Design Meets Craft

After having my Cricut a couple of weeks, I've happily discovered that it's the precise intersection between designing and making. I have an idea, I design it in Illustrator, and I test it with my Cricut. That workflow is very satisfying because I have the confidence that my files will work beautifully for everyone who … Continue reading Design Meets Craft

Back to the Proposal Grind

I know I should be treating freelancing as a second job, working 10-20hrs per week to make ends meet. But I admit I forget about that a lot. It's time once again to make that better. My husband recently fell near his work and has been unable to work regular hours for the past month. … Continue reading Back to the Proposal Grind

Accomplished

What a great day! Work went great! And now I’m prepping for my 1 yr wedding anniversary with a trip to Savannah, GA. I’m feeling more comfortable as a someone in charge of production. I get to use all of my skills. I have a new chance at being me. I can work digitally and … Continue reading Accomplished

Be Positive (Sometimes)

It was brought to my attention that perhaps I’ve made my experiences sound like I have a nightmare job. I didn’t mean it that way at all. I’ve had more good weeks than bad ones, but sometimes the good weeks go by the wayside because I’m too busy to try about them. If I hated … Continue reading Be Positive (Sometimes)

To Make or not to Make?

I hate Shakespeare's work. I mean I only like adaptations. Sometimes the stories are good, but the language gets in the way. I don't have time to sit down and watch something where the words are ones I know, but they are in such a convoluted and poetic order that I can't understand the meaning … Continue reading To Make or not to Make?

Machine Embroidery is Kryptonite

I'm in production. That's my job. In this case it means I make stuff. I run a printer, embroidery machine, and a hot iron press. Car decals and custom t-shirts are most popular, and thankfully the most straightforward to make. Embroidery, now that's another issue.  My mom is a sewer. She likes sewing doll clothing … Continue reading Machine Embroidery is Kryptonite

Branding

I work at a shop that does signage and branding as well as graphic design. That influence has led me to think that there's a better way to embrace my name as a brand. You'll notice that there's a new profile picture and banner across my social media and web presence. Let me know what … Continue reading Branding

Time Travels Towards…

...what? I have no idea. I wanted to use alliteration and that's what came to mind.  I haven't written much in the past two weeks for two reasons. For one, my job makes me stressed out enough that I have not been able to put the work in for freelancing. For two, my time has … Continue reading Time Travels Towards…

Indescribable Inertia

I grew up in a house. My parents owned houses my entire life. When I turned 30 I was finally able to move out with my then-boyfriend to a very nice 1-bedroom in Wheaton, IL. It was a lucky find and I love it here. I don't want to move away from Wheaton. But there's … Continue reading Indescribable Inertia

Work Work Play

My first complete week of work is almost over. It's only 30hrs this week, but I feel good about being full-time starting Monday, July 24, 2017. I've made mistakes but learned from them. I want to do more but I'm limited by how the shop is set up with three people working and only one … Continue reading Work Work Play

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