I have gotten some questions on where I have been, and if I am still in business. The second part of that question is the easiest, YES!, I’m still very much in business. I’m planning some news products and working on new goals for my company.
The other question is a much longer story. In 2013 and 2014 I was omnipresent at every bay area show of note except renegade (I still have never gotten in that one), including hiring helpers so my company could be present at multiple places at the same time. It was physically exhausting but worth it and I made a lot of great maker friends in that time. Maintaining this lifestyle for 2 years was wearing, and I forgot to have a life at the same time, so in 2015 I took a long break and I did not appear at a show until August 2015. What did I do in my downtime? I made products, did well online and even had a product featured in one of etsy’s emails last April. It was the break I needed, though I was still keeping busy making, because maker’s gotta make.
At the same time, I was considering moving, which is always a stressful undertaking. The maker lifestyle is amazing, but it is hard in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area, so I was considering a move to Southern California for most of 2015. In total I spent 3 months in the Anaheim area deciding on if it was a fit. Plans didn’t work out, but that’s okay, instead I moved from sleepy Crockett (the most Northern city in the East Bay) back to Richmond (where I previously lived). Being closer to everything has helped in some ways and hurt in others, hurt as in rent costs more the closer to SF you live. I am still considering a move out of state, but for now I am still an East Bay girl.
The winter months are always a little slow for me for shows, but I am excited to be returning to the Fair season at Maker Faire 11th Annual Show May 20-22, 2016. I’ll be debuting some new tea towel designs, and kitchen art at this show, as well as continuing with fan favorites which I started this company around, vegan bar soap inspired by food and herbs. I started adding kitchen items, last year, experimenting with some items. Cooking is a passion of mine so it made sense, I hope you will love the new products as much as I do. I look forward to seeing everyone’s friendly faces this spring and on-wards.