Eep! Sorry for the late post...I realized that we completely ran out of dog food and had to get some this morning. Our dog was NOT happy. Naturally, I ended up buying weeks worth of groceries, and then I had my first live online lab with Etsy. Worked on an accumulation of other things, and then realized I was extremely late for my poor blog.
I haven't talked about my actual business much on my blog...I actually don't think I have at all, come to think of it, except for this post referring to Etsy and my vague profile description. To be honest, I was planning on shouting to the rooftops my plans for my business, but I haven't done that. Instead, I become meek at the thought of explaining my life plans to anyone that asks. I almost even came close to tears when a man at the dry cleaners asked what my occupation was since I was dressed up. That was in the summer, though....at least I can now tell people that I'm starting a business without tears involved!
For those of you that don't know, I spent four years in college studying interior design. I worked a very short stint in interior design for one summer internship at an architecture firm called HKS, and after graduation, I decided to further my education even more with grad school, which I graduated from one summer and two semesters later. I worked jobs unrelated to design while waiting for my husband to graduate, and I figured I'd begin the hardcore job search for interior design once we moved to San Antonio. Funny thing is, in the middle of my job search, I came across an abandoned blog written by the now-wife of someone I barely knew during high school. She blogged about design, DIY, and things that made her plain happy. You should have seen me...I got sucked IN, and before I knew it, I had looked at a million blogs for refinishing furniture.
I thought to myself...I WANT to do this! Very long story short, I changed my mind from interior design to refinishing furniture, then from refinishing furniture to what I had always dreamed of doing since I was four years old, coloring inside the lines of the figures of my coloring book, sitting crossed legged inside the safety of my propped up tent (which was awkwardly placed on top of my bed, of course). Without sounding cheesy, I had always dreamed of becoming an artist, but I thought it would simply be impossible to make money. I still love interior design, though (you can probably tell when I geek out over interiors that I post), and I don't want to completely push it out of the picture.
However, Pasadya is my dream right now, and I don't want to be so afraid of what may or may not happen anymore. I know I'll still be afraid anyway, but I think it's time that I finally start telling people about my plans. I had even said in Holly's interview that I would begin marketing my products on Etsy once my shop had 40 items. That's taking much longer than I had expected, but I realize that I shouldn't be ashamed of progress, no matter how small it may be. My big dream is to be successful (and HAPPY) with my work and family. I'm inspired by people like Monica who leave a successful field to venture into one that they absolutely adore. I'd love to travel the world like Leigh for showcases, and I'd freak if my art reached Jen's and Garance's popularity. Not to mention, I'd love to learn to create gorgeous layouts like Ana, Bri, and Garance.
Alrighty! There's the short of my life. Sooo this is what I'm doing:
1. Business cards, woo hoo!!
2. My website design! No, and if you were wondering, I CANNOT code...my husband is taking over that part! I plan on expanding my nerdiness, though. :) This is the homepage.
3. This is an example of what we're thinking about for the art display layout.
As as a side note:
If you're thinking about printing anything that you want to be glossy, you should DEFINITELY check out OvernightPrints. They always have super good sales, and I LOVE this offset printing that they offer. Doesn't that banana just jump off the card??? I KNOW!
Well, there you have it. Sorry this was a novel about the tragedies of life. Ha, kidding. I really am excited, though! And please bear with me as I switch up this little blog of mine. I hope to have a pretty solid layout in the near future.
SO! Are you taking the plunge into something that you love? Is it scary but thrilling??
I wanted to thank you guys for your huge support and encouragement once again. I guess I'll be a broken record forever, but I love you all. Happy Wednesday! I'll be back in the morning as usual tomorrow!