I’ve Become a Pin Collector.

I collect pins now. Something, I never thought I would do.

Well….. sort of…. you see I have always collected Pins from the Disney Parks.

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I was about 8 years old when I got my first pin and pin collecting was just starting to really take off . ( I did not know that at the time) The first pin, I ever got was Winnie the Pooh with a baseball mitt and baseball and/or softball. That specific trip I added quite a few gems from my collection and that next year would discover that pin collecting and trading had become HUGE.  I personally never traded pins, but would bombarded by greedy adults looking at my lanyard, asking for trades.  It was a time. I remember Disneyland having specific pin trading spots and special pin launches that would see INSANE lines.  I always collected pins because I found the art of them pretty and I choose my pins as whatever “called to me” or marked the a special occasion. Now my Disney Park collecting has really halted. I no longer am a little kid who would go frequently with her parents or an early 20’s woman living 30 minutes away from the park with an annual pass. I now live 6 hours away with two toddlers and a fiance who likes Disneyland but does LOVE it they way I do. So they way I collect has changed. Now when we go, we each get a pin with the year. I pick a Personal Pin for myself, Andrew and I pick out a pin for each other and we pick out a pin we feel represents each of the boys. (When they get older they can pick a pin of their own choosing as well. And these pins are on canvases that we have in our rooms. Each pin carrying a moment in time for me.

I never was really interested in enamel pins outside of that.

The past couple of years, I had noticed enamel pins of all sorts coming back into style. One of Andrew’s sisters would ask for any kind for birthdays and Christmas. I started seeing accounts I followed on Instagram making them and I thought… well I could do that.. I could design them. (which I may say designing and getting them manufactured in another post)

So, I designed my first pin.

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The moment this pin arrived, I was in shock. I designed that and it looked SO good! and Not only did it look amazing and not only did I feel insanely proud.  It SOLD OUT within a week and a half of listing. With that , I started designing more pins and currently have 5 manufactured pins, 1 of those is sold out and I have another currently in production. And a handful of designed and available for preorder. Check them out here.. Boltinabottle and/or Bolt In A Bottle Etsy.

Even then I wasn’t interested in collecting pins. However, as I began this journey I started getting more into the “field” following fellow designers and not only liking their designs but realizing if I want to succeed, I need to support fellow Pin Designers. It’s started fairly casual. I bought a twos pins, each from designers who would inspired my start and then I became addicted. After only a month…. I have acquired 8 pins. That is not including 5 that are my own designs, 2 that were gifted to me, the 3 I bought for Andrew and 4 that I just bought and will hopefully be shipping soon. I even bought a cheap backpack off of Amazon to display my pins.

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It’s a hobby that I guess I always casually had but has now took on a new role as well. I look forward to sharing my pins collection in more depth with you soon =)

Updates.

Wait, was my last blog post really in January?!

New year… new me… more content I promise guys… that post?

Wow it’s already March! And Owen turns 1 tomorrow! And I haven’t posted ANYTHING?! YIKES!

This happens though. I think of a lot of great content and don’t finish it or don’t even start it. and You have heard all of the cliche (but true things) between lack of motivation at times, to anxiety to not having time cause TWO little boys.

and while all of that is true and all of that plays into it. My primary focus has been instagram (@alittlebit_kt, @boltinabottle_etsy and @boltinabottle) and marketing on there. As well as working on my business! I have been making enamel pins (here) and it has been doing SUPER well! To top that off, I started doing custom illustrations (here) and that is doing REALLY well too! So all my time as been dedicated to THAT and promoting THAT and I kind of let blogging slide…

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Currently the 4 pins I sell. More to come designs to come and almost all of these are close to selling out! 

In other exciting news I have also FINALLY officially begun planning our wedding! Which is an experience I guess I could totally blog about as well! So really tons of content should be coming your way guys.