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Ileana Grimm Las Vegas Licensing Expo This June, Grimm heads back to Las Vegas for the 39th time. Yes, you read that correctly, 39 TIMES! Years ago, we exhibited twice a year at M.A.G.I.C  (men’s apparel guild in California)  which can rack  your trips up to the desert pretty fast. A few years later, the Licensing Expo made the switch from New York to Vegas and so my visits have continued.

I am a firm believer that a change is (almost) as good as a rest, so even though this is business travel, it will be packed a lot of spontaneous fun. Before that can happen, I need to plan my booth for the licensing show. Booth designs for gift show layouts are almost effortless in comparison to the torture I put myself through, over-thinking the booth for the licensing show.  I am the queen of over-thinking to begin with, so planning layout of the licensing booth feels like the Olympics. Las Vegas Sign In the end, it always works out and we have a great show. I have no doubt this June will be the same, but I still will wonder what art to display, which characters to show or introduce. Do I do a tease and create interest or do a full monty and leave nothing unseen. See, I told you, I over-think.

Once the booth is up and the show is successfully underway, then I can breathe, relax, enjoy sin city and the change of scenery. Las Vegas is an insane display of excess and, I think it’s hilarious that the only thing that is not super sized there is the welcome sign. Las  Vegas is a city everyone needs to see, I am just not sure you need to see it 39 times.

 

 

Laughter May Not Be The BEST Medicine But, It’s A Close Second.

April is Daffodil Month. This time a year ago, I was a few days away from my second chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Gulp. BIG GULP. If I wrote nothing else in this blog, that sentence would be enough. In preparation, I had already snipped my long hair and replaced it with a short sporty cut, reminiscent of my teens. In only days, that short hair would start to fall out in clumps like a husky shedding on a hot spring day. I think the shock of everything brought my partner and I to laughter more times than some would understand. It felt like the humour, or maybe the horror, of the situation crept up on you like uncontrollable giggles in church. The laughter was so cathartic it also brought us closer.

I remember being in the shower a year ago and calling my sweetheart to come to the bathroom. There on the floor of the shower were enough wavy locks to knit yourself a small pet. After a  few ridiculous days of doing my best Donald Trump impression, you know, not moving or touching my hair, I gave in and had my head shaved. Not surprisingly, we found a way to laugh through that too. And, as it turned out, I had a great bald head. Who knew.

Ileana Grimm Grimm Inc. Over the next year, I posted silly pictures and drew funny art in the hopes that it would let those close to me know I was ok, and maybe my art would get shared and make it’s way to someone in my situation, as well as help them smile for a moment. Of course, what I was/am going through was bound to show up in my artwork.

Today, a year later, I feel so grateful to be healthy and happy. I am so blessed to see life as a glass half full and have a career in art, but there are no words that can say how I feel when I make some laugh with my art, and for a nanosecond, they get to leave reality in the dust.

This is a something I created during that time.  Please visit grimm.ca to see much more.

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To know more about Daffodil month, click here. 

 

 

It is March 23rd and I’m eagerly waiting  for the month to leave like a lamb, given it came in like a lion. However, over the next two days, the forecast has us getting a Vegas style buffet of precipitation. Ice, snow, rain, kitchen knives and who knows what else, is coming our way.
In preparation, I will organize the appropriate weapons to fight this on-slot: broom, shovel, salt, sand, cork screw and whatever wine is handy.

I make it a habit, or more of a way of being to not complain, especially about the weather. I am kind of excited to see what comes our nastiness comes our way. There is always something beautiful every day, every season, everywhere. Not to mention, I LOVE bad weather but I am  looking forward to riding my bike to the warehouse every day .

In Canada, there are many brave souls that are four season bikers. I am not one but I did manage to ride on two freakishly warm December days and two this March, but otherwise I am a 3 season gal and dry day kind of rider.

In the last group of designs I did for the January wholesale shows, not surprisingly, there was a bicycle t-shirt design in there. It’s not my typical pun or humour, nor does it even look like most of my artwork, but I think it turned out really great. It’s now one of
my favorite t-shirts (and I own a lot of t-shirts). To check it out, click HERE. Pop over to

You can also pop over to grimm.ca to take a look at the other new ones.

