We have been running on high speed from the end of November though the beginning of January. Holiday orders were fantastic and we worked extra long hours to keep up with everything. Once xmas finally made it here we were pooped (holidays take on a very different role when you are a maker of things people want for holiday gifts). We took a few days off to recover but, then it was right back to work. In the midst of all the sewing for order fulfillment, Jeremy started building some new (and very needed) work tables for my studio - he is awesome.
The table I currently have was built with no real objective. We had just moved here, I had barely finished grad school, I was jobless and did not know what I was doing with myself. In an effort to give me a place to think and make, Jeremy built a huge and versatile table with shelves and clean wide surfaces so I could do whatever my little heart desired. Shortly after this, I discovered Etsy and listed a few bags I had been making (take a look at the first bags...quite a bit of improvement has happened since then!) not knowing what it would turn into. I feel very fortunate that so many things fell in line and Moop has evolved into an up and coming brand...I'm happy that it has taken over my life (who knows what would have happened had Jeremy not given me a table?!). It is super hard work and very fulfilling with many exciting things planned for this year. One of which is a temporary change to my studio space. We have hopes of buying a building that will house the three of us along with my studio and Jeremy's studio. But, *le sigh* we are not independently wealthy and we must save for such things. So, we are downsizing our current living space. Our beautiful, light filled live/work space will become just a live space and I will begin working in our Building 8 studio.
In going through the ways to rearrange our lives, with as little disruption as possible, we decided a move was necessary and that we would move to a tiny tiny apartment near the Building 8 studio (which is in the building we currently live in). When we went to give notice on our apartment, our landlords mentioned an opening in the building...so, we're moving to a much smaller apartment just down the hall! I'm so excited! It will not only help us to save up for a house/building, but it will make our live/work arrangement super compatible to our lives.
So, the big news, is....our loft is available!
If you live in Western Massachusetts or want to move to the area, feel free to get in touch with either myself or the building management to see the space. You can find photos here. It's an amazing space. It has three 15 foot windows that look out to a beautiful mountain and a charming pond. It is always flooded with light, has 2 enclosed bedrooms, two lofted spaces, 20 foot ceilings, lots of open floor space, original wood floors (from its factory days), a spiral staircase, tons of closets and you would be my neighbor!