Even though I spent most of the day yesterday drawing, I am still not finished with the last sets of designs for the calendar. I really wanted to be, but it just didn’t happen. I took time choosing my subjects and it wasn’t as easy as I initially would have thought. I still have the months of November and December to finish up and I hope to do so today.
Sometimes when I have too many choices it gives me more of a problem then when I am not sure what I will be doing. With so many different fun and cute subjects for October, it really slowed me down a lot. I found myself panning through my folders of reference materials and my mind wandering to all the new things I want to do for the upcoming year and I fount it very difficult to focus and actually pick some things that I will include in the calendar. I finally came to some decisions, and I am going to stand by them. October is one of the cutest months yet, and while I could have gone in so many directions, I chose what I chose and I am sticking to it. :)
Here is a segment of the design:
It is going to be fun and simple and something that everyone can cut. One thing that I made sure to do with this set was to include four somewhat ‘generic’ sets of overlays so that if people aren’t interested in a particular holiday, they don’t have to display it. For example, the winter set for January can be used for December, January and even February if you don’t want to show Christmas or Valentine’s Day. The May flower theme can be used all through spring and even into summer. I am sure you get the point.
The closer I come to finishing this project though, the more I can see a need for some add-on packs. Yesterday Katie (MrsN) suggested a birthday theme. I think that is a great idea and exactly what I am talking about. There can also be themes for things like fishing or perhaps a western theme with horses for those who love horses and have a southwestern decor. And I have to make a bear theme for Grizzman! I like having fun with this idea and I think that lots of customers will have fun too.
This morning, I got up a bit early and I decided to tackle getting that Customer Showcase page updated on the site. I have been receiving many wonderful pictures from customers and I really wanted to share them with everyone. You can visit the new page HERE and see all the great ideas that people come up with and wonderful ways that they use my patterns for springboards to their own ideas.
It took me a bit to figure out how to do this and make it consistent and also be able to update it quickly, but I think that I have a good idea now and it looks quite nice. It shows the many variations that you can do on a pattern and also shows off some of the great work that my customers do. I am going to try very hard to keep up with it and hopefully I will be able to do so without too much of a problem. I truly appreciate the time people take to send me the pictures and I love to see others use my patterns in different ways. It’s one of the best parts of what I do.
So with that said, I am going to get back to work. I hope you take the time to stop over and look at the new page. Hopefully I will finish up these last couple of drawings today and by later on I can begin cutting.
Have a great Thursday!
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