InSwimwear website, I'm sure I'll be posting even more ads and eblast designs. I'm entering in to the world of SEO and internet marketing here as well. I have to admit that I'm learning a lot as I go, but it seems to be working pretty well. I plan on using the skills added here to the other websites I manage. And I really do love designing ads. It's one of the highlights of my job. They're quick, easy, and loads of fun. Plus I get to flex my Photoshop muscles a bit. Like this one? Totally two different pictures, I got to clone some balloons and grass. Fun, right? You can hardly tell.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
To boost sales, InSwimwear is offering current customers a 50% discount for referring three friends to the site. So to get the word out, we're creating an eblast! I like that I can make things bright and happy, and that the logo has hot pink in it. Plus I get to make fun textures, so that's also a bonus. So get on over to InSwimwear and tell all your friends!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Unfortunately we didn't have time to clean before photos however. But I'm so happy with the green. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but the ceiling and closet color is a shade lighter than the walls. We used that same principle in the second bedroom.
Our next venture includes even more painting. Lots more painting. The kind that makes you scream in protest and vow to never paint another room again. But at least once we're done we can move on to the more fun projects (even though that's what I said about painting when we were removing carpet and lino, but hey, gotta keep your chin up!) And hopefully with more than twice the time we normally get to spend, everything will be tidy and clean and ready to take beautiful glamor shots to post instead of dirty floors and messy beds. But you can't win 'em all!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
It's true. I'm in a funk. A wedding funk. Right after we got engaged it was all fun-filled dreaming, breaking into the craft projects and carving out our style. But now I'm burnt out. I don't want to spend hours hand-screening invitation sets. My credit card numbers keep getting higher and higher with wedding purchases and so does my stress level. I would like to see that number go down a bit before I pile on even more. Most of the DIY projects I have planned need to wait until we get closer to the Big Day anyway. Some we can't even build until we get to Lake Jackson in August.
So, I suppose now would be a good time to just take a break. Concentrate on other things until I have a reason to think white and frilly again. My dresses should be arriving soon, an engagement session scheduled now that the weather's improving, and soon we'll be able to start booking our honeymoon reservations. I'm pretty excited about that. But for now, I'm just going to put it on the back burner. Enjoy the sunshine and go canoeing, make big plans for the house, do a little sewing. Plus I need to really focus on work. I've heard this happens to everyone, so I suppose it's nothing new. Maybe putting together a list will help. I don't know, anyone have some suggestions?
Friday, March 26, 2010
Working in a bridal shop certainly had its advantages. I got my dress at a wholesale price, for instance. Also, I get to see all the gorgeous hair pieces and accessories on display. However, those don't come at a discount. And with even the most simple starting at $30, I knew I'd never be able to afford $200 hair combs in my wedding budget (and yes, they really are priced that high! I honestly can't fathom it). So, I did what any self-respecting DIY bride would do. I went to Hobby Lobby.
Total cost for two hair combs, a strand of large cream pearls, a strand of smaller ivory pearls, a bag of crystals and some pretty white feathers (not added yet, but they'll be there for the wedding) was a whopping twelve dollars. Yes, twelve dollars! And oh, my gosh they were so simple! I thought it would end up being a flop, but really all you have to do is load up a simple wire with the beads and wrap it around the comb. They took maybe 20 minutes each. And now I have two stunning hair combs that are perfectly suited to my wedding and my personality. So I encourage everyone out there to not accept everything at face value (especially in the wedding world) and attempt to create it yourself. Sometimes the results are even more than you hoped for. Now if I could just decide on how I'll wear my hair on the big day...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I've been having a bit of a downer week. Mostly it happens when I'm feeling particularly strapped financially, and I must admit I'm a bit stressed with my traveling schedule. Most weeks I only get to spend 2 days in my apartment, and it really does wear me down. So, today I thought I'd cheer myself up with a list of my favorite things, the things that make me happy. Just to keep in mind how truly blessed I really am. Actually, there's so many I think this may be a weekly/monthy post!
Pie. Especially the homemade kind
The sweet, wacky Boy
My $125 craigslist piano
Purple couches. Silver bookcases. Dallas apartment.
My precious little Rory. She really sleeps like this (as in, on top of me)
Red meat. You're looking at 32 different cuts of steak. I always knew Texas is my true home.
Camping in the sunshine by a lake.
Giving badass presents. (because then I get them in return!)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Dallas Arboretum, it's absolutely wonderful. Luscious plants strewn everywhere, fragrance in the air. Pretty ponds and the placid lake make a fun place for photos.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
So there it is in its raw state. We've done quite a bit so far, but it seems like we've barely moved. Now I see why home improvements never seem to end...
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Honda Metropolitan. And I can't wait to get it in! Only 5 days before I can go pick it up. To say I'm excited is an understatement. I'm going to drive to the bank, and to the grocery store, and to my favorite cafe! It's going to be a blast. Well, so long as I don't kill myself doing it. Coordination is not one of my key skills...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
* A case race is when two teams (usually consisting of 2-3 college students) see who can drink a case of beer (30, just fyi) the fastest. A wonderful way to achieve alcohol poisoning! And for the record, I have never played such a game. Or really any drinking games. So many empty calories taking away my hard earned Insanity Workout muscles...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Etsy shop! When an elementary friend contacted me about adapting my design for a LBGT society, I have to admit I was excited. It's a more subtle way to cheer for equal rights. I'll be handling the printing of these shirts, done on high quality American Apparel tees. Here's the mockup.