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Shop Talk: What Will We Do Today?

You probably thought by the title that I was going to talk about what I’m doing today. Nope. I’m not. (I’m just working like I always do. It’s boring.) That’s the title of a website that I worked on last June that launched just a bit ago. I’m so happy with the way it turned out, which is cool because right after I finished this job, I worked on another job that flopped spectacularly. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Ugh. That’s what I get for feeling like I’m hot stuff about this site. Anyway! Maybe I’ll share more about that flop later because flops are the BEST learning experiences, even though they smart like a bloody hangnail.


I love these little illos. So often I get pigeon-holed with the cutesy stuff and I don’t like to think of myself as a cute-monger. I don’t make scrapbooks! I’m sophisticated, damnit! I mean ninja bunnies! (That’s my new curse word care of Bug.) But the cute just sneaks in and I am better at it than I am at other things so I try to embrace it and work with the skills God gave me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it blows up in my face. But this post is not about my flops. It’s about my successes. I’m sorry, can you tell I’m still working through some of my feelings about failure?


Anyway, I’m really happy with this design. I love working with Heather. She is the best web designer ever and worth every penny. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. I truly respect her sense of design and her obsessive need for NO CLUTTER. She always does such a good job. I just recently designed a whole website myself for a client and now I have even more respect for her. It was hard and I’m still not 100% happy with it. When it launches I’ll try to share that here too.

Jill Hart and OMSH
(Jill Hart and OMSH)

I also really love this site. Jill Hart is a Grandma who does all these cool things with her grandchildren. People like her make me want to get older. Life does not stop just because you wake up one the morning with arthritis. How cool is it that she does all these things with her grandchildren? It’s like a whole home-schooling curriculum! I’m seriously impressed and so happy to work with her. I hope she keeps needing illos because I love making them for her.



  • gingermog

    I love it when you talk shop :) I also worry about being too “cute” as well, being pigeon holed in my career, etc etc but a very savvy international After Effects wizard says I should embrace it, our styles are very different and what make is unique, and he gets sick of being asked to do whizzy wig, sophisticated car ads all the time in a similar style .

    Love ninja bunnies, may have to borrow it, everything is “amazeballs ” in my studio ( so lasts year dharling or maybe six months ago – I don’t watch Glee).

  • Jill

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to have you in my bag of very creative tricks. I don’t know how you did it, but you captured completely what I wanted for my site. Before I got my hair chopped off (I’m a talker, and the hair stylist and I were having such a good time she swiped me bald) my hair looked like the gal on the bike. In fact, I believe I am even shaped like the gal on the bike.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…..I just love everything you do and am honored to have you work with me.

    Of course, what can I say about Heather. She is most certainly my very special muse.

    Such a happy Grandmama. And you know how important it is to keep Grandma’s happy…right?

  • Becca

    All your illos and drawings are perfect the way you make them – if cutesy is your style for the day (or month) go with it. You have fans for a reason and I am one of them!

    I agree with you about the sting of failures and hangnails. They correlate so much. Our failures and flops teach us much more than any of our successes so roll with them and smile through the frustration!

  • Ami

    Hi there! I clicked your “email” link and I got an error, so I apologize for sending this in a comment. I was just confirming that you got our feedback about the spy glass — I replied to your email-reply to my comment on the post about your upcoming book.

    I love your illios for this design!

    Have a good one,

  • OMSH

    I love, love, love the illos you created for Jill’s website. Absolutely adorable and spot-on. Jill herself thought you crawled right into her head and life.

    It is a joy to work with all the talent and passion you and Jill exude!