Saturday, December 27, 2008

Some recent logo designs...

I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but designing logos is just about my favorite thing to do.  I love the process.  I love the finished product.  I love the happy customers.

Here's a logo I designed for TeeniTrini.  You have to stop by her shop if you have children--I'm THRILLED about her PVC bibs & can't wait to get my hands on them!

 
I also designed this logo for Paisley Greetings who has a lovely card shop.   I'm currently designing & building her website, too: http://www.paisleygreetings.com.
 
Another logo I designed recently was for Maggie Grae, whose website is currently under construction.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not feeling like working today...



My poor little cat is very sick. We moved about a month ago and she started acting strange. We thought she was just transitioning, but then she stopped eating & we noticed a lump on her chin. She's had tooth trouble in the past so we just thought it was that again.

Took her to the vet last night & they called this morning to say it's pretty bad. She has a tumor-- They h aven't run tests yet, but our vet said that her guess is that it's malignant. It's so large that they'd actually have to take part of her jaw off to get rid of it & they just don't do that with cats... so our only options are to give her some medicine & special food and see how she does or put her down.

I'm such a mess. Muffs is absolutely 100% part of our little family & I just don't know what I'd do without her. She's been such a ray of sunshine in my life & is my little helper.

I guess what it comes down
to is that I don't want to be selfish in keeping her alive just because I want her around. She must be in so much pain. But I also don't want to call the shots & take her life prematurely...

Have an y of you been through this? How did you know what to do?

Love,
A very heartbroken Bitsy


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

By Popular Demand: Grammar & Spelling Lesson #2

Well, I had a few people comment here on my blog and many people comment outside my blog... and the overwhelming result is that YES! I should blog about common misspellings and misuses of words.

Today, I bring you the misuse of the simplest of words in our language: "I".  The biggest mistake I see is when people are speaking about themselves in photographs.  You're wandering around facebook or other social media sites and you see a photo labeled,

"Mark and I"

It's wrong!
What should it be?

"Mark and me"

Somewhere along the line, people got it into their heads that it is incorrect to refer to yourself as "me".  It just isn't the case.  Sometimes "me" is correct!

Think about it this way.  Take "Mark" out completely.  Would you say, "This is a photo of I"?  No!  You would say, "This is a photo of me."  Therefore, you should say, "This is a photo of Mark & me."

While I'm on the subject of "I" usage, I want to mention the OVERuse of the word "myself."  Think before you use this word.  There are, in actuality, very few times you'll use this word.  If you can use the word "I", use it!  I bet you've heard this:

"Who will be joining us?"

"Jamie, Tom, and myself."

The correct thing you should say is, "Jamie, Tom, and I will be joining you."

If you can use "I", use it.

You may be asking what this has to do with your small business.  Simply stated: you're everywhere!  When I make a purchase on Etsy, I usually connect a little with the artist.  Find her blog, follow him on Facebook, etc.  You represent your small business everywhere you are, so why not represent well?

Holy cow, it's the 10th already!

No really... just 15 more days until Christmas! Can you believe it? I can't. I haven't even made up my mind if we'll be sending out Christmas cards this year. *Yikes*

Well, if your life is more organized than mine this time of year, you've probably already sent your holiday cards out. BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T, hehe, make sure to stop by BitsysGreetings.etsy.com or BitsyCreations.com to purchase some holiday photo cards. You can purchase the design only to have them printed wherever OR you can have me print them. Your choice!

Just a friendly reminder... ;)



Friday, December 5, 2008

Oh Google Alerts, How I Love Thee

I am officially in love with Google Alerts. No kidding! We might get married. (Shhh! Don't tell my fabulous hubby!)

If you don't know about Google Alerts, go check it out! Basically, you type in a word of phrase you'd like to monitor & you receive e-mails with "
updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic."

Fantastic!

So why, do you ask, am I officially in love now? Because I found a great, great, GREAT new blog! I've always enjoyed getting e-mails when someone's blogged about me, but tonight I received an e-mail saying my "Words of Christmas" greeting card had been featured here on a blog by Emily Kate. Go check it out. Ultra cute blog.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

La La La Giveaways!!

What's better around the holidays than giveaways?! Seriously! Everyone loves getting a little something just for being fabulous. :)

Go check out Susan's Greetings and see what you can do to be entered in her giveaway for the cutest little robot hello card!

