Brain wave idea based on my current Instagram minivlogs:
Not all are online, not all can be done in Australia, but very many of these 101 ways to make a few extra dollars each month can be achieved by any one of us.
I’ve now got an idea to combine a few of them into one package!
We all know that coffee and chocolate are important food groups. Either together or seperately, they help us to feel good throughout the day.
Today I have collated twenty four ways you can wear coffee. That’s right, wear it. Okay, they are from my tshirt gallery.
Below are many designs I have created over the last few years. Each of them has coffee on them in some way. Expect more. Enjoy them all!
Liked them? Buy them easily and quickly via Redbubble and have them delivered anywhere around the world. Xmas is only a few sleeps away!
When I first started blogging I had no idea where the future would take my scribblings. I readily admit that blogging was purely an escape from the realities around me.
Since then the articles have evolved into articles about the work I enjoy: photography, art, the art of fatherhood, plus a myriad of random subjects. I really should narrow it down, but then I get ideas that I let flow. Like my last post, I never know where my mind takes an idea.
About two years ago I had a silly idea that I could monetise my blog. I watched many other bloggers add Google Adsense and tried to follow their example. It hasn’t worked yet. See, I have a particularly appearance that I would prefer they adhered to. But they don’t. They are ugly.
So I have finally gotten smart. With my graphic art skills honed over the last fifteen years, I only advertise my family products. All the adverts below are in the sidebar of both mine and the kid’s blog. So here’s hoping you click on the links, go check them out, and maybe buy a tshirt or framed work. A father can dream.
MY WIFE & KIDS
MY PHOTOS & TOG-SHIRTS
So now you know what I do in my spare time. And how I make a little money from my blog.
FYI: I created all the graphics for these adverts. Some need more work or complete revitalisation. That’s the fun of this game – I can do that. I enjoy it.
Just about every day of the week I spend at least two hours creating web graphics for web advertisements or tshirt designs.
But today I am showing you the advertisements I created for my wife’s business on Kangaroo Island – LSBeez Honey & Queen-Bee Breeding.
Yeah, many of you would know that I am their online sales and web-guru, but in actuality I only get paid in lodging, regular meals, and the constant love of my two beautiful children and their mother. There is not enough money in the world to cover those rewards. (But don’t get me wrong. I would love a paid job or two.)
Here they are:
LSBeez is a family-owned apiary operating on Kangaroo Island, producing premium quality honey from Ligurian bees. After suffering a terrible setback in early 2016, Sarah & Stephen Mitchell needs funds to relocate to KI to help manage the business. Your support will help LSBeez to continue producing honey for everyone to enjoy.
As you can see, I love creating graphics. I started back in 1996, and I still use GIMP exclusively and extensively to design and create all my ideas. If you need graphics designed and built for online usage, contact me via Twitter
It was quite by accident, yet I have always been the creative type. It turned out to be a good idea because at that time I had a fairly boring day-job, so being able to be creative in the evenings made up for the monotony. [I left that job in 2012, so I can say that now.]
The night 9/11 happened, I downloaded a freebie GIF-maker and made a dozen images that basically said how I was thinking about that whole event. [The images have since dissappeared into the archives].
Shortly after I discovered GIMP [“a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition”], bought a bible-width reference book – and haven’t stopped creating or editing images.
With some amazing scripts (eg: saving all layers individually), I taught myself basic graphic-design – and now produce awesome tshirt designs AND manipulate my photographs similar to photoshop.
Wait, what did I say? Use GIMP instead of Photoshop:
Yep, For about eight years now I have been using GIMP for manipulating my photographs. Yeah, not many people realise that. Whilst everyone was raving about Photoshop, I kept learning GIMP. And I freely admit I still don’t know half of what is capable of doing. But it did teach me how to be creative.
Because producing parts of a graphic often meant asking yourself [Q1] “With the little I know, how can it be done?” For one example, I taught myself how to create (often B-grade) shadows for trees that had been manipulated from another photo and stuck into the current photo. Yeah, (hangs head in shame), I do that. But you wouldn’t spot it, and I am not going to show you where. (Smiles gleefully).
Then in 2012 my tshirt sales started making some series G’s … per annum. Not a lot, but it got me thinking … and I decided [Q2] diversity was the key to success. I now have two Redbubble accounts – stephentrepreneur is photography, ezcreative is tshirts – and I market them like crazy.
Gotta be honest, [Q3] marketing is the key to success in any game, and particulary online. It doesn’t mean whoring your wares: It means seriously spruiking via social media to your full advantage. It works. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, I am there, showing off my skills.
In 2015, sales started ramping up. The monthly balances were not going to make me a millionaire, but my creative side was impressing my corporate side no end.
It is now 2016 and I am trying new ideas. A series of about 30 graphics are in production as we speak; They are based on observation of what sells most in my creative collection. [Q4] Never let your best work stand alone, use the experience to your advantage.
These days I spend a few hours each night drawing my ‘brain-farts’ onto paper, selecting the best, then determining how I can create them with GIMP. It isn’t easy, I don’t deny it, but it is fun.
Someone said I should do tutorials, but I now have two beautiful children who need more Daddy time, so I won’t be spending much more computer time than is neccessary. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever do a tute.
That says enough, I am quite sure, but I plan to post some related articles in the next few weeks.
Oh, you’re probably asking what is with all the [Q]’s in this post? I have discovered that I really can write some seriously awesome quotes. So I have marked them for reference. I may add id-links soon so they can be tweeted. Noice.
Anyhow, nothing else to say other – except: Check out my tshirt collection here and here – and buy a cup, mug, tshirt, doona cover, and/or phone cover. Buy one of each! All purchases help to fund our next big project.
For those who spend longs night online, this should be a welcoming view: Loads of Coffee :
For those who have their coffee on the drive to work, you might recognise this view: