Yesterday was spent getting things ready for the site update. Between finishing up the patterns for the new stuff, designing and cutting the new free pattern that I am offering and even drawing up a couple of additional quick designs it kept me pretty busy.
I finished the pattern for the calendar topper and that is about ready to go. It came out to be 22 pages long, and includes all 12 months. I left the April and December months for Easter and Christmas respectively, as people can still put the ‘generic’ overlay pieces of flowers or garden for April and the snowman and skates for Christmas if they prefer. I still plan on doing add on patterns, which will include other themes like cats, horses, birthdays, etc. The add-ons will be very reasonably priced and nice if you want to have something special for a day or so (like a birthday or anniversary) or a theme, such as western or cabin or birds. I think they will go over well.
Another thing that I wanted to get finished up was a free pattern for my visitors to download. Some of you may remember a while back when I had found some cute cat shaped paper clips while surfing the web. I ordered some and they arrived only about a week ago. I think they were sent from Singapore and it took over a month for me to receive them and frankly, I had forgotten about them.
When they finally did arrive, I thought they were cute but wanted to have them at hand and where I could actually utilize them and see them. So I came up with an idea.
About two years ago I had designed a cute little bunny dish right around Easter. It was made from one piece of wood and it has an angled spiral cut in it so it is collapsible. You simple push on the bottom and it kind of locks into itself and makes a cute little novelty. Here is a picture of it:
While it is simple, it has been amazingly popular. You can cut it in a matter of minutes, and it is nice to hold small things like M & M’s and jelly beans and other small candies. I have it on sale for Easter on my site and it is really selling well.
So I got the idea to make one of these to hold the kitty paper clips. I thought it would be the perfect way to display them without taking up a lot of room. Here is what I came up with:
It is made of ash. You can see how the layers of wood lock into each other.
The results is a fun little dish.
I was debating whether to add facial features or not, and for my own I opted not to. However, in thinking about it, I may add them in today and at least have the option there for people that want a face. It is easy enough and if people don’t want it they can leave it a silhouette as shown here.
I also decided to draw up some sea life versions of these types of dishes. I think they would look good in a bathroom holding small guest soaps or cotton balls or anything of that nature. I need to cut them out today and get the pattern ready and add it in too. I think it will go nicely with the new candle tray.
With that said, I have a lot to do today. I got up early this morning, but there were issues with my camera that I had to deal with, as the pictures were arriving on my computer corrupted. I had to do some research on it, and I wound up reformatting and I hope that resolves the problem but my camera is several years old and it may just be that it is time to start looking for a new one. I use it every day and that seems to be something that I can’t really do without. For now though, the problem is fixed and I hope it will last a bit longer.
Have a great Thursday today.
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