My Latest Work & Only 3 More Spots Left for the Year!!

Hi everyone!! I know it's been a while since I've posted about completed custom blog designs, so I thought I would share some of my most recent work with all of you. I also want to share some news about some projects I will be working on that I am very excited about. 

Although I LOVE doing custom blog designs and I LOVE working closely with clients, I will be taking a break from custom work after March of this year to work on some other projects.  I have three  open spots and once those spots are filled, I will close the order form for the year,  

I know this might seem drastic, but taking most of the year to work on some projects that I am really passionate about will be exciting and a nice change of pace for me. If any of you are interested in ordering a custom blog design from me then now would be the time to place your order

Click HERE to find out about how to order a custom blog design. I plan to possibly open up the order form again after the summer, but I am really looking forward to getting some amazing projects started and finished this year. 

Now that that is out of the way, I would love for you to take a peek at some of the most recent work I have completed and visit these AMAZING bloggers!! Some of them are new and some of them are seasoned, but all of them are resourceful, motivated, and amazingly talented bloggers that I have had the honor of working with this year (and a few last year..haha)!!

Each client I work with has his/her own style, which is why every design looks and feels completely different. I hope you enjoy the new designs below... Click the blog buttons to visit each blogger below. 

I hope you had fun browsing through my newest custom blog  designs  and I hope you found some new great blogs to follow and learn from this year!!

Learning to Use My New Canon Rebel SL1: My Arizona Desert Photos!

Although I have had a lot going on lately, I was able to use my new camera this week during a few hikes through our own "backyard".

I took about an hour watching the video that came with my bundle and read through the manual before I was ready to get started. Little did I know that taking photos is quite a complex, and often, frustrating process! It took me a while to learn how to use the different lenses and how to set just the basic settings for taking photos. Although I only have a few photos to show you all.. I am still proud of say the least.. haha

I finally had a chance to view the photos from my computer and I was amazed at the difference from the photos I took with the Canon from the photos I WAS taking with my Galaxy PHONE!! Yes... my phone was also my "professional" camera...

Above is the Canon Rebel Sl1 bundle - similar to the bundle I got. I KNOW so many people recommend the Canon Rebel T5i, BUT {in my defense}, I am a creative person and I LOVE white technology! I chose this particular model because the Canon Rebel T5i did not come in white...hahaha  AND I love it, but the way!!

I actually had NO idea I was getting this for Christmas. In fact, my husband told me that the giant box by the side of the tree was a Squatty Potty. What is a Squatty Potty you ask? Well, it is a stool for the toilet that allows you to put your feet up. I am short and I always have a little stool in the bathroom. EVERYONE in the house makes fun of me, but I don't care... a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.... right?  We first saw the Squatty Potty featured on Shark Tank and the kids and hubs all laughed and said that I should get one. I actually did want one... hahaha!! Any who, I never did get one, but I did get the camera I have been drooling over for some time now!!

Now I don't know about you all, but we are not in a position to drop this much money on a camera so my husband ordered it and was able to choose the easy pay option to break it into smaller, more manageable payments!! SCORE!!!

Now that I have it.. and I am making payments on it for the next couple of months, I have a ton of great plans to use it to add new products to my shops!!! AWESOME-SAUCE!!

After getting a little bit used to the camera, I took photos of different plants, textures, animal habitats and more to use for some great new resources for both teachers and designers!! I just finished up the first set of textures this evening, but they will not be completely ready for a day or so... I am working on how to organize and bundle these the best and most efficient way possible. I really do LOVE how most of them turned out and now I just need to get another external hard drive for all of the pictures I will be taking. I am thoroughly excited about this whole new adventure!! Who knew taking photos could be so fun!!

Here are some of my first photos... and I don't think their all that bad for a beginner!! If I choose to include a few of the ones I took of Charlie playing fetch in the backyard... PLEASE ignore my ugly backyard... it is HIDEOUS!! I don't have a lot of time to garden and I have pretty much let it all go to "the place I shall not mention". So... I apologize ahead of time and will work on trying to work on my yard so my grass looks like grass and not... well.. I don't even have a word to describe what it looks like, but it feels UNLIKE any grass I know of {except mine, of course}.

