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Hipster Owl is Not a Vegan

So apparently this post never… posted. Here it is now!

Greetings all! Rustyfeathers has been a popular name lately, and i’ve been up to my eyeballs in freelance brochures and logo design, custom wedding invitations, and – i just made the commitment to join Hawkfest for another year of selling my art and t-shirts at Lake Erie Metropark.

So, big things on the horizon, guys. i will post some updates and let you know what i’ve been up to and what i’ve learned about design in these past few months.

Hipster Bird is not a Vegan - my first sale on Etsy!

Hipster Bird is not a Vegan – my first sale on Etsy!

But first, perhaps my biggest news of all: this month i uploaded my first Etsy listing and last week, made my first sale. Today i shipped it and it is out the door! Hopefully everything goes to according to plan, and Luke in New South Wales Australia will be my first happy customer.

The biggest thing i’ve learned about shipping prints: don’t try to ship it FedEx.

Yesterday at Kinko’s the gentleman at the counter priced shipping a 2″x25″ kraft mailing tube to Australia at about $88.

You heard me.

What were they going to do, slip it under the guy’s pillow?¬†Cover it in chocolate buttons? Dip it in yoghurt?

So, my first line of advice for selling on Etsy: i know it’s confusing, but do your shipping research. Going to the post office is a lot less comfortable than breezing through your local ¬†FedEx office on a Sunday afternoon, but in the end, they were able to ship the tube for a total of $12.75.

Stay tuned for hopefully many more Etsy listings this summer!


Al in the D.


Put together this tattoo design for my cousin while watching the Puppy Bowl, during the Super Bowl. You can tell where my true interests lie…

Hello world!

i thought the WordPress-supplied subject line was appropriate.

Hello world! My name is Sarah. i am an art director by day, freelance designer by night living just north of Detroit.

My work is influenced largely by growing up with an affinity and respect for nature, and also by my years living in Detroit while i went to school for design. My experience with Detroit didn’t stop there – we live less than a mile from the Detroit border, and stay abreast of the incredible socioeconomic / cultural movement bubbling up in the city. Read about how The Dream of the 90’s is Alive in Detroit.

i’ll make a confession. When i received my BFA {double concentration in graphic design and drawing} in 2008, i had a poor idea of what it meant to be a designer. i took on a position at a printing company as a pre-press assistant, making plates, checking files, and even performing physical labor like packing boxes on an assembly line and moving hundreds of pounds of ballots in a hot warehouse for 8 hours a day. i dreamed of a day when i would find a job as the head designer for Lake Erie Metropark or something.

i never got that job designing for wildlife, but i did eventually pass through a marketing manager position and end up as an art director for a fairly progressive company. Now i find myself indulging in design blogs, news and trends in order to make my magazine the best it can be – and i discovered something else.

Being a designer {especially in a big city} is not a 9-5 job. It’s a cult, a highly skilled trade, a profession, a way of life.

i’d like to dedicate this blog to my journey into that cult, and share with you my experiences so that everyone might understand that this is the way i want my life to be.

There’s so much more to it than i thought.

{Please visit and browse what’s there, or follow my typography pinboard on Pinterest!}