Sunday, May 31, 2009

Papernstitch June Exhibition

I love Papernstitch! I booked a slot for The Tiny Fig in this month's exhibition! If you stop by be sure to click on my little heart! The shop with the most hearts at the end of the month will win a prize! You'll need to sign up for an account to click on the hearts and leave comments but it's super quick and easy to do! I hope I see you there! :)

I almost forgot!

This past week my Etsy shop reached a milestone of 4000 hearts! I heart you all too :) Thanks for the love and support!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

A sneak peek

As mentioned in the previous post I have been illustrating and doodling away. Here is my current project that will be released in the late Summer/Fall of 09. The blue birdie up there is named Madison. As for the fur ball, he doesn't have a name yet so if you've got any suggestions make a comment!

Monday, May 25, 2009

cupcakes galore.

I haven't updated in a while so I thought I'd pop in and say hello! I haven't been feeling very well lately so I have spent most of my time doodling away in my sketch book. I have lots of cute new characters for the Fall collection and I've been obsessed with cupcakes ever since I heard Martha Stewart say she's releasing a cupcakes book next month! I've already got some cupcakes in the shop but there's always room for more! Hopefully, I'll get them turned into vectors soon.

I've also been busy busy drafting patterns for handbags. More on that in the next few weeks :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Tee's in the shop!

and they are on sale! Why are they on sale? Well, these tee's are being cleared out at a discounted price because I was not very happy with the print job. Some problems you may or may not find on your shirt are: a small smudge on the edge of the print, problems with alignment of the design, the logo is not square, logo is placement is too low, or the print is not completely opaque. Overall, the problems are minor and your shirt may have no problems at all so if you don't mind a bit of imperfection then snag one of these while you can. Otherwise, I will be having these shirts reprinted soon. Regular price for this shirt is $25 USD. Visit The Tiny Fig to purchase.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shop The Tiny Fig in CAD and EUROS!

I have been working for the last 2 weeks revamping the site and I am so close to where I want everything to be! I just have to make a few more minor adjustments and hopefully I will be satisfied enough to leave everything alone for a while.

You can now shop in Canadian dollars and Euros! It took me FOREVER to get the currencies added to all the items because I was sick for a week and could hardly get out of bed! I'm really glad I did it. I think it makes the shop more international friendly :)

I have resized ALL the images on the front page and category pages! Seriously, this was a pain!!! but I think the images were way too big before and everything looks cleaner now! Don't you agree?

I've also made a few other changes: I have changed the "new arrivals" link in the left sidebar to "apparel" for when I am ready to list my new tshirts, I have removed all the pages from the categories so now you can "view all" or sort by items (coasters, magnets, etc...) and like I mentioned before I have re-sized all the images on the category pages. I actually still need to randomize the images on some of the "view all" pages but that will be left for a rainy day.

I also spent a lot of time tweaking the shopping cart's features and functions so that customers have an easy time checking out and I get the info that I need. I use Mals E-cart and for some reason every now and then someone will check out and not pay immediately. When they don't pay immediately they can't go back and find the invoice to pay later. What makes it worse is that I don't get an email saying that someone has ordered unless they pay. (Basically, if I don't log into my account I never even knew about this transaction! STUPID RIGHT?). This kind of annoys me so I made a banner and wrote a little blurb explaining it. I tried to type it out incase the banner didn't load for some people but the cart would only let me type 250 characters so I added a link for payment, shipping and return info instead. Would you do me a favor and read my blurb it to see if I made my point clear? Thanks!

I'm so glad that I am almost done everything on my list! I have a few more small details I want to fix such as adding a "go back" or "return" to category page on individual item pages underneath the cart buttons, I want to finish creating pages for the items I don't have listed yet, and I want to figure out how to create dropdown lists so that people can select sizes or length options when they check out!

Gosh, this is a really long post and it took me almost an hour to write it..... I'd love your feedback if you have any :) Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm taking a few days off.

I've been super tired the last few days and I feel totally drained from all the anti-nausea meds I'm taking. I've closed the shops and will be back to re-open on or before Monday.

Take care,

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Extended Sale!

Yay! All paper goods are still on sale until May 11th! Please visit the the website!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Multiple Currencies?

I'm debating back and forth on whether or not to add CAN dollars and maybe Euros while I'm at it to my website. I don't mind adding it but I do mind all the work it will take to edit the prices when the exchange rate changes. I wish there was a simpler solution! Maybe I will just pick a flat rate exchange and keep it at that until I am unhappy.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My site is back up!

I haven't fixed anything yet... I just got tired of staring at the Etsy mini every morning. I decided that I'm going to get rid of the pages and sort the items by collection (bread buddies, cupcakes, birds, forest friends, imaginary friends, weather, etc...) and by style. I updated the inventory so feel free to shop! Don't forget that all stickers and paper magnets are on sale in both my Etsy and Website! The prices have been marked down already!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A peek into my garden :)

rows of onions and chives. if you look on the top left side you will see baby tomato plants and a rosemary bush on the mid left.

baby cucumbers.
not sure what these are called.

Friday, May 1, 2009

5 day sale on all stickers and paper magnets

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