I finally did a Photoshop tutorial for making a wax seal that I have had my eye on for weeks but put off (knowing I would want to individualize it) and when I took it on, it DID end up sending me off in several directions that I am thankful for. Because of it I ended up getting a basic grasp on working with the pen tool (never used it before) and then I was pushed mentally to come up with a logo that could fit within the seal -- I love the logo I came up with so much that I think I will stick with it for a while.
The following set of seals shows my progression of thought...
I realized an H (green) wouldn't ever do it by itself no matter how much I fiddled with it. So I thought about being blunt by putting an H with the rest of my name spelled out around it (blue). Interesting, but messy, and it didn't represent the *idea* of my name in any way. It needed something pictorial in it. So I decided to mix text with simple moon shapes (for night and dreaming) while keeping the entire name within the space (red) -- and came up with something I love! I love it so much I turned it into a brush.
Then I used the brush to make wallpaper to put a gold rubbed seal on. This is as narcissistic as I get. A new toy.
Cool, huh? In the end, I DO have an "H" I can use on it's own. Sometimes to get from A to B you have to run around the block...or you have to find a good reason for the effort.