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Working as an artist during COVID times

I thought I'd share a bit of what all this has been like as an artist/artisan/self-employed person. Not for any purpose other than that it helps to share our experiences - and if the internet is all we have now, might as well use it for #realtalk. I think naturally artists are optimistic people. Broad strokes, I know. But, we hang a lot of our hopes on this system: make something, get it into the world, hope to sell it. Repeat. Little fragments of our expressions, out into the world again and again. We have systems we've built: sales avenues we've developed, and customers we have engaged over years of work. We make and create, with the expectation that we will...

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Wild Blue goes international!

So some news from me: At the end of February 2020, my family and I are moving across the pond! My husband, Nate, recently accepted a biomedical research position in Maastricht, in the southern region of Netherlands. It's basically his dream job, in a pretty amazing location - so we are really excited!  What does all this mean for Wild Blue? Besides a few weeks to move and get set up, and slightly longer shipping times, I really do plan to continue "business as usual." Building WBY has been one of the most fulfilling and exciting parts of my life, and I have no intention to let it falter or drop. All my equipment and supplies will ship or come along with me. I'll...

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#ShopHandmade (why it's important)

  In this crazy holiday season, there is a set of phrases tossed about constantly, especially by folks like yours truly: Shop local. Shop small. Shop handmade.  I am the first person to admit it: handmade and small businesses aren't necessarily intrinsically good. We don't automatically make more durable products than big box stores. A small business is not a guarantee that ethical standards are being upheld (hellooo unpaid overtime). We are - at the end of the day - salespeople. And our prices are not always especially competitive. So is shopping local/small, and handmade still a good thing? Well, to keep it simple: Yes, it is.  Here are some of my thoughts on why shopping handmade and local are worth your time and hard-earned cash. ...

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Craft Show line up for 2019

Hello! I'm puttering my way through my shop restocks, and just about ready to think about my fabulous upcoming craft shows!  Here's where you can find me in the next few months:  November 6: OPIRG McMaster’s Annual Fair Trade Fest (Hamilton, ON) November 9: Makers' North (Sudbury, ON) November 15 & 16: All Handmade Marketplace (Oakville, ON) November 29 & 30: Burlington Made (Burlington, ON) December 7 & 8: Handmade Hamilton  (Staircase Theatre, Hamilton ON) December 19: Last Chance Market (HARRRP Community Centre, Hamilton ON) And, you can always shop WBY at these retailers across Canada. I'll also be stocking the website regularly with great new work, so check back often - or get in touch with specific or custom requests. Contact me here for further info. 

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3 Years of Wild Blue Yonder

Wild Blue Yonder turned 3!! As of Sept 1, I officially quit my job three years ago, and have been working for myself ever since. I spent my 3rd WBY anniversary in serene Killarney Provincial Park, on a private lake with only our campsite. I finished a good book (Delia Owen's Where the Crawdads Sing), snuggled my dog, and star-gazed with my bff//husband... It really was the perfect way to mark the occasion. I can't totally believe it's been 3 years of Wild Blue. At the same time, it feels like I've been at this for forever! As I look back, I'm so grateful for: small victories - gaining new stores, getting into desired shows good mentors and help from dear friends beautiful studio...

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