The grand opening of our new website has been a great success! Lots of new people jumping on board, so many that our web company’s server almost crashed and John alone got over 2000 friendly emails about the site! All this while I lay blissfully unaware, elevating my broken ankle, reading trash magazines (Why DID Miley cut her hair like that?? What is Taylor Swift THINKING dating a high school senior??).
Everybody was so nice, even those having problems with the website. The only thing that slightly worried us was the fact that some people said “Welcome back!” as if we hadn’t been right here plugging away for the last 10 years, and asked for the same products we were making 10 years ago, like, ahem….magazines.
Admittedly, the company has had a lower profile up until recently. Many things factored into that, the main one being the lousy economy. People’s buying habits changed dramatically, and small gift stores closed while stores like Walmart and Target became the go-to destinations of shoppers everywhere. We’ve been here the whole time but it did get harder and harder to find my stuff, for sure. Although not for lack of trying on our part.
Happily, we’re now in Walmart and Target and– the best news ever– independently owned gift stores are coming back!
But we have evolved over the last 10 years, as is only natural. I don’t draw in the exact same style as I used to, and the things we used to produce just aren’t as fashionable now as they once were. I’ve changed, people’s tastes change, everything changes– think of it as a movie. Don’t look at it as a snapshot, of the way things used to be. After all, you wouldn’t be caught dead in the clothes or hairstyles you wore 10 years ago, would you? And I would be bored witless if I drew and made the same things over and over
So while some things stay basically the same, like the cards and calendars (although I certainly think my style of drawing has evolved!), we also have a ton of great new things, with more coming everyday! Things with fun patterns and more graphic, modern designs that I personally just love. I hope you will, too. So as I said in a previous blog, I hope you’ll take this leap with me into the future, design and product-wise. That’s right– I’m not done with the leaping. So, c’mon and leap with me! Trust me, it’ll be fun!!
Note: The bags and accessories are from Sub Urban and are coming this fall. And the fabric pattern is coming soon from Andover Fabrics!