Saturday, April 19, 2008

Good morning friends, . . . .

*** Edited ***

I have some exciting news . . . . .


I'm LIVE, the NEW SITE is up and RUNNING!!! Can I get a WHOO-HOO!!!


So, here is the deal - everybody that comes to my blog must, and I do mean MUST, go visit the new site!!! Then, come back to the blog and post a comment and tell me what you like best!!! Everybody HAS to post a comment. All you lurkers - and I know some of you, don't make me post names . . . example would be VICKIE in ATLANTA {aka Dallas, GA} . . . oh, I know others {don't make me get nasty!} - Now come on my peeps, let me know what you think!!!!!

Let's make this fun - all those that post a comment will go into a drawing for your very own "Classic Collection" 8x10 canvas - so if you don't want one {I really don't know what to tell you} - Leave a comment anyways and maybe you can give it as a gift!! hehe - Good luck

Remember - visit the site, and come back here!! You must post a comment and tell me what you like best!!!!

**If you have any suggestions on how to make the site better - please leave those comments as well!!!**

So, I completely forgot to set a date as to when I will draw a name from the growing comments!!! Lets say, . . .uhmm . . . . how about . . . Monday at midnight {that is central time for me} - I will use one of those random number generators and post the winner on the blog! So, you will have to come back and see if you win {I will try to contact you as well!}

I am trying to link the blog on the site {not just from the splash page} AND I need to change the color on the pricing sheet. I can't change the white wording and the background is a little too light. I have a couple of emails and post saying they didn't see the pricing for all the collections. There are little arrows that will navigate to the bottom of the pricing list, but I don't think everyone can see them.

Thanks again for all the comments - keep them coming!!

124 comments:

Deb said...

So I've lurked for long enough. I love the site. Love, love, love it. The transition between menu items is great. And really, my favorite thing of all, is how personal your "About me" story is. Super cute. Love your work. Congrats on the site.

Deb in Texas

Lea Ann said...

The site is "incredibly cute!" I love the song, how you can go from menu to the other so smoothly, and the whole appearance is very professional. I love it! I'm excited for you- I know it has to be a dream come true. Keep up the great work!!

Susan said...

Your new site is GREAT!! I too love the song playing in the background. Your art work is outstanding, you are so creative. I also love all the slide shows and how they show all the details of your paintings. Congrats and I wish you the best.

Holli said...

Kim-
All I can say is....YOU ARE AMAZING!! The site is fabulous and so user friendly! It is so personal and makes you feel like you really know who you are working with. And of course the little song is just so sweet...don't change a thing, I think you have nailed it!

Natalie said...

Kim ~

Congratulations on the new site. It is just incredible ~ easy to navigate, gorgeous pictures and I believe it TRULY captures what 'small words' is all about! I'm praying this site will bring you to the next level ~ you deserve it!

Thanks for being my true friend - telling it like it is - whether I want to hear it or NOT! You are the best and btw .... Cam's room has changed, so he needs a new painting! :)

Mommy said...

I looks perfect. Love the music and the layout. I am so proud of you!

McKenzie said...

The site is awesome!! I love the music and it looks great!! Your hard work has definitly paid off. I am excited to share it with my family and friends.

Kayla said...

Your site is soooo cute! I just love it. The music in the background is great also. I wish you good luck with everything.

lipstickandlaundry said...

Kim... Your website was SO worth the wait! Amazing... Your color palette is fantastic... So cheerful and happy, the photography is beautiful and of course YOUR art is the BEST!
~Jen

Jenn said...

hmmm...what did I like best? The part where you thank your two annoying friends...I about lost it a little and I'm so honored to call you my friend! Your passion and creativity is contagious and it really shows with your new website!! I love the pictures and the song is so cute!! Great job my friend, great job!

Christy said...

The site looks great! So many pretty things..my favorite is all of the "classic" collection.

Michelle said...

I'm a lurker from Redmond, WA. The new site is really great! I usually don't like music on a site, but this was perfect and really helped create the mood for the site. Good choice! And your artwork is dang cute! Good job and good luck!

Alyssa said...

You got me! I'm a lurker...but I'm coming out of hiding :)
The site is fab! Well worth the wait.
Congratulations on your two newest creations!

