Oh, yes. I am late. I under-estimate the time it takes to do something (or over-estimate my ability to do it at the speed of light). When I was 8 months pregnant with my son, I thought I could refinish my hardwood floors in a day! "A DAY!" Well, I did refinish them! I started when I was 8 months pregnant with my son...finished when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter. Ok, so I did it on my hands and knees with a belt sander...don't ask (I think when you are pregnant the DUH factor takes over).
So, when I decided to add something new to my Collection...well...one thing led to another and suddenly EVERYTHING is new! In fact, "there is quite the storm in my brain". This doesn't happen every day, but fueled by chocolate chip cookies and Diet Coke (to off-set the cookie calories), I have been in a whirlwind of thought. Yes, my fingers are covered in paint mixed with gel medium. But mostly, now, I have been propped up in bed (chocolate chip cookies and Diet Coke still close by), working on the programming of the website day and night. Someday, Steve Jobs will invent a computer I can just say "make me a website" and it will suddenly appear! But for now, Photoshop and Dreamweaver have been my best friends and I have been using and abusing them to no end.
That being said...I am tickled pink to announce that the new Collections have been launched! Yay! An ENORMOUS thank you to everyone who has so patiently waited for the release...I hope you enjoy it.
Of course, there are some big changes. Sadly, several Collections are no longer available..not because they aren't pretty, or fun...but because I've learned you have to know when to stop (on occasion).
On a thrilling note, there are many new goodies. For instance, Knockers! These have replaced Bubbles for which I've had a long, on-going Love/Hate relationship with. Knockers are perfect two-sided acrylic domes with artwork sandwiched between! They REALLY DO magnify what is inside! Knockers come in Small and Large...and what is really fun about this Collectin is that there are Mix-N-Match Knockers (imagine that)! This is something I've toyed with for a long, long time and finally have taken the plunge! You can choose an image for the front, a word or quote for the back, and it is yours!
One of my favorite treats are the addition of new Collagettes! I have taken some of my favorite photographs from the Charmettes Collection and elsewhere and collaged them into these pretty new pieces. LET THEM EAT CAKE was inspired by Amy Hannah who raved about the movie Marie Antoinette ~ which I subsequently purchased and watched 3 times in 6 hours (the Marie Antoinette Marathon, I call it). My absolute favorite is No. 580 ~ Lucky Rabbit! I showed it to my husband and he just looked at me (he doesn't get it)...I hope you do!
Most of the Stix are new, too! And better yet...there are mini-Stix (like the Doodle-words). Stix for a bracelet, Stix for a pendant, (Stix to climb on rocks...oh, that's a song). I love No. 708 ~ Tickled Pink because of the image on the back...and No. 739 ~ Just Be....and...
One thing to watch out for are the changes to the charm sizes. Most especially, the large charms are now SMALLER (so many people wanted them to be). But more "pretty" is packed inside.
It feels good to have "simplified". I'll call it that...even though it may not seem so. What I'm most excited about is that all this expended creativity has fueled my fire during this dark and cold winter...and I am eager to create more Originals...all of which I hope to showcase in Trunk Shows on my website. I even had a dream last night about making a 4-foot x 2-foot painting (I think I woke up in a cold sweat! Ha!).
Again, I am very thankful for the wonderful emails I've received and your enduring patience. I wish you joy and laughter as you peek through the new Sally Jean Collection!