We had a nice, lazy 3-day weekend here. There was much sleeping in and Netlix, a lot of puppy play time and good food eating. UT football season kicked into gear. We went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy (good fun, though not any more so than any recent superhero/action movies). I did a lot of doodling in my sketchbook, and filled out my planner for September. Overall, a good couple of days.
In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support.
September, aside from being the season of pumpkin spice lattes and football, is also the start of the harvest season. Fittingly, the charity I’ve chosen to support this month is all about food: the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. I know that I am priveleged when it comes to food. My income is enough that I can go to the grocery store, and pick out whatever I feel like eating, rather than just what has the best shelf life or has a coupon available or qualifies for food stamps. It seems like a small thing, but it’s really not, and I know many people and families out there aren’t that lucky. Including people in my own community here in Austin and the surrounding areas. The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas works to make sure that these families in need have nutritious groceries and meals, whether their need comes from an emergency event or a low income situation. Healthy food is a basic human need and should be a basic human right. If you agree, you can support the cause by a direct donation on the their site, or by shopping in either of my shops (screen printing or digital) this month.
At the beginning of this month $20 was donated to the August shop charity – thank you!
I saw this post floating around on the blogosphere the other week (on a whole lotta book blogger sites, too many to name them all) and I thought I’d join in. Here are some books I feel like I should read, but am really struggling with or have zero interest in.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It’s pervasive in pop culture enough that I know what it’s about. But I have no interest in immersing myself via reading into the head of a narrator who has sex with his tween step-daughter. No thank you.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I’m torn on this one. I know the writing would probably be interesting, and it’s a classic. But again, it’s one of those so pervasive in our culture that I already know how it ends. So meh. I may or may not eventually get to this one.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I’ve seen the Kubrick movie based off of this book. I never want to see it again, let alone read the source material. Blech.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Oh, this one. It’s the boy’s favorite book (which is a whole other issue). So I’ve made several attempts to read it. But Ayn Rand is just not my cup of tea, and Atlas Shrugged in particular is just. so. boring. I don’t really want to read it, but I feel like I should just for his sake.
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It’s a classic, but would be a massive undertaking. It’s so LONG. And I just don’t really have the motivation. But who knows. Maybe one day?
Anything else by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read The Great Gatsby. Thoroughly disliked it. I didn’t get this fascination with the 20’s as a time period before reading that, and I still don’t. And I have no desire to read more of the same.
Anything else by Gillian Flynn. I tried to read Gone Girl. I never finished it (<--- rare for me). It's well-written in the sense that it made me feel things. Namely stressed out. The characters were just so unlikable, there was no one I wanted to root for and hence no ultimate payoff for any invested effort in finishing it. I wikipedia'd the ending, that's enough. And I have zero desire to try any of her other books, as I hear they are in the same vein. No thanks.
What are some books you’ve been struggling with whether to read or not? What are some you have absolutely zero interest in?
I recently had the opportunity to design a logo for a fellow Etsy shop owner. Genevieve and I connected through the TAG Treasury Team on Etsy. She saw that I was a graphic designer, so when she decided to open a 2nd jewelry shop specializing in hand-stamped silver sterling jewelry, she visited my 2nd shop and hired me to do her logo design.
The new shop’s name was to be The Azure Rose. She knew she wanted (fittingly) an azure rose as the symbol, but didn’t want it to be too literal of a depiction. She also wanted the logo to be simple, modern, yet still convey the handcrafted feel. Here is what I came up with:
The subtle hand-drawn quality of the font helps convey the hand-crafted quality of her products, and the stylized rose captures the modern, simple feel she was looking for while also evoking a stamped look. She was thrilled with it. And clearly needed no help implementing the new base of her brand! Check out her new shop in action:
How great is that product photography?! And the pretty packaging! I love the nature-inspired designs she offers, like the dandelion and leaves above.
Now that the craft show is past, I’ve been attending to a lot of the other to-do list items for my shop. First up, I’m finally getting photos of the made-to-order shirts on an actual person! Witness:
Yeah, that’s just me wearing them. I never know what to do with my arms. I only have photos of the size mediums I had printed so far (note to self: always print a size medium for the example shots for made-to-order shirts), but I’ll get to the rest slowly and surely.
Also, I did a big inventory and sorting of all of my papers for the art prints, and updated the chart that shows paper options for all of the choose-your-colors listings. See the new and improved chart:
So many pretty colors! Turns out I might have an obsession with gorgeous papers.
Next up on my list are reworking all of my product descriptions, getting the rest of the made-to-order shirts photographed on myself, and getting all of the rest of the listings from the art prints photo shoot a few weeks back actually up and live (craft show prep interrupted that). Oh, and also three new designs to be finalized and unveiled. And by the time all of that is done, I should hear whether I got in to the holiday craft show I applied to, and the craziness will start all over again. It sounds like a lot, and is, but I’m actually pretty excited about all of it.
Do you have a never-ending but energizing project you work on?