New to The Handmade Market this May is Platypusfile, a line of art+craft+design that is inspired by the home and nature. Based in Tallahassee, Janae Easton is bringing to Raleigh all kinds of magical and intricately designed works and we are looking forward to meeting her!
How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Happiness. I know that seems awfully simple, but it happiness goes a long way. My work allows me to be at home, work in my studio at least 30 hours a week, homeschool my son, enjoy the world and travel, and eat really good food. I can’t really ask for more than that, I am continually grateful.
When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. This one is tricky and diving in is usually how I swim with it, but there are moments where I really do have to step back. Usually I am all in, I love being able to make things so when I have to make tons it makes me feel really good despite how overwhelming it really is. I do mostly craft shows and retails shops and the shops are amazingly patient and work with my time crunches when they occur.
How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? These questions are great by the way… I really do crave other folks that are makers. I feel their creative spirit and approach to life is something that is refreshing and exhilarating, like catching a creative cold. I usually get a mega dose of this kind of excitement at indie craft shows and when those aren’t going on I love watching what everyone is up to on Instagram.
Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? Masked Bandits. These critters are based on animals and folks in my life that have a bit of mischievousness about them. I love how they are girlie and trouble all at the same time.
What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Gilmore Girls
What city should you really live in? Tallahassee, FL. I am amazed at how I fall in love with this city over and over again. I often find myself trying to sell it on other people, even those who are living here. It is a magical place full of daily adventures.
Come by The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3rd and give Janae a warm Raleigh welcome. Maybe she’ll fall in love with our fair city a bit, too.