I know it isn't the last one, but the next one is Christmas and it seems a long way off - I'll forget the fact that at the moment I am surrounded by material for making Christmas cards, gift boxes, etc.
1 Crafty Tales
I haven't done a lot of craft work this week as I have tried to concentrate on my website - yes, I know I have probably written those words at least ten times in my blog, but it is getting to the point where I know I really do need to get a move on and get it published. As you know from my blog, I love bright colours and originally my website was black (text mainly and some accents), white and lime green - the lime green was rather prominent. I liked the colour scheme but have come to the conclusion over the last week that it really needs softening. I therefore decided to introduce purple, well lilac really, into the colour scheme. I have used lilac as the background side-strip colour and also in some of the accents. I decided to use dark purple for the text, but still kept some lime green as I think it is a fresh bright colour. I may still go for a lighter shade of lilac on the side strips, but am playing around with that at the moment.
I am ploughing through adding items, but the dilemma is that a lot of my card stock is at Bourne Mill - it is my bricks and mortar selling point, so I keep very little stock is at home. This means I need to make stock that only goes on my website, not something that I am relishing really as it means working twice as hard (oh dear, sounds pathetic). However, with long winter nights on their way (sorry to mention winter, almost as bad as mentioning Christmas) I should have more free time to work on stock production. My big problem at the moment is that when the weather is good, I really want to be outside either working in or enjoying my garden.
In the meantime, this is my home page - so far. What do you think of it? Do you think the lilac should be a shade or a few shades lighter? I have had some feedback that the green doesn't go well with the lilac, but the green is 'me'. It's one of my original colours and I don't really want to lose it - plus a lot of my promotional material uses this shade of lime green.
I plan to 'go live' on 1 September, even though not all of my sections will have stock, but I think I have dragged my heels long enough and a small presence (growing regularly) on the internet is better than no presence at all. I really cannot attend any events this year and to the many people who ask if I have a website, reply 'it's nearly ready' - especially if they asked me the same question last year!
It's time for the Handmade Monday bloggers to visit the other participants to catch up on their makes and 'doings' for the past week, but before you go, it would be great if you would consider being a guest blogger here on the Christmas Pie Crafts blog. If you are a regular Friday visitor you will know the posts have been really great and just as good are the ones I have ready to be published. It's a great chance for you to increase traffic to your blog and website as well as other social networking that you are involved in. Interested? Email me on email@example.com - it would be great to have some more Handmade Monday-ers take part. A bit of free promotion for your new Christmas stock?
Did you read Krissy's guest post on Friday? I really recommend you visit while you are here to read about how Krissy decided to open up her boutique. Many thanks Krissy for being one my guest bloggers - I really enjoy reading about how people came to the 'today' stage of their life.
2 The chitter, chatter bit
News of the day: Trio broke out of my neighbour's home! Smashed her way through the cat flap, wandered around the garden, jumped up and landed on a 6' high piece of trellis and miaowed to be rescued! This is the cat with one hind-leg missing who has only been 'in residence' for about two weeks! She has been exploring in sheds and garage, brought out many cobwebs (better than a duster) and seems very happy to be free. Shadow is completely confused by her, but Jazz is interested as he likes the 'older woman' cat. Another one of our neighbours had a very elderly lady cat and Jazz would follow her everywhere - she was a bit grumpy (Holly by name and by nature) and this irritated her very much.
I don't know if any of you have come across BlogFlash2012? It is a blog-post-a-day event organised by Terri G Long (Terri's blog is about the Art and Craft of Writing Creatively). Terri has provided a topic for each day of August and as you can imagine it must be hard work writing something new every day. I haven't had a chance to read all of the posts, but particularly wanted to dray your attention to those created by Lesley Beeton (one of my favourite guest bloggers). She has written some very interesting posts and I feel that most of them (all really) have a chapter 2 waiting to be produced.
I read a post on Twitter a short while ago with a link to a YouTube video about the Follow Friday (#FF) activity. Like a lot of people who use Twitter, I take part in this and have tended to follow the crowd with a group FF tweet. I am embarrassed to say I cannot remember who produced the YouTube (I am sure someone here will), but their recommendation was that if you want to encourage people to follow, just FF tweet one person at a time with a reason why they should be followed. It was suggested that group tweeting can sometimes be viewed as spamming, so I decided to keep with the single FF tweet and I will continue this in future. I did this on Friday and limited time meant I only managed two, and thank you to those same two who included me in their individual Follow Friday tweets.
I hope you have a good Bank Holiday Monday - sadly I think the weather is going to be pretty grim. I will be back on Wednesday with my mid-week catch-up and don't forget to visit on Friday to read this week's great guest post.