Guess What?

I'm opening a new Etsy Shop. Whoot Whoot. Yeppers, can't believe it. What am I thinking? Another shop to promote? Another shop to deal with on a daily basis? I don't know to be sure.I'm addicted to the art of crafting and creating things.  All I know is my inner artist is yearning for more than just felt. Why limit myself? Why not reach for the sky?

So details you want right. Well, the new shop is deerthreads.etsy.com . It's a shop that will specialize in all things cute, practical, whimsical, and very reasonably priced. Although I don't actually have anything made yet ( supplies are on there way), I have great ideas for magnets, hair ties, pins, key chains, change purses, small sachets, buttons etc. etc. I have a whole big list of wonderful cutesy things that I cant wait to start making. 

Just today, I made this banner while I was at work. It's a work in progress, but it will have to do for now. 

Here is an image of the custom stamp I designed that I' having an etsy seller make me as we speak. I'm going to use it on my packaging using soy based inks and on my business cards using recycled papers. 

I'm so excited! Pictures of new products will follow very soon. 
p.s I'm working on a little "deer threads, " letter if you will. A little poem/letter to add to my packaging and business cards. 


Wanna Cupecake?

I created this today just goofing around. I really dig how it came out. I like how the icing mimics the skull teeth. Still running into some technical issues but Ill get there. I still need to learn how to shade. What shall we call her? Hmm...sweet cakes?


Sour Apple

Not this apple! She is as cute as can be. My first apple drawing. I haven't learned any techniques for shading yet. When I do, I'm going to go back and shade her. I think Ill call her Betsy. You like? Hmm.. what's next? maybe a she will have a baby in the form of a plum!

P.S, if anyone knows how to resize these images so they are bigger pleas feel free to share.


Where Have I Been?

I know I know, I have some explaining to do. I can't remember the last time I blogged. It's a dirty shame isn't it! I'm most sure I have lost some of my faithful readers. So let me explain.

First, this craft show I'm preparing for has me pulling my hair daily. The show is on May 10th. It's my first show and I have been crocheting and felting till I can't see anymore. So enough about that. 

One the good side, I have taken on a new venture. Something I have wanted to do since I could remember. Graphic design. Yes, I have taken on the task of teaching myself the skills necessary to be a successful designer. Not only that, but I have also taken the challenge of learning web design as well. Whew, makes me tired just writing about it. 

Most of my days and evenings for the past three weeks or so have consisted of me raising money to purchase Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver. Once I purchased the programs, I scoured the web for tutorials and lessons on how to use these monstrous programs. As you can see from the image above, although it's cute, I have a long ways to go. I'm learning more and more everyday. I love it so much that I've already done two banners for some Etsy friends as a way to practice interacting with clients. 

Now some of you may say, 'well what about felting'? I ask myself this same question as well. The thing is, felting is time consuming. It's a craft that I love but at the same time cannot make a decent living doing. If you have read my posts from way back you already now that I hate my job more than mayonnaise. And I puke on mayo, trust me. So I needed to do so soul searching and figure out what I was going to do with my life. 

The job market in the country in non existent and living in a small town doesn't help. Most decent paying jobs require a degree of some sort. Who can afford college? I have a phobia of debt. I dug myself a whole when I was 18 and it took me almost 4 years to re cooperate. Not going there again. I just can't fathom paying over 100,000 for someone to tell me how the color wheel works and why Picaso cut his ear. Get what I'm dishing. I was born with a special talent of design. I always had it and i always will. 

So you ask ' well Tara, most graphic design jobs require degrees as well'. Your right. BUT, yes there is a big but. An online portfolio can speak for itself. Once I have a year experience under my belt with these programs and I feel comfortable navigating my way around, I will start to build my online portfolio and start hitting the job market. How can an employer turn someone down with a portfolio to die for? Degree or not. 

One more things I would like to discuss before I end my evening. This blog had three major focuses; me, Etsy, and the environment. The last couple months has been so hectic and stressful that I decided to no longer restrain myself to just those topics. I know that the most successful blogs are the ones who have a focus. But I also think it's important to share and discuss things that are random as well. I want to keep my readers curious. What's she going to write about today sort of thing. I find myself wanting to write about so many things but I have restrained myself because I tried to maintain the theme of this blog. I can no longer do that. I must break free from the box and speak freely about what I please. I hope you all will take my decision with grace as I do and enjoy my blog just the same. The next month or so will be interesting. I feel better already. I have things bottled up inside of me that I just can't wait to share with you. 

But for now, please enjoy this second  vector image I created just a little bit ago. I think I'll name it tulip. Original huh? Just kidding. What do you think? I would love to hear your comments. I need all the critism I can get ♥ 


New Banner

I made my own banner! My very first one. All my other ones have been custom made for me. But this time, I wanted to make something of my own. I figured out how to make one in Power Point of all places. Because I don't have the uber expensive Photoshop, I was a little leery on what Power Point could actually do. But, it turned out great. 

Hope you like. Oh, and you know I had to sneak in that little recycle symbol too :)
Now if I can just figure out how to upload it to my blog. Anyone wanna tell me how?

To see a better image of my new banner, visit my shop