Presents from Vail! Best surprise. Forever wishing that she and Sam lived closer. I can’t wait to get these up on her walls.
Her face! I’m so glad she likes them. I miss you girls and I hope it’s not forever until Sam and I see you again.
A quick little update.
-I’m scurrying around frantically trying to get as much done as I can before I leave for California at the crack of dawn. I’ve been traveling too much lately which I would usually declare there is no such thing as too much travel but when there are a hundred aprons that are so close to being done it seems a bit frivolous. Every time I sit down at the sewing machine to work on aprons I can’t believe that I’m still working on them. I had no idea how tedious and time consuming this project would be. I’m incredibly proud of them and I’m so anxious for them to be done, I can’t wait to share with you guys. I’m not sure of a date yet but I’m hoping to have them up in time for the holidays. Since shipping can take up to 6 weeks for international orders I won’t be able to guarantee them before New Years but I should be able to for US orders. Sam and I spent two weeks, working almost all day everyday, just on the photo shoot.
-It’s on my to-do list this week to create a run down of our Colorado trip. I’m hoping I can present it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to do a similar trip. I’ve done lots of traveling and I highly recommend this area of Colorado. And I need to work on a collab I’m doing with Sam! Eeep!
-I’m dealing with some emotional squish-squash, trying to process all the feelings that come with both of my brothers and Alaska moving out, my mom being indefinitely on the road and Sam being back in Philly with no plans to come back down. It’s a hard adjustment and a quiet one. Also trying to figure out what my plan of action is. It was my plan to use apron money to move to Los Angeles and finally get myself situated with a real studio and then spend the next year neck deep in confectionery fabrication. But LA is pricey and it doesn’t seem like the best place to live unless you’re taking advantage of what it has to offer. And at the same time I can’t really imagine being sticky in Florida for another year. So we’ll see! Wherever I end up I’ll be working on the confectionery. I can’t believe I’m so close to starting the creation process. It’s such a wonderful blend of everything I’ve been dreaming about for the last five years. I can never thank you guys enough for sticking with me and supporting what I do. It hasn’t been super easy, running your own business is tough and it’s risky. I’ve been lucky to have my dad let me live here for so long and pursuit this path. I love inspiring other young artist to follow their passion but I don’t want to inspire irresponsibility. There is nothing wrong with practicality and often times it can aid in the success of an artistic venture. I used to diss the “9-5 desk job” mantra, which is silly because now I spend a good portion of my time at a desk trying to run my business, which comes with learning curves galore. So don’t think your parents don’t want you to be happy just because they prefer you take a business class or go to a technical college or whatever it may be. They want you to avoid financial struggles. And the thing is, two to four years may seem like an unbearably long time when you’re first out of high school but I promise you it’s not. Keep creating and learning and striving for what you love.
Sam took these the last night we were in North Carolina. Sam and I were the last ones to leave the campfire and enjoyed making the embers explode before putting it out. It was such a wonderful week in the mountains with the people I love. I miss my family already.
mesmerized by fire
Hahahah we littered that back porch with teal hair. I hope the squirrels use it to build squirrel nests or knit squirrel sweaters… or something.
hayley hair + vail hair
Today is the last day my shop will be open. I’ve struggled with beanie efficiency since March and it’s been so frustrating. I’ve always done my own order fulfillment and tried so hard to maintain good customer service. So to have fallen behind multiple times on the beanies makes me feel so defeated. And I just found out yesterday that I’m 50 beanies short on orders that I thought were shipped while I was out of town and beanies are on back order because the manufacturer is waiting on thread. Thank you to everyone who ordered and for your patience. I’m going to spend the next couple months creating better systems and investing in product so that I can re-open and do a much better job at filling orders in a timely manner. If you ordered between July 20 - August 7 then your order has been shipped (unless you are one of the 50 and then you will be getting an email today or tomorrow). And orders placed since August 7 will get shipped around Nov 10. So sorry again, this is terribly embarrassing. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.