It’s Been Awhile!

It’s Been Awhile!

Happy New Year!  I have been extremely busy.  I thought I’d be kicking back, enjoying the slow winter with not much to do.  Not so.  And I’m good with that!  I have created a TON of new artwork in the last 6 weeks.  I came out with a spring catalog, and I’ve had plenty of little orders to keep my from sitting around doing nothing.  Also, my parents took over our shop, It Is What It Is, and they are moving it to 318 Butler Street in Saugatuck!  We’re looking forward to a fun...
I Love Michigan Summers

I Love Michigan Summers

Although I love Fall and Christmas season very, very much… I have been starting to design some new artwork for next year’s Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  It’s going to be the best yet!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the first new designs.  (If you just can’t wait for summer before you get your hands on one of these, I can make you one now!  It would make a great Christmas gift! 😉 ) It’s available here in two...
What’s Up?

What’s Up?

After finding out that I did not make it to the final round of Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search, I was honestly bummed.  I never expected to make it to the top 50.  But I did.  Then I got my hopes up that I might make it to the top 6 as well.  At the same time, I was trying to prepare myself for inevitable disappointment. I thought I was ready for the bad news.  But there’s not really a good way to not be disappointed about something so BIG that could have been career-changing.  I didn’t feel like creating ANYTHING for a lot of days after that.  I wasn’t depressed or anything, and really, I got over not being picked in a matter of one day.  But I still felt burnt out on everything.  There was so much anticipation about which 6 artists would be chosen, and so much hype, and then it was instantly over. It meant that I had to go back to my piles and piles of signs that had been patiently waiting for me to finish and ship out all over Michigan.  Not that I don’t love what I’m doing.  It just felt old and stale.  It made me wonder if my art was really very good at all… or if people just placed orders simply because it’s made in Michigan and not in China. So I didn’t create anything at all for quite a few days.  I rearranged my living room, put up Fall decorations, boiled some apple peels with cinnamon to make the house smell good.  I went to bed early… It was...
Autumn in Michigan 2014

Autumn in Michigan 2014

Today seems like an appropriate day to introduce this year’s Autumn in Michigan sign!  We are having another polar vortex here in west Michigan.  It’s July 15th, and it’s cold and rainy.  I really don’t mind this weather, though, because Fall is my favorite season. This sign will be available in two sizes: 8×10″ and 4×5.”  In an effort to get myself a little more than caught up for Fall (since I always make everything to order and go a little bit crazy trying to keep up), I am going to take pre-orders for these at an earlybird sale price, and they will begin shipping at the end of August!  They can be customized to any state or town. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the Christmas in Michigan sign, which will also begin shipping at the end of...
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