Recent projects

I haven’t been very creative lately – or anything, really, except lazy (maybe “relaxed” is a nicer word). But I’ve done a few projects since my last post¬†about commissions.

For Jarom's birthday, I made this lemony quote from Portal 2. I haven't played the game, so I can't comment on that, but I worked really hard on making something Jarom would love. It's hanging in an awesome frame (and hand-painted mat!) in his office, so I guess he likes it well enough.

For Jarom’s birthday, I made this lemony quote from Portal 2. I haven’t played the game, so I can’t comment on that, but I worked really hard on making something Jarom would love. It’s hanging in an awesome frame (and hand-painted mat!) in his office, so I guess he likes it well enough.

Overall I still looooooove these baby shower invitations I did for my friend Bridget.

Overall I still looooooove these baby shower invitations I did for my friend Bridget.

My friend Kimberlee's daughter had a pink poodle-themed first birthday party.

My friend Kimberlee’s daughter had a pink poodle-themed first birthday party.

I got to design my own alphabet of drop caps for the four-volume hardcover edition of Spark. Go me!

I got to design my own alphabet of drop caps for the four-volume hardcover edition of Spark. Go me!

This wasn't my original idea for our 2013 Christmas cards - I hoped to actually screen print a folk design - but I ended up with this cross stitch-inspired card.

This wasn’t my original idea for our 2013 Christmas cards – I hoped to actually screen print a folk design – but I ended up with this cross stitch-inspired card.

I did these for a fellow babyloss mom (surely there is another term, but I usually say "Dead Baby Club buddy" and that's maybe worse) when she and her husband were able to adopt a baby boy last year. Hooray!

I did these for a fellow babyloss mom (surely there is another term, but I usually say “Dead Baby Club buddy” and that’s maybe worse) when she and her husband were able to adopt a baby boy last year. Hooray!

One of my favorite quotes: "There is adventure in simply being among those we love." From one of my favorite series (The Prydain Chronicles). Unfortunately, I hate my handwriting! It just looks so . . . unpracticed.

One of my favorite quotes: “There is adventure in simply being among those we love.” From one of my favorite series (The Prydain Chronicles). Unfortunately, I hate my handwriting! It just looks so . . . unpracticed.

My brother- and sister-in-law had me design 2 baby announcements: this narwhal and the hedgehog below.

My brother- and sister-in-law had me design 2 baby announcements: this narwhal and the hedgehog below.

OH MY CUTE.

OH MY CUTE.


Why I closed my Etsy shop

Painting wasn’t fun.

Also, I’m still (maybe always will be?) in that beginner-ish stage where nothing comes out looking like I wanted it to, and is instead many levels below the amount of awesome I imagined. So I felt dumb trying to ask people to give me money for what I viewed as mediocre work.

I designed Christmas cards for a friend. I finished up a baby keepsake I’d been meaning to do for another friend. I’m in the process of doing baby announcements for my newest nephew.

These projects have all been gifts. I don’t want to charge people – especially friends and family! – for amateur stuff.

I haven’t looked at Etsy in months; when I do, it’s so disheartening to see work I consider to be inferior even to my designs. And perhaps more disheartening to see work I adore and can only dream of doing.

But.

I have a few ideas.

Most of the quotes I’ve designed in the past for use in my shop are not in a style I actually like. It’s what I’m capable of, but I’d never put it up in my house. To be fair, part of that is because I don’t typically like quotes on my walls. Even with that said, though, designing stuff that I dislike and that I perceive as being mediocre quality was just not fun. Kind of miserable, in fact. So I’ve been browsing Etsy and Pinterest again to get a feel for what I would be willing to frame and display in my house. And maybe I’ll start trying something like that.

I also really enjoy, in theory, doing custom announcements and invitations. The problem there is figuring out what’s a fair price for my time. And finding customers who are willing to pay that. And then working with clients in a professional manner – I’d much rather say, “Here’s a sketch of a layout. What do you think?” than create multiple polished samples to present as options. Psh. So much work.

Maybe once I finish my reading challenges, I’ll open up shop again.


Download

I made this for a church meeting we’re having next Sunday and liked the sentiment so much, I thought I’d share. You can click the image to see it full-size or click here to download. It’s ready to print as an 8×10. I know it’s still amateur, so am I, but enjoy anyway!

enough_8x10