Note: I made this a 2-part series because it was getting too long! Go here to see how “the before times” (i.e., before quarantine and the reality of COVID-19 hit) went.
In 2020, I was glad that my side hustle was just that–something I could put off to the side. I am an AP English Language teacher and mom to a now-four-year-old. When quarantine life started in March and my school moved to entirely virtual learning, my husband and I had to pivot to figure out a new family routine. And ours meant 7-day work weeks in which we tag-teamed on parenting duties and ramped up our productivity during our work hours. I had to figure out how to teach online AND get my kids ready for an AP test in May. I didn’t have time for my side hustle anymore.
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Last year, I did #LiteraryWhiteboardLettering, a project in which I lettered book quotes on school whiteboards every day that I gave a book talk to my students. It was my way of fostering a reading culture in my STEM school. This year, I changed schools. I wanted to keep promoting reading by lettering book quotes in my classroom. #LiteraryBlackboards was born.
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Last week, on a rainy Saturday, I had my first experience selling my art in a festival setting! It was one of those things that I thought I would never do–my personality just isn’t right for selling my art in person, I thought. But, y’all, it was fun. Here’s the story of how it came to be!
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This weekend I got to be a vendor at the Rockwall Comic Fest, hosted by Rockwall ISD. Here are the designs I featured as stickers or posters at the event! You can find all the stickers at my Etsy shop here, or click through the quick links blow (see product title) to see my designs on several products, including mugs, notebooks, and tote bags!
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When I started The Nerd Lady, one of my many hopes for my creative projects was to create artwork that could get girls excited about science and adventure. I wanted to create dinosaur and outer space art for little girls like mine so they could dream about discovery and exploration. There’s plenty of this for boys, but not much for girls. As I started focusing more and more on literary lettering, however, I let go of this hope.
Until this year.
Continue reading “From Instagram Message to Nursery Decor: The Making of the Moon Board!”