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Making Mockups

This weekend I have been working hard on revamping the listings in my ETSY shop.  At first I was going to purchase some mockups that I could use to make listings, but the cost for commercial licenses for that was more than I make on my shop in a year.  So, I decided to learn how to make my own mockups with my camera, a couple of simple props, and Photoshop (of course).  In the process of doing this, I have learned about 20 new things in Photoshop.  After about 4 hours of learning and work, my listings are going from this:

to my new and improved listing style!

Hopefully a more modern look will encourage shoppers to spend more time on my site!

Expanding my Graphic Design Skills

Since I will be going back to an office job soon, I have tried to get as much graphic design practice in while I could.  Recently I have started to not just make invitations and milestone cards, but I have also expanded into the world of digital paper and clip-art.  Just today I published my first listing of a digital paper pack.  So exciting!!

retro triangles digital paper display pic

I spent many hours working on what looks like a simple item.  Graphic design is becoming a true passion for me and I really hope that I will have time in the future to continue working on developing my skills.  I am slowly discovering my own style, which is leaning more towards clean and modern lines than what I see many other people making (and purchasing).  What do you think?  Any feedback on what I should make next?  I am thinking of taking each color group in this pack and making a group of different designs but with the same color theme.  Is there a color group that you think works better or is just horribly ugly?

… Yes, I am asking for audience participation.  I may come to regret this…

Intuos Adjustment Period

I am happy to say that I have made enough money in my ETSY shop to purchase my first buisness expense. Woo hoo! I got a Wacom Intuos tablet, the small one to save money.

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After using it for about 10 hours, I am starting to get the hang of drawing without looking at the tablet.  Sometimes it is a little frustrating…specifically when using drop down menus after having too much coffee.  All in all, I am happy with my purchase and am looking forward to having more precise control in my creations.

Being able to use it for organic shading on R’s birthday invitations has made my artist’s soul happy.  I look forward to sharing my creation with everyone soon.

Stay at Home Mom – Week 5

Now that I have been a SAHM for a whole month now, I wanted to write about my feelings about it. I have R home with me every day, and L still goes to a full day of preschool/daycare 5 days a week. I had both kids home with me last Friday and I was at the end of my rope by 2 pm. I think that it will get better when L is more used to being at home with R and I. He was just very demanding of my attention that whole day, which made it very difficult to take care of R and give her attention too.

Overall, I am enjoying the time that I have at home. I am able to pursue my dream of having a career where I am able to use my creative side, but I am also able to work flexible hours that I dictate. The day-to-day stuff is pretty tedious, but each sale or custom item request I get through my shop makes each day a little different. I am still trying to find the balance between cleaning, working on my shop, playing with the kids, and cooking that works best for our family. I have been spending more time playing than cleaning, but I doubt I will ever regret that! I am glad that I made my shop, it give me something that is mine. Something that is not about being a mom or wife.

Both kids like having me home, that is clear. R is eating good, gaining weight, and has hit a bunch of milestones this past month. L likes having me take him to school and daycare, especially because when I drop him off or pick him up I am not rushing around. I can take the time and have him show me what he did at school that day, I can give him the extra snuggles he asks for (demands) when he is having a rough morning. Our weekends have also become more fun, because now we are not spending the whole time running errands and cleaning house; we can do fun things on the weekend now!

I don’t know how long I will really be able to stay at home. Financially, it is still a big challenge (especially since we just got another hospital bill from R’s birth), but personally I am finding it very fulfilling. I am noticing the lack of adult interaction, but I am hoping to find a group of moms/dads that I can join. If not, I can always start my own group.

Wow, that is quite a rambling stream of consciousness. Oh well, that is what I came to write today, so that is what you get. Proofreading is for suckers. LOL

Inspiration Lacking

Now that I have had my ETSY shop open for a week, I am finding it difficult to think of items to make.  I started with monthly milestone cards and baby milestone cards, because I had some friends that were looking for something like that.  Beyond repeating those with different designs, I am at a loss on what to make.

My inspiration usually comes only when prompted.  Be it a writing prompt, a request from someone for a custom design, or the need for something to fulfill a need in my home; I am not a muse of great ideas.  One friend suggested that I make chalkboard signs for weddings, but looking on ETSY, there are a million (only slight exaggeration) of those already.  I will go ahead and start making them, until I can think of something better.  In the meantime, I will wait for more inspiration to come my way.

I guess I am not naturally a creative thinker.  I follow instructions, follow the rules, and just put my own flair on things.  Kind of depressing, actually.  Maybe it is just the rain outside.

Daily Post

Stay at Home Mom – Week 1

I have been absent from blogging recently due to some major changes in my life. I recently quit my job and decided to be a stay at home mom for a little bit. Many reasons contributed to my quitting: R not taking a bottle and being up all night, lack of support at work, and feeling like my kids need me more than my job values me are among a few of them.

For the next few months, I will be a SAHM (stay at home mom). I know that there will be an adjustment period for me and the kids, but after that, I hope to be able to decide whether I want to go back to work full-time, part-time, or at all. Right now, I am enjoying being at home with R (L is still going to preschool/daycare for the moment). I am not getting much done around the house, nor have I had much time for blogging, but I feel like R is sleeping better and in a better mood in general with me at home. I know that I am in a better mood too.

To help offset the mental stagnation of being a SAHM, and to hopefully provide some supplemental income, I have started an ETSY shop. I only have a few items listed, but the 2 sales that I have gotten so far have made me giddy with happiness. I would love to be able to make this a part-time gig for me, allowing me to stay home with the kiddos and work on my own schedule. I guess we will see if my designs are popular enough to support that.  Feel free to click the image to the left and check out my shop.  Any constructive feedback on current or future items would be welcome!