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)))))).


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!

Chipping away at capstone

So this week I decided that I want to add a texture to the background of the Ribbons & Stitches website.  I have a beautiful white lace that I have taken a few shots of with my camera I plan on doing more because I want to have options when I begin to decide on the final texture, and I do not want to reuse the picture from my portfolio.  I would like to separate the sites a little bit, I think it will allow Ribbons & Stitches to be its own thing.

I am also almost ready to put the videos up on the site.  It is a little nerve wracking to me to finally put them up there because I keep tweaking them every time I look at them.  I am happy with how they have all turned out and I will have eight total on there at the end of the semester.  Unless by some miracle time to do extra things comes out of thin air.  We do have a week off between the end of classes and graduation, I have thought about doing a few more things during that week so that I can start off with a lot of content.

When one of my classmates pointed out to me that I do not have anyone to join the ‘community’ yet I started recruiting my friends.  I am also going to send off the link to the site to a few other creative contacts I have and urge them to pass it along.  I am going to stay invested in the project during the summer and try to grow it as much as possible during that time.  I am hoping that will prompt people to give me ideas and feedback as to what they would like to see next.

Ribbons & Stitches is live! (and it has actual content)

I again have to credit one Mr. Kirkham with helping me get R & S up and running.  WordPress is now installed, R & S has a theme, and I have tinkered with said theme quite a bit over the weekend. Please take the time to visit us http://www.ribbonsandstitches.com I am going for a sort of artsy logo with serif letters, and as for all the written content, that is anything other than an h1 or h2 tag is a font that can be likened to Helvetica Neue Ultralight. I am really pleased with how it is coming together, and I really enjoy playing around with WordPress.

R & S also now has a twitter! Follow us @RibbonsStitches, I am planning on following a lot of the people and companies I follow on my personal Twitter, ie American Apparel, ModCloth etc.I am hoping that this will generate some people visiting the site and hopefully watching my videos and perhaps even learning from them!

I am really confident about the progress I have been making and for the first time in a few weeks I am right on schedule. On my schedule I have that all of the bugs/ issues with the site will be dealt with by April 20, that is Friday and I am expecting to fall behind on that a little bit but I think if I just keep a steady pace of working I will not have a problem.  I am really looking forward to the final product.  I really like everything I have created so far and I think it is going to end up being really unique and interesting.

RibbonsAndStitches.com is in existance!

My latest small victory has been the purchase of one ribbonsandstitches.com! There are only a few small issues with this, first the site is redirecting to my portfolio and I cannot figure out why, second I still need to get WordPress working correctly.

After conferencing with the all mighty Chris Kirkham he helped me figure out why the site was redirecting, and awesomely enough it was not my fault at all and one polite email to the wonderful customer service reps at fatcow.com and the problem was fixed so the site is now made up of an old index I made for the Application Development class.  It is just an HTML index with absolutely no CSS and no content at all about what R & S is but the good thing is that I own the site, and that I can now upload things to it and they will be going to the right place.  I am feeling pretty good right now, but I assure you that feeling is only temporary, for I still have lots to do.

Hours and hours of logo design

Under pressure from Allen I started my logo design so they could get it up on the IMX website.  I toyed with it for quite some time and I really like what I have come up with.  I love the name Ribbons & Stitches and my favorite part of the logo by far is the ampersand.  It will probably change from what it is right now, but I have spent so much time on it, I need a break from looking at it and if more ideas about it come to me that would be great.

I think the next think I will focus on will be social media.  I think that twitter will be really useful because I have a lot of people and companies that will be great to follow from my own Twitter.  I am also going to start a Facebook and I think I will link the accounts up so that when I tweet a picture it will go directly through to Facebook.

Alas the only thing that is becoming difficult for me is WordPress.  I read a lot about it on when I was doing my research and I guess I just put it off, so that is my next goal. I need need need to figure out WordPress and install it so that I can really get going on this project.