Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have been accepted as a maker for the first ever Renegade Mini Market in Portland. I’d never attended Renegade before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had heard nothing but good things. The weekend turned out AWESOME. I heard from other makers that overall it was pretty slow for a Renegade show, but IMO that’s to be expected for their first appearance in Portland. My booth was in a great location and I’m very happy with my sales. I met so many nice people, it’s always lovely to hear praise after you’ve spent so much time and energy preparing for a show. I was in exceptional company – the roster was filled with so many talented makers. At the very end of the day on Sunday I was able to mill around gathering cards and inspiration. Here is a roundup of my favorites…
As you can see, I could have spent a small fortune on Jewelry! While I did not have much time for shopping, I was able to pick up a bottle of Egyptian Jasmine Luminous Body Oil by Herbivore Botanicals. It is *amazing*. The smell drives me crazy (in a good way) and I adore the silky smoothness of my skin after using it. Another thing I couldn’t live without is the Dash Bottle Vase in Pink by The Granite. I woke up on Monday thinking about it, so I knew I had to have it! It will look so cute in my studio, I’ll be sure to post pics after I receive it. Funny thing, turns out the nice ladies of The Granite have their studio in the North Coast Seed Building – the same building as my sister! When I was visiting Sabrina at her studio for Wolf Child last month she gave me a tour of the building. Crazy inspiring – the artist lofts and studios seriously made me want to move to Portland. Maybe one day…?
Tuesday was a huge day for me – Little Arrow’s website launched and is now live! This has been a project since last September, and it’s a thrill to finally see it come to life. This will be an exciting new channel. Little Arrow began selling on Etsy, which has been great exposure not to mention initial sales. Etsy gave me the chance to get my feet wet, and now I feel ready (or at least as ready as I’ll ever be) to begin driving my fancy new website. In celebration of the launch, I’m running 3 different giveaways! Yesterday’s giveaway was a $50 Gift Card, you can find rules for entry on my Instagram, Twitter & Facebook pages. Today’s giveaway is a focus on Pinterest! Rules for entry:
Back in December of 2012 I was looking for creative holiday shopping, and decided to attend the holiday Portland Bazaar in Portland, Oregon. Created and organized by the talented Grace Bonney of the infamous blog Design*Sponge, I knew before even walking through the door that I’d be impressed. Of course, the event was ah-maazing, and I left inspired to create a fresh urban craft market of my own for my hometown city of Eugene, Oregon. Being a smaller city than Portland with a slower growth pattern, Eugene is ripe for savvy entrepreneurial challenges – and if done with the right amount of style and sophistication – can be a frenzied buzz of instant popularity and success. With this in mind, I felt a fresh urban craft market would fill a much needed local niche, and so I decided to give the event a try. I hastily (though thoughtfully and cleverly) named the event and designed the logo. The very first Gifted Urban Bazaar was introduced in December of 2013 and was held inside the Atrium of the Commerce Building in downtown Eugene, OR. The event was well attended and received positive feedback from both shoppers and vendors. With the success of the initial bazaar it was decided a summer event should take place, and on June 21st, 2014 Gifted Urban Bazaar was held at Kesey Square in downtown Eugene. With 16 participating vendors and attendance around 300 – 500, feedback from the public was overwhelmingly positive. Both shoppers and vendors expressed the need for such an event. There were also numerous requests to have the event more often!
Hearing the love and support from the community has been a complete thrill, and I’m excited to see how Gifted can grow. Nicole from Heritage Dry Goods and I have been working together to find a permanent sponsor, so that every event is on solid ground and the framing for internal infrastructure can begin. There may not be enough time for a second summer bazaar, but that means we’ll have plenty of time for the winter shows – and boy do we have plans to make them awesome! If you’re interested in future shows, head on over and “like” the Gifted Facebook page. You can also sign up for my newsletters via Little Arrow where I’ll announce any future bazaars.
Although I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of having my own blog, I’ve been equally as hesitant for fear of failing. The well known phrase “we’re our own worst enemies” couldn’t be more true for me. I’m known for second guessing myself and obsessing over the littlest of things… What could I possibly write about that would interest people? What if no one reads it? What if I sound stupid? These critical questions & more have run through my mind and were preventing me from moving forward with something I’ve always wanted to do. Such a shame, and so unnecessary.
Little Arrow has been a blessing for me. Starting my own business has been rewarding on many levels, but what stands out the most is the self confidence I’ve gained from running my own show. Being able to call the shots and provide a service that people are not only grateful for – but are willing to PAY you for – has given me an inner strength I had not previously known. It’s actually quite a thrilling feeling. Although I’ve always faked it pretty well, to the point where even my closest friends are surprised when I have a confidence meltdown; those inner voices that used to incessantly pick away at my self worth have quieted over the past year. Little Arrow has been about breaking free of “karmic ties that have bound me to the past”, which is the mantra my astrologer ingrained into my head the year leading up to the launch of my business. Learning to trust my instincts has only come through the positive feedback from clients and small successes of each milestone. Little Arrow is slowly chipping away at my long laundry list of doubts – and I’m gleefully checking each action-item off as it’s completed, another challenge conquered.
Part of running your own business is realizing that there will always be challenges, you’ll never quite make it to the end of that laundry list – which is what makes this adventure exciting. Of course new challenges aren’t always immediately welcomed, admittedly I thrive when learning and growing.
So here we are now – I’m writing my first blog post for Little Arrow. My goal with this blog is to gain the courage needed to form my voice, freely write about anything and everything I care to talk about, and always communicate with sincerity, integrity and honesty – no matter what. If this means I don’t have a million readers, well fine, I’ll be even more appreciative to those that do read. And if it means I’ll look stupid once in awhile, that’s fine too – no one is perfect. I’m willing to become vulnerable in exchange for the act of accomplishment – worrying less about what others think and more about my own personal growth is definitely a most welcome challenge.