Earlier this month I went on a trip back East to visit my mama and meet with new shops for betsy & iya. It was a really good trip. Here’s how it started:
I’m sitting on a plane. I’m bored. I remember there are over one thousand pictures being held hostage on my phone (whoops…I have a hard time letting go, OKAaaaaY). I decide I will be productive with my time and delete all unnecessary photos. I scroll to the top and I’m immediately sucked in.
Soon after we get back to Portland, we learn that our rent is going up. This doesn’t seem right to us. We immediately decide to start looking elsewhere. One month passes. Cool things happen.
Eight hours before we get on a plane to head back to Texas for Renegade Craft Fair in Austin, I drive to the second studio the wrong way and stumble upon a gorgeous empty space. I see flashes and feel flutters. A few days later, we return from Texas and make an offer on the third (and current) betsy & iya studio/shop. In June 3rd, 2011, we sign the lease. Will + Friends build everything in less than two months. In August, we open the doors to our new shop. In the middle of all of it, I do another road trip to LA and back, we attend all kinds of events/shows/fairs/etc in lots of really great places. I design new lines. My amazing sister (iya) gets married. We go back East several times. Will turns 30. I plan a surprise party for him. We celebrate our second year of marriage. Gingham turns One. We take another road trip to Chicago and back. We plan a hugely successful city-wide event for Black Friday called, Little Boxes. We hire 4 new employees and are on the lookout for the 5th. We grow big time in 2010. We more than double in 2011.
I couldn’t believe the pictures I had collected in the 1.5 years since I got my phone. I couldn’t believe what they represented. I sat back on the plane and almost felt like I was stopping for the first time since the beginning of the Camera Roll.
And it just felt so good.
Thanks for hanging with us through all of it. You guys are just SO awesome. xo~betsy
***Song of the Moment: Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen***