i am back, as promised, for a post with more words. :D
thank you so much for your kind words about my shop tour photos (below).
oh my…where to begin….
If you live in (or near) Italy and would like to take a class with me in about a month, click here for more info. I am super excited to take this trip. It's been over a year since I left the US and I am really looking forward to seeing new places & making new friends. It will be fun! Plus, my favorite boy is coming along…. can't wait!
Here are a few sneak peeks of the classes I am teaching.
10 things I love about you:
(promise to share more peeks as the event draws near!)
This is a long story, but I will try to make it short….
Opening the RVA store/website has been a dream for me. It's easily the biggest project I've ever taken on and I am incredibly thankful and excited to take my work in that direction. I adore Red Velvet and it's something I can see myself doing and evolving long term.
That said, this past month I've had some emotional ups and downs that I could only compare (and this is a very far stretch, I know) to someone who has just had a new baby. I love what I am doing more than anything but there have been moments when I've felt like I was losing my own identity a bit.
I'll explain more…. For the past six months I've done almost nothing that was unrelated to RVA. My friends here know that I haven't been going out, working on personal projects or even really sleeping. I don't regret it because starting a new business requires insane personal sacrifice and this is what I really want to do with my life right now. I just think that one day (soon after the store opened) it all started catching up with me. I started feeling really burnt out and I started missing the people & things that I hadn't made time for.
Long story short, I decided that it was time to make some simple changes in my daily life. More sleep, daily time for personal hobbies and a new side project. These changes have been such a blessing to me in the past few weeks and I feel like some creative parts of me are coming to life again. I feel really really happy and more inspired than I have in a long time. Sleep, vintage shopping, hanging out with my mom and a new little project have made a really positive change in my life!
A couple things I've been doing for fun…..
Closing my etsy shop was something that I felt immediately sad about. I felt like I "should"…obviously because we have a new lovely site (it will be back up next week, i can't wait!). But, there is just something about etsy that I really love. When I started my shop, I was designing Love, Helen full time and it was just for fun. So, I decided to reopen my my etsy shop as a side project and make it "just for fun" again!
I am reopening my shop as a home for small, occasional collections of original art. These collections are a place for me to experiment with new styles, concepts and ideas. My first set is called 'Chamomile". The paintings are more delicate and detailed. They have some embroidered and vintage elements as well as
🙂 thanks for sharing that with me.
if you wanna follow my randomness… feel free. :D
yes, i really am making a dollhouse. more about that later!
i'm off to work for the night. LOVElove, elsie