Finally, a shop update! It seems like the last one was a million years ago – and it probably was! And for the first time since selling handmade online, I finally have photos that I am satisfied with. I decided last week, after having a very frustrating time with mediocre photos, that something needed to be done. I like to shoot in natural light, but my set up just wasn’t cutting it (I would just use my dining room wall as a backdrop – which was fine, but not great). Welcome pallet wall. I’d love to take the credit for that thing, but it was mostly my husband (I provided moral support?). And boy, do pallets have a ton of nails in them. But regardless of the not-so-fun time disassembling and reassembling pallets, the results are good and I am a happy camper. And the best part is that I can move the wall around as needed – no more waiting for the perfect time of day to shoot. Good photos = justice to the aprons.
Now on to the new aprons. I’ve got some adorable critter prints – I couldn’t resist! That octopus print!
And of course florals (goodness knows I love my florals).
I’m working on some new aprons styles, but my guess is that they won’t be ready for my shop until after the new year – November is the busiest month! It’s all good though.
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately.
Wow, what a whirlwind of excitement around here lately! Secret Wool Society has its first pop-up market coming up, and Herd of Cats aprons are about to make their first appearance in a real live storefront!
Herd of Cats has been pretty low-key lately as I’ve been focusing all of my energy on weaving, which is why I was surprised (and very flattered) when Branch contacted me asking if I would be interested in being a featured artist in their new market and studio. Um, yes please!
Branch is a brand new market and studio located in the small quaint community of Black Diamond, Alberta (just a short drive outside the city of Calgary), featuring unique handmade goods from local artisans, as well as a space to teach creative classes. I am so excited to have my aprons featured in such a lovely and unique space. If you’re local, I highly suggest making the trip out to visit Jodie and Rebecca, they have created a truly wonderful space.
And in case you’re wondering, I do have an Etsy shop update in the works for Herd of Cats, so even if you are not able to visit Branch in person, you can browse my aprons via the internet!
P.S. I will be back with a garden update soon! Things were looking pretty bleak after the hail storm, but luckily a lot bounced back and I’m looking at a half decent harvest. More details soon, I promise!
I’m so thrilled to have been chosen as one of the 45 artists and sellers to be featured at the Commonwealth Collector’s Club on September 13th! I’ll be set up there with some of my wall weavings, as well as a few other new products. If you’re local to the Calgary area, come by and introduce yourself!
For some reason sales have been slow since Christmas – I’ve had a few custom orders from people I know personally, but my Etsy shop has been pretty dry. Luckily the dry spell came to a close over the last week, which was good because I had been slowly working on a few new aprons to add in, so timing couldn’t have worked out better! These new patterns have been added in to the shop now:
I’ve been doing lots of product experimenting lately as I’ve wanted to expand my shop for quite awhile with new and different products. So those will be coming in slowly over the next couple of months as they are perfected! Look forward to things like pillow covers (with Liberty of London and Nani Iro fabrics!), shoulder bags, and embroidered items – I’m so excited!
And remember that time about a month ago, when I wrote that I wasn’t planning on selling any weavings? Well, it turns out that I really, really love making them. And I have limited wall space. And I was getting lots of encouragement to sell them. So I decided to list a few of them in a new Etsy shop to see what happens. I’ll be posting more details on that, including a link to the new shop, within the next couple of weeks.
P.S. I’ll be back on Friday with a garden related post!
Feel free to visit my Etsy shop, Herd of Cats, even just to browse! 😉 Thank you for all of your support!