Alyssa in New Jersey

Wendy said...

Holy Cow Kim!!!!!! This web site is absolutely incredible! My favorite thing is how cool the photos are!! I mean really good stuff! WOW!

Cara said...

I love the new website...I went through and viewed every single picture and page, you did a great job, all your time was well spent. Great job, Kim!!!

Jasperson Family said...

I am McKenzie's sister and have kept up with your blog for awhile. Congratulations on your precious girl- I love her very girly room. I love your new site- what I like best is the fact that I will probably be placing an order whenever we get into a new house. So keep up the good work and new creations.

tae27 said...

*delurk* As everyone says,iIt is VERY cute. And I like how the flash works really smoothly!

Big Nanny said...

Love your site. I'm a lurker. I found your link on Courtney Marler Photography. I love all of your art and the pictures are great on the new site.

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

hmmmm.....having a hard time commenting. So if there are 50 comments from me that's why.

I love the music. I usually don't like music on blogs, but on a site it works well. Perfect song choice. Playful and classic.

I had a hard time finding my way back to your blog once entered into your site. Did I miss something?

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I think the site is perfect as well.....very professional....loads of examples which are so important!

I was going to say the same thing as Kim.....you need to add a button to get back to your blog but other that your site is so clean and friendly it is a joy to browse.

((hugs)) Rosie

Anonymous said...

Kim,

I have been checking back to the blog daily to see the website reveal and it was well worth the wait and the constant checking. You did an amazing job and you are such an amazing and very humble artist. I am so glad that you kind of "stumbled" onto this talent when you weren't able to find the art piece you wanted. I wish I was half as talented as you are! Keep it up-you are truly an inspiration!

I Do Faces said...

So I just found your blog off of Tip Junkie's site and I'm in love!!! Your new website is so cute and I just LOVE the work you do!!! The canvas art would make such a good wedding gift!!! Ah I hope I win!!!
-Tasia

kacey@doodlebugspaper.com said...

Cute Cute! and the ABC song is just precious to hear while shopping :o)

Michelle said...

I just found your blog through 'Todays Creative Blog' and LOVE it! You're so talented! Everything about your site is perfect - the music, the layout, the art, everything! It's official - I'm a fan.

Michelle in Southern CA

Mabel said...

Loooooooooove the design! so colorful and creative, the music are perfect for show the pics, really cute and fresh new site =) Congrats!!

Melissa Santanastasio said...

Great job the wait was definitely worth it. It is incredibly cute and feels oh so peronsalized. i think that is what you were going for right? It is fabUlous

just jen said...

so professional and so stinking CUTE!

Kate said...

HI there,

I LOVE the song which matches your business perfectly, the photography is great and I love all the bright colors. Nice job on the site.
Kate from yankeedoodlers.blogspot.com (which is MY new site that is still under construction!)

Wendi said...

Wow, I just discovered your talent tonight on the TCB site.... i LOVED checking out your blog as well as your new site. My favorite part is the photographs, the slide shows, the music, and your beautiful artwork! Well, that's four favorite parts, but I have to say the presentation of the four is altogether gorgeous! Congrats on your new site!!!!

Jenny said...

I just found your site today. Love it! I love the canvas in your essential collection with the name "Heath" ~ it would look great in my little boys room :)

SuzyQ said...

I love the music and the font you used for your menu items!

dbrady said...

Cuteness!!! Love it. Keep up the great work and best wishes in all you do!!!

Amanda Ann said...

The colors of the site are awesome, easy on the eyes and makes it nice looking at all the beautiful art! They are all beautiful!

Jenn Summers said...

Love the site! Clean and simple. I think the song is the best part! Too Cute!

Mandy said...

What a great website! It looks very professional and I like the entire look of it. I love the name canvases with the little rhinestones around the edges...adorable! I'm getting ready to have twins in about a month so I would love to have one of your creations. :)

Leslie said...

I love the song. I also love how immediately you can choose between viewing the site and viewing the blog. I love the whole thing, really. Great presentation of great artwork!

Sallie said...

Your work is really sweet!! I just mosied over from Todays Creative Blog.

I love the 3 letter blue monogram on the pink and white striped background in the simpatico collection.

