Monday, 15 October 2012

ADOP - One year later + branding stuff + news

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I have a few updates that I wanted to post so I decided to to one monster post. That way if you're totally uninterested it's very easy to just ignore this and move on with your day. See, I'm always thinking of you.


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Part One - A year later

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A little while ago I passed my one year anniversary with ADOP. Woah. Years go by way too fast when you're counting them, I can't stand it. But, a year it has been, and there have been some pretty awesome little milestones for me during this time. To name a few:
  • Officially opened ADOP on October 5th, 2011
  • Made my first sale within just hours of opening
  • Sold three pieces to a production company back in November of 2011 to be seen in this movie. (No, I haven't mentioned that yet because it was so long ago and I didn't want to jump the gun, but it happened...I can't WAIT to see it!)
  • Launched my kids line of paintings which has now officially been more successful than my abstract line 
  • Opened a Society6 shop for prints, iphone cases, etc.
  • Had my first (and second) art show at The Grey Room
  • Had three shops contact me to have ADOP carried in their stores (a little more on this later).
  • Was mentioned in Hamilton Magazine, Style at Home, House & Home, and a ton of other really amazing design/kids/lifestyle blogs (thanks everyone!)
  • Sold two pieces to a production company to appear somewhere in Season 6 of Mad Men (still in shock over this one)
  • And lastly, as of yesterday, I sold my 100th painting between direct Etsy sales and private commissions. Yep, 100. Ok, so maybe it's not that good, but I remember vividly thinking I would never sell a single piece, so to have sold 100 in my first year is way beyond what I thought I could do and I am very very proud :)
It hasn't been all sunshine and daisies. One of my paintings was destroyed in transit (it was just a fluke, everyone was reimbursed and I made a new one for the client, but it sucked). Also, a local gallery scammed me - they sold a painting of mine and refused to pay me for it (currently working on my claim), and THAT sucked. But, it's been almost all great things for ADOP, and I love my little shop :)

Ok, enough about that. Sorry if this sort of thing comes across as self-indulgent, I mean for this blog to be like a living history of bits of our lives, and this is a big part of it now, so I can't help it!


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Part Two - Branding Package

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This is a bit of my current branding/marketing bits, and a few people have asked about where I get things so I thought I would share it here. I'm a Marketing graduate so this kind of thing is my fav.

My logo design is all done by me...it could not be more simple so I whipped it up pretty easily. I recently redesigned my Dad's logo too, I guess it's just like a weird nerdy hobby of mine.

My business cards and thank you cards are printed through Vistaprint. I LOVE that place, they always have crazy sales and the prices are great. Now this is not good if you want the letterpress neon sided cards, this is your average business card that may not be Alt-approved, but if you get the thickest stock they offer it's pretty good. With my simple design it works just fine, and I just bought 1000 for $20, free shipping. Love that. 

The tags and shipping labels are just printed at home using cardstock and labels. So simple. 

I order my twine from The Baker's Twine. They used to be on Etsy and it's been so long since I've ordered this stuff I just realized that they aren't anymore. But, still, great stuff, great price.


My custom pencils are something that I include with every purchased painting, and I order them from Ebay. I really love them and have had great customer feedback about them!


As for the stickers, I won't disclose this because I'm actually quite unhappy with them. I ordered them from an Etsy shop and the colour smudges right off. Not good. So, I'm on the hunt for a new sticker supplier. If anyone knows of one, please share!


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Part Three - Some news


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Lastly, I wanted to share that ADOP has custom paintings available on By April and May! I loooove the April and May blog, and when Jantine approached me about creating some paintings just for her shop I was over the moon. Be sure to visit her shop and buy something!


NOTE: Yes, I realize that I come across as times as a little sales-y at times, and I would like to state for the record that I have NEVER been paid or asked to write about anything I write about. I'm just that girl who gets all excited about her stuff and wants everyone else to go buy one. I don't know why. But, this is a 100% ad/sponsor free blog, so don't be mad at me.

Ok guys, that's enough out of me. Thanks for reading for those of you who stuck it out (Mom).
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7 comments:

  1. haha you know me so well.....

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  2. Congratulations, Adriane! Since I finalized my commission request with you yesterday, I'm hoping I was #100! Ha! But I'm equally happy to be #98, #99 or #101. I'm proud to support your beautiful art, and can't wait to have it in my home.

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    1. Erica! You are indeed the 100th! Yay! Thank you SO much for the support :)

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  4. Congrats! This may sound a bit weird but I get really excited for you when I hear your accomplishments! a) I get excited about local(ish) talent (my husband is from Hamilton), b) I love your work and c) I was so excited when I saw your Society6 shop because I love your iphone cases. I thought that was pretty cool. Anyway congrats again!

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    1. Stephanie that is SO sweet, you are too kind!!! :)

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  5. this post gave me goosebumps... It's unbelievable how much you've accomplished in such a short time and with a wee one and everyday living to boot. You inspire me... I just wish I had your kind of talent to share with the world.
    I'm DEAD serious when I say I want an ADOP original for our new section of casa! Put on your creative cap Duckworth (as if you ever take it off).
    Remember when we didn't even "know" each other and I bought your raindrop iPhone case off Society6? and now look at us ;)
    love you to bits and don't forget about me when you're painting the modern day sistine chapel.
    xo

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