Shannon Airport and Edinburgh – Ireland and Scotland Day 4

So if you read the last post you’ll know that we were basically out of gas from the night before. We were rushing off to the airport to catch a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. Patrick, the AirBnB host, offered to drive behind us just in case we did run out of gas on the way. He wasn’t awake yet and we decided to just take a chance and go for it. We found a gas station on google maps. Our fingers were crossed that we’d actually make it there as it was over 15km away. Cows Not even half a …

Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher – Ireland Day 3

I’m finally back at the Ireland and U.K. trip posts! Hopefully, I’ll have them all posted within the next month. The AirBnB (read more about it here) included breakfast. Our host had a spread of yogurt, toast, fruit, etc. There was a German couple staying in the other room of the AirBnB. We were able to enjoy a great conversation over breakfast with them.They’ve been to Ireland several times and seemed to really enjoy it. We were off to Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher. They were on their way to Ring of Kerry and that area. He, I don’t …

Preparing For Your First Art Licensing Trade Show

Today I published a video on everything you need to know before exhibiting at your first art licensing trade show. I’ve covered costs, things you need to buy, and what you need to have before even considering exhibiting. Check out the video below. Along with the video, I’ve created a timeline to help you plan your first show. 12+ Months Start saving money Research trade shows Attend a show Set budget 12-6 Months Have at least 50 designs Contact show rep Set goals Continue designing 6 Months Start booth/banner design Start designing marketing materials Continue designing 4 Months Plan giveaway …

New York Trip & My First Trade Show

It’s been almost a month since Blueprint…how is that even possible?! Since then I’ve been working on going through my portfolio and uploading new designs on to places like Zazzle and Society 6. The trip was great and my sister & I learn a lot about exhibiting at trade shows. Next week I’m posting a video and blog on preparing for your first art licensing trade show. New York Here We Come The drive up to NJ was pretty uneventful. I didn’t have to drive so I was able to sit in the backseat and snuggle with Willow. Isn’t she …

Licensing Deal, Blueprint, and More

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve updated you guys on what’s been going on with me. Earlier this year I made the decision to step back a bit from the blog. Things were super busy with work and preparing for the (fast-approaching) trade show. Recently some things have changed in my life and will now make it much easier to keep this site up-to-date. I’m looking forward to being able to spend some more time on here. 🙂 Anyways, here’s a quick look at what’s been going on for the past couple of months. My First Licensing Deal!! (yay!) …

Join Me On The 100 Day Challenge

Last year I participated in the 100-day project and created a new pattern every day, for 100 days. Those 100 days were a really great experience and I learned a lot about my own design skills & style. It was during this time that my confidence grew enough to start teaching and it was also the beginning of me really starting to figure out my own design style. So, let me ask you a question. Are there any design skills that you want to improve? Come on, I know there is at least one thing you can come up with. …