! I’ve never done a show like this before. It’s like Renegade Craft Fair in that it’s direct to customer sales, but it’s like the National Stationery Show in the way the booths are set up (with hard walls and furniture.) It’s close enough to both, but still will require a completely new set up, so I have been working on totally reimagining my space. On top of that this is the longest direct to customer show I’ve done and I have no idea how much merchandise to bring to a FOUR DAY show!
I’ve been spending my time the last few weeks getting my inventory together, figuring out my booth set up, how to display everything and thinking about what furniture to bring. I’m getting closer, but there’s still lots of work to get done.
If you’re in the Chicago area, I would LOVE to see you this holiday season. Please stop by and say HI!
I had a lot of fun designing these DIY Letterpress Christmas and New Year Photo Cards. I provide the card, and you provide the photo!
There is a space on the side to add your own wallet size family photo for a personalized touch. These letterpress cards are a great way to send personalized cards without paying the high price for customization.
DIY Letterpress Christmas and New Year Photo Cards
Dumbarton House – Real Wedding
Working on invitations, I rarely get to attend the events of the couples I work for. Because of this, it is always such a joy when I get to see the photos from my clients’ special days.
Mateya and Chris held a sophisticated event at The Dumbarton House in Washington DC and used the black and white STRIPES Wedding invitation from my letterpress wedding collection for their invitations. The photos from the day are just gorgeous.
Photo credits – Elisha Maria Coleman at Love Life Images
Dumbarton House – Real Wedding
Behind The Scenes – Details
The custom letterpress wedding invitations and Save the dates we’re working on this week are all about the details. Printed envelopes and coordinating custom thanks you notes are a great way to add something special!
The gold foil really makes these custom letterpress Save The Dates pop!
custom letterpress wedding invitations and save the dates
You can customize these new styles with the initial of your choice, and now we have letters on the brain!
These vintage letterpress drawers and type are some of my favorite things in the studio.