Friday, September 11, 2015

Formex August 2015

 Hello Friday!

Long time no see. I was just about to make the excuse of being too busy... but it's just untrue, plus I'm not a big fan of the "too busy" excuse. (You always have time, it's just a matter of what you decide to spend your time doing.) I've had plenty of time to pop in here to update you on what's happening behind the scenes... I just haven't.

Anywho, 3 weeks ago I presented my work at Formex for the second time. Since I had shown my work at Formex in January I had learnt a thing or two which I tried to implement this time around. In January I tried to show as much of my work as possible, and didn't really think about the overall look of my booth. This time I showcased just my scarves and my illustrations and designed my booth to look a little bit like a candy shop or bakery. I am really pleased with how it all turned out, plus the gorgeous bouquet of flowers really brought everything together. I'm also totally in love with the perfect periwinkle color I picked for the counter and frilly banner!

Another thing I also learnt from last time is that many people (or maybe just Swedes) are pretty timid when it comes to getting close to you to take a closer look so I built a little counter to bring my work a little closer to the walk ways. This way people felt a little more comfortable stopping to pick up a business card or stop for a chat and take a quick look at my work.

How did I find this Formex compared to the first experience?
The first time around was really exciting because I really didn't know what to expect. I felt really new and people seemed excited to see something new at the fair too. I met tons of people who really took the time to complement my work and chat with me about my process etc. I made a handful of sales and connections that definitely made the fair worth it for me.

The second time around was just as exciting but this time I felt I really knew what was going to happen, and I was really pleased with how my booth looked overall. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side. It was incredibly sunny and people didn't seem to want to be stuck indoors. So the overall feel of the fair from speaking to others too was that there wasn't as many people there and people were really really stressed, not taking the time to stop for a chat. I still feel that it was worth standing at the fair because I made a handful of sales and connections this time around too that will potentially lead to lots of exciting work. So no complaints from me. But I had hoped that more people would have recognised my work from the last time around, and a little press would have been nice. I gave out over 100 business cards, so who knows what that will lead to in the future.

By the way, did you know that I'm the top selling Etsy shop in Sweden in the category of Art. Pretty neat huh?!

Monday, July 20, 2015

June Favorites

Hello again Monday!

I just wanted to pop in again before June is all too far away and share some of my favorite things of the moment. Monthly favorite videos are my personal favorite videos to watch on YouTube because I think you really get to know the person through the items they like and the way they talk about them. (Which is really neat.)

This month's favorites includes everything from computer programs to makeup brushes. I hope you enjoy!

p.s. I'm still trying to figure out how to use and set up my new higher quality videos, so please bear with me while I learn. I'm pretty excited though to create more video content now that the quality is so much better and easier to work on, and hope you're looking forward to seeing more.

EmmaKisstina + Spoonflower

Hello Monday!

I've got something rather exciting to share with your today! A month or so ago I got an Etsy message asking if I sold my designs on Spoonflower. At the time I didn't and wasn't sure if I ever would. But I just couldn't shake the idea. I've been loving creating patterns lately but haven't really figured out a way to utilise them besides just building my portfolio. The idea of having my own range of fabrics by the meter was of course very appealing, but to produce a collection myself is just not possible for me to do at the moment.

Previously I haven't thought that Spoonflower's quality was very good and I thought the payout for designers was a little lower than I'd like, but I placed an order for some swatches at the beginning of the year and was happily surprised to see that the quality was much better than I remembered. I also realised even though the commission I make on my designs is much lower than if I produced them myself, I don't have to go through the manufacturing process, and I don't have to worry about stock or even customer service. A pretty good deal I think! I just have to take the time to create patterns that I hope lots of people will enjoy... and that I enjoy myself as well.

So I started designing like a crazy person! In about one month's time I created 60 designs (some of course were just color variations) and had swatches of them sent to me to double check. I love them all, and I have now made them all available in my very own EmmaKisstina Spoonflower fabric shop. I welcome you to take a peek, and let me know if there is anything you'd like to see from me in the future. 

I'm really looking forward to creating even more collections of my signature girly designs. Hope you love them!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Gotland 2015

Hello Monday!

I'm back from 5 days of gorgeous sunshine away from computers and work and it feels great! We packed our swimsuits, camera and weekend bags in our car and took the 3 hour ferry to Gotland. This was my second time visiting this beautiful Swedish island and this visit was just as fun if not better than the first. Instead of rushing around to see as much of the island as we could as we did the first time around we could relax. 

Even though I have a very free job where I can choose my own hours, it's still very nice to have vacation. It was great to spend time with friends, get some sun on the beach, and freeze my booty off in the Swedish ocean.

 We also just purchased a new camera with video. So it was extra fun to take photos and even more fun to capture all of these little clips and put them together into this fun video. Hope you get an even better feel of how gorgeous summer in Sweden can be.

So now I'm completely relaxed and ready to get tons of more work done. I've got several exciting launches coming up so stay tuned!