Robayre100Days part 5

Day 44/100 #robayre100days did some more printing tonight but didn't hit the same groove from yesterday. I should have spent my time 1. cutting new stencils to truly get fresh materials or 2. drawing or painting over some of the prints I pulled yesterday

For the final installment of my 100 day project recap I’ll be covering my gelatin printing and work that came from that, over the 100 days

Day 45/100 #robayre100days cutting paper stencils

We'll see how this paper stencil goes #gelatinprinting #gelliplate #gelliarts

I just posted a bunch over on snapchat about the paper I use for cutting paper stencils. username : robayre (same as everywhere else) #gelatinprinting #gelliarts #gelliartsprinting #paperstencils #robayrepaperpiles

I have some catching up to do. Day 86/100 #robayre100days #robayrepatterns a new handcut paper stencil

From the get go, I’ve been working with my own hand cut paper stencils on the gelatin plate. I want the resulting work to be mine alone. Part of my interest in cutting comes from 7 years doing paste up at the local newspaper. I just may have been told I have a way around an Xacto knife! For a while I tried some acetate, but I think the fact that the plastic is non-porous, just resulted in prints I wasn’t too crazy about. Now I stick exclusively to paper or cardstock, but mostly paper. I’ve been printing for a few years now and still have all the stencils I’ve cut. The first few prints using a new cut stencil are very sensitive and fragile and could tear easily, but after you build up some coats of ink or paint, it makes the stencil stronger and stronger. I haven’t had to retire any yet!

Day 42/100 #robayre100days tonight I worked on some gelli prints because I want some fresh material for some #paperproducts. Fresh material = stuff to cut and paste. I'm kind of excited because I set up a table in the basement to work on, seeing as my wor

#robayrestencilstack pushing back, trying to push through

Day 63/100 #robayre100days I worked on some sewing and some printing and talked with some folks to work out some things about pieces in progress (thank you @shealwayslovedlarking and @murojewelry) but didn't really have a picture that captures that, so pl

#robayrestencilstack

Good morning! #robayrestencilstack #handcutstencil

Whenever I’m working on gelatin prints, the stencils will get new layers of color, so they are ever changing. As I flip through the folder I keep them in, I’ll notice beautiful compositions of color and pattern in the layers. I’ve been keeping a collection of these captured images at #robayrestencilstack  It is my hope some day to permanently adhere some of these, and either incorporate them into other work, or make them their own Art pieces. The only problem is that it means I’d have to remove them from my usable collection, and/or cut new ones to use again.

Today for #robayre100days I once again worked in my studio but don't really have anything to document and show. So I present to you this #robayrepaperpiles which still technically fits in with my paper theme. If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the giv

scraps from collage cuttings

After 5 printmaking classes (serigraphy, lithography, relief, intaglio and an independent study) where I never really did monotypes or monoprints, I never really think of my gelatin printing as printmaking. But every once in a while when the color build u

Day 75/100 #robayre100days playing with scraps and #robayrepaperpiles to design a new stationery paper

 Pushing paper around

Just looking at some #robayrepaperpiles. Pattern prints made from my hand cut paper stencils and a Gelli arts plate

Gluing paper down. To see the full thing, check #littleartbook 63/100 #robayre100days #robayrepaperpiles #the100dayproject #cutandpaste #collage

Always gluing some down into little art books

I'm gonna say 49 AND 50/100 #robayre100days because I worked on a whole bunch of projects including computer work, test printing and gelatin printing. I revisited my master project list and I'm feeling much better. #the100dayproject #100dayproject #worksp

Pushing things around before gluing anything down. Day 96/100 #robayre100days

Another shot of day 70, a stack of envelopes. Now to design an accompanying stationery paper 🙌

Pushing paper around this week, day 88/100 #robayre100days stay tuned to see the a stationery paper that I made from this #robayrepatterns #robayrepaperpiles #robayrepaperpilecollage

Day 80/100 #robayre100days glued some paper down #Robayre

I put together some collections to make some letter writing stationery set headers, using the gelatin printed papers

Day 90/100 #robayre100days I wanted to make a BW collage using my gelatin printed patterns as a stationery header. You can see the original had a little bit of color in the previous post, and other minor adjustments. Also featured, my black flag notepad p

Day 91/100 #robayre100days test printing this color collage stationery header

I just love how these two sets came out, a color version that comes with handmade envelopes from original prints available in my shop here, and