(Or maybe don't... because I'm selfish and I want that card! My daughter would probably think I was the coolest mom ever. She's on a robot kick.)

Free Shipping through IndieSmiles

Have you heard about IndieSmiles.com? Not long ago, I was introduced to this fantastic site when the fabulous Sue & El (owners & operators) asked me to design some graphics for their Winter Wonderland Free Shipping event!

IndieSmiles makes it easy to find online Indie shops you may not know about... and the best part is, you'll get a discount! This month, for example, will be free shipping. For a list of shops involved in this event, you can go to the coupon directory.

Of course, I'll be part of this free shipping event, too! So if you've been waiting to get some great gifts for your family & friends, take a look at Bitsy's Greetings and enjoy free shipping from December 1 - 15! I'm also offering free shipping through Bitsy Creations on Etsy if you need items for your own shop or small business.

Make sure to bookmark IndieSmiles.com and check back regularly! What a fun & convenient spot to find more indie shops! Hooray!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Sale Time!

Happy Thanksgiving!!  I love this time of year.  I adore the Christmas season so much, so sometimes it's easy for me to overlook Thanksgiving because I'm just so excited to put up the tree & stockings and do some holiday baking!!

But I have so much to be thankful for in my life.  We're going through a rough patch right now.  My husband graduated from school this past summer and has been looking for a job for months now with no luck.  I think sometimes it takes this type of situation to really make you think about what you DO have and how blessed you are.

For me, I'm so grateful for my husband.  He's the best in so many ways!  He's absolutely the most perfect guy for me.  I'm thankful for my two sweet babies!  They're both beautiful and healthy & bring me immense joy in my life.  I'm also thankful for a few silly things, too!  Like gummi bears, chocolate chip cookies, movies, paper!!  They may sound silly, but they bring joy into my life, too!

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving and are able to ponder on what you have in your life.  Take a moment from all that yummy food and think about the little things you've been given.



And then when it's all over, come take a look at my shop!  Ha!  How's that for a transition?! :)  But really, I'm having a big sale this weekend!!

This Friday through Monday (November 28 - December 1), I'm having a buy one get one 50% off sale!  This is for actual items only--NOT for graphic design.  Stock up on great gifts and greetings for the holidays!  Come take a look at both of my Etsy shops for great holiday gifts & items for your own business!

Holiday photo cards and personalized greeting cards for you to send out,

Recycled stationery sets wrapped beautifully for a lovely gift for the eco-conscious friend,

Greeting card gift sets that can be personalized to make a perfect gift for the hard-to-please recipient,

Sweet monkey & lion tees and bodysuits for the little ones in your life,

And so much more!

Remember my fabric labels, supplies, and custom stickers & tags are included in this sale!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Grammar & Spelling For Small Business Owners

Well, I've been toying with this idea for awhile; I think I need to start a weekly or monthly post designated to giving grammar and spelling lessons to small business owners.  What do you think?

I've been holding back a little because I don't want to step on any toes or give off the impression I think I'm better than other people... but this seems to be a real problem!  I see mistakes time and time again in very important places!

For example, if you create and sell your own stationery, please, please, please make sure you spell it with an 'e'!  StationEry is correct.  It's what you write on and send in the mail.  StationAry means an object that doesn't move.

Some people may not notice these mistakes, but many will!  I guarantee it!  For example, a fabulous repeat client of mine recently had me design some postcards for her.  She mentioned where she'd have them printed so I could make sure the specs were correct.  The site looked wonderful!  It was professionally built and offered something a lot of my clients look for: printing on recycled paper!  I thought to myself, "Wow!  This is great.  I'm going to refer a lot of people here, I'm sure."

But do you know what?  As soon as I started looking a little deeper at the site, I could not believe how many mistakes there were including my favorite: stationAry.

Any thoughts?  Is this something you need help with?  Would you read it if I posted?  Would you take my advice and not get offended? :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Make Your Holidays Handmade with Etsy.com!


This year while you're scrambling to find the perfect gift, make sure to check out these beautiful shops on Etsy!

(And if your shop is on this card, just click on the images below for full size, click & save & print out on your own! They're 5x7 inches.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Successful Move

As you probably know, we moved this week!  It was a successful move & we're all safely here back home in Maryland.  The kids and cat are already thrilled to be here.  ;)

Unpacking is taking longer than usual, however, so it may be Thursday before I get my office area back up & running.

