Friday, September 24, 2010

Designs for others

I enjoy very much doing things for other people. Whether it is quilting for Lutheran World Relief, knitting presents for friends, or even knitting for non-profits. Last weekend, the choir that I am in (Cora Voce) had a benefit concert. It was a great evening of entertainment, and I love that we over-sold the event. We had people packed into the church in Tacoma.

To help generate donations, a silent auction was held. It was a great success for all who donated or walked away with the donations. I ended up donating a few items, and yes, they were knitted. While they were nowhere near the top bidders, I feel like I helped make a difference when I donated them.

Here's to donating for good causes!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Taking time to update and finish what I started

Lately I have been starting more and more projects. It has gotten to the point that I have more projects on my hands than hands or time. I have been trying to clean up the "list" by doing those things that I have started and need finishing.

Some items have been on the "list" for years, including creating/revamping some student projects to fill out my portfolio. Some are time-sensitive, including knitting projects that will be donated next week. Some are much needed, like updating my website.

I have spent the last few days working on these items (yay!), as well as thinking up new ones (d'oh). It only took 8 hours of coding and photoshop, but I now have updated my website, adding 6 new projects and updating old projects. My hope is that this update will showcase my design skills as being well-rounded. I also added analytics, so it should be fun to see who's viewing my site.

I must continue to push my designer self to keep my designs coming regardless of my job. Here's to that success!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A little inspiration

Between watching Julie and Julia last night and my ever-changing work situation, I feel like I am in need of a bit of inspiration. While I don't find it hard to fill my time with projects (canning, knitting, quilting, reading, carding, applying, swimming, etc), I feel like my focus has dropped by the wayside.

What am I intending to do with my time? What really makes me happy?

Every once in a while it is good to stop and think about your own personal purpose. I think the thing that keeps me questioning my world is that the things I like to do most are not the things that pay the bills. While I love to do so many things, they tend to cost money instead of make it. I do really enjoy Graphic Design, so I need to find an inspiring way to succeed. It's time for me to step up and make things happen!