Tuesday, February 3, 2009

So many new things to come

So, I've been working feverishly on getting my extremely small studio setup. I'm designing a monthly planner, a grocery shopping list, a few recipe cards, and some simple notepads. Lots of work, but I am loving it. I'm also working on developing a few patterns for my planner covers.

I'm getting my taxes soon (yay) and there is so much I plan to do with the money. I need a laptop, a new printer, a new camera, a studio light for taking pictures. I want to make my little business official so getting a business license is going to cost me about $350. I just ordered a guillotine cutter from Amazon and it should be here by Friday (again, yay). This will cut my production time by more than half. I've got my business cards and FINALLY decided on a logo and name for my little business.

About two years ago I designed a little face of who Piluca was to me. I left the design alone and forgot all about it. I was going through my design files recently and found her, I loved her so much that I decided to use her. I also decided to name my business Studio Piluca. I registered it and ran a trademark search on it. I'll post pics of my studio space and logo.

Oh and the most important part of all, I quit my job. We were moving about an hour morning drive from my home and since I was already depressed about that job, I decided not to go along with them. I'll miss my coworkers dearly, but now I can concentrate on my business. It truly is time consuming.

Thanks for coming by.Does she look like me?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ok, I'll be serious now

I have definitely given this blog the cold shoulder. ***UPDATES*** I quit my job. Yea, I know, sounds crazy, but they were moving and I just didn't want to go with them. I'm getting a MACBook Pro soon so I will be posting often. I just hate being tied down to this seat.

Well, good night all.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I have completely neglected this blog and the few readers God has allowed me to have. So very sorry from the bottom of my heart.
So much has happened in just a few days. My shop has totally changed...completely. I am even surprised and happy. I have shifted my main focus from crafts to services. I am a professional graphic designer and though I knew I could sell my services, I didn't really consider it. I started thinking, "What do you do best?" Design, I says, so why not sell that. So there you have it. If you need ANY graphic design services, please come by my shop and I will give you the complete royal treatment.
I also plan on working on my notebooks and stationery sets, but that won't be the focal point of my shop.
Other news.....I bought hosting and a web domain to (finally) make my graphic design studio official. StudioPiluca.com. Theres nothing there now. That is yet another thing to add to my to do list. I hope we do get a snowday here because I absolutely have so much to catch up on.
I'm also driving to NYC on Christmas Eve to go visit my family, so I will be sure to post some pics of my trip.
And lastly, here are some pics of my babies and me just to get to know each other a bit more.

Hasta Luego, Enjoy!

Jamila (2)My self (right) and my prego friend.
Victoria (5 months)Brauly (3)
Samir (8) and Brauly again.
My wonderful, beautiful family. I'll post pics of the hubby soon. I wasn't allowed any more.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tumbleweed rolling

Not much going on over here today. I haven't had time really to design. Oh, I'm lying. I have made a sale. My first sale on Etsy EVER. Gosh, that feels good. Well, goodnight world. I have work to do.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Turning Point

So, I have decided to lower my hours at work in order to be able to dedicate more time to my craft. It is so scary, but I have to let go of one thing to be able to grab the next. I'll still be able to cover the essentials, but my shopping budget will definitely suffer. Goodbye shopping sprees. Farewell new shoes and bags. Someday we shall meet again.
I printed a few of my notebooks and they are selling. I also have been asked for 5 custom orders. This is where I need some advice. When doing a custom order, is there some sort of contract that is signed before beginning the design work or is it, I hope this works kind of thing?
Oh, almost forgot, I got my tax id number and am going to city hall tomorrow to start making this official. I am sooooo excited and eager to embark on this wonderful journey called LIFE.
Thank you Lord for your faithfulness.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Shes talking to me

So right after I finished the post down there, I head over to Etsy's blog and find Replica's Quit Your Day Job interview. One specific answer just solidified what I had just written...down there.

"If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself, knowing what you know now?
I would have done it sooner. My life feels legitimate now. I'm living as ME, every single day. I'm no longer waiting for the day when I can live my dream. Lucky for me, I didn't realize the possibilities until now, when I feel I can handle it. A few years ago I might have been too impulsive with everything.

My advice to my previous self would be to believe in yourself, and give yourself more credit. Insecurity slows you down while you wait for reassurance. Also, accept help when it is offered. I've lugged many a heavy box around because of my stubborn independence. And my advice to anyone else: you know if I'm talking to you, you know if you're supposed to do this, you dream about while you're awake and asleep. You don't need me to tell you to: just DO IT. "

I can't keep fighting myself because others will think I'm crazy or irresponsible. One of these days, it will be thirty years later, and I will look back and cry because I let others define me. DONT LET ANYONE ELSE DEFINE YOU. Define yourself. Be true to yourself. It is the only way to happiness.