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I’m excited to announce that Orange Twist will be slinging cards, baby rompers, and posters at two holiday markets in Seattle.
I kick off the season at the etsyRain Holiday Show Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 at the Intiman Theater in the Seattle Center, Lower Queen Anne. Walk off your Thanksgiving turkey 11 am-5 pm both days and start your holiday shopping with handmade goods galore! Find the show at: 201 Mercer St, Seattle WA.
The next weekend I’ll pack up the goods and head to the 31st Annual Winter Festival and Craft Show at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Join me and 114 other artists from 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4th! Find the show at 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA. I’ll be in the Blue Building on the upper floor right next to the door in space 57!
If you bike or take the bus to either show, show me your helmet or your metro transfer and get a free gift with any purchase!
Today I have orders to pack and then I MUST concentrate. Buckle down. Put my nose to the grindstone and get things in order before Mr. Mate and I take a little trip down south to the land of heat, sin, and Mormons.
The primary purpose of this trip is a 26.2 mile jaunt called the St. George Marathon. The secondary purpose is going somewhere new (and HOT) so I can bask in the sun by a pool and among the red rocks of Utah. The tertiary reason, celebrating our 15 year anniversary, tacked on a couple extra days of gambling, Elvis sitings, hiking, and relaxing. After the wind and rain we’ve experienced during the last few days I’m rrrrrready!
Pretty darn excited about the slew of new cards and prints that are now available online! This was my first orchestrated release of designs and while I had plenty of hiccups and ego bruising moments, I’m happy with the final designs and hope you’ll let me know what you think. Here are a few designs to wet your appetite.
I survived my first trade show! The Seattle Gift Show ran August 13-16 and took place at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in downtown Seattle and with a lot of planning and help from my family it was a darn smooth event.
The planning started way back in May when I attended the National Stationary Show, but truthfully, the actual work of putting the pieces together to create the booth started the first week of July when my mom and I trekked to Ikea to buy the white curtains that would lighten up the booth and function as the backdrop for my cards and posters.
The rest of July and until the 8th of August I was mad with printing. I mentioned way back in June that I was designing new cards and since I hadn’t put out what for me was a big release, I didn’t know how long all that printing would take. The answer ended up being nearly two months. Some of that was the fact that I decided to design 6 new poster prints in addition to the 16 new designs and 5 reworked designs I put into wholesale production. In any case, I was fantastically relieved when the printing and framing of the prints was all finished on August 8th!
That Thursday the 11th, my sister-in-law and I loaded up the car and drove to the WSCC to set up right around 11 am.
This was the booth after bringing in our first cart-load of items. Our first job was putting up the curtains; then we assembled the table, and took out the cards and posters to hang. We realized that the little step stool we took wasn’t going to be tall enough for hanging everything, so we left to get lunch and a bigger step ladder around 1 pm.
After a couple Bánh mì, we returned to the convention center and hung the cards, posters, and lighting and were finished by 6. Alas, I still had a bunch to do that evening including finishing my sign, writing a bio, and making a display box for the product preview area. It was a long day.
The next day the final set up was a piece of cake as all we had to do was hang the sign and clean the booth which ended up feeling light and cheerful.
|Handmade nest for handprinted business cards!|
|Storage for tools, catalogs, orders, extra cards and candy!|
|A portion of the card display|
|The aisle sign for the booth|
The actual show had pretty slow traffic and while I didn’t hit all my sales goals, the show was a great learning experience. Check out the Orange Twist Facebook page for updates about when and where our cards arrive in stores!
A shift has taken place. The end is in sight and a hint of giddiness has set in.
For the last couple weeks I’ve been feeling like this:
The Seattle Gift Show is just around the corner and today marks the one week countdown until set up (!).
During the past few weeks I designed six new posters and a couple new cards. I managed to burn all my screens before studio renovations at Pratt made screen exposing impossible and in general have been printing, printing, printing! I’m getting close to being finished with the essentials, but in my mind there’s always more to print and stock.
Yesterday I dropped my catalog and order forms off to be printed and I should be getting a bunch of business cards today. I’d wanted to screenprint my business cards (seems appropriate no?), but my list of items to print has been extraordinarily long and my hands two. It was a tremendous relief to have them printed rather than have that hanging over my head. Priorities!
Curtains have been flameproofed and are currently being professionally pressed. The thought of trying to iron 8×10 ft expanses of white curtains in the midst of cat-hair tumble weeds seemed stupid.
Out-of-town mailings have been sent and local mailings go out tomorrow.
Today I’m printing and beginning to mock up what my booth will look like with the furniture and accessories. I found out that the boxes I purchased to go in the shelving are all totally different from each other (how did that happen?) and that I really need to get my signage in order. I know, I’m a little behind. I’ve got 4 valid ideas and am trying to decide which one will match the aesthetic, be useful at future markets/shows, and be light and easily portable. Bonus points for something inexpensive and weatherproof. Extra bonus points if the solution doesn’t take me forever to make!
In between making a gazillion decisions and feeling terrified about doing a trade show, I’ve been snatching 30-40 minutes of sun, taking walks (mandatory after I realized felt like crap and realized that I’d stopped walking everyday), and enjoying garlic, green beans, and alpine strawberries from our yard.
That’s it for now. I’ll try to post early next week before the show.
The weather has been gloriously warm the past few days and we had a impromptu gathering for July 4th. Our yard only gets sun until about 3 pm and seems to turn into a wind tunnel with the slightest breeze, but we were able to enjoy the holiday weekend and a bit of white sangria!
Today I was running around today getting things DONE! I’m excited to have found a reliable and cost effective place to get small quantities of paper cut. I’ve got a ton of stuff that I’d like to finish before Summerfest starts on Friday, but I have a feeling I’m going to fall short of everything I’d like to complete.
Nonetheless, there will be new cards, new onesies and in all probability some of my art at my table in the ArtDive area at Summerfest so don’t forget to stop by and say howdy ho!
Before I want to share a picture of my cat that I love, love, love!
As many of you know, I’ve been setting up shop every Sunday at the Fremont Sunday Market. This is my first summer vending there and in addition it it I’m getting ready for two other events. The first is the the West Seattle Summerfest July 8, 9, and 10 and the Seattle Gift Show August 13-16.
Summerfest is a BIG neighborhood extravaganza with lots of vendors, music, and good people watching! The festival is in my neighborhood and that made me jump at the chance to be a part of it. I’ll be in the Art Dive area put on by Twighlight Artist Collective. The Art Dive Tents will feature local art and artisans and will be located north of Oregon Street on California Avenue. Summerfest will be my first multi-day festival and to help me out, my mom will be flying in to help. What a sweetheart!
In August I’ll be participating in my first trade at the Seattle Gift Show. I’ve been interested in growing my wholesale business beyond the Seattle area and think this show will put Orange Twist in front of the eyeballs of many Northwest buyers. I’ve been busy researching booth design, locating fixtures, and am just learned that my rep will be available to help out. Things are starting to fall into place!
I hope to meet some of my awesome Seattle clients at Summerfest, so if you attend I hope you’ll stop by and introduce yourself! I’ll be posting updates at and about the events at the Orange Twist Facebook page, so if you’re looking for up to the minute info check it out.