It's alive! I finally opened my Etsy store last Friday, and am so excited that it's up and running. I haven't made any sales yet, and I'm honestly fine with that as figuring out shipping will probably be a work in progress. Everything about the process was a huge learning experience, and I'm grateful that I stuck through with it and have put everything up. I did end up learning a TON about my camera; the first few photoshoots were horribly underexposed and I quickly learned about adjusting the exposure and white balance for a better end result. I'm in love with my camera, and can't wait to see what else I can do with it. I ended up taking four photos of each print, so that potential customers can get a feel for what it could look like in different situations, as well as the different paper and frame options I have available. Take a look at everything I'm currently offering by clicking here. Below is a slideshow of one of the print sets, which is a good feel for how the rest of the shop works. (Also, say hello to my lovely little succulent, Edison, whom I haven't killed yet. Hooray!)

My plan is to continue adding different quotes to the shop, to create more of a variety in selection. I'd also be thrilled to make custom orders, so I'm excited for people to start seeing what I offer and create more visibility. In other news, one of my good friends got engaged recently, and she asked me to do the calligraphy for her invitation envelopes! I'm confident that my skills will be up to par by the time she needs them done, and I'm very much looking forward to setting up a legit workspace area in my apartment. I have a desk in mind, and I can't wait to get everything in place and help boost my creativity and workflow. I saw Hamilton last month, and it was as amazing as it was the first time. I didn't win the lottery, but the friends I took with me to the show both really enjoyed it. If the news is correct, and the tour will be hitting Wisconsin next year, you can bet your butt I'll be at one of those shows, too! Today also happens to be my one-year anniversary at my current job, and it honestly doesn't feel like it's been that long. I'm still so thankful that things fell into place when they did, and something decent came out of the shitstorm that was last year. I'm infinitely more comfortable in the position than I was when I began, and it's helped me learn and grow my confidence as a designer. The past year was great, and I'm excited to see what will happen next. Until next time!

Summer's almost over, and I've spent the last few weeks really ramping up in preparation for launching my Etsy store. It's been a lot of little things coming together, but things have been in motion and I'm excited to finally be able to offer my designs and art to the world. I'm planning to just start out with offering hand-typed quotes that I typed with my vintage typewriter. I found it a few years back at a thrift store, and honestly just thought it was a neat little suitcase at first. I opened it up to find a beautiful little typewriter inside, and it was in great condition so I bought it right away.

To go along with the hand-typed quotes, I wanted to provide a few framing options so that people would be able to just purchase a finished product and it would be perfectly ready to pass off as a gift. This has involved a lot of mini-photoshoots in my living room, which has also helped me get more familiar with my new camera.

Below is a framed print option, and a sneak peek of what you'll be able to find on Etsy! I'll be sure to post an update to let everyone know when the shop is live.

I've also been trying to figure out a good way to offer stationery and wedding suites for purchase. This is probably going to take a bit more time, so I'm just focusing on smaller things first. My plan is to start with the typewriter quotes, continue practicing calligraphy (and hopefully soon offering calligraphed home decor), and finally branch into offering a few downloadable printable options to test the waters a bit with the stationery side of things.

It's nice to have something to keep my mind active, and although at times, it's overwhelming, I'm excited for the prospect of bringing in that side hustle game and hopefully expanding as time goes by.

Besides that, everything has been pretty stable and uneventful. Hamilton is opening in Minneapolis today, and I've got tickets for a date in September, so I'm super excited to be able to see it again. I'm also entering the lottery every day, so fingers crossed I can get a pair of tickets and drag my mom along again. :)

Hope everything is going well for all of you, and I'll check in again soon with updates.

I'm still here! I'm not dead! I have been meaning to post an update over the last few months, but as usual, life got in the way. On the plus side, this means that I am employed again (hooray!) The main downside is that I've been busy with work and the whole side hustle thing fell on the wayside and was a casualty of the process. I got hired in October as a Graphic Designer for a store that sells photography and videography gear, so it's been a pretty natural fit as far as being in line with my interests. It took a bit of an adjustment phase, since I was more used to working in Production Design on a large team, working towards an end goal all together. At my new job, I'm on a team of three and basically do the majority of print and social media design work for the company. I get along with the other two girls pretty great, and everyone within the company was extremely welcoming which made starting somewhere new a lot less intimidating. Every day is different, and some days are more hectic than others, but I've finally found my pace and things there feel good. As a bonus, I got to use my employee discount for a sweet ass Panasonic G9 and I am IN LOVE with it. For reals. I'll post some photos later. As a special work perk, yesterday I got to take a Continuing Education course, UX and Responsive Web Design, at a local community college. I've been gearing up over the past few weeks to get my shit together and figure out how to fit Ruby July into my life again and make it truly work. The course I took yesterday also gave me great insight on what I can do to make this website better and more user-friendly, which will be incredibly useful as I readjust and fit in a storefront. I'm going to look into some things this weekend, and figure out a loose plan so I can share my pretties with the world! I'm excited to get this going again, and I'll be sure to update more frequently as things start to progress on my end.

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