Category Archives: Everyday

Freelance problems

Sometimes you have projects that require all of your time, effort & creativity.  I’m currently working overtime for a project that was paid for months ago, but I only got the info this week, AND the event is this weekend.. Saturday (insert crying eyes).

Needless to say, it’s really difficult to be in this position, trying to get everything done efficiently, on-time but still have quality standards!  The perks of working for yourself is that you have the option of accepting and declining projects at your choosing.  However, that’s definitely easier said than done, esp. when you’ve become acquainted with said-client.

And while there’s a down side to all of this (like not eating all day, haha), there’s also an upside.  I might cringe at the thought of printing 1000+ pcs, but I also love that I am ABLE to do it.  That I can actually finish a project this big and have it done well.  That when I say “okay, yes, I’ll do it,” I can actually actually do it.  It’s weirdly satisfying. :)

I have tons of photos that I’ll be posting of various past and current projects – tons of stuff I am so so proud of, but for some reason just haven’t shown for one reason or another.  Hopefully my next post will contain more than words and some eye candy.

Back to proofing and printing and designing I go.. <3

Sunday nights.

Our vacation came and went, and now I’m home – back in the swing of things.  It’s currently Sunday night, a little after midnight, and I’m doing what I always do — working into the wee hours of the night because I spend Monday mornings hanging out with my mom (which means nothing work-related until about 3pm).

Needless to say, our Vegas trip was exactly what I needed.  We ate (of course!), lounged at the pool for waaaay too many hours, gambled, shopped, and basically did nothing but relaxed and played and had no set agenda.  I even won $118 off of a $2 bet, but the next day I lost over $200, so not really much to brag about there, haha.

The only thing about coming home from a trip (even a short trip) is that mounds and mounds of work await you.  I truly never thought that things would be this crazy or hectic when I started working for myself fulltime.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s a blessing completely in itself – but it’s a LOT of work as well.

This week I have a ton on deck – 2 HUGE wedding suites that need to be finalized, printed AND shipped, a branding and logo suite, some ad banner graphics I need to finish, tons of freelance mktg work, and of course – fulfilling all my orders.  It always stresses me out when I think about all of the deadlines and how I’m going to manage, but then M comes into the room, picks up some scissors and stays with me (working) for the next few hours.  What a sweet man – and what a blessing it is that I get to do what I love (& with someone who loves me and completely supports me to no end).

Besides all of this work related stuff, I moved my office into my guestroom (because it’s much bigger), but I haven’t completely moved out or in – meaning, I’m working out of 2 rooms at the moment and it’s becoming quite.. ridiculous.  I just need to find 3/4 hrs and complete the job, otherwise I’ll be stuck in this transition for awhile.  It’s driving my crazy because my printers & supplies are everywhere.  I just need to find some time… just a little bit of time.

PS – I’d like to go on vacation again.  Like, tmr please :)

Hello beautiful people!

Tomorrow I am officially, *officially* on vacation.. hooray!  I feel like this has been a long time coming, esp. with how crazy insane work has been lately!  & because I knew I wanted a 100% stress free work trip, I managed to finish about 85% of all my orders (I’m talking 200+ orders filled in about 5 days) and finalized a ton of branding and design projects.  I’ve been stressed and working myself to the bone the last week, but I’m feeling pretty elated right now knowing that so much of my work has been taken care of.  Even if I know this is only temporary bliss.. I’ll still take it. <3

Aside from that, I finally picked up a brand spanking new heatpress machine.  I mean, this thing is ginormous and I don’t think I was fully prepared for it’s awesomeness.  I’ve always been interested in heatpress and I’ve faked it a few times (you know, hardcore ironing skills), but I figured I would invest in something substantial while I could.  So I stayed up one night, read a million reviews and comparisons and ended up on a machine that was roughly $500+.  It’s not the best on the market but it’ll do for what I want.  Needless to say, I kind of can’t stop playing with it… pictures below:

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I use muslin bags for a lot of my packaging, and this was when the machine first came.  I was trying to heatpress some little hearts inside the hearts… haha.  Obviously this was just a test :)

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Heatpressed my fav Rifle Paper Co. design into a tote – for personal use, not for resale.  Hooray!

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My shop is huge on bachelorette parties, and this was one of the reasons I wanted the press.  These treat bags are so stinkin’ cute… I am so excited to sell my first batch!

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And then I made a tote for my sister with her photography logo…

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And then I found some sandals on sale for $1.25 at Joann’s and figured they were probably easily pressed.. and I was right! haha.  I think I may end up pressing anything and everything around my house…

Anyone else as obsessive as I am?  I get a new machine and I’m obsessed for a few weeks, and then it’s on to the next.  Really hoping this won’t be the case here. :)  Also can’t wait to print my first tshirts.. when I return from vacation!

Happy Sunday, loves!
xo

FAIL.

Sometimes when an order goes wrong, EVERYTHING about it goes wrong.  I rushed an order out earlier this week only to have it arrive – half of it broken & I misspelled the bride’s name… on all of the glasses.  ALL OF THE GLASSES.  THE BRIDE’S NAME!

I absolutely pride myself on my work.  I am crazy meticulous & I proof things a million times over – sometimes so much that I actually lose sight of the mistake.  Clearly this happened & even though I’ve been doing this for years now – I still can’t help but cringe & feel my insides spilling over in shame.  Shame.  Isn’t that the weirdest?  I’m ashamed and I’m embarrassed.  & I know that one mistake doesn’t and will not define me, but my goodness this one is a big one.

Excuse me while I vent & put my head between my legs…

Also, this morning as I was getting ready to leave the house, I saw ants on my kitchen counter.  ANTS!  I cleared everything off & found about 30 of them wandering about, going in circles.  It eventually lead me to a tiny tiny tiny microscopic hole in my chalk against my granite, so I’ve got tape there for the time being.  So gross.  Definitely keeping an eye out on that one.

Anyway, apologies for the lack of photos lately.  It’s definitely been one hell of a Friday…  Though, I did get to hangout with my mom this morning & took her out, so that probably makes everything else okay.

Wedding Season!

Don’t mind that I’m not on this blog too much, it means that I’m swimming in work (which is always a good thing) & that I’m out enjoying the sunshine.  Yes, sunshine (here in rainy Seattle)!

To be honest, I had an “omg why did I leave my career” moment this week.  In fact, it was yesterday night.  If you know me personally, then you know that my car is always *always* in the shop.  For no real good reason actually, since it’s always aesthetic things that I’m fixing.  It’s been a very reliable car, but the upkeep is just getting out of hand.  2 weeks ago I took it in to get my brakes repaired and last night it started leaking green stuff all over my driveway.  Needless to say, not driving anywhere today. :)

Aside from my car costing way too much to fix and too often & it causing me to freak out a bit, work is good.  No, work is great.  I still can’t believe it’s almost mid way through the year & I’ve been able to pay my bills (haha!), upkeep my life, go out, expand my business..  So so grateful & blessed.

But yes, definitely wedding season.  I feel like 90% of what I work on these days are for future brides, which I love, but I also crave the creativity of things outside of that scope.  Thankfully I have some logo & branding projects on the table.

Until next time,xo!