This is going to be a very tough post for me and I’m not quite sure the tone it will take on as I type. I was just reading through some topics posted on the etsy forums about graphic design. More specifically these posts:

First of all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I have no problem with that, as long as I will be entitled to mine.   I know that I am most likely inviting a ton of criticism to my own designs and that is fine with me.  I’m a big girl, have been for a long time, and I can take it.

When reading the first thread it seems that most people’s opinion of what makes a professional graphic designer is their education.   Most said a  formal education in the field is key.  I disagree.  Then again, I do not refer to myself as a “professional” so maybe I took offense too early.  I do, however, call myself a graphic designer.   I design graphics every day.  I’ve never had an unhappy client.  I successfully sell my designs.  I pay my bills with the money I make doing what I love.  So, I’m happy with what I do.

Would I love to go to school and broaden my abilities?  Absolutely! Can I? Not at this time.  I’ve never had the opportunity to further my education.  Mostly because of choices (good or bad) that I have made in my life.  I became a mother at age 16.  Circumstances then did not allow for me to seek higher education.   I had to prioritize and still stick with my decision – my child first.  Since then I’ve gone through a very bad marriage and had two more children.  Again – education was put on the back burner and my children came first.  I’m not asking for pity, and I don’t want sympathy.  These were all my decisions and I still stand by them.  No regrets.

I decided that I would do what was best for myself and my children during those times.  They needed their mom, and they needed her working and bringing home money.  That meant no time for school.  So, I did what I could and started to slowly teach myself how to do things.  All of my computer skills, all of my business know how, all of my graphic design abilities – all self taught over a period of 6 years.

I know my limitations and never pretend to know more than I do.  If I am asked to do something I am uncomfortable with I make sure that I recommend someone else who can help with the client’s needs in a better way than  I could.  That is my responsibility as a business owner.

(Get to your point Ang – I know, I know) I think my point is this.  Don’t pass judgment so quickly.  Some people have natural talent oozing from their pores.  Others have to find that talent and tweak it.  While still others will spend endless hours in a classroom trying to find that talent or skill and never will.  I chose to stay positive and do MY best with what I had.  I will continue to do just that.

I am proud of my work.  I am proud of the family I am raising.  I am proud of the services I offer.  I am proud of my small business. I am proud to say that as a graphic designer I am able to help provide for my family while also being able to be available to them night and day.  I am proud of myself!

Read my “Who is Angela?” page – you may understand just a bit more.


    The Ultimate Etsy Shop Graphic Starter Package

    Many of us know how frustrating and time consuming it can be to try and brand your shop.   We all know how important it is to create an image that is associated with our name, and if you don’t, you should.  I wanted to make this process just a  little easier for people getting started.  I wanted to put everything together, with choices of design and an array of graphics to use to brand a shop.  So, I came up with  an incredible starter package that includes the following:

    • 760 x 100 Shop Banner
    • 75 x 75 Avatar
    • 300 x 300 Reserved Listing Graphic – for those custom and reserved listings.
    • 300 x 300 MySpace Graphic – show your appreciation and promote your shop!
    • 125 x 125 Web Ad – advertise on blogs and websites
    • 468 x 60 Web Banner – use for advertising or as an email signature for email and message boards!
    • 200 x 200 Thank You Feedback Graphic – there is a place to upload an image when leaving feedback – this adds that special touch!

    The pre designed packages are just $25, while the fully customizable package is $50.  You can find them HERE.  


     I am currently working on a turtle design and many more will follow.  Be sure to check back!


    How much can I possibly get done in one day? Good question.

    I have to make three T-shirt designs for a customer’s home day care.  I already have a bunch of ideas running around in my head, so that’s good.  I have an Etsy Starter Package to get working on.   I really want to get all of my files and folders on this computer organized.  Right now I’m listening to a mix of great music through my noise canceling (block the kids out) headphones hooked up the computer.  What a great list:

    Jack Johnson, Alkaline Trio, Incubus, John Mayer, James Blunt, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Blues Traveler, Jimi Hendrix, Gorillaz, Gavin DeGraw, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Dada, Counting Crows, Collective Soul, Cold Play, Colbie Caillat, Bob Marley, Amos Lee, Anna Nalick, Augustana, Live, Marcy Playground, Oasis, Panic!, Presidents of the United States of America, Prince, Radiohead, RHCP, Snow Patrol, Spin Doctors, Sonya Kitchell, Stone Temple Pilots,  The Doors, Travis, Weezer, and Sublime

    Wooo! This list should keep me jammin’ for days!

    I had to go pick my 6 year old up from school just a little while ago.  He is not feeling too well.  This is another perk to working from home.  My job is not at risk because one of my kids gets sick.   I love it.  I’ve already showered and got my hair did.  (Yes, I meant to type that) I also want to get some sewing done today.  I haven’t sewn anything since last week.  I have a huge curtain project for my bedroom that I know I will be blogging about but I’m just not sure I’m ready to start that right now.  Gotta go the grocery store to pick up items to make stir-fry for dinner – Yummmm! I really should start taking pictures of my kitchen creations.  I’m a great cook!

    Well, as I am bobbing my head to The Doors I end this blog and wish you all a wonderful happy day!

    10 Things I Love About Being a Work at Home Mom

    1. My daughter is right beside me, at all times.
    2. I can be in my pajamas if I want to.
    3. Coffee – all day! (and fresh coffee at that!)
    4. No time limits, no one breathing down my neck.
    5. I don’t have to smile, for anyone, if I don’t want to.
    6. Dinner is always thought out, and done!
    7. I don’t get behind on laundry.
    8. My patience is better.
    9. Breaks when I need them!
    10. I can be all the things that I love to be, all at the same time!