Thanks for your patience!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Stocking Stuffers, A Treasury

One of my scrap packs was featured in a lovely treasury on Etsy today! :)
The lovely Alphabulous chose some really great items!  The task of finding fun & enjoyable items for stockings has always been one I haven't enjoyed, so I was thrilled with the selection!
Go take a look! :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Moving

My Etsy shops may look a little different lately.  I've emptied out (well, kind of) while I get ready to move!!

The short story is this...

My husband and I have lived in North Carolina for the past four years while he went to school.  He's finished now and so we'll be moving back home to Maryland around the first of November.  We're absolultely thrilled to be going back home!

Anyway, while I've been packing, I've listed some of my supplies on BitsyCreations.etsy.com.  They're terribly on sale!  Be sure to check them out.  And if you're dying to have me design a logo, business card, banner, etc. for you, just let me know!  I have a waiting list going. ;) 

I'll be up and running again--hopefully--by November 5th.

Friday, October 17, 2008

By Popular Demand...

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago I put together a little holiday promotion postcard. I love to spread the word about Etsy and thought the holidays would be the perfect time!
I offered to put a photo of your products on the postcard, print them, & send them out with my orders.
I also made it available for download so you could get them printed or print them yourself!

Well, the response has been incredible! I have had numerous inquiries about how to get on this postcard! The idea has been loved! So I'm doing it again!

Unfortunately, I can't print many of these as I did get a bunch of the last batch printed & am still handing them out, but I'll absolutely make it available for you to print. Plus others will see it here on my blog when they stop by.

So if you'd like to be included, just give me a shout & let me know which item from your shop you'd like on the card. I have space for
7
shops (and this is FREE!). Here's what the card looks like. (It's a 5x7 inch front & back.)

Or maybe you want a postcard all to yourself? I'm now offering to customize this one-sided postcard with six of your own product photos! For $15, I'll put in your photos, change the etsy web address, and send you the high resolution file ready to have printed (or print yourself)! Just e-mail me the photos or tell me which ones from your shop to use & I'll pull them from the web myself. You can purchase by checking out below. (Simply choose Paypal or Google Checkout with the buttons below. (I also RME, but of course, couldn't figure out their buttons. Bah!)  This is also available in my Etsy shop, BitsyCreations.etsy.com.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Understanding Graphic Design

For any small business owner, pricing is of great importance!  I've had quite a few potential clients e-mail me to discuss pricing.  So I thought I'd take a few moments to explain just what goes in to designing a logo and why design work is priced the way it is!

Logo design is a process.  You may be looking at some logos out there that are quite simple and think it takes the designer 5 minutes to complete.  Take a minute.  Think about the logos out there that stand out the most.  A very simple apple.  A giant yellow 'M'.  I "heart" NY.  Simple, simple, right?  And it's true--if I were to copy one it WOULD take a matter of minutes.

But that's not what logo design is!  Let's look at the process.  (I know many designers who would do this differently, but this is how I do it.)

#1--A discussion with the client.  This is generally just a get-to-know-you session so I can understand a bit more about my client and his or her company.  What does she sell?  Who is his target audience?  Does she have ideas for her logo?  What inspires him?

#2--Brainstorming.  This often includes some pretty extensive research about what my client actually does.  This is a lot easier when my client has given me as much information in our discussion as possible.  But often clients don't know exactly what they want so the designer does a lot of brainstorming.  Personally, I LOVE this part because I can think, think, think & plan in my head.

#3--Sketching.  Now that I have ideas in my head, it's time to sketch them out and see if they'll actually work.  Truth be told, I don't always do this.  I'm absolutely in love with my brain (well, not absolutely) because I have the sketch right up there!  I do tend to "sketch" on the computer, though, instead of free-hand on paper.

#4--Actual design work.  Pretty self-explanatory.  I just sit down and create the actual design and then send to you for review!

#5--Edits.  Depending on how much you are in love with the initial design, this could take moments or months!  No joke.  I've had clients where we've worked for months.  Now, I'm not working on the design every day during that month, but this is more thought on the part of the client now.  Color changes, font changes, placement, adding more detail, etc.

