I had such a great time chatting with Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House for the Why Do We Have Things? podcast a few weeks ago. Our conversation dug into the idea of sustainability in business, and all the different forms that can take. If you’re curious about my commitment to sustainable, natural materials, or how I approach sustainability in my business practices, have a listen!
Back in 2014, Marisa Anne Cummings stopped by Cotton & Flax headquarters to interview me for her new series, Creative Thursday. I was one of her first interviews for the video podcast, and I’m excited to share that the series is now live.
I was nervous for this interview (one of my first on camera!), but the conversation that I had with Marisa was so engaging that the time flew by. In the interview, we chat about running a business, goal setting, creativity, and lots more. You even get a peek in my tiny studio to see me printing some tea towels. Check out my episode, and let me know what you think!
What?! It’s December?! This year is flying by, so I’m taking time each month to recap all the amazing things happening at Cotton & Flax.
First, we added two new retail stockists: Cedar & Hyde in Boulder, and White Rabbit in Iowa City. Lots of our current brick and mortar stockists got fresh merchandise this season, so check out all our stockists to find places to Shop Small this season.
I had so much fun at Eastside Handmade and West Coast Craft! These seasonal events are a great opportunity for me to get out of the studio and share my work with a new audience. Even though the bigger shows can be exhausting, I love the experience of talking about my work with hundreds of creative, like-minded shoppers. It was great to test out a few new products, too, like these keyfobs made in collaboration with Deakin Handmade!
This month, Cotton & Flax got some pretty exciting press coverage: Sunset Magazine included our forest green confetti coasters in their gift guide! Our products were also featured in lots of online gift guides and round-ups, including Design Milk, Sweet Paul, and Ink+Smog Editions.
Can you believe it’s already November?! Where did this year go? I didn’t have much time to blog in October, so I thought I’d recap some of the highlights from the last few weeks.
Cotton & Flax was a design category finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made awards!
The American Made awards wasn’t my only brush with Martha this month… I had the opportunity to share my advice for throwing an impromptu party, and how to keep your cool while you’re hosting a last-minute get together on Martha Stewart’s site.
As I was flipping through Rue Magazine last week, I was delighted to discover a Cotton & Flax Hills + Valleys pillow in Maia’s picks of the month. Plus, I can’t forget to include the gorgeous tour of Vane Broussard’s living room — featuring our zig zag pillows.
Cotton & Flax also has two new retail stockists to announce this month: Arroyo General here in Los Angeles, and Land of Salt in Salt Lake City. I love working with small independent shops like these, and I hope to highlight more of my stockists soon, to give you ideas of where to shop small for the holidays.
As for the studio side, it’s been a busy month prepping to launch the Holiday Collection! Lots of time spent getting all the little details in place for the launch, so I’m extra glad to see the new pieces up in the shop. I’m looking forward to getting feedback on these new pieces during the next few weeks, as I participate in some pop-up shops and holiday markets. I’ll be sharing lots of updates on Instagram, so join me there if you want to see what’s going on day-to-day!
Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Elise Blaha Cripe about burnout and creativity for an episode of her podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. I love sharing my experience with nurturing creativity in my business, so this conversation was one a particularly engaging conversation.
I still have lots to learn about how to avoid burnout (if you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear how I work to survive the holiday season craziness every year…), but it was fun to hear Elise’s perspective on this subject. The photo above is Elise’s favorite quote from the episode.