The only thing I think would make the site easier to follow is if you had a product number or name on the image when it comes up.

Great new site!! Glad I got to look around :-)

God bless,
Sallie

Anonymous said...

I love it! (I am one of the ones that is always lurking.) I think it all looks wonderful. Congrats! and good luck!

Melanie

Courtney said...

Kim - it's great!! I love it all, but think the background color-matching is cool. The song is totally catchy, too! So excited for you and your new digs. =)

Cassie said...

Love your site...I just found your blog today from Today's Creative Blog....But my fav part of your site, was your "About Me" section...Murfeesboro, TN is just about 3 hours from my house...I am an East TN girl myself...Cool!! Very cute Artwork....love it!

Hilary said...

wow. What a cute site! I love the song! and the photography is amazing. The whole set up is wonderful and so easy to use!

marilyn said...

Great site! The photos grabbed me, it loads quickly, and the music was fun! I also appreciated that the music didn't start over every time I moved to a different part of the site. Very nice design (love your product too!)

ericandles said...

Wicked! The music is perfect!!! A very professional site that suits the product well.

Momofthree said...

I absolutely love every stinking bit of the website. Not only did you do an AMAZING job but the pics by Krista couldnt have been any better. I know you are so proud!!! wat to go girl! You did it!!!!!

Michelle said...

Love your sites...both your blog and shop! I am impressed with the ENTIRE (yes, I'm shouting) shop! Very easy to find your way around and so simple too...
Good luck and God bless!
Michelle (a lurker)

kjlyttle said...

What a great site. You are so creative, I wish you the best of luck. (I secretly, ok - now it's not so secret - want to win!)
K

Mike & Brianna said...

Love the slideshows! 1st time to your site...very cute! Love all the colors, congrats on the new site!

Melissa Lester said...

Adorable blog, adorable site, adorable you! I am a mother of four also, and my oldest son is named Carson. I love the alphabet song -- how appropriate. And I love, love the monograms. So glad to have found you through Today's Creative Blog!

Tia J said...

Love it! What a great idea I would have never thought of something like this. When I get into my house I will placing an order!! You are amazing!

candiceschenk said...

I have been a lurker for a while. Your site is really cute! You have really great paintings...super cute!! I liked that you showed your sense of humor in about story. I also found out there that we are neighbors. (I live in Smyrna) Congrats on your new site!!

Brooke said...

Very cute and fun site! I love your work! I especially love that you will personalize and match to existing items. How fun!

Allikaye's Mama said...

I am in love! I stared at the opening slide show for far too long! Thanks to Today's Creative Blog - for introducing me to you! Just beautiful , beautiful! I love your new site!!

ChiLLi said...

love your site! , the flash is awesome and i love the music!

Anonymous said...

Love the clean lines of the new site. You've got a great eye! Good luck with the new site!

melrose v

Suzanne said...

Hello Kim!
I just checked out your site and it is so cute! I think everything coordinates really well together. I think my favorite part is the music. I think it brings everything to life. The pictures are great too. I love all the colors. I will be back to order a classic collection print.
Suzanne
South Carolina

ihchicky said...

I really like your Simpatico collection. Especially the print with the eiffel tower. Cute. Thank you for the chance.

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

What a classy webite! It is so unique. I can tell that you put a lot of work into it. I like how simple things are to look at and I like the music in the background. Super cute!

Dawn said...

I am a lurker who is finally leaving a comment. I found your site through Creative Blogs Today. Love all of your work and your site is Fantastic!!, love everything about it-- the music, colors, pictures,and it is user friendly and quick. You did a great job!!
Good luck

Dawn in Texas

The Craftypreneur said...

I love you site..love the little slide show at the bottom!!! the whole site looks amazing..it totally stands out..your art is so super cute!! congrats on your new site!

KMR said...

I just found your site & totally love it. I love decorating with words. The design of your site is awesome & the photography is great! I especially love the knotted ribbon pic. I love ribbon. Good luck!
Kim in TX

Debe said...

I LOVE the whole site. (I am lurker!!) I love the darling little look you are getting with the "L" in the intro! Sums up what 'they' think of 'us'. I need a Classic "L" but didn't see it on pricing!! I can understand the wait and your excitement! What a site it is, CONGRATS!!

little dresses said...

