Well, it has been about a month since I finished up all the work on the Wisconsin coloring book. Well, not all of it, since I still have to set up a PayPal option here for mail orders. But, still. Once we sent the book to the printers, I dusted off my hands and said "That's it. I'm done for the year." Well, aside from all the selling. But I really felt like it was time to shift out of the thinking of new products mode and into selling what I have mode. Hard to turn the brain off.
In a happy turn of events, an artist we worked with previously sent me a postcard about custom ornaments, just when I was thinking about what else we could put our coloring page designs onto, and voila! some new Wisconsin ornaments for the holiday season! Perfect timing. We're still in design phase, but we'll have these in a few weeks.
We also met with some UW Madison digital marketing students so thoughts are rolling around in my head about ways to make this blog more user-friendly. Because of course what any shopgirl needs is a new project right before the holidays.
In more pressing news, tomorrow is the downtown Madison family Halloween event which involves a massive candy giveaway (last year it was about 39 pounds of candy from our store alone). I've got tubs of candy ready to go, as well as some stickers for food allergy issues. I was going to be lazy about my costume but at the last minute, both Komai girls have some work to do. Sachi is working on her Kragle hat (from the Lego Movie) and I had to do some repairs for my mermaid costume. That involved gluing sequins and scales yesterday and today means making a crown, which brings me to another distraction about a possible piece for an upcoming exhibit for the book arts group I belong to. So many new ideas!
Also, a friend in Minnesota works for the non profit Free Arts Minnesota which is a totally cool program. They are putting together a coloring page and even though I just found out about it three days before the deadline, I spent a couple nights drawing and working on a page for that book. The theme is breaking the mold: a celebration of self, so I made an autobiographical collage drawing, a spin off of some of my coloring pages. It was another fun and mostly frivolous project, which clearly I need more of.