The State of Cate: Etsy Edition

A few months ago, my sister-in-law, Rebecca, texted me out of the blue asking if I’d illustrate the pictures for a book she wrote for her daughter. Umm…come again? I hadn’t drawn in years. I’d never done anything like it before and I was wholly unsure if I could draw one picture, let alone 13 for a children’s story.  So naturally, I had a panic attack and told her how dare she believe I could do such a thing.

And then I decided to give it a try.

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Shortly after that, I started neglecting my hygiene and children because I loved do it so much.

One night, Joe commented to me, “It’s so great seeing you have so much fun.”  “What do you mean?” I asked.  “You hum when you draw.  And you sometimes spontaneously break out in chair dancing. It’s cute.”

It was Christmas, so I drew presents for most of our family and friends.  I posted pictures on Instagram and some people were really lovely and so kind.  My friend, Hillary, was my first paying customer.  I drew her and her new hubby in their wedding clothes.

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And then my friend, Lindsey asked me to do the typography for her web banner and threatened my life if I didn’t open an Etsy site. She seriously gave me a deadline and I love her for that.

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So, my hubby, who had been slow chanting “Catie, Catie, Catie…” this whole time, taught me how to put my drawings in Illustrator to digitally color them.  I did a few more drawings for people and last week I opened an etsy shop called The State of Cate.

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I sell custom portrait illustrations, but plan on expanding to various prints, wedding cards, stationary, and logo & web banner design. I’m so excited for new stuff being added this week: Grandparent gifts, prints, & new Valentine’s Day gift options! Stay tuned and check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheStateOfCate !!

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