January…aka: the fastest month of the year.
How on earth is it Jan 22?! No seriously, how? Somehow Christmas came and went, and I'm nearly convinced that New Year's lasted for about three seconds. For a couple months we have been in this cruise control mode…and not the slow kind of cruise, just the constant kind. We've been almost exclusively working on orders. So many orders came in right up until Christmas and truth be told we are still getting some out. We are really lucky to have super awesome customers and collectors that are willing to wait for handmade items. Also, this was our first year offering gift certificates, and they seemed to be a hit. So we are filling lots of those orders right now as well.
One thing that we love is that we had a bunch of post-holiday custom orders for more ornaments! A lot of folks subscribe to the "celebrate everyday" lifestyle, and will be displaying their ornies all year round! We've been seeing pics on instagram of donut, cupcake, and ice cream ornies being used in Valentine's Day vignettes and we love it!
We have some really fun new designs coming very soon! But to be honest, there are only so many hours in the day, and we just can't take time away from orders to finish up new paintings just yet. But very very soon! We'll be sure to share some sneak peeks as soon as we can!
We haven't seen much or done much outside of the studio, except for a few quick trips to Target, which happens to have some great stuff in the dollar bins right now! Lots of minty, sea foam green, office-y stuff! Like this adorable file folder seen above! For $1!! Oh, and that sweet pink lidded vintage style jar for only $3!
I couldn't pass up these little plastic bins either! Perfect for holding invoices! (picture a New Yorker cartoon with an overworked guy at a desk…the "out" basket is empty, while the "in" basket teeters like an advanced game of Jenga.) And also from the dollar bins are these cute jars, pencil holder, and that to-do list pad has a magnet on back. It's on our fridge and quickly getting filled with lots of ink. I really don't think I've ever gotten through the dollar section without putting at least one thing in my cart.
We definitely are getting a bit of cabin fever due to this studio lock-in, but seriously it's been so cold that I don't feel like I'm missing anything out there. We had a frozen pipe a week or so ago, and we're lucky it didn't burst when it thawed. For the coldest of days we put together a mini makeshift studio upstairs where it is way more warm.
Our days are spent working, listening to music, cooking yummy meals, and burning candles. Party right? When I put the above pic on Facebook and Instagram I got a lot of questions about that candle. It's called Sweet Tobacco and is from Candelles. It's definitely more masculine than most of the scents we go for. Definitely earthy, woodsy…and to quote straight from the description on Candelles: "it begins with top notes of mandarin orange and tarragon; middle notes include rose, honey, and osmanthus; base notes are caramel, amber, musk, and hints of patchouli."
And I'd say that's fairly accurate.
Well, I wish I had more new stuff to share. We will very soon. I really just wanted to pop in and say hi! And let you know that we are still here! Hope 2015 is treating you all well!
Love from the Jersey Shore!
xo Jenny… and Aaron says hi!