Shift, My Word for 2016

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I’m not usually the type to pick a word for the year. The past couple of years in particular have been a little rough and I was just doing my best to move forward on various projects. In any way possible.

This year is going to be different. March is the start of a new “year” for me. I’m starting a new day job, giving myself more time to work on projects, and planning lots and lots and lot of growth for those projects. At the beginning of the month I started fresh with a new bullet journal and new goals for the year. I can’t wait to start crossing things off my lists!

And so my word this year will be SHIFT.

Shifting my priorities, shifting my time, shifting my mentality about my life and my goals. Shift.

What is your word this year? How do you stick to it?

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P.S. We will be at Get Baked this Saturday!

 

Spring Fairs are Coming!

One of our goals for 2016 is to get out there and sell at more craft fairs. So far we are set for 4 fairs this Spring/Summer. I’m still researching and may add more, but we would love for you to mark your calendars for these dates!

March 12 – Get Baked in Windsor Connecticut from 10 – 3 pm

April 9 –  Get Baked in Windsor Connecticut from 10 – 3 pm

May 7 – Windsor Lions 39th Annual Spring Fair, Windsor Town Green from 9 – 4

August 20 – Milford Oyster Festival, Milford Green from 10 – 6

Our Sammy & Friends coasters will be available exculsively at these locations! When we add more dates I’ll add them to our Shop fallenpeach page here!

Friday Reads: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

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Loved this book! Click the photo to join me on Instagram!

I don’t usually write book reviews, and this isn’t really a review, but I wanted to let you all know how much I absolutely loved Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly. I downloaded it onto my Nook last week and was through it in a matter of days.

Monstrous is an offbeat fairy tale with amazing characters and a great story. It reminded me a little bit of Stardust by Neil Gaiman in the best possible way. I highly recommend this book!

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On another book related note, I’m reviving my GoodReads account that I started and have been ignoring for the past 6 years or so. Come visit me over there and help me stay involved! I want to read a lot more books this year and keep better track of them.

What are you reading this week?

A Productive January and 7 New Cards in Our Etsy Shop (!!)

Sammy the Cat Box Greeting Card

Winter is not my favorite season. The dark and the cold send me spiraling down and I usually just want to curl up with a book and a blanket and my husband and watch movies or read. This winter, however, has been extremely mild and for that I am actually thankful. The warmer (warm-er, not necessarily warm) weather in New England this year is making my January much more productive than usual and I’m loving it.

For example, this month I re-photographed every single one of our Sammy & Friends cards as well as 7 brand new cards and got them all up and settled into our Etsy Shop. Click the link to see them all! Matt has also been productive this month and has drawn several new illustrations that I can’t wait to make things with (hint: one involves books!).

Sammy Celebrates Birthday Greeting Card

I’ve also seriously started looking into craft fairs for 2016. In recent years we’ve taken a break from doing a lot of fairs, but this year we want to jump right back in. We’ve been testing the waters with Get Baked every few months and so far it’s going really well. We will be back at their Love Local Pop-Up Market on March 20th, so please come visit! We also have two more fair applications going in soon and I’m on the lookout for even more shows so stay tuned for a full list once I know all the details!

If you follow us on Social Media at all, you know I’m nearly always on Twitter and Instagram. But lately I’ve been working on posting more frequently on our Facebook page. If you haven’t already “liked” our page, please stop by!

And on that note, I hope you all have a great week! I’ll be writing a small post about a book I recently finished either later this week or sometime next. I’m also thinking about starting to post a simple photo one day a week or every other week. What do you think?

 

New in Our Etsy Shop: Stickers!

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We spent much of 2015 brainstorming new illustrations and new product ideas. At our last craft fair we launched two new products: Sammy & Friends Coasters (currently not available online) and a Sticker Pack.

I am super excited to announce that Sticker Packs are now available in our Etsy Shop! Each pack includes 12 small square stickers and 2 larger circle stickers. Square stickers are slightly smaller than a quarter. You are guaranteed at least one of each sticker design.

We’ve been sticking our stickers places since we got them in. I put one on my Bullet Journal so that I know which way is up and Matt put one on his cell phone case. We haven’t used the small ones yet, but I’m excited to see what fun we can have decorating with them.

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I am excited for 2016. We will be back at Get Baked in March and are planning more shows throughout the Spring and Summer. We are also working on at least one more new product and a handful of new illustrations.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with our adventures!

