I've been working on blog design pretty much non-stop since I put out my call for it. I think I overdid myself a bit- I got 46 responses! But I don't mind because it makes me happy to do it. I love doing design. The only stressful part has been answering emails. I tried to talk my husband into answering them all for me so I could focus on the creative side of things and he laughed at me. I had to try.
I have a client who wants dandelions for her blog button. I looked EVERYWHERE for a good picture of them (that was actually usable- no stealing). There were none to be found. Of my FOUR design programs I have on my computer there was not one single dandelion. Not to be outsmarted by computers and my own ambitious "I can do anything" attitude, I grabbed my camera, went into my front yard, and started taking pictures of the dandelions growing there. Then I emailed her this picture and asked if she liked it. She was thrilled. And I was delighted to have found a use for both my graphic designs and my photography in one hit.
But the best part? It was finding simple beauty in my own front yard. Until yesterday I hadn't even looked at the dandelions growing there. Now I can't stop staring.