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The day has arrived and I’m just about ready. Direction signs to go up and more glassware to put out, which I’ve held off just in case my cat decides to explore it! Luckily I have a display cabinet to put most glass in and art on the walls and the colouring book are not a problem.

However I have had to contend with building work going on next door, which has been very noisy and dusty! I’m informed the worst is over ie. demolishing walls and the builders won’t be working when I’m open:

Tonight 4-8pm. Saturday, Sunday, Bank holiday Monday 1-5pm.

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Shiny new Website and Book Published!

New website is now live and a travel version of my animal colouring book has been published on Amazon.

I’m pleased with it and the website is now https ๐Ÿ™‚ It has links to my zazzle stores and book, just need to add more pages and stock the shop!

website

In the meantime my moonfruit site is still live at animalglassdesigns.com

The host I’m using is Siteground and I have to say they are very good so far. They have clear guides, easy to set up with a wordpress website and support responds quickly. I used chat and waited a minute max for a reply.

My next step is transferring this blog over, which I plan to do tomorrow. This may mean the blog is unavailable briefly but hopefully everything will go smoothly.

Project News

A selection of my alphabet colouring book drawings are now on display upstairs in Exeter library reading room alongside original paintings and here’s a photo of painted glassware downstairs with a copy of the book.

Library Alphabet glassware display

Original glassware paintings on display by the entrance to the library

I’ve already sold some spiral bound books, which is cool ๐Ÿ™‚ and have been busy preparing a travel sized one for Amazon, another learning curve with formatting! It is easy creating a PDF in word as it can be saved as a .pdf file but with the graphics programme I use it needs the print to pdf method. However basic Adobe Acrobat doesn’t allow you to have a custom size, so after much research and frustration I found a solution! Download PrimoPDF, which is easy to use and does let you choose a custom size.

Today I had confirmation that it is ready for printing and I can order a proof, so it won’t be long before a 6 by 9 inch copy of my animal alphabet colouring book will be available on Amazon.

In the meantime I am having to create a new website, as moonfruit still don’t have a security certificate option and although all sales go via PayPal’s secure site it doesn’t look good not having https enabled. This time I’m using wordpress.org which I probably should have done ages ago, although it does mean getting my head around plugins etc!

I’ll update you before it goes live as it does mean moving my blog over too. Id like to get it done before the open studios event but that is just 2 weeks away now!

Ready to go!

All drawings for my new alphabet colouring book have been scanned in and tidied up, facts about the animals compiled, paintings finished and all just in time for the May launch, phew!

Big thanks have to go to my dad for help with the front cover and proof reading by my mum. I’ve printed off the first copy of the book and here is a preview.

Final job is to add it to my website shop so people can actually buy it! I also plan to make a copy available on Amazon via create space. It will be going on display with original paintings in Exeter library this Wednesday .

Great News

Not only am I taking part in this years Exeter Art Week but my work is also going to be on show in Exeter library through out May and June. I’m so pleased to have been selected for this opportunity with my new alphabet colouring book being displayed in the quiet room and accompanying glass paintings in a display cabinet near the entrance.

B painting and colouring page

This means I now have a month to go to be ready! I’ve 4 letters left to draw, glassware to paint and I’m having a Spring sale to clear some stock and raise funds to print the colouring book.

Get 20% off in my website shop with code SPRING

Sale ends this Thursday 29th but Zazzle has sales too, check the top of their page for lots more products.

New Year New Direction

Happy New Year everyone and wishing you a happy and healthy 2018.

New Year CardI mentioned in a previous post that I’ll be working on a new project, so I’m excited about 2018 when I’ll be creating a colouring book and new wall art paintings. This new direction does involve some risk as I’m coming out of the local shop Spangles but will still sell online. I’ll continue to paint large bowls and vases for the National Trust Gallery and add to my Zazzle stores too, as I love designing on their products and the more regularly I work on Zazzle the more sales I get ๐Ÿ™‚

Exeter Art week in May is also on the agenda with a plan to launch the colouring book and show my new paintings then. So no hibernating for me!

Thank you

WordPress has notified me that I’ve reached 500 likes and that’s down to you my readers, thank you. Sometimes you can feel as though you’re talking to yourself on social media, so a like is really appreciated!

To celebrate and with last posting dates for delivery in time for Christmas fast approaching I’m having a flash sale for my social media followers. Use code: today15  for 15% off anything from my website shop, ends Thursday Nov 30th. This includes zazzle products but check the top of their page for the current code and some larger discounts.

In the New Year I’ll be working on a new project and I hope you’ll continue to follow me to find out more. I’m excited about it although it is partly because of thumb arthritis and means I won’t be painting smaller glassware including small bowls, wine glasses but I’ll continue to paint vases and add new designs to zazzle’s range of products.
Here are my latest zazzle products with abstract designs, all easily personalised.