I am guilty of living in my sweatshirts around the house... all year long. What can I say? I like to be warm and comfortable. Because of this little known fact about myself, I have been very anxious to add sweatshirts to the new Volume Twenty Five shop. I'm also really happy to say that these fleece lined raglans get 5 stars on the cozy level! I currently have 4 designs available in the shop... but will be adding a new design every day. Carrying the designs over from the tees.
How was your weekend? Jaydon and I finally got away to celebrate our 11 year anniversary. It fell on opening day of Hunting season this year. I was a compassionate wife and let him go hunting... with very minimal complaining. ;) We didnt do anything too big this time around, but my parent's were kind enough to watch the kids for us Saturday night. I set foot into an Olive garden AND a Target in the same day... with one of my most favorite people on earth and we were able to carry on a conversation without interruptions from pint sized people. What more could one ask for? :)
Today has been a really productive day- and I LOVE that! So- now I am off to make myself an iced mocha. :)
p.s. Yesterday I posted over on the Volume Twenty Five blog my immediate plans for the new apparel shop. So far, I am posting pretty regularly over there. I am adding new designs to the shop daily, so I am not short on things to talk about- okay... I might never be. But still. ;)
We are open for business you guys! It seems like ages ago that I started this new venture. Maybe because I took my time perfecting and creating it just so. I learned a little about SEO, if it's possible to learn just a little. I even went out of my comfort zone and created my first facebook ad campaign. Will have to report back on how that goes.
Honestly, I have butterflies in my stomach. I think I'm supposed to be confident and believe I'm going to just knock this whole thing out of the park... and wow... wouldn't it be amazing to feel that way?! :) I feel good about the product I am offering, and that I have presented it in the very best light possible. BUT, I know there are more things I could be doing to tip the scales just a bit more in my direction. Really though, there is always room for improvement. But I am pretty excited about what I have been able to achieve!
I do have more plans for the future. I hope to offer children's tee in the coming months. I also feel there is a need I can address with future designs. More to come on that soon!
In the meantime... a virtual penny for you thoughts perhaps!? :) I would love opinions on how I can make the the site ( Volume Twenty Five Apparel ) easier to navigate. Any constructive criticism would be appreciated! :) I also have a blog over there you may be interested in reading.
You guys, I have been horrible at blogging. I've worked on more big "projects" this year than ever... and clearly my blogging has suffered. Re-branding my entire digital shop, then launching the illustrated storyboards. Shortly after that we had that big fire that pretty much wiped out most of July. Once our power was finally restored I took a little bit of mental break and just fulfilled orders... didn't work on anything big. However the beginning of August I started working on this new big adventure. A 3rd online store where I will be selling tees and throw pillows! Volume Twenty Five Apparel + Etc. I had actually worked up a logo back in March, but decided to change it up shortly after registering my domain. Here is what I decided on:
My first logo design took a week of tweaking to get it to where I "liked" it. This one, took a better part of a morning. It just seemed to fall into place. I really think it helped that I had already begun working on designs at this point, and I had a much better idea of how I wanted my brand to look.
Working on new designs
A few designs that will be available
I will not be doing the printing on these, and that will make it possible for me to take on this new venture. I had previously offered a few designs on zazzle, but this will be completely independent of zazzle, and I will be removing quite a bit of my stuff from my zazzle store. I'll go into the why of that in a future post on the new webstore's blog.
I have a photo shoot planned with a very sweet girl, and these three designs (shown above) today. We have had sunny days for weeks.Well, today we woke up to clouds and a 20% chance of rain. Wouldn't it just figure? May have to switch up my plans just a bit. At any rate, I AM so excited about this. It is very rewarding to finally be at this point. I'm a little nervous, since I will be the one taking the photos and I feel so out of practice! But, this is the last obstacle to overcome before launching. I am hoping to go live with the website by the end of this week. :)
I will be doing a few giveaways to help promote the new store. So, I would love to know... which pillow design is your favorite of the designs shown here?
Are there any prints currently listed in my shop that you think I should adapt to a throw pillow? I would love to hear your opinion!
So, that is the my new adventure. A little scary and overwhelming, but there is quite a bit of excitement accompanying those nerves. :) Wish me luck today! ) feel I will really need it. :)
I have fallen in love with Anemone flowers. Particularly the white flowers with the dark purple-ish centers. I just think they are super pretty. From what I can tell, I don't think I would have very good luck growing them though. Boo to the hoo. However, with this poster I can keep them around the house year round... regardless of the season, or the lack of a green thumb...
I hope you had a great day. My presence is being requested down in the kitchen (it is snack time) so I had best get those girls a snack. School can make you so starved - don't you know? I'll take that opportunity to make myself an espresso. What did you do for national coffee day yesterday? Drink coffee perhaps? Lucky guess! ;)
I received an e-mail request for a Halloween themed set that would work for pets... what a fun set to work on. :) Anyhow, that is next on the list!
However, I also have something really exciting that I have been working on behind the scenes. Hope to share more on that SOON! I tend to immerse myself in these "big undertakings" to the point that I get burned out. I'm making myself take a break because I have found it is just needed sometimes. :) The problem I have found with taking a break, is that when I come back to the project I want to completely revamp it... and I'm only talking a week long break- TOPS! Kind of frustrating you know? :)
Annnyyways- more pictures... because this Wildflower Overlay set was fun to play with. :)
Photo credits: Shannon Sewell
Jump on over to the listing for a few more photos not shown here! Hope you are having a great week. :)