Who wants to send some fun mail? Day 93/100 I added this #stationeryset to my shop. It includes the collage header letter /writing paper and envelopes made from one of a kind gelatin prints (using my handcut stencils) The inside of the envelopes are print

What is black and white, and read all over? This stationery set, and many others, in my shop right now. Day 94/100 #robayre100days

and a black and white set that comes with gray envelopes available in my shop here

That wraps up coverage on the 100 day project, whew! Read the other installments First part, Second part, Third part, Fourth part

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Robayre100Days part 4

Back for part 4 of my 100 day project. First part, Second part, Third part

Another one of my goals for the 100 day project was to get my etsy shop back up over 100 listed items. In my shop’s glory years (when I averaged a handful of sales a week over several years) I had around 100 items listed in my shop at any time. When I let things slide I realized I had gotten down to less than half that. I’ve been working steadily at bringing it back up again and I think I was around 80 items when the 100 day project began. I did get up to 100 items, but with sales and items expiring, it has dipped below and comes back up again. Now I’ve realized that I really need to get it closer to 110 or so to stay above 100.

A sampling of the paper products that can be found in my shop. It was so fun to arrange, and hang them up like this.

This is a little out order, this was my post for day 100. When we bought our house there was a whole wall with pegboard in our basement and one day when I was down there I had the idea of hanging up some of my stationery sets to get a group shot. The lighting is not so great down there, but this was fun to put together. It’s really satisfying to see the collection.

Because I'm the absolute worst, day 27/100 #robayre100days is finally padding the #stationery I made for my nephew... for Christmas. In my defense, I did give him a few sheets at Christmas but then my computer died and then I ran out of ink and then a spa

This project was long overdue! Last Christmas my nephew (5 at the time) wanted stationery because he has a couple of pen pals. I designed this “adventure” set for him.

I'm capturing this point because I have a feeling that it might all fall apart shortly. #roar

I painted the headers in watercolor, based on things I thought would interest him, dinosaurs, space and treasure maps. When I gave it to him at Christmas, I just printed a few sheets of each and gave them to him loosely. My intention was always to have them in a large notepad for better stability when a little kid is writing in it, so I did just that for the 100 day project. I finally made it into a notepad. 1 single notepad, for my nephew. The bottoms are lined for littles who are learning to write, and the pages alternate with illustrated headers and fully lined sheets. I’d love to design a companion set, and I would love to offer these in my shop, but they would really need to be printed commercially because it takes a lot of time printing and assembling, since each header is significantly larger than the types of headers I print on my regular stationery sets.

Day 51/100 #robayre100days a watercolored background for product pictures. I'm not so sure about it. I may keep adding to it? We'll see.

I painted some large watercolor patterns to use as additional backgrounds for taking product pictures over. A few years ago I drew out a large scribbly grid in a graph paper style and have been using it a lot. I wanted to make a few others so I’d have some variety.

Day 52/100 #robayre100days orange!

I made these checkered watercolors above and a black and white stripe in watercolor too, but I still end up using the old grid one mostly anyway. I think they are too busy and too colorful/saturated. Oh well.

34/100 #robayre100days playing around with a tiny bouquet pattern stationery idea #The100DayProject

A simple lined stationery paper set with the tiny posie theme

Day 65/100 #robayre100days added this #tinyposie stationery paper set to my shop #the100dayproject

I made it using elements from my tiny posie pattern I amade during patternswithanika earlier in the year. This set is available in my shop here.

Watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones tonight and was inspired to paint this for day 36/100 #robayre100days #carveouttimeforart

Inspired by flags during a battle scene on Game of Thrones, I decided to make a notepad. I painted a few of these flag posts before settling on one I liked.

Originally I thought the flag had to say something, but then when trying to decide what that phrase should be it occurred to me that it should be left plain. That way, each sheet could have something different scrawled on it, or left blank, as the user se

And tested it out to see if I’d be able to write my own messages over the printed black. Success!

Day 38/50 #robayre100days i made a notepad of this, which will be listed tomorrow. I also made a few stickers for fun. The stickers are blank but have a glossy top so you can write on them and then wipe it away to change it up. I'd probably do more, but o

For fun I cut down a few of the headers and made them into stickers, where the gel pen was printed on the protective coating, so it can be wiped away and changed as needed.

