I feel like I always start a blog post by saying these next words – It has been a while.
So many things have changed and come and gone since my last posts. I thought about deleting them and just starting fresh, but even though they are few and far between, they are a glimpse into my past. Hopefully, if all goes the way I plan, this will remain a focus going forward.
So what has been going on you might
not be asking? Well, I feel like I should do a recap. Hang on tight, this is going to be wordy. 🙂
Urban Hue was my baby. It was a gift shop that that sold bridal tumblers, mugs, gold foil prints and t-shirts and quickly morphed into a pop culture shop. I have to admit, that quickly got old. I wanted to keep creating new things, but those new things never sold. All anyone ever wanted were the same “Gilmore Girl” or “Vampire Diaries” mugs/t-shirts etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love them and I’m so grateful for the love, but it was a little disheartening. I just wanted everyone to love my other pieces too and that is when I had another idea.
At the end of 2017 La Petite Paper Co (LPPC) was born. I became obsessed with the idea of having a sticker shop and I’m not sure why, because I am NOT a planner girl, but all I could see were the endless possibilities. I knew starting it, it would be stickers only, but I was envisioning a bigger picture. Paper is so broad, I could do anything. I used it as my creative outlet and fell in love all over again.
2018 was a great year. Business was going well and I felt like I was hitting my stride. The only way to go was up. I had plans for both shops. I was going to add tote bags, mouse pads…. anything I could sublimate for Urban Hue. I wanted to add planners and notepads etc to LPPC. It was going to be great. My creative flag was flying and I was ecstatic.
And then it happened.
My Husband got a new job. We had 10 days to pack up our lives in Kentucky and move 500 miles to South Carolina. We were so excited. Stressed beyond belief, but so excited. Charleston was always on my bucket list of places to live and we were moving to the area.
This all happened 2 weeks before Black Friday. The trip was so fast that we had to move to an apartment unseen. We had no idea what we could bring, what would fit and things that got left behind in storage were important pieces into the growth of my business. Queue the sad face.
I mentally planned things out. I had a production partner that already did my t-shirts, I would just pass on the mugs as well. The sticker shop was handled as I wasn’t leaving anything for that behind. Christmas rush came and went, but I wasn’t really invested in it. The rush of the new city, the ocean, the restaurants…. everything else took precedence and I closed my shops down for an extended holiday season so we could adjust.
That adjustment took longer than anticipated. Or maybe I just lost interest, I’m not really sure. All the passion that I had for my shops disappeared. Even though I was happy living here, I am certain I went into a minor depression. I eventually reopened LPPC, but I honestly half assed everything and did the bare minimum. I wasn’t creating new pieces, I wasn’t promoting. I just kept waiting for the joy to come back and it didn’t. I’d feel a little spark, but it would fizzle out almost immediately. Even my dead end soul sucking retail job didn’t help kickstart it, needless to say, I was frustrated and over feeling creatively constipated.
Then 2020 hit. I like most people got furloughed. And then it happened, about 3-4 months in I started to feel creative, my passion was starting to grow. It started slowly at first with writing things down and making lists – things that I would want to do if I reopened and it kept growing. I knew that it was going to be a challenge to get back to where I was, but I knew I just had to do it.
And here we are. I’ve rebranded – Urban Hue is no longer, but it is an extension of LPPC known now as LPPCtoo. I’ve been trying to do something new every day no matter how big or small just so I keep those juices flowing. I have so many things planned for the future. One thing I never did, was lose the vision of what I wanted my shops to be and where I wanted them to go. I hope that you’ll follow my journey at returning to where I was and exceeding it by miles.
If you’ve made it to the end – I applaud you. I did warn you that it would be wordy.