Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My Newly Designed Website is Up!

{new website}

Well, this week marks a huge V for victory for me and at that, I can feel tears welling up in my eyes while feeling absolutely exhausted! For months and months I have been working away every spare minute I physically can to work with a website company to revamp my website, create artwork for new collections, sew Glam Garden garments & prepare for a photo shoot...all after I get home from work and on Saturdays.
Granted I absolutely LOVE what I get to do and feel very honored that I have the chance to do it - so there's noooo complaining there!
So on the joyous side, I want to share with you all that has been taking place behind the scenes over these past few months! I'll break things up into 2 posts. This one which will talk about my new website, and the next one will be about the Glam Garden photo shoot.
{goodbye old website! you will be "missed"}

- New Website -
My first website (the one you all know), I designed myself. As in, pick-up a manual and teach myself Adobe GoLive and how to make it all work on the web, myself. I spent a lot of time creating it and much of that time was spent in frustration and tears. I really didn't enjoy the process. (And yes, literal tears).
Funny, my first job out of college was as a website designer - I lasted 4 months. Thankfully, a new job at Nordstrom saved me! I had no training except for my boss handing me a huge 400+ page book and telling me to start reading. And the way we did it? By html coding only. I tried really hard, but it was sooo painful!

The reason(s) for my new website are that I am trying to get further into the licensing industry and needed to refocus my website to really say that, instead of saying/showing that I just do fabrics. I also needed to add in my second fabric collection, Glam Garden. All in all I needed more functionality to my site that my web skills didn't equal, and knowing that I am not a web developer I thought I'd better leave those tasks to the experts - which equals more time for me to spend on the things I enjoy! So I spent time researching and researching and researching web companies, and after many conversations and loads of questions, I finally chose
Deluge Studios in Memphis.

We started working I believe in October/November 2009 on the site. I was really happy that I had the opportunity to design the site myself, to be able to keep with my artistic style. Which turned out to be much more work than I anticipated, but soooo well worth it! They've been hard at work adding in cool functionality, handling all the coding, and everything else fantastic that they do that I'm glad I don't have to do! The team at Deluge has been such a pleasure to work with, and my site is so much more than my initial vision & expectations, which is a dreamy plus. (Thank you so much guys!!!)

When you get the chance and feel inspired to, head on over to check out my
new website and have fun clicking through the pages! I really wanted to create a site that captured my artistic style, clearly explained my focus, and allowed people have an enjoyable experience.

Friends, I hope you enjoy!
: )

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