Monday, November 23, 2009

The Debut of the Mama Pea Quilts Website


A day or so ago I was yammering on about how very short my days have seemed for the past few months. I never seem to be able to accomplish what I set out to do.

Sometimes we need to have the obvious pointed out to us. Husbands can be good at that. Mine reminded me that I've been putting more time and energy into my newly debuting website, Mama Pea Quilts, than I realize.

I'm fortunate in that I've been able to call on my daughter to do the web design part of the site. Because we live a 55-minute drive apart, we've spent countless hours e-mailing back and forth, collaborating, changing, improving, trying to come up with the best possible website from which to sell my one-of-a-kind, handmade baby quilts.

We've also spent many hours together photographing the quilts. (I now have new-found admiration for photographers!) Getting the truest representation of the colors in each quilt is quite the challenge, to say the least. We've taken at least over thirty photographs of each quilt in order to end up with what you see on the website. We know it's not perfect, but we have worked hard at it. (The wish for a professional photography studio and all the advantages that would offer is a ways down the list at this point!)

It's been a tremendous amount of work, this website designing, but we've both managed to make it through to the finish unscathed. Almost. More or less. Kinda sorta. Conversations have gone like this:

Daughter: "So what do you think of this layout? How do you like it?"
Me: "Phffthpp." (That's computerese for giving the Bronx Cheer.)

Me: "Can you make the picture a little smaller?"
Daughter: "How's that?"
Me: "A little smaller still?"
Daughter: "Hang on . . . ."
Me: "Is that as small as you can get it?"
Daughter: "Well, now nobody can see it without a magnifying glass!"

Me: "But why CAN'T we do it that way?"
Daughter: "MUTH-er! It. Just. Doesn't. WORK. That. Way!"

And then there's the time I've tried to squeeze in working over-time at my sewing machine in order to be able to showcase this nice selection of quilts. Sometimes when you can't sleep because your mind is going a mile a minute, getting up and quilting at 3 AM can be very productive.

But this is all behind us now. Today I'm very proud to announce that the website from which I will sell my baby quilts is up and running! And I'd be very happy if you could find the time to go take a look at Mama Pea Quilts. Perhaps you'll even see something you like. Something you can't resist. Something that will make a wonderful Christmas gift, baby shower gift, or keepsake quilt in which to bring a new bundle of joy home from the hospital. 'Tis a perfect time of the year to think about quilts and keeping warm and cozy, don't you think?

P.S. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have regarding Mama Pea Quilts. And if you'd like to be put on the website's mailing list announcing specials, new quilts, give-a-ways, etc. from Mama Pea Quilts, just leave your name and e-mail address on our Mailing List page. Thanks so much!

5 comments:

Mama JJ said...

Congratulations!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Mama JJ - Thank you very much, ma'am! I appreciate your comments, always.

RuthieJ said...

Your website is beautiful Mama Pea. Chicken Mama did a great job! Good luck with this new venture!
I know what you mean about the photos too. My knitting stuff piles up for days before I finally take the time to photograph it and write the copy for my Etsy store.

Claire said...

Congrats on your hard work! It looks great! I really like the pics!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Ruthie - Thanks for the kind words and wishes! The pictures in your Etsy store always look great and I think you write very good copy. Nice job.

Hey, Claire - Many thanks for your encouragement!