September 18, from 6p-8pm we will be hosting a book signing for Keiko Brodeur of Small Adventure.  We have had the pleasure of selling her products over the past six years. Keiko is a wonderful reflection of her line, incredibly sweet, joyful and whimsical....Get to know alittle bit more about Small Adventure!

    • Belles Nest has carried your work since the first day we opened over 6 years ago. How has your craft evolved over those years?
If I remember correctly, when you first started carrying my goods in your shop I mostly made fabric things like felt mailing envelopes, fabric buttons with embroidered letters and only some illustrated paper goods. Over the course of learning more about the wholesale side of having a creative business I started figuring out that what I mostly wanted to do was draw and paint and that making cards would be the best way to do that.
   
• What is your favorite aspect of being an artist/entrepreneur?
Setting my own schedule and being my own boss has definitely been the best part of creating a business. I love getting up when I want to, whether it be early or late, and prioritizing the tasks in my work day according to what I feel needs to be accomplished or simply taking a whole day to be creative and inspired. No one is looking over my shoulder and I feel that I work best that way.
  
  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating?
When I'm not painting or designing products for my business I do enjoy doodling, cooking, eating, reading, taking my dog on long walks and seeing movies with my husband and friends. 
 
  • Are there any tips you would like to share for someone who wants to turn their hobby into a business?
if turning your creative endeavors into a full time business is something you'd like to do you should never stop pursuing it! I think determination is one of the key factors. I've had my small business for 5-6 years now and only this year was I able to quit my part time work and concentrate fully on Small Adventure. It may take awhile but as long as you have a unique product, strong work ethic and are willing to learn new things about your industry and adjust as needed I believe you can develop your business into whatever you envision.

    • How has your new journal from Chronicle Books changed your business or life?
First off I've always wanted to make a book and work with Chronicle Books so I feel like I've achieved two major goals! Being involved in the whole process from original idea to writing the text and illustrating all the spreads was fascinating to me and has sparked the desire to make more books in the future. I also got some ideas for new Small Adventure goods while I was working on the illustrations for the journal so it was great to work on a project that gave me inspiration for my own business.

    • Where do you see your business in the next year or two? 

I'm hoping to have a lot more products, especially cards, and am crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get some help in the day-to-day business side of my work so I can concentrate a little more on the creative and production side. Having a business can be pretty overwhelming sometimes and there are a lot of hats I have to wear to get everything done. It would be nice to have a few people in charge of some of the things that I'm not so good at. I'm sure Small Adventure would function better if that were to happen in the future.

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