#6--Final Files.  At this point, I take the time to save the file in a variety of formats so my client can use them wherever and whenever she needs--web and print use in a variety of formats.  I also have started putting together information files that include the colors and fonts I used in the design.  This all takes time.

#7--Other designs.  Most of my clients don't order *just* the logo.  You need more for your business, don't you?  Web header or banner, business card, stationery/letterhead, web ads, product tags, etc.  Of course I charge more for these items.  Each one takes time and more effort.  Logos are generally very simple.  That's how they should be--eye-catching, easy to remember, etc.  So when designing the other items such as a business card or web header, I need to bring in more detailed design work for backgrounds and such.

If I've designed for you, you know I practically bend over backward to help ensure you're 100% happy with the end result.  I offer help wherever I can.  I keep all my files so if your e-mail address or phone number changes, I can edit that quickly.  Some designers charge for this, others include it in the initial design cost.  Again, time and effort.

If the process wasn't enough, you do need to understand that when you have a logo designed for you, you have the rights to the design when you're through.  You can use the logo OVER and over and over.  This may be obvious, but that is why a logo costs more than a web banner/header design.  This is also why designers are careful to mention that if they design a web banner for you, you are only allowed to use it as a web banner.

I hope this helps understand design work a bit better.  I adore what I do.  I love getting to know new people and I thoroughly enjoy creating an image for their companies.  It's such an exciting process.  I'm a little saddened, though, when clients expect me to create, create, create and edit, edit, edit without taking the time to understand what is involved on my part.  I'm sorry if any of this sounds a bit defensive.  I read a little blurb earlier today where someone had very openly and clearly announced that she thought design work was an easy and simple project worth only pennies.  I'm thrilled that this isn't the normal reaction.  Many out there know that you pay for what you get & as an artist, I appreciate that greatly!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Birthdays

Well, my birthday is in about a month.  I won't tell you which one... it's a big one--Ha!

Anyway, I don't know what I want.  I've always loved birthdays but haven't had the best luck in actually having a good birthday!!

I'd love for this birthday to be enjoyable.  I'm definitely a "it doesn't matter what I get" kinda gal, but I think my hubby is getting sick of trying to figure out what I'd like.

Our conversations go a little something like this:
"What do you want for your birthday?"

"I don't know."

"How about a ......?"

"No."

"How about.... ?"

"Mmm... no..."

"So what do you want?"

"I don't know."


So what do you think?  What do I want for my birthday?
Ha!  Just kidding.
I do want to know what you've purchased lately that you love, though.  Etsy or anywhere else.
Share!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Meet Buster

Meet Buster the Dog! He is a sweet little guy I designed for the lovely lady at ChearieFaerie. I've wanted to make paper dolls from my designs for quite some time, so when I saw an alchemy request on Etsy for this project, I litterally jumped at the chance!
The best part about Buster is that he's a MAGNET doll! He comes complete with food & water, treats, collars, a dog bed, a leash, and--my personal favorite--a froggy Halloween costume! Hooray!
Buster is available for purchase in ChearieFearie's shop for $10: http://cheariefearie.etsy.com. Make sure to take a look around while you're there--she has some really great products including other magnet dolls featuring artwork from other Etsy artists.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

 Okay, so generally speaking, my customers don't know much about me--I thought this might be fun!! :)

Thanks to LoveOneWorldZero, I bring you the 2008 Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends... (P.S.--Are you kidding me?  We had quite a few of the same answers.)

Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your Friends. Copy and past this in a new blog post, then change all the answers so they apply to you! Leave a comment for me if you do this!

The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!


