Season’s greetings, everyone, and apologies for being so absent here. I’ve said it before, but I really struggle at maintaining an online presence, as you may have noticed if you follow me here. I promise it’s not because I have nothing to report! I think I’m going to have to double down on my social media and blogging goals for 2023, because I do want to share and keep a record of what I’ve been up to.
Fairy Tree Studios has had a very busy December, I’m happy to say, and in fact has attended four different markets in the last two months. I returned to the Champaign and Urbana Mistletoe Markets, which were even better this year than last year, and tried out a couple of new venues (with mixed results, though it’s all part of the learning process). I’ve been working on some projects with my fancy new printer, including an expanded range of note card styles and a 2023 calendar, which people seemed to love. I also started a new series of what I’m thinking of as “enchanted forests,” and they’ve done well too. It seems like the more ideas I try out, the more new ideas I get, and I’m very encouraged about Fairy Tree Studios’ future potential!
I also want to make it a point to say here how thankful I am to everyone who’s come out to see me at a market this year – to buy art, to give me words of encouragement, to suggest new ideas, or just to connect in some way with me and my work. Seeing and getting to know repeat visitors — as well as other artists and craftspeople — has been an unexpected benefit to doing these shows and I really hope I can keep developing those relationships. I’m grateful as well to the people who bought my art online or contacted me to ask about commissions or just liked and shared my work with others. The fact that things I’ve created are out there in the world hanging on people’s walls or getting written in or being given as gifts is a little surreal to think about sometimes. But it’s exactly what I wanted and I hope I can keep doing it for a long time.