Spring Is In The Air
I am sitting here at my kitchen table to type this today. No, it is not ergonomically comfortable. However, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. We don't have a very large lot (wish we had a homestead) so the view really is mostly encompassed by the house of our neighbor behind us. We have a little grass and a 20' x 20' garden. We also have a tree in the front, along with my flower beds. The yard becomes my addiction during the spring, summer and fall months. By the way, I never know whether to capitalize those, so feel free to comment below to tell me if they should or should not have been capitalized seasons.
Being immunocompromised, I have been sick so often that there is not ever much time between when I could say that I feel well. I make the most of my time, however, because we have limited time here on earth. One of my recent hobbies, one that relaxes me, is creating print and cut designs that I see on Etsy HERE. I have no exact focus at the moment. I have only sold three designs to date but have only been doing it for a couple of months at most. I have been doing graphic design for much longer than that, however. I decide what to design depending on my emotions so I have quite a few that are created in support of Ukraine. Here are a few of my designs.
This design is a Zoom/Virtual meeting design background. People like to look like they live or work where they do not really live or work, so I will accommodate that need with some clean, sophisticated vibes. I love this one because, even as clean as it appears, at least there is an open book in the background. Here is the link to this design. HERE
Below is another design.
Obviously, these designs are watermarked. When you buy the designs, you get files in .svg, .jpg, .png, and .pdf formats. This design shown above is $5 and is located HERE.
If people aren't interested in printing on their own, or don't own a Cricut or Silhouette machine, I also put these products on a site called RedBubble. Here is my store HERE.
Here is a design on RedBubble that I really think is super cute. The great thing about this store is that the products are on demand, so the waste is minimized. Additionally, you can order the design on a hat, tee, sticker, or a multitude of other products.
The link to this sticker is HERE.
No, there really is no story behind this. I just thought it was kinda funny and open to interpretation. I thought it would be great for gamers for their laptops, but my gaming son thought it meant something equally as funny, like someone farted. Either way, I love this design.
The only issue I have with this is that not many designs get sold. I think that the market is flooded with foreign designers that make it so designs have to be sold super cheap. I do this for relaxation and to fill a need I have, to be creative. Therefore, my prices (if you can believe it, at $5 each) are higher than some. I value my work though, so my prices will remain the same.
Well, I need to go now so that I can put up some Easter decorations. Can you believe that it is nearly Easter?!
Til next time.
Hello everyone. I've decided to come back to this world of blogging because I need to work my feelings out and it seems like a great place to do it. I feel like sharing my struggles and my great moments might help others.
We have all been through some definitely stressful months with Covid-19. I'm grateful that the virus is waning and that we are now able to get back to a little bit of normalcy.
Just prior to the virus, I decided to wean down what I was doing so that I could hone my skills in certain areas. I was basically spread too thin with Instagram influencer work, Poshmark, Mercari, eBay, blogging, my online courses, and more.
I cut out Instagram influencing completely because it seemed like I was part of the machine that was showing the "perfect" life with "stuff" when life is not perfect and stuff isn't important. I don't want to be part of that.
That really gave me a feeling of ease. I think that was causing me a lot of stress. Of course, trying to be perfect does that to a person.
I increased my inventory with my online stores, which increased my sales substantially. This is something that makes me feel good. I sell mostly new and gently used clothing and accessories. I find these at the "bins", which is what people call the Goodwill Outlet. I also find these in online and in store sales and clearance, as well as thrift stores and other places. I really like the hunt and the treasures I find in the process. Of course, making money is the goal. However, many of the items that I sell would otherwise be put in a landfill. Yes, items with the tag still on and in new condition get put in a landfill.
In addition to the above, my health has been an issue. I am currently fighting with hemiplegic migraines that cause my face to sag on one side, lack of feeling on one whole side of my body, and double vision, among other things. I think this likely stems from damage to my nervous system from late-stage Lyme disease. However, I count my blessings and have learned to fight through all of it.
This is a brief post with a brief update to get me started back on blogging. I look forward to many future posts.
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