New Year, New Store

Update December 2015: The store has changed to nerdfelt.storenvy.com, please look there instead!

So now it’s 2015. Has been for over a week, in fact. It’s no longer the year in which I graduated, I’ve started doing more freelance work, and—even more exciting—I’ve set up my own online shop for crafts and prints. It’s located on Storenvy.

This shop really is years in the making. Starting around first grade, maybe earlier, I made up my own “business” that I called Katie’s Kreations. I made little crafts such as painted rocks, desktop-printed cards, and some other silly things that only family members would buy because I was a kid. I even made my own business cards. For the next few years in my gifted & talented class, I used desktop publishing to write and design my “logs,” or journals, instead of simply handwriting them.

But it wasn’t until high school that I realized I could put my creativity into use as a graphic designer. Over four years later I’ve now graduated, and I’m sort of back where I started—making designs and crafts to sell—but of course in a much more advanced way.

I started with printed designs that were (and are) printed by another company. Some of them were designed as a part of my classes. After graduation I designed a set of mugs for coffee and tea drinkers that include quotes ranging from literature and pop culture.

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I’ve also designed stickers, a few of which were modified from class projects.

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But again, printed items are not the only things in my store—now that I’m out of school I have had more time to do crafting. In the past year I have taken up needle felting and have made several projects with the process, most notably my eco-friendly dryer balls that help finish laundry faster & therefore cheaper.

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But I have—and continue to—make paper crafted, felted, and various fiber arts projects.

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And so my store continues to grow every day with new designs and crafts, and I hope I’ll be able to sustain this store for as long as possible, because I really do love it.

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Selling and buying my own designs

Instead of studying for my only—yet easy—final, I have finally gotten around to putting more of my designs out for people to see and buy. Some I’ve had for a while and just hadn’t done anything except let it sit on my computer, and one was a class project from this past semester.

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Today I even took the time to make another design which I’ve been meaning to for a while. This quote is from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and it’s been sitting in my “projects to do” folder for ages. 

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But I joined Society6 last night after discovering how many great products there are besides prints and shirts. There are pillows, bags, and mugs along with the usual device cases. I uploaded my Type & Stripes design set that is also on Spoonflower for wrapping paper, mainly so that it could be turned into a mug. 

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I still have the Hectic Glow poster on there, of course, and I think it looks great as a pillow. I just hope one day I have the expendable money to buy some of these things myself. I mean, how great would it be to drink tea out of my own typography mug every day? Buying and using my own wrapping paper was great, and I can’t wait to do more of that as a graphic designer in the future.

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If you’re interested in any of these designs, please check out my Society6 and Redbubble page. Both accounts have different products, even if some designs are the same, so pick whichever is best for you! And if you’re interested in my Type & Stripes wrapping paper, have a look at Spoonflower.

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NaBloPoMo 29.2: Doctor Who and Harry Potter trivia realizations

Today my friend and I had a lazy day on the couch as we watched Harry Potter on TV. While doing so, I realized a few things:

The bridge that collapses at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince, the Millennium Bridge, is the bridge that has never been very sturdy. Before last January, when I was in London, I didn’t really know which bridge that was, but now that I’ve seen it, I made the connection and I remembered how it was closed while I was there. Clearly the bridge doesn’t need Death Eaters to render it unusable—although it hasn’t actually fallen to the bottom of the Thames as far as I know.

The voice of the Ministry of Magic lift, Daisy Haggard, was also Sophie in Doctor Who. There is a long list of Harry Potter/Doctor Who actors, but I don’t think I’ve seen her on that list before. In fact, I have just found this list that has a lot of Classic Doctor Who actors that I had no idea were also in Harry Potter.

When seeing Ollivander in Harry Potter, I realized there is yet another prominent actor to be added to this list, now that John Hurt has been in Doctor Who for the fiftieth anniversary.

I know about a lot of Harry Potter trivia, but sometimes I am surprised by new things. When watching the movies on ABC Family, like today, trivia pops up on the screen but I have known these facts for years. But it’s always great when I surprise myself with new trivia.

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NaBloPoMo 20.2: Always reading everywhere

It’s been a while since I really sat down and read a book. This year I told myself I would read 35 books this calendar year—last year I read 25. So far I’ve read 29, which is 2 books behind schedule, but some of these books are actually short stories that are sold as ebooks. By the end of the year I will have read ten of these short stories so I suppose I’m not cheating myself out of any goal and I will still have read more than last year.

