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Fabric Printing

I recently discovered that you can have your artwork printed on fabric: Spoonflower What a great way to try out fabric art. Iíd like to see about making an Ant Forms print design. From what Iíve read, the trickiest part is to make the design square so that it repeats seamlessly. Maybe I will make picnic napkins and tablecloths with my ants. Filed under: Ants October 20th, 2010 at 6:42 am by Eva

The Shop has Launched!

I'm very pleased to finally announce that the Paper Duck Greetings online Shop has launched! It actually went live one week ago on Thanksgiving night, and was I ever thankful! After all, itís *only* been 8-1/2 months since I last posted on the complexities of setting up the Zen Cart shopping cart software. Well, thatís the point here-I'm not using the zen cart-I ended up using the Google shopping cart! I'll explain what happened in the next post. But, for now, Google is my choice and I think youíll find it straightforward to put your items into its simple floating cart and then checkout with Google handling your credit card transaction. Once you sign up with them, you can shop at other merchants using your Google Checkout account and not have to worry about your card info getting out everywhere. My Mom tried it out for the first time and test ordered some cards from my shop and she loved it. She said donít change it.

Filed under: Business, Development December 4th, 2009 at 12:53 am by Eva

The Shopping Cart

Yes, Iím working on it, laboriously and much too slowly as you may have noticed. I have to admit Iíve been procrastinating on getting this done. My reason is not an excuse just the truth: this is the most tedious and boring stage of my web site setup. Iím trying the open source Zen Cart and there are many details in setting up the security and configuring the mechanics of how the cart will run. Iím following the tutorials on the zen cart site plus following the chapters in the 400 page Zen Cart book. And then thereís the beautification-the default storefront page looks nothing like my site and I will have to learn how to override and customize the look and feel with the goal of matching the rest of the site. From what Iíve read in various forums itís quite the task for zen cart.

I wanted to get this out and be publicly accountable for getting this done. Give me hell if you want to.

Filed under: Development March 14th, 2009 at 10:33 pm by Eva

Ant Salt and Pepper Shakers

I received these delightful Ant salt and pepper shakers for Christmas from my parent's neighbors, Martha and David. What a surprise that was-The Thrill of the Grill! Martha is always on the lookout for ant things and has suggested that I print my Ant Forms onto paper plates, napkins and tablecloths. I'm looking into how or where I can get them made and haven't had any luck. If you have a leads or ideas please drop a comment!

Thrill of the Grill Ant Salt and Pepper Shakers

Filed under: Ants, Life February 22nd, 2009 at 3:51 pm by Eva

About Page

I just finished and uploaded my About Page. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about what lead me to become an artist. If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop a line in my Contact Page.

Filed under: Development, Life December 11th, 2008 at 5:40 pm by Eva>

Hello World!

Welcome to Paper Duck Greetings! Just brushing off the dust hereÖ finished installing the WordPress software and decorated it with my very own custom theme called ďPaper Duck ThemeĒ, naturally. I had to make my site look consistent so I went on an odyessy to learn how to make my own theme. It lead me to this site: WPDesigner: So you want to create WordPress themes huh? (Note: this site is gone, sad to report).

This is an excellent tutorial and I went through each step and did exactly as he said to do. I learned to modify his base files and added on my design elements. It took some time, but, it was worth it!

There is one bug (or is it just the feature ??), however. The links on my header and footer are broken when you go to the individual posts and comments pages. Iíll have to investigate this soonÖ

UPDATE: solved the ďbugĒ which was neither bug nor feature. I just had to change the path in the links to point to the rootÖ oops.

Filed under: Development December 6th, 2008 at 4:40 am by Eva

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