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Fairies retailing

So much is happening that I can bearly keep up! My first fair is coming up… over 250 cards are sold already and I am left spinning in pleasure that the fairies are getting out there. After spending 12 hour days for weeks on my designs, still working a full-time job… and the determination of getting the artwork right, it has come as a shower of happiness when each fariy card sells. I am so lucky with the amount of support from family and friends who have helped with marketing right from the word go… thank-you all… you know who you are…


So, I am left in my new fairy studio… full of cards, envelopes, compostable cello bags, postable jiffy bags, an amazing new iMac computer… wow! Not to mention the sparkling fairy lights (of course!) and each part of the journey feels like a chapter in the ‘fairy’ story. Getting the cards from artwork to print has been a real nightmare. After having samples from different companies and making a choice on which printer to go with it was so disheartening when the cards arrived with 10% of them damaged… the print company have been brilliant, apologetic and have replaced damaged stock but this has added to workload and stress. I just wanted to get the product right. This meant a high quality card and print, colour balance had to be just right and all the precison cropping, logo and detail has been such a steep learning curve for me… lots of help from James, thank-you… xxx I didn’t actually realise that the design work takes as long as the actual artwork… but now I know; so valentines designs starting NOW!

I also had real concerns over eco issues – really wanting to start as I meant to go on… and I really didn’t like the idea of using any oil based packaging for the cards… obviously I needed something to keep the cards clean and it really has to be transparent so customers can see the cards… I considered tissue paper, greaseproof paper… all sorts of options… but then stumbled on some cello bag wrappings made of corn starch which means they are fully compostable and decompose in a landfill site if that’s where they end up… sounding like a complete eco freek now… but it does actually matter…

So now here is my dilemma… I have so many drawings now to work on … ideas and inspirations flowing … yet no time to let the ideas breathe and evolve… it all boils down now to a work, stroke, life balance… can I maintain my mortgage/bills commitments to free my soul and follow the artist path…? or, do I continue on my current road…? A worthy work role… very rewarding job… but no balance… and so here I sit… pondering.



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  1. Catherine Piccinno says...

    Wow…I’m blown away. I totally love fairies. I had no idea you were artistic but should have guessed! Re the future…sod the mortgage…follow your heart and things will work out. xxx


  2. Jazzie Robinson says...

    Gorgeous little fairies x


  3. Christiane Spruit says...

    Your art is so lovely and fine…
    May all your wishes come true.
    You will see, if you don’t bother too much,
    luck will be on your side, and time is not
    the ticking of our clocks, time is the moment we’ll take to makes life worthwhile…
    and your art brings a lot of good times to all of us…and back to this busy world. Love Chris


  4. Laura Higham says...

    They really are beautiful cards, well done you!


  5. James says...

    well done baby x