I got started on a new alphabet, which I used in my Old Skool rabbit print. It's meant to look like old-school typewrite font, and I like it because it's not too big and not too small.
I have a helpful hint for all you block-carving people out there: when it comes to alphabets, you don't need to do it all at once. I printed up the alphabet I wanted in the size I chose, and have been carving the letters I need as I go. When I'm done with the letter, I put a check mark under it on the paper, and put the paper away in a binder for another day. Keeps me from getting overwhelmed with all the caps and punctuation and numbers and lowercase letters I have to do. I'm kind of an instant gratification sorta gal. :0)
So I used this alphabet to make this "nerd" tie, the text of which I then outlined in purple paint for crisper edges.
Then, I got on a tie kick, and I pulled out two ties I made years ago that never sold, mostly because the text had straggly edges and looked unfinished. So I did the same thing as I did to the nerd tie, and I went around the text edges in black and added a little decoration and here you have it:
They look better now than they did before, fer sure.
I also worked on the photography a little. I don't have excellent photo skills or cool backgrounds, so I've been putting everything on plain backgrounds and altering the background using paint.net. I think it looks pretty cool and fits with my personality and my store's personality as well. Even with the photo-editing, it still is easier than trying to set up the perfect background shot.
I also added my etsy mini to a tab at the top of this blog. You can go there if you're interested in buying or in looking or in getting ideas.
I've had a three day weekend.... can you tell? :0)