Day 38/100 #robayre100days in the shop! Each sheet is customizable, using gel pen (see previous post). I also worked on some other things in my studio today, but no pictures to share. #The100DayProject

And the final notepad, which was printed on a natural speckled paper. These notepads are available in my shop. LOVE how it came out. It’s rare that I am inspired and then able to start working on something immediately. That helps so much! I need to make a bar graph that shows how the likeliness of a project coming to fruition declines rapidly as time passes.

Day 96/100 #robayre100days envelopes from my recycled envelope and stationery sets. I altered my listing, so that they can be purchased in sets of 2, 5, and 10 envelopes (each envelope comes with two pieces of lined stationery paper)

Another goal I had for the 100 day project was to update some photos from some classic oldies from my shop, like my recycled envelope stationery sets. They used to be a top seller and I had a lot of returning customers for just this product, but when I let my shop slide they kind of got forgotten about. I still love the product, but I think I need to breathe new life into the listings.

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I made a bunch of new envelopes to replenish my stock. I use an old shoe box (as pictured above) to sort and categorize the envelopes. It helps when assembling them, so I know each pack gets a good variety.

Day 98/100 #robayre100days My recycled envelope and stationery sets have been in my shop since 2006. The envelopes are all handmade from a variety of hand selected, eclectic papers, so no two sets are the same. I designed the accompanying four, fun styles

And here was an attempt to take a new product picture. One thing people have told me before on a number of occasions is that they don’t understand or know what this product is, and even though I love this picture, I don’t think it helps clarify that. I detail what the product is exactly in the listing, but I think most people look at the picture and decide from there if they are interested or not, and so many may not even get to the details of the listing. Maybe the craziness of this pic would make people click just to find out exactly what is going on? I just don’t know how to photograph this product in a way that makes sense, because all the envelopes are different and the stationery designs are a variety as well. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear it. Another item on my list for the 100 days (but that I never got to) was of a video that would show what the sets are like.

Looks like I will be back with one last post to wrap things up. Catch up on the previous posts here:

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Robayre100Days part 3

Back again with another installment.

The first reason I chose to focus on paper products for my 100 day project was because I had so many letter writing paper sets already designed or in process, but just not produced. It felt SO GOOD to finally cross them off my to-do list and put them out in the world! SO GOOD!

I finally listed this #tinypencil #stationerypaper set on etsy. Catching up with #robayre100days since I didn't post one yesterday

I created this pencil themed stationery set using the pencil illustrations I made earlier this year for Patterns with Anika. I still want to make a skirt with fabric printed with the pencil pattern on it.

Day 20/100 These letter writing paper #stationery sets are FINALLY available in my etsy shop (link in my profile). They are made from my watercolor and penciled design, printed on an offset press AND THENNNNN each sheet is hand silk screened with the gold

I don’t think I have ever shared this set on the blog before, but it was probably the first set that came to mind for projects that I wanted to wrap up. I’ve literally had the original rough sketch, AND the base for the original artwork for this set stuck to the door in my studio for YEARS. It is also probably the first stationery or paper product that I created where the lines were my own scribbled lines, rather than inserted digitally. I painted the frame in watercolor, drew the lines in pencil, scanned it and had it printed professionally. The last step is what really kicks it up a notch, because I personally silk screen print each gold metallic swoosh around the edge. These sets really make me swoon.

  #robayre100days cleaning up a scan 19/100   A video posted by robyn wells robayre.etsy.com (@robayre) on

Here’s a little video of me trying to clean up a scan. This was a piece that I made on a whim and then it sat forever needing to be completed.

26/100 I've had it. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted on this piece trying to get a digital version to look like what the real thing looks like. Is it so much to ask? Apparently. #robayre100days #100dayproject #The100DayProject #hello #pullingmyh

I scanned it and tried cleaning it up, then scrapped it and tried to redo the piece entirely, and scan it afresh, and clean again, just to go back to the original and spend an eternity cleaning it up.

#Hello, Day 53/100 #robayre100days, still chipping away at this piece, I hope tomorrow to get good product pics and list it.

I really liked the quality of the pencil and watercolor on the rough cold press paper, but it made for a nightmare to clean, meanwhile keeping all the great texture where I wanted it.

