Whoa. Well, this has been quite a couple weeks! I hardly know where to begin, except, of course, with congratulations to all the people whose personhood has been acknowledged last week! Seems like a variety of fronts upon which we made advances. I have come to the realization that the notion of liberty and justice for all is one that still requires much work, especially since it contains an inherent conflict in the way individual liberties can impinge upon those of other people, not to mention on the work of justice for all. Still, when your individual liberty is to be exclusionary or even violent towards other people, it seems like there needs to be a little tempering of that liberty in the name of justice. So, anyway, a good week. I'm in the middle of reading Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone, which among other times and places, includes some sections on Lithuania under Russian and German occupation. Not a pretty picture. Though I know it is fiction, it is still a good reminder that all my flailing of hands and gnashing of teeth over the regime of Scott Walker pales in comparison to what other people have had to endure. Always good to have some reminder of all the things you should be grateful for. (That hasn't changed my mind about Scott Walker, mind you). so, yay for same sex marriage! fair housing! health care!
At the shop it has been an otherwise busy time, too. Summer is here in earnest though the relatively cool temps are deceiving me about the passage of time (I was surprised when it was the end of May and surprised once again at the end of June. I'm blaming it on the cooler than usual weather). The coloring book craze has only caught us off guard in terms of trying to keep the store stocked. Of COURSE we are unsurprised that people would enjoy doing something with their hands and with color. We are managing to keep a steady rotation of different books, but certain titles are definitely fast to sell out.
One of the newest arrivals from the Stationery Show are these charming postcards and notecards.
Besides keeping the store stocked with coloring books, we're mostly keeping up with restocking the store. New arrivals come often which is a good thing and yet some shelf space gets freed up so things are going out the door as well. Still, I've had a few moments where shipments arrived and I just put them in the office because I wasn't ready to face making room for them. Who ordered all this anyway? Oh. Right. Me. and my sister.
Of course there are note cards, including the line of empathy cards from Emily McDowell.
Hot-sellers have been restocked, including the colorful ChewBeads, bird magnets, cute embroidery kits,
and more Wisconsin prints
My own new Madison prints are selling well so I'm feeling a little better about our silent sisterly competition (Sachi's lil' cheese curd onesie has been selling like crazy so I feel the need to catch up). I have several more designs in mind, which is good, since Sachi has three new card designs. Our Mother says she did nothing to encourage this competition between us but I think it comes down through the paternal line.
In other exciting news, we're working with an artist on some custom felt pennants for the shop, and my years of begging are starting to pay off with two other Minnesota artists. Don't hold your breath, but I think we'll be getting that Wisconsin hugging Minnesota image in a pint glass. And this popular tea towel of Wonders of Wisconsin is on its way in sheet paper form.
In other Wisco news, we got the bamboo cutting board in its smaller iteration, and an instant best-seller Wisconsin map with spaces for saving your bottlecaps (comes in a small and medium size, as well as a wall size,
We also received another order of blooms from Rifle Paper Co: prints, cards and notepads. So lovely!
Other arrivals... let's see: Boston Terrier knee-hi socks, Rock and Roll Alphabet book, Goodnight Loon, cut out alphabet books, Midwesterner onesie. & More!