A Word From Our Sponsors – August 2013

Since I’m no longer publishing the monthly reports, I still wanted to give a shout out to those who have sponsored us last month.  And this lovely shout out is all about Paige from Livelygreendoor.com.

Paige is a DIY’er who shows us glimpses of her home and their latest decorating and remodeling projects.  This month she took an antique dresser and turned it from used to polished!

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Might I add, that we’ve been looking for a dress like this to turn into a TV stand.  I’m so jealous that she got such a great deal on it!

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Head on over to Livelygreendoor to see more of this polished furniture make-over!

All images in this post are from Livelygrenndoor.com


A Graphic Designer’s Business Insurance

706_2900In my line of work, I have shop policies that act as my insurance.  But what happens if something goes wrong with my computer?  What if it crashes?  If it crashed I can lose all my templates and my business goes down the drain.  That’s when I decided I didn’t want to take the risk and purchased a external back-up hard drive.


At first I did some research.  Some bloggers use online programs to back up their computers for a monthly fee.  I strongly dislike having monthly bills, so I started researching the Time Machine that was built into my Mac.  I was sold.  Since the Time Machine is already installed on my Mac, all I needed to do was buy the external hard drive.  I hightailed it into town to Best Buy and spoke to the Apple Guru who pointed our two options for my Mac’s Time Machine.  One of them had a storage space of 500Gb (gegabytes) and the other had a storage space of 1 TB (terabytes).  Since I do a lot of work in illustrator, most of my files are large.  I usually do regular maintenance and clean out unused files to save space, but I could really see myself creating more and more files in the future.  So I played it safe and purchased the 1TB hard drive for around $80.00.

And just like that, I have a back-up if something were to happen.

Time Machine will automatically backup my files once a day.  And once the hard drive gets full, it will remove the oldest file first to make room for the new file.  I think it’s going to be several years before it starts deleting anything.

Now it sits next to my package weight machine on my desk.


That weight machine is something I purchased way back in 2003, when I was 21 years old and wanted to have my own online stationery shop.  I hung onto it all these years thinking “One of these days, I’ll get to use it.”  I’m glad I kept it or else I would have had to buy another just to ship my orders out.


There you have it.  This is how a Graphic Designer protects our templates if our computer crashed.