Creative Envy


NEW YEAR, NEW DIGS.
Friday, January 1, 2010, 10:28 pm
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I’m moving! Or rather, I’ve moved! I’ve got new digs here: http://www.creativeenvyblog.com. I hope you’ll start following me over there as I close the doors on this site. Same old posts, just in shiny new clothes. See you on the flip side!



HAPPY 2010.
Thursday, December 31, 2009, 4:46 pm
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2009 has been a crazy year. Lots of ups and downs and all arounds for me. Things that at first felt horrible truly turned out for the best and I am better off in the long run. I’m looking forward to the new year. Resolving to be healthier, happier, and as creative as possible.

Happy New Year, everyone! As always, thanks for reading.*

*Planning to launch something new in the next week. Stay tuned.



HAVE A HAPPY.
Saturday, December 26, 2009, 2:28 pm
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Hope you’re all enjoying this holiday weekend (and next). Beck and I have been maxing and relaxing after a month of preparations and craziness. To be honest, that’s the part I enjoy most. Now that it’s partway over, I’m somewhat bummed. But I’ll take this day of non-activity. It’s about 2:30 and I’m still in my pajamas. No complaints here.



THANKFUL.
Friday, November 27, 2009, 11:31 am
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I know I’m a day late but better now than never.

I am thankful for:

1. My ever supportive family.
2. Friends who get me.
3. The best dog that has ever lived.
4. My health.
5. Being able to follow my dream of self-employment thanks to unbelievable friends and colleagues who have referred business to me unprompted.
6. Being back home where I get to de-stress and sleep like a log because my Dad gets up and takes out said best dog that has ever lived for me each morning.
7. Throwing my healthy eating out the window for a long weekend in favor of rich, bad-for-me food.
8.Creativity because where would I be without it?
9. Readers like you who continue to check out my blog and inspire me to continue down the path I’ve chosen.
10. Elastic waistbands (see #7).



CRATE & BARREL VS. ETSY.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 9:11 pm
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I just received the Crate & Barrel 2009 Gift Guide in the mail yesterday and fell in love with these ornaments.

But here’s the thing. I feel kinda guilty about it. I mean, don’t I lose some considerable street cred if I were to purchase these and people asked where I got them, anticipating that I’d naturally say “Etsy” or that “I made them” instead of sheepishly saying “Crate & Barrel”? Nothing against this big, lovely store (my couch is from there), but when something looks handmade, don’t you want it to come from an individual who made it with love and care and sweat and tears?

I’m torn on this issue. While I truly appreciate how mainstream the craft movement has become (and hence, stores like C&B and CB2 are offering products in this aesthetic), it still bums me out. Because I feel like the big guys can mass produce these items for significantly less and make a killing on them in comparison to someone, say from Etsy, that has labored over their product and it is one of a kind (and, therefore, more expensive). Plus I prefer to support independent, self-employed artists but sometimes I just can’t afford it.

What do you think?



ON MY OWN.
Monday, September 28, 2009, 11:30 pm
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I’m sort of terrified to put this in writing for the whole worldwide web to read; however, I figure if I put it here then I’m obligated to make it happen (and I swear this has much more gravitas than my to do list). Okay, deep breath.

As I wrote before, I lost my job about a month ago. In the meantime, I have been compiling my portfolio and sort of half-heartedly looking for a new full-time position. I was going through the motions you’re supposed to go through but my game face wasn’t on. My heart was not in it. Most likely because deep down I knew that I truly did not want to work for the man (or woman as it may be) anymore. At least for now, what I truly want is to be my own boss. The master of my domain, if you will. So here I go, internet. I’m going after my longtime dream of being in business for myself.

“I say who! I say when! I say…..WHO!” (Name the movie.)

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Okay, probably a poor choice in movie reference but I couldn’t resist.

My new full-time job description: freelance designing, blogging, an Etsy shop, and any other creative gigs that pop up along the way. I’ve got a lot of groundwork to cover and I’ve been devouring online resources like these over the past several days. Any advice from the peanut gallery is welcome here. Drop me a comment or contact me using the link on the left to share your own self-employment stories (please, no nightmares at least at first) and I will be forever grateful.

There it is. I said it. It’s out there. I can do it, right? Right. Right?

(Photo by much ado about nothing on Flickr.)



ON TO NEXT.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 10:43 pm
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A lot has changed in the past seven days. Unfortunately, my company had to make some cuts and I was among the ones that were let go. It was a total shock at first, but within a matter of hours my mood did a total 180 and I was, well, excited. Yeah, yeah…the broken record: everything happens for a reason…blah blah blah. But it’s true. I’m truly ready for my next adventure, whatever it may be.

I learned so many valuable lessons over the past (almost) four years, both professionally and personally. I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. My job taught me about having visual standards and I developed my own aesthetic from being exposed to amazing work everyday. I met lifelong friends and mentors. My coworkers are what I will miss the most and, if I’m being honest, what kept me there for so long.

This week has been dedicated to getting my resumé and portfolio in order and, I have to say, it is a BEAST of an undertaking. But I’m taking my time because I want it to communicate who I am; not just what I can do.

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So now I start a new chapter. I’m not sure what it will be, but I’m so psyched to find out. I’ve heard similar stories before about people being laid off from their job and then finding their life’s work. I hope mine plays out in a similar manner. I’ll keep you all posted on where I land. Thanks for being my outlet.