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Appropriate product placement at the library.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | No Comments »

Appropriate product placement at the library.
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Mother Nature is making art on the bedroom wall.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | 1 Comment »

Mother Nature is making art on the bedroom wall.
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Getting ready for the presentations.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | No Comments »

Getting ready for the presentations.
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Beautiful Chinese piece at Cleveland Museum of Art.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | No Comments »

Beautiful Chinese piece at Cleveland Museum of Art.
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First crocuses.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | No Comments »

First crocuses.
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Good morning from Huntington Beach.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | No Comments »

Good morning from Huntington Beach.
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Spring?

Posted: March 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: photos | No Comments »

Spring?
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Paper for work

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Manini Project 2014 | 1 Comment »

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind despite being a slow-ish work week. I filed for my editing business LLC on the 14th and received the approval and paperwork back on the 18th. In addition to opening bank accounts, starting to notify clients, filling out paperwork, and all the other stuff a business name change involves, I found some time to sit down, bang out a logo, and design some business cards, letterhead, and envelopes for Pax Studio LLC.

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(Letterhead? Envelopes? In this day and age? Actually, yes. Some of my clients still deal with paper through the mail, and I thought it would be a nice touch, considering how much I love that green and how inexpensive it was.)

While I was hanging out over at Overnight Prints, which is my online printer of choice, I went ahead and ordered more business cards for Alchemary and some hangtags that I threw together at the last minute.

The one thing I didn’t do as part of this changeover is create a new website. The pirate holding PaxStudio.com hostage wants way too much money for it, and thus I shall remain at LoriPax.com for the foreseeable future. My clients are smart enough to figure that out. I did make a few changes over at my existing website, though, and will be making more in the coming months. I also registered PaxStudio.biz, which I will get around to redirecting one of these days, and I may sometime down the road consider shifting there eventually.

Other items on the manini list are in progress this weekend, and I’ll update those as I finish.


New banners for Alchemary

Posted: March 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Manini Project 2014 | 1 Comment »

I have been very, very lazy since, oh, forever with my Etsy shop. When I formed Alchemary LLC last year, of course I jumped in and opened a shop with that name, to help with branding and to make sure no one else grabbed it, but I just kind of grabbed what I had already used on my old shop and winged the rest, including the deadly boring banner.

It’s been on my to-do list forever to upgrade that banner, and thus it made the Manini List. While I was at it, I did a little work on the website banner, too. Here’s the Etsy banner:

alchemary banner with image

I’m still not completely satisfied with it, but it is a vast improvement on the type-only banner that was there before. The website banner is the same, minus the stamped background.


Not for the want of a nail

Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Manini Project 2014 | 2 Comments »

It wasn’t for want of a nail that the painting I bought back in December has been simply propped up against the wall in the entryway, but for want of four minutes to actually hang it. Getting the wall hooks out of the package took the most time of this whole project — who invented that horrible sharp plastic packaging anyway? My go-to hooks are by Ook, and I almost always go the overkill route by using a hanger rated for at least two or three times the load I’m hanging.

The most difficult part was being one person eyeballing the right height for the hook, then measuring to find the center — and miracle of all miracles, there was a little divot in the wall from where a hook had previously been placed to hang something there. I went about half an inch below that mark (the Ook nails are thin, so I didn’t want to go into the filled hole in case it was larger and thus the nail would not be as secure).

Ta-da:

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The painting is by our studio neighbor in the Screw Factory, Megan Frankenfield. I had a bit of a hard time choosing a piece of the many options she had at Last Minute Market, but something about this one grabbed me, and I’m delighted that I now own it and was able to support a local artist, too.

In other news, of the less visually interesting kind, yesterday I was able to clean out all the cruft that had settled on my project shelves over the past few months. I try hard to keep what’s on them limited to my physical inboxes and work-related projects only, but once in a while, when I get distracted and busy, that breaks down. The last six months or so have been a perfect storm of work projects and personal projects and all kinds of other stuff, and the project shelves turned into a place to shove anything that I didn’t have to deal with right away. I didn’t even take a “before” picture, it was so embarrassing (nor an “after” picture, because it’s just boring).

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours clearing those shelves, dealing with the stuff on them and moving stuff that didn’t belong there to where it does belong, and now the only things there are my inboxes and the hardcopy proofreading project I’m currently working on. There’s still some stuff in the inboxes to be dealt with, and a small pile of things that need to be filed, but nothing that can’t wait until next week.