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New York International Gift Fair

The main reason for the trip to NYC this past week was to attend the New York International Gift Fair. Although I’ve attended gift shows in the past, this was my first “big” show and I wanted to see if I could find some new items to broaden the selection in my shop.  Here are a few booths that I drooled over – As you’ll notice they are more decor related (what can I say, I’m a decor nut) but I did find some little gift items to bring into the store later in February. With me came my Mom, and Elise – a longtime friend who now lives in NYC but a few years back interned for me.

[PICTURES ABOVE] [1] Spoon Chandelier via Cake. (Picture taken by Elise) [2] Uncle Goose Toys are ridiculously gorgeous. I’m sure I’ve seen their stuff around before but after seeing the products in person I’m obsessed [3] BlaBla dolls will always be a favourite of mine – I loved how they were all displayed on the wall [4] The entire line (bedding and clothing) by Roberta Roller Rabbit  made my heart skip a beat. [5] Dash and Albert Poufs. Need I say more? [6] This print Fairhope Graphics caught my eye. Beautiful for a nursery.

[7] Jonathan Adler always brings to the table awesome colourful designs – I wanted to walk away with that turtle stool! [8] I first noticed Barr-Co. in Chapters here in Toronto and have since been a fan of their packaging and branding [9] Uncle Goose Alphabet Blocks appeal to the typography nut in me. I’d love to pick this up for our house for a coffee table decor – it’s just awesome. [10.] I always wanted the Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp for Oscar’s room but it was always too expensive for me to justify, but I loved how they paired the lamp with the bright table.

Anyhow, those are some of the booths that I loved at the show. I’ll post more of the exploring I did in the city next week. xo Linds

In Updates

prepping for gift show

I’m getting ready for the gift show next week so my dining room is filled with boxes of stock and my dining room table is acting as a pretend display table. It feels like chaos. For someone that likes organization + order, this is driving me a little bit insane.

I’m not a stranger to shows, but it has been awhile so I feel a wee but rusty. I used to do the BIG shows and have BIG displays. Pop up signs, lights, tables, I thought that you had to look bigger for people to take you seriously. But this time I’m doing things a bit differently. Maybe it’s a comfort in my own skin and after 8 years I’ve hit my groove. I’m scaling back on the investment of booth displays and going a little more organic. I don’t feel like the booth has to stand out as much as I feel like the product will instead. It also is economical this change – the less money I invest in display, the more I profit from sales at the show. I’m keeping things simpler this year, and it feels nice.

Once I’ve come up with a layout I’m happy with I’ll snap photos much like I’ve shown above so I can remember the layout when I go to set up next week. And then everything gets back back into boxes so I can transport it to the show.

Is it crazy to say I’m feeling exhausted and it’s only November 7th? 😉
xo Linds

In Business/ Updates

growing the business…

Today is my 8th anniversary of marrying Aubrey, and also, the official date that I started my business. Two major life moments that have turned out to get sweeter with age.

It’s fitting to me that on the anniversary of starting my company, I reveal a new development in my business. As of a few weeks ago I signed with an art publisher. An art publisher is a company that produces high quantities of art for retailers. As an artist this is an amazing opportunity because I get to create but let my publisher take care of all of the other details such as selling, printing, shipping.

Let me stop here to explain that I’m trying to write this post in a semi-professional way, but for the moment, let me stop, do a dance around my office, squeal a little bit with excitement, and I will now sit back down and compose myself.

This is something I feel is perfect for my brand. Just a few short months ago I made a decision to regroup & refocus on what I truly enjoy – creating art, and building my company. Although I’m beyond excited, I’m also somewhat nervous. For any artist reading this, that feeling should come as no surprise. Even after 8 years of creating art there are always nerves when putting work in front of a new audience.

I’ll still be selling prints in my shop, but what this art publisher will be able to produce is unlike anything I can create myself – huge canvases, framed prints – it’s amazing and I’m so excited. I’ll be updating my website with stores where you may be able to find my work. But for now, I just wanted to announce this huge new development. Yay! xoxo Linds