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National Stationery Show 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

Hi! I wanted to tell you a little about how NSS went this year for Gingiber.

Gingiber NSS 2016

This was our 3rd year exhibiting. Last year I sat the show out because I had a baby at home, so my sister, Angie, ran our booth. This year Angie was pregnant with her 3rd baby, so I went to NYC with my husband.

Gingiber NSS 2016

We really tried to step up our game this year. We built our own booth walls and shipped them to NYC via a freight truck.

Gingiber NSS 2016

Set up was a BEAST! Our walls are sturdy but heavy. I don't think I will ever be able to set up the walls by myself. I will always need someone stronger to help. We painted the walls a great shade of blush, then began putting our Gingiber box of happiness together!

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

I was so thrilled with how our booth turned out. It felt so much more sophisticated than years past for us. I used our Leaping Bunnies Wallpaper designed for Chasing Paper NYC as a focal wall. We used IKEA furniture throughout the booth for our displays. This was the first year we offered gift wrap, and I think it was really a strong showing for us.

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

As usual, our calendars got most of the attention. Our Greeting Card game was strong, but our 2017 Calendars went over very well! We didn't bring our pillows this year, and we ALMOST didn't have any Tea Towels to display because I forgot them back home in Arkansas! Thankfully, we sell our products with a few NYC shops, and Pink Olive came to our rescue with some towels we were able to grab from them the day before NSS began.

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016My husband was such a trooper during the entire process. He is a quiet fellow, so to see his generosity of time and energy as he worked tirelessly to help get the booth set up really reminded me how lucky I am.

Gingiber NSS 2016

The show was definitely better for us than years past in terms of orders written. We were located in the FRESH section, and next year I hope to move our booth more central to where some of my other friend's booth are (because, let's face it, life is all about hanging with your friends!).

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

We made a lot of good contacts. This was the FIRST year that some major retailers actually came into our booth and looked interested. We haven't landed any major accounts yet, but I feel incredibly hopeful. Maybe too hopeful? SIGH!

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

Highlights of the trip included: Going to see Matilda on Broadway, hanging out with our Stationery BFF's Paper Bandit Press, hugging my friend Seana from The Land of Nod, & meeting Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016Gingiber NSS 2016

The show went from Sunday - Wednesday, with us flying out Thursday morning. It was a whirlwind of activity and nonstop work. I hope that people saw our booth and our growth and will begin to think of Gingiber as a brand to watch! I was so thrilled, BTW, to be named one of the Stationery Designers to Watch for 2016 by Stationery Trends Magazine! They threw all of the designers on this list an amazing dinner. It was so great to get to talk shop with so many like-minded business owners.

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016

Until next time, NSS! I will try to write again soon about Quilt Market, which was the show that I went to directly after Stationery Show!

Gingiber NSS 2016

Gingiber NSS 2016


Gingiber Giveaway

Howdy!

I've teamed up with a BUNCH of my favorite illustrators to participate in a month long giveaway palooza! Each day a different illustrator will share an original piece of art that they will then give away to one lucky winner!

Here's my piece:
"Bison"
Gingiber Bison

To win, 

Answer the questions below. The first person with all correct answers posted on my Instagram page wins! 

P.S. all of the trivia is television related, because I LOVE television more than maybe even coffee…. and that is saying a lot!

1. Who was originally cast as Sarah Braverman on "Parenthood"?

2. What was the original title for "Saved By The Bell"?

3. Sean Gunn appeared on "Gilmore Girls" as 2 different characters. What are their names?

4. "Friday Night Lights" fans: What Disney Movie did Scott Porter star in before his staring role on FNL?

5. Who originally was cast as Sookie St. James on "Gilmore Girls"?

6. Why was "About A Boy" cancelled by NBC? This is not a right or wrong answer. I just NEED to know your opinion!!!!

Head on over to my Gingiber Instagram and leave your answers in the comment section. The first person to answer all of the questions correctly wins the print! 

Posted by Stacie Bloomfield

Thank You 2015!

Gingiber Celebrates 2015

Thank you, 2015, for being a year that stretched me in every way. I grew as a mother, learning to juggle 3 children. I grew as a business woman, opening a small storefront at my Springdale, AR studio. I feel that as an illustrator I had more beautiful projects and illustrations come to life than ever before! I am grateful for every bit of 2015, the good, the hard, the quiet, and the chaotic moments.

2016, what do you have up your sleeve?

Posted by Stacie Bloomfield in 2015, Gingiber

Holiday Moments & Studio Chaos

Christmas Meal

Ask any of my friends. I am OBSESSED with work. I go to my weekly coffee date with my closest people, and my laptop is usually out while we visit. I think about new products, product photography, wholesale accounts, how to have both a storefront and a functioning studio, etc. I also think about how to balance a healthy marriage, 3 kids, part time child care, how to get the dog groomed, how to feed my kids something that isn't "cheese flavored", and how to actually get a load of laundry out of the washing machine and into the dryer before it starts to mildew!

Old Gingiber Studio

BUT, my friends, this week was Christmas! Sure, we moved the Gingiber studio on the 26th of December in the cold and pouring rain. Yet, for 2 whole days, I did not work. I played with my kids, cooked a great Christmas lunch of brisket, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, homemade biscuits, and berry trifle, and managed to sneak away to a holiday party with my husband. My mom came into town and babysat for several hours. And, for 2 whole days, I felt my work anxiety slip away.

My Mom and Dexter

Today, however, that pesky anxiety was back. I started to get overwhelmed with all of the challenges on my plate. How do any of us get anything done when a trip to the local water utilities office takes 30 minutes instead of 5? Or when you forget that all of the baby wipes are in your car instead of at home with the babysitter?

Bloomfields

Lately, I've been feeling a lot of those complicated feelings. The knowledge that these problems are good problems to have. If I need to move my studio it is because something better is around the corner. 1 day a week I have the greatest babysitter on the planet love on my kiddos and this allows me to run those long errands (like to the water utilities office) that I could never do with 3 kids in tow.

Self

Do any of you ever get so deep in your own head that you fail to notice the really great things all around you? This is my battle as of late. I'm trying to really "take pause" when I become aware of my thought patterns running away from me. And right now, I am sitting in a coffee shop, instead of sorting through boxes from the studio move. I'm eating banana bread and drinking a chai, and I am breathing deep.

Oh, and I cannot stop looking at photos from my Christmas break with my kids. My kids are a gift. My husband is a gift. And I'm thankful for every bit of it.