Saturday, December 6, 2014

Monogrammed Gifts by Customized Chic

     How fast time flies! You probably hear that line a lot when December steps in. And it feels even faster than it really is when you're busy. I bet everybody's busy this month. Especially my fellow freelancing artists out there. The closer the holidays come, the busier we get. That's something I learned to accept after 3 years of being self-employed.

   So what has been keeping me busy since mid September that I had to put some stuff for Buhay Bohemio aside? Well it's these monogrammed items for Customized Chic.


        One of my best clients on digital portrait paintings, Madam Yssa,  is very much into personalizing things for her home and one day, obviously not so long ago, decided to make a business out of it. She started with these really sleek acrylic trays with engraved monograms.

     I also designed 14 graphic prints for her acrylic trays, based on the themes she has chosen for her Prima Collecione. Like this Greek tray (top) and this other one we call Willow (above). Nice huh? Imagine your initials on them. The trays are available in 6 sizes.

        She also has hinged acrylic boxes available that can either have a print or an engraving.

     Recently she added throw pillows with embroidered monograms to her product line. We'll be working on pillows with vinyl monogram prints soon.

       Her latest product is the custom self-inking monogram stamp. You can personalize your stationery in an instant with these things!

      So yeah,  I am the artist behind every monogram on her products. My collection of fonts in my PC was certainly put into use. Designing her items was so reminiscent of my employment years in export companies where I designed housewares and decor.

     Really I was almost like her employee for 2 months! Like an artist-on-call, I was confined  to my PC, waiting for her instructions, submitting product studies and marketing images to her via email. That of course went on when she started accepting orders. She had fairly a lot of orders for starters, and it was all monograms for me for days and days. I'm beginning to dream of the alphabet in my sleep.

      She promised to herself that she'll  stop accepting orders for the holidays by November 22nd because she's also aware that I also have my own brand to attend to. But there are still a few follow-up orders that she just can't refuse hehe. Well at least the load is not as hectic as the weeks before. Now I could get back to my pending t-shirt and digital portrait orders.

      You know, in the local scene, there are a lot of personalize-it shops out there, but very few specializing on monogrammed items. So far she's the only one who offers monogrammed graphic acrylic trays and embroidered pillows. She's getting a lot of positive feedback and I'm really glad I was able to help a client with her business start-up.

      Customized Chic doesn't have an official website yet but do check out the products on Facebook by following  this link.  ^_^  

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