Thursday, January 11, 2007

Designs up the wazoo!

Well hello there! Just thought I'd share some of the goings on in mel-land right now.

First of all, I've been lurking around (and minorly participating in) a craft forum called The Switchboards. It's a place for crafty business ladies to gab and share secrets and find answers. So anyway, lately a few of these ladies have been asking for some minor design work. A 2"x2" ad. Making a change to their index page. Small stuff. So I started doing it, and it's been great! It's only a couple bucks here and there, but it adds up. And plus it's great networking. I've even worked for some trades. Right now I'm redesigning someone's business cards for some lotions and bath products. :-)

But I got a great one last weekend. A member posted that she needed some invitations asap, and was willing to part with any purse on her site, Margaret Nicole. After a few emails, I agreed to whip up 30 birthday invitations for her in exchange for this adorable bag:

She was such a delight to work with, and I can't wait to see my new bag! Oh, and here are a couple photos of the completed invitations.

Also, last week I finished up an invitation design for work. This really is my favorite thing to do, so I was glad I got the opportunity to work on a project I actually liked. Here they are:

And then today I received an email from a woman who I used to do an occassional newsletter for. She needs an ad "jazzed up". And I might be doing some Flash clean-up for an animation/design studio. And some record store in Florida asked if they could sell some of my notecards, but I haven't heard from them in almost a week, so I'm not counting on that one. Oh, and a woman contacted me via my website about doing her wedding invitations! The year is starting off on the right foot! Yeehaw!

On another note, my lovely Maria, who will be visiting in a few weeks, asked if I might want to send her some Valentine's cards to be shown at her company's gallery for First Friday in Phoenix. I need to play around this weekend, but I made this one last weekend after a major craft store splurge. I LOVE the little skulls with the red eyes!

So things are moving along. I've designed to revamp to focus on paper goods and custom work. I don't want to cloud it up with other crap. Although now I'm not sure what I'll do with the 175 key fobs I have lying around.


Matt said...

Maybe you can make a "popcorn chain" out of the key fobs and hang it on the tree next holiday season?

And nice stuff by the way!

Mary said...

Fun work!!! Making invites sounds fun. My latest little freelance job has been working on fertilizer packaging. LOL FUuuuUUuun *sarcasm* ;P