I could hardly sleep last night because I was so excited for today! I popped out of bed early for one final cleaning of the studio and a few last minute additions to the walls before the art walk. At 10a, the balloons and signs went up outside my door, and I started distributing stickers on each visitor's map- those who received a sticker from each studio was entered to win a raffle.
I would say, in the 6 hour span of the walk, I easily had 100 visitors. I was very humbled by the kind people, many of whom gasped when they rounded the corner at the top of the stairs and peeked in the studio (a few asked if they could move in!). Everyone offered their congratulations and "welcome to the neighborhood," as well as tips for great brunch spots and neighborhood organizations to join. Mothers with not-yet-engaged daughters tucked my business cards into their purses with a wink. People marveled at the artwork, the beautiful light in the space, and the yummy cupcakes (yes, the mini version of my birthday party treats- I'm hooked!). It was a long day, but boy, what a great way to introduce emilie inc. to the East End and kick off the official wedding season.
Once the tour wrapped up, J and I headed to dinner at Flatbread with the emilie inc. associates and their families. What a treat to spend an evening with Geneve, Steve & Sage, and Wyndee, Pete, Olivia & Chloe. Really looking forward to working with you!
Here are a few pictures of today's set-up with the studio's finished look! Some of you may recognize photos of yourself on my walls!
The work area is ready with an empty desk for a studio manager when I am ready to expand.
One observant (and obviously very hip) visitor exclaimed, "Wow! You have the cool 'American Idol' stools!!" :)
Mmmmm.... Two Fat Cats Bakery is dangerously close to the studio, just two blocks away.
L to R: (excuse the p&s red-eye): Geneve, Sage, me, Olivia, Wyndee and Chloe.
I'll never pass up the opportunity to hold a baby!
My heart is very full tonight. As cliche as it sounds, I feel so very lucky to be making my dream a reality. Thank you, everyone!! xo