Month In The Life: Megan K Ball from Buck and Libby

Today in the Month In The Life Series we find out more about Megan from Buck and Libby and what she got up to in September

Named for her late grandparents, Buck & Libby is the creation of artist Megan K. Ball. Originally launched in 2011 as a collection of sarcastic and snarky hand-drawn black and white characters, B&L was revamped and relaunched in 2012 as a colorful cast of doodles with a little less snark and a little more cute. Simple, hand-drawn illustrations with cheerful colors and smiling faces make up the Buck & Libby signature style. With everything from prints and greeting cards, to custom portraits and gifts, Buck & Libby combines the quirkiness of hand-drawn doodles with the familiarity of everyday objects and themes to create products that are fun and relatable for people of all ages.

Find out more about Megan on the Buck and Libby website,  keep  in touch via facebook and  instagram and check out her Etsy shop full of fab goodies!

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Over to you Megan, show us how September went for you:

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#3- I introduced a new product line this month… iPhone Cases! These were lots of fun to create and I enjoyed getting to play around with surface pattern design. I think my favorites are the foxes.
#6- Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love that working at home allows me to make it a good one! This was one I was especially proud of since I made everything from scratch or purchased the items from a local farmers market. So yummy!
#7- Back in August I announced that I would be taking custom portrait orders at a discount for the holiday season until October 7th. It ended up being a very popular promotion and I got swamped with orders. This is the to-do list I made right after the deadline, when I was a bit overwhelmed. It’s good to remind yourself to “Breathe” every once in a while (even when you’re so busy that you forget how to spell it, haha!)
#10- Every other week my friend Jess and I have “accountability meetings” over coffee. She is a photographer and fellow creative business owner and it’s great to have someone to bounce ideas off of, get feedback, and keep each other motivated. At each meeting we also make a list of 3 goals we want to accomplish by our next meeting. Whoever doesn’t accomplish their goals, pays for coffee!
#12- I have a fun series over at my blog called “Do-What-You-Love Stories which features interviews with creatives who are living their dream. This was the day that I featured Sam Osborne! It’s a little glimpse into the ups and downs of creative business ownership with a behind-the-scenes look at their daily routines and workspaces.
#13-”Treat yo’self!” One thing I have trouble with as a biz owner is taking time out for myself. It’s easy to become a workaholic when you love what you do, but I try to take at least one day a week to do something indulgent, even something as small as giving myself a pedicure, going for a hike with my husband, or spending the day watching movies. On this day I treated myself to my most favorite treat…a massage!
#23- One source of income for me is my freelance work. I get to collaborate with other creatives on fun illustrated projects like websites, event posters, and logos. This is a close-up on a full page illustration I’m working on for a photographer’s website. Freelance work is always fun, challenging, and pushes me to become a better illustrator.
#28- Craft Show Day! I typically do at least one craft show per month from May- December, with a majority of them being during the holiday season of Oct-Dec. It’s always an exhausting day but it’s also one of my favorite things to do in my business. I get to meet people who get as excited about my work as I do and to connect with fellow vendors and business owners as well.
#30- Ahhh….vacation! My husband and I got married in the Outer Banks of North Carolina last year, so we traveled back there this year to celebrate our 1st Anniversary. This time we stayed on a small island called Roanoke Island and fell in love with the little town of Manteo. It was a magical place filled with sailboats, sunsets, and lighthouses. It is now officially on our “we must move here someday” list.

 

Thanks so much to Megan for joining in with the Month In The Life series, I love your illustrations and it’s been so good getting to know you over the past few months as a fellow classmate on Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells course!

Find out more about Megan on the Buck and Libby website, and keep  in touch via facebook and  instagram.

If you enjoyed Megan’s story of her September then you can read all the Month In The Life posts featuring loads of other artists, designers and makers > here <

 
If you are a creative person, whether you draw, shoot, write or make, and you’d like to share a month in your life with my blog readers then I’d love to feature you and your work. Just leave a comment below or drop me an email >here< and I’ll get back to you with full details of how to take part.

One Response to Month In The Life: Megan K Ball from Buck and Libby

  1. linda October 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    wow, beautiful work! so cute – checking out the website of B&L! thanks for sharing a peek into your month of creative living!

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