Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yet Another Redesign

Well in a few hours it will be a new year and with it comes a new website. Yes I have yet again redesigned my website. I just could not get happy with the layout of the past one and my knowledge of HTML and CSS/Java and all of the bells and whistles were lacking. I finally broke down and bought a program to help me and help it did.

Now everything is in better order under each design and you will be able to choose which store you would like to purchase from. Hopefully it will make browsing and shopping much easier.

Just roll over an image and a pop out menu will let you pick which store you would like to browse and buy.

Greeting cards are available in all three stores but I recommend if you only want one to use Greeting Card Universe, the quality and service is outstanding and you won't be disappointed. Of course you can buy them in bulk but I also offer box sets on CafePress. As for the other gift items the quality is superb no matter which store you choose. So feel free to browse around and drop an email if you so choose. Any feedback is appreciated.

Now hopefully some inspiration will hit and with it new designs so check back soon and see what is new!

to be continued...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Importance of Friends

Ok, well let's see. It has been a while since I wrote and quite honestly this blog thing is difficult for me. It is much easier to talk about a new design or about what inspired me to paint a particular painting but since I have been bone dry for what seems an eternity I thought I would comment on something I realized just recently. I guess the upcoming holidays and the loneliness of them got me to thinking about this.

Not too long ago I signed up for a Facebook account. The reason wasn't to find friends I have lost touch with but to get my name out there and to show my artwork. I never thought in a million years that anyone would even be looking for me but I was wrong, things have a way of coming full circle.

Now in high school I was not popular nor did I care to be, I always danced to the tune of my own trumpet for a drum was too normal for me. I had a few close friends that danced to their own instruments and together we had our own jam session, all of the notes just fit. I wasn't much for hanging out with people my age and most of my friends graduated a year or two before me or moved away which means I lost touch with them easily.

One day to my surprise I get an email through Facebook with no signature saying he liked my work, now the face looked awful familiar and after the shock wore off I knew exactly who it was. It was an old friend from school and we quickly got to catching up. Funny even after 20+ years it seemed like only minutes have gone by, still the same old Jim from school. After a while the old gang seemed to find their way back and almost all of us have reconnected. Athough there may be a country or an ocean between us, for we seem to be scattered all over the planet now, it feels like we never left each other and that can be comforting. Yes we have had our trials and tribulations, ups and downs, happy, sad and losses but it is nice to know that there are people out there who don't judge, who have seen you at your gawkiest yet like you anyway. Who no matter how far you get or how long you have been apart they are there for you. I didn't really know how much I missed everyone until that email.

I guess since this is the time of year we should be thankful that we actually think about the things we are thankful for no matter how small they may be or how far away they live. I am thankful for my friends both new an old, there may not be many of them but they are the best anyone could have and I am honored to know them.

to be continued...
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