Blue Print 3!

It’s that time of year!! Blue Print 3 is done and over with and what a GREAT show! As we flew in to LGA I did a quick count… and yes I used my fingers.. this trip was our 5th time in NYC and our 5th trade show (oddly enough each time we’ve ventured to the city, we haven’t done a show). Going to NYC is still super exciting to me, I look forward to it each time. There’s something magical about heading to the Big Apple!

Manhattan was shining as we flew in:

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Actually, the whole trip (minus a day) had FANTASTIC weather. Each evening we ventured out to ur favorite eating spots! Perhaps I’ll do another post on that…

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Looking toward Madison Square Park and the back of the Flatiron in the foreground.

Show set up happened early on Thursday morning, with the show opening at noon that day. Since Blue Print is put on entirely by the exhibitors, everyone graciously lends a helping hand in show set up and breakdown. One of the many reasons I love love love this show is that it’s not fussy, there’s no crazy rules about standing on chairs, we just get it done.

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Lucy from LJ Woodhouse laying out prints.

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Table adjusting, chair delivering and me pinning on my table skirt!

We had all the exhibitors bring 3-4 pop up banners to display artwork. I ordered mine off amazon and they worked so well, I was so pleased! Up in seconds! Trust me, I’ve done the whole command strip thing with vinyl banners and even another pop of banner style, and this time, these were winners. It’s the little victories.

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Prints were organized, chocolate treats were added to the table and we were ready to go in just a few short hours.

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All set up and ready to roll!

We had about 360 pieces of artwork at this show. A combination of my work and the talented Sarah Watson. I believe I had about 70 new pieces of art since the December 2015 Blue Print. Each time I pull my prints out of their boxes, I’m always blown away by the quality of our printer. We’ve had the same one since we lived in Atlanta in 09/10′. The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 is still going strong! Actually, we had the same model in college, it printed all of our portfolios for recruiter visits. We go way back, me and Epson.

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New tropical birds for this year, I couldn’t resist!

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I could sing Blue Print’s praises all day long, but probably the best part about it is the atmosphere. Happy clients, great conversation and no pressure! With only 38 studios, clients could take their time and still visit everyone they needed to. In these conversations relationships strengthen and future projects take shape.

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Busy, busy! Happy clients = happy exhibitors!

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It does my heart good to see a busy show! I’m not just an exhibitor, I work on a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff like the website and the social media aspects. We’ve been with this show from the very beginning (only ONE year ago!) and now we’re gearing up for the FOURTH Blue Print in August. We’re thrilled with how it’s grown and the wonderful attention and praise the show has received. A big THANK YOU to Paul and Andrea Turk, who put in an incredible amount of effort in organizing it all.  I know I can’t thank them enough for all they have done and I wish I could give you back all the sleepless nights!

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Thanks for shining bright, New York

One a semi-related note, I popped into Pier 1 Imports on 5th Ave to check out some designs they’ve purchased from me. The whale was a freelance gig after Blue Print last May, the type is not my design.

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Recognize this guy? Him and his 3 companions made it into beautiful ceramic plates! Hello toucan! This particular Pier 1 had the best display of the birds I’ve seen so far!

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Till next time, Blue Print 😉

 

 

Blue Print II!

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Hello! We’re still wrapping our heads around our recent trip to New York for Blue Print II! We had such a good trip… it’s so much fun to connect with other creatives. We laughed and high-fived with old and new friends and even sold some art! I thought I’d share some photos from the show:

Since Blue Print is put on by studios, we feel extra proud about all we accomplished. Team work makes the dream work! While it is a lot of work, it’s way more fun to do it with friends! Andrea made up paper cones to house holiday candy for our clients! Here we are sticking them all together.

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A few images from the show- Iskra doing business like a pro.DSC_0150

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A new friend! This lady is just as bubbly and sweet as you’d think she is! I can tell we’re going to have some good times.IMG_4759

And then there’s Brenda…. if this doesn’t sum up the end of a show I don’t know what does. IMG_4757IMG_4711

Can’t wait for the May show! I’m equally excited to see clients, old and new as well as all these lovely studios. Such a great group! Thank you to everyone who helped set up and break down the show, and especially to Paul and Andrea <<< the show would not happen without all their hard work!

 

Blueprint Recap!

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Hello blog world! I’m back from an 8 day adventure to New York, where I participated in two print shows. Today’s post is all about Blueprint! There’s so much to say about this show… wow, I still can’t get over how great of a show we had. A quick run down- Blueprint was created by a group of designers wanting a relaxed atmosphere to meet with clients and sell artwork. And by golly, we did just that!  We had a wonderful open studio space in midtown Manhattan and ran our show from Thursday May 14th- Saturday May 16th.

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Photo credit- Roy & Jane

This really wasn’t any ordinary show…. 12 studios came together and helped set up the space, coordinate tote bags, ran the registration desk, shared in providing water and coffee for clients and offered support and advice like one big family. No one was on their own and really it was just a great group of people doing what they love.

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Set up day! Everyone grab a table!

We all pitched in and had tote bags made for guests! Each studio added in something special.

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Here’s my booth area all set up. I really liked being close to everyone. Lots of new friendships were formed! Even though we were close together, it really didn’t feel cramped when everyone was busy with clients.

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We had a BIG group dinner out, there must have been about 30 people! Thanks to Dan for coordinating that. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. And yes, the sangria was delicious.

DinnerIt’s hard to put into words how much Blueprint impacted us. I hate this term, but it was a game changer! We sold artwork outright at the show and I think that business model works best for me right now. I can’t believe all the new clients we met, some really exciting ones, for sure.

Here’s a list of the 11 other studios: Cinnamon Joe Studio, Tana Bana, Roy & Jane, Rafale Design, Gafiq Tafiq, Gather No Moss, Creativo, Dessin et Cie, Lucky Day, Verbeek Designs and LJ Woodhouse

After the show we immediately started planning the next one. Mark your calendars for December…. Blueprint is coming!

A special thank you to Paul Turk from Cinnamon Joe– he’s responsible for corralling everyone together and getting it done! Thanks for handling the hard stuff 😉

Announcing Blueprint 2015!!

YOU GUYS! This is soooo exciting. Well, I’m excited! There’s a NEW print show coming to NYC this May. Presenting Blueprint!

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What a group! Twelve studios will be coming together to bring you super awesome art for sale and for licensing. Visit the blog to keep up with show info and to register! You really don’t want to miss this show… come get first dibs. I’ll be there and if you can’t make it to Blueprint, I’ll also be at Surtex 2015, booth #465.

Pomelo & Pomelo with Guildery!

Hello! Lots of fun things in the works. I’m preparing (when am I not??) loads of new work for Surtex as well as a NEW print show I’ll be apart of..more on the new show soon! In the mean time, I licensed a collection with Guildery and it’s out on the market! Here’s a few of my favorite products. Thanks for taking a look!

Image Credit: Guildery

Image Credit: Guildery

Image Credit: Guildery

Image Credit: Guildery

20 things about me! Weee!

This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing just a little too much information about yourself. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post right here.

 

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Question 1: How tall are you? 

I think I am 5′ 5 1/2″.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I can touch my tongue to my nose and wiggle my ears. Is that a thing?

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Broken links or images without credit. 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Teeth clicking while eating. UGH. 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

At the moment probably that song from One Republic- “Love Runs Out”. 

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Pencil Shavings Studio— I love the name and all the beautiful colors!

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Knitting/crocheting and letting my mind wander. 

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Ruffles potato chips with a ranch/sour cream dip. Best poolside snack, ever. 

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? 

I have two dogs, both Havanese, named Pip and Obi. They’re 10 and 9 years old and are the silliest little bubbies ever.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

NF: “Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey… gets me every time I listen to it!

F: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m a big Tolkien nut!

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

Soap? I don’t wear makeup and I rarely do my hair! So soap is a good one, gotta be clean!

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

At our grocery store you can order from the Deli online and you have to enter a name. So to be funny, Ben wrote down “Truck Spank” (an inside joke from a favorite podcast). Anyways, the order wasn’t filled so I had to go up to the counter and ask where the order for “Truck Spank” was…. yea. 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Coffee?! But that’s pretty much water… so root beer. I love me some root beer. 

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Oh probably Lord of the Rings! I think I like it even more now that I’ve been to New Zealand. 

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Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Artist + honors student!

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Is it weird I love where we live now (Florida)? So it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. 

Question 17: PC or Mac?

MAC all day, everyday. 

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My husband does this super sweet thing. We run every few days and Ben gets up early with me to go run. Now, I know that doesn’t sound huge, but it is. He hates mornings and prefers to run after dinner… so for him to get up and go with me is really super sweet! Running is really important to me and I’ve had to take a 2 year hiatus because of an injury! He knows how much it means to me that I can run again.

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Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Anthony Bourdain. Love his books and shows, we even saw him live!

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Jessica Swift! I feel like we’d chat a lot, then realize 3 hours slipped away….. 

I’d love it if the following lovelies did this too! If you want…… ! 

1. Sarah Watson

2. Elizabeth Olwen

3. Victoria Johnson

4. Abby <<– from Love of Pattern!