Lace & Whimsy Lately / No. 3
What I’ve Been Working On…
I’ve been a busy lil bee, designing, manufacturing, promoting, and shipping this year’s “Hallowhimsy Boxes.” That coupled with the rush of orders I received during my Labor Day Weekend Sale has kept me incredibly busy! I’m finally caught up and able to rest and re-group. Today, I’m in the studio tying up some loose ends and planning out my collections + projects for the next few months. I have some new enamel pin color variations that I need to photograph and list, so hopefully those will make their way to the shop later this week. Things are really picking up on the shop side of things and I’m absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude for my wonderful customers. And also pretty darn proud of myself for hanging in there during slow months and making this dream of mine become a reality. This entrepreneurship thing ain’t for the weak, lemme tell ya.
I’ve been putting a lot of effort and thought behind how I schedule my weeks so that I can maximize productivity while still keeping healthy work-life boundaries. Every single work week for me looks completely different. Some weeks I spend most of my time fulfilling orders. Other weeks, I’m working on illustration. Or printing and cutting samples of new sticker sheets so I can photograph them and add them to the shop. I wear a million different hats and there’s never a dull moment. I used to (and often still) struggle with shutting the work-side of my brain off and just relaxing. It can really spiral and I turn into a tense little ball of stress.
I’m getting better at compartmentalizing. When I had a day job, at 5:00 I’d say to myself, “Okay, this can all wait until tomorrow - not my problem! Time to go home and recharge.” I’m trying to get back to that mentality, but it’s hard when you’re the boss and your job is your passion and an extension of yourself.
When I Wasn’t Working…
Last month, I visited one of my favorite places in the world: Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. My dad has been going there since he was young. We try to go as a family every summer. The park has free admission (you buy tickets for rides, but there is no fee to enter the park like there usually is at most amusement parks) and you can bring your DOG with you!
On the way home from Knoebels, we made a quick stop because I’ve always wanted to explore Centralia, Pennsylvania. The town is abandoned because there’s been a mine fire burning since 1962. (Do a Google - it’s super interesting and spooky!) This is “Graffiti Highway,” the old stretch of Route 61 that had to be rerouted because it had uneven surfaces and steam coming up from the cracks in the asphalt. 😱🔥
It was so lovely to get out of town and spend some quality time with my family at a place so near and dear to our hearts. The cabin where we stayed had no signal, so I had a very unplugged weekend.
In my ongoing quest to actually chill out and not be in work mode every waking moment, I’ve started knitting again. (Fun fact: I used to be absolutely obsessed with knitting, and even had dreams of opening my own local yarn shop.) I’m just working on a very simple blanket at the moment. It’s very mindless - perfect for working on while watching TV.
I also am trying embroidery for the first time! I’m starting by using this adorable kit I purchased on Etsy. I might try taking some of my designs + illustrations and embroidering them. Wouldn’t that be cute and fun?
What I’ve Been Watching…
My husband and I watch a lot of movies and TV in our down time. This week, we’ve been binging The House of Flowers (La Casa de las Flores) on Netflix. It’s amazing. Funny, moving, progressive, and gorgeous. I’m so excited to finish watching it, but don’t want it to end. Hopefully it gets renewed for another season! (Tip: Swap Netflix’s default dubbed English to the original Spanish audio + English subtitles.)
We’ve also been watching Castle Rock on Hulu, which is “a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse.” It’s very cinematic and unique. We’re loving it! I hate that Hulu only releases an episode a week instead of dropping the whole season like Netflix does, but it is nice to savor it.
Another show I recently fell in love with is called Bored To Death, which aired on HBO back in 2009. There were only 3 seasons and we binged them in a matter of weeks. I don’t remember hearing about the show at the time it came out, but was very excited to discover it and fall in love with it now! Jason Schwartzman plays the main character, Jonathan Ames, an unlicensed private detective who lists his services on Craigslist. Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis play the other two main characters in the show. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and has a unique brand of dark humor that really spoke to my freaking soul.
“Sounds like an illusion to me. Lives don't change. We simply become more comfortable with our core misery. Which is a form of happiness.” -S1E3
What I’ve Been Listening To…
This Nancy Sinatra album has been in my main rotation, along with the soundtracks to Paper Moon, Ziegfeld Girl, and Pulp Fiction. I set up my record player recently, after having put it away for a few months to make more room in the studio. I’m so happy to have it back out and listen to my favorites. It’s also nice to have to get up and stretch my legs to flip to side 2 or change albums.
I’ve also been listening to the Podcast Reply All, which is literally just “stories about the internet.” Two of my favorite episodes I’ve listened to so far are Boy In The Photo & Long Distance. I’ve been getting way more into podcasts lately! They are perfect for when I’m drawing or doing menial biz tasks. If you have any favorites, send all the recommendations my way please.
I’m really looking forward to Autumn! It’s my absolute favorite season. I love wearing boots, hats, and tons of layers. I’m ready for cups of hot apple cider and curling up with my dogs by the fireplace. And watching spooky movies! Follow along with my Autumn adventures on my personal instagram, @kathy.d.clark!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.