1. Sponsorships! I’m thrilled to welcome Slinky Links Jewellery to my sidebar with a brand new button that I made for them. I also added a couple of new ones to my buttons page, swapped buttons with the wonderful Megan of Lush to Blush, and designed the gift certificate that Crafted Locally will be giving away on my blog this coming week — stay tuned! (Hint: check back on Tuesday.) Good stuff, y’all.
Buttons, buttons it must be buttoooooons.
I have a few more to make, actually. Here’s where you go to commission them. They’re pretty inexpensive and I’ll resize them for you to avoid the risk of seeing them stretched out somewhere. Shudder.
2. I designed a lot of labels. I mean a lot. A whole lot. An alot of them, even. (Would this be a bad time to pull out Photoshop and put the labels together in the shape of an alot? …yes, yes it would be. Lix, don’t let the meds make decisions for you.)
I feel like this particular project should get its own post because I designed the logo (two versions of it) and upwards of thirty labels, but I’m getting a toner and a cleanser at some point, so I’ll have an opportunity to do that AND showcase my product photography skills as well. In the meanwhile, seriously, I did good stuff. I worked with Adriana from Todo A Mano Artistry, a handmade business specializing in organic skincare. Awesome stuff. Her aesthetic was kind of different to what I’m used to, and I had a lot of fun creating graphics for her. The labels will be printed on kraft paper, so I decided to give them a bit of a natural feel with greens and soft browns and a little drawing here and there. Here’s a sneak peek:
I am super proud of this project. I’m not going to lie.[ Purchase Custom Label Design on Etsy ]
3. I finished a two-page media kit for Real Moms, Real Views. Still love designing those things; if I could live on it alone, I would consider dropping everything else I do. Well, some of the other things I do.
This one is going under a Read More because — well, that’s why Read Mores were invented.
I was thrilled with the result, and was ready to model and photograph it before mailing it out. (The entire reasoning behind building this collection on preorders is that I can’t afford (nor have room) to make up things and hope they sell.) So I spread it in front of me…
…and I realized I didn’t have the faintest idea how you’re supposed to wear a silk scarf. A square silk scarf, to be specific. Actually, a square cotton silk scarf, but the problem was the square bit. I have plenty of long, mostly knit and crochet, scarves that I can do super crazy things with (that I also learned on the Internet), but I’m not a silk scarf person — I wear scarves to keep warm and silk has always felt weirdly in between — too warm and too cool at the same time.
I have to say, though, after researching it? I could be into silk scarves as neckties. Every other way I included here, though, is just for show.
Full title: I’m Thin And No One Can Make Me Feel Bad About It: Acknowledging Systematic Fatphobia And Playing To Fashion Industry Standards
It’s national eating disorder week, it turns out. I wrote out my thoughts after someone put out a #journorequest on Twitter looking for people in the fashion industry to talk about weight standards and the controversy surrounding size zero, and this seemed like a perfect time to post them — especially considering I’ve been mulling over this post since November and I obviously suck at sitting down to write things, so I’m probably not going to find the time to write a better essay. You get this instead. Hopefully it’s a start.
1. Intro: I was reading Steph‘s guest post about blog organization on Sarah’s blog this week and it occurred to me that posting more about my life and keeping a semblance of professionalism/organization on this blog weren’t actually mutually exclusive. Then it occurred to me that I could easily do another weekly post like Weekly Wishes — something that’s simultaneously easy to write and based largely on what I’m doing and what’s happening in my life — and that I could also do it as a bullet point list!
Once again the line between “proper blogging” and “what I used to do on LiveJournal” is a very blurry one. And that’s bullet point #1.
2. Thought: You also have Steph to thank for the fact that I’m now seriously considering doing a 101 things in 1001 days challenge. This is partly because I want to keep myself accountable re: the London move (I feel like there should be scare quotes in there somewhere, or capital letters, or both. Maybe an underline. A blinking marquee. Okay, I’ll stop) without committing it to a date, since I can’t exactly do that right now, and partly because I want to write down somewhere that I also want to get my mom and sister out and back on their feet and away from my father. We’ll see.
3. Thing I Did: I finished a scarf. A square cotton silk scarf, approx. 36″ x 42″, printed with my Adrift photograph. I hand-rolled the hems while listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour for the first time in ages. I’m going to need more podcasts if I’m going to be sewing like I want to be. Anyone got recs?
4. Thing I Did: Shot a black crochet shrug for Isabelle Knits…
5. Thing I Did: …and a memory locket by Emma Swailes…
…and a pair of umbrella earrings also by Emma.
6. Life: This is what my desk looked like after that:
7. Blog: There may be a series of posts entitled Lessons Learned From Sewing [Insert Thing Here] coming to this here blog soon. Brief and casual and anecdotal, nothing particularly helpful — but I’m also preparing a series of tips-and-tricks posts as well, which I may well use Patreon to fund. If you could support my writing of tutorials (photography- and design- related with the occasional coding trick thrown in) and were offered the chance to vote on (or even suggest!) the topics covered, would you consider pledging a bit of money per thing completed to a campaign like that?
8. Thought: I really just want to sew a lot and make more media kits. Why is that not doable? Oh yeah, because I need money. I’m also still behind on replying to people. It’s this weird damned if you do, damned if you don’t thing — when things are going well, I’m super motivated but also overwhelmed and behind. When I’m going through “slow times,” I have the chance to catch up, sure — but I’m too busy worrying about paying the bills. I prefer overwhelmed and motivated, not going to lie.
