Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Welcome to my Zibbet shop!

Look, I'm going to be truly honest here... Etsy is a great source of graphic design customers and I love each and every one of you. But the site admin's are infants and not much is getting done in the way of designer support. So why not expand?

What is that saying.. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

Thanks for looking and if you've tried it, please comment or convo/email me.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Happy Easter" PIF

Hey friends! Latest PIF for Easter is here...


Monday, March 22, 2010

Let's play catch up!

So of course I've been busy, busy, busy! Finishing up my business logo class and planning my next educational foray. I have just purchased Adobe Illustrator so expectations are high and graphics are being designed! This is my latest idea that was spawned by the fabulous logo I made for J.Edwards Images.

Creating these swirly birds is really fun! I also plan on doing some paisley and other shapes soon.

Thanks for looking/reading!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pay it Forward = Pay it Forward

Proving once again there are some really nice people out there in the world if you open yourself up to them. I offer PIF's, (pay it forward freebies), in my shop all the time and not once did I expect to get a wonderful shout out like this!

Thanks so much to Around The World for sharing my PIF!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In other news...

If you have been keeping up w/my life, (which incidentally I'm not even doing!!! ) lol I am almost done taking a business course in logo design and I challenged myself by picking my own shop to make a logo for. Did I mention that I HATE making things for myself and I wish I'd known this beforehand. Please take a look at the final draft that I am currently using for PW Ads.
Pretty snazzy, eh? I've started making all of my own clip art and I incorporated this into my new logo. I learned a lot in my new class;

1. I don't EVER want to work in corporate America.2. People on Etsy have very different logos than people off Etsy.
3. I need to rush out and buy a different design program than Adobe Photoshop if I want a serious career in this field.
4. I need a new computer, (see above).
5. Online classes rock! It's the only way I'll ever go back to school.
What next? I'm thinking about taking a legalities class so I can waste my time spouting off copyright info. and getting angry w/people for violating other people's rights. Just kidding, I hate that cr*p! Just think this would be an interesting class and help me write my TOU's and sign over rights to other people for graphics, logos, etc. Learning is fun! Boy, never thought I'd say that☺


Damask Me

New this week in my shop, vintage patterns galore!

All of these premade banners are only $5, so get 'em while they are OOAK!

Graphic Design by Tara


Friday, March 12, 2010

I am still reeling from the honor of winning Etsy Veg Team's February challenge "All About Red".

Please visit EtsyVeg Team to read about myself and my co-winner.

Etsy Veg Team

Thanks so much to friends, customers, and teammates who made this posssible!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I was a Twitter Conference Virgin

OK, I guess I was nervous about attending my first large-scale gathering of tweeps. It wasn't helped by the fact that the same day I had to wake up at 5 AM to arrive in Kirkland to shoot a CEO for an annual report. Driving on the east side is anxiety-provoking enough, but the thought of getting to meet—in real life—people from Twitter, had me feeling like a 16-year-old girl waiting for a new boyfriend to pick her up for a date!

The TweetHouse #140 Conference (#140tc) started at 8 AM, and I missed the keynote speech by Mashable's @BenParr, plus a few morning sessions. When I arrived I called my Twitter bud and Huffington Post blogger, @2morrowknight, to let him know I was there, but my call rolled over to his voice mail. So I went to the registration table where @sbroback (Steve Broback) and Kim Larsen introduced themselves to me, and I decided to grab a cup of coffee before venturing into the auditorium.

The place was packed. The room was dark. There were laptops everywhere and it reminded me of being at a University of Washington lecture hall. Looking across the room, I decided to walk to the left side to find a space. Spotting an empty chair, I sat next to @lindseym2 with Vittana (the startup whose t-shirts were worn that day by @scobleizer, @chrispirillo and venture associate @yush [Ayush Agarwal]). Then my iPhone rang. OOPs—I forgot to turn it off—but it was @2morrowknight!

He and I met outside in the lobby. The first pleasant surprise: @2morrowknight was not only handsome and elegant, but also charming and younger than I expected! We immediately hit it off and sat together for the afternoon sessions.