1. What time did you get up this morning?  Yikes... 2:30 to feed the baby, then 5 with the toddler...
2. Diamonds or pearls? Depends on the occasion! :)  I love pearls, but Hubby picked out THE most beautiful diamond engagement ring.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Oh gees... we never get out.  We saw Get Smart in the theater though!
4. What is your favorite TV show? I don't know that I really have one.  I watch the news frequently & then I enjoy everything else comes in waves--I'm on a Frasier rerun kick right now. 
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? A piece of fruit and if I'm really lucky, cereal.
6. What is your middle name? Anne
7. What food do you dislike? Anything with a weird texture... i.e. rhubarb
8. What is your favorite CD at moment? At the moment?  Mmm... I've been re-loving Ben Fold's Rockin the Suburbs
9. What kind of car do you drive? Pontiac or VW
10. Favorite sandwich? Practically anything.  Some might call me a sandwich Aficianado!  Ha!
11. What characteristic do you despise? Snobbish behavior.
12. Favorite item of clothing? I'm desperately looking for my arm warmers.  WHERE ARE THEY?
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Europe
14. Favorite brand of clothing? I'm having issues with this... I'm young, but a mom.  What am I supposed to wear?  Blast!
15. Where would you retire to? No idea... I'm sure I'll want to be near the kids when they're grown.
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Memorable in a good way?  I tend to have bad birthdays.  I think everyone forgot my 16th... my boyfriend was an absolute jerk on my 18th... they've been pretty good since I've been married, though. ;)
17. Favorite sport to watch? hockey!  It's been awhile, though.
18. Farthermost place you are sending this?   ??
19. Person you expect to send it back first?  ??
20. When is your birthday? November 14th
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning
22. What is your shoe size? 8.5
23. Pets? One of the sweetest little cats you will ever meet!
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?  I'm working on some great Christmas/Holiday photo cards!  They're fantastic in my oh-so-humble opinion!  Go take a peak: http://bitsycreations.com/Holiday.html
25. What did you want to be when you were little? It changed pretty frequently.  Teacher, vet, speech therapist...
26. How are you today? LOVING the windy day!  Hooray for open windows!
27. What is your favorite candy? Almond Joys
28. What is your favorite flower? Daisies or Dahlias
29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?  Probably Christmas.  I've always loved Christmas, but now that my daughter knows what's going on, SO so fun.
30. What are you listening to right now? The swing... Baby is sleeping!! :)
31. What was the last thing you ate? goldfish... crackers, I promise.
32. Do you wish on stars? Always--I don't remember when I saw a star last, though... City lights and going to bed early!
33. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Mac & Cheese (HA!  Seriously, what is it with these new color names?)
34. How is the weather right now? Cool and windy.
35. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? My friend Susie.
36. Favorite soft drink? Jones has this fantastic--FANTASTIC, I tell you--berry lemonade.  Cane Sugar. :) Yum.
37. Favorite restaurant? Mmm... I don't really have one.  I just like food.
38. Real hair color? brown
39. What was your favorite toy as a child? Chubbles (he's a stuffed ewok that has glowy eyes and makes this sweet little noise when you turn the lights off.)
40. Summer or winter? Fall!  Hands down.  Fall.
41. Hugs or kisses? It absolutely depends who you are.  I'm so not a touchy person.  I don't like hugs unless we're ridiculously good friends. 
42. Chocolate or Vanilla? vanilla to smell, chocolate to eat
43. Coffee or tea? neither.
44. Do you want your friends to email you back? I love when people respond.
45. When was the last time you cried?  Mmm... probably about 3 months ago.
46. What is under your bed? Nothing.  Our bed is on the floor.  Seriously--we had to lower the bed when I was pregnant because my back hurt so badly.
47. What did you do last night? Watched Heroes online & then I fell asleep while Hubby watched Mythbusters.
48. What are you afraid of? Heights, loss, new things.  I'm a really comfortable person.  I like things how I like them.
49. Salty or sweet? Sweets!
50. How many keys on your key ring? Three I think.  House, car, car.
51. How many years at your current job? Mom for almost 4, self-employed for 3ish.
52. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
53. How many towns have you lived in? Three
54. Do you make friends easily? In real life?  Not really.  It takes me awhile to warm up to people.  I make acquaintances very easily, though!!  I'm also GREAT at making friends online!  :)  And that is why I have an online business!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Some Advertising Help

All right, I need some advertising help!  I admit it: I'm really great at putting other people's ideas together, but when it comes to designing something for my business, I'm a little lost. 
Most of my time goes into creating for OTHER people, so when it comes time to create for myself, I run into issues frequently!!!
I've been putting together a promotional postcard and I'm just not sure if it's getting my point across.

Clearly I'm going for simple & to the point, but what do you think?
I'd love some input just in general, but specifically--I'm wondering is three examples enough?  Does this get my point across that they're customizable for any holiday?  (Oh, and if this is perfect as is, which do you prefer?)

Help!
And thanks!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Lovely Find

Occasionally I run across a website or Etsy shop that just touches me.  If you know me personally, you know I'm hard to impress.  Seriously... I suppose it's the perfectionist in me--I expect everyone to be a perfectionist, too!  I have high expectations!