I love the way the background changes colors to highlight the pictures. Those pictures are incredible by the way! This is my first time here. Nice to meet you!

jamieBEE said...

I LOVE it! What a great idea!!! I love letters and the fact that you started it just because you wanted to have your sons name on Canvas. awesome site!

Rach said...

IT ROCKS!!!! It is totally you and everything about it is just super cool. Love the song--and so do my kids. The pictures are great and the whole thing just ROCKS!! {did I say that already?} Congrats on getting it done---it WAS definitely worth worth the wait!

Trisha said...

I love your personalized canvases. They are beautiful. These are something that I would love in my home. I love your site. It is very easy to use and navigate.

Greg & Joanna said...

I love your site. The music is very cute but I think I liked your slideshow the best, it's very easy to navigate thru. Good job, you do great work!

Raquel said...

well I love it all but I would have to say my favorites were in the charmed collection. you do beautiful work!

Lacy said...

Super whimsical and fun! Terrific pictures and I love love love the music!!!!!Looks like your going to knock em dead with all of your artsy touches! Good Luck.
Lacy in Texas

Joanne said...

Kim, what a wonderful site! I love the music the images, Krista did a fantastic job on capturing the essence of your work, and the personal touches are perfect. You pulled it together perfectly. You told me the source you used, you will have to remind me again. I am inspired. :-)

Katrin said...

I like the site and love the beautiful pictures - but I wouldn't need the song.

Kelley said...

So happy to found your site. How can a girl make a selection they are ALL great! I guess it would depend on the individual the small words were for, and you have given us so many different personalities to choose from. Great job on the site and the art. Have fun.

Jean in NC said...

Another lurker posting...

Kim, it's incredible! You've done a fantabulous job and should be very proud of yourself. The site is professional looking, very polished yet still has that element of quirky fun that is you. I love it! Well done you!

angela & peter said...

Hi! I'm new to your site, and I've got to say that the cute art is ooooh sooo lovely... and i love the music, and i love how easy it is to move around... and quick to load. Congratulations and well done, its outstanding!

Anonymous said...

This is my first time to visit and I love your blog and your new website.
I like how you can switch back and forth easily from your new site to your blog,,,
plus for some reason everything loads really quickly!
Kendra
kendra444@bellsouth.net

teri said...

I ended up here from the Creative Blog, but I will definitely be back. I love your site and your art is gorgeous. I'm loving the Eiffel Tower art for my daughter's room.

momunscripted said...

I've just found your site, so it looks fabulous to me just as it is! Very smooth and your color choices are perfect! Thank you.

Randi said...

Great site - the music is adorable, the photos are great! I love your charmed line ... so cute! How great in a kiddo's room. Hope I win!!!

~Jen~ said...

I just found your site today and I love your "new" site. (its all new to me)

I am expecting my 3rd child in July and so many of the products were appealing to me - I can't choose a favorite!

You are very talented - I will definitely check out your site again when I have more time to really sit and look.

Katie & the boys said...

Hello. I love the whole site--the way the pics come up when you click on a new category. My fav thing is your "About" section. I like that you make yourself so personable--as a mom and then your art came from that. It's so relate-able! Love your stuff. I decorate names and initials myself (wooden ones) so I greatly appreciate your artistry. It's beautiful.

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness.....I love everything about your site, even the music and I usually don't care for music on a site. LOVE THE colors....the way in which the menu fades into another picture. Truely lovely! You should be so proud!!!!!

Eurydice said...

Oh my goodness! The music and the collection pictures are just fabulous.... i had to sit and listen to the whole song before i could even go on. Great job!

Our Winning Circle said...

Hi! You have a great website, the items are adorable. You might find that folks who have Firefox, or dial up - may have issues with loading. Other than that - precious!

~ Shari

Becky said...

Love the new site. Congrats.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Kim,
I loved the photography on your new site. It is great fun to click on the next number and watch a new photo "pop" up.
In your about me section I laughed out loud at your pregnancy comment.
Great work!

Vickie from Atlanta aka Dallas, GA said...

