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environmental factors and the like.

it’s exhausting.

we truly have been working so hard. so many late nights at the studio. fun, but really tiring.

darra says, "life is hard when you're an entrepreneur."

darra says, "life is hard when you're an entrepreneur."

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studio abuzz

as we have mentioned before we share our studio with a bunch of welders…..

we occupy one small corner in a larger space…..

our corner is a quiet sanctuary most days… a freezing cold sanctuary, but a sanctuary no less.

unfortunately i don’t have any photos of the dirty man area…..so these of our pretty printing space will have to do for now….

studio with garage door open

studio with garage door open

fabric pinned to the printing tables

fabric pinned to the printing tables

our A#1 beauty....the washout sink

our A#1 beauty....the washout sink

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tiny triumphs.

Every day spent working on this new venture of ours is a constant jumble of to-do lists, priorities, agendas, ideas, tangents, random interruptions, freelance gigs, worries about money….but also lots and lots of laughter.  I’ve never been busier in my life.  The fact that we’re in charge of our own destiny makes it that much more challenging….EVERYTHING’s important.  How do we decide whether to design our business card, make new tote bags, or figure out how to get more people to come to our showroom, when each one is so linked to our potential for success?  It’s mind-blowing. But also incredibly empowering.

This one’s been on the to-do list for quite a while, so actually accomplishing it today was really exciting.  Our studio space at Delia is pretty limited (all three of us share a tiny office, with our co-worker Jeff, too…it’s a pretty funny sight, but it’s the only room we can HEAT) and our bathroom doubles as our darkroom.

I made this reversible sign today and it looks so good hanging on one of Richard’s flower hooks, which are available for purchase on our etsy page: http://www.thecrosbie.etsy.com.

darkroom

bathroom

No matter how cold it is in there when it’s serving as the bathroom, this sign will make me smile.

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arrivals and departures

it was my second “official” day at the office today……i have just arrived here to the the wild gray skies of the pacific northwest from sunny savannah, ga. supposedly i got here just three short days after the rain came…mmm……the reputation of Portland, OR as a gray and rainy city is well known, well documented, well talked about, and well dwelled upon….so enough about the weather!

it’s all about the crosbie……………

as the former “customer service and fulfillment coordinator” at our last place of employment, my kind co-workers thought it appropriate that i ship out our first order here at the crosbie… a thoughtful gesture… so upon the completion of a hand screen printed thank you note and a UPS label making tutorial by one of our DELIA friends- i was able to send the coat rack to its new owner…..this is the thank you note (with one of sari’s patterns on it) that was screen printed only minutes before accompanying the package:

the crosbie thank you

                                 ………..our first etsy sale waits to be picked up by UPS……….

crosbiefirstbox

                             ……….look, the return address label is from “the crosbie”……….

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there will be plenty more of these boxes sitting by the door very soon………..!


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step one, the studio

so obviously one of our big needs right off the bat was a good place to work.  we got lucky.  my friend chris owns delia: they make furniture and accessories of steel.  http://www.edelia.com.  he graciously rents us a corner of his shop in north portland…it’s perfect!   this is our door, and when it’s nice out we look out the garage door to the street to see what’s going on in the world…lotsa bikes.

when we were planning what the crosbie would be, we never thought it would involve metal and welding, but since our studio has that potential, richard jumped right in and got to work.  he has a lot of fun…

sometimes our inexperience is detrimental to the shop in general but our studio mates are very understanding…

this is one of the first projects we took on when richard arrived: massive flowers! they’re dangerous and can easily decapitate people.  we recommend you shove them in the yard and leave them alone.  the big guy is about 7 feet tall! 

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