Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

I cannot believe the 2014 Holiday season is already at its end!

We spent a really nice few days celebrating Christmas at my mom's house. We had dinner, relaxed, went shopping, and went to a couple movies. It was great! We had agreed to do no presents, except for spoiling November, which we all enjoy. Still, we ended up exchanging some small gifts. Again, like last year, my gifts were handmade. I'll have to post about them soon!

We even managed to get a good picture with Santa! November has never been a big fan of the creepy bearded stranger in red, and absolutely refused to take a decent photo the first time we attempted it this year. In fact, in the original proofs the photographers showed us, she looked absolutely demonic! She had her head down, hands over her face, eyes scowling up at the camera. Needless to say, we did not choose to buy copies at that time.

I tried not to make a big deal out of Santa one way or the other, and let her decide what she thought about him. But, throughout the month, November began warming up to the idea of Santa, even getting excited when she saw images of him. Then, on Christmas Eve, she was suddenly adamant that we had to go visit Santa, tell him she wanted dolls for Christmas, and take a picture. Not wanting to waste a possible second chance at a Santa photo, my family and I quickly obliged.

She wasn't completely comfortable during the visit, and wanted mommy's company in the photo, but the photographers were much better at helping her feel at ease and coaxing her modest little smile (not everyone knows how to deal with shy kids!)

I love how November overcomes her fears on her own, in her own way, and in her own time. It's another one of those moments that makes me remember how far we've come from the days when she was a high-needs infant!

I hope you all had a cozy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Greeting Cards and Potty Humor {New Etsy store additions!}

My last post about my Etsy store, explaining the failure of my very first attempt at digital print versions of my canvas paintings, was a bit of a bummer. Well, I'm happy to bring good news from my Etsy store once again!

I have new listings, and have found a successful way to offer prints!

While I haven't added many new digital listings, I'm still going through my first 'trial' and figuring out which ones to keep and improve. So far, I think this one translates well as a digital file for buyers to print at home:
I've also decided not to offer both print AND digital printable versions, and have decided to differentiate between the two: my digital printable files will be simple, font-focused images (like the one above) and my physical prints will be more like my fox design:
I've found a local print shop in Seattle that offers beautiful, high-quality giclee prints, and even provides cardboard backing and a cellophane sleeve for each print. Now I can reserve my more detailed designs to offer as a physical print!

Which brings me to the main subject...new prints! While working on a custom order for a print version of this canvas painting last week, I came up with this cute and fun design:
The customer ended up choosing a different design, but I loved this one so much that I ordered some prints of it to offer in my shop!

I also ordered the fox design as greeting cards! This is the very first time offering greeting cards in my shop, so I'm very excited.
I even added on an option to purchase a custom, hand-written inside message:
These cards will be perfect for baby showers and new mommies, and double as frame-able art! We'll see how it all goes. Art is such a fun hobby, and I love sharing it with others. There may be bumps in the road here and there, but it feels so good to get back up again without letting discouragement drag me down too long!

Wishing you lots of creativity and inspiration in your own hobbies and crafts this holiday season!