I think by now we've all figured out that I am not a particularly faithful blogger. We can't all be good at everything, right? Big, exciting things have been happening over here, though, so I think it's time for another State of the Studio address.
Some of you, especially those who follow the studio on Facebook or receive email newsletters, have probably noticed that updates have been sporadic at best and that the planned-for July commission spots never materialized. I have a very good reason for that, I promise.
As it turns out, my husband and are expecting our first child! What I thought was hobby burn-out in April was actually first trimester exhaustion. As an aside, I don't think you can ever be fully prepared for the level of bone-weary tired that comes with making a tiny human. It completely knocked me flat before morning sickness struck, and then after that, well...lets just say that I'm eternally grateful that I work from home, have the best clients ever, and a husband with a very good job.
The second trimester is well under way and I feel so much better! I know it's the calm before the storm, but I'm going to take advantage of this while I can. Which leads me to the next big thing that's happening...
Having a baby isn't enough excitement for us; we're going to move from Kansas City to Los Angeles! My husband's job has offered him the opportunity to join a long term field assignment out there, and how are we to refuse? This landlocked girl is crazy excited about living 40 minutes from the beach and an hour from mountains!
We'll be in LA for around a year before moving back to the Midwest to be near our extended families. The past month has been spent frantically making arrangements, finding somewhere to live in LA, and packing up our little house. I took off of moving prep to make a flurry of items for Breyerfest, but other than that all of my energy (well, what baby isn't sucking up) has been directed towards our cross-country move.
Here's what all of this means for the studio:
Once we get settled in LA, I will take care of the last couple of commissions left from the first half of 2017. The clients in those slots have been so patient and I am eternally grateful.
After the current commissions are finished, I will be taking on a few more but things will have to be switched up a little bit thanks to baby. I haven't quite decided what that will look like, just know that I plan to keep working before and after our kiddo comes.
Sales pieces and new things in the studio shop (like the Not-Going-to-Breyerfest Sale, which was a massive success - thank you all!) are not out of the question in the interim.