Commissions

One thing that’s helped keep me busy is opening up my shop again. It has the added benefit of bringing in a little extra money to help with Christian’s medical expenses. I’ve mainly been doing custom work – which was my goal in the first place; I do have some prints up for sale, but what I enjoy most is creating something new and personalized. Here are a few examples:

Birth announcement (mockup) for Evan's best friend's new little sister - who will be born today! I still need to fix  few things, aside from the weight and length, but overall I like the design.

Birth announcement (mockup) for Evan’s best friend’s new little sister – who will be born today! I still need to fix few things, aside from the weight and length, but overall I like the design.

Baby keepsake for my friend Terra's daughter. The mat is just slightly too small (I had to make do with what was on hand), so it cuts off the text a little bit. Otherwise, I love the colors and I'm impressed with how well I did the text considering it was many months ago, before I had practiced a lot.

Baby keepsake for my friend Terra’s daughter. The mat is just slightly too small (I had to make do with what was on hand), so it cuts off the text a little bit. Otherwise, I love the colors and I’m impressed with how well I did the text considering it was many months ago, before I had practiced a lot.

Baby shower invitation for my friend Jesi. This was a redo, as I was unsatisfied with the original that ended up being used. This new invitation is one of my favorites.

Baby shower invitation for my friend Jesi. This was a redo, as I was unsatisfied with the original that ended up being used. This new invitation is one of my favorites.

"Bridal shower in a box" invitations I did for . . . Evan's best friend's future aunt. The bride lives in Virginia, but the groom's family - here in Utah - wanted to throw her a shower, so they came up with the idea of gathering up gifts and sending a party in a box. Someone wrote the poem, and the only guidelines I was given were to use the wedding colors - navy and coral. My hand got REALLY cramped from practicing writing the poem so many times.

“Bridal shower in a box” invitations I did for . . . Evan’s best friend’s future aunt. The bride lives in Virginia, but the groom’s family – here in Utah – wanted to throw her a shower, so they came up with the idea of gathering up gifts and sending a party in a box. Someone wrote the poem, and the only guidelines I was given were to use the wedding colors – navy and coral. My hand got REALLY cramped from practicing writing the poem so many times.

Family name keepsake for my friend and former Women's Studies TA Annette. She is in every way my idea of amazing so I was flattered that she asked me to make this. Honestly, I measured everything so carefully and precisely in all my drafts . . . and the paintbrush just carried things away from me a little bit. So it didn't end up being as precise as I was envisioning.

Family name keepsake for my friend and former Women’s Studies TA Annette. She is in every way my idea of amazing so I was flattered that she asked me to make this. Honestly, I measured everything so carefully and precisely in all my drafts . . . and the paintbrush just carried things away from me a little bit. So it didn’t end up being as precise as I was envisioning. :(

Wall art for my dad's office. FNP stands for Family Nurse Practicioner or, I've been told, "Freaking Near Perfect."

Wall art for my dad’s office. FNP stands for Family Nurse Practicioner or, I’ve been told, “Freaking Near Perfect.”

This isn't so much a commission as something I did for myself. Not getting to design and send out baby announcements was pretty sad.

This isn’t so much a commission as something I did for myself. Not getting to design and send out baby announcements was pretty sad.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m not above putting in a plug for myself – if you know anyone who wants some custom artwork or invitations . . . keep me in mind

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One Comment on “Commissions”

  1. Carole Lewis says:

    Keep the shop open, Mika. Your work is fresh and original, and what’s more, I like it!


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