I hadn’t planned on spending my vacation working…


TxCowboyDancer Designs Logo with shadow ©2012…but that is exactly what has happened for the past three and a half days.  I’ve been learning CSS and refreshing my rusty HTML skills, setting up my new CafePress Store:

TxCowboyDancer Designs

Check out the cool logo to the right…
I did good!  I likes it!  I likes it!
And I did it all by myself!
(patting my self on the back)

Smiley [CC]

I’ve been toying with the idea of opening an online shop selling t-shirts, mugs, buttons, etc., for ages.  But I’ve never gotten around to doing it.  I’ve got literally hundreds of quotes, quips, and design ideas jotted down on paper.

Most of the designs are dance related.  Surprise!  LOL!

Oh, and the other designs are LOL related.  As in LOL Cats.  You may have noticed that I’ve created a few LOL Cats for my blog, using them to illustrate whatever the topic at hand may be.  I’m putting the best of those into the store first, since they represent already created artwork.

I’ve got the store set up and although it is open for business,  I’ve got a couple tweaks that I still want to do to it like:

  • adding a newsletter sign up,
  • adding a RSS feed
  • adding “share” buttons on the top page
  • and I want to set up some sort of rotating banner that will display the newest designs added to the store.

But that aside, the basic framework is in place and I think it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.  And I do.  ;-)  (But if anyone knows how to do any of the things on my “to do” list then give me a shout!  [insert pitiful deperate look])

Here is the first design in the shop.

Iz to do'z done yetz? I can haz tummy rubz nao? ©2011

My first design on my new store

The cute little kitten just above.  Don’tcha want one?  LOL!

I’ve got a few more line up and in the pipeline which will appear soon in the shop.   You may recall them from seeing them here in my blog posts:

Not a morning cat ©2011I iz Awesome ©2011Bring me mai coffee or I poopz on the bed ©2011So there you are.  My new enterprise.  Goodness knows where I’ll find the time to do the store, do this blog, dance my booty off, work 40 hours a week at my day job, let my domestic diva run free to do laundry and clean house, balance a budget, and exercise and monitor my diet, but I have to!  It’s called life!  LOL

In all seriousness, that new truck of mine (which I really really really love) is really taking a bite out of my budget and dance is suffering.  So I either have to increase the amount of money coming in or I decrease the amount of dance going out.  It is as simple as that.

So wish me luck and check out the new shop.  Let me know if you spot any typos!  LOL

See ya on the dance floor!

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About TxCowboyDancer

Eight time Country Dance World Champion. I love to dance. Working hard to transform myself from "unemployed and out-of-shape" to "in-shape full time professional writer, graphic artist, and dance instructor.

Posted on Sat, Jan 14, 2012, in Everything Else, Shop and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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