So if I share something, you can bet it's wonderful!
That being said, take a look at this wonderful business, TLC Inspirations:
http://www.tlcinspirations.com/Welcome.html

At first glance, it may look like your typical greeting card company, but please read the About Us page!  You'll fall in love instantly--I promise!  The company features greeting card designs from THREE generations of their family.  How fabulous is that?  The greeting cards actually feature artwork from two very talented little girls, ages 9 & 12.  And they're beautiful!!  Did your jaw just drop?  I know mine did.

As an added bonus, they use recycled materials wherever possible.

Go take a look and enjoy a very organized website, a huge selection, and most importantly, incredibly original greeting cards.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Handmade Holidays--*UPDATED*

I know you're probably thinking I'm on this crazy holiday kick... well, it's true! I think I mentioned before that I've missed my opportunity in the past, so I'm planning extra early this year!

I thought it would be wonderful to create a little promotional postcard with a few different Etsy sellers' items. I'm still working out the kinks to see how large the photos need to be so I can see how many would fit on the front of a postcard, but here's how I'm envisioning it:

If you'd like to add a photo of one of your holiday items, just let me know! Right now, I'm thinking I'll just have these printed myself and add them in with my orders from now until December, but of course, if you'd like to have some printed, I'll give you the file. Or I could just get more printed & pass some along to you & we'll work out some pricing.
I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible, so just a general holiday theme right now with a photo and an url below. Blank back, but if there are some great ideas out there, please share!! I'm happy to do a Christmas only one, etc.
_____________________________________
UPDATE:
Thank you for the great response! If you made a comment, I added an item from your shop to the postcard! (Except for "Frannie"--I couldn't figure out who you are! If you see this, please let me know your Etsy shop url and I'll add you!)

WOW! It looks so beautiful and full! :) If you didn't specify an item, I just grabbed something lovely from your shop, so PLEASE let me know if you'd like me to switch it out for something different. I'm happy to! So take a look:
Now, here are a few specifics. It's a 5x7" front & back postcard. It's all set and ready to have printed. I plan on having them printed at overnightprints.com because I love, love, love their quality for postcards. If you'd like some, just let me know how many and I'll let you know the price. Or, if you'd like to get them printed yourself, just open these files full size and save them to your own computer. (Or, of course, I can e-mail the files to you directly.)

I'm so excited about this! Thank you for all who participated! :) If you need to contact me, feel free! joan@bitsycreations.com

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Newsletter

I'm finally going to get back to sending out my newsletter!  You may know I had a baby recently, so I haven't sent a newsletter out for quite a few months... six or seven, I believe!
If you haven't signed up yet, please just let me know if you'd like to be included!  You can e-mail me at joan@bitsycreations.com to let me know...
Or hey!  Use this handy-dandy sign up widget to the left. :)

You'll find out a bit more about what I'm up to & get some great discounts for reading my ramblings.
Thanks!!

(And, of course, your information will be kept private.)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Holiday Preview

I've wanted to do holiday photo cards for years now. Something has always gotten in the way, though--not starting early enough, other projects, lack of photos to use in the examples, etc. I told myself I would absolutely do them this year, though! Since I've been thinking on them for so long, I must have about 8 million ideas stored up in my head...

So I thought it would be fun to have a little preview! There are many more to come!
Thank you to all the dear friends and clients who are allowing me to use their family photos! I'm still looking for some family photos, so if you have some you'd allow me to use in my examples, I'd love it if you'd pass them my way! Thank you!

I'll be adding these to my website and to my Bitsy's Greetings shop on Etsy, so check there soon or, if you already see one you love, just send me an e-mail and let me know!

Friday, September 5, 2008

When your hobby turns into a business...

A lot of the people I come in contact with in the crafting world have taken a hobby and turned it into a business.  I did this, too.  Running a full time business and being a mom to two young children, there is little time to think about "what I do in my free time".  I have let a lot of my other interests and hobbies take a back seat while I raise my children and while I have built up Bitsy Creations.

Today I played the piano.

I took lessons for 10 years.  There were times in my life I'd play for more than three hours a day.  I adored being able to sit and just play.  I think I'd like to get that talent back.

