ooooh, i got a blog award :D

Thanks Mandi!

The rules of this thingy are:

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award

2.  Share 7 things about yourself

3.  Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers

4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

so… firstly – Thanks Mandi :) Oh… I loved the little sentence she wrote about me, I think it sums me up pretty well – pretty good for someone who has never met me IRL and only knows me thru twitter and blogging! This is what she wrote:

She is an awesome graphic designer, is momma to her two beagle babies, adores riding her horses and is planning her wedding to her stukkie.

- hehe, isn’t that cute :D

Right, so part two: share 7 things about yourself… I will try and keep these as new things you might not know about me… if they are nothing new to you, then you know me too well! ;)

1) I really like rocket! Especially fresh, on pizza!

2) Bright hot pink nail polish is my absolute favourite!

3) I think an engagement ring should be more about the sparkly stone/s than the metal.

4) I hate having a pedicure. I wish I loved it. Having pretty toes is awesome, but having someone fiddle with my feet freaks me out.

5) I *love* having my eyebrows done! Waxed and tinted. I have a friend with a beauty salon from home and she does the *best* eyebrows.

6) My latest music craze is Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s. They are an alternative punk band that do covers of old classics, like Neil Diamond and Elton John, and stuff like Somewhere over the rainbow… i LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I have been listening to their 4 albums on repeat, all day, every day for over a week. Can you say “obsessed”

7) I am very very slowly warming to the idea of having children (don’t tell anyone, ok?)

part 3:  Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers

Sheesh – I dont know if I even read 15 blogs, let alone 15 NEW blogs, so i’m just gonna list my 15 favourite bloggers, the ones whose blogs I visit most often, ok?

In no particular order:

1) Glad to be a Girl – we got inked together and hers is one of the first blogs I ever read! (even tho she never does these award/meme things, definitely worth a mention :)

2) Mama MeeA – awesome Mama to many children. She homebirthed her 4th and is an inspiring mama!

3) Angel is one of the NICEST people I have ever met! She is also, practically, my neighbour :D

4) Pinkhairgirl – another awesome mama who i recently met IRL. She is beautiful, inside and out! And she probably the most gorgeous pregnant chick i have *ever* seen! Oh, and her kids are *flipping* CUTE!

5) Jeanette – not only is she the fabulous photographer who will be photographing our wedding, but she is mama to 2 beautiful boys and 2 beautiful huskies!

6) Shayne – I love reading her day-to-day blogs about farm life! her blog is only open to invited reader, but she bakes beautiful goodies too, which is the link i’ve linked to.

7) Evergreen Design – my long time friend, horse lover and fabulous designer!!

8.) Gina – Super friendly with a gorgeous smile! :) She has the cutest Sausage Dogs and I love all the photos of them she tweets ;)

9) The Jackson Files – funny lady who tells it like it is. Love reading her stories about her kid, they make me giggle!

10) Sharon – another fab photographer mommy who is up and down between Pretoria and the rolling mountains of Badplaas (seriously!) ;)

11) Neigh-Bours – ok, ok, this is not *a blogger* but it is a site i visit daily, and I blog there as well, as do a lot of other horsey people.

12) My Panic Room – another just-about-neighbour! She’s having a bebe soon!

13) Harassed Mom – vegetable grower and curry maker!

14) JessicaGiggles – another gorgeous lady! Lover of sweet things and giver of awesome hugs!

15) Marieks – has one of the smiliest babies i’ve ever seen… also, she’s a dressmaker, who may or may not be making a dress for me for a rather big event ;)

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I need to put all this down on “paper” so I can look back when I am all rich and successful and laugh at how nervous I was!

So, the short of it is:

Just over 2 years ago, I quit my job at a small printing place, where I was the graphic designer (read: typesetter, invoice maker, admin person, tea maker, plant waterer etc).

I didn’t have another job to go to.

My folks were on their way overseas for a month.

I wanted to do my own Graphic Design thing… freelance, or whatever.

So… my dad said, I run his business while he is away, and work for him when he gets back, and i can get my thing going at the same time.

Was cool… i’d get a stable income and build up my client base.

So, I set up a website, got some clients etc.

That was about 30 months ago.

Now… (well the last 10 months or so)… i am HATING HATING HATING working for my dad, and basically being his bitch (check my bank balance, send an email, do the statements, pay the rent … etc etc etc). I wake up and i get grumpy just thinking about it. small things irritate me. i am cranky and lethargic and uninspired and generally miserable.

i feel trapped and depressed and like everything is just wasting my time and stupid (real ray of sunshine, huh?)

My own business is slow, but it picks up all the time – but it is still not enough to support me. Then again, I don’t have THAT much time to spend on it – i don’t look for new clients, coz i wont be able to handle it, or go and meet them when they need me, as i am always at my dad’s beck and call.

SO… – my dad’s business is also growing, and he wants me to give more time to it…

I have been struggling with how to tell him i’m not interested for a looooooooooooooooong time!

Eventually, at the middle of last month, he brought it up, and i told him, i am not interested, and i think that by Feb i am going to be done with him, and give my own thing a shot. (see the countdown on the left of my page…? :) )






excited (a little).

So… I have 3 weeks left working for him, with a constant income to pay the bills. From 1 feb, I am on my own. like i said, my client base is NOT big enough to support me (just yet!)… but i am going to try hard, and work hard, and hope to god i can make it work!!

I am still going to help my dad out once a week – every thursday… sucker for punishment, no? … so we’ll see how that goes.

So, basically – if you need ANYTHING designed or printed – or something… PLEASE let me know! I need all the help i can get.

My portfolio is up on my site -print- and -web- (i am still fine tuning it – so some of the body copy is still a bit funny)

keep this web address at the front of your mind:

Here is a list of some of the services we can provide you with:

  • Logo Design
  • Flyers
  • Business Cards
  • Corporate Folders
  • Banners
  • Invitations
  • Catalogues
  • Corporate stationery
  • Packaging
  • Labels
  • Corporate Gifts (branded or plain)
  • Posters and Digital Design (email adverts, digital signatures etc)
  • Web Design *NEW*
  • Blog Design *NEW*
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