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I’ve tried a million different things, and I still can’t get pictures I’m satisfied with. I’m going to keep trying, but in the meantime I’m going to be slightly less critical of the pictures I’ve taken and show them here. So, without further ado…

It’s all available in The Shoppe. I’m still working on a bunch more items to add to the list, so stay tuned!


…but I’m not happy with the way it turned out. Let me explain.

I’ve been working over the last several weeks on re-opening the Monkey See, Monkey Do shoppe – a sort of re-envisioned shoppe. I’ve been a paper addict for years, and I thought I was finally ready to share some of my creations & stash with the world. I’ve been experimenting and cutting and punching and gluing…and it was all taking so long to come up with something I was happy with. I started to feel rushed. I started to feel like I was wasting my time. But I know, in my head, that good things don’t always happen easily or quickly…and this was my first try. Finally, earlier this week, I held in my hands six finished products ready to be listed. So I snapped some photos and spent hours using my meager photo editing skills to try to make them look presentable. And I thought they did…until I posted them on Etsy. For some reason, every time I list something I end up hating the photos of that thing, but only after they’re posted. I mean, I knew the pics weren’t great, but now I think they look horrible. After all that work! I’m not doing myself any justice here.

So those six products are listed, and I’ve added a link to the left sidebar, but please understand that I will be spending part of my weekend reading up on product photo-taking and trying to give you all a better representation of the actual product. Until then, I’m not showing them here. You’ll have to go to Etsy to see what I’m talking about.

On a somewhat happier note, I have a lot more products in the works that will be posted with beautiful photos in the very near future. And once that is done, there will be a bit of a grand opening celebration…once I feel like celebrating…not yet. So stay tuned. And if anyone has any advice for me, I’ll gladly take it. Ugh…

Slowly, very slowly, I’m starting to get back into the swing of normal life. After nearly two years of a hectic, mad-rush, graduate student’s life, I found it hard to know what to do with myself after graduation. I had more time than I’d had in a long time, and yet I often felt like I had no time at all. But I’m finally finding my groove, so to speak. Still no job (though I’m constantly looking), but I’m keeping myself busy.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog, missing it, wishing I knew how to become reacquainted with it. I’ve written countless posts in my head, but I was never quite sure how to start a conversation after such a long absence. Eventually I realized that the best way to start is…to start. So here I am. Starting over. I have so much to share, so much to talk about, so many questions. I’m excited to begin again and give this blogging thing another chance.

I haven’t made any changes here yet. How can I change something I hardly know anymore?  Once I’m comfortable here again, then I’ll know how it should look. Until then, we’ll have to get by with what we have.

That’s all for today, but it’s just the beginning. I’ll be back soon with plenty to say 🙂