Shop Update: New Sammy Card Available Now!

Sammy Asleep on Heart Pillow Blank Greeting Card by fallenpeach

Happy Friday! We are pleased to announce new Sammy and Friends cards are coming to the shop! Sammy Asleep on a Heart Pillow is now available as a greeting card – perfect for sending a message of love/friendship. This adorable original illustration by my husband Matt is also available as a laminated bookmark.

We have two more Sammy cards that will be listed in the shop over the next week, so stay tuned!

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Craft Fairs: Letting Go of What Doesn’t Work

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Strange to think, but it’s almost time to start preparing for Spring and Summer craft fairs. I received an email just the other day telling me that the application is up for a fair I did last August.

But here’s the thing, I’m re-thinking how I think about craft fairs this year.

We’ve done a lot of craft fairs. All kinds from big one and two day events to small little half day church fairs. We get tons of compliments on both our booth and our art; but, while we do okay at them, we don’t do spectacularly. So it’s time to make a change. Well, two changes.

The first change I’m making is – no more fairs that cost over $100. We just don’t do well enough at them to keep at it. It’s a sad change, because I love doing big fairs and talking to people. But, the fact of the matter is – they don’t work for us. At least not in this state.

And the second change is even bigger and harder for me. We are going to do just a few fairs this year and for each of them we are going to reverse our focus. Usually, the display is 75 to 80% fallenpeach travel photography (bookmarks, cards, prints etc) and the rest Sammy & Friends (bookmarks, cards etc). Well, this year we are going to switch those.

Matt’s Sammy & Friends illustrations are growing. He already has a new winter one that I am working with and we have a bunch of ideas in the pipelines. His illustrations draw attention at fairs and do fairly well there too. I want to see what happens when we put most of the focus on his art instead of mine.

sammy the cat sleeps on heart pillow bookmark by fallenpeach

Which hurts a little. But I need to let go of what isn’t working and try something new. It’s time. And I truly am excited to see what happens. So the winter is for building up on both stock and new images if possible and searching out fairs that we think will work for our Sammy & Friends line.

Sometimes it takes a little bit of bravery and to remember that the business is more important than pride to push forward and try something new.

Tell me in the comments about your experiences with pushing forward and making big changes – I would love to find it it worked for you or if you are working on another big change!

Keeping the Momentum from Recent Brainstorms on our Road Trip

 

Badlands Black and White Photograph by fallenpeach

I don’t know about you, but every time I go on a road trip (or even just a hike or extended walk) my brain starts going a million miles a minute. I start plotting and planning all the things I’m going to do when I get home and thinking about all the projects that are in progress that I want to finish. Some of the plans are more elaborate than others.

Unavoidably, when we get home we get caught up in the day to day and our plans and schemes fall by the wayside. Some stick around long enough for me to add them to my to do list, but usually most of them fall apart and disappear. It makes me sad.

On our last road trip, where I took the above photograph in the Badlands, we schemed and plotted as per usual. We talked about wanting to own a teardrop trailer. Then we discovered you can work living campground to campground and talked about maybe someday getting and airstream and doing that. We discussed breaking our graphic design business off from fallenpeach and giving it it’s own identity. We talked about possible names and what our niche would be. We talked about building fallenpeach and finding more craft fairs to do in 2014. We talked about Sammy and Friends and how to build that up as well.

This time, I’m determined to keep these thoughts going. Some of them more immediately than others. We will be doing more craft fairs in 2014. I’ve already made an excel spreadsheet of fairs I’m interested in for preparation. We will be building fallenpeach as well as Sammy and Friends. AND my winter project WILL be to come up with a name, logo and branding for our graphic design business. I have plans, most of them are good plans, and I’m determined to keep working on them as hard as I can.

How do you keep your momentum from brainstorming when you are away from home? 

New in the Shop: Sammy Celebrates Spring & Summer

Sammy Celebrates Spring laminated illustration bookmark by fallenpeach on etsy

We are happy to announce a new Sammy the Cat bookmark in the Shop! Celebrate Spring and Summer with Sammy, ready to hold your place in any of your summer reading titles.

Also: I spent Sunday morning photographing even more new bookmarks which will be slowly entering the shop over the next week or so!