My neighbor across the street just had fake grass installed.. which I think is cheating.. but hey... if you have the money.... Charlie actually was ABOUT to trample on it when he realized it wasn't real and literally freaked out and pulled me back to our side of the street to walk. Even dogs aren't that amused by the fake grass... although I do have to say that the fake stuff looks pretty darn REAL!! I will have to take a pic to show you time.. haha

I am sure my neighbor would REALLY appreciate that.. haha

My Photos...

This is the VERY first picture I took of Charlie... and NO.. that is not my backyard behind him. That is one of the MANY beautiful parks in my neighborhood that we like to walk to. As you can see from the image below... I completely cut out the top of his ears.. DANG!! It is still a cute picture.

Okay... so the actual picture below I know is terrible, BUT Charlie looks so funny that I just couldn't pass this one up!! {Yes... this is a small bit of my backyard..sorry} I will be using this photo next week for a really fun linky challenge. I hope you all join in!

I did not forget about our Chubby Chihuahua, Roxie. She is an old lady and pretty much just finds a place as close to my feet as possible to snore all day. Sometimes, she can be quite annoying and I have been known to scold her out of the office. I only have to give her "the look" and she knows it's time to snore somewhere else for a while. Most times, she will plop about a foot directly outside of my office... hahaha...

Just so you all know, I was NOT planning on getting her tongue in the shot... it just happened and I find this picture absolutely hilarious!!

Here are a few of my very first close up of FLOWERS... OOOOH... AAHHHH!! haha
AND YES... I DID walk onto someone's front yard (just a little bit) to get a picture of this beautiful rose... I just hope no one was watching... But don't worry.. the next flowers are all my own...

AND... last but not least.. hear are a few of the Arizona Desert... This next one is not about the photo, but more about the cacti. When I saw these two cacti, I imagined they were having a conversation, so I created a little cacti humor for you to accompany this photo...

What did one cactus say to the other?
Give up??

No need for applause... I already know how awesome that was.. haha!!

There are always so many interesting looking Saguaro skeletons in the desert! I,ove how much personality they all have... I won't tell you what I thought of when I saw this one below... but isn't our my Arizona sky just AWESOME!!!
I did not go alone on my hike, but every time I wasn't paying attention, my little explorer wandered off and could seemingly get to the top of the hill within seconds! I always get nervous with him running around the pricklies ever since he ended up getting "attacked" by a Jumping Cholla Cactus last year. I had to use my mouth to remove the spikes... one at a time.... from his leg, socks, and foot!! We had hikes out pretty far that day and Joe and I had to take turns caring a 12 year old on our backs the entire way back. The poor guy was all red a swollen on his foot for a few days, but he seems to have forgotten the pain he went looking at the pic below...

Now here is a picture I took of a Jumping Cholla Cactus. I wish I had noticed that darn branch in the middle before I took the photo, but oh well... I am a beginner.. haha. These grow little prickly balls that fall off and land around the ground of the cactus... they move around when it's windy and if you aren't paying attention while you're hiking, you could get caught in a mess!! The little balls stick to everything... clothing, skin... you name it! We pay close attention to watch out for these now.  The one below is about to flower... I think.

The next one is called a Fishhook Cactus and THIS is the one with the stick in the middle of the photo... haha.. I wanted to share the image with you all because they get the most beautiful bright coral pinkish-purple-ish flowers in the Spring! Who knew something so ugly and dangerous could produce a flower so beautiful!? I can't wait until they begin to bloom, so I can show you the flowers!

It is AMAZING that I can find almost every species of desert plants right in my own backyard... well... about a hike away.. but still close. 

I even managed to get a couple of shots of my husband... getting cozy on the couch {lookin' delicious with his new suave hair style} while Charlie is sleeping in HIS corner spot.. haha.. AND YES... my husband DOES, in fact, own a Harry Potter Cloak... AND YES, it is draped over my elliptical machine in the background... It might as well be an invisibility cloak since that machine RARELY gets used. Actually.. I have been using it every day for the last several weeks after my knee injury. It is a great warm up to TurboFire and gets my muscles warmed up and ready. I tore my ACL and was down and out for nearly two weeks straight... 

