Monday, February 6, 2017

A WORKING MOM!

Today, coming to the studio and unpacking my things to start the day, I found a little toy piggy in my laptop bag. It made me smile and inspired me to write down thoughts about starting and running a  business while also being a mom of an almost 5-year-old and a 9-month-old. Of course mostly it's a battle against time and energy, but today it made me smile. And  I want to be better in taking it easier, or at least trying to be a more relaxed lady. Even with never having enough time to do my thing!

The mornings are the craziest for me with packing up and getting ready to go, in time. Remembering to take everything everybody needs, often is a bit too much, and something like my own breakfast or lunch gets left behind. I'm getting better in making sure there is a little snack stash at the studio!
Lunch for the school, dance class stuff (even the little hair ties), baby food, diapers and such, change of clothing, baby carrier, phone, keys, wallet, computer (and the cord), note book, calendar - check. Today I even got a mason jar of coffee to go from home, thanks to the dear husband :D
The most challenging thing is not having enough time. That might be the case for all the small business owners though. Managing the hours of the day, making sense into deciding between actual crafting, getting the materials, doing the paper work, doing the online marketing, keeping up the social media presence. Right now the baby is sleeping, so I can write this. But I can't use the sewing machine, especially not the serger, that would wake him up which would make working pretty slow.

This spring will be interesting in many ways. The baby is getting older and I feel like and can leave him with his dad or grand parents or a baby sitter for the morning or afternoon, or sometimes even for the whole day. Which will totally make things clearer for my studio time. I'll be so fast and efficient!! Until then, I'll be happy, and yes so not stressed, to take breaks for changing, feeding, bouncing, walking to nap, and making sure no pin needles are eaten from the floor ;)
The spring is also very exciting with the Kickstarter project starting out so well, and with planning some new shows around the area. If you haven't already seen the Kickstarter project, check it out from here!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Make/100 at Kickstarter!

Sooo exciting! We're doing a Make/100 Kickstarter project to open the pants business for a wider audience online. Shooting the video, making the whole Kickstarter page and publishing it a couple minutes ago was super fun and I feel like it's always healthy to do something kind of out of my comfort zone (like being in front of the camera instead of behind it). So wish us luck! Here's the link to the project! www.kickstarter.com/projects/make-100-friendsday-pants

Make/100 is a great project for us small businesses, because of the small scale thinking. No pressure of raising a $1 000 000, but just enough to get the online way of selling up and running. And it's been so nice to get help and support from friends living around the world! I feel so lucky to know and love people in such different places and careers. Thank you!




Monday, December 19, 2016

Starting retail!

From this day on, in addition to our own studio, it's also possible to see and buy pants and eye pillows in another really nice shop in downtown Murphy! The store is called Marketplace Antiques and it's FULL of interesting and cool stuff. You can spend hours (for real, it's big) just looking around, enjoying all the old and new beautiful things they have. Deni, the owner lady of the shop is also gorgeous, super friendly and really professional, so I'm excited!  It's so nice to finally get the business growing a bit, and also crazy interesting to see how it all goes. 
The year 2017 is going to be all about growing, learning and experimenting, and it's just around the corner too! Let's make it very cool and crafty ;)


Thursday, December 8, 2016

WHEN NOT SEWING..

This little article was published in the Cherokee Scout newspaper last week! Sewing is fun, and baby circus is too :)  

Right now planning the schedule for next spring. There's going to be baby circus classes for 4-12-month-olds, and hopefully a group for 1 and 2 year-olds too. AND, we're going to start a salsa class for baby wearers, teehee! So much niceness happening at the studio, so inspiring and sooo fun. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DOWNTOWN!!!


So, it wasn't that long ago, when we were celebrating the move to a nice new studio space. And now we've done it again! It's almost miraculous how things like this happen. From one excellent space to another, from a friendly place to another. This one, the Studio 58 in downtown Murphy, is a great one for us, because it has a sweet little store front too. Plus, again we're sharing the place with some amazing ladies!

There's Hannah Levin, a multitalent yoga instructor, ayurvedic counselor, potter, musician, art teacher and a friend. She has her own Heartfelt wellbeing office and assisted thai yoga room there and she teaches yoga regularly at the awesome big yoga room, that's a part of the studio space.

And there's Sarina Holland, a yoga teacher and a doula, a super warm-hearted and open-minded young mom of two little loves, and the owner of Studio 58, this amazing space that gives us the opportunity to play and do our thing. 

Honestly couldn't be happier and more excited to be a part of the team, and sooo looking forward to what the future can bring for all of us! Cheers and hurraaay for an active fall and future at the Studio 58!!


Monday, September 19, 2016

FALL 2016 IS HERE!

And what a sweet time of the year it is. The overwhelming heat starts giving up, people have returned from their summer vacations and adventures, little ones are getting back to their school routines, and I get to concentrate on being artsy and crafty! During last spring I decided to put aside my masters thesis to be able to be a better crafts person. It feels super relieving not to have two big projects going on at the same time. The thesis will get done some day when I'm physically closer to the University of Helsinki. And while I'm here in Brasstown, I might as well take full advantage of the crafts surrounded atmosphere that's so special to this place.

This fall is going to be pretty busy, and it makes me feel excited. In less then two weeks there's the Fall Festival at the John C Campbell Folkschool, and especially since it was cancelled last year because of some crazy raining, I'm really looking forward to it! At the moment there is a little mountain of silk, lavender, flax seeds and embroidery thread to be made into nice little eye pillows. And after that, a pants making marathon. And all this while juggling a four year-old and a five month-old. We can do it!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NEW YEAR NEW STUDIO!

The past two months have been interesting and inspiring craft-wise, and the biggest reason is the awesome new studio space that let's me craft and design in peace, with lots of light and space! No more pin needle hiding from a 4-year-old, no more trading between dinner and sewing table, no more random stuff appearing to and desappearing from my projects! Hurraaay!! The space has huge windows all over, which makes it just beautiful with all the natural light coming in. I have one table for the sewing machines and another bigger one for cutting fabric or doing other things like animation, silk screening and such. Also, just got the silk screen printing supplies, so almost ready to start printing again, sooo nice.
I'm sharing the studio with a wonder woman called Nanette Davidson, who has two big looms and a wall full of weaving material. I will write more about her later. Let's just say that I've really lucked out here and feel crazy happy and proud to hang out with a crafter and a multitalent like her! She's a wonderful fiber artist, but also the kind of cook-person, who (in my father-in-laws words) can fix a five course dinner out of half an onion and an apple for 20 people, in half and hour ;)
So feeling good and making big plans for my crafty and artsy future here! Still sewing pants and eye pillows, but finally designing and prototyping other things too. Waiting for the spring to arrive to Brasstown and enjoying the way. Have a great day!