Lots of new beginnings over here!
It's the new year, and I am grateful for it. The holidays were awesome, but a lot, and I love the reset and refresh that this month has brought. It's been a mix of quieter days recovering from the holidays, evenings spent planning, dreaming and goal setting for the new year, work days out at our place when the weather allows it, working on some personal projects as well as taking care of more boring and mundane items from the to-do list in anticipation of brighter days and busier seasons.
My man and I are eager to get going making more progress on the little ranchita. It's been such an unfathomable blessing and opportunity but also a massive learning experience in every way purchasing land (in CA!) and working towards building a home - with a forever never ever ending list of to-do's and set backs. We've owned this plot for over a year now, and have done a lot of work out there, and are just starting the long and complicated paper process to get our building permit, and we hope to get it this year if possible. I've had to learn the positives in the process going so much slower than anticipated, and to not worry and stress about the timeline as much as I did from the start. It's allowed us time to save more money, let inflation come down a bit, and for us to spend time observing the land in different seasons and come to know and understand what would be best for our home and the land. I just can't wait for the day until we can build our home and establish our little farm and family there. In the meantime, I'll keep you guys updated on the process here and I'm making sure to enjoy every step of the process at best as I can.
New shop locations/drops:
I've got a couple new local shops in the area carrying Little Salt Wagon cards and prints! Westward General in Santa Barbara being one of my favorites! It's such a cute little old California, fiesta style shop located off of De La Vina in the most perfect setting.
I've also really enjoyed selling my work in Fern's General Store in downtown Ojai next to The Nest, and at Native Eye on the pier in Ventura. I've been selling my cards and prints on a wholesale platform online similar to Etsy which has been such a wonderful experience- allowing me to sell my work all over the US in places like Blackbird Bookstore in the Sunset district of SF, or in the historic gold rush town, Caloma, CA. For a list of local Ventura and Santa Barbara county locations, check out my info page on my website.
And lastly, I restocked my OG shop, Heritage in Carpinteria. Their shop as well as Findings Market in Ventura were the first shops to carry my work and I will never forget how grateful I am for them taking a chance on me. In addition to carrying cards and prints in both their Carpinteria and Solvang locations, I am so happy to share that Heritage Carpinteria also now has four of my framed original paintings for sale, so go check em out if you're in the area!
I will be popping up at a small maker's market on Feb 11th at Enegren Brewing Company in Moorpark from 12pm-4pm - just in time before Valentines Day! TBH The vibe at Enegren/The Alley is one of my favorites of all VTA County breweries and it's so fun to do an event that's closer to home for me. Come by and grab a beer, say hi and grab some cards and gifts for someone you love.
I'm happy to share with you that I have 7 new cards for spring! Yay! I'll have them with me on Feb 11th and they're for sale on my Etsy shop as well. They are all inspired by my own life and experiences and nostalgia. I hope they bring you joy as they did for me when I was creating them.
I also have one new painting available of the Eastern Sierras here on my website. My next oil plein air drop will be in Spring/Summer. :)