This watercolor and pencil Hello #LetterWritingPaper is in my shop finally. . . . . . . . . . #dailydoseofpaper #stationery #paperproducts #mail #sendmoremail #snailmail #etsy #etsylove #etsyfinds #penpals #snailmailrevival #stationeryaddict #stationerylo

I finally conquered it and had fun taking pictures for the product listing.

10 year Etsyversary Stationery

This might look familiar to you as I created this stationery and offered it as a limited time, free printable download, during my 10 year anniversary celebration.

Robayre Watercolor Lines Stationery Set

This fun digital set is now available in my shop

I'm revisiting this strawberry pattern from last year for day 25/100. I also added it to #society6 and spent tons of time to make the pattern work for leggings but then wasn't really happy with it, so I pulled it. #robayre #robayre100days #The100DayProjec

Another process shot, while I was setting up a layout.

Day 31/100 #robayre100days strawberry letter writing stationery set

I attempted a time lapse for day 29/100 #robayre100days Do you know how hard it is to paint lines when there's a tripod in the way? And then I ran out of space on my phone, so needless to say, no timelapse. I embrace the wobbly lines, but the tripod was r

The strawberries for this came from a few years back. I drew them in pencil, then colored them in very roughly with neo color II watercolor crayons, and then went back in with a wet brush. I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but I took one illustration class in college and one of the things I took away from the class was the importance of scanning while in process and then working over the printed scans. I’m sure I picked it up, because as a graphic designer I know the importance of saving files that way as well. This piece was one that was done in layers that way.

Aaaaand, I finally listed this strawberry stationery as well day 66/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject

The Strawberry Stationery can be found here in my shop

Anyone remember helping hands in Windows? Circa stranger danger heyday. My folks had one in our window, and the My Favorite Murder podcast mentioned them in a recent episode. Day 56/100 first step in #robayre100days #robayrepatterns (sketch) I scanned it  73/100 #robayre100days #progress #wip #stationeryaddict #sketch #stationerydesign #paperproducts

And here are a couple projects I started, but didn’t finish during the 100 days project

I was looking back through instagram earlier this week and realized that I actually did 3 different daily projects this year (This one and 2 pattern a day months) and I am really proud of myself for all the work I’ve done. That’s it for now. Thank you for visiting and following along on my 100 Day project follow up, stay tuned for more installments, and if you missed the previous ones, you can find them here:

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#the100dayproject update 2

Day 76/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject

Look at me, back so soon with the next installment of #robayre100days! In the first post I left off right before I got to my quilted fauxdori travel journal covers which I posted about back in May when I hosted a sale and giveaway for my 10 year etsyversary.

I really love these covers! Just a quick reminder for those that might not know or remember what a fauxdori is… Faux=imitation + dori=short for Midori. It’s essentially a knock off of a Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  Midori’s are leather covers that fit standard moleskine notebooks. Instead of buying a standard binding book that gets filled up and has to be replaced, you can insert smaller notebooks into it and replace as needed, so while your inside books can be replaced and archived, the cover can remain constant. People use Midori type books for a variety of things such as a planner, sketchbook, journal, etc.

The quilted ones I make, which I loosely based off my own leather fauxdori I purchased from Ray Blake (he calls them Raydoris). I say loosely because my books are made not from leather, but are quilted and veer from the standard moleskine notebook sizes. I suspect that Midori and Moleskine books are the sizes they are based on the UK paper sizes, making them narrower than our standard letterheads, half and quarter folded sheet sizes. I made my books so that you can use the moleskine inserts AND/OR make your own books from stapled halved, and quarter sized sheets of paper. They have an elastic closure, and elastic bands inside to hold your books.

During #the100dayproject I shared many quilted fauxdoris I made and so this post will be a giant post of all the quilted fauxdori covers I did and progress pictures I posted along the way. I am so grateful that they received a warm reception and many of these have already sold, but there are a few still in my shop, with new ones to be added soon, so keep an eye out!

Last fall I made this #fauxdori for my friend @shealwayslovedlarking. Earlier this week my sister checked in on me to see what I had planned for my 10 year #etsyversary. What?! A whole month has passed already?! I know I would have completely forgotten it Tomorrow, May 1st, is my 10 year #etsyversary! Even with the accidental month warning (see April 1st), I still feel overwhelmed and lost at how exactly I want to celebrate this. I'm so thankful for the platform, which offered me a way to create and put my
I've decided that I'm going to do a few things to celebrate my #etsyversary. To start out, I've been sewing up a storm and so Tomorrow (May 1st) I'm going to do a #giveaway of one of these quilted book covers with mini journals inside. I'll post a "giveawI've been calling them #fauxdori, like a fake #midori travel journal, but actually they are 4.25x5.5", rather than the standard passport size. I've always wondered why all these products, and even the moleskine cahiers that also fit inside midoris, are an
Flying Geese Fauxdori - SOLDQuilted Fauxdori
Tonight's #robayre100days project #the100dayproject #100dayprojectI'm giving away this charming and scrappy quilted planner, just leave a comment on the #giveaway post from Sunday and find out a few extra ways to enter as well. Tomorrow I will announce the winner.
Last call to enter the giveaway on Sunday's post! I've created 3 more quilted #fauxdori that I will list today.Day 28/100 #robayre100days I cut fabric and sewed together these pieces for more travel journal covers. I need to buy new rotary cutter blades because mine were so dull and this could have been done in half the time with sharp blades.
As promised, I finished up these cutie #fauxdori today and am delighted with them. They are now in my shop at robayre.etsy.com 32/100 #robayre100daysQuilted travel journal covers #fauxdori
Things have been so-so busy. I've been working on more #fauxdori during my limited downtime. This is actually from over the weekend, day 70/100 #robayre100days I tried to use some bright white and contrast it with a more natural white, but I don't think iDay 61/100 #robayre100days I'm on a flying geese kick. Can't stop, won't stop. #the100dayproject
Spaaaaace! It would probably be a lot easier to match up squares, but in my defense, each of those squares is an inch. Are you impressed? Tell me you are 😎I've been working on things most days for #robayre100days I just haven't taken pictures, or pictures of the same ol' things are just not very interesting.
I saw something today about today being the most Monday Tuesday ever, but good news. It's almost over! Day 69/100 #robayre100days I had to run out to replenish supplies and made some more slow progress.Quilted travel journal covers #fauxdori
Quilted travel journal covers #fauxdoriDay 40/100 #robayre100days a quilted travel journal cover I made for my sister for her birthday
After the orange one for my sister, I naturally had to make a green one. It is seen with gold thread, gold eyelet and gold elastic. I'm debating on listing it or keeping it for myself. This was yesterday's #robayre100days day 41/100Here's a full shot of the open, green quilted #fauxdori I decided to put this cutie in my shop. It's a slightly wider version of the passport sized midori. It can hold the small moleskine cahiers (as pictured in the listing) or you can easily make your own quarter sized staple books. It has a sparkly gold quil Day 81/100 #robayre100days I added this flying geese fauxdori that uses a favorite fabric from my stash. It's an ethereal space fabric with subtle stars. I also want to say as others are wrapping up on #the100dayproject and even though I'm "behind" I can
Day 57/100 #robayre100days working at the sewing machine #the100dayproject This was before a trip the fabric store and the WORLD'S SLOWEST EMPLOYEE ever cutting fabric. Literally took me 40 minutes to get my fabric cut.Day 74/100 #robayre100days mostly finished with the quilting of these future #fauxdori. Somehow I did something to my back last night while just walking and now I'm hurting pretty bad. I had a 20,000 step day yesterday and was feeling great until it startSOLD! Day 77/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject I created 3, XL moleskine cahier sized, quilted, fauxdori travel journals. That's a mouthful. More to come!Day 78/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject This piece started out with my vision of long spiky triangles, scrappy or collage-like, with random fabrics, and bright white and natural white fabrics, but the shinning star for me ended up being the Moda GrunDay 79/100 #robayre100days one last XL quilted fauxdori, these square patches made from random fabrics in my fabric collection. I love tiny patterns, as you may be able to tell. #the100dayprojectI may be the self proclaimed (and perhaps lapsed) Yo-Yo Queen, but these are my very first attempt at hexies. My mom has been making hexies like crazy for a while now and I see the appeal. I love that you can piece a huge variety of fabrics together. This
Day 82/100 #robayre100days this piece sold before I even had a chance to share it here!Day 95/100 #robayre100days working on a pink theme
Left or right? Which side do you prefer as the cover? I just finished this small sized, quilted planner fauxdori, that holds quarter sized books, and/or the passport sized moleskine cashier (as seen above). Anyone interested before I add it to my shop, $4The winner (by only one vote) was for the glasses side! Good news for those who liked the floral side is that either side can be the cover. It's now listed in my shop and ready for you to use in planning and organizing life in a rosy way 🌺:eyegla

Whew! That was a lot! As I mentioned above, there are still a few of these available in my Robayre etsy shop as of October 13, 2016, and I will hopefully be adding more shortly so keep an eye out!