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It’s Not Canaduh It’s Canada, Eh!

Humour’s humour and there’s something out for everyone. This spring, we’re celebrating CANADA and its unique laughter inducing slant.

Check out some of our original designs below and don’t forget to go to grimm.ca to see even more guffaw inducing gift products!

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Next Up – Grimm Inc. At The International Home Housewares Show 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 2.33.54 PMWe’re revving things up and getting our goodies prepped for our next trade show. Grimm will be at the International Home Housewares Show in Chicago from March 7-10 2015 and we are psyched!

This time around, we’ll be introducing some very NEW designs (aprons & magnets) and we’re looking forward to networking with retail buyers walking the floors.

If you’re planning to attend, we’ll be in the category of gourmet food + specialty products – BOOTH S2974. 

See you there!

Grimm Inc. Magnet Design

Grimm Inc. Magnet Design

Grimm Inc. Magnet Design

Grimm Inc. Magnet Design

 

Grimm Inc. Apron Design

Grimm Inc. Apron Design.

 

 

Grimm Inc. At The Toronto Gift Fair!

We’re so excited we can barely breathe! We’re at the Toronto Gift Fair until Thursday January 29th in Booth 8830, Congress Centre, Hall 8. Calling ALL retail buyers, drop by and say hello!

We’re having a blast and looking forward to seeing you! We’ve got all sorts of gift products, t-shirts, aprons, magnets, etc. If you’re into humour and funny stuff, you’ll LOVE what we have!

Visit our website too @ grimm.ca. 

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Grimm Inc. At The Toronto Gift Fair And More!

Even though it’s a bit chilly here in Toronto, we are on FIRE and things are HOT! 2014 was stellar, 2015 will be even more eventful!

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Starting the year off right at the top of January, Grimm Inc. took part in AmericasMart Atlanta, one of the world’s largest permanent wholesale trade centres. A very successful show not to mention tons of fun! A special shout out and thank you going to Dugan Bliss. Great company.

Next UP! We’ll be at the Toronto Gift Fair which runs from January 25th – 29th. For all retail buyers, please visit us in Booth 8830. We’re super excited to be introducing NEW DESIGNS in all product categories.

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More updates to come AND be sure to visit our website @ grimm.ca to see a lot much more!

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Happy New Year From Grimm!

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With 2014 slowly coming to a close, we’ve been busily prepping for 2015 and all of the good stuff that’s ahead.

We would have to say that our biggest highlight of 2014 was launching our brand spanking new website. Tons to see, tons to laugh at with us and there’s more to come as our creative wheel keeps spinning about.

Thanks for visiting and have a GREAT 2015! 

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Get Shopping At Grimm Inc. This Holiday Season!

Ok, it’s DAY 2 of Grimm’s 12 days of Xmas AND do we have a GREAT DEAL for you!

Today, we’re offering a gourmet gift set and the price is pretty awesome.

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Come back each day to see what we’re offering next.

Happy Holidays!

Grimm comes out of the dark ages and steps into the new ages!

Ileana Grimm - Original Art - Living On The Edge Several months ago, we had to admit that our website was a dinosaur. Anyone that has built, or renovated a web site knows that  admitting you are living in the dark ages is the easiest part of all this. Next came the daunting task of deciding what needed to be changed and finding the right crew to help. I was all excited in the beginning and thought it would be this quick fix HOWEVER, nothing about this process is easy or quick. I won’t and can’t, get into the nitty gritty  of the whole process  (I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to technical stuff and doodled through most meetings). I am sooo excited that it’s done and ready to go for everyone to see. Did I mention I was excited it was done?

A part of our web site will be this blog. That is where I come in. So cool that I can  post thoughts, sketches and new designs as they happen. I am a virgin blogger but I think this will be a lot of fun. I encourage your comments and feedback and promise future blogs will have a little more grunt to them than this one.

Stay tuned for a lot more!

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