This year has been freaking incredible. When I began thinking about 2015 and what it meant to me I was overwhelmed (also a little sad about how fast it seemed to have flown by). Although when I really analyzed each month and everything I’ve done this year, I had a hard time processing how it all fit into 12 months. It flies by but it doesn’t. Time is weird. I am incredibly thankful for business growth and the continued support from this wonderful online / social community (and of course from my family and friends!). Using social media and this little blog to share my work is an amazing thing, I’m constantly in awe that I have ‘fans’ and forever grateful for the encouraging comments!
Back in May I was approached by Hallmark to collaborate…ecstatic to say the least. I created a four piece Valentine’s greeting card collection. I got to post a little sneak peek on instagram last week. I will be sharing more on this including where to buy and all four designs from the collection next month!
2. Travels; Antarctica, Argentina, and Iceland
I feel so incredibly blessed to see the world. Traveling has become a top priority. It is truly priceless as experiences like these mean everything to me. I am so lucky to have my sister who shares a love for adventure, culture, nature, and making spontaneous travel plans. This year we conquered two new continents with a trip to Antarctica…we had to fly through Argentina to board the ship to Antarctica so we decided to extend our stay on the way back so we could explore Buenos Aires. We’ve both had been wanting to visit Iceland after seeing magical photos of it over the past couple years. This was totally unplanned and we threw it together in less than two months. It’s quite easy to get around Iceland and it far exceeded my expectations so I am beyond happy we made this happen! We just have two continents left and with a trip to Japan in the works for next year, we will just need to get to Australia. So exciting to be achieving this goal with my big sis. You can read about my trips in more detail as I blogged them by day earlier this year; Antarctica, Argentina, and Iceland
This year Urban Outfitters launched an online artist series print shop. I was asked to contribute my ferns print. It is such an honor to work with a company I love so much and have admired for a long time. Every once in awhile a styled shot pops up on my instagram feed and I’m like hey there I am…so cool. You can check that out here, the print is offered in more sizes than I have on Easy and also with multiple framing options.
I was asked to become a part of West Elm Local, an initiative recently started by West Elm to support local artist communities and encourage store managers to carefully curate their individual stores. I just love this. So far I am in Estero, Orlando, and two Miami locations (Florida Only). We even got to go up to Orlando for an in store event this summer!
5. Stationery Product Line Expanding
This year I began to expand my stationery / product line by adding greeting cards, notepads, gift wrap, and more. I signed on to Etsy Wholesale so retailers can now place wholesale orders directly on there. I have always wanted to have a super fun flowery product line and after gaining confidence from the past few years of illustrating for wedding clients and other companies I am finally ready for this next step, which leads me to my next highlight of 2015…
A long time dream becoming a reality in 2016. I am terrified and more excited about this than anything in business so far. I CANNOT WAIT! The money for my booth space has been paid, I completed the Trade Show Boot Camp e-course…it is official! I will be painting my buns off in the new year. I can’t wait for you all to see what I have up my sleeve!
8. Plum Pretty Sugar x BHLDN
The lovely ladies at Plum Pretty used one of my floral prints for their beautiful robes. It is currently being sold at BHLDN. So exciting to see my artwork on fabric! I mean… ekkk!
My friends have been such a huge part of helping to grow my business; their advice, willingness to listen me whine / analyze / talk my ideas out, and their encouragement are the biggest blessings. We use the term ‘baby friends’ because that’s literally how long we’ve known each other, since childhood. Several of my close friends welcomed little ones into their lives this year and it’s so fun to be apart of their joy by sharing my talents (and playing auntie). Can’t wait to share the rest of the stationery items we came up with for Heather’s shower…