I guess I am officially registered. I love your new website and congrats on Baby Girl. Thanks for being such a great friend to my Baby Girls.

Kyla said...

OOOOOO . . . AHHHHHH! And I'm supposed to pick a favorite thing? You're really making it tough . . . I'd have to say that I love the ease of transition from one thing to another . . . and those super fab cute photos . . . and how totally personal it is. GREAT work!

Anonymous said...

Cute, cute, cute! Absolutely love the photography, colors, and set up. Great job! Love the "Classic" paintings, they are just lovely! Best of wishes on your endeavor!

Terri in Oregon

Tami H said...

The site, and your art, is beautiful! I just found you today (via Today's Creative Blog) and am so happy I did. My favorite is your Charmed collection...whimsical and just so happy! :) The first time I viewed the site I felt like it was a little slow/dragging but then I realized there was music and when the music was going it was perfect...didn't seem slow at all. I have you bookmarked and I wish you the best of luck with your business!

The Malie's said...

Ok, I LOVE your website and what you do! I really love the Simpatico collection - sooooo adorable! I can see my little girl's name right now . . . :)

Brandy said...

I love it, so cute and organized. Good luck with everything.

Michelle said...

What a HAPPY site! I especially love the music, sets the mood! Double Dog Darling!

Bridget said...

I just found your blog and I love your work! Your site looks very professional, my favorite part is the flash player images so I can see each one in detail. I think it's very easy to navigate which is a definate plus!

AmyA said...

Beautiful site! So easy to navigate, love picture slide shows. Great job!

Lori said...

Oh, how adorable! It is just lovely and the photography is stunning. My fave sign is "Hudson". I love the style. Yes, i've been lurking for some time... The very best wishes for oodles of sales!!!! Congrats!

Lori
Carmel, IN

Annabella Moonthreads said...

I love love your stuff! I like the photographs of everything, but it is too slow (sorry). I'd like to be able to see the information faster than how it appears.

Kristin said...

Excellent layout, great graphics, easy to navigate, but, wow, I LOVE THE MUSIC! It really pulls you in and makes you want to stay. I've been a lurker for a while, but I had to say, Congrats!

MGK said...

Kim! Aren't you Mrs Funky Fresh with the new site!?! It's absolutely precious! The colors and the music make me happy; and definitely puts me in the mood to shop!

katemeri said...

I just found your site today via "Today's Creative Blog" and I love both your blog and your new site too! I almost didn't look because I saw it was kid stuff and I don't have any, but this is GREAT and I would love to have something for myself! I liked the song too. Very nice website design too. I'm going to bookmark both your sites.

Congratulations!
Kate in Costa Rica

pumpkin seed said...

I love the "classic" collection! Very much my style of stuff! All of your work is lovely! I think alot of the initial canvas' would make great gifts for so many occasions. Best of luck with the new site. It looks amazing and it definantly is pleasing to the eye!

Chrissy said...

The pink bubbles are amazing with the scrolled A has to be my favorite. I love it - your so talented.

Heather said...

This is the first time I've been to your blog, but I like the new site:). It's so cute and flows nicely from one thing to the next.

THE TATTERED NEST said...

Your site is beautiful! and very professional...great job! and much luck in the future!

Holly said...

Whoa! Check you out! I am comment 152,067 or something like that. I do love the new site! Looks like I am not the only one!

Terry's Croppin Tales said...

I love the song....I will have to go look further when I have more time.

bigpinkdaisy said...

Love, Love, LOVE the clean lines and colors on the site! makes it easy and fun to look through.I had a great time viewing all of the samples!

Congrats!

Sara said...

I love everything about your new site!!! Rena sent me the link. I will be back often to check it out. What cute stuff! :)

Sara Dye

Jodi said...

KIM !!! I LOVE every single thing about your new site. Holy Cow! I've never heard that song before. LOVE the music. It's absolutely perfect. The Colors! So amazing. Everything is just fantastic. The Photography too! LOVE your business cards. Love the start up page. Kudos !!!!

Carol Van Rooy said...

I too love the song, and think your work is AWESOME.

Please do count me in, and feel free to stop by and say hello

daldak01@yahoo.ca

Momofthree said...

