Brian is annoyed and amused by the way I hop from one thing to another. He says about every 3-4 months I change my mind and pick up a different business. (For the record, jewelry has been my only real 'business'. The custom candy wrappers, photo shop ads, graphics work, photo editing and invitations & birth announcements are all hobby things that might or might not make a little cash. And yes, I frequently do put down the jewelry when I get tired of it.) Why? The answer is easy. I hate customer service. I am artistic enough to put out what I would consider to be a great product, whether it's jewelry or graphics, and I can't stand people trying to "improve" upon it by asking for a thousand changes when I feel like everything is the best to begin with. I personally am cheap but professionally I opt for the best of everything. (For instance, do you know that I use higher quality stringing wire and crimps on my $7 baby jewelry than NORDSTROM'S does on their $200+ fashion jewelry?? I was a jewelry rep for a line sold through them and yeah, it shocked me too.)
I know it's common to get burned out and I'm really greatful that I can quit my hobby work and focus on other things. Right now I am gearing up to do holiday cards and birth announcements. This time Brian wants to help, mostly because he heard of a 17 year-old high school girl who is a millionaire from selling MySpace templates. I guess he has high hopes for my unbridled ambition!!
Here are some of the announcements I have put together. (Don't worry Bri, they're in 72 dpi here so no one is going to get anything but a super fuzzy, grainy print if they copy it off here.) The names & stuff are fake, they're just to illustrate the fonts available. Pictures, when I get them, will go in the frames at the top.
Leave me comments and tell me what other colors you think people would like for announcements.