Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Newsletter Sign Up

So, I'm finally building up a mailing list!  It's been a long time coming. Hey look! There's a signup form over on the right!  

I hate spam as much as the next person so if you choose to sign up but change your mind later that's perfectly fine with me. 

For the newsletter itself I plan on sharing things like coupons and promotions, new items on my Etsy shop, recipes, this blog, etc!

If anyone has suggestions for any content you'd like to see please be sure to let me know!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Boop and the Retirement of Travel Pookie

Weird title right? And for never having blogged about either things mentioned it's confusing. So let me explain. 

A couple years ago I started knitting the absolute cutest dolls from a pattern by "Fuzzy Mitten" called Pookies. 

I ended up carrying one with me on random vacations. Thus Travel Pookie was born. 

See here he is at the pier on Coronado Island, California.

In fact Travel Pookie has been to various places in California such as Coalinga, Fresno, Huntington Beach, Santa Clarita, Escondido and San Diego. 

Travel Pookie became quite popular on Instagram even...well popular for me that is. No, Travel Pookie never broke the Internet. 

Now that you know what Travel Pookie is, you may find yourself wondering "What the heck is a Boop?"  

Well, Boop is a much smaller and just as cute Travel Pookie replacement that fits much better in a small purse and yes that is necessary. I just don't carry large purses in general. 

Sorry giant handbag fad, I just don't dig you. 

So here's a picture of Boop and yes I know the picture could be better. 

Boop is actually a lovely shade of purple, has green eyes, light brown hair, and a giant melon head. 

So Boop will be the new travel companion of Stitchy Impressions. Regular photo updates will be posted on Instagram @stitchyimpressions and recaps posted here. 

I'm also planning on retro posts about places I've been, what I've seen, where I've eaten, what was really fun, etc. 

I'm not the world traveller most are but in the past few years I've done pretty well and if there's one thing I always appreciated doing, it was looking up what types of places I should visit while I'm on trips. 

Until next time..,

Monday, May 4, 2015

Look Who's Back...Again....

Obviously, I need help keeping this blog going. I even ran a second blog for a while. Whatever. 

Between being busy at work and busy else where's there's not been time for much else. I would like to post, though, about my new Etsy shop and blog banner (see cute image above).

As an Etsy seller I completely understand how difficult creating a shop banner can be, especially when you have no graphic design skills or knowledge. It's also tough to articulate your thoughts to someone else to build it for you so I'm sharing with you how I did mine.

First off I did it from my phone. Yup. No computer necessary. Secondly, it took 2 separate apps to do it. Why limit to just one and end up with something meh?

The first app I used was RhonnaDesigns available in the Apple App Store. It's a free download with in app purchases. That being said, it's unlikely you'll actually need to purchase anything. There's tons of fonts and absolutely awesome clip art.

Additionally, they have a lot of great backgrounds or you can even use your own photos.

Even better it allows you to adjust the colors ever so slightly, adjust sizes of any aspect you're adding and apply filters in varying degrees.

Your completed image can also be saved as high resolution.

Once I made what I wanted on RhonnaDesigsns I used Adobe Photoshop Express to crop my image to the correct specifications for an Etsy banner. This part went by trial and error as I did experience some issues with parts being cropped out once uploaded to Etsy.

 I also use Photoshop Express for editing my product photos. I find the interface very easy to use and there's a lot of unique filters there as well.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the branding changes and would definitely recommend both apps.

Oh and one more thing. I'm on Instagram now as @stitchyimpressions