Sunday, September 21, 2008

The goldfinch takeover

A few weeks ago, I took these pictures through my studio window (so they are a little blurry...). For about four days, there were 8-10 goldfinches outside my window at any given time. The sunflowers were just going to seed, and the birds were having a hay day!

Friday, September 19, 2008

For your princess...

Introducing my new princess crown. I'm excited about this one! I'm breaking the mold of my usual crazy shapes and doing something I think will appeal to all those girly-girls out there! It has been a real process figuring out the bugs - and the photography has been a bit tricky. I tried photographing it on white so I could essentially erase the background and do some fun photoshop background, but my computer was having a hard time distinguishing between the background and the crown, so I gave up on that. Then I photographed it on a black background to try the same method, but ended up with a black outline/shadow all around that made it look very obvious that it was cut out. So, for now, it is just on black, but I'm working on some other options to have a better picture for my website, wholesale brochure, and press sheets.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mississippi Children's Museum

One of the things that has kept me so busy over the last month is a very special project for the Mississippi Children's Museum. I was contacted about my ability to put together a special I Spy Bag that would be like "Mississippi in a bag." After several weeks, many excited phone calls, and lots of "email tag," I came up with an I Spy Bag inspired by their adorable rocket ship logo.The actual logo has a space needle top which was problematic and left out, but I am very pleased with the result! The museum is in the final stages of development (actually being built as we speak), and they will be using these bags to promote the museum and generate excitement about all that can be found there. I was told "we want people to play with these bags, then visit the museum, and be like 'Hey! I saw that in the bag!'" They presented an original list of "dream" items - some were quite a challenge! With some creative thinking, a few custom photo tiles, and some serious searching on my part, we came up with a fabulous list very tailored to their museum and state. Some of the fun things inside include a shrimp, tugboat, globe, space shuttle, and local road signs.

It was a huge order to fill, and I am thrilled to have it finished and shipped out. I've been told that the promotional bags will be revealed at a week-long fundraising event that began yesterday, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they are received! They are already talking about a scaled down version to carry in their gift shop :)

This was a really FUN project to work on, and I hope to generate some excitement from other organizations that could benefit from such a specialized item. To learn more about the amazing Mississippi Children's Museum, please visit If you are interested in hiring me to design an exclusive I Spy Bag for your organization, please send an email to thosegreathousewomen (at) gmail (dot) com.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Preparing for Halloween!

Sorry, I've been on blogging vacation. The good news is, I have new products to show you! I'm finally getting into the Halloween spirit (my mom, too), and we have several new designs to showcase...
Even one just for autumn: