Saturday, June 4, 2011

Overall progress update.

I know I've been slacking, yes, yes.
But Im happy to say that I am finally moving on my dream. My website is almost done (www.funfirefly.com bthw!). I have a bath of business cards printed, which I tend to forget everywhere!

I did another painting at my son's daycare, and a few parents said they would love to hire me. I don't even have pricing plan ready! I'm almost there, however.

Today, after the Birthday party one of the moms said that she know two churches that would be interested in my work, but she said it would be a LOT of kids. I have no idea what I can handle yet, to be honest. I will need to start timing myself to paint to find my speed. I desperately need someone to practice on.

So, site is almost done, cards are done. Next paycheck - insurance. It will come out to about 200$ total. Once I have that, I'll will be able to start actually working and charging for my work.

Fantastic Birthday party


I got to practice today at a friend's daughters Birthday party today. Painted about 10 kids, 3 of them boys!
Here are some of the pictures. Some of the designs I honestly was not too happy about, but I still get nervous painting others. Some came out pretty good!
The kids enjoyed it, and that's what counts.



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

So excited.

With gentle pressure from my BFF (thank god for those!), I finally got my domain registered. No, it won't be about Dragonflies. At the last minutes, I decided to change my business name. I won't be putting here just yet, as the site is not made.

I'm also in the process of ordering my business cards! (in fact, I have it open on the other tab :P)

I also been practicing a little bit everyday. I am rather happy with the progress. I feel more confident with my swirls and lines. Drops are a bit of a challenge, but honestly, its because I have not found the right brush. Dots are also a bit of a bear (for the same reason).

Designs themselves can use more work, as well as organization! Gosh, the mess I make!

Anyway, here are some of my latest practice pictures.






Sorry for the weird angles, I truly loathe being photographed.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gallery updated!

Updated my gallery with new images! The few lates ones are from the latest mini-jam. :)
Thanks to my friends!

Not dead yet!

Gosh, what a long time it's been. I must admit, I have started to forget all about my dream. My I did get a chance to grab my paints again. There was a fundraiser that my chorus folks were doing last weekend, and I decided to paint faices there.

Not the greatest of experience, but I learned some lessons:

1) Don't forget your brushes. You might think " a no-brainer". Well, that's what I was - a no-brainer! I felt the whole world spinning, as I realized that I forgot my brushes and my sponges!

2) If you are painting outside, ALWAYS bring a canopy or at least a beach umbrella. AND icepacks, because paints melt rather quickly in the sun.

3) Keep in mind what kind of "event" it is.

Unfortunately, I did not get a single person who wanted to get painted, despite the numerous kids that stopped by. It appears that most people were just garage-sale hunting. But thanks to this, I did get to practice some designs on my friend the night before.

Ill post some more pictures later.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Post - Halloween bleh mood

Does anyone else feel a little "bleh" after the holidays? It's like I have been getting ready for the events, getting the decorations ready, all excited, then all of a sudden it's over just like that.
The candy is eaten, the giant inflatable pumpkin was put away, ad instead of a gorgeous golden afternoons - it's cold, dreary and joyless outside all of a sudden.

I've entered a strange time, wehre I am waiting for things outside of my control. I am still very much researching this, but some things in my life right now are a bit up in the air.

I did wanted to show off some new things that I have done, including some painting that I got to do for Halloween:




That one is not really new, I just like it. :D



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Planning - budding greens

I have gotten myself a Google voice voice number for my local area. The great thing - it's free,and rings to my regular cell-phone. I can also set up my own voicemail, listen to voice mails from my computer, not mentioning free texting and cheap international calls. I kept waiting for "the catch", but I have not found one.
I definitely recommend checking out Google Voice.

I have also checked out a VistaPrint business cards selection and have chosen one for myself. I am planning to start working on the comps for my website - now that is going to be a job and a half. What colors to decide? Create a logo or not? Keep the name or not? So many choices. Once the website is ready, I can print out the cards, and start sending them out.

While I am sending cards out there are some critical things that I will need to do:
1. Practice (duh!)
2. Get clown insurance (I know, never thought I'd be looking at different clown insurance policies).
3. Find out about whether I need to register myself as a company, or file my taxes individually.
4. Hook up with other face-painters in the area for networking and jams. That is going to be the hardest part - I am really not good at making friends or even talking to people. I guess it's something that I will need to get over. :)
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