Friday, September 25, 2009

Knot News - Some Changes on the Way


Remember "Fans Earrings get a Facelift"? You know where I went crazy and had a lot of fun with making up different "tails" for the Fans Earrings? Well, my craziness did not end there.

I got busy and figured out a design for matching necklaces to "Fans", "Diamonds" and a hybrid "Diamond Fans". Photo above shows the results of my labor of love.

Then, I got to work on patterns for the new hybrid and the necklaces, and they all inter-related, and my brain got locked up. Finally last night, my brain unlocked a bit and I have nearly finished the pattern for "Fans Necklace and Earrings".

I have revised, rewritten and reorganized the old pattern for the earrings and integrated the new necklace into it. I should have it out next week - just a few finishing touches, a couple of photos, and formatting to go.

I will then begin work on the others. I also have most of the photography done for the "Criss Cross Bracelet and Earrings" and will hopefully be able to write it up as well in the coming weeks.

I'll save the rest of the photos for when the patterns are finished. After all, I need something to post with their introduction to the internet, don't I?

Remember "Testing a new process"? Well that version did not work, but I think I may have found the solution in another site - e-Junkie! Apparently, they provide storage for pdf documents and "buy now" and "add to cart" buttons so you can sell your documents from your website. This is exactly what I was looking for. So, when I get the new pattern finished, I will test out this new "e-Junkie" system with it.

So then, I joined Facebook so I could play Scrabble with an old Friend who lives in another state and so I could view her photos of her kitties. I am a sucker for kitties as my eight can attest to! I was happily surprised to find an acquaintance on Facebook as well and was perusing her page last night when I saw that she had signed up for a store on ArtFire...

I checked it out, was impressed and now KnotGypsy Has a New ArtFire Store! It is a great deal - free with the Basic Membership. Basic membership includes the "studio" (online store), basic functionality and even a few color palettes to choose from You can keep up to 12 items listed at all times and there is NO CHARGE for this. If you want all the functionality, unlimited listing, and more choices in color and presentation, Verified Membership is only $12.00/month. Period. I am excited to see how this works out. I see possibilities...

Find my ArtFire widget in the left hand sidebar (scroll down). It includes "Rapid Cart" from which you can purchase items directly without having to sign up for any accounts as is also the case in the actual ArtFire studio as well.

Oh, yeah, I figured out how to make banners with Picasa photo editing software (free from Google)...and voila! I now have matching banners for this website, My Etsy Shop, and My ArtFire Studio.

Even though I have not written much lately, you can see that I have been busy. I even listed a few more kits in my Etsy Shop. And, yes, I will be keeping my Etsy Shop as it has been very good to me. I am not sure how I will be dividing up my inventory between them, I suspect that will be a journey of discovery as well.

Time to get back to work, or perhaps I will just sit back and admire my progress so far.

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