Upcoming: Momento Mori Junk Journal

 

I was shopping at Michaels last weekend and found these bird skull charms. I ended up having to buy them, because they inspired my next junk journal that I will (hopefully) have up on my etsy shop sometime next week.

Because I like themes a lot, I plan on making each of my journals with a theme in mind. This is what I did when I made my family and friends theirs for Christmas. See those posts from December if you’d like to see pictures of those.

Anyway, the theme for my next one is Momento Mori. A Momento Mori is a reminder that we all have to die someday. They serve as reminders of our own mortality.

The concept may be seen as dark for some, but I personally feel as though it is important to accept that death as something that is unavoidable, and if we stop fearing it, we can learn to live more fully… There being an end point to our lives makes the time we have alive so much more precious.

I plan on mixing floral patterns into this journal, because in death, comes life. I think the end result will be beautiful.

I’ve decided to start keeping pinterest boards for each of my journals as inspiration strikes me. This’ll help me to start thinking about the journal so that I can keep an eye out for paper I like, ephemera I see at garage sales or in my junk mail. Here is the pinterest board for this particular journal: http://pin.it/Gebbayg

Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, Here is a link to my shop! I still don’t have much on it yet, but I hope to put more items for sale soon.

I also made my business an instagram account. I have more examples of what I plan on selling posted on there.

Anyway, do you have any good theme ideas for junk journals that I could make? I’d love to hear your input!

I have an Etsy Shop for my Junk Journals!

I’m so excited to finally have taken this leap! I’ve been wanting an Etsy shop for years now.

I only have one item listed right now, but I hope to fill it up a bit more over the next few weeks! I have big plans for it. 🙂

Below is my very first journal that I have for sale. It is a floral theme and has a fox and a key charm on it. I am very happy with how it turned out.

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Here is a link to my shop!

I also made my business an instagram account. I have more examples of what I plan on selling posted on there.

I hope to sell some original art prints and maybe some ephemera packs on that site as well.

I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me!

Reflection on my Previous Post – What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up

I’ve had some time to seriously ponder what I wrote in my last blog post… In the back of my mind I knew that my views on careers – and just settling for what gets you a steady paycheck – is a cynical view…

After I wrote that post, I took some time to really reflect about how I feel about the choices I made and on my life as it is right now.

I don’t regret my past decisions, but I am willing to openly confess now that I feel incomplete in my job.

For years I had made different types of creative business plans for different businesses that I could start in order to make money. These businesses ranged quite a bit – I had an idea where I’d be an artist who went to businesses or homes to paint murals on their walls. Or one time I had an idea where I’d teach instructable art classes (Like Painting With a Twist) for birthday parties and events.

Just a few months back I wrote a list of all the different ways that I could think of that could potentially make me money. Honestly, it has always been at the back of my mind.

A little less than a year ago, I started reselling thrift finds on Poshmark, and it has been my first taste of completely independent profit. I don’t make much with it – At the end of the day it ends up being around $100 a month that I get to keep in my pockets, but it’s been enough for me to realize that I do have the ability to create a profitable business doing what I love.

As a result of this, I find myself wanting to branch out. I acknowledge that I do not feel comfortable strictly doing retail selling. For one, it is very hard to make your items visible on Poshmark, and a lot of work to sell clothing items even if you have a decent number of followers. Also, I don’t want to start a business that relies so much on sales, because I want to be able to stay afloat during an economic downturn…

I have started thinking about other ways to make money – About making this “Side Hustle” into something more… I still like Poshmark, and likely will continue selling through them, but I also want to branch out.

I created an Etsy shop (finally!) called MermaidCoveArt. I created my first art journal to sell on that site to give that a try, and plan on taking pictures of it, filming a video on youtube with the item, and posting both today. I also created a livestream account on Twitch Live under the name: themermaidcove where I will start streaming some of my art live. I hope to eventually link Patreon to that so that I can get funded for doing the things I love the most – Which is creating. I also have always wanted to write a book, and I hope to be able to write some more… I doubt that it’ll ever be as big as the Harry Potter series, but I feel inspired by the fact that publishing is a lot easier to do independently now than it had been 10 years ago.

For the first time, I’m actually making a true effort to make doing what I love into a career, and I feel very excited about it.

I’m tired of setting limits on myself, and I apologize if my previous post made you consider doing the same for yourself or doubting whether or not you should follow your passions. It can be very hard to branch out into the unknown, but if you love what you do, you should do it… Find a way to do it whenever you can. You don’t have to just quit your existing job to pursue this kind of career. Take baby steps if that’s more comfortable. Do the work after your regular job or while you have free time. The key thing is to take those steps.

That’s what I’m going to do.

Thanks for reading! Do any of you work for yourself? What do you do, and how did you start? What were some things that you struggled with? Do you have any tips for creative professionals?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

As a 30 year old, I consider myself an adult… And I still don’t have an answer to this question.

When I was younger, I asked myself this, and I always figured that as I got older, I’d just know one day, but that didn’t happen.

I struggled throughout high school and college with whether I should go for my dream job (as an artist), or get a generic degree for a generic job that realistically would give me a steady paycheck. I chose the latter because I would go insane if I had to try to support myself without a steady paycheck to rely on…

In most ways, I do not regret the decision I made, and in today’s job market, I have to realize that I am lucky to have the job I have.
Honestly, I don’t think that there’s a cookie cutter job out there for me. Some people simply don’t have the ability to get paid for something they’re passionate about, and I’m one of them.

I use my job as a way to be able to afford to invest in the supplies I need to fulfill my passions, which is making art and creating in general. This has worked well enough for me.

I won’t lie, though. I do sometimes regret not getting a bachelor degree in an art major. My sister got this chance, and I envy her a bit for getting that opportunity, but despite my lack of passion for my job, I do like my job, and I do get a steady paycheck, so I’m happy with the decision I made.

So, if you’re struggling with this question, try to consider what’s most important to you in life – not necessarily what you want to be, because there might not be a job out there that will be “just right”.

Update: Please see my updated post here on the same subject. After some reflection, I have a different view now.