Since I arrived late, I caught the tail end of a panel discussion featuring @ShaunaCausey. Shauna was the person who told me about the conference and helped me sign up. It was hard to focus, though, because of my excitement about being there! And why wouldn't I? One of the first people I bumped into was @chrispirillo. He was adorable and personable and I felt like I was meeting an old friend, but for the first time. Imagine how cool it was to catch @BenParr, Chris and Shauna together?

Second pleasant surprise: Other people I'd been tweeting with would say, "Hey, I'm following you!" And this is going to sound crazy, but it's probably the closest I've ever come to feeling famous! The pinnacle was when @dom (Dom Sagolla) came up and introduced himself to me, saying he liked my avatar and noticed my name in the streams. I said, "Don't you know my BTF, @krystynchong?" and he said that yes, Krys had just been to his house recently! When Twitter and real life collide, it's still a small world, after all!

@chrispirillo introduced the afternoon keynote by @dom, one of the original creators of Twitter (pictured above). It was exciting, but also entertaining as well as illuminating, to get an inside glimpse of how the Twitter phenomenon was born. It was cool to see how the idea started as a sketch, and unfolded to become such a major element of so many people's lives—not only for individuals, but also for the vast number developers whose applications have been created to dovetail with and enhance the user's experience. @Invoker (Ryan Holmes CEO of HootSuite) @dacort (Damon Cortesi, creator of TweetStats and founder of United Startup) are two I had the chance to talk with. (For a complete list, click here. )

Final pleasant surprise: The tweetup at the Hotel Andra following the conference was a fantastic party. @seattlewinegal did a great job of assembling some fabulous wineries, and the Andra was a terrific venue. I had to make a beeline for @AndrewWill winery — one of my faves, but also enjoyed a tremendous Walter Dacon 2007 Appanage (@wdwines). The energy was palpable and it felt a little bit like #TwitterHollywood or #TwitterFanFest—just an amazing time.

The most striking thing to me was the friendliness exhibited by everyone, the level of fame notwithstanding. If you've ever felt like an outsider, it was the opposite experience at this conference. Tweeps are inclusive and all-embracing whether your following is 20 or 20,000. @zaibatsu (Reg Saddler) once told me Twitter is "the great equalizer," and based on this experience, I have to say I agree.

Thanks to @kirste (Kirsten Mitchell) for taking the shot of me with @2morrowknight, and props to @sbroback, founder of The Parnassus Group, and @tweethouse (The Tweethouse) for putting together such an amazing conference. #140tc was one of the most fun events I've attended in my professional career, and I'm still thinking it was all a pleasant dream. :-)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Latest graphic design news...

Hey all my fabulous friends! I've been working really hard on my business logo design class and here are some of the examples I came up for my own biz.

This last one is going to end up on my biz cards, but I wasn't too thrilled overall. I think it's really hard to create a logo for yourself and I probably would hire someone if I needed one. As it is I have a TON of images I have created and love, so I'm cool for now.

Here's some more new...


Friday, March 5, 2010

New Anti Fur PIF

Just another shout out for our furry friends☺

"go faux for furry friends"

This is a PIF, (pass it forward), meaning it's free and I will credit it as paid after purchase. Or just right click save here:)


Etsyveg Team Monthly Challenge Vote for me please!

I’m in a monthly challenge for the Etsyveg Team and I would
love if you could follow this link and vote for me!

My item is the OOAK banner/avatar set “I Love Red”.

Thanks so much!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Spring PIF Banner for all you Spring chickadees!

"Happy Spring"

Spring is just around the corner and I cannot wait! I hope you enjoy this PIF♥

Just right click, save as, and voila! Easy peasy let the Spring shine in☺

This banner is FREE and not one of a kind. It comes Etsy sized for immediate usage.

*TOU (terms of use), this banner was made entirely by me, please do not cut/copy any portion of it for personal or commercial use. You may however, pass on a copy to anyone you wish as long as you explain my terms.

PIF = Pay It Forward Which means this set is completely free. All I ask is that you take a few moments out of your day to be super nice, list a PIF, or do something for someone. No strings, just a thought:)

Peace Chicky,