Side projects are very fun and A Jar of Pickles is mine! Since starting Pickles 5 years ago, I have been consistently working full time, but it's has always been extremely manageable even as Pickles grows. I am very fortunate, and I believe that it is easier for me than it might be for others.
I have a job that I find creatively and intellectually challenging, so, though tired, I still come home motivated to explore my own personal projects. I really think an inspiring job stimulates pursuing side projects. I used to think that a chill job that utilizes less of your mental energy would save more for projects outside of work, but It’s a little counterintuitive in that those jobs are, yes, chill, but ultimately mind-numbing.
- I was trained and continue to use the Adobe Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, etc) for my career which helps me with Pickles stuff for literally everything, from Instagram posts to catalog creation to product photography. There are great online services that can execute these tasks for small businesses but being able to achieve this in-house (my small “house” of 1;) saves a ton of costs & time that would be spent on the logistics of outsourcing.
- I have a job that I find creatively and intellectually challenging, so, though tired, I still come home motivated to explore my own personal projects. I really think an inspiring job stimulates pursuing side projects. I used to think that a chill job that utilizes less of your mental energy would save more for projects outside of work, but It’s a little counterintuitive in that those jobs are, yes, chill, but ultimately mind-numbing.
Our marriage had its first milestone yesterday: our 1 year anniversary! Jeff and I took some time recently to reflect on our first year of marriage and relive our amazing wedding day— it has been the best & most fun year of my life. Marrying your best friend is highly, highly recommended:) Reliving the day prompted me to want to share what I designed for our wedding!
I had a lot of ideas and pins for our wedding board; it was hard to decide what route to take visually. I knew it would be pretty minimal but I initially didn't want to incorporate any of my little doodles and cartoons into the day- I wanted it to be plain and maybe a bit sophisticated and elegant.
Some of my initial designs:
But then I thought about the theme of "us", as cheesy as it sounds, and our long journey to get to marriage. Pretty much since Jeff and I met in middle school, we were one of those forever on-and-off couples, filled with prom drama, fighting over 10¢ texts, and a lot of dramatic convos over the years. When we finally started for real dating, I spent sooooo much time reliving the fun/ sweet /embarrassing memories. I started think of how we could incorporate these memories into our wedding and share them with the people we loved the most...View Post
I've always admired JGL for his very normal life sprung from child acting, the versatility in the roles he takes on, and his deep, beautiful dimples. What he said prompted me to think a lot about Pickles and what I am doing with it.
I get asked often what my plans are for Pickles. Friends I'm catching up with often begin with some variation of, "So, quit your dayjob yet?" I'm sure most of it is just friends flattering me, but the first time I was asked that I was really surprised- I've honestly never planned or thought about taking Pickles to a full time thing. Even when I started selling cards, it was to pass time in college, which then grew (kind of) slowly and steadily over time.View Post
I thought it'd be fun to start of my consistent 2016 blogging with random facts I've told people about A Jar of Pickles in recent months.
- I suck at drawing on paper- my doodling in class was never, ever fun to look at or keep.
- I've changed logos at least 3 times. I still can't make an icon that I like, because Pickles have a certain... shape to them, and if you put them in a jar, they kind of look like floating embryos (so I've been told).
- But, I've never, ever questioned the name "A Jar of Pickles"- I know brand name such a huge part of anyone starting a business, but it's been so obvious from the start for me. (Read my feature in Stylust Magazine for backstory,)