Wow! What a month it has been! My last day with a part-time job was October 6th, so it has already been almost a month since taking my lettering business full-time. I’m amazed by the amount of work I can get done with a completely open schedule and a lot has happened, but I’m just gonna share the highlights.
My book release date is set!
This month, I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out some manufacturing issues I came across with my book. Thankfully I got them worked out and was able to order the first round of books just in time to hit my originally planned deadline of November 14th! If everything hadn’t fallen into place right when they did, things would have gotten tricky with promo stuff I had planned for the book, upcoming holiday sales and events. I cannot wait for you to hold this book in your hands, use it in your personal Bible studies, and/or be inspired by the lettering within it. I’m happy to announce, you can pre-order my new book, Romans: A Hand Lettered Devotional, at my Etsy shop starting tomorrow, November 1st! Each book will be sold for $14.95 (tax included in the price).
Speaking of my Etsy shop…
I updated my shop!
My Etsy shop has needed a makeover for a long time and I finally got around to giving it the love and attention it needed. I tried to take my own photos… spent hours upon hours editing and wasn’t happy with how they turned out, so I spent a little money on some stock photos and it was well worth it! I feel this look better showcases the art I so carefully create and what would have taken me a week to put together, only took me an afternoon. Click HERE to check out the lovely made-over shop (and start getting gift ideas too)!
Also, as of yesterday, my Special Edition 8×10 Romans 8 prints are available at my shop! They are so beautiful, I had to print an extra one for myself. Be sure to check them out and pick one (or two or three…) up before they’re gone!
I hosted my first workshop! Well… kinda.
As many of you know, I am launching my first Brush Lettering workshop locally starting November 11th. However, I didn’t want to go into teaching without a little practice and advice, so I hosted a pilot workshop with some of my old co-workers and it was a blast! I can say confidently that these women had a blast and it was so fun to watch them use the materials I put together and start to get the hang of brush lettering. The workshop was a success but, I do have a few things I need to add to my curriculum and packets. Even though I’m bummed I still have some work to do, I was expecting it and I’m thankful my friends and I figured out what else I needed to do to maximize each student’s experience.
If you’d like to sign up for one of my workshops, click HERE to register. There are still a few spots left in my December 9th class. I would love to have you there!
I was on a podcast for the first time!
A couple weeks ago, I was interviewed on the How to Fail! podcast. The hosts (Kristin and Tina) interview different small business owners about their failures… sounds depressing, right? FALSE! This is one of the most positive podcasts I’ve listened to and I’ve been so encouraged by others who’ve been on the show and how they turned their failures into something good for their businesses and their lives.
I talked about my transition from full-time music into full-time hand lettering, my moments of success and feelings of failure through that process. The reason I wanted to be on the podcast was because I am someone with multiple creative passions and I know there are other people out there like me who struggle feeling pulled in many different creative directions. So, I hoped I could offer some helpful advice based on what I’ve learned from my personal experiences and how I’m learning to find my identity in who I am as a person (who Christ says I am!), instead of in what I do creatively. Kristin put it in way prettier words that I can’t remember off the top of my head, so we’ll all just have to listen when the episode comes out… TOMORROW!!
Those were just a few of the highlights! I’ve got a lot of exciting things coming up… releasing my book, Romans: A Hand Lettered Devotional, launching my local Beginner Brush Lettering workshop, Black Friday/Small Biz Saturday/Cyber Monday sales… and more!
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P.S. Keep these dates in mind over the next few weeks. I’d hate for you to miss out on having your dream custom piece created or your favorite print purchased by Christmas.