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I haven’t written because I’ve been swamped with client work (don’t read that as a complaint, either). In addition to all the new work I have, I’m also knee-deep in writing a business plan for our letterpress shop. On top of that, even, I’m trying to clean up my portfolio site as well as combine that blog with this one. Oh, and redesign both sites to make room for all the new changes coming with the new year.

Fun times, right?

So, look out for some changes here (yeah, yeah … changes in activity, too). I’ll be redesigning this blog once I finish up Hello Nifty and put together a site for the letterpress print shop, Stubborn Press & Company, that we’ll be starting in 2012.

Enjoy a little sneak peak of my Hello Nifty update by looking at the logos:

It’s been an interesting year; I can’t believe I’ve been working for myself for almost an entire 12 months now. It hasn’t been easy. Finding a balance between working from home and enjoying my family was probably the most difficult part of it all, considering my husband and toddler and dog are all under the same roof while I’m working. It’s been worth every challenging moment, however—even the financially difficult months (and months and months), which unfortunately were more common than the financially easy ones. I’m glad that we waited until we had some savings before I started this adventure, but I will admit I naively thought getting the business ball rolling would be easier than it turned out to be.

Eleven months of stress and sweat and tears later and I can’t say whether or not I’ve entirely gotten the hang of things. I can say, however, that I look forward to what next year brings after all I’ve learned this year. I look forward to the new adventures of letterpress printing, too …

Oh, did you all know we purchased an old letterpress in August? I’m finishing up our business plan this week in hopes of getting a business loan to rent studio space and finish fixing up the old Chandler and Price New Series 10×15 printing press we rescued from being sold for scrap. It needs new rollers, feed/delivery boards, a foot treadle, and a bit of TLC. Since it’s too big to fit in our little townhouse, we also need some office space. We’re hoping to have everything ready for the new year so we can jump into wedding season with both feet. I hope to offer completely custom wedding stationery, announcements, and business collateral locally and sustainably printed on our C&P, affectionately nick-named the Mule.

Keep an eye out for more on updates on both Hello Nifty and Stubborn Press & Company.

If you’ve got a moment, you can even help me out with the logo design process, since I’m still in the drafting stage. I’m partial to the bottom two (the right is currently my favorite, but I’m really open right now). Check ’em out and please leave a comment:

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2011 Calendar by GINNIP

2011 Calendar by GINNIP

I seem to have disappeared. My apologies for not being regular about my blog posting lately come wrapped in a candy shell—last week I announced to my office (my wonderful, awesome office) that I would like to pursue my own business as a self-employed freelancer. I’ve been sitting on that egg for a long time—almost 9 months, if not more. I didn’t want to wait until the new year, especially because I want to make the transition as painless as possible for both my coworkers and for myself. The moment was bittersweet, but everyone at work has been supportive. Sad, but encouraging at the same time.

I can’t complain about that, can I?

So, 2011 is going to be the start of a very big, very new, very exciting adventure for hubbs, the babe, the dog, and I.

It’s still a little scary; there are a lot of what ifs and what if nots hovering around in the back of my mind. However, I do believe it’s not only possible for me to make a living as a freelance designer and maker, but I believe it’s the best choice for our family.

I’ve wanted to work for myself as long as I’ve been a designer (that’s 10 years now, by the way), and I can say I finally reached a point where it was time to either pursue my passions or put them away and forget about them in hopes of stumbling upon new ones. I’ll admit that starting a family has changed everything for me, especially my connection to home. Going back to work in an office six weeks after Elisha was born was hard. For everyone. We’ve all managed amazingly well, I’d say, but there is still a burden for home that nags in my heart every day.

I also have felt the urge do more than just organize information as a designer; I’d like to make more visual art in the form of printmaking, cards, and other such things. I feel like I have so many ideas and so little time to express them. I’m finally making the time.

I don’t think I’ll end up disappointed.

I’m trusting that God is leading us in the right direction, that He has big plans for us and the kind of freedom that self-employment brings. I know it will mean more work, not less, but it will be a different kind of more. It will be challenging. It will be expensive. It will be a new kind of hard, a challenge that I look forward to. I want to be able to look back in another 10 years and see God’s faithfulness written all over it, too.

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as amazing as motherhood has been, i will be honest in saying i was not prepared for it all to go by so fast. these fleeting moments have been a blur of tender quiet times with a baby at my breast, of laughs and smiles and cuddles, of diaper changes and laundry, of special adventures with just the three of us. a real blur. i feel as though even if i had all the film and cameras in the world, i couldn’t have captured it all, even up to just this tiny moment, no matter how hard i tried … there hasn’t been enough time. there never will be enough time. i have been caught off-guard by it all, smitten and crazy though i am.

i am not baby proof.

Elisha is crawling. he’s crawled off the bed, much to our chagrin. he’s crawled all over the living room, chasing his toys, the dog, and, uh, electrical cords. he’s especially fascinated by our laptop wires. hopefully, he will catch onto the word no sooner rather than later. Elisha is eating. well, he’s always been good at eating. he loves food when we feed him—bananas, avocados, rice cereal, and any combination. this week, i hope to try sweet potatoes and oatmeal cereal (probably not together). i’d like to brave some finger food. all we’ve done so far is mashed stuff, but he grabs the spoon and wants to feed himself.

he’s so full of smiles and love. he’s already got such a strong, inquisitive spirit. he’s as stubborn as his parents (sorry, baby).

but all i can think as i watch him squirm his way across the room to me is, “I am not ready for this! slow down!”

my heart aches.

sun halo

if everything is going to go by like its on fast-forward for this one baby, will it go double time—triple time—for the next? beautiful, wonderful, amazing, but everything is changing so fast. Elisha has already changed so much of my thought process, so much of my purpose, so much of what I thought I wanted in my life, in our lives that i didn’t realize. i thought i had thought far enough ahead, but now that i stand on this side of labor with six months under my belt as a mom, i realize the consequences of bringing someone, of bringing a person, into the world are vastly deeper than i could ever have imagined.

i knew nothing would ever be the same.

watching Elisha crawl in his own fumbling way, knowing he could catch on at any moment, brings the weight of the future into my thoughts like the tide coming in, washing over my heart.

what an awesome adventure. i don’t think i’ll ever be baby proof.

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