To read the first installment of my journey into the 100 day project, click here

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#the100dayproject update

I have FINALLY conquered #the100dayproject! I know, I know, it took me WELL OVER the 100 days. In my defense, I could have easily wrapped it up in the 100 days had I allowed myself to post pictures of nearly the same thing in back to back days. Instead I wanted each “day” to be, if not something entirely different and new, than at least visible progress.

I am very proud of myself, and I hope to remember how I committed myself to working regularly on my etsy shop, focusing mainly on paper products, in 2016… rather than spend a huge percentage of my time watching Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, which is how things could have easily gone.

However, I am NOT so proud that I neglected my blog and didn’t post here about what I was making and doing along the way. So, this is what I’m gonna do: I want to break this up in a bunch of smaller posts and hopefully share all of the finished projects.

And here we go! Day 1 #the100dayproject #robayre100days

I started out the first day with sketchy drawing “Here we go”,

  Originally, I planned this as a notepads. "Here we go" just seemed perfect for to-do lists, but then when I got going it ended up as letter writing paper. What do you think? Stationery paper like this, or a notepad? #robayre100days #100dayproject

which turned into a notepad, stationery paper set and

What a day! I have 20,000 steps. I worked on some more quilted fauxdoris today, which I hope to share tomorrow. I also had this custom request for my Here We Go image as a graduation card.

even a custom requested greeting card.

Day 2 #the100dayproject

I replenished my stock of these metallic embossed card bases that I use for my garlands

Making garlands today for day 10 of #the100dayproject

And then I made some garlands too

Day 4 #robayre100days I sold my last little book like this a couple of days ago and so I spent some time cutting collating and assembly some new ones today. I added vintage sheet music pages and prints of my scribble ruled paper as well. Perfect for addin I didn't have a chance to post yesterday because I was in my best friend's wedding. I made these sheets to put out on the tables during the reception and will later be made into a book for the bride and groom to enjoy later on anniversaries. I found the i

I sold out my stock of these mini ephemera spiral bound notebooks, so I made some more. And I was in my best friend’s wedding, so I altered and updated these cards for the guests to fill out at the reception.

What a weekend! As soon as I post this my head is hitting the pillow. Day 6, #robayre100days #the100dayproject I made this little #jotter with a collage of a monotype print. It's quarter sized and has a mix of blank and ruled pages inside, perfect for art

I added this little notebook to my shop. It is a collage made of my own gelatin prints, made from my own hand cut paper stencils.

Day 9 #the100dayproject today I printed some test prints, and decided to paint and play with some ideas. I have a long list of projects for #robayre100days that are already in various states of progress, but I also want to explore and have a chance to sta

This project was a recurring theme throughout the 100 days as I attempted to create a geometic/space/galaxy themed header for a black and white stationery set.

Hey, sup? Day 59/100 #robayre100days #the100dayproject

I have sheets upon sheets of black rectangle watercolors with all sorts of patterns drawn on them, all over my studio and yet nothing really grabbed at me. Not every idea is an instant success, lol. Someday…

OK, that is enough for this post. It already took me over a week just to post this one update. I hope that it won’t take so long for the next installment.

 

 

 

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Gotta Keep Livin’

L-I-V-I-N

So much for weekly updates on my 100 day project. I’m still chugging away, but am in the home stretch. More on that later.

In the meantime, I’m here to share my summer chalkboard, and my annual Renegade haul. Hold on, it’s about to get real.

