Tear….My last blog for capstone

Ah the sweet relief of rounding third base and almost having one foot on home.  This week I did a lot of tying of loose ends on the Ribbons & Stitches website.  There are now items to purchase on the shop page, as well as items listed on Etsy.  The shop page is actually really cool you can add things to a cart and I made a customized ‘add to cart’ button that matches the rest of the site.  The shopping cart is all linked to PayPal and if someone buys something I will be alerted and the money would go into my PayPal account.  I am sure I will expand on this page of the site later, but for now it is rather basic just because of time constraints and the fact that I have been concentrating more on the videos and the look of the site in general.

Monday I will be sending out the invitations for people to join the site (I put the invitation in a previous blog post).  Everything will be totally done by Friday, but I am thinking that sending it out on a Friday might be less effective than a Monday, in that people will forget about it over the weekend.  My hope is to have a little bit of activity on the site before the exhibition, even if I have to force my fellow classmates to participate.

I knew pretty early on that I wanted to make textures a big part of the site.  With that in mind I took many different pictures of all the fabrics I have and set the header of the site to change every time the page refreshes.  So every time a person goes to the site they will see a different texture close up of fabric. The picture here is a screenshot of the home page with my favorite picture.  I am really happy with all of the photographs on the site, I think it really drives the aesthetic quality. 

As for a background texture image I think I have given up on that dream.  Every time I tried to put one up it was too busy along with the pictures for each individual post.  I also wanted to keep the picture really light, because (in my opinion) it looks better with a lighter color on the background, and every background picture I put up was way to dark.  So for the moment that idea is scrapped, but I guess all it takes is one cool picture to change it all,  and the ‘needles’ picture that is on my portfolio was a total fluke.  Perhaps lightning will strike again while I am taking pictures.

I think I am going to use this blog to continue blogging for Ribbons & Stitches, just because I have it all set up already.  I do plan on keeping up with the site, just as a hobby and a creative outlet for myself, and perhaps it will turn into something more, perhaps not.  I enjoy doing it so I am going to keep it up.

I also found some footage I forgot I had, so I made another video today about how to hem pants, I now have a grand total of ten videos.  I totally forgot I even shot that segment, but I was happy to have the extra footage. The funny thing is I was just thinking that I should have made a video about hemming pants because it is really easy and it is something that people often have trouble with.  It was a nice surprise when I was looking through all my SD cards.

I am happy with everything I have done thus far.  I guess looking back I wish the lighting had been better for some of the videos, but there is nothing I can do about it now except learn from it and move forward.  I think the site looks great over all and I am glad I did it on WordPress, I have actually had a friend ask me to make them a site on WordPress so I am glad to have the experience.  But anyway, I am excited about the exhibition and I am going to bring a bunch of the things I have made so that people can see what I have done.  To sum it all up please give me an H (I’m just joking (or am I? (I think I am (I probably am (but I’m not (so lets see an H)))))).

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Ribbons & Stitches is on Etsy!

Today I opened an Etsy shop and listed my first item (yes I only have one so far, but I have a bunch of things ready to be photographed). The official name of the Etsy shop is RibbonsAndStitches (you should go there and buy things), I was hoping to use an ampersand because I think it just looks good, but I wasn’t able to, so that name will just have to do.  I am hoping that this will lead to more traffic to the site in general and it will surely get the Ribbons & Stitches name out there.  I was also able to connect the account to @RibbonsStitches on Twitter, so that will again hopefully lead to the name getting out there more.

The site is nearly complete, I just have some more photographs to take for each of the posts and then just general tinkering. I would like to put this logo on the site, in lieu of the plain text that is there now, but I am afraid to mess with the php, I will get around to it though.  I still do not have a background image, but hopefully I will just take a fluke image like I did for my portfolio.  If worst comes to worst I will just go with a plain color background or I will make some kind of background in illustrator.  I am trying not to stress out about the background image because that is something that can wait until the day of the exhibition, and I will probably change it a few times before I get it right anyway.  I want it to come off vintage, but modern at the same time and I guess I am just having a difficult time making that happen.  Which is really frustrating because the portfolio picture just happened and I have taken so many pictures that just wont work for this.

Once the site is done I am going to send out the invitations via email to a list of people I compiled.  I will probably do that sometime next week once all of the videos are embedded.  I have a really strong group of people and I think it will not only get them into it but hopefully that will help it to travel by word of mouth.  All and all I am really excited about my project and I am happy with how it is turning out.  I am definitely going to continue with it after graduation, and I think it is only going to get better as my skills get better, so check back in six months and it is going to be even better than it is now!

 

It is almost over

I am getting so much done with Ribbons & Stitches, most of the videos are up, and there are a few more than I had anticipated.  I am glad I have more than I thought I would though because it has just given me a good amount of content to start with.  I am not sure how I am going to continue to do video once I no longer have access to the Elon equipment, so having more videos than I bargained for is fine with me, I may even delay posting one or two just so I have things to post.

I have also been tweeting a lot from @RibbonsStitches, every time I am doing something I take a picture and tweet it.  I am however struggling with finding an appropriate background picture.  I know I want it to be a texture but as of yet I have not taken the right picture for it. I have tried out a lot of different options and I haven’t found the right one yet.

On a different note I have decided to send out an invitation (pictured) to about 50 people inviting them to join Ribbons & Stitches.  I think this is going to help it to get out there a little but, and hopefully travel by word of mouth to start. Now that I have done all of this work it would be nice if people actually went to the site.  I may tweak this invitation further, but I am really liking the old-style font along with the Helvetica Neue, it is how the fonts are on the website.

I am also toying with the idea of making an Etsy Store, because that will also help get the word out there, and again I think it is a good place to start.  I do not have a ton of things to sell, but I think I will start with around five, and once I have time to make things I will.  Hopefully I will be able to have a few extra things up there by the exhibition.  I am really looking forward to IMX, I think that my project is coming out really well and it is going to be fun to see it all finished!