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June 29, 2009

You Will Be Taught To Fly

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"When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop of into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”

Talk about a powerful quote. I think it ties in nicely to the message of this post. For over a year I've been quietly working on building my own online boutique. It began as an idea when I was expecting the arrival of my daughter. It was just a loosely formed thought, but I could not shake it from my mind. Instantly I knew the name of the shop, the vibe, the essential look it should have. I knew I would have to build this store and make it happen.

But until you put the hours in, an idea is really just that: a thought. How on earth was this going to happen? How could I fit this into my already packed schedule? And more importantly, what exactly was I going to have in the store? I've had many ideas on this and many attempts to see it come to fruition. In the end, I actually designed and built the boutique before my daughter was born.

The challenge: I hadn't quite nailed down what I would carry or how to handle the logistics of selling other people's creations. I spoke to many vendors, many talented people and danced with many (many, many) iterations of the original idea. And while I found many amazing products I could display in the shop, it seemed I was reinventing the wheel, as they were already for sale elsewhere. Why was I reinventing the wheel? It just wasn't adding up.

Many months later that initial seed of an idea has now bloomed into something much more meaningful and far more personal. In an odd way I'm happy it took so long to complete the project. It gave me time to distill the idea to a clear, elegant concept.
Picture 16 So...what's the skinny? It's simple, actually. Occasionally, in lieu of buying art for our home or office I end up creating pieces of my own. Sometimes it is the only way to get the desired result. Some of the designs offer bits of wisdom, some remind you to get out and explore the most fabulous destinations this planet boasts, and others are simply meant to be beautiful. (Hey, there's nothing wrong with just sitting there looking pretty.) Each design is colorful, happy and intended to inspire.Picture 17After assembling a collection of work, it seemed only logical to share them with you. In short, I'm presenting to you a collection of modern prints I have personally designed. That's right, hipsters. I'm offering you some Venti Cup-style design for your own bad selves. After much delay, many long nights and much fussing over details, I proudly present to you...the Venti Cafe, my own little boutique! Picture 1 And here's the best part: 10% of the proceeds from the Venti Cafe are going to a charity very near and dear to my heart. This has become the driving motivator for this project and I hope you feel the same compassion I do for this cause. It truly made an impact on my life and I feel a deep need to give back.

So I hope you'll pop over to the cafe just to see what the fuss is all about. I'm sure you'll love what you see!

{P.S...In the near future I'll be adding new collections, including several designs for nurseries. Stay tuned!}

What the beautiful people are saying...

Gorgeous- I LOVE the Sakura blossom prints you have featured. Lovely you are giving back too :)

Thanks, Bonnie! XOXO!

Congratulations, Franki. As soon as I get the office of my dreams one day I see myself with my very own Venti Cafe design on the wall.

You have the perfect one in your shop already as one of my favorite quotes/poems is:

“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.”

Much success!

The new café is wonderful! What a truly splendid idea and a complete inspiration. Also loved reading about your daughter and the reason for your charitable donation -- a really lovely way to give back.


Love the shop. Your designs are inspirational and beautiful. I'll keep checking in.

I love this. I simple love this! I just posted it on FB and Twitter. Congratulations Franki, I know you will do such fabulous things. Not only with your illustrations, but for RMHC.

You all ROCK! Thanks so much for your support! XOXO!

girl, i am SO excited for you that this is up and running!! you're amazing AND motivating!! ;)

I found you a few weeks ago - every day you inspire me with your love of aesthetically beautiful things and your grounded wisdom - now you've combined the both as a business! Rock on!!!

awesome. we should letterpress something in the future!!!

Hi Frankie,

Congratulations!!! I am soooo happy for you. I understand completely how exciting and wonderful it is to start your own business. I have been an entrepreneur most of my adult life. Your site looks terrific and it is very clear that you have put a lot of time, thought and love into your new "baby". I truly wish you all the best launching your new venture and I will do whatever I can to support your new online store! Good Luck.

Congrats! Great stuff! I love the Eiffel Tower one! I'll do a post as soon as I get a chance and link to your new shop! :)

congrats on the cafe! fab news and I am going to check it out right now! xx, rebecca

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