Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How I Spent My One Day of Vacation

The good news is that I've finished drawing up the patterns for all 26 letters plus 3 alternate letters of the alphabet (I have two versions of W, X and Y). I'm working on getting a sample folded of each letter. Then I need to take pics of all of them and write them up.

Whew! This tutorial business is time-consuming.

I took a few days of vacation and ended up having the kids for three days of it. Today I had off and I rearranged my kitchen, cleaned up my new pantry shelves in the garage and went grocery shopping. The house is a complete wreck and my husband relaxed all evening while I was out with the 4-year old. He didn't clean up a thing. How can he get any rest with the house a disaster?

Tomorrow, I'm going out of town to the temple. Even though it will be six hours out of my day, it's been a few months since I've been able to go and I'm hoping for a spiritual rejuvenation. Here's wishing me luck!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

All in a Name

Has anyone ever had a problem with being called an artist? I went to BYU after graduating high school. I loved art, but I've always had a big problem with the word/title 'artist.' It really has a lot of mental baggage and stereotypes associated with it. You know, black-clad, beret-wearing, clove-smoking (well, not at the Y), Neitzche-quoting pretentious, artificial people. Yes, I know that that is not what artists really are, but that is the image stuck in my head.

And I cannot get rid of it no matter what! I changed my major five times (psychology, early childhood education, graphic design, psychology and then art) before allowing myself to choose art as a degree. The whole time I was gaining my education (from absolutely normal, wonderful, well-educated and fascinating teachers/professors) I I was never comfortable with the artist stereotype. I wasn't comfortable in my own skin. I can imagine. I can design. I can create. I can craft. I can make. I cannot call myself an artist.

In my last semester I was taking all the fun classes I could to meet my required credits for graduation. I took basketweaving, papermaking, bookbinding, and stained glass. Another young woman in the class had the same issue with the term artist. She suggested 'craftsperson.' I thought that sounded good. But it didn't really stick. I've never been comfortable with any name.

Today I saw a website where the photographer called the people he worked with "artists and creatives". Hmm... what an interesting moniker.

But, then again, I cannot really call myself anything. I'm Heather. I make stuff.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Dance

Well, I did it. I listed my tutorial in my etsy shop.

And it sold.

I am going to buy a bouquet of flowers for myself tomorrow night. Because that's what you do with your first sale.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Small Glitch

Last night I stayed up late to finish up the tutorial. It looks great! I'm so happy with how it turned out. Wow. I've been agonizing over this for more than a year, but I *did* complete it by Jan 31st (just one year late!).

When I tried converting the file to a .pdf last night, the conversion messed up the fonts so the pages were all off. I will work on that part today and hopefully will get it listed in the shop tonight.

I'm so relieved.