10. Outro: I finally made my vision board for 2014, the one I had to make for the CREATE.2014 course. It’s not awful for my first collage… I don’t think. I’ll show it off next week. Meanwhile, have an Oxford:
Last week I had the opportunity to work with Jessica from Jessiker Bakes and its adjoining (yummiful) blog on a media kit, and it’s the kind of project I just have to share with everyone. She’s full of energy and enthusiasm for her work, and her brand has such a distinctive vibe that it was so easy and so much fun to distill into a media kit design for her blog.
This is what I came up with:
And things are looking different around here, starting with my blog design!
I’m super pleased with it, so I hope you guys like it too! Besides editing the hell out of my theme, I also cleaned up my sidebar, redid my menu, made new social media icons and added a Pin It button to my images. Now it really feels like my blog.
That was my winter break project — what I worked on when I didn’t feel I could do anything else with my sister here. She finally went back to school on Wednesday… and then, according to her, her legs hurt too much to go on Thursday and Friday, so my plans were shot and then some. My aunt and uncle and one of my cousins from Valencia arrived here earlier than I expected, on Friday evening instead of Sunday, and I ended up getting roped into a shopping trip on Saturday by my sister. Today she moved out of my room and into hers — the one my grandma was staying in — and that was also an ordeal, because we can’t do anything in this house without driving me crazy or without my father resorting to psychological abuse.
It’s not over yet, not by a long shot, but she’s settled and I’m on my own, which is all I’ve been looking forward to since my grandma moved in last June. She’ll be back next January, but by then — fingers crossed, knocking on wood, all of that — I will be gone and living in, preferably, London.
Which is why starting tomorrow morning — starting last Wednesday, in all truth, and picking back up tomorrow — I’m diving back into work. I need to save up for this move and I need to make my business work. You’re welcome to have a look around my design shop and my photography shop and see if there’s anything you fancy! I’m also going to be sewing like a fiend, though it would help if the Spoonflower order I placed in November got here! There is something suspect about the way the tracking number says my post office accepted the package on December 23 and yet there is no trace of that number anywhere in the postal service database here. Luckily, I e-mailed Spoonflower and they said they’ll reprint and resend if it’s not here on Tuesday, which is a huge relief — it wasn’t a massive order, but it was my largest to date by quite a bit.
Anyway! I have so many posts to write, from year in review and yearly goals to what I’m thinking of doing to my room — small changes, just enough to make my workspace pleasant since I’m going to be staying and designing and sewing and living here for a few more months – and a couple of reviews and, oh, yeah, I will be crossposting the articles I write for Photodoto.com, starting with the one I wrote explaining white balance. I’m also doing Karen Walrond’s Create.2014 e-course, which someone whose identity I am not privy to was kind enough to get me into! I picked up an old Moleskine cahier and I’ve been working steadily through the prompts. I’m really enjoying it.
So that’s what’s up with me at the moment. How’s the new year treating you?
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This week’s Weekly Wishes theme is “love,” which I found really, really hard to find a suitable picture for, I gotta say. In the end I settled on this picture of me I rediscovered last week. I love being in front of a camera. I don’t get to do it the way I’d like to (i.e. with the camera in the hands of someone who likes photography and is good at it) so I don’t talk about it much, but it’s practically performance art for me and it’s exhilarating.
HOW THE PAST WEEK WENT
Last Monday I was coming off a bad week and I was pretty wishy-washy about my goals. I ended up talking about unplugging and sewing and making more lists. Daily lists. The daily lists were miracle workers from Monday to Wednesday, when the water heater broke and I was more concerned with keeping my anxiety regarding that in check than accomplishing anything. (It got fixed on Saturday. Sort of. It takes ages to switch on but I can shower at home again.) But hey, extenuating circumstances. I’ll try to use this trick (writing down only up to two tasks ahead) again.
I unplugged long enough to place and pick up a print order, stock up on cardstock and complete four sets of mini cards for an order. I found the perfect pattern for a fancy prom dress I’m making for someone. It takes a lot of skills I most certainly don’t have, so it will be quite the learning experience. I’m planning to make one in my size first and then hers, and have the latter mailed out by April. It’s lovely to have such a loose timeframe.
My motivation felt… more there than usual. My sister was also around more than usual, which ruined what could have been a really good week, but I still felt like I had less difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. That’s pretty major.
As for this week, I want to work on my portfolio and I want to sew. I also want to get a few blog posts written that I’ve been kicking around for a while. Maybe I’ll start listing things I want to do come January, or at least once I cut my to-do list down by half. Mainly I want to work on my own branding and website design. The blog design I currently have is a barely tweaked free theme I put up just to be able to start blogging while I concentrated on other things, and I haven’t had a chance to change it yet. I’m honestly thinking about doing it all backwards and starting with category buttons. But that’s a goal for another time.
On the other hand, this is my sister’s last week of school, which is a little bit scary. I should probably make the most of my mornings now. I’m not sure when in January my grandma’s leaving, but I’m so looking forward to having my room to myself again. I don’t even want her to go; I just need the space. Badly. And so does my sister, if her grades this semester are anything to go by.
I’m still a little overwhelmed by everything I need to do, but sometimes I’ll be thinking about that UK move and the idea of setting a date makes me feel so much more grounded and like I can really get everything done in a specific time period. I wouldn’t be too surprised if I buy a plane ticket before the end of the year. I just need to arrange accommodation first. Got some leads there, so fingers crossed? Or if you’re in London and have a spare room, or know someone who’s looking for a house-sitter — do let me know!
As always, I’m linking up with Melyssa!