Friday, December 24, 2010

Magpies & More

It's funny...when I decided to sell my store I didn't think I'd ever want to do another craft again.  I bet you never thought you'd hear me say that!  But you know what?  In the past week I've become obsessed with the crafts I want to create!  I want to learn how to use my sewing machine again.  I want to make aprons.  I want to make banners.  I want to make one of a kind crafts.  Things I can possibly sell on Etsy.  Things I don't have to teach.  I want to create for the sake of being creative...not for the sake of selling a product or trying to move a particular line.  I'm a little more arty than my typical customer & I haven't allowed myself to be that way in a long, long time.

When I was deciding on a name for my new blogging adventures one of the many (and I mean many) names I came up with was Magpie.  One of my dogs are named Maggie & I call her Magpie (among other things), so I thought it was cute.  It was taken, of course, but I googled it & found that Magpies are actually very beautiful birds...who happen to like shiny things (do you see where I got the All Shiny & New name from?)

Yesterday I got this hair brained idea about selling my crafts on Etsy & thought I'd have my mom design a logo for me...just in case.  So sometime after Christmas...likely after the store is sold & gone...I'll have a logo that I can use on the blog & on Etsy.  Maybe I should start my Etsy store now with my new name...hmmmm...something to think about!

And this morning, it popped into my head that I would like to take some classes for graphic design.  I've actually be wanting to do it for years.  But I just couldn't commit to a full semester with the store.  But there are so many things I'd like to learn.  Graphic design.  Photoshop.  Digital photography.  Photo styling.  I'd like to know how to create digital files & designs that can be used on a Silhouette or Cricut.   I've always wanted to create invitations that were more, um, more.  Better.  More creative.  Unique.  And I'll need to know how to do that in a program other than Word.  I'm not sure we can afford for me to go back to school, but it's something I plan on exploring.  I'm not looking for a degree (I already have one of those).  I'm looking for an education in things I'm interested in.  And that does not include required course work such as math & history.  Bleh.

Did I tell you I signed up for a cooking class?  What is this world coming to?

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to all of your shiny & new projects, ideas and sightings!