I almost can't believe it, but the first Blueprints pattern is almost a reality. Sure, it exists in a sense. It has a presence on the internet and hopefully soon in shops, but I have yet to hold a real, solid physical pattern in my hand. Perhaps that will be the moment that makes it feel truly real. That and the potential of teaching Cabin classes at local shops and schools.
Yesterday was like a mini-Christmas and brought the reality of this thing a little bit closer. I picked up 9 paper cases from one of my printers. The paper patterns are here!
For Blueprints patterns, I have sourced all parts of the pattern locally and plan to do so with future non-pattern offerings. I worked with two wonderful and helpful printers within a half our of my house. Working locally is important to me on many levels. It is the most direct way to counteract the impact that large corporations have had on small businesses, local economies, and community. Engaging other small businesses in the area - for patterns as well as things like business cards, flyers, shipping material, sample supplies, and notions - encourages growth and fosters a community network.
One thing I loved about my old neighborhood in Boston was the grassrootsy-ness of the community. It was really easy to buy local, work local, and vote local. I think when you're out in the suburbs or in rural areas, while there is definitely strong community fostered on a local level through organizations, sports teams, and local events, it becomes difficult to cultivate a buy-local economy. Out here, aside from a few steadfast town establishments, chain restaurants and big box stores rule. But I believe the potential is there, especially when you don't have the distraction of big city life.
Here at the homestead, the barn is in the midst of light renovation. We decided to insulate it after a very hot summer and a few super cold mornings/evenings in September. I can already tell a difference now that the kraft-mac-and-cheese looking foam is congealed between the rafters. The floor is also insulated for toasty toes, but with standard r-18 fiberglass (you know...the stuff that looks like cotton candy and, for some odd reason, smells like cotton candy?)
While the barn studio is decommissioned, I've been catching up on computer work. Buckaroo, our cat, has been sure to provide ample snuggles during the process.
I'm so looking forward to the arrival of the pattern folders and then they can finally ship! I'll announce this on the blog and other social media outlets as soon as they are ready.