Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Update on the happenings for Curious Little Bird

Today is August  22nd, and I've had my very last class of the entrepreneur program with SAJE, here in Montreal. We had our business presentations as our final project. Of course, I wasn't as comfortable as I hoped, but I did my best. I did get some positive responses, and not many negative (which is good). :)  It's always nice to get more positive than negative. During today's full day of presentations, I decided to draw. My goal was to finish an entire sheet of paper full of sketches. I had no idea by starting a monster (far right side), that it'd actually change into a sea scene. I love challenging myself, and I did this entire drawing with a ball point pen, however, I started around 10 am, and I didn't finish it until about 4 pm. I think my favourite character is the rabid looking monster on the right side, and the jellyfish in the middle. :)

I can't believe how long I've been in this program. The day I got accepted, was November 2011, almost  a year ago. Well actually it was a 9 month long program, and a lot of work. I have to thank them for accepting me, giving me free business classes, and my counsellors for pushing me to go further than I thought. In 6 months I've more than tripled the amount of actual stores, and well, everything has been great. I can imagine where I'd be if it wasn't for that program. I'd probably still be making monsters while working full time (like so many people). The fact that I was already unemployed helped me to push me to start my own business. To take that plunge!! No one knows how hard it is to run your own business until you actually do it. I know many people who want to do it, but it's always good to talk to people who own their own businesses, and really talk to them about their struggles when they started. A start up is hard. Trust me. Although I love working for myself, and I find it highly gratifying to know that every penny that I make is going to me, and me alone, I have to say that it's highly stressful doing everything yourself, as well as the discipline. If you think about it, we grew up with someone telling us what to do every day, and then you change that to you being your own boss. Way harder than it seems.  But in the past 9 months I've finally found some sort of rhythm that works for me! It's not a 9 to 5 schedule, but close enough.

From tomorrow until the end of December it's going to be l'enfer (or hell in English). Hahahaha. I'm kidding. The business is going fabulously!

I'm also thinking of redesigning my logo. I'm not getting the impression that people are associated the bird in my business card with my monsters:


So I've decided to redesign it, so the business name is more condensed, and instead of a bird, perhaps I can do a sketched monster?

This is what I have so far, it's my napkin logo...

I've been thinking that a nice old fashioned font would be great, and a sketch of my monster! Thoughts???

Well that's that. Have a great rest of the week, and stay tuned on Friday when I have a new artist feature post! :)


  1. Melanie,

    Congrats on the completion of your classes! I am really excited for you. I need to take some business classes, which is what my college degree is in, but first I have to get through all the boring standard classes like English and Math.

    I absolutely adore your drawing. The monster on the right side and the jellyfish in the middle are my favorites too! I wish I could do something like that in one day, haha. I always get sidetracked and never finish. >.<

    I like your little drawing of a potential new logo! I do like your old logo, but I could see how people might not be able to match it with your business name.

    Good luck
    <3 Jenn

  2. I think changing your logo is a good idea, having a monster on it. You could draw a little bird on the other side of the words either looking at the monster or looking out (at the person holding the card) with a puzzled look on his face. Or even a little bird sitting on the monsters head, definitely think you should keep a bird on it somewhere. Maybe even on the word bird. Just some food for thought :)

    1. That sounds like a good idea! I'll try that. :)

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  4. I love your drawings! You should sell prints or something!

    I think have a monster by your logo would make more sense than the bird (thought it is cute!). If you had a bird type monster that would be so perfect!

  5. I deffo think a monster would be cute! Although you are called a curious little bird you do make monsters!! Maybe a monster with a cute little bird on his shoulder?? I like curly fonts but then I always see logos and signs with other fonts that I like haha!!

    1. The logo would be nice if when seen without the words "Curious Little Bird" that someone would know it was my business. So maybe a monster with a bird on its shoulder could be cute!