We've been working hard at the studio. So hard that we haven't taken the time to update the blog for a few months. How did that happen? If you want to see what we've been up to, check out our Instagram feed for some behind the scenes images of recent work and explorations.
Earlier this month was my Mom's birthday (not coincidentally on Best Friends Day) and I was lucky to have dinner with my parents and my brothers and their families. I don't take that for granted. If you know my Mom, you know that she's hard to buy for and she even announced, "Please come to dinner but no gifts". I had to defy her orders because I had seen the Spoonflower blog post on making tea towels from family recipes. I've spoken before about my maternal grandmother's apple pies. She was an extraordinary baker, but also a very accomplished cook. I am still (covered in flour) trying to perfect her buttermilk biscuits and can't do it nearly as well as she did. I used my grandmother's best and most favorite recipes for my Mom's tea towels. It was a pleasure to make them for my Mom and she loved getting them.
What I didn't expect was my sister-in-law asking about the wrapping paper with which I wrapped the tea towels. I always use my own gift wrap now, unless it's a kids gift (getting to that...). She took one look at it and said "That's not on your web site. If it was I would buy it in a minute." That's one of those moments that lit a fire. Just a few days later I read a blog post done by art licensing consultant Maria Brophy. You can read the full post here. The gist of it is that you have to make it clear that you are selling your work and make it available for people to buy. All of this led me to make a commitment to expand our online shop and make our products and work available to everyone. I'm committing to July 25th as the absolute latest. That's a month from today. Hold me to it!