Could someone loan me a few extra hours each week?
Please?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Little Sad

Yesterday, I had someone contact me by e-mail. It seems he thinks I have infringed on his copyright of a particular design. He asked (demanded, "threatened nicely" in my opinion) that I remove this design from my Etsy shop and my website.

It makes me a little sad because I have never met this person in real life. It made me realize that I have only ever met one of my clients/customers in real life. People who know me in real life, know immediately that I am an honest, concientious, sincere, and kind person. I know that sounds like I'm really full of myself, but these are qualities I feel I have been blessed with that make me who I am.

The lovely thing is that many of my clients see this immediately upon working with me. As I've mentioned before, I have the absolute joy of making new friends as we work together to design logos for their businesses.

The thing that made this situation hard for me was that this person doesn't know me. They just see what's "on paper"... and were very quick to point the finger. But what else do you do? As an artist myself, I understand that it would be hard to see work out there that looked like your own. In fact, this HAS happened to me & I ended up giving the other person the benefit of the doubt. Call me too trusting, but that's the decision I made. In truth, I'd hoped I'd receive the same courtesy as some sort of karma effect.

I am a little sad. I'm a little apprehensive, too. Obviously, I'm a little angry, too. I can't imagine being asked to cease selling my own artwork because it is similar. I'm certainly not implying this, but I worry that this person thinks he can intimidate me because he's a "bigger name" than me and has been around longer. Let me assure you I have worked very hard to get where I am. That, of course, is another story for another day. One of my favorite parts about owning my own business is that I am the one that calls the shots. Control freak? Ha! Maybe.

I am taking the appropriate measures which I won't bore you with, but I would appreciate you crossing your fingers for me that this turns out well.

Friday, August 1, 2008

A New Dress



Recently, I had the absolute joy to work on a logo design for Katherine's Kloset. Lisa was so wonderful to work with! I instantly fell in love with her sense of style and her amazing talent! We couldn't resist her fabulous knot dresses and crayon roll ups! My daughter made out like a bandit! :) Here she is modeling her beautiful new dress. All day at church on Sunday, she'd say, "Look at my PRETTY new dress!" and she'd ask me who sent her her beautiful new presents. It's such a lovely thing to make new friends through my work!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Recycled Stationery



Not too long ago, I ran across quite a few people looking for recycled stationery. They said it was nearly impossible to find! After many years of making greeting cards, I decided to have a go at stationery. It turned out wonderfully!

I currently have four designs, but plan on adding more. They currently come in sets of 15 sheets of paper with 10 envelopes. Of course, as always, I'm happy to change the quantity.

The paper and envelopes are 100% de-inked post consumer recycled materials. Post consumer waste makes the most environmentally friendly products because it is simply garbage that would normally be thrown out--magazines, newspapers, etc.

You can see my other designs at Bitsy's Greetings on Etsy or on my website.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Not much news...

Sorry for the lack of updates lately! We've had a lot going on in the BitsyCreations household! ;) My husband just graduated from college! Hooray!! I am SO proud of him! He managed to complete his degree while holding a part time job AND being a husband and father!!
The poor guy has been applying for jobs left & right. It's a really rough time to be looking for a job, isn't it? If anyone knows of any biotechnology jobs out there, let us know!
So we're kind of in limbo since we don't know where we'll be by Summer's end. Until then, a lot of my time & efforts have been going to help him with the job hunt.
Be back soon with some great new projects. *Hopefully!*

Monday, July 7, 2008

Redoing My Website

Well, I'm re-doing my website.... again. Please come take a look & let me know what you think! I'd love your input & feedback. It's still under construction, but I hope to keep the layout the same. My #1 goal is to keep it organized and easy to navigate, so please let me know if you don't think it's either!! :)
Thanks!!
http://www.BitsyCreations.com

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Some Recent Logos

Most of my time lately has been designing logos for other small businesses. I specialize in "character logos" where, as you'll notice from the examples below, there is more illustration involved than some mainstream logos out there.

I think my favorite part of designing is getting to know the people I'm designing for. I love all my customers, but I adore meeting other work-at-home-moms!

Etsy user Gavifish plans on opening a shop soon! I was able to design this logo for her--it's one of my personal favorites!


Etsy user fleegirlcreations recently opened a new shop, The Crafty Closet & I had the privilege of designing a banner for her.

I'm also currently working with the fabulous owner of Katherine's Kloset. You can see her fresh logo below.