Oh yeah, that song is incredibly cute and just goes with your whole theme perfectly. I just love the whole thing.

Kim said...

Oh...it looks so nice. I went through all the tabs. I love the background pictures, movement,colors,everything. Great job! Good luck with everything!

Ashley said...

How cute!!! These are precious! I love the simpatico. I thought it was hard to tell how each collection was different (except classic and charmed). I had to read the details and then go back and watch again. Kind of would have been nice to know what I was looking at in the first place. This would be perfect for my sister who is due in August!!!

momto4boys said...

I found you through The Creative BLog and I put you in my favorites....This site is just incredible and there is no possible way for me to pick just one thing I like because I LOVE it all!!!!!!

Lolly said...

I love the new site. It is incredibly cute! Even the music playing is incredibly cute!! My favorite pieces are in the "charmed" collection!
What fun!!
~Lolly

Kelly said...

I linked to your site from a friends blog, so this is my first time seeing your site. You are amazingly talented. I love your site. The music is perfect. The site is so easy and fun to navigate. Your art is extrodinary. I love the entire layout. Good luck with everything. I will definately be back and tell my family and friends.
Kelly in Las Vegas

Chris said...

Well, I'm 115 comments in. You probably won't even see this! I loved EVERYTHING! Your work is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

How can I say, EVERYTHING is just lovely.
The site is very attractive and it's very, VERY, user friendly. Any and all the information needed is easily accessible right at the beginning, and one doesn't have to go hunting for the information.

I believe you did good!
~Rhonda from Minnesota

restyled home said...

Wonderful site! Kim from TCB sent me...My favourite element of your website is the photography...hands down!

I can't believe you accomplish all this and you've just had a baby!!

Mary Catherine Dabrowski said...

I really enjoyed your site. I have to confess, I HATE music on websites. I mean, I love music in general, but find music on websites mostly annoying. I so enjoyed your alphabet song. It really complemented your whole site.

It's easy to find things and I enjoyed your "About" write-up. I do agree that your pricing pace and order page need darker backgrounds if you are stuck with the white lettering. Some of us grandmothers need to get all that info!

Alice said...

The best thing about the site is the clarity of the product samples - unlike many custom products offered for sale I know I could order from yu and get exactly what I want - congratulations!

Jessica said...

i like the charmed site the best. i like seeing the colorful sides. i also love your section on ordering. i like the picture of the colorful ribbons behind the contact information!!!!! i love color!!!!

Sarah S said...

Whew....it's just beautiful and simple and lovely! The photography is amazing, and it really showcases your artwork. The song really sets the mood of the visit to the site.

Momofthree said...

SO, WHO WON?!?!?!?!?!?!

Trudy said...

I love your site, the music caught me right away, as did your little guy Hudson:)
Very seamless between pages, great job.
Trudy
PS
I love your artwork:)

Heather said...

I know it's past the deadline for the giveaway, but I wanted to give you some feedback.

First of all, I found your site through "Today's Creative Blog" and I totally love what you are doing! Your new site is charming and your paintings are gorgeous.

I do have some suggestions for your site from a first time customer perspective. I know you may be limited by the template you used to design your page, but here's what I thought as I went through it.

1)Sizes/Pricing - I know you list the pricing on your Pricing page, but it's hard to get an idea of what you are getting for each price point. The pieces you display in your Collections section don't indicate a size and it's confusing to go through to try to back and forth between the pricing and the collections sections to figure out sizes and prices.

2)Selection - It's not clear if each piece is completely custom or if you are limited by the selections you show. Can I pick my own font, colors, styles, etc.? Is the name you show on the picture in the collection the name of the style or merely an example of what I might order? Does it cost more to select a different font or color scheme from what you have shown? As a customer, it's not entirely clear what is available in each option.

3)Taxes & Shipping - It is not clear whether the costs on your page include taxes & shipping, or whether there are additional charges. What method of shipping will be used? Is insurance available for shipping? If shipping is included in the price, then definitely hype it up! :)

I hope this doesn't sound overly critical. I think the new site is gorgeous. It could just use some minor tweaking to help you avoid lots of e-mails with basic questions from customers. I really love what you are doing and think your pricing is reasonable. All the best!