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Open for Business

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Lost Upon A Time is growing up.

This is the first year we’re really official. I made the leap from hobby to business, and have a steep learning curve ahead of me. Between Google and my friend D (thanks lady!), I now know what a Break Even Analysis is. (Dang, there are scads of details in business. And how do I handle details? I can spell the word.) I’ve got tons to learn, and a heck of a lot to take care of, but it’ll happen.

 

saoking a brush dipped in red paint

 

In the Press

This fall, one of my pieces will be featured in a major publisher’s seasonal magazine. I’m SO excited! I’ve kept this under wraps until I knew it was a for sure thing. I gotta tell you, it’s incredibly validating to have caught the attention of a brand like this. I’ll keep you posted as publication time approaches. You can count on it.

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And, Lost Upon A Time now has a retail space! It’s not what you might think, but it’s perfect for us. We’ve been inadvertantly ammassing the oddities my Handsome Prince brings home on his scrapping adventures.  More simply, we’re hoarders. But that man finds the coolest stuff. We have lockers from nearby factories. Machine parts. Gears. Old farming equipment. Industrial cabinets and carts. Mid-century desks. It’s all so cool, and time worn. Every piece tell a story. I’m such a sucker for those things.

 

rustsy coil spring

 

When a nearby antique mall changed hands, and some vendor space opened up, I knew we needed to give it a shot. There’s a good mix of vintage, antique, handmade, and curiosities in the store. So, as of three days ago, (March 1st) you’ll find us in the back room of Hudsonville Antiques. The back room is one of the coolest (and newest) spaces in the store! And my fellow vendors are AMAZING folks; kind and helpful. I’m pretty grateful to be their neighbor.

 

Collage of our booth at Hudsonville Antiques

I haven’t yet stocked the space with my silhouettes. Why? Because they’re all sitting unfinished on my workbench! I hope to remedy some of that today. I’d like to see how my pieces do juxtaposed with the industrial and vintage goods in my space. There’s a chance the booth won’t be the place to sell my designs. But I’m going to try.

 

stacks of works in progress on my workbench

Speaking of designs, I have several new shapes about to debut. I’m so stinkin’ excited about these! Thanks to a friend loaning me a scroll saw, (**A-man, you are THE coolest. THE. COOLEST.**) I can now cut smaller shapes, more quickly, and of better quality. I feel like my work just leveled up, big time. Also, I’m experiementing with some entirely different goods. I can’t say much for now, but stay tuned. Either it’s going to be amazing, or make for a great failure post.

I have so much to share with you. So stay tuned! I’ll be featuring new designs and finds, as well as some of my favorite DIY’s. Oh- and the booknook. (We have floor space in our office now. This is a big deal, guys.)

Until next time!

~m

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