And here is my little Missy {actually, she is a senior in high school this year.. YIKES}! This was the ONLY photo that I added any filters to...and I did because she is always posing in her Korean pop music style and I thought the black and white added to the drama... bwahaha!! I actually have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to photography... this just happened....

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos and getting a little glimpse into my weird life..  until next time my friends!!


WAIT... I just realized I didn't get a photo of myself.... oh well, I will give you one last one of Charlie... that will do for now (-;  

YES! I Actually Did This...

I have been so focused on getting caught up on custom blog design orders and going through my list, that I did not read carefully when working through a small set of revisions for a current client of mine. I laughed so hard when she emailed me back that I thought I would share the story and my creation with all of you.

Although rare, I have been known to make a wording or spelling mistake every now and again when working on a custom blog design. This week, I had a DOOZY!! I am also not one for using profanity in my posts, but I HAD to make an exception in order to tell you this story...Being that this is a NEW year, and this mistake technically happened LAST year, I can now laugh about it with a little more dignity.

I am currently working with 6 clients right and I have 3 that are in the test blog phase {the last phase before the blog design is published live on the clients' blog}. I always work through one at a time, get everything that needs to be revised finished and sent, and then move on to the next one on my list until I am done with each client.

I keep a folder for each client and when working with revisions, I always print out the email because I like seeing it in front of me and checking things off as I complete each one.

For this particular client, the post signature was the last thing on the list because this client wants to remain anonymous. We waited until the end of the design phase to figure out what she would like me to create for her signature and she was able to include her request at the end of her revision request.

I read through it quickly and then got straight to work.. not even thinking twice about the words I was using.. Keep in mind... this is a TEACHING BLOG!!!

Here is a snippet of the specifications for the signature she sent me in the email:

"Custom Post Signature- Ok I spent all morning trying to think about the post signature as I am trying to be somewhat anonymous. lol SO after pinning several fun phrases and what not I found a Tina Fey quote " Bitches get stuff done" and I thought it would be hilarious to play off that with Teachers get stuff done and maybe add a arrow through an apple."

Now... I always take every clients requests into consideration, but I don't always create exactly what they ask far as the specific design in concerned. 

I got to work and created the image you see at the top of this post {minus the copyright line}, uploaded it to Photobucket, and then inserted the code into the blog design so the image showed up at the bottom of each post as the post signature. I did not think twice about the word, "bitches", and I had no reservations whatsoever about this being a signature for an education blog published by a teacher. Sometimes, I get in such a work zone, that I am just working without really thinking critically. 

I was thoroughly happy to have all of the revisions finished and ready for my client to view & immediately sent her an email to let her know to check out the test site. 

Within a few hours, I see an email response form her that begins with... 
"It's looking great! Ok don't hate me but I think I miscommunicated about the signature..."

Being the complete sweatheart that she is... she didn't even call me out on MY mistake... 
I seriously have the BEST clients in the world!! She continued to rave about the rest of the design and asked if I wouldn't "mind" changing the word, bitches, to teachers. 

As I read the email, I burst out laughing and completely turned BRIGHT RED!!! Obviously she would not have wanted her signature to include the word, bitches!! The mistake was most certainly my own for not taking the time to read the email carefully, but she thankfully got a little giggle out of the mistake as well!! I did change the signature for her; however, I ended up falling in LOVE with the quote and decided to create and order a mug from my own Zazzle shop, so I can place it on my desk and laugh!! Feel free to order one for yourself if you'd like to!! I placed the link below (-; You are also more than welcome to use the image I uploaded at the top of the post for personal use. 

Motivation Mug
Motivation Mug by 3AMTeacherDesigns
View Message Mugs online at zazzle

Forgot about this earlier, but Zazzle has a promo code you can enter to get 20% off.. just in case you wanted to order this mug for yourself...and laugh every time you have a cup of coffee!!  Here is the promo code: Code: BRINGIN2015Z  (not sure when it expires, but I used it and it took $6 off my order!!)

I also have my TPT shop marked down 20% until the end of today and I am leaving the Custom Blog Design TPT Seller Special up for ONE MORE DAY!! Order now and get $100 in FREE clipart!!

I hope you got a little giggle from reading this... Happy New Year!!! You ALL ROCK!!!

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