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Reflecting on this list, the summer was overall a pretty great and adventure filled one. Highlights include a trip to the Dunes, Mathiessen, starting a monthly dinner adventure with Matt’s family (for my month I went to Dave and Busters for the first time), and a trip walking our feet off all over Chicago (chinatown, navy pier, and Wilco at Pritzker and taking the train home). Sadly, I also had a cloud hanging over me for half the summer. I somehow threw out my back just walking down the block, which led to me spiraling out with hypochondria where I wasn’t sleeping, had all consuming thoughts that there was something much bigger and worse than a thrown out back, and pretty much crying every day. Thank God for Matt, and prayer. I think hypochondria has a funny-haha, rep, but what I had this summer was no joke. I feel like it’s mostly to blame for me not wrapping up the 100 day project and working more towards larger goals. And while others may not have noticed, it kept me from fully enjoying many of the otherwise good times over the summer. After a bunch of Dr. Appts., that aren’t quite through yet, I’m through the woods for now.

Previous Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

Onto my Renegade Haul

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This is, HANDS DOWN, my smallest haul I’ve ever had! I bought 3 things, THREE! A Chicago dog enamel pin from The Found (that I’ve had bookmarked on my wishlist for a long time), a tiny ceramic bud vase, and I went in halfsies with my sister on a caramel, pear and blue cheese pie from Justice Of the Pies. It’s sad when you bring a wad of cash, and you are ready to drop it at this event that you look forward to all year long. I was overall unimpressed with the booths. Of course, many of the good standbys were present, my old favorites, but I’ve already purchased things (sometimes, many things, multiple times) from them in the past. The new to me booths just did nothing for me. In fact, I realized when I got home that I had only picked up 2 business cards the whole time I was there. Normally I come come home with a dozen or more, from business that I want to look up later, and possibly shop from online. The things that I love and look out for at Renegade, are often real grass rootsy, hand made-y in the truest sense, DIY passion projects. It is a “craft show” after all. What I saw was a lot of instead was very professional, super polished small businesses with refined, almost gallery like booths and displays. When the items in your tent look like they could and may be purchased in high end jewelry or furniture stores, it kinda loses something for me. If I wanted to shop in those kinds of stores, I’d do just that! Later I did find several booths literally already have store fronts, not just items in stores, but own brick and mortar shops for their products. There’s also something kind of intimidating about entering a small booth, when things are so fancy that you are afraid all the products are well out of your price range, and you are afraid there is judging going on from the booth attendants that you are not one of their “target customers”.

It got me thinking.

We’ve been going to Renegade for over 10 years and the DIY and Indie movement has been going strong that whole time, BUT it’s growing up. Should I be sad when someone makes the leap of passion project to going BIG TIME? Of course not, I should be, and often am, happy for their success. But I guess I’m just wondering, for a booth at a craft show, is it really required to make your brand so “sophisticated” that the aesthetic matches the looks of big commercial and mass produced aesthetic, that you lose all originality and uniqueness? AND, even if the displays, logos and overall atmosphere of an indie “booth” are refined, does it mean that your products also have that same look and are no longer edgy or pushing the envelope, but instead just pretty generic and safe? Where are all of the imperfections? I love the imperfections! Maybe it comes down to what the “masses” want. I know I’m not like most people. I don’t watch the Bachelor, or Housewives, I don’t care what Kim or Yeezy are wearing or saying, I don’t want everything I purchase to sparkle, but it seems I’m in the minority. Maybe the small businesses that are having the most success might be the ones who are churning out the most easily digestible products and produce work that the masses want? OR is the general commercial consensus leaning more towards the indie aesthetic? What are your thoughts?

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Spring 2016 Chalkboard

Spring 2016 chalkboard

The chalkboard for this spring is probably a bust. I had a wedding shower for my best friend and used my chalkboards as displays and then neglected to break down the party (held in a room in our basement) for weeks, so by the time I brought the chalkboard back up, most of spring had passed. Then I was just trying to remember what happened.

The biggest things were probably:

-Erica got married
-I’ve been working on #the100dayproject
-Going to Zumba

Time to erase the board and remember what has happened over the last few weeks of summer and catch up!

Previous Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

#the100dayproject progress

I’m over a third of the way through #the100dayproject. Some days I feel overwhelmed and question why I committed to this project, but more often I’m glad that I did and have been super productive.

My goal was to focus on paper products, and aiming to add 10-15 new products to my shop. I said 10-15 new items because I’ve been trying to get my shop back up to having at least 100 items in it. Since the project began I’ve added 14 (I think) new items to my shop already, that being said, several of those are one-of-a-kind, original items, and I’ve already sold 6 one of a kind items in my shop. Counting all ups and downs, I’m up to 90 items in my shop.