Giving Up on Certain Books

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I posted this photo on Instagram yesterday. It’s two books I gave up on reading this month and a third that I’m not so sure about.

Earlier this year I started giving myself permission to not finish books. I used to feel like I had to finish any book I started, even if it bored me or I started to hate it. This year I’ve been a lot better about “giving up” on books that I don’t like instead of forcing myself to finish them.

Lately I’ve also been really good about reading both new and old books. I read one new book (from the mountain under the bed) and then follow it with re-reading an old favorite or a book I’ve read but am not sure I want to keep. Through this process I’ve brought at least two bags of books to the used bookstore this year and I feel better for it.

I love books and I love re-reading books, but sometimes I find myself keeping books for nostalgia’s sake or because it looks good on my shelf. We have limited space in our apartment, and one of my goals for 2016 is to be able to fit both my books and Matt’s books on one bookshelf. I’m hoping this process will help me determine which books actually “spark joy” (any other Konmari method followers?) and which ones I don’t care about anymore.

How do you sort your books? Do you keep them all or only the ones you truly love? Do you finish all the books you start or give yourself permission to not finish them?

Back to Blogging, How are you guys?

I miss blogging. There I said it. It’s been half a year since I really blogged here and I miss it. Working a full time job and working on a side business (or two or three) is not easy. Sometimes I get extremely overwhelmed and things fall behind. Blogging was one of those things, but I think I’m ready to start again.

I’m not going to post as frequently as I used to. In fact, I’m hoping to start with just once or twice a month, just to let you know what we are up to and what new products are in the shop. If it goes well, we shall see about more than that.

Things I used to blog about : road trips, fallenpeach products, photography, books and monthly goals. Some of these will stay, some will pop up here and there and others may not happen. I’m leaving this as open as possible so that I can find a new voice here and see where it takes me.

In the meantime, I hope you have seen all the absolutely fantastic illustrations that are in our shop (and are looking forward to the handful of new ones we have coming)….

What would you like to see on this blog?

Ch-Ch-Changes

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Matt and I have been incredibly hard at work behind the scenes and we have some big changes to announce.

We recently launched our graphic design company, Side Route Studio, and are currently working on opening an Etsy shop for it. I have been focusing much of my social media efforts over there as well, so please say hi to us on twitter and instagram!

fallenpeach is not going away though. Instead, it’s transforming. It was a hard decision but we’ve decided to focus fallenpeach on Matt’s illustrations. Sammy and Friends will be taking over and all of our travel photography will be leaving the shop. We are really excited about this and can’t wait to show you the new illustrations that Matt has been working on. Additionally, we have been talking about adding prints and possibly stickers into the shop sometime in the next year!

Once the Side Route Studio Etsy shop is fully stocked with our graphic design offerings, we will be offering select, limited time travel photography items over there.

This is all still in the building process, but I will keep you updated on both shops here on this blog as things develop. Thank you so much for keeping up with our adventures !

Visit Sammy and Friends and view the travel photo bookmarks while they last

Visit our Side Route Studio website and take a look around!

 

The Meetup: December 2014

>The Meetup: MAY IS HERE!

Happy December! I think I’m finally ready for the holidays, at least personally. I tend to avoid Christmas music and things until after Thanksgiving and now I’m ready to embrace the craziness. Organizationally, I have a different plan for tackling December, but first let’s take a look at November.

November Goals

  • Photograph coasters, new notebooks and necklaces
  • Re-arrange Etsy shop for Holidays and list new Holiday products
  • Make schedule to list new products in Etsy shop
  • Make more notebooks
  • Continue work on Side Route Studio website
  • Clean off Expedit and move it or sell it. Downsize more!
  • Project Life – begin year 3 and road trip 2

So, all in all not a bad November. There was also a last minute Trunk Show in Guilford and I listed 6 necklaces in the Etsy Shop this past weekend. I have more to list but photos to edit first.

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For December I have three main goals:

  • Add all the new products into my fallenpeach etsy shop
  • Finish the Side Route Studio official website
  • Attempt to finish my Project Life Road Trip book.

These are three massive projects and I’m hoping that if I focus on just them I’ll be able to finish at least two of them. I would love to be able to bring my road trip book to Christmas to show family and I really do have lots of lovely new products to show off to all of you in the shop! Side Route is moving slowly, but I plan on launching officially sometime in February. Stay tuned for more news on that.

How was your November? Did you get a lot done? Are you slowing down for December or pushing harder to get more done?