It is so important to have a creative best friend. When I met Kristen, it was through mutual friends who had actually grown up with her when she lived here in the area as a teen and child. She had moved away by the time I met these friends. Last summer she and her husband moved to NH to start a simpler life and be close to her family. I met them after I moved to my apartment, and discovered that they live on my street! So began a lovely friendship.
Our first hangout was spent spray painting cardboard reindeer heads with gold paint and picking up hot chocolate at a local coffee shop, while getting to know each other and talking about basically everything. I discovered she had a blog too, as well as a really nice camera! As we started to hang out more, she picked my brain about blog design and photography, and we started to do joint photo shoots with my handmade stuff and her vintage clothing. (Kristen has this magical thing where she can go into basically any thrift store and come out with an armful of treasures.) We worked really well together and loved bouncing ideas off each other. We started going on adventures to places around the state, and doing our individual blog work together, and one day she said to me, "Hey - we should do a joint thing."
I had been thinking the exact same thing, but was hesitant to talk about it because I wasn't sure if she would feel the same way. But she did! So we began planning a very special event to kick off our venture: a popup shop in a local coffee shop. We spent the next several weeks brainstorming, creating, photographing, and promoting our little shop. We caravanned out to the coffee shop early one frigid Saturday morning and set up our merchandise! Jewelry, homewares, and accessories went on the counter space set aside for us, while all the clothes were hung up on rolling racks and shoes were laid out below. Dreamcatchers and weavings adorned various surfaces, and our big sign went in the window.
Our venture went really well, and we've used some of the proceeds to start our own website! I'm hoping for a tentative launch of Saturday, February 27, but we'll see how it goes. Working full-time and doing classes full-time doesn't allow for much free time, and Kristen has a busy life too. But I love that we've both found time to exercise our creativity together and separately, and been able to connect in such a cool way.
So yes - it is very important to have creative friendships. Find someone who shares your passion for creativity, and do stuff with them! Kristen is very different from me at first glance: extroverted, talkative, bold, etc., but I've discovered we are also very much alike. Find a friend who complements your strengths with strengths of their own, and invest in that friendship. I am so glad to have met Kristen and been able to grow in both my own creativity and our joint adventures.