Being this far through the project, I thought I’m overdue to sharing some of these projects.

It started with this drawing, with the appropriate phrase “Here We Go”

And here we go! Day 1 #the100dayproject #robayre100days

I drew it on the very first day to kick off the project.

Originally, I planned this as a notepads. "Here we go" just seemed perfect for to-do lists, but then when I got going it ended up as letter writing paper. What do you think? Stationery paper like this, or a notepad? #robayre100days #100dayproject

And turned it into this stationery. I used charcoal envelopes, and instead of ruled lines, scribbly ones that make me so happy.

Lookeeee what just got added to my shop (link in my profile) Here We Go, 50 sheet #notepads, 4.25x5.5", the stationery version is there as well. #robayre100days Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway and use the 10% off coupon mentioned in a post from t

I also made it into a notepad, because the phrase Here We Go seemed to lend itself well to a checklist, perfect for getting things done, or packing for a trip, etc.

What a day! I have 20,000 steps. I worked on some more quilted fauxdoris today, which I hope to share tomorrow. I also had this custom request for my Here We Go image as a graduation card.

And lastly, and unexpectedly, I had a custom request to make it into a graduation card. I printed it on a light gray paper and did a bit of rearranging of the image.

Stay tuned for more!

More 10 year Etsy Anniversary Celebrations

As I said before, my Etsyversary party is not over yet!

Day 22! Some of you may remember this from last year. I didn't intend for this to be today's #robayre100days but then time slipped away as I played with it. When I originally designed it, I didn't know quite what to do with it, but when I began #The100Day

I’m offering this letter writing paper as a free download through the rest of the month! Insert party emojis here, wooooo! I originally created this stationery in 2015, using watercolor lines in what is becoming my signature stationery style, and added a dotted writing line, but I never knew quite what to do with it because the image area bleeds off the edge of the paper. When I was creating my to-do list for #the100dayproject I added it. I’ve finally tackled the file, and now it is available for download! Get it now for free while you can because I will add it to my shop after the month is over.

Robayre Watercolor Lines Stationery Set

This letter writing paper is set up with 2 vertical sheets on an 8.5×11″ horizontal paper, and the image bleeds off the edge. If you are printing from home on 8.5×11″, make sure your settings are set to print at  landscape, 100% (actual size), best or high quality printing, centered, and print to the edge of the paper. You could also print it out on larger papers and crop it down or print it reduced for super mini stationery papers, cute! Print it back to back for double sided stationery. Once it is printed, cut it in half for two 5.5×8.5″ sheets.

watercolor cut down sample
Let me know if you download it and use it, I’d love to see pics of it in use (#robayre), or if anyone tries printing it out on different types of papers, etc.

This is the part where I get all legal on you: This stationery was created and copyrighted by Robyn Wells in 2016. This stationery is for personal use only and may not be reproduced, transferred or sold and profited from in any way. Make good choices, be good people, follow the golden rule. Thank you very much

The download is hosted on Google Drive, so you may need to be logged into google, not sure. Download here: https://goo.gl/ENkbMn

As I promised, the party has not ended. I'm still celebrating my 10 year #etsyversary and it's time for another giveaway, only this time everyone wins! I'm offering a free printable stationery over on my blog today (link in my profile). Get it now while i

Discount and Giveaway Announcement

robayre.etsy.com is still celebrating 10 years!

The party isn't over yet! It's so late (for me at least 😂😴) but I finally listed two of the quilted journals in my shop. I have also created a coupon code for 10% off of everything in my shop for the month of May, 2016. Just enter ROBAYRE10YE

For the month of May, please use the code ROBAYRE10YEARS at checkout for an additional 10% off.

I've decided that I'm going to do a few things to celebrate my #etsyversary. To start out, I've been sewing up a storm and so Tomorrow (May 1st) I'm going to do a #giveaway of one of these quilted book covers with mini journals inside. I'll post a "giveaw

Today I gathered up all the entries from instagram and the blog post and drew Natalie of Cellowingnut on instagram for the quilted fauxdori giveaway. Congratulations Natalie! Thank you so-so much to everyone who entered, and to all the friends who shared and posted about it. It made me feel so special. The party isn’t over, and I have a few more things to look forward to this month while I celebrate my etsy shop’s 10 year anniversary.

I’ve also added a few more of these quilted doris to my shop, click image for link

and the following have already sold