Happy Fall! Where did summer go?!
Holy moly my friends, has it really been three months since I've last penned a blog post? Dang. I was going to be better about this too and like quite a few things, it has fallen off my radar.
So lets catch up! Summer was one of our busiest seasons we've have yet at Euphemeral Designs Studio. I was in constant state of scrambling, trying to catch up but falling further behind. I stayed awake at nights after putting in long days trying to figure out how to keep the store stocked.
I did one of my favorite collections ever, on the fly, in August. I was inspired by the colors in the Suzani fabric I ordered for some pillows: whites, grays, aquas, reds. I love creating collections. It is deeply satisfying to me to see something come together. This collection was also my fastest-selling collection too.
We brought on several new furniture artists to help us because it finally got to the point where I realized this lady needed help. I'm a slow learner. We now have ten different furniture artists contributing to the store (some a little, some a lot) and while it is vastly easier than me trying to stock it all on my own, we still have weeks where we have to scramble to re-stock.
I want to extend a hearty welcome to the Euphemeral Designs Studio family: Planks & Pieces, Mama Bean, Northwestly New, By Sarah, Miranda, and Blue Chair Reclaimed. They're joining City Mouse, Glitter & Glue, Holy Craft, Beautiful Junktion, and several other artists who don't paint furniture but make our beautiful hand-crafted items and jewelry. I am so thankful for each of them and their friendships. They are amazing women and are such sources of inspiration for me. I'm a lucky lady!
I am grateful to my toes that this is my biggest problem. (keeping the store stocked). I am also bone-tired. The last two months have been a serious time of reflection- how can I keep the store going and keep my family happy? What do I need to do to take better care of myself and be healthy? What are some things that I need to let go of and what do I need to start saying no to?
It has been a time of acknowledging I have some very real limits. Not easy for this lady! I keep having to re-learn this lesson.
It's also a time of setting goals and getting ready for our busy holiday season too. We're scaling back on events (going back to that setting limits thing), and focusing more on classes. I'm considering taking on a couple interns soon. That feels like big step for me.
I also have a really lovely apprentise who comes in once a month to help out with painting and I get to teach her about the Miss Mustard Seed's Millk Paint line. She is beyond lovely and I am so grateful for her. Introducing Chantilly of Northwesterly New. Isn't she talented?
I also have the best shopgirl friend on earth who helps me out once a month at the store, Deniece from City Mouse. She's the cutest, sweetest lady. I don't know what I would do without her. I'm so lucky to carry her pieces in the store too, they always fly out the door. Isn't this desk by City Mouse to die for? Thank you my friend!!!
And I'm super grateful for the friendship of my friend Alison, owner of the most gorgeous store in the region- The Modern Cottage Co. We are stinking lucky here in Tacoma to have her store right in town and it's probably one of my favorite things to do, to send customers over there. Al knows where the bodies are buried and I can always count on her to be there when I need my hands held, advice, a shoulder to cry on, or someone who gets the crazy-train that is retail. Plus she's just as wacky as I am. She's my hero, no lie.
Isn't her store front to die for?
Autumn is in full swing. We have some really sweet seasonal merchandise up. I'm excited about the winter holiday season too- lots of fun stuff planned for that!
Here's a few autumn-inspired goodness for you.
So I've got quite a lot to be thankful for! And quite a lot to learn still. Tons more growing ahead, and hopefully more sleep, more paint in my hair, and a clean(er) house. Heh. A girl can dream.