2015 Sale!!

After a long hiatus from the blog... I'm back!!  To kick off the new year and I have a little sale going over at Etsy.  All stationery stuff is on sale!  Notebooks and notepads are just $5 each.  

The sale with run today through the end of January!

Squid notepad- just $5

Squid notepad- just $5

fruit notebook- now $5

fruit notebook- now $5

I'm also happy to announce that I've finally changed the name of my Etsy shop to First Pancake Studio, to match my portfolio website. (which you might have noticed is a new gorgeous squarespace site!)  I'm still working on updating and arranging everything, but its already a big improvement!  You can also follow me on Instagram and see photos of work in process, personal knitting projects and my studio assistant, Biscuit.  Feeling ready to take on 2015!

Etsy Sale!

We are moving very soon!

Succulent pencil case - $12

As I look around the studio I realize now would be a good time to get rid of some of my inventory... and have less things to box up.

Cupcake notepad -$7

Squid Notepad- $7

Fruit and Lace notebook- $7

Starting today use code: MOVING in my Etsy shop to receive 20% off all orders over $15.

Succulent pencil case- $12

Fruit Notepad- $7

Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and check out the sale... From now till the end of June! 20% off!   I'll be adding more items so keep your eyes peeled!

Surtex 2012

In case you haven't seen the good news, I'm on to round four of the REPEAT competition!  This month's challenge is "Up in the Air."  So far I'm totally stumped, but I felt very inspired after researching current trends from the Spring Quilt show that was held this past week.  I did a post about my favorite trends and collections over at the TPB blog.  Below is a collection of cards and flyers from my favorite artists from the Surtex  and National Stationery Shows.

I was able to meet up with some friends and chit chat about the show which made the day much more awesome!  Thanks guys!

I didn't take any photos, but I thought I'd link to a few of my favorite artists!  I picked out this button from Rifle Paper co.  because this is what I want to look like when I'm an old lady! haha!  They had the cutest cards and these coasters too.  Moglea was another of my favorite hand lettering/ letterpress, booths especially this pattern she used as an envelope liner.  Wildhorse press also had some fun new cards! I really want this apple set! .  For the surface designers I loved seeing Khristian A. Howell's new work, her colors are so bold!  Paper & Cloth's work  is always so on the latest trend and so much fun!  I wish I could work for them!!  Lastly, 1st time exhibitor Kate Thomas's work caught my eye because of its hand drawn charm and her beautiful colors.  I could see her work on a variety of things!  Well that's it for now, I'm looking forward to a fantastic weekend!

You've "bean on my mind..."

Art Festivals and Craftshows are a lot of work, weeks of sewing, ordering and organizing stuff all with my fingers crossed for good weather. However, I've found that it's a great opportunity to get direct feedback and that's really helped me make decisions about my work. (which things to discontinue, what needs to be tweaked and pricing too!) I have been busy busy busy working on some new items for the East Greenwich Art Festival coming up Sept 3rd!

I just got these babies in the mail yesterday!

I know, I know... I'm super cheesy. But the berry one just seemed so right that I dared myself to come up with three other veggie greetings.

And I did!

I figured these could each work for multiple occasions and they had a sense of humor... vegetables shouldn't take themselves too seriously.

Next week is crunch time, but I'm hoping to photograph a few more items before I head out for the sale. I will also post these in my Etsy shop too! If your going to be in the area please come say hi! I'll be there 10-5, 1408 Division Road.

Bicycle Race!

We are finally getting some spring weather up here in RI and all I wanna do is is ride my bicycle! Have noticed the large green and purple button on the side of my blog?

I'm currently training to participate in my first 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I am completing this event with my amazing boyfriend Robin! Robin is a cancer survivor and his Mom, Mary, is currently undergoing chemo. We are committed to raising $8,500 total!

 

I am selling these notebooks as part of my fundraising efforts at my Etsy site! If you live in the Providence area come to the RISD Sale this weekend. (10-4 Benefit St. April 30th) I will have these notebooks and many other things for sale.

The LLS is a truly excellent organization. 76.2% of all the funds collected goes directly to local patients and researchers. Patients can use this money to do whatever they see fit with it. This is the kind of organization that actually helps actual patients when they need it. I am very excited to be able to use my artistic abilities towards fundraising for this group! Please consider buying a notebook or making a donation at my fundraising website. Thanks!

Etsy Giveway!

Jen of This Girl's Life So Far recently contacted me on Etsy about doing an interview and giveaway on her blog. An addition to running a blog Jen has an Etsy shop where she makes her own soap. My favorite is her cupcake bombs!

This is my first interview and it was a relief to know that someone saw my avatar/store name and liked it. Turns out she's actually been chased by a rabid Emu! Haha, how crazy is that?

 

Check out her blog to read my interview here and if you want a chance to win a notepad/notebook set just leave a comment. You can enter till April 4th! Thanks so much Jen!

Cupcake continued...

As Spring is approaching I'm picking up speed. I ordered this sweet stamp from Rubber Stamps.net and I've been stamping all my paper goods like crazy!

 

I was able to upload an image that used my handwritten text and they shipped it very quickly.

I find stamping and labeling things extremely satisfying!

Also received a test swatch of cupcake fabric in the mail from Spoonflower!

In the past I've struggled with getting the colors to print faithfully. Often the way they appear on the screen is very different from how they turn up on fabric. This time I went through the process of creating a test strip where I tried a few different colors for each color (light brown, brown, blue, yellow and pink)to see how it would look.

Overall, I was really happy with this little experiment and I think from now on this is a really safe way to check my colors before purchasing a large amount of fabric.

Robin started printing me some stickers at work. : ) I can't wait to have these up in the store too!

Cupcakes in My Mail!

I absolutely love getting things in the mail, except bills. I've been checking the mail a lot this week ...waiting for CUPCAKES!

I was soooo excited to receive my very own Little Cupcake Notebooks from Scout Books! They came out even better than I had hoped! Scout Books is based out of Portland where they do all sorts of beautiful work and print these babies with Soy Ink on 100% recycled paper!

One of my goals for this year is to create some products with existing artwork. (You may recognize these cupcakes from my East vs. West food pattern). I typically create work and then as soon as its done I'm sick of it. On the upside I'm constantly working on new stuff!

I've found that reproducing my work allows me to see it anew. Whether that be photography, printing it on fabric or changing the imagery slightly. Do other people feel this way?

Anyways, I'm absolutely smitten with these! I added them to my Etsy shop right away.

I found out this week that I've got a spot in the RISD Alumni Spring Sale so I'm starting to stock up!

These also just in! I've been sort of obsessed with this color palette of neutrals+ neon. I feel like I'm seeing it everywhere. Maybe its just a good transition from the blahs of Winter to the brightness of Spring. Not that I think neutrals are blah.... just dirty snow.

I'm also obsessed with stationary, even though I rarely get to use it... :( I guess it makes sense that I would enjoy creating my own stationary for people to send through the mail. I thought the cupcake pad looked very nice with these envelopes from PaperSource , the Japanese Washi tape and this super cute cake eraser I received for x-mas!

It made me want to sit down and write a letter or bake.... I can't decide which! But with Valentine's Day approaching I should be prepared to do both. You can get your own cupcake notepads here. I'm also hoping to make some matching stickers, so keep your eyes peeled!