Something fun I've done for a few shops now is take a current item in their shop or a sketch they've made and turn it into a logo! I took a sketch from My Kangaroo and turned it into her logo, banner, business card, and stickers for her shop:
I am currently working with Mrs. Dragon on a new logo package. I was able to take one of her adorable dragonlings and sketch it digitally. We'll be working it into her new logo.

If you're interested in having a logo designed by me, BitsyCreations, please visit my website or my Etsy shop. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

We Love Etsy!

I’m sure most of you know I sell on Etsy.com. If you haven’t visited the site yet, please do! You will be overwhelmed by the talent & creativity. I know I am on a daily basis!

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with quite a few other “Etsians” in my almost 2 years there. When they found out I was expecting, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a few gifts, not only for C, but for big sister J as well! Joshua & I were so touched! I know I adore meeting new people and we really do bond as I work to create a logo for their business, so it was lovely to know many felt the same way!

I wanted to share some of the great finds on Etsy! Some of these were gifts & others were purchases (or trades) we made for the kids. Enjoy!
The sweet duck bodysuit C is sporting in the above photo was a generous gift from Lovebug Designs by Emily. Thank you!! Doesn’t he look dashing?! :)

The burp cloth behind him was a gift from our sweet friend Kelly who recently opened Lil’ Boo Works on Etsy.
The skirt Janiah is wearing was a fantastic find! Handmade by Bananabug Babies, we also picked up a few of her fantastic pacifier clips.

Other great finds in the past few months have been:

*this hand-painted, absolutely gorgeous giraffe tee for C by Courtly who was sweet enough to make one in his size,

*hand-sewn whale tee from BrittainRoad, and

*adorable handmade shoes for C from BabyThingsByJessica.

A very special thank you to Emily (maker of the duck onesie above), AllAboutTheButtons (who sent J the sweetest button barrette–one of my very favorite shops because honestly, who knew there was someone out there who loves buttons as much as I do?!), Betsy & Meg, a great mother & daughter I’ve had the pleasure of working with who sent a sweet personalized outfit & hat from Doodlebug (Meg’s company) for C, BibBon who sent bibs and the most amazing little idea ever: nursing reminders!

I’ve never been so touched; I felt SO loved by the generosity of countless people who have never even met my sweet family in person. Thank you, thank you!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Baby Bodysuits & Toddler Tees




Awhile back, I was honest with myself and realized I don't have the time, money, or space to learn to screen print no matter how much I want to! So I took some of my designs and had Supastarr on Etsy do the work for me.
I am so incredibly pleased with the end result! You can purchase the baby bodysuits and toddler tees in my Bitsy's Greetings shop on Etsy.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Back after Baby!


Here I am! Back after welcoming our sweet son into the world. He's now 1 month old and I'm enjoying getting work accomplished when I have the chance. Thanks to my very sweet husband who watches the kids in the evenings so I can do what I love!

I'm adding more to both shops, so make sure you take a look! Here's my new favorite--cupcake invitations! Perfect for a special little birthday girl!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12276861

Monday, April 7, 2008

Sakura Spring Treasury


Thank you, Frames of Mind, for including my coasters in your lovely treasury! I've always had a special place in my heart for the Washington, D.C. cherry blossoms since I grew up in Maryland. They are just so breathtakingly gorgeous!! Yes, we have plenty of blossoms here in the south, but it simply isn't the same when it isn't "home". :)

You can see the treasury here by clicking on the photo to the left.

You can see the coasters in my Bitsy's Greetings shop on Etsy.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Mother's Day!

We have just over a month until Mother's Day! (May 11th) I've added a few fun items for you to see. Most of my cards have already sold, but I'm always happy to do custom orders if you'd like.
My favorite, however, is still available at http://BitsysGreetings.etsy.com. It's an elegant, yet simple greeting card that says, "Mothers are like buttons; they hold everything together." inside. Perfect for any mom! (Just click on the photo below to be taken directly to the listing in my Etsy shop.)
I've also added a new product that would make an absolutely perfect gift for Grandmas on Mother's Day! They're personalized photo coasters! Four custom coasters can be purchased for $15. Simply purchase, e-mail me your photos, and I'll send you the gift-ready coasters! They're great functional keepsakes! (Just click on the photo below to be taken directly to the listing in my Etsy shop.)

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