Continuing my year-in-review (you can see Part One here), I dyed my hair pastel pink (and loved it!! will continue the tradition every summer I've proclaimed to Ethan), visited St. George Island, Florida, shared some floppy-haired Campbell pics, cross-stitched some circle pendants, shared a style post of moi (pre-pink hair), more vintage thrifty finds, shared PeeWee & Simone's trip to Dinosaurland outside of Palm Springs, California, a gorgeous Kid's Room Tour from a beautiful home in the Netherlands, and Palm Springs Weekend the movie!
I also shared my love of Vintage Sindy (and my awesome find!), some beautiful interior shots of Parisian Julie Ansiau's home and her work, Muppet Love, home photos, Kentucky Derby (& hat!) inspiration, geocaching fun, nautical pastels, arcade fun, crocheted blanket progress, my butterfly perler bead craft, a handmade gift, nostalgic vintage slides, new specs, my Studio Tour, pool time, a cool spy camera find, Japanese and Korean Kawaii finds, a Mid-Century Mecca in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, some cute vintage style cousins, and I shared an AMAZING Home Tour that I photographed in the Mid-Century Modern Atlanta neighborhood of Northcrest.
And last but not least, we opened Kitschy Digitals!! This was definitely the number one highlight of 2012 for me. I kept it under wraps for SIX MONTHS (started the project in January) so it was tough to keep myself in that bubble. That was a hard thing, keeping it to myself, but in a lot of ways it was liberating! It was just me, myself and self-motivation (and TONS of valuable support from my husband, Ethan). I spent countless hours at home and at coffee shops across the Atlanta Metro area (ha) working away.
(Above, an teaser animation I created for the Grand Opening)
It was a labor of love in the truest sense of the phrase. I've never really talked a lot about that experience here, but I hope to sometime. There's almost nothing more fulfilling than conceptualizing something, doing ALL of the website design myself (something I'd never done before - my friend Pilgrim came up with the Kitschy Girls and logo/branding), working with a developer to "make it all work", bringing many designers on board (many, my design heros!) to sell their products, and to FINALLY see it all come together in the end - almost exactly how I'd envisioned.
It's been an amazing 6 months (yes, it's been 6 months since we opened!) and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you customers out there. More than you know. We've had some amazing press across blogland and I've been getting all of my ducks in a row over the past week or so, planning new things for the store and inviting new artists and designers.
I've also put the wheels into motion on a blog redesign (gosh, this has been a long time coming!). One of my favorite artists (who just happens to be a vendor at Kitschy Digitals! hint!) is creating some custom artwork for me. I should be able to share that in the next few weeks.