I just want to start by saying what a fantastic week this has been. My Etsy shop is finally open, I made my first sales, and tomorrow I have a consultation call with an editor to be working through Flowers in the Snow, the novel based on my short story, Fall into Me. But we’ll talk more about all that later.
It’s been a lot of work getting here, and the launch didn’t go exactly as I had planned, but I’ve been so happy with the reaction so far. I want Arrows and Atlases to be a place for readers and writers alike that love love, adventure, and the planet we all share.
All my bookmarks are made with VOC free, FDA approved epoxy resin and inspired by popular novels, nature, and hopefully someday soon my own writing. With that all that in mind, I’ve committed to creating as little waste as possible by using reusable silicone mixing tools and cups instead of disposable plastic cups and popsicle sticks.
The packaging is all compostable material: One hundred percent composable bubble mailers, plant-based “plastic” bags, Thank you cards ordered from Vista Print because of their sustainable forestry practices, and lastly, sustainably sourced paper and twine to wrap each of your items as if it were a gift.
Snowflakes, night skies, and evergreens inspired the 2020 collection. This year I’m really missing the snow here in Virginia. There has been less and less every year. So, I’m going to donate $1 from every bookmark sold to the Environmental Defense Fund – An excellent non-profit organization dedicated to fighting climate change, protecting our forests, and so much more. Even if you don’t need a new bookmark, every little dollar helps.
There will be more coming to this collection throughout mid January including a few to celebrate the New Year before the Valentine’s day bookmarks begin, so be sure to follow the blog or my Instagram @arrowsnatlases for updates.
All my life, I’ve wanted to have a job I was passionate about while making a positive impact, and here I am still trying. Here’s to hoping the orders keep coming, the words keep flowing, and I influence at least one person to take a proactive step to clean up and rejuvenate our beautiful blue planet.