The only problem is, the last time I really read was a month ago, and that was only for reading one of these short stories. I love reading, but sometimes when I’m in a lull it’s hard to get back into it.

And so of course tomorrow the second installment of The Hunger Games movies, Catching Fire, will be in theaters. I’ve read the entire series at least twice, but I also like to reread books before I see the movie unless I read them recently. So about a week ago I began reading the book, got about 50 pages in, and then I stopped due to schoolwork. Then two days ago, Monday, I realized I really needed to get going on it because there are 391 pages and I have a limited number of time to read it. Even writing this blog post is cutting into some reading time (but that’s okay).

And so I get back into the routine of reading every chance I get. When I say that, I mean it: I bring my book to classes, read when before class starts, read curled up on the couch, read over meals—I even read while waiting for the lights to go down before an on-campus performance this evening.

All of these things are fairly normal for avid readers, but I’m not sure if walking and reading is quite as normal.

My view on my walk to work today.

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I do this frequently—but only when the sidewalks aren’t busy. I have good enough peripheral vision that I can see what’s in front of me as I walk and read, and so far I haven’t gotten dizzy from the movement, probably because I’m doing all the movement myself. I don’t know what other people around me think of this, though sometimes I’m self-conscious about it. But I’m not any more self-conscious with this than I am about my hair, or my height, or the way I dress, because reading no matter where I go is a part of me that will never change.

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NaBloPoMo 15.2: Nerdy times with friends

Today has been a do-nothing day and a travel day, and now I’m home. Since I’m home with two of my also-nerdy friends, I thought I would share some of my nerdy photos from the past few months.

Tetris Jenga and Tetris tea because of course.

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As of two months ago I won Tetris Jenga at Trivia on campus. About a week later I played the game with my friend while drinking tea in her Tetris mug.

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Over the summer, my friends and I played Fandoms Against Humanity (a version of Cards Against Humanity) and I won a round with this card. My reason was because she died twice.

"Will you teach me how to dance, doctor?"

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More recently, I was at my friend’s apartment and saw her Kirk and Bones figures dancing. Of course this needed to be photographed.

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This isn’t quite nerdy, but these are my friend’s drawers at work.

Books! (At a used bookstore, and it's wonderful.)

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This was from eight months ago in a used bookstore. Books are great.

Time to have some nerdy times with some great nerdy people.

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NaBloPoMo 6.2: Star Trek and stories for ourselves

Well, it’s only day six and I’m already at a loss for words. It’s been a while since I’ve really sat down to write anything more than an essay for class. (More on that at a later date.)

And so I sit here while watching Deep Space Nine while wondering what to write about. In fact, perhaps it should be noted that I have now watched all of the Star Trek leading up to this point. That’s right: I have watched (in the following order) The Original Series, its corresponding movies, Star Trek (2009), Into Darkness, The Next Generation, its corresponding movies, and 3/4 of the first season of DS9. When I say that I have now done this, I mean I started this in May and I finished TNG at the beginning of October.

This mainly began because I wanted to watch Into Darkness when it came out, but I wanted to have some basis for it—I didn’t want to just go see the movie without seeing the original series like most of my generation was probably doing. I wanted to watch where it all began, and I certainly didn’t stop there. During spring break I also watched a few TNG episodes here and there on BBC America, and from that I knew I definitely wanted to watch Star Trek, I just needed to wait until classes were over.

My only problem is I only have a few friends who have watched more than just the two recent movies—and of those friends I think I may have them beat with the number of episodes I’ve already watched—so I don’t have many people to talk about any of this. I guess this is always the case when I, and other people, get excited about a certain thing—whether it be television show, book, movie, anything—and then go through it so fast that no one else can keep up. This can last for minutes, days, weeks, or even years. On the other hand, having that one thing you love to love all on your own could be a good thing too, because then it’s like your own personal secret story—even if there are still thousands of strangers that know the story too—and you can hold onto it for just yourself.

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P.S. I realized that my second and third posts weren’t set up correctly because I posted them from my phone. Thank you to all those who put up with that and read and liked the posts anyhow! I’ve fixed them now.