The final day to place orders is December 20th. The shop will be closed from December 21st 2023 through January 20th, 2024 for a winter hiatus. Happy Holidays!

Quarterly Update

We are now one quarter into Operation Independence, as I have taken to calling my journey to self-employment.  A lot has happened in the past three months:
  • I survived the chaos that was the spring show season, working 10 weeks straight, usually 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week.
  • I was able to pay off all my existing debt
  • I ordered a fancy cover for my popup booth  (ooooh, ahhhh, so fancy)
  • I started making my own watercolor paints, and they are currently being tested by other artists.
There were a few setbacks along the way (mostly in the form of weather) that forced me to adapt my booth setup, packaging, and in some cases materials - but each setback proved to be a valuable lesson.  (Have extra tarps, use waterproof totes, don’t forget a towel, and battery fans are lifesavers)
So all in all, how is it going?
Wellll…….When I came up with this plan and timeline I had estimated it would take me two years to pay off my debt, save up the safety cushion that I wanted to have in place, and build up my audience and sales to a more permanently sustainable level.  All of the hard work I have put in over the past quarter of a year has more than paid off, and instead of two years, I may be able to switch to fully self employed by Christmas of this year.
Its so close now, I can almost taste it.
I am going to be taking most of the month of August off from working events and using the break to rest, regroup, and restock.  During this time, I will open my commissions books, so if there is a custom piece you have been longing to have made, now is the perfect time!  September will see me working events and shows again.  My fall schedule is below:
 
  • August 28th       Book Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • September 3-4    Guest Vendor at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival
  • September 10-11 Guest Vendor at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival
  • September 17-18    Storytime at the Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • September 24-25    Storytime at the Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • October 9th        Book Signing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • October 22-23     Guest Vendor at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival
  